At long last, CraftSanity Magazine Issue 9 is out!
NOTE: The PDF edition will be available as an instant download from the left side bar of CraftSanity.com next week for $6. All the back issues and the Holiday 2012 special edition are currently available for instant download.
Issue 9 includes an exciting variety of projects sure to inspire a creative summer of fun activity. Here are the highlights:
*This issue contains a collection of stories about printmaking, a Q&A with Grand Rapids printmaker Alynn Guerra and tutorials on carving your own blocks and making your own press.
*Ingrid Dudek shares the story behind her lovely handknit and felted slippers.
* In a rare interview, designer Lynne Barr, shares her story and the Stacked Necklace pattern from her new knitting book, "The Shape of Knitting."
*Extreme quilter, Deborah Haltiwanger, tells us how she hand stitched a king-sized quilt out of quarter inch hexagons and then I show you how to make a pendent using 15 tiny hexagons
*Craft Blogger Melissa Haworth shows us how to make a collaborative mystery quilt and invites readers to collaborate with her.
* I keep up the random quilting theme going with tutorial to make a freestyle flower quilt like the one I made for my daughter, Amelia.
* Read a Q&A with designer Ryan Hollist and then sample his Switchback Scarf pattern excerpted from "Crochet One-Skein Wonders" edited by Judith Durant & Edie Eckman.
*Crochet a striped teapot cozy by designer Alessandra Hayden. (These are kind of addictive. I've already made two. : )
*The fun cover craft story is about sewing monster party favors for guests to adopt and take home from the next kid party you host. This is fun and so much better than buying plastic party favors that end up in the trash.
*In this issue we're featuring a Q&A with Sherri Brooks Vinton, author of "Put 'em Up! A Preserving Guide & Cookbook" and let you sample two recipes from the book: apple and pear sauce and another recipe to make potato and cheese pierogis. (You serve the pierogis with the homemade sauce and it tastes awesome.)
*I also included three family favorite recipes for chewy chocolate granola bars, holy guacamole and bruschetta. You gotta try these, folks!
* This issue includes a story about Laura Zander, co-owner of Jimmy Beans Wool and author of "Knit Red" and "Sew Red" compilation books that include knitting and sewing projects from top designers and great information to raise awareness about heart disease in women and funds for The Heart Truth Campaign. This feature includes a Mini Red Dress knitting pattern designed by Loretta Dachman for "Knit Red."
Other projects in this issue include:
* a fun handwritten font designed by Rebecca Green to embroider .
* my tutorial on how to make a portable watercolor paint set
* a story about gardening with cinder blocks
As you can see, I packed a lot into this issue and I really hope you enjoy it. I wish you all the best handmade summer ever! - Jennifer