Nuno Magazine Interview + Giveaway

on August 23 | in Interviews + Profiles | by | with 127 Comments

Today we have a fun giveaway for you! We’re giving away three issues of Nuno Magazine, a quarterly ad-free e-magazine focused on eco-friendly crafts, knitting, sewing and crochet. Nuno Magazine is packed with projects, and is published in a digital format. The current issue focuses on the desert (Painted Desert) and includes 23 projects utilizing recycled or repurposed materials. We love the beautiful photos, and the variety of craft and fiber arts features presented in a very thoughtful and artistic way. Nuno Magazine is available for $5 at nunomagazine.com; in addition to our giveaway we hope you’ll enjoy learning a bit more about the magazine in today’s interview with Elizabeth.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: Nuno has such a great selection of projects and we love the philosophy behind your e-magazine. What inspired your eco-friendly focus, and why the e-format (which is beautifully done, by the way)?
Elizabeth: A couple of years back I (Elizabeth) started a blog that focused primarily on eco-crafting (elizabethabernathy.com) and Nuno grew naturally out of that. Rachel and I have been great fans of thrifting and reuse since we were teenagers, so using recycled and repurposed materials is pretty much what we do anyway, magazine or no magazine. One thing that makes us a bit unique, within the realm of eco crafting, is that we do lots of projects that most people wouldn’t necessary think of as being “green,” but we find a way to make them eco-friendly. For example: all of our knitting and crochet projects are made using salvaged and (sometimes) hand-dyed yarns.

The e-format was born primarily out of necessity. I looked into doing a print version and found that to do the content justice (all 90 to 150 pages of it) would make small runs of a print version so expensive that no one would want to buy it. Maybe someday, when we can do larger print runs. Although I love something real that I can hold in my hands, the e-format does have several real advantages: it’s easier to print off templates and patterns, it’s much more environmentally friendly, we aren’t limited to a specific number of pages and most importantly, it allows us to sell issues for a price that anyone can afford. So far we’ve avoided having to resort to advertising within the magazine, so we’ve ended up with more of an e-book feel, rather than the somewhat fragmented format of a traditional magazine.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: Who’s behind Nuno? Who takes all of those fantastic photos?!
Elizabeth: I do most of the projects and put the magazine together. I also take many of the photographs. My sister Rachel contributes several projects to each issue. She’s the expert knitter. Rachel also gives me input and ideas and is enormously valuable when it comes to the copy-editing stage (I’m a hopeless speller). My husband Royce takes some of the photographs for each issue and puts up patiently with the general chaos which surrounds the last weeks of putting an issue together.


Sew,Mama,Sew!: Can you tell us a little about the issue themes? What have you explored in the past? Can you tell us what’s coming up?

Elizabeth: Brainstorming ideas and picking a theme is always fun. So far we’ve done a woodsy theme (Forest), the color gray (Shades of Gray), birds and flowers (Rustle) and the American Southwest (Painted Desert). Our fall issue will have a star-gazing theme.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: Where can we learn more?
Elizabeth: You can learn more at our blog: nunomagazine.com. You can purchase copies of Painted Desert or any of our back issues there. We also have a small but growing collection of free tutorials and patterns. We hope to have our next issue out the middle of September, so you can watch our blog to catch that one when it comes out.

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127 Responses to Nuno Magazine Interview + Giveaway

  1. Doyle Shirai says:

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  3. Melissa says:

    Great interview, and thanks for the introduction to a new to me e-zine. I think themed issues are so fun.

  4. Jams says:

    Never heard of this but it looks great!

  5. Kate says:

    I am becoming the repurpose queen around my house, I would love this mag!

  6. Kit says:

    Absolutely lovely!

  7. ros says:

    what a lovely magazine…keep up the great work

  8. Katrina H says:

    Wow what a cool magazine!

  9. Betsy M says:

    I have never seen this before. Looks like fun!

  10. susan says:

    Can’t wait to check out the beautiful projects!

  11. Bridgett says:

    This looks fabulous!

  12. MBMeadows says:

    curious! I’ve never seen Nuno mag before! I’ll have to take a closer look!! Thanks!

  13. mims says:

    this looks great, thanks for a chance to win an issue.

  14. Christine says:

    Nuno looks like fun!

  15. jessicac says:

    Never heard of them until now… but awesome, and will go check them out!

  16. Allison C says:

    Looks like a great magazine!

  17. Lucie says:

    What an interesting magazine. thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Debbie says:

    Interesting ideas and great pictures

  19. Jen says:

    Very fun – I’ll have to go check it out.

  20. Patricia says:

    This fits in perfect with my green crafty style! Hope I win!

  21. Deb says:

    I’d be interested in the magazine. Love the owl!

  22. Katharine says:

    What a cool magazine – thanks for letting us know about it!

  23. I love the way you’re setting up your business as so truly eco-friendly. Would love to see an issue!

  24. candice says:

    What an awesome small business! I love the American Southwest theme. Such fun!

