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Each episode of the Making podcast is an intimate conversation where makers and artists reflect on their own creative journey, how they landed on their current art form, and how they have been shaped by it.

Guests from every facet of the making community--knitters, sewers, builders, weavers, potters, and painters--reflect on their own creative process, and how their role as makers more deeply connects them to the world around us.

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Jun 1, 2018 Making
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Anna Maltz is charming and delightful, and her voice is strong…as an artist, designer, entrepreneur and story-teller. If you follow her on Instagram, you’re probably familiar with her sweater spotting adventures along with her ingenious new book, Marlisle - a beautiful combination of marled and fair isle knitting. Anna has spent her life exploring as a maker, and observer of beauty, both in the expected and unexpected. Here she share’s a bit of her story and what drives and inspires her....
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Apr 27, 2018 Making
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I love hearing people’s stories, the journey, the deep and the not so deep. It’s the very reason I started the podcast back in 2014, because hearing someone’s story, their creative story, is inspiring and motivating. Sanae Ishida is a quiet force in this community, whether you’re familiar with her work or not, her story and message is so very powerful. She’s an incredible maker, designer, author and artist, in fact she painted the cover for our newest issue, COLOR and she’s had...
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Apr 13, 2018 Making
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Cal Patch is a celebration of color, of crochet, of sewing and the confidence it takes to explore such crafts. If you’re a Making magazine reader you may be familiar with her work, from posies and hats, to wraps and her newest amazing project in COLOR, the Boxet Bag. Cal’s excitement around making is infectious and her encouraging story is one we hope you’ll enjoy. You can find Cal at cal patch.com and on Instagram @hodgepodgefarm. / listen / You can also and listen and subscribe...
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Mar 16, 2018 Making
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Anna Graham has her hands in a lot of sewing goodness these days and if you’re a Making magazine reader you may be familiar with her work, from petal pouches and totes, to wallets and her newest amazing project in COLOR, the Making Backpack. Anna’s ambition and passion is evident as she tells her makers journey, one I’m sure many of you will be able to relate to. We’re so inspired by her approach to making and hope you will be to. You can find Anna at noodle-head.com and on...
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Sometimes we forget that those behind some of the biggest names and companies in the industry are just that; people with a vision, makers with a mission and entrepreneurs with a passion and will so strong. Jared Flood is the force behind one of our favorite companies, Brooklyn Tweed. What started out as an idea, quickly grew into something much greater than even he anticipated. Backed by an incredible team and american wool, he’s paved much of the way for modern domestic yarn production and...
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Collectivo began as an idea in 2016 and was founded by Vail Fletcher, a professor of gender and environmental studies with a fascination for the handmade, Jessica Helgerson, an interior designer with a deep affection for Mexico, and Christina Niculescu, a travel-loving Spanish professor. Collective collects beautiful handmade goods straight from the source, with these three women traveling to remote indigenous villages to meet the makers and learn about the age-old traditions behind each craft...
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For the past few months we’ve been busy getting the new Making podcast off the ground. As many of you know, Carrie and I joined forces last October and the Woolful podcast is now known as the Making podcast. Same format and approach to each maker’s creative journey, but now expanded to all types of makers. This first episode of Season No. 1 / COLOR is extra special being that Carrie Hoge and I are the guests. Neither of us have ever been interviewed for a podcast so we thought it would be...
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Jan 16, 2018 Making
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For the past few months we've been busy getting the new Making podcast off the ground. As many of you know, Carrie and I joined forces last October and the Woolful podcast is now known as the Making podcast, same format and approach to each makers creative journey's, but now expanded to all types of makers.  ...Welcome to Making, a podcast for makers. I’m excited to share with you some incredible people I’ve had the opportunity to talk to in this community we love so much. From knitters...
