* Parasol craft

Posted on August 27th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Review.


I just downloaded the first issue of Parasol Craft and thought I’d do a little review.  In a kind of karmic series of events, I found out about the existance of Parasol Craft because of some unpleasantness on Spoonflower today. (fwiw, I have always wondered if you can upload not-strictly-yours patterns for personal use.  I guess now I know the answer.  Too bad because all those fancy scrapbook papers are just so tempting to scan in and make fabric out of.)

Anyway, the magazine is a $2.50 PDF download, available right after you pay, for immediate gratification.

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Much like it’s predecessor Parasol (which is free), it’s mostly profiles of various crafters, book authors, etsy sellers, and bloggers, including several good ones I hadn’t known about before.  Bonuses: a huge number of links to check out, which, thank goodness, are clickable in the PDF, and an accompanying playlist of songs on Imeem (requires annoying but free registration).

Really, though, I was willing to pay for Parasol craft because of the super cute dolly patterns.  a print a day has even posted two more dollies for free on her blog!  I want to make them all and give them to some little girl to have tea parties with.  There are a few other printable projects included (some embroidery designs, some scrapbooking-type graphics), but I didn’t find them as enchanting as the dollies.

Next issue has a Japanese/Kawaii theme, so I’m looking forward to that. :)



2 Responses to “Parasol craft”

  1. Kim Says:

    Maitreya, you CAN use patterns from pattern sourcebooks (e.g. the Petite Pattern series from Japan, the upcoming volumes from Reprodepot from Chronicle Books) to print for personal use — lots of good stuff there. I don’t know if there’s a method in place to keep them out of Spoonflower’s contests, though … that could potentially cause trouble!

  2. futuregirl Says:

    Thanks for the review. I was wondering if it was worth the click-through. :)

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