Friday, April 06, 2007


Ok, I admit it, I am hopelessly addicted to craft magazines ~especially imported ones. Seeing as I don't drink or smoke, I am surely allowed one vice? So far this month, I have had a stack of new ones come my way so I thought I'd do quick review for those interested.

My favourite Aussie knitting mag is YARN ( available in the Crafty Mamas SHOP). This issue is the biggest ever and has some really cool patterns and great info on spinning.

Another great knitting mag I have newly found, thanks to the lovely Justinamaria, is Intervweave KNITS. This mag has beautiful patterns and heaps of technical info...most of which is currently over my head, but I'm slowly increasing my knitting knowledge. Here's the site addy which shows the latest issue and also has extra freeby knitting patterns ( knitted lingerie!)


And, of course, I just love a good sewing magazine. New ones to have arrived this week are...

SewNews. The April/May issue. Lots of great info on Home dec sewing and the run down on the US Spring fashion trends. I also like this mag as it is very helpful to the new machine embroiderer, lots of great tips and designs. Also, it has great tips for plus size sewing. I subscribe to this mag.

A new one the newsagent put me onto this week, by the makers of THREADS is Sew Stylish. It has wonderful info for newby sewers, and covers pretty much everything you need to know. It is the Premier Spring issue, worth having a look at. The website is
Another Fave of mine is Cutting Edge magazine. It has great ideas for recons, sewing for yourself and family and home decorating. It's slightly funkier than Sew New and Threads.


I was not sure what it was that I loved about Japanese sewing books so much...but I think I now know. I think I am attracted to their tidy, white washed and lots of old wood photo shots. Lots of neatness and creativity. I think that's it! And their streamlined, non fussy patterns. And lots of navy, yep. Anyway, I have two new Cotton Time magazines...

#1 and #3

And another called CAFE Kids Very funky! .ISBN 978-4-529-04332-8

So, although my Crafting time is Zilch at the moment, I can read and dream!


Sachiko said...

Thank you visited to my blog.I gald to you had Japanese bokks.Do you make anything ?

Crafty Mama said...

Hi choko! I have made a few thngs from past Cotton Times, and can't wait to make some from these new issues! So much to choose from!
Thankyou for visiting my blog!

Corrie said...

ohhhh a woman after my own heart! just bought interweave today, love ottobre and I have the latest cotton time and of course want more japanese craft books!!!!! I've only made an apron from them!

I love the look of cutting edge! where can you find that???


Crafty Mama said...

Hi Corrie! I pick up Cutting Edge from our local newsagent, or you can subscribe direct from the US ( cheaper!) Let me know if you need more info!

G and V Shearer said...

I will have to keep a look out for the Cutting Edge Mag..looks interesting!! Loving your cotton times mags.

Aimlessdaze said...

What an awesome selection!!!

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