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There are so many uses for wool outside of clothing and handcrafts, whether it be rugs, blankets, insulation…or my personal favorite, wool bedding. Sarah Sunshine and her mother Eliana Jantz pioneered bringing natural bedding back into our homes and what began in 1984 as a dream, grew into what today is now known as Shepherd’s Dream. I’ve loved hearing the story behind this amazing company and Sarah’s passion for what they do and bring to this community. I hope you’re inspired to look...
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Olga Buraya-Kefelian is a force in the knitwear design community and her penchant for unique construction and patterns has broadened many a knitters repertoire. Her work has made appearances with many of our favorite yarn brands, including Shibui, Woolfolk, Brooklyn Tweed, Habu and many more. I’ve long been a fan of her versatility in design and it was a pleasure getting to hear her story. I hope you enjoy it as well. And for those you who don’t want to miss any of Olga’s upcoming events...
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Several years ago while living in San Francisco, I was introduced to an amazing organization called Fibershed, founded by an even more amazing woman named Rebecca Burgess. It was Rebecca, her fellow producers and Fibershed that prompted me to look deeper at the materials we use and where they come from. This in turn was much of the interest that inspired Woolful and eventually our move from the city to our farm in North Idaho. The work that Rebecca has done and the movement she’s inspired...
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When I think of shawl designers, Melanie Berg is one of the first to come to mind. Her work has inspired a generation of shawl knitters and her soft and sweet presence charms anyone who’s had the opportunity to talk with her. From her life in Germany with her family to exploring new European yarns, I hope you enjoy hearing Melanie’s story. You can find Melanie on Ravelry and on Instagram @mairlynd.
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Sponsor: Taproot Magazine, is a quarterly print magazine full of delightful stories and photos written by and for people living fuller and digging deeper. Each issue is created around a subtle theme, featuring amazing recipes, crafts, and tales, all with the intention of inspiring people who are interested in deepening their connections to their families, communities, and themselves as they strive to live locally and closer to the ground. The content in each issue consistently blows me away....
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I’ve long admired Jessica and her work, for her simplistic approach to natural dyeing, love of books, tempting baked goods and warm and welcoming heart for this fiber community. She has a very interesting background, having first delved into natural dyeing while studying librarianship in graduate school and it’s led her all the way to making a home in Vermont along with her husband and two adorable sons. I hope you enjoy hearing her story as much as I have and getting to know this inspiring...
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Sponsor: Sunday Knits has quickly become one of my new favorite yarns to knit with. Started in 2008 by Carol Sunday, Sunday Knits is a collection of 4 merino and merino blend yarns and beautiful patterns designed by Carol. From the 100% extra-fine Australian merino to the French Angora, all their fibers are humanely sourced and then milled in Italy to Carol’s meticulous and caring specifications. Aside from this yarns obvious qualities, they’re a dream to knit with…so soft yet sturdy and...
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When it comes to quilting, few are as passionate, dedicated and adorable as Maura Grace Ambrose of Folk Fibers. Through hand quilted elegance and natural dyeing exploration, Maura has created a mesmerizing collection of some of the most beautiful quilts I’ve ever seen. Her journey has lead her to a place where her craft comes second only to her family and the home they’ve created. I hope you enjoy getting to know Maura and her passions. You can find Maura at folkfibers.com and on Instagram...
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Over the past few years I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Matt and Christina of Greenbow Farm…first discovering their yarn, visiting their farm and following their incredible journey on Instagram. This first generation family run farm is an inspiration, that with hard work, sacrifice, gumption, drive and business savvy, you can achieve your farm dreams. They are ‘doing it’, creating a living on and from their farm. I hope you’ll take some time to visit their site, Instagram and...
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Sylvia McFadden has a gift…evoking grace, calm and desire by combining wool, imagination and a keen eye for color and composition. I’ve been a big fan of Sylvia’s work for some time and am enamored by her designs and most recent book, Shawl Joy. Her tenacity for life and her various photography and youth based programs gives you a bit more of a glimpse into her life and heart. I hope you enjoy hearing from her as much as I have. You can find Sylvia at softsweaterknits.com and on Instagram...
