Thursday, December 4, 2014

Selvedge Magazine (AND GIVEAWAY!)


I routinely receive emails where I am asked to review products in exchange for free product. 99.9% of the time I ignore these emails, as the products are things like nail polish, sunglasses, cheap RTW... items that have no relevance to my blog.

Several weeks ago I was contacted by Selvedge Magazine, and this time I was glad to accept a free copy in exchange for a review.

Back when Borders was a brick-and-mortar store near my home in SF, I loved to visit and look at the rack of international craft and fashion magazines, typically when the little ones were with daddy, so I wouldn't be distracted. One of my favorite magazines to peruse was Selvedge, published in England.

They sent issue 61, the "North" (winter) issue. The full title of the magazine is: selvedge: THE FABRIC OF YOUR LIFE and the tagline on the cover is "Textiles in Fashion, Fine Art, Craft, Design, Interiors, Travel and Shopping." That pretty much sums up their offering: an interesting collection of global, historical, and contemporary information and inspiration in fashion, craft, and industry. They cover the gamut, but this is not a magazine of patterns—it's for textile-inclined artists and all lovers of textiles.

I've peppered this post with a sampling of photos from the issue so you can enjoy some of the eye candy.

I've just learned that Selvedge now offers digital subscriptions, which is a great money saving (and space saving) option! (You might also be interested in following their Facebook page.)

GIVEAWAY FOR FREE SUBSCRIPTION!

Selvedge Magazine has kindly offered to to give away a free digital subscription to one of my readers! If you would like to enter the drawing, please leave a comment on this post. I will draw a name next Wednesday. THANKS!


What's Up?

Wow, it was nice to have 5 days off last week, with Thanksgiving break and a bit of vacation thrown in.

I did not sew one stitch.

Instead, I read, knitted (a disappointing hat), cleaned, decluttered (preparing for the holidays), spent a day hanging out—and making fudge—with one daughter, had mega phone conversations with the other, binge watched murder mysteries, caught up with Serial and my favorite "reality" TV show, Anna Wintour's Fashion Fund...and just generally enjoyed not sewing.

Since Thanksgiving, it's (finally) been raining. A lot.

mem and I were walking back from lunch and I spied someone snapping this cell photo, with us in the background. I asked him to send me a copy. (And later discovered that I was imposing myself on one of our VPs. :)

Over Thanksgiving, DD2 thoroughly enjoyed the 60°F San Francisco weather, where "the air doesn't hurt your face." When she returned to Minnesota, it was 0°F.

84 comments:

  1. Are you as thrilled by the rain as I was? It rained nearly an inch at our LA-area home! After a week of 0F temps in Boulder, I was happy to walk on the beach in the surf w/ Bad Dad. The water felt unusually warm for late Nov. Can you believe how few people were on the beach the day before Thanksgiving?
    http://badmomgoodmom.blogspot.com/2014/12/wordless-wednesday.html

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    1. YES! I have very much been enjoying the rain and have been posting lots of rain pics on FB. ;) Glad you got home for the holiday!

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    2. And please enter me for the selvedge drawing.

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  2. That is a great pic of you and mem!!!

    I miss Borders a lot.

    And I love your daughter's comment about SF air not hurting her face!

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    1. Thanks, Kyle! Yes, Borders was a great store!

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  3. Sometimes it's good NOT to do something. You seem to have had a great holiday.
    Selvedge looks worth further investigation. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Magazine sounds really nice!
    Breaks are good especially when they are with family :)

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  5. Looks like a lovely break. I have bought Selvedge a few times (I live in England). I tend to buy it if it has a theme that especially appeals to me and use it more as an inspirational jumping off point than anything else. I have kept the copies I've bought as they are worth looking at more than once.

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  6. Selvedge is eye candy for me. Lovely photos and a taste of the exotic. I am glad you got rain as it was sorely needed. We had 2 days of overcast and one day of gentle, never-ending rain. What a treat here in the desert :-)

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  7. We still have Powell's Bookstore in Portland.
    Alas, the allure of glossy sewing/fabric/textile mags is not enough for me to want to drive into Portland often.
    I am one of the few who wants to hold a magazine in my hands.

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  8. I always enjoy your posts and your great creativity, would also like to win the subscription - thanks!

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  9. Beautiful magazine! Makes me want to grow my hair long and surround myself with sheepskins and huskies!

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  10. I took a circumpolar studies course last year, so these images have some meaning for me! Lol! Beautiful.

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  11. Gorgeous issue. I would love a subscription! Thank you.

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  12. I just started reading your blog and get lots of good information from it. Thanks for the magazine review. I am definitely going to check out Selvege.

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  13. Salvage disappeared from the racks of my local bookstore. So I would love a subscription. I'm also enjoying Bay Area weather as I just returned from Yosemite.

