ISSUE 8::RECLAIM Now Available

slide-1 We're pleased to announce that ISSUE 8::RECLAIM is in the mail and making its way to subscribers. We've even heard from a lucky few who've received theirs (and commented what a welcome antidote it is to the holiday madness), so keep an eye on your post box for its imminent arrival. If you haven't subscribed (or your subscription has lapsed), head on over to and we'll get you a copy sent out. This is quite an exciting issue as it includes our strongest Hands section to date with knitting, rug hooking, candle-making and an honest-to-goodness pull-out sewing pattern for a smock we're calling the Taproot Tunic. With such a variety of handicrafts in the pages, this issue should keep you busy until the arrival of ISSUE 9::BREATHE in March 2014. (Goodness, where did 2013 go?) Not to give short shrift to the Head and Heart sections, I'll let you know that they include works from regulars Ben Hewitt, Thorpe Moeckel and Meredith Winn, but also newcontributors who have added geographical and other diversity to the pages. If you haven't seen us lately, you'll want to see how we've grown in the last year! RECLAIM marks the completion of our second year of Taproot. (You can now find a Year 2 Collection in the shop as well.) It's been a year of firsts for us and we've been so pleased that you've been a part of making them successful. In January, we opened the Print Shop, featuring signed works by Taproot artists. Because we share the proceeds of the sales with the artists, this has been a wonderful way to continue to support the creations of Phoebe Wahl, Michelle Kroll and the other artists you'll find there. We've just added two new images from Phoebe and Michelle from the new issue that we're sure you'll love. Along with Squam Art Workshops, we hosted our first Taproot Gathering in September. With workshops taught by magazine contributors and attendees from all over the U.S. (as well as some internationals), we feel it was a great success and something we'd love to do again (and again!). For the future, we'd love to make it more affordable, family friendly and closer to where you are. Be in touch to help us make this dream a reality! And this winter, we expanded our print shop offerings even further to include notecards(perfect for gifting or sending holiday greetings and thank-you's!) as well as a 2014 Calendar with art by Phoebe Wahl. It includes four new, never-before-seen watercolors. We have just a few left, so if it's already on your wish list, don't miss out. I want to thank you kindly for your past support. It is because of your interest in our ad-free, independent magazine that we have been able to create a quiet, informative, educational and, yes, entertaining journal for you to enjoy each quarter. Your continued (or new) financial support in the form of a subscription or renewal allows us to continue that work. If you know of a friend who would enjoy Taproot, please consider sending them a gift subscription (this is the perfect season for doing so). We'll even send a handwritten gift card to your friend free of charge (sorry, U.S. only) announcing your purchase before the arrival of their first issue, so they'll have something to open that special day. Wishing you the very best the season has to offer, ~jason P.S. In case you haven't heard, our 2014 Cover Artist is Geninne Zlatkis. Learn more and read an interview with Geninne here. Many, many thanks again to 2013 Cover Artist Nikki McClure.