I first became captivated by Shannon Haye’s work when I came across her site after searching ‘Multigenerational Farming’ and quickly became engrossed in her blog and books. Shannon is an amazing storyteller, living and operating a multigenerational homestead and farm to table cafe with her husband, two daughters and parents in rural upstate New York. From meat to fiber, homeschooling and running a farm based business, I hope you enjoy hearing Shannon’s fiber and farm journey as much as...
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Erika Barratt has created a whimsical world from natural fibers and dyes, trimmings, buttons and do-dads. What began as a fiber fascination early in life, bloomed into a beautiful fiber journey that’s lead her to create heirloom dolls, each with their own story. I’ve long admired her attention to detail, use of natural fibers and the playfulness she brings to her work. I hope you enjoy her story as much as I have. You can find Erika at erikabarrattdesign.com and on Instagram @erika_barratt.
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Whitney Hayward has her hands in a lot of fiber goodness these days and if you’re on Instagram you may be familiar with her journey, from photojournalist and spinning maven to Twig and Horn and now the launch of her yarn line, Stone Wool. Whitney’s ambition and passion is evident as she tells her special story, one I’m sure many of you will be able to relate to. You can find Whitney at thestonewool.co and twigandhorn.com and on Instagram @whit_knits, @stone_wool and @twigandhorn
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There’s a very good chance today’s guest Deborah Robson is someone who you’re familiar with from her incredible book Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook, written in partnership Carol Ekarius. This book became a staple in my fiber library, introducing me to the vast array of sheep breeds and the qualities of their fibers. There’s a special story behind how this book came to be, along with Deborah’s rich fiber journey as a weaver, spinner, knitter and editor. I hope you enjoy getting to know...
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Paola is an amazing woman with an amazing story, from growing up in rural Italy to immersion in Tibetan life to finding herself in Brooklyn, with a family and a rich history and future for her fiber and textile company mYak. Like with many yarns, mYak has a rich story and impact on our global fiber community and I hope you enjoy getting to know Paola and the mYak vision as much as I have. You can find Paola at mYak.it and on Instagram @myak_us.
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Sponsor: My Sister Knits is a locally owned and loved yarn shop located in For Collins, CO, minutes away from Historic Old Town and located in a carriage house. What started out as a small venture for founder Julie Luckasen, grew into a passionate community of creative minds. My Sister Knits provides a welcoming atmosphere for knitters of all types and skill levels, a place for people to gather and cultivate their passion for knitting, share and support one another. Join them each Tuesday...
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Nearly two years ago I received an email from Tanis Lavallee. It began as a conversation, which then spurred a new journey for her and her husband Chris’s seasoned hand dyed yarn business, Tanis Fiber Arts. It’s been inspiring to watch from afar and hear more about the leaps of faith these two have taken in their business over the years, as a husband and wife team, parents and entrepreneurs - so much hard work and dedication. I hope as you get to know Tanis today that you’ll be motivated...
When I first happened upon the mother-daughter collaboration Biches & Bûches, I was starstruck. The nature inspired aesthetic and wholesome knits looked as if they had appeared out of one of my wooly dreams…or Pinterest boards and belonged in my wardrobe. But even better is the story behind this partnership, where they started and where they’re headed. Beginning with their Scandinavian roots, Astrid and Caroline have created something quite beautiful and moving…and I hope you’re as...
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From kitchen sink sweaters to yarns, and from living abroad to settling into motherhood, Amy Small of Knit Collage has carved out a special place within the fiber community…creating some of the most whimsical and colorful yarns, all spun by hand. Amy’s laugh and charisma will leave you smiling and inspired to go after what’s most exciting…whether it’s a project or your fiber dreams. You find Amy at knitcollage.com and on Instagram @knitcollage.
