Selvedge Magazine

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Please allow me to introduce you to my very favorite magazine of all time. First, let me tell you how we met.

When I first moved to London in 2007, and, you know, took care of some of those pesky details like where to send the kids to school, I made sure to check out the newsstands. Being a magazine junkie and all, how could I not? They’re kind of like the internet, except the content stays where you remember it being. And what did I find there, you ask? In addition to British Vogue, in addition to Burdastyle, well, I found Selvedge. Which I had never heard of. Which was made, quite improbably, by people who are into exactly the same things I am into. Travel. Exoticism. And textiles. Maybe these are the same things you’re into? I proceeded to acquire every issue published during my stay there.

I keep all of my back issues

I keep all of my back issues

When I moved back to the US in 2009 (I am American, don’cha know), I was a little disappointed to find that Selvedge is a bit expensive in the US. I still always get the Christmas issue. My heart races just thinking about the Selvedge Christmas issue. And a couple of other issues throughout the year. I even did at least one project, or three based directly on a photo in Selvedge. I’m sure I’ve done many more projects based not-so-directly on what I’ve seen there.

sheep!

sheep!

And to reveal just how much of a textile geek I actually am, I will share with you my favorite feature in any magazine ever. It is from, you guessed it, Selvedge (issue 25). It is a pictorial featuring different photos of sheep (no, stay with me), with a brief description of the quality of wool that each sheep produces. It’s like they looked into my brain and saw my deepest fantasy that I may one day own and operate a fiber-based farm, and they thought they would give me a little encouragement.

rainwear

rainwear

For me, Selvedge fills a niche that no other publication does. It’s so easy to get caught up in Western ideas of fashion and textiles, and forget that there’s a whole world of dress out there that’s not dependent on cookie cutter factory-produced goods for the western market. Perhaps I will never make a waterproof parka out of seal intestine (like the one pictured on page 59 of issue 61), but I am happy to know that such a useful garment exists.

a stunning take on the round-yoke Nordic sweater

a stunning take on the round-yoke Nordic sweater

One of the editors of Selvedge contacted me a couple of weeks ago, asking if I would like a copy to review. I jumped at the chance. For me, the item is something that I might well have bought anyway, and the product is so amazing that I am happy to try to boost their sales if I can. They sent me Issue 61, themed North. It outlines textile traditions in various northern locales, like Iceland, Scandinavia, and Alaska. The front cover features the world’s most luxurious dogsled. At least one of the features reminds me quite a bit of one of my favorite fashion spreads of all time, a 1966 photo spread in Vogue featuring Veruschka in furs in the snow.

If you find yourself wanting a treat, pick up a copy. If you’re in the US it may be a little pricey for it to be a regular thing. Then again, it’s not much more expensive than a lot of indie patterns out there, which lots of people buy and never use. So if it’s in your budget, go for it! In New Jersey, where I live (don’t laugh at me! It’s nice here!) they sell it at Barnes and Noble. You can also order it from selvedge.org. Seriously. Check it out.

And I have a digital subscription to give away! If you would like to be in the drawing for it, please leave a comment. I’ll close comments on Sunday, and do the drawing on Monday, December 1.

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52 Comments

  1. monaverdour
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 2:28 am | Permalink | Reply

    Please please pick me! I love the way you write your blog. So matter of fact. And always about sewing clothes. Not about your sewing room or where you want to go on holiday. Just your sewing! Love it

  2. ParisGrrl
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 3:04 am | Permalink | Reply

    I’d not heard of this magazine before– thanks for sharing!

  3. Lyndle
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 3:13 am | Permalink | Reply

    I’ve never heard of Selvedge but it sounds fab. You had me at the seal intestine coat. I am going to seek out at least one issue! Thank you for telling us about it.

  4. Posted November 24, 2014 at 3:38 am | Permalink | Reply

    I love Selvedge too! It’s endlessly fascinating. My favorite article was one that showed different decoration designs on Hindu cattle I believe.

  5. Sam
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 3:54 am | Permalink | Reply

    I’ve never heard of this magazine (over here in Australia) and so I followed the link you provided. And there goes my evening!

    It looks like a beautiful magazine!

