Star Gazing: Nuno Magazine’s Fall Issue

fall issue of Nuno Magazine

If your read our review of the Spring issue, you probably know that we at CAGW are big fans of Nuno Magazine.

Nuno magazine is published in eformat, as a pdf, so that you only have to expend paper resources where you wish to, such as for pattern pieces or reference. When reviewing the fall issue, Star Gazing, I read the magazine online, then printed out the pattern pieces for just the felt cloche, which I made for myself, and the star pillow, which my seven-year-old is happily sewing at the other end of our work table as I write.

Nuno Magazine is published seasonally, with all its projects tied together under one theme, yet with a broad variety of crafts to choose from. The fall Star Gazing issue includes cool weather projects, such as the hat and a crocheted cowl, autumn crafts, such as sweater pumpkins and a bat mask, and crafts that use everything from felted wool to newspaper to tin cans to mimic the stars in the night sky.
Nuno Magazine's star pillowThe most important aspect of Nuno Magazine, however, is its emphasis on eco-friendly crafting that uses primarily recycled materials. Along with the upcycled newspapers and sweaters and cans and plastic bags that you’ll use to make the crafts, Star Gazing includes separate tutorials for projects such as fusing plastic, salvaging yarn from sweaters, and making pom poms and tassels from salvaged yarn.

This D.I.Y., made-from-scratch ethic means that many of the projects included are quite kid-friendly, if you have any small crafters in your midst. As I’ve been writing and researching and browsing, my daughter has managed to piece together both halves of her star pillow and then sew them right sides together quite by herself. Now she needs me to show her how to use a bamboo skewer to get those star points nice and pointy as she turns them, however, so if you’ll excuse me…

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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.

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