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When I think about fiber folks who I’ve been most inspired by over the years, Susan Anderson is one of the first that comes to mind. The first knitting book I ever bought was her Itty Bitty Toys book, and it became dogeared and well loved. Since that time I’ve come to realize the joy and spark Susan brings to our fiber worlds…through her infectious passion behind what she does and her loyal dedication to her community. I hope as you listen today that you come to love Susan as much as so...
Fiber fascination is something we can all relate too, discovering new yarns both rustic and soft…but Takako of Habu Textiles and yarns takes that fascination to a completely new level, resulting in over a hundred varieties of silk, stainless steel, paper, linen, bamboo, cotton, hemp and even pineapple fiber. If you’ve ever come across Habu in your local yarn shop and stood in wonder at all these incredible yet sometimes intimidating yarns and wondered who is behind all this? Well that...
  Sponsor: Wool Days is an Australian based wool company, co founded by Megan Elizabeth with a mission to create a purposeful connection between where things come from and the people who love them and share the message that wool has the ability to heal, warm and delight. To connect with people who adore those special days spent slow dancing with the things that bring them true happiness. There is a world of inspiration and joy that fuels kindness and creativity in all of us, and the hope is...
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It’s always inspiring to receive emails from young fiber folks finding their way in this fiber world, hearing their story and being inspired as I continue to on my own fiber journey. Avril Freeman is one such person, having found herself in Alaska working with Muskox and Reindeer at the Large Animal Research Station (LARS). Her involvement in the Fairbanks fiber community spans from collecting Qiviut fiber from the Muskox, helping organize the Fairbanks Fiber Festival and making fiber goods...
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I love meeting people in this the fiber industry that surprise you with their story, and Saremy is one of those people. From fashion school to farm life, articulation pattern drafting and now Chicken Boots, her life has been full of adventure and a lot of hard work. It’s inspiring to watch someone who is so dedicated to domestic production, working for themselves and creating a high quality product. You can find Saremy at chickenbootsusa.com and on Instagram @chickenbootsusa.
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    Sponsor: Taproot Magazine, is a quarterly print magazine full of delightful stories and photos written by and for people living fuller and digging deeper. Each issue is created around a subtle theme, featuring amazing recipes, crafts, and tales, all with the intention of inspiring people who are interested in deepening their connections to their families, communities, and themselves as they strive to live locally and closer to the ground. The content in each issue consistently blows me...
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When I first met Elaine and heard a bit of her story, I knew it went much deeper, and I wanted to hear her full story…about life and fiber. This conversation left me in tears, touched by the intense journey Elaine and her husband Mike have been on and how it’s led them to a very special farm in Walla Walla, Washington. You can find Elaine on Facebook at Old Homestead Alpacas and on Instagram @oldhomesteadalpacas.
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Just a few miles from Portland Maine and a short ferry ride away is Peaks Island. Here is where natural dyer, fiber artist and mother Rachel Bingham Kessler makes her home and business and explores the intricacies of natures relationship in dyeing and spinning. Rachel shares her journey with such love and thoughtfulness, and I hope you enjoy learning more about this Maine fiber maven as much as I have. You can find Rachel at 44clovers.blogspots.com and at her Etsy shop, 44 Clovers. And follow...
I had a great time visiting spinsters Rachel Price & Kate Burge in their cozy studio in downtown Bellingham earlier this year. Coincidentally, the very building that their studio resides in is where I met my husband 11 years ago. It was great to be in these old haunts with new friends and to hear their personal journeys and story, from meeting and working together at the Bellingham food coop to starting a hand dyed and handspun yarn company, Spincycle Yarns. These two special ladies have...
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Romi Hill first caught my attention on Instagram a few years ago when I came across of photo of her cowboy boots paired with some beautiful yarn. As time went on became more and more fascinated with this seemingly extensive cowboy boots collection and even more so with her incredible knack for composition and color theory and of course, knitwear designs. Lace knitting has always appeared intimidating to me, but seeing Romi’s designs come to life has been an increasing temptation and getting...
