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Join Felicia Lo, founder of SweetGeorgia Yarns, as she explores the sweet spot between craft, creativity, and colour together with some of the most inspiring knitters, spinners, designers, shop owners, and makers in this handmade community.

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Join Felicia Lo, founder of SweetGeorgia Yarns, as she explores the sweet spot between craft, creativity, and colour together with some of the most inspiring knitters, spinners, designers, shop owners, and makers in this handmade community.

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By Rachael0128 - Apr 14 2018
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So glad I found you. Love your yarn and now your show. Thank you!

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By Labknit - Nov 21 2015
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Love the new podcast! Her voice is so beautiful & she has really wonderful guests!

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63 Ratings
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Great show

By Rachael0128 - Apr 14 2018
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So glad I found you. Love your yarn and now your show. Thank you!

Love

By Labknit - Nov 21 2015
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Love the new podcast! Her voice is so beautiful & she has really wonderful guests!
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The SweetGeorgia Show

Latest release on Dec 17, 2019

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Join Felicia Lo, founder of SweetGeorgia Yarns, as she explores the sweet spot between craft, creativity, and colour together with some of the most inspiring knitters, spinners, designers, shop owners, and makers in this handmade community.

Rank #1: 043: Find Your Fade with Andrea Mowry of Drea Renee Knits

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Meet Andrea Mowry, the knitter and designer behind Drea Renee Knits. Discover how Andrea came to knitting, designing, and juggling it all with family. Finally, hear all about her latest shawl design, Find Your Fade, and how she works with colour.

Jan 31 2017

33mins

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Rank #2: 038: Inside Knitwear Design with Ysolda Teague

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Ysolda Teague might very possibly be one of the most well-known, well-established knitwear designers of our time. Like perhaps many of you, I was first introduced to Ysolda's work through her shawl pattern, Ishbel. To date, it is one of the most widely knit shawl patterns on Ravelry. It's been knit nearly 14,000 times since she published it in 2009. Since that time, she has re-written the rules of knitwear design and self-published a number of collections, built a design studio and team, and also created her own custom yarns. Join Felicia and Ysolda on The SweetGeorgia Show to listen to Ysolda's stories of how she got started and how she established such a successful design career. 

Dec 13 2016

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Rank #3: 042: Designing and creating wearable, accessible, and beautiful garments with Melanie Berg

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Join our conversation with knitwear designer, Melanie Berg, about creating garments and shawls that are interesting, accessible, enjoyable to knit, and easy to wear. 

Jan 24 2017

29mins

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Rank #4: 002: Kate Atherley on Knitting Custom Socks

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Kate Atherley is a knitwear designer and teacher who has become an expert on knitting socks. Specifically socks that will fit all different shapes and sizes of feet. Listen to this episode to learn how to make adjustments to your own sock knitting methods to get a better fitting, better wearing pair of socks!

Jul 22 2015

42mins

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Rank #5: 063: Planning Your Knitting Life with Martina Behm

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This week Felicia is talking with knitwear designer Martina Behm. Martina, a mother of two who currently resides in Northern Germany, has been knitting since she was 12 but started getting serious about it in 2006.  Since that time she has developed many fun and well-loved knitting patterns including the Trillian shawl, theBrickless shawl, and the Hitchhiker shawl (which has been knit nearly 28,000 times on Ravelry alone!). In addition to designing knitting patterns, Martina has expanded her online store to include new items such as a paper planner for knitters.

Please join us for this week’s conversation about keeping your “knitting mojo”, massive yarn stashes, and utilizing organization tools to make more time for knitting!

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:49 Martina tells Felicia how she first started knitting
  • 4:15 Felicia asks Martina to describe her style and aesthetics behind her knitting patterns
  • 7:04 Martina describes how she transitioned from knitting baby patterns for her children and being a freelance journalist to designing her own patterns
  • 11:17 Felicia and Martina chat about how Martina started a knitting blog in her own unique style
  • 12:40 Martina tells Felicia about her large yarn stash and how important impulsivity is to her creative process
  • 17:00 Martina and Felicia talk about how Martina prioritizes time for knitting while being a busy mother of two and a knitwear designer
  • 21:18 Chatting about Martina’s new Strickplaner knitting planner and how it can keep knitters organized
  • 28:50 How Martina gets her “knitting mojo” back when she loses inspiration
  • 30:50 Where to find Martina online and where you can order your own Strickplaner!
  • 32:10 Felicia’s final notes
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Here’s where to find Martina online:

Nov 07 2017

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Rank #6: 047: Espace Tricot on Building a Yarn Shop Fueled by Friendship

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These days, there are so many sad notices and posts about yarn shops closing and one might think that the future of knitting and brick n' mortar stores is bleak. But today on the show, I chat with two passionate knitters and shop owners who are doing it right and have seen year-over-year success with their yarn shop, Espace Tricot.