  25. Karen Miller says:

    How great!! I didn’t know about this before, but I’m heading over to check it out. Thanks

  26. Patty says:

    I’ve never heard of this either – looks like something I’d enjoy for sure! Going to peek at the site now.

  27. Lindsay says:

    Not heard of that magazine before, but it looks great. I think another advantage of the e-format is it makes purchasing for international customers so much easier (and cheaper with out all those shipping costs).

  28. Kate F. says:

    I am not a knitter, but it sounds like this zine has a little bit of everything– and certainly plenty of inspiration!

  29. Valerie says:

    Oooh, I’ve never heard of it. I love learning about new resources!

  30. Kerry says:

    What a great idea – love the fact it is free of ads!

  31. Jen V says:

    Thanks for sharing something new!

  32. Debra L says:

    Who doesn’t love a good read!

  33. JJ says:

    What a great idea – I love repurposing and recycling.

  34. Susie H. says:

    What a fascinating magazine! Thanks for introducing it, I wasn’t familiar with it before!

  35. Tera says:

    I have the Forest issue but have not been able to get the others. This would be so lovely. THANK YOU.

  36. shelly says:

    Thank you for this interview. So glad to find a new awesome e-magazine!

  37. Ramona says:

    This is a new magazine to me. I can’t wait to go check out their website. I love to repurpose things and am always looking for new ideas.

  38. Amanda Perl says:

    I love the combination of rethinking simple projects and reuse. The style is different from anything else I’ve seen, old or new, and I’m intrigued by what may be in the magazine.

  39. DK says:

    I’ve never heard of this mag before. I love the electronic format of it, though; very much more user-friendly and environmentally friendly in my opinion. Very cool.

  40. Mama Lusco says:

    I’d love to take a look!

  41. Alli says:

    That owl is really cute!

  42. Petra says:

    Ecofriendly crafts – that’s exactly what I’m looking for!

  43. Taysha Riggs says:

    Hadn’t heard of this mag but it looks fun

  44. Diana says:

    I’ve never heard of this either but I’ll be checking it out. Crafts and reusing materials! Love it!

  45. Rachel says:

    Really enjoying what I’m seeing here… will have to purchase some of these!

  46. susan hwang says:

    these projects are beautiful!

  47. Looks like a cool magazine!

  48. radiya says:

    would love this

  49. Liz says:

    This looks really interesting. I’d love to check I out

  50. Joyce B says:

    This is my first exposure to the Nuno eMagazine. Love the premise of being eco-friendly. Thanks for letting me enter and would enjoy receiving the magazine.

  51. Diana says:

    lovely!

  52. Knitteresq says:

    Really interesting concept. Never heard of this e-zine before. Thanks for sharing!

  53. Seanna Lea says:

    This looks really interesting. I love the idea of a mix of crafts, because if I want a cooking magazine or a knitting focused one I am completely all set!

  54. Heidi says:

    That owl is sweet, headed there now to check out the blog

  55. Sara says:

    I really enjoyed reading over Elizabeth’s and Nuno’s blogs. They are on my blog reading list for sure. Can’t wait to check out one the magazines as well. Thanks for sharing such a great resource, SMS!

  56. Amanda says:

    What a great magazine!

  57. Alexandria says:

    What a delightful magazine. I love the eco focus and the themes for each issue. Definitely worth supporting!

  58. stephanie mullin says:

    Can’t wait to read that and win !

  59. Kelly says:

    Wow…..I’m sure going to check out their blog.

  60. jen says:

    never heard of this before! I’ll go on over and take a look!

  61. Megan says:

    Thanks for this post – I’m always looking out for new (to me) craft magazines. Would you consider making it a regular posting – introducing your readers to craft magazines?

  62. Sarah K says:

    love love love love the owl!

  63. This would be wonderful inspiration!

  64. Samina says:

    I love finding out about new resources – thanks for the heads-up & I’ll be sure to check out the magazine.

  65. Beth says:

    I love digital magazines – so much easier to keep track of!

  66. Ellen says:

    What a wonderful magazine. Thanks for letting us know about a great resource.

  67. angela says:

    What a great Resource! thanks for the info.

  68. Jen C. says:

    Love the idea of green crafting! Will certainly be checking it out!

  69. Rebecca says:

    Looks amazing! Can’t wait to check it out.

  70. Brigette says:

    Neat concept. I would love to check it out further.

  71. brenda says:

    I love any kind of craft magazines and I would love to try this one .

  72. Christina says:

    Intriguing. I’ll have to check it out.

  73. Amy says:

    I’m intrigued. thanks for the interview and the giveaway!

  74. Mary M. says:

    I loved “Rustle” and especially “Forest” — thanks for doing this giveaway! Can’t wait for the new issue as well!!

  75. Carol says:

    Want it! Love the Forest issue.

  76. Abby says:

    I’ve never heard of this magazine, but it looks really good.