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Every year there is a special place, on a lake in New Hampshire, where people gather to explore their creativity, healing and community. This place is called Squam. Behind this goodness is one remarkable woman by the name of Elizabeth Duvivier, someone who’s sought out to find her path and enlightenment in this creative world, bringing souls together and taking just as much away from each experience as those who attend. The next Squam art workshop is this June, and if there’s any way you...
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In a digital world, it seems print is ephemeral…but ask Zinzi Edmundson and Gigi Jack of Knit Wit Magazine and that’s what made the most sense…with their history in the print editorial world and desire for the tactile experience. Together they’ve created one of the most compelling textile and lifestyle publications, garnering some of the most interesting folks in the industry and helping share their stories and creativity. If you haven’t already experienced Knit Wit, I highly suggest...
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I’ve met very few people in life that match the passion, enthusiasm and joy of Anna Dianich and her infectious energy emanates from everything that surrounds her, including her shop, Tolt Yarn and Wool. It’s easy to forget though, that amazing women like Anna, have someone equally amazing beside them, cheering them on and supporting them through their endless ideas and gumption. Anna’s someone is her lovable and encouraging husband Greg. Together they’ve built a community, centered...
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For a long time I’ve been enchanted by the designs of Helga Isager. A few years ago I bought one of her books that was in Danish, and I began translating it so I could knit my favorites. Since then her books and patterns have been released in English, and they are some of the most beautiful designs I’ve ever seen, truly. Her work is a large part of what inspired me to take the leap and finally knit my first sweater a couple years ago, because I wanted so badly to work up the courage to...
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Sponsor: It’s the one year anniversary of Home & Away: Knits for Everyday Adventures, a terrific book written and published by Hannah Fettig of Knitbot. And she’s hosting an Instagram fashion show, to celebrate all the beautiful and wearable knits you’ve made since the release last Spring. Hannah strives to design wearable knitwear for the modern knitter and her most recent book Home & Away features 9 wearable designs plus education, support and inspiration to help you grow as a...
Mary Jane Mucklestone is a gem that shines bright in this community, and if you’ve had the pleasure of meeting her, then you know what I’m talking about. Her designs and footprint in color work has made her knowledge a staple in the fiber world. Her energy is infectious and her passion even more so. You can find Mary Jane at maryjanemucklestone.com and on Instagram @mjmucklestone and you can find more info about Mary and Gudrun's Shetland trips theshetlandtrader.com/shetland-trips
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Print publications play an important part in this fiber community of ours, and a key player in this editorial and inspirational world is Amirisu…a Japanese knitting magazine founded by Meri and Tokuko, featuring patterns in both Japanese and English accompanied by beautifully written articles and photography. Meri left her career as a consultant to pursue this passion in fiber and never looked back. From Amirisu to Walnut, Amirisu's local yarn shop, Meri is a creative inspiration and fiber...
Just listen to today’s episode and you’ll hear the spirit behind Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn and it makes complete sense how Kelbourne Woolens came to be…two great minds, inspiring design, gumption and of course the wonderful Fibre Company yarns. Sometimes you just need to take the leap, and you might just find you’re no longer floundering and have happened upon a fulfilling life in wool. You can find Courtney and Kelley at Kelbournewoolens.com and on Instagram...
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Behind every name, achievement or brand is a person. A person with a very real story…a story of where they are today in life and the journey that got them there. Anna Maria has a smile and voice that shines as bright as the fabrics she designs, but more than that, she has a personal story - from traversing early motherhood and 7 children through a career in design, to marriage, entrepreneurship and making. I hope you feel the passion and inspiration. You can find Anna Maria at...
Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth have built a life and business together in East London. Max is a woodworker and Abigail a natural dyer and quilter, and despite their individual practices seeming very different - their roots in traditional craft and the natural environment make them a perfect combo. It’s been a pleasure to follow their journey this past year as they’ve built their business and explored the different facets of making. You can find them at forest-and-found.com and on...