In July 2017, Melissa Clulow and Lisa di Fruscia will celebrate the 7-year anniversary of their yarn shop, Espace Tricot. Located in Montreal, Canada, this store has become an incredible gathering place for the knitting community as much as it is a retail space. And at the heart of Espace Tricot is this friendship that Melissa and Lisa share and the community that they have created.

See all our show notes at: http://sweetgeorgiayarns.com/podcast/episode-047-espace-tricot-yarn-shop/

Feb 28 2017

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Rank #7: 060: Patty Lyons on Teaching the Mindful Knitter

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Today Felicia is chatting with Patty Lyons: a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the “why” not just the “how” in the pursuit of training the mindful knitter. She specializes in sweater design and sharing her love of the much maligned subjects of gauge and blocking. Patty teaches at knitting shows around North America including Vogue Knitting Live, Stitches, and more. She can also be found teaching online through Interweave, Annie’s, and Craftsy. Patty’s “Improve your Knitting” Craftsy class was named “the most popular Craftsy class” in 2013. These days, Patty is also sharing a lot of her knowledge and instruction through her knit alongs on Ravelry.

Please join us today as Felicia chats with Patty about her experiences teaching in the knitting industry!

 

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:47 Felicia and Patty chat about the first time they met
  • 5:50 Patty chats about how she got into the knitting industry from her previous career as a broadway stage manager
  • 10:50 Patty’s experiences in running a yarn store in New York and how it set her knitting teaching career into motion
  • 13:20 The ladies chat about “Patty’s Big Box of Knitting Fails”
  • 17:18 Discussing Patty’s obsession with the finishing stages of a project
  • 18:13 Patty chats about her most popular Craftsy class: Improve Your Knitting
  • 23:20 Patty discusses knitting without flipping your work
  • 26:37 Felicia and Patty discuss the endless learning possibilities of knitting
  • 27:52 Patty talks about the various forms of classes she offers and the advantages and disadvantages of these different forms
  • 33:00 Chatting about Patty’s online knit alongs and how she brings something different to the table
  • 39:55 How to find motivation to finish knit alongs projects
  • 43:45 What knit alongs Patty has planned for the future
  • 45:10 Patty’s advice for knitters who want to become teachers
  • 48:52 Felicia’s final notes and podcast giveaway!
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Here’s where to find Patty online:

Oct 17 2017

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Rank #8: 073: Weaving What Makes You Happy with Jane Stafford

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This week Felicia is joined by Jane Stafford: production weaver, teacher, and business owner behind Jane Stafford Textiles on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. For over 35 years, Jane has been exploring weaving and has built the most extraordinary career in textiles. Jane is the instructor for Louet dealers in North America and you might recognize her from her teaching on Louet’s instructional DVDs and videos. It’s also no coincidence that Jane shares her name with Louet’s newest table loom. The Jane loom is an acknowledgement of Jane Stafford’s years of contributions towards weaving loom design. Seriously, how many people can say that they have a weaving loom named after them? Jane is also the recipient of teacher of the year award from Handwoven Magazine and now teaches exclusively from her studio on Salt Spring Island and her online weaving guild.

Join Felicia and Jane this week as they discuss Jane's humble beginnings of weaving her first piece of fabric to creating an online guild so she can reach weavers all over the world!

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 2:22 Felicia reminisces how she first learned about Jane from a book on a coffee table many years ago
  • 3:27 Jane discusses how she first got introduced to weaving
  • 9:00 Did Jane ever feel like quitting during the long process to becoming a weaver? Jane also discusses the frustration of having so many teachers with different methods.
  • 11:15 Weaving is attractive to many different kinds of people. Some are very exact and precise, some are very free and unstructured. Felicia asks Jane what her personality is when it comes to weaving. Also, the method Jane used to save herself from the tedium of production weaving.
  • 20:02 Is Jane still into production weaving?
  • 21:32 How Jane started to teach weaving to others
  • 25:20 Jane gives advice on how one can start something as seemingly-complex as weaving
  • 29:04 Jane and Felicia discuss Jane’s online weaving guild she’s developing
  • 34:38 The ladies discuss mistakes and problem solving in weaving and the dangers of perfectionism
  • 38:02 Chatting about how weavers can find support when they are learning online
  • 40:28 Jane discusses her plans for the guild for 2018
  • 44:00 Felicia asks Jane what she considers is good design for weaving and how people can get there
  • 47:17 Jane created the online guild so she could reach more people and have more time for her own personal weaving projects. Felicia asks Jane what she is looking forward to making.
  • 51:49 Felicia’s final notes and podcast giveaway!
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Here's where to find Jane online:

Jan 16 2018

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Rank #9: 027: Jacey Boggs Faulkner of PLY Magazine

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Jacey Boggs Faulkner has been spinning for 13 years, teaching spinning for 11 years, writing about spinning for 10 years, and running a magazine about spinning for 3 years. As the founder and editor in chief of PLY magazine, you might say her whole life revolves around spinning, that is when it’s not revolving around her wonderful husband, her amazing 3 kids, and her ever-growing homestead and animal collection. 

