Issue 4 is an invitation 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.
In its pages you’ll find accessory and garment patterns that do just that by introducing us to a new technique, a unique construction method, a 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.
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 the companies they support.
Acorn Shawl by ash alberg in YOTH Yarns Daughter
Bones Cardigan by Julie Robinson in BC Garn Loch Lomond
Frostbeam Shawl by Marina Skua in Marina Skua Mendip DK
Multitudes Hat by Hanna Lisa Haferkamp in Wing & A Prayer Farm Yarns
Ribb-Party Socks by Renate Kamm in Tulliver Yarn High Twist Sock
Sarcactus Sweater by Marina Skua in Marina Skua Mendip DK
Starring The Difference Cardigan by Julia Exner in Walcot Yarns Opus
Tauko Hat by Sari Nordlund in G-uld New Zealandsk Lammeuld
Unity Cardigan by Crystal Hiatt in Erika Knight British Blue 100
Wayfarer Shawl by Biches et Bûches Le Petit Lambswool
In addition to the designs, we feature three fantastic contributions in Issue 4:
ash alberg shares deep, thoughtful, and inspiring insights into norms and standards and their story in “on being ‘queer enough’”
Caroline Frett illustrates her view on standards beautifully in “Miss Me With Your Bullshit Norms”
Crystal Hiatt dives into her story as a plus-size designer and inclusivity activist in “Embrace”