Sponsor:  Fancy Tiger Crafts is a special yarn, fabric and notions shop based out of Denver Colorado. This inspired place is owned and operated by self proclaimed fiber nerds, Jaime Jennings and Amber Corcoran…two women who’s hope and journey have allowed them to share their knowledge, adventures and passion in fiber, and this is reflected in their beautiful shop as well as their endeavors in creating their own farm yarn Heirloom. Fancy Tiger Crafts is one of my favorite places to shop...
Like many of you, I’m a lover and supporter of Quince and Co yarns and all that goes into bringing this amazing brand to our fingertips. But many of you might not know the man behind the scenes. Ryan Fitzgerald is an integral part of what Quince and Co is today, working alongside his mother Pam and their incredible team to provide some of the most compelling pattern and yarn collections. His journey is a unique one, from environmental and political studies to architecture and then finding...
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We’re all very familiar with the wool in the fiber arts, but something that’s far less known is it’s use in building materials, including insulation. What’s extra neat about wool insulation is that it often times uses wool that would be of little or no value in the yarn world and therefore making the best use out of this fiber we love so much. Thayne Mackey and his family are doing something pretty wonderful at Montana Green Insulation and I’m excited for you to hear more. You can...
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Today marks the 1yr birthday of the Woolful podcast, and you can only celebrate such things with angels, like today’s guest Tif Fussell or as many of you know her, Dottie Angel. Every single one of the past 42 episodes have been so important to me, however today’s holds special meaning. For any of you who know Tif, you know the treasure she is. Her story goes beyond fiber or textiles, motherhood or marriage…it’s a story of a woman finding her strength and healing, and her creative...
Sponsor: Ewetopia is a local yarn shop in rural Viroqua, WI, carrying a beautiful selection of yarns and fibers, including their very own line of hand dyed yarns. One of my favorite things about Ewetopia is it’s generational foundation, the shop was started by Kathryn Ashley-Wright and later her mother Lisa Ashley joined her as partner in the business. Along with Kathryn’s grandmother Gloria and her daughters Stella and Mae…you’ll sometimes find all four generations busy around the...
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There are a handful of special soul’s in this fiber industry, that have laid the groundwork and forged paths for what it is today and what it will become…having been a great influence on so many fiber folks. Pam Allen is one of these people. From motherhood and design, nursing school to Interweave knits, Classic Elite and now Quince and Co…Pam’s fiber journey is an inspiring one. When I first began talking with Pam, she started out by telling me that what she hoped to share was her...
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Jill Draper is what I would call one of the OG’s of hand dyed and small farm yarns. From studying fine arts, to making decoupage vases and then finding her calling in dyeing yarn which led to creating her own bases from small flocks around the US, Jill is a gem in this industry and craft. So much of my early interest in farm yarns came from watching Jill’s journey and passion for working with traceable fibers and milling with domestic mills. Many of you may be familiar with Empire, or yarn...
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Earlier this Spring I received a very endearing email from a woman named Emmaline, a 24 year old sheep farmer in western NY and owner of Orchard View Lincoln Longwools. As Emma began to share a bit of her story, having started her flock at age 12, building her business with her father over the years and now venturing into the wool aspect of her business, I knew the rest of you should hear her story too. In the fiber farming and production side of the fiber industry I don’t often meet other...
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The Lost Coast is one of my favorite places to visit and one we frequented when living in California, because of it’s incredible beauty and good people, like my friend Annie and her family. I remember getting a text one day from Annie saying that I needed to check out this new local yarn, Lost Coast Yarns. A few months later it popped up again when talking with this weeks sponsor, NorthCoast Knittery, the exclusive retailer of the yarns and I knew there had to be a story and special person...
