Fiber

By Jackie Divis Doyle | Spinning, knitting, fiber itself and the creatures that grow it, &c.

Moorland Blanket :: Ta-dah!

Over the years that I've been designing and making blankets I've become fascinated with the way in which inspiration strikes - it's a very …

Inspiration

Our Fear of Going Back

Ripped!So two weeks ago I screwed up some knitting. I knitted this little baby jumper super fast because it was fun - a test knit of the super sweet …

Mind

A Glimpse into Caprette Cashmere

<i>Written by Valerie Yep & Photographed by Alycia Lang</i>Cashmere is known by many to be a luxuriously soft and willowy fiber. It keeps us warm in the …

Goats

How To Knit A Swatch

<i>In our How To Swatch Series, we’re going over why it’s important to swatch your knitting, how to make the perfect gauge swatch, and advanced</i> …

Swatch

Delicate Hand-Sewn Lace Figures are Harmoniously Fused to Real Pieces of Found Wood

Hungarian artist Ágnes Herczeg combines delicate lace art with the knotty branches of found wood to create scenes depicting the contemplative beauty of humanity. The intricate portraits showcase women as they recline, sleep, and gaze into an infinite abyss. Often, the wood is an anchor for their …

Artists

Multi-Colored Merino at Kirabo Pastures

<i>Written & Photographed by Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss</i>I meet Carrie and John outside of their farmhouse at the base of Kirabo Pastures: 250 acres of …

Agriculture

Sashiko Embroidery Technique Tutorial

Sashiko is a form of Japanese folk embroidery using simple running stitches to create repeating geometric shapes and intricate patterns. Literally …

Sewing

Indigo: A Labor of Love

In the Japanese language, indigo is known as <i>Ai</i> 藍…<p>interestingly, <i>Ai</i> 愛 (the same sound, different written depiction) in Japanese also means love.<p>The …

How To Swatch: Why Swatching Your Knitting Is Important

Learning how to swatch correctly is one of the most important things you can do to bring your knitting to the next level. It’s also the step many …

Knitting

Slow Fashion - Enough is as Good as a Feast

My actual wardrobe. No styling (obviously :)).How we think about what we do as crafters and makers, and how thoughtfully we do it, is changing. Ideas …

Minimalism

Beautiful Crochet Dress

Almost three years ago I decided to crochet a dress. By then I had a good amount of crochet experience but I was in no way ready for the challenge …

They don’t really talk to me anymore

Joe left this morning for a business trip, leaving me all to my own devices for the weekend (so far I have really cut loose and vacuumed the bedroom) …

Flowers

Creating Artful Community with Marin Sewing Lab

<i>Written and Photographed by Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss</i><p>Pia Andersson has a rich background of over 20 years in design and product development, gaining …

Color: A Cheerful Guide for Knitters, Part IV

Ann Weaver has got us seeing color in a whole new way. A dazzling explanation.The post Color: A Cheerful Guide for Knitters, Part IV appeared first …

Painting

Incredible Knitted Moths Could Go in a Natural History Museum

Max Alexander turns Shetland wool into scientifically accurate depictions of various moth species.<p>Although the majority of moth species are not wool eaters, the insects are generally seen as enemies of knitted fabrics. But as Max Alexander's ongoing sculpture series demonstrates, moths and woolen …

Insects

Long Distance Knitting Ninja

I’ve got two feelings about knitting that most of you will have guessed by now. (Well, I have lots and lots of feelings about knitting, but let’s …

Love

The quiet joy of watching other people knit

If you've never been a knitter, perhaps you're a knitter-watcher — a term Barbara Levine uses to describe herself in the introduction of her book</i> …

Giving Yourself The Freedom To Suck

So I've just been at the wonderful Squam - and what a joy it was. But that isn't what I wanted to talk to you about today. I'll show you a couple of …

Mind

Grazing At the Cutting Edge

<i>Written by Erin Rae & Photographed by Paige Green</i><br>“I want to tell the story of sheep.” states the bright, blue-eyed Robert Irwin, one of the …

Agriculture

Giant crocheted installation of urchins floats above city marina

Crochet and other forms of handmade crafts are making a comeback, thanks to renewed interest in DIY self-sufficiency. But we've also seen crochet …

The Wartime Spies Who Used Knitting as an Espionage Tool

Grandma was just making a sweater. Or was she?<p>During World War I, a grandmother in Belgium knitted at her window, watching the passing trains. As one …

Beautiful 3D Embroidery Art That “Leaps Off The Page” By Sheena Liam

Using embroidery hoops and a black thread as a substitute for her subject’s long locks, Liam’s embroidered art features women with flowing locks of …

The Ongoing-ness Of Stash Less

<i>Stash Less is a series where we talk about having a thoughtful stash. You can find all the past posts in this series here. Enjoy!</i>It’s the third …

Inspiration

Fig Leaves Are Out. What to Wear to Be Kind to the Planet?

In the Garden of Eden, figuring out what to wear was easy and the fig leaves were environmentally friendly. Today, it’s much harder to find clothes that don’t have some kind of negative impact on the planet.<p>Textile manufacturers use complicated chemical and industrial processes to make clothing …

Sustainability

The Richness of the Land with Weirauch Farm & Creamery

<i>Written by Terra Christian; Photographed by Kalie Ilana Kassel-Feiss</i>A stark January day, one of those that California is famous for, when the sun …

Farming