Dec 31 2015

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Rank #10: 074: Seasons of Craft with Felicia Lo

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Thank you for joining us this season on The SweetGeorgia Show! This is the last episode this season and we are doing things a little differently from usual. This week, Felicia is by herself and wants to share with you the idea of “seasons”, why we do this podcast, and why we make it in the way that we do. Perhaps this discussion of seasons will inspire you to think differently about your own crafting life.

Please join Felicia this week as she discusses the Seasons of Craft!

In this episode, Felicia talks about:
  • 1:58 The first season: Seasons of Life
  • 7:17 The second season: Seasons of Creativity
  • 10:55 The third season: Seasons of Productivity
  • 14:26 The fourth season: Seasons of Rest
  • 18:58 Felicia’s Final Notes
Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining me this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow knitting friends. And if you like what I’m doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. I read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so I welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your support of the third season of The SweetGeorgia Show! Until we meet again, enjoy colour!

Jan 23 2018

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Rank #11: 091: Weaving up New Dreams with Angela Smith

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This week on the show Felicia is joined by Angela Smith, the founder and creative director of Purl & Loop. Felicia has mentioned Purl & Loop many times before on the SweetGeorgia YouTube channel because, as an avid weaver, she is a huge fan of their looms. Please join Felicia and Angela as they discuss all things weaving and the big challenges faced when starting out a small business

"...it's an industry I was drawn to because, unlike real estate... well in real estate everyone thinks everything's an emergency... there are no emergencies in fibre. No one was ever going to call me up at 9 o'clock on a Friday night and tell me they had to look at 10 different looms by 9 am on Saturday morning... " -  Angela Smith on what inspired her to transition from the world of real estate to the world of fibre arts

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 0:51 Felicia and Angela chat about how they first met
  • 1:27 Angela describes her company, Purl & Loop
  • 2:57 Angela chats about some of Purl & Loops newest projects , including a "delicious" sounding Cord Taco
  • 4:29 How Angela got into the world of fibre arts and started Purl & Loop
  • 7:18 Felicia asks Angela how she transitioned from the world of real estate to owning a fibre arts supply store
  • 11:57 Angela chats about the studio space Purl & Loop occupies
  • 15:45 Angela discusses how the partnership with Liz Gibson helped advance Purl & Loop into a larger studio space
  • 22:15 Chatting about the laser cutter and process that goes into creating the looms
  • 25:15 Discussing the amazing team behind Purl & Loop
  • 26:46 Is Purl & Loop going to venture out beyond weaving supplies?
  • 29:07 Angela chats about Purl & Loop's new circle looms
  • 30:58 What does the future hold for Purl & Loop?
  • 32:47 Where you can find Purl & Loop online
  • 33:38 Felicia's Final Notes and Giveaway!

 

Here's Where You Can Find Purl & Loop:

Website: www.purlandloop.com

Instagram: @purlandloop

 

Enter the Giveaway for a Free Circular Loom from Purl & Loop:

If this week's conversation has inspired you to give weaving a try, then enter down below to win a free circular loom from Purl & Loop! Thanks to Angela and her team for giving our listeners a chance to win one of these gorgeous looms!

Click here to enter the giveaway »

 

Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we're doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

Music Credits:

Playbook of Happiness – by RimskyMusic

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Sep 24 2019

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Rank #12: 089: Spinning up a Storm with Spincycle Yarns

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This week, Felicia is chatting with Rachel Price and Kate Burge of Spincycle Yarns. Spincycle Yarns is a very unique yarn company as they create small batch mill-spun yarn, spun from fibre that they hand dye so the yarns look and feel like handspun! You have probably seen Spincycle Yarns featured in such designs like Andrea Mowry's The Shiftcowl and Nightshift shawl among many others. Join Felicia, Rachel, and Kate as they chat about all things colour and spinning!