When someone’s name continues to come up in conversations, you start to get the hint that maybe you should get to know said person…well Daphne Marinopoulos is one of those people. After a few months of aligning schedules and rural internet bandwidth, we were finally able to sit down and have a talk, and it spoke to me in a special way…much of that conversation you’ll hear here today. From flight instructor to foreign service officer to fiber mill owner and creator of The Fibre Company,...
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You can’t help but be mesmerized by the work of Allison Volek Shelton, founder of Shutters and Shuttles in Nashville, TN. The intricacies of the designs, the curated colors of the fiber she both dyes and weaves with…it’s a bit unbelievable. What’s even more intriguiging is hearing her journey of how she went from pursuing a life as a glass blower to herpetology to cupcakes and finally landing in the most serendipitous of callings…a textile weaver.
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I first met Brooke a couple years ago when I sat across from her at a little knit gathering Karen from Fringe Supply Co had at her studio. At the time I wasn’t aware that she was the force behind Sincere Sheep, but it didn’t take long for me to get to know the passion, knowledge and love this woman has for the fiber industry. She’s so giving with her knowledge and has been a great encourager and connector for my own fiber pursuits, enlightening me about wool classing and encouraging me to...
One of my favorite things since starting this podcast is being introduced to some of the most amazing people in the fiber industry and the things they are up to. One such person is the spirited Laurie Gonyea of Feel Good Fiber Co, who is doing something pretty exciting with her yarn SilverSpun. As I got to know Laurie a bit better, I loved seeing and hearing her enthusiasm, not only for this great product, but for entrepreneurism and how these two things combined can have a very positive affect...
A few weeks ago, I spent a morning sitting in our living room and chatting with Cecelia Campochiaro, the author and creator behind Sequence Knitting. It was fun to discover commonalities other than the obvious love of fiber…from our careers in tech and our time in Taiwan, to having the same tech editor and analytical approach. Sitting across from Cecelia, you can see the passion and dedication to which she applies to her craft, but more than that, you can hear it in her voice. She’s spent...
I first got to know Jaime and Amber via Instagram and later on in person when they were visiting the Bay Area. These two incredibly creative and inspiring women are just as sweet and hilarious in person as you can imagine, but what’s even greater is how their journeys crossed paths and later joined to create the amazing store we know as Fancy Tiger Crafts. Their passion for handmade wardrobes, teaching and creating community is evident in every facet of what they do. You can find Jaime and...
Kristin is an architect, mother, maker, farmer, entrepreneur and inspiration. Design has been a thread deeply woven in the fabric of her life…from her career as an architect to her recent entrepreneurial endeavors with Woolfolk Yarn, an incredibly thoughtful and beautifully created and curated yarn brand with focuses heavy in sustainability and softness. Her mile a minute life has been fun to keep up and hearing her passion and witnessing her gumption for life is pretty awesome. You can find...
From midwife to wool maven, Jackie Ottino-Graf is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to natural dyeing, fiber and all things Swans Island Company. Her fiber journey began in the backwoods of Maine and led her to become an integral part of the Swans Island team whether it be curating yarns, developing new product lines, spreading the Swans Island love or naturally dyeing. Talking with her impressed upon me even more the importance of knowing the materials you’re working with, domestic...
This week we get to follow the journey of southern sweetheart, Rebekka Seale of Camellia Fiber Company. Many of you may be familiar with her beautiful handspun and naturally hand dyed yarns, but it’s the woman behind this operation and endeavor that you really must get to know. As we talked and I listened to her stories, there was a sense of familiarity in the ways of career, dreams, family and pursuits. Many of those stories you get to hear here today, and I hope you’ll be as charmed and...
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It’s been wonderful to follow Brittany’s journey on a local level, being that she and her operation are located here in the Bay Area. When she reached out earlier this year and shared what she was up to, I knew you all would enjoy hearing about it just as much as I. Brittany is a self proclaimed Shepherdess, pastoring flocks and purveying fleeces. Her enthusiasm for everything from landscape to animals to people is infectious and I hope you’ll be just as inspired by her story as I was....
