By Hand a lifestyle magazine for those who make and do
While I was down at Juniper Moon Farm, Susan Gibbs launched the By Hand Kickstarter Campaign to fund a new lifestyle magazine for people that make and do. A few months ago Susan contacted me about possibly contributing to the magazine. To which I answered with a squeal, "Heck yeah! I'm up for anything!" When I saw her on the farm she asked if I'd be willing to be the sewing editor. Once again, I squealed, "Heck yeah!" A magazine dedicated to people that are makers! Folks like you and me! I am 100% behind this.
<PREVIEWEND>The first week I checked on the campaign with my limited cell service each morning while holding my phone above my head in the middle of the pasture. WOW! Susan and Jeannie have to be jumping for joy, totally funded in 5 days! But here's the thing, just because their first goal was met doesn't mean they couldn't use your pledge. Additional funding means MORE digital content. The ability to post full online tutorials in all areas of the magazine (cooking, gardening, woodworking, knitting, crochet, sewing, and more). Additional funding means I'll be able to launch actual downloadable patterns! And serious all out stitching tutorials by some of my favorite stitching geniuses (Like Lizzy House!!!). It's going to be the bomb[dot]com. For reals.
This magazine is for every kind of maker, too. You can expect to find articles and tutorials on woodworking, vegetable gardening, cheese-making, canning, block printing, do-gooding, and re-purposing. Everyone involved is first and foremost a maker. With a wealth of useful magazine making knowledge to boot. (Did you know I have a BA in English? And wrote for most of my college career a monthly column for the Drake Times-Delphic? Hah, that degree is paying off!)
Have I convinced you to pledge yet? Well, if my involvement isn't enough consider the incredible gifts for your pledge. (Besides just my gratitude!) The By Hand tees and letter-press posters are amazing. I want all seven posters for our shop. Can you picture them all on the studio wall inspiring you to make something? Because we all know that "The Revolution WILL BE hand made." You betcha it will be. And I know you will all be a part of it. If you are feeling wicked fancy and wealthy, you could pledge $3,000 and enjoy dinner for 10 in the sheep pasture. Local food and wine whipped up by Zac and Susan which is totally worth every penny - I know. This sheep pasture dinner is a dream of mine and I really want someone I know to enjoy this. (If you invite me to your dinner, I'll sew you a garment to wear.) So please, if you have the inclination, please pledge your support today. And be a part of the Hand Made Revolution.
xoVirginia, By Hand Sewing Editor (yep, that does sound good!)