Magpie Times will be released on March 17, 2024!

Magpie Times will be released on March 17, 2024!

Pre-order your copy of Magpie Times: Historic Gardens That Inspire Us, ready to ship on March 17, 2024. You can choose between a beautiful print version (20% off cover price) or a slick digital version (40% off cover price).

The picture doesn't do it justice, but click this link for a sneak peek at the digital magazine:

The digital magazine is perfect for anyone who lives outside the US, wants to save some money, or maybe a tree? Both versions come complete with a free pattern insert.

The idea for creating a new magazine for fiber artists started when Deana David of Ribbon Candy Hooking and YouTube fame called me on the phone last fall. She asked if I wanted to work on a new project with her. Well, I didn't need to hear any more than that. My response, in a word, was YES.

Deana David is one of my very favorite people. Every time I see her talk, I want to stop what I'm doing and hook a rug. Her deep experience and knowledge of art history is always enlightening, highlighting many details I never would have noticed about style and creativity. If you've never tuned in to her Coffee Time shows, or read her books (Design Like An Artist and Easy Beautiful Handmade Rag Rugs) you must check them out.

This first issue of Magpie Times features the work of 33 artists and 21 free patterns that you can use to welcome in Spring. We are so grateful to all the contributors who shared their work and ideas. Maybe you’ll be encouraged to share your own work in the next issue?

The theme of our June issue is Midsummer Magic. We welcome photos, projects, and stories that make us think of Summer; country fairs, lazy vacations, games, hot air balloons, farmer’s markets, birds, bees, flowers, trees… We can’t wait to see what you come up with. 

Beginning Rug Hooking Class project: Learn to hook with yarn, T-shirt strips, wool fabric strips, and cotton strips!

I’ll be teaching a Beginning Rug Hooking class and having my booth at the Shepherds Extravaganza at the King County Fairgrounds in Enumclaw, WA, April 5th and 6th. We’ll have fleece judging and sale, a fiber arts competition, used equipment sale, and lots of vendors. Click here to find out more. Maybe you’ll enter something you’ve made! Entry forms must be received by March 20, so if you want to take my class (or any of the others), or enter the fiber arts competition, show a fleece, or just hang out with a bunch of crafty people, download the entry form and get it in soon.

Well, I guess that's it for now. I can't wait till you see the Magpie Times!

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