The latest issue of Ottobre Design features some adorable summer fashions for kids. I would love to scale up a couple of the patterns for myself: This issue also includes instructions for two cute accessories: a button necklace (on the cover) and a little girl's purse, which I'd love to try.
I was also excited to learn that individual issues of the magazine, as well as a subscription, can be ordered at The Wooly Thread. And the fabric featured in the magazine is available at Bunte Fabrics, which has a lovely though pricey assortment of organic fabrics, including the cutest organic bias tape. According to the web site, the fabric is free from formaldehyde and synthetic dyes.
The Shoe issue of Craft is very timely, because I have been thinking about how to approach summer shoe shopping in a sustainable manner. None of the shoe-making tutorials makes me want to go out and become a cobbler, but there are several interesting ideas for jazzing up old shoes, including knitting a new upper, painting on cool designs, and of course, the ultimate in nature-friendly design: applying birdseed to a pair of flats.I was also thrilled to see two of my favorite artist-bloggers featured in this issue. Elsa Mora's exquisitely crafted paper bee is included as one of the Favorite Trinkets and Treasures, though she deserves a multi-page spread, in my opinion.
A short feature on Danny Mansmith shows him in his studio surrounded by many of his pieces. Again, this artist calls for more content, Craft! I was disappointed that most of the article was culled directly from Mansmith's web site, and there was little discussion of the incredibly wide range of objects he creates. I guess I'll just have to keep trolling through his website to learn more about what he creates!