    Sam

  6. Posted November 24, 2014 at 4:40 am | Permalink | Reply

    That looks like a fascinating magazine. Please enter me into your draw. Thanks. Kim

  7. Posted November 24, 2014 at 5:33 am | Permalink | Reply

    I’ve never heard of this before, thanks for posting this. I would find the sheep article fascinating too, I’ve just bought some brown Jacob yarn and really love that my sweater will be au natural and the same colour as the sheep who produced it! I’d love to be entered into the giveaway!

  8. Posted November 24, 2014 at 5:47 am | Permalink | Reply

    Oh looks fantastic and I love interesting magazines that aren’t about the normal dribble.

  9. Posted November 24, 2014 at 7:14 am | Permalink | Reply

    Oooh- this loks likeserious textile dork stuff! I want, I want!!!

  10. Suze in CO
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 7:16 am | Permalink | Reply

    That looks like a terrific magazine to settle in and dream with over the winter!

  11. Posted November 24, 2014 at 7:20 am | Permalink | Reply

    I’ve seen Selvedge in the bookstore magazine racks in the US and thought it was interesting but too expensive. Thanks for reviewing it! I’ll have to see if it’s in the newsstand in Germany, where I am currently living.

    • Posted November 24, 2014 at 7:25 am | Permalink | Reply

      By the way, I’m a “Jersey Girl” – I grew up in South Jersey and miss the shore, the cheese steaks from nearby Philly and Tastykakes.

  12. Rita
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 7:47 am | Permalink | Reply

    I discovered this magazine too. Great stuff! I’ll continue to look at it. Thanks.

  13. lauriesannie
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 8:26 am | Permalink | Reply

    What a great way to start a week. We rarely think of the millions of people in other parts of the world who view garments differently. I love your blog. Thanks.

  14. Posted November 24, 2014 at 8:47 am | Permalink | Reply

    I have had my eye on Selvedge for a few years now, but can never find one in my big-chain bookstores. Thanks for reminding me about this. I’m putting it on my Christmas list!

  15. elke
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 10:38 am | Permalink | Reply

    I’ve heard of this, and looked for it in the past, with no luck. I’d like to see it before subscribing.

  16. Ann smith
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 10:49 am | Permalink | Reply

    I have also drooled over Yhe magazine at new stands but rebelled at the price. Now that you have made the very sensible comparison to pattern purchases that are never used, the price seems reasonable. Next time I’m at the newsstand….

  17. Pam
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 11:10 am | Permalink | Reply

    I’m so glad you wrote about this…I’ll check it out. Looks absolutely fascinating!!!!

  18. Judith Noble
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 11:32 am | Permalink | Reply

    I love Selvedge! But after I retired I gave it up as too expensive here in the States–still get an issue or 2 a year. What a treat! Agree about the Verushka in the snow!

  19. Lauren
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Permalink | Reply

    oh please oh please! I also moved to the UK in 2007, but stayed šŸ™‚ I love selvedge & have been to the shop even, but sadly can’t afford the subscription right now…

  20. Susan Evans
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 12:42 pm | Permalink | Reply

    you got me. I want a sub. really really want.

  21. Posted November 24, 2014 at 1:03 pm | Permalink | Reply

    How did I not know about this? Must get to B&N right away!

  22. Posted November 24, 2014 at 1:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Put my name in for the digital subscription. SdBev

  23. Delores Baylor
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 1:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Selvedge sounds like a fascinating magazine! Now I just have to figure out who sells it here in southern Ohio…

  24. Posted November 24, 2014 at 1:26 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Ohh, I have bought only 1 issue, b/c it is so expensive in the US.
    They do digital subscriptions now? I need to check that out.

  25. Posted November 24, 2014 at 2:24 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I’ve succumbed to the allure of Selvedge a few times… such a gorgeous, amazing magazine! Though the artistic value is high, I usually can’t justify the equally high cost. I would so love to win a subscription…

  26. Posted November 24, 2014 at 3:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I hadn’t heard of this magazine, thank you for the information.

  27. Posted November 24, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I’d never heard of this magazine, it does look amazing. I’d like to enter the draw.

  28. Ellen
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I LOVE This magazine. I was introduced to it by a friend of mine who is Swiss. I love it’s different slant on testifies and fashion.

  29. Sue
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 7:38 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I have seen this magazine intermittently over the years – for the textile junkie I am, it is a great fix! I apologize for the drug analogy but it is delicious eye candy.

