Each month the team here at Niche Media picks an outstanding niche magazine to highlight. This month’s pick: Primitive Quilts and Projects, a quarterly magazine dedicated to the primitive quilter, rug hooker, and stitcher. It is published by Homespun Media, LLC, a company owned by sisters Jeni Gaston, Gretchen Streeter, and Judy Williamson.
Each issue features at least 15 projects by some of the most admired designers in the primitive fiber arts world. Patterns and instructions for quilts, hooked rugs, wool appliqué, and other primitive crafts provide most of the content. The look and feel of the magazine truly stands out…high-quality photography and must-make designs printed on on high-quality paper to make their featured projects shine. They also highlight the charitable work that takes place in the quilting world, and their mother, Mary Falcsik writes a fun advice column in “Ask Mom.”
What are “primitive” quilts and projects? Gretchen Streeter explains: “Very simply, the word “primitive” just means un-trained. So, primitive anything is just a very simply done project. It doesn’t mean sloppy or unskilled…it just might not be geometric or proportionate. The words “folk art” are often lumped in, and that brings images of home, hand-made and the simple things. In our first issue, we asked all of the contributing designers to answer that question. It was interesting to read different takes on the idea!” [Read more...]