  77. Christina G. says:

    Beautiful magazine – I’m anxious to check it out in full.

  78. Sara says:

    I love all the ideas.

  79. Jessica says:

    I’ve never heard of them before, but looking at these cute projects has me going over to their website now!

  80. Joyce Moore says:

    I’d love to check out this magazine!

  81. Kristy says:

    Love it! Is the e-mag Nook compatible?

  82. Andrea says:

    Wow, thanks for sharing information=on about this magazine. I had never heard of it before and it looks great!

  83. Kathy says:

    Wow – this looks like a great idea – and green too! I’ll have to check this out. Thanks for the interview!

  84. I always love hearing about new magazines/e-zines. Would love to learn more!

  85. Sam says:

    Such lovely projects. I LOVE the owl!

  86. Maya says:

    I would love a copy!

  87. Karin B. says:

    I haven’t seen this before – I am excited to go check it out. Thanks for sharing the info!

  88. Christine says:

    I would love to read the magazines.

  89. Kerry says:

    Very cool, love the muted desert colors.

  90. Denise says:

    What a great looking magazine! I love new craft ideas!!

  91. bernadette says:

    fabulous! will be checking out the mag!

  92. Jess says:

    Ooh, awesome!!! I love recycled crafts and I’m a HUGE knitter/crocheter/spinner!! :)

  93. Brie says:

    Looks like a great magazine! I will have to check it out!

  94. Rhonda says:

    This sounds very interesting. I would love to take a look at a issue. Thanks for sharing.

  95. Katharina H. says:

    wow, i like what i see so far. sounds like a great idea.

  96. Lynne in NC says:

    This takes the idea of using up one’s scrap pile one (or many) steps further. Thanks for sharing another great find.

  97. Sydney says:

    Oooh… yet another great magazine that will be draining my bank account! I can’t wait to check it out!

  98. Sophie says:

    That cushion is realy lovely – I’m off to find out more. Thank you!

  99. Lora W. says:

    thank you so much for the giveaway. I love their blog- lots of neat crafts.

  100. Kim says:

    Looks like something I can use as well as share with the household.

  101. Annika says:

    What a great magazine and blog. I like a lot of the crafts!

  102. Riti says:

    I love the owl too ! :)

  103. tess says:

    oooh it looks gorgeous

  104. lilyeden says:

    Looks great…thanks for sending me that way!

  105. Glenys says:

    Recycled crafts are great cause they usually don’t cost a penny.

  106. Mamima says:

    This owl is really . Thanks for reinforce the importance of eco-friendly crafts with these enthusiastic projects.

  107. Sandryte says:

    Seems interesting, especially for beautiful photos

  108. Angela says:

    I love it! My favorite crafts are ones when you turn something old into something new and beautiful. :-)

  109. Carol Fraley says:

    I live by the Painted Desert here in AZ. I will have to look into this magazine!

  110. Pam says:

    Ooohh love the bracelets. Will check the site out..Thanks so much for sharing.

  111. stacey says:

    I would love to check this magazine for projects!

  112. Barbara says:

    A new source of inspiration to look into. Thank you!

  113. Jen says:

    I am a big fan of Action Pack (from Whip Up) and this looks like a grown up version of it. I cant wait to have a read of it.

  114. Shannon O. says:

    Thanks for featuring this. I love it.

  115. Diptee Raut says:

    This is awesome stuff…. love the bright bangles n the earthy owl…

  116. Malia Blossom says:

    This was a great interview. I am soooo loving Native American inspired-looks lately. My newest obsession is big beaded Native American earrings. I was especially drawn to the thrifted bangles featured here. What a great edition of this magazine. I will definitely have to check out more.

  117. Crunchy Con Mommy says:

    The projects from Nuno look beautiful! I love the bracelet thing, but I was thinking it’d be a great way to turn my bracelets from middle school into something I’d actually wear now, lol. :)

  118. Deb Cameron says:

    Oooh, lovely! I hadn’t heard of this e-magazine yet! Have now, will definitely have a look. Thanks for the chance to win.

  119. Sharonnz says:

    Love e-mags. This one looks great.

  120. Birdie says:

    I love the bracelets – I think my middle school students would love to make them

  121. Steph says:

    I have never heard of this before. Thanks for the great info and I will definitely be checking it out.

  122. ang says:

    oohh i’d love this. .xx

  123. Jlwhite says:

    I love the Zuni owl toy. I especially like that it is digitally produced… easy to access, no waiting for slow mail delivery, and a much kinder ecological footprint!

  124. Coco says:

    Awesome! I’ll have to check out if they post Down Under!

  125. Sheryl says:

    I live in the southwest and will have to purchase the Painted Desert copy. The e-magazine sounds very interesting!

  126. Ruth Fidino says:

    this looks like a fantastic magazine. I’m headed right over to their site to check it out more.

  127. nopinkhere says:

    Ooooh! I have the Forest issue, but I hadn’t sprung for the newer ones. Looks like I need to!

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