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I first got to know Hannah last year when we sponsored each other's podcasts, her's being the infamous knit.fm with Pam Allen. I quickly learned how much she cares about sharing this passion of her's with others, so that they too can experience all the wonderful facets of this community. Her effort to create simple, timeless designs and tools has been an inspiration and encouragement to so many makers and their handmade wardrobes, including my own. What I love most though is Hannah's desire to...
I first came across Mountain Meadow Wool a couple years back when I was researching eco friendly mills and sustainable wool processing. As you’ll hear, they’ve been involved in inventing and developing some pretty amazing processes and equipment that help them process fiber and make yarn in a responsible and sustainable way. They’re both mothers who have tackled this dream of their’s wholeheartedly and worked very hard to create a service and product they can and should be very proud...
I’m very excited to share the twenty-fourth episode of the Woolful podcast. Today we get to meet a special woman, Hanahlie Beise who’s passion has led her to dive into the world of fiber, raising a herd of alpacas and creating her yarn, Hinterland. Sponsor: I wanted to thank one of our sponsors of this week’s episode, Tin Can Knits. Alexa and Emily have created several endearing collections of modern, clearly written patterns that feature accessories and garments each sized for babies,...
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I’m very excited to share the twenty-third episode of the Woolful podcast. Today we get to meet a special woman who’s multi-faceted interests and background have propelled her in some exciting directions, Dianna Walla of Paper Tiger.   Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Tolt Yarn and Wool. In 2013, Anna Dianich opened Tolt Yarn and Wool. a local yarn shop in Carnation Washington. Most recently she launched an online shop, full of yarns each with their own story and each handpicked by...
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I’m very excited to share the twenty-second episode of the Woolful podcast. Today we get to meet a wonderfully enthusiastic woman who’s energy is as contagious as her passion, Shannon Cook of Very Shannon.     Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Fancy Tiger Crafts, a beautiful yarn shop based out of Denver, Colorado, who recently launched their online shop, fancytigercrafts.com. They have an amazing selection of fabrics and yarns, including their own Heirloom Romney Yarn, which is...
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I’m very excited to share the twentieth episode of the Woolful podcast. Today we get to meet two special women, a mother and daughter team who have created a fiber farm and shop in Lancaster Pennsylvania, Jeri Robinson-Lawrence and Irina Lawrence. Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Knitterly, a very special yarn shop created by Shelli Westcott, based in Petaluma California and online at shop.knitterly.net. I am always so amazed at the well curated selection of yarns, fibers and classes...
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I’m very excited to share the twentieth episode of the Woolful podcast. Today we get to meet an incredibly talented artist and creative who brings a whole lot of personality and ingenuity to the fiber world, Stephen West. Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Have Company, a special shop, gallery and space in Grand Rapids, MI, with a focus on handmade and apothecary goods, textiles and helping encourage artists and building community. They host artists from all over the country who teach...
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I’m very excited to share the eighteenth episode of the Woolful podcast. Today we get to meet and hear the journey of a fascinating weaver from the Pacific Northwest, Ashli Tyre. Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Portfiber, a wonderful shop in Portland, Maine, specializing in one of a kind, hand-dyed fiber and yarn. Casey has curated an incredible collection of spinning fiber including yak, Chiri, Alpaca, Polwarth and hand-dyed blends. You can visit Portfiber in person when in Portland...
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I’m very excited to share the eighteenth episode of the Woolful podcast. Today we get to meet an incredibly inspiring sheep farmer and shepherdess from Tasmania, Nan Bray of White Gum Wool. Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Yarn, a charming online and local yarn shop based in Eureka, California. Yarn was created by Sunni Schrivner who has a dedication for natural fibers and supporting local yarns. Make sure to visit Yarn in person when on the coast in hum bolt county and online at...