  30. Karen
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 7:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Hmm this looks like a publication right up my alley. Maryland Sheep and Wool had a little lecture and display of yarn and roving from different sheep breeds-really interesting. I spend a lot of time thinking about sheep too! Looking at them at work was a brief option until the safety committee decided they needed to see in the office in case I passed out on the floor and my British Sheep Breeds poster was covering the window…LOL.

  31. Candy
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 7:54 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I’ve not heard of this magazine before, I will now be searching Australia to see if I can find it as It sounds very interesting šŸ™‚

  32. Vicki
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 9:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Sounds like a really interesting mag. Count me in šŸ™‚

  33. Leslie Dolin
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm | Permalink | Reply

    That magazine sounds fascinating!

  34. Posted November 24, 2014 at 10:00 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks for bringing my attention back to Selvedge. I purchased an issue a couple of years ago, and loved reading it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t justify buying it regularly. A digital subscription would be fabulous!

  35. Jenna
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 10:02 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Please enter my name in your contest! Selvedge is a marvel. So much so that I once trekked to their offices. I treasure the few copies I have.

  36. Nancy
    Posted November 25, 2014 at 12:05 am | Permalink | Reply

    I am so excited to learn about this magazine. thank you for sharing. It is so exciting to find something that stretches my creativity. I looked at some past issues. Delicious.

  37. Charade
    Posted November 25, 2014 at 12:06 am | Permalink | Reply

    I, too, am a magazine-a-holic, though I’ve tried to tone it down considerably the last few years. I don’t know this magazine, but anything that evokes the memory of Verushka, Avedon & Vogue has got to be fantastic! Someone is going to get very lucky…

  38. Nancy
    Posted November 25, 2014 at 12:07 am | Permalink | Reply

    Is it possible to buy digital subscriptions? If so could you provide the link. Thank you

    • Posted November 25, 2014 at 8:30 am | Permalink | Reply

      Yes. Follow the link above, selvedge.org, and click on “subscribe” near the top to see the subscription options.

  39. sharon mcgreevey
    Posted November 25, 2014 at 7:27 am | Permalink | Reply

    I would really like to see that.

  40. ellecsews
    Posted November 25, 2014 at 8:29 am | Permalink | Reply

    I have seen Selvage and drooled over it, but didn’t buy it because of the cost. It is even more expensive in Canada, closer to the list price of a designer Vogue. I would love to win a subscription, toss my name in the virtual hat.

  41. Posted November 25, 2014 at 9:18 am | Permalink | Reply

    Oooh you really got me interested here. I will definitely consider subscribing to the digital edition, as post office is not really an option around here…

  42. Posted November 25, 2014 at 11:47 am | Permalink | Reply

    Hmmm- sounds like something right up my alley! Darn you Claudine!!
    Love to enter the draw!

  43. Posted November 25, 2014 at 1:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I have a couple of issues of Selvedge magazine, purchased as a treat when I could find it at B&N. It is a very unique and inspirational magazine.

  44. JL
    Posted November 26, 2014 at 11:33 am | Permalink | Reply

    I haven’t been able to find a Barnes and Noble that carries it, but I used to flip through Selvedge when Borders was still alive. It’s good to be reminded of it. I’ve kind of outgrown the magazines I used to like and haven’t found replacements.

  45. k
    Posted November 26, 2014 at 6:41 pm | Permalink | Reply

    ohyesplease mememememe! Thank you for asking. It’s kinda silly, since I don’t sew a lot. But mention “North” to me, and I am slavering.

  46. Jennie
    Posted November 28, 2014 at 9:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

    What a beautiful magazine! Thanks for the opportunity.

  47. Lydia
    Posted November 30, 2014 at 11:37 am | Permalink | Reply

    It’s true that it’s a beautiful magazine. It’s one that I sit down to read at Barnes & noble cover to cover along with Threads and all of the knitting magazines. It’s also true that it is way expensive. Whoever wins the subscription will love it for sure.

  48. Kim
    Posted November 30, 2014 at 12:02 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Great mag.

  49. Posted November 30, 2014 at 8:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I would so love that subscription! Fingers crossed!

  50. Posted December 1, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks for commenting, everyone! The magazine raffle is now closed.

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