Issue No. 15: Rhode Island
By Hand is a serial produced by Andrea Hungerford three times per year that explores locations around the country that have developed their own unique "maker communities" where people who love to make, love to learn to make, and love to support makers have found a common sense of purpose.
Each of these geographic "clusters" has its own unique characteristics, and those characteristics influence the artists who live and work there. Each issue of By Hand is a place-based celebration of these communities of makers, focused primarily on the fiber and fabric industry, as well as highlighting artists in other media who share the same philosophy as fiber and fabric artists of functional beauty. Additionally each issue includes patterns, projects, photo essays, day trips, foodie excursions, and other write-ups of aspects unique to the featured city or region.
We are "making communities" even where physical proximity isn't possible, by sharing our stories and journeys and images with each other.
BY HAND #15: AN INTIMATE JOURNEY TO THE SMALLEST STATE
Take an intimate trip with the By Hand team to Rhode Island. The smallest state in the nation might be often overlooked, but there are many makers here, ready to be discovered! Explore scenery tailored to escapism: Ivy-covered brick and rugged coastlines, sprawling mansions set against crashing waves and stormy skies. Through our pages, discover that Rhode Island has more to offer than relics of the past—the Ocean State has a vibrant, bubbling culture of creatives!
By Hand Serial Lookbook #15 includes eight projects and a recipe to inspire and excite you. In addition to four projects created by Andrea for this issue, we’re featuring knitting patterns from Noriko Ho & Cassie Munksgard, our first-ever Tunisian crochet pattern from Toni Lipsey, and an incredibly versatile debut sewing pattern from Vivian Shao Chen!
While this book boasts almost the same number of patterns as several of our past volumes, this issue somehow feels extra-full, thanks to the versatility of each of the patterns included. Scroll down for a peek at these gorgeous contributions from our team and guest designers.
- Humble Linens
- Soulita Soap
- North Light Fibers
- Dahlia Shed
- Block Island Excursions and Day Trips
A beautifully appointed pattern with two options to suit your style. Practical View B (shown left) is a minimalist, utilitarian dress with pockets, a shirt-dress hem and generous box pleat for movement. With a few modifications, easily transform this piece into a duster, top or tunic. Or, opt for the dressier, romantic View A (shown right), with increased gathers, elegant, buttoned cuffs and a sash detail.
The silhouette of this boxy top is enhanced by the raised stripes and slipped stitch details that run the length of the body. We've showcased this piece in a trendy, cropped length easily modified to suit your style. Featuring yarn from Kenyarns' upcoming Rhode Island collection.
a knitting pattern by Cassie Munksgard
Like geese in formation, a pattern of colored "running stitches" guides your eye across this cozy shawl, subtly accented with an icord edge and seed stitch stripes. Featuring North Light Fibers' Atlantic, a worsted weight, 100% Falkland Islands Merino.
Block Island Wrap
We're swooning over this elegant, asymmetrical piece from designer Toni Lipsey. Toni is breathing new life into this often-forgotten craft! Featuring yarn from Kenyarns' upcoming Rhode Island collection in soft, seafoam green.
Sea Glass Window Hanging
Inspired by artful Korean Pogaji hangings, these decorative screens are constructed with flat felled seams and Ramie fabric with a crisp, slightly sheer hand. Experiment with the technique to create a hanging to match your space.
Please Note: Issues #2 and #4 are currently available in digital format only.
Images courtesy of By Hand Serial.