Februstitchery 2023 – needlecraft challenge

I’ve been wanting to participate in a stitch/needlecraft challenge for a while. There’s Stitchtober in October but I was too busy making zines that month. So I thought why not give last year’s creative challenge FebruWitchery a new life as FebruSTitchery? February being a shorter month when I don’t seem to have that many plans is perfect for a project like this.

So during this craft challenge, I intend to do crafty stuff nearly every day of February. I’ve assembled a list of things I want to make, mend, and work on, and if you want to participate too, you can do the same. I’ve also made a bingo card just because it’s fun. 🙂

[By the way, on February 1st-2nd it’s the witchy/pagan holiday Imbolc and I thought it could be nice to celebrate it with some yarn/textile-based crafts as well.]

 

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ValenZines and other gifts for friends and lovers

Tis the season to celebrate love and friendship! Of course that doesn’t need to result in buying mass-produced Valentine-themed gifts. I’m all in favour of consuming less and creating and reusing more. So to support that ideal, you can find some tutorials on this blog for how to make your own zines and spell bags for example.

If you do want to support an independent artist and DIY zine maker this season, you can check out my webshop or email me to place an order. I have zines, postcards, spell bags, music, buttons, and embroideries available. Here are some examples:

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Friends who’ve drawn or embroidered Chainsaw Bunny

I’m soooo excited and honoured to share with you these artworks that some of my friends have made of my stuffed bunny and comic zine character Chainsaw Bunny. They all did so spontaneously, I didn’t ask for it, so each time it was a wonderful surprise for me. Make sure to check out all the amazing zines, books, stickers, jewelry, music, and games that my friends create!

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Echo Zines bundles on Bandcamp

Hi there! Did you already know I have a Bandcamp shop? You can find it here. In that shop I’m selling zines, postcards, embroideries, and buttons as well as music. Most of them come in bundles but if you want to order specific things separately, let me know via email. In my “blog catalogues” can find all zines, postcards, and other merch I still have available. Excellent for gifts for yourself and others!*

I’m currently brainstorming for more zines and merch and will add a new postcard to my catalogue some time next year. Keep an eye on this blog… 🙂

Visit my Bandcamp webshop.

*Unfortunately I can’t promise that anything you order now will arrive on time for the winter holidays!

Embroidered art for the Confined zines

You know how suddenly lots of people turned to baking bread during lockdown? Or other things they had never done before, either because they never made/had time for it or because they needed a new hobby to fill their time at home. Well, I also had a bit more time on my hands since lockdown started so I tried to take up embroidery as a new craft. I’m still a beginner, trying to find my own style and way of expressing myself in this medium. Over the summer I decided to embroider some “slogans” related to my zine series Confined, as part of the pre-order for the new issues, which I enjoyed doing a lot. I’m selling the embroidered artworks I made in my webshop. Take a look at all of them here:

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Pre-order: Confined #3 + #4 (quaranzines)

The pre-order for the new issues of Confined launched today! Scroll down for all the zines and DIY merch that’s available…

Confined is the title of the ongoing zine series of my lockdown diary comics in which I document my daily life and reflections during the covid-19 pandemic. They are a mix of a quaranzine, perzine, and comic zine. I started drawing the first issue in April 2020 and am releasing two new issues on September 14th. Today I’m launching the pre-order of issues #3 and #4 of Confined. These two the diary comic zines continue telling the story from August 2020 until July 2021. Issue #3 has some collages as well and #4 contains interviews with two amazing creative friends: Shei of God Save the Queer and Clémentine of MandApunk and Judith Judah.

The Confined series is one of the biggest zine projects I’ve ever done. If you count all the pages of the zines of this series that I’ve made so far together, it can become one big comic BOOK! I’ve never drawn that many comics / comic pages in such a short time but I feel an urgency to document everything that’s happening at the moment. This also means that this zine series is not done yet and there will be at least one more (5th) issue that I’m already working on, and maybe more.

The pre-order helps me to print the two new issues of Confined and to re-print the first issues. To fund this big project I’ve also created some extra surprises: one-of-a-kind hand-made pieces of embroidery and a zine-themed button set, and you can even acquire a test print of Confined #3 and #4 (for the real collectors among you)!

So… how can you get ahold of the zines and merch?