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  14. The magazine looks wonderful! We still have a Barnes and Noble in Baton Rouge, so I will definitely look for it!

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  15. wow!
    Selvege- always interesting and inspiring -on a post from you dear Shams!
    also Shams ~always always interesting and inspiring!
    thanksgiving was a nice time to enjoy being in the moment.
    love love love the rain. 5 inches here at our house so far...

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  16. I read Selvedge in the Barnes and Noble (thanks, Inattentive Front of House Manager!) and then I put it back up on the shelf. A local fabric store jokes that you can read it in the store but it's a rental for that time. It's eye candy, and I do love candy, but I can make myself something sweet to wear for that kinda moola. On the other hand, the digital sub seems to come with ALL 62 issues of the magazine, so I could drop about $80 and have a year to read them all. Kinda like a weekly only more so. Hmmmmmm. Now that works for me!

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  17. I would LOVE to win a digital subscription to Selvedge - I too read it when at various inattentive bookstores! Thanks so much for this opportunity. I am so glad you enjoyed a long, relaxing Thanksgiving break. You are such an inspiration to us all, reminding us we need to power down now and then in order to recharge.

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  18. Selvedge seems to me to be the much more interesting side of the split when Threads magazine decided to go sewing only and abandon its coverage of other fiberarts. I would find a digital subscription very interesting. Thank you!

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  19. I'd love to win the Selvedge digital subscription, Sharon, but more importantly, I want to let you know how much I love your blog. Your are one of the most multi-talented, fascinating, literate bloggers I've come across, and your posts always add joy to my day. I guess you get a double thank you: one for the contest, and one for so generously sharing your life and your knowledge on the web.

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  20. I love perusing Selvedge when I can find it, but it's rare these days it seems. I too have not been sewing for about three weeks, but today is the day! Was on vacation in Quebec where it was very cold, but I'm one of those strange people who enjoy the cold weather! Was glad we finally got some rain when I returned. We are up to 3 inches so far at my locale!

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  21. The Textile Junkie's Ultimate Fix! Absolutely delicious. I miss seeing such wonderful magazine. I moved from the SF Bay area to a very rural and remote area of Washington - must travel by ferry to go most places. Its has taken a while to figure out the things I miss most - being a textile junkie has clearly identified some gaps in my new life. Sue

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  22. Selvedge is such a luxurious magazine. I don't see it often enough.

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  23. What inspiration. I would thoroughly enjoy a subscription.

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  24. Hi Shams - I've always loved that magazine - lots of inspiration - I would really enjoy a subscription.

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  25. What a gorgeous magazine. I do wish it were a little more affordable, thereby a little easier to justify with the already large number of mags and catalogs coming my way.

    I laughed out loud at your daughter's observation "where the air doesn't hurt your face." Makes me glad I divorced my way out of visiting Minnesota in-laws every Christmas those many years ago! ;)

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  26. I checked out your hat. I have a good seed stitch hat pattern suggestion for you. I will send you the link via PM on Ravelry, but it's Carol Sunday's Stone Hollow Hat. Cehck out her Black Stone Hollow: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/CarolSunday/stone-hollow-hat-2

    Also, Ysolda's Ripley is a very warm hat, and I think it's cute. My daughter, also, thinks it's cute (the slouchy beanie variation).

    I picked these because they are particularly warm, have worthy details, and could be knit at a bulky gauge.

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  27. Please add me to your drawing for the magazine.
    My dd went to high school in northwest Massachusetts and then refused to look north for college; she was tired of the cold and snow.

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  28. Enjoyed your post and photos of 60 degree weather! Please enter me in your drawing. Thank you!

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  29. My absolute favorite mag.....would LOVE this....thank you for sharing....love your blog, re-read your weight-loss story when I need inspiration....less than 20 degrees here in mid-coast Maine right now.....

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  30. Too bad about the hat - I read your Ravelry post. I hate when knitting patterns aren't worth what they cost. I hope you find one you really like.
    Selvedge is an awesome magazine and I would love to be included in your drawing.
    Love seeing your photos of rain and warm weather. All is gray here in Massachusetts. And some dirty white stuff, left over from Thanksgiving.

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  31. Selvedge is a fantastic magazine. Thanks for the chance to win a digital subscription. I enjoy your blog. mfhagopian@aol.com

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  32. Oh I love Selvedge...but can't find it around here any more. Thanks for doing the giveaway! It sounds like your vacation was absolutely lovely.

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  33. Magazine sounds great, thanks for the chance to win!
    dawnm1993 at gmail dot com

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  34. Thanks for the giveaway offer of Selvedge -- it looks really interesting. I'm also so happy to have rain, finally, but I wish Mother Nature could spread it out a little -- we got dumped on our way up to the City tonight!

