By Hand Magazine, Issue No. 5 Michigan’s Great Lakes

 
 

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By Hand is a community-centered publication for knitters and makers, published three times annually.

By Hand: Making Communities Lookbook No 5 explores Michigan’s Great Lakes, from the Caribbean blue waters of Lake Michigan, to Mackinac Island in Lake Huron, and on up to the Upper Peninsula and the shores of the deep and mysterious Lake Superior. Farmland and cornfields, old wooden barns and apple orchards, pebble beaches and sandy dunes, groves of birch trees and small lakes hidden by morning mist all create a beautiful backdrop for our next series on makers and their community.

By Hand chats with yarn dyers Plucky Knitter and Why Knot Fibers, and knitwear designers Andrea Mowry and Jill Zielinski; tours LYS Wool & Honey (that’s us!); taste tests at Fresh Coast Chocolate Co; and marvels at the handcrafted beauty of Leelanau Trading Co’s leather and woodworking. We travel from the metropolis of Grand Rapids, where the internationally acclaimed ArtPrize is underway, to the small towns, historic fishing villages, and lighthouses of Leelanau Peninsula, then up across the waters of Lake Huron for an excursion to Mackinac Island, and finally to the beautiful solitude of the Upper Peninsula. Along the way, we meet quilters and embroidery artists who use the natural setting of water, field, and forest as their inspiration and create works of art that create landscapes in thread and fabric.

Lookbook No 5 also includes projects and patterns that feature our makers’ materials and sources of inspiration, including a recipe for fudge topped with Michigan salted maple caramel; sewing projects to create a one-of-a-kind jacket and tote bag; and knit patterns for a colorwork shawl, a stylish cardigan, a braided lattice hat, and a casual yet flattering cashmere popover. You will also find a special project for turning those beautifully colored pebbles you collect along the shores of the lake into lasting memories and wearable pieces of art. We hope you enjoy your virtual travels to Michigan’s Great Lakes and come to love the region as much as we do!

THE FIFTH ISSUE OF BY HAND IS BASED ON THE GREAT LAKES AND FEATURES:
Andrea Mowry
Fresh Coast Chocolate Co
Grand Rapids ArtPrize
Jill Zielinski
Leelanau Trading Co.
Plucky Knitter
Why Knot Fibers
Wool & Honey

By Hand Magazine comes to us from editor Andrea Hungerford of Portland, OR.

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