HOW TO PRE-ORDER:

You can pre-order in my Bandcamp webshop. When you order any Confined zines or merch on Bandcamp you will receive a download of my Lost Luna EP “Shadow Play” as well! The home-recording process of this EP is mentioned in the zines.

(You can also mail me if you prefer to order from me directly – each issue separately costs 3 euros + postage. This will not include the Lost Luna EP.)

The release date for the zines and merch is planned for September 14th!

BANDCAMP OPTIONS:

Quaranzine Bundle:

Bundle of all the zines I made and released since March 2020 until August 2021. This bundle contains the diary comic zine series Confined (#1-4, each zine A5 size, between 44 and 32 pages), the second issue of the diary comic zine Scissors & Chainsaws (36 pages A5 size) the perzine Same Heartbeats #18 (a 24-hour issue of my feminist perzine, 32 pages A6 size), Do it Yourself Care #3 (mini-zine about self-care during winter holidays and family gatherings), Witches’ Brew #1 (mini-zine about herbs), and all three issues of Lost Luna Zine (mini-zines that accompany the “Shadow Play” EP). Plenty of reading fun! This bundle also includes a digital download of the Lost Luna EP “Shadow Play” to which I refer in the new issues of Confined.

  • Confined #1
  • Confined #2
  • Confined #3
  • Confined #4
  • Scissors & Chainsaws #2
  • Witches’ Brew #1
  • Do it yourself care #3
  • Lost Luna Zine #1
  • Lost Luna Zine #2
  • Lost Luna Zine #3
  • Same Heartbeats #18

More info about each zine at: https://echopublishing.wordpress.com/zines/

The two new Confined zines only:

This bundle contains Confined #3 + 4, the newest issues of my lockdown diary comic zine series. This bundle also includes a digital download of the Lost Luna EP “Shadow Play”.

  • Confined #3
  • Confined #4

Each zine: A5, hand-tied, 32 pages on recycled paper with cover on coloured paper

More info about each zine at: https://echopublishing.wordpress.com/zines/

Test print of the two new Confined issues:

Test print of Confined #3 and #4 (only 1 available!)

I did three test prints of both issues of Confined, one for myself, one for a dear friend, and one for… you? This test print contains some things that were changed in the official release (from typos to a slightly embarrassing  mistake) so it’s really unique! You could also get the test print AND the official print and play spot the difference. 🙂

Each zine: A5, 32 pages

More info about my zines at: https://echopublishing.wordpress.com/zines/

Embroidery:

I’ve made a few unique hand-sewn pieces of embroidery inspired by themes that appear in my Confined zines such as zine culture, self-care, the pandemic, and Chainsaw Bunny.

Available designs:

  • “I’m conFINEed”
  • “Take care”
  • “Bunnies rule”
  • “Hug hug”
  • “I ❤ bunnies”
  • “You rock”
  • “Make zines”
  • anarcha-feminist heart

(I may be adding more soon)

They are hand-embroidered and one of a kind! This embroidered art can hopefully offer some comfort and beauty in these difficult times.

Materials used: cotton fabric, cotton embroidery thread, polyester sewing thread (and felt in some designs)

Zine-themed button set:

Button set that includes buttons/badges with the following designs:

  • Echo Zines
  • I made a purrzine
  • Zine Queen
  • Typewriter Octopus
  • Make your own media
  • Chainsaw Bunny with birthday cake

All pre-orders support me in getting the zines printed so they are greately appreciated! Thank you!

Crafty summer projects

Photo of sewing machine with scissors and face mask. Text below says: my crafty summer projects.

Besides making zines and music, I also enjoy doing some crafts once in a while…

This summer I’ve been making some new buttons with my button machine (see previous blogpost) as well as sewing a lot of patches on clothes and bags. This was inspired partly by a present by my friend and writer Evelien Victor and by a big online order of patches that arrived from zine pal and queer artist Yori. I also participated in a virtual workshop by another zine pal and artist Seleena Laverne Daye (organised by Andro & Eve) where she taught us participants how to make self-portraits out of felt (Seleena also gave a workshop about the zines in July). Mine aren’t finished yet though… In the photo above you can see that I’ve been sewing a new face mask too. With the ongoing pandemic and some of my masks getting a bit worn-out, it seemed like a good idea to make a fresh one. Finally, I’ve started doing some more embroideries but those are still a surprise! You will find out more about them soon on this blog.

More photos of the crafty projects I’ve been doing this summer:

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