Issue 8: Campfire
With Making Stories Magazine, we strive to feature companies and makers who focus on sustainability, transparency, fairness and equity in their work.
We love telling their stories and hope to inspire and enable crafters to make conscious and informed decisions about the materials they use and companies they support.
In this Fall & Winter issue, we’re inviting you to come sit and knit with us while getting lost watching the flames of our campfire dance. 13 modern, wearable knitwear designs will keep us cozy and warm, not only around the fire, but also in our everyday adventures.
Texture, cables, colorwork or soothing stockinette – no matter which one speaks to you at the moment, you’ll find something you love in these pages. Speaking of love: The love for this planet and carefully caring for it while we’re out in nature is the thread that weaves through this issue’s essays and illustration.
Designers featured in this publication:
Agata Mackiewicz, Audrey Borrego, Barbara Gottwik, Eimear Earley, Elena Solier Jansà, Elizabeth Nihoniho, Fabienne Gassmann, Hanna Maciejewska, Mara Licole Taylor, Marie Régnier, Natalie Sheldon, Susan Schädler, Thien-Kieu Lam.
Bouclelaine, De Rerum Natura, Garthenor Organic, Ginger Twist Studio, Lanivendole, Life in the Long Grass, Maison Corlène, Mominoki Yarn, Ritual Dyes, Stolen Stitches, The Grey Sheep Co., Wild Earth Yarns, Xolla Wool.
- Marie Shultz
- Marina Skua
- Sophie Thomas
- Vera Hoenen
- Ads: Not a single one - we're completely ad-free!
- Length: 136 full-color pages
- Content: 13 patterns, 2 essays, 1 poem, 1 illustration
- Format: Every print copy comes with two download codes printed inside: One for a digital copy, and one for adding the magazine to your Ravelry library.
- Dimensions: 20 x 26 x 1 cm / 7.9 x 10.3 x 0.4”
- Weight: Approx. 400g
Issue 7 / JOY
Focuses on joy – finding joy in the small and big things in life, in a new discovery or a renewed love, in knowing that even the smallest changes can have a huge impact on sustainability and the planet.
The 12 stunning patterns our designers created all represent something that makes the designer truly happy. They are love letters to a favorite technique, stitch pattern, garment or accessory type, shape, or color – same as the essays we are so happy to share are love letters to finding joy in stitches and reclaiming what others deem is waste.
Issue 6 / SKYWARD
Takes a look upward and beyond as a gentle reminder to not forget to look skyward, to see the beauty above, to take a breath of fresh air.
Inspired by everything we see when we take our eyes off the ground – the sky, the clouds, the buildings, the trees, the texture, the light — the 12 knitting patterns inside are complemented by the works of our artists and writers who remind us to stay present and connected, no matter where we are and what we see.
Issue 5 / INSIDE NATURE
Explores the hidden qualities of plants and nature to shed a light on the essential role they have for us and the planet. The 12 knitwear designs in this issue celebrate nature in all its glorious ways through texture, shape and form – as do the artists and writers who dive deep into the connection between nature and making in their works.
Issue 4 / SUBVERTING THE NORM
Invites us to take a look at the craft we love and share as a way of challenging the status quo, changing standards that no longer serve us, and, yes, subverting the norm. Accessory and garment patterns inside do just that by introducing us to new techniques, unique construction methods, and brave design inspiration. Stories about body image, size inclusivity, and queer identity, shared by a handful of wonderful authors and illustrators, invite you to sit down, read, and question.
Issue 3 / GROWTH
Inspired by growth, both in stitch patterns and construction. All of the patterns inside have been selected with an eye towards versatility in wearing, especially in transitional seasons where layering is key. A fantastic conversation among fibre business owners who share their views on business growth and sustainability. Gaye Glasspie (@ggmadeit) dives into what sustainable growth has meant and means for her. Alina Jordan explores the depth of Social Media and how its growth has changed her life as a knitter. Ani Lee opens up about growing to appreciate her body.
Issue 2 / LOVING & CARING
Cosy accessories and comfortable garments that are inspired by loving and caring for ourselves, our community and our planet. We’re delighted to share the extraordinary stories and visual art pieces of our contributors with you, from discovering the love for your body to finding the common threads in your communities and having necessary conversations on inclusion and racism.
Issue 1 / CHANGE
Thoughtful accessories and versatile garments that are designed with change in mind - change in seasons, in the way we work and live, in our choice of materials. We’re proud to be able to share the fantastic work of writers and visual artists with you with pieces that range from disability and knitting to body image, from queering the knitting status quo to what change means for our lives.
Making Stories GmbH is an independent knitwear design publisher based in Berlin.
Images courtesy of Making Stories magazine.
Photographer: Melinda Dela Costa