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  35. may i enter the giveaway for selvedge?

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  36. I'd love to win the free subscription. I, too, used to look at Selvedge in Borders and even splurged a time or two and took one home.

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  37. Ah, rain. Not a good thing here, when it freezes at night. I live in PA, so we now have days where the temperature drops to 10 degrees F and the wind makes it feel like -2F. I miss 60F =)

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  38. Selvedge sounds like the older issues of Threads--I loved the old focus on the creative process! Yes, please enter me in the giveaway!

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  39. I'd love to win a Selvedge subscription!

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  40. Selvedge looks interesting, I've never seen it. I have a nearby B&N, but the only time I really spend in there is with the Sunday morning knitting group that meets in the Starbucks inside. I'm trying to decrease the paper in my life, so I'll definitely have a look at the digital sub. Thanks. Karen

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  41. Oh I think it would be awesome to win the subscription. Ty

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  42. Love the eye candy of Selvedge...count me in!

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  43. Hi Shams, I enjoy reading your blog and seeing your amazing creations. Selvedge is the magazine of my dreams! I would love a subscription.

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  44. I would love to be entered in the contest. Great photos!

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  45. Looks like great magazine, thanks Julie

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  46. I've never read (or seen) the magazine. It looks interesting so would like to have a chance to look it over. Thanks

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  47. This looks like an absolutely intriguing magazine -- I would love to win a subscription. sarah@forrussia.org

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  48. Selvedge is the best! A digital subscription would be most fabulous!

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  49. After producing that amazing double faced jacket for the Britex Blog, you more than earned a relax and regenerate. I hope you're really refreshed. BTW, I mean just between the 2 of us- couldn't you rig the contest and just pull my name out to win the Selvedge contest? Who would know?

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  50. This is a fun magazine to look through and would be great to have digitally for inspiration! Glad you enjoyed your time off.

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  51. I would love to win this magazine subscription!

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  52. I love selvage magazine. Very fascinating.
    I also love your blog and all of your fitting tips.

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  53. Throw my name in please!! My birthday is this week and that would be a lovely gift :) I don't buy the magazine on a regular basis, but it's a time to time treat.
    Always love the photos.

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  54. I love Selvedge and have saved every copy I've bought in the past. It is so inspiring, and I always feel energized and ready to join in sewing and other fiber activities. I also love your blog...you are impressive!

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  55. I used to enjoy perusing Selvedge on the magazine stand at B&N and bought a few back in the day. Would love to see it again. Hope your statcation gets your mojo going again!

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  56. Wow, this sounds like something I would just love.

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  57. I haven't made fudge in years! What a great idea.
    Selvedge is a beautiful magazine...please count me in!

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  58. Oh oh oh! I would be thrilled to win a subscription to Selvedge! Such a stunningly beautiful magazine. Thanks to both you and the publishers for this chance.

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  59. I love Selvedge and miss looking at it at Borders.

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  60. I'm a sucker for anything to do with sewing. Thanks for sharing all your sewing adventures!

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  61. PLEASE enter me for the drawing. I love Selvedge!!!

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  62. I haven't ever even seen this mag on our book store shelf...but they don't even have threads so...there's that. I need to win this :)

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  63. Love Selvedge. Love your blog. Cheers!

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  65. Love your blog and am in awe of your talent. Please enter my name for the Selvedge giveaway.

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  66. You are so generous! I thought that Selvedge was way out of my price range. How wonderful that it's now available on line for less.

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  67. have followed you and never posted
    like stalking i guess lol

    maybe this one will actually publish and I win the magazines
    Cheers
    chrissie hines

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  68. Selvage is a gorgeous magazine. Thank you for a chance to win such a lovely gift. Sue in Sequim

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  69. Selvedge is great eye candy, love to absorb it all in. Would LOVE to win a free subscription!!

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  70. I would love to win this magazine subscription. Please add me to the draw.

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  71. I've been following your blog for years and am awed by your skill and creativity! Shams, you rock! (I'd have said this whether or not a magazine subscription was in play.) :)

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  72. The magazine looks like great inspiration. Please enter me in the drawing!

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  73. I enjoy your blog. We don't have Thanksgiving here; at least not in the same way with national holiday. Our weather has been unseasonably warm but I understand that's about to change. I'd love to win the digital subscription to Selvedge.

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  74. I'm just learning to sew and you are a great inspiration to me! A year of Selvedge would be fantastic.

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  75. Count me in.
    Deborah @ Sew Much to Give.blogspot.com

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  76. I have always loved this magazine. I went into mourning when Barnes and Noble stopped stocking it.

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  77. I'd never heard of Selvedge magazine! Thanks for sharing all the info and cool pictures. I definitely would enjoy a subscription.

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  78. I have never seen Selvedge either, but it looks amazing and like it would be lots of fun.

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