* 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.


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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