  "...the first time we ever hung out  it was Easter Sunday and we went to my... house... and we had... a pound of fibre and we're like 'Alright, let's go crazy and dye it' and we did and it was like so much fun  and we just... I don't know like as opposed to crafting by yourself, when you find your crafting soulmate to work with it's so much more fun." -  Kate Burge on meeting her best friend (and future business partner) Rachel Price

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:21 Rachel and Kate introduce themselves
  • 3:05 Rachel and Kate chat about how they started spinning yarn
  • 4:32 What made Rachel and Kate make the decision to go into business together?
  • 7:03 How do you go from selling handspun yarn to production dyeing and spinning?
  • 9:33 Sport Weight vs Fingering Weight: What's the difference and does it really matter?
  • 11:43 Where Spincycle Yarns sources its fibre from and how they choose what fibre goes into their millspun yarns
  • 15:30 Can yarn construction techniques be experimented with when you have your own mill?
  • 17:34 How many colourways is Spincycle Yarns producing right now?
  • 20:32 How do Rachel and Kate draw the boundaries between work and play when running a yarn business?
  • 26:36 Felicia asks Rachel about how she learned how to weave in Harrisville
  • 30:07 Do Rachel and Kate teach textile arts to the public?
  • 32:35 What changes have Rachel and Kate seen in the knitting world over the years? And the fun of collaborating with Andrea Mowry
  • 40:10 Where to find Rachel and Kate online! Also you can find Spincycle Yarns at Knit City in Vancouverthis year at the Starlight Knitting Society booth!
  • 43:32 Felicia's Final Notes and Giveaway!

 

Here's Where You Can Find Spincycle Yarns:

Website: www.spincycleyarns.com

Instagram: @spincycle_yarns

 

Enter the Giveaway for 2 Free Skeins of Spincycle Yarns:

If you want to get your hands on Rachel and Kate's beautiful yarn, enter our contest to win 2 free skeins of their brand new colourway: Castaway! Thank you so much to Rachel, Kate, and the hardworking Spincycle gang for making this giveaway possible!

Click here to enter the giveaway »

  Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we're doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

Music Credits:

Playbook of Happiness – by RimskyMusic

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Aug 27 2019

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Rank #13: 069: Preserving Natural Dyeing Traditions with Kristine Vejar

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This week Felicia chats with one of her personal heroes in the world of hand-crafted colour: Kristine Vejar. Kristine is a natural dyer, teacher, owner of A Verb for Keeping Warm and the author of The Modern Natural Dyer. She is also the founder of many thoughtful projects including The Seam Allowance and The California Wool Project.

Please join us as Felicia and Kristine discuss Kristine’s rich and fascinating journey through textiles, yarn, and colour.

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:24 How Kristine got into natural dyeing and created A Verb for Keeping Warm
  • 9:26 Describing the set up of the studio at A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland, California
  • 11:42 Felicia asks Kristine how she learned natural dyeing
  • 13:29 Discussing the difficulty of doing natural dyeing on a large scale and the issues that come with natural dyes like colour consistency
  • 19:57 Felicia and Kristine chat about Kristine’s book: The Modern Natural Dyer and the challenges that came with creating it
  • 27:57 Felicia asks Kristine what she learned on her trips to Iceland, Indonesia, Oaxaca, and Japan
  • 34:16 What Kristine plans to do with all her natural dyeing research
  • 36:38 Discussing the “universal truth” of makers around the world
  • 39:33 Kristine discusses the keynote address she gave in June 2017 at the Flag and Wool Fiber Festival
  • 44:08 Felicia and Kristine discuss what the value of the things we make
  • 47:35 Where to find Kristine online
  • 49:25 Felicia’s final notes and podcast giveaway!
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Here’s where to find Kristine online:

Dec 19 2017

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Rank #14: 032: Designing Knitwear for Baby to Big with Tin Can Knits

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Today we chat with Emily and Alexa of Tin Can Knits. An ocean apart (Emily is in Scotland and Alexa is here in Vancouver), this design duo writes fun and accessible knitting books and patterns, the most recent is MAD COLOUR. Tin Can Knits patterns are sized from baby to big so you can knit adorable nerdy matching sweaters for mamas and munchkins alike. Listen in as we chat about designing, collaborating at a distance, and juggling work with five babies between Emily and Alexa!

Nov 01 2016

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Rank #15: 057: A Conversation on Colour with Kaffe Fassett

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This week, Felicia speaks with Kaffe Fassett, a leading textiles designer and practitioner of contemporary crafts.  He has a loyal following of patchworkers, knitters and embroiderers all over the world.  A Californian by birth, he moved to the UK in 1964 where through a series of collaborations, he built his name and reputation.  He began by creating knitwear designs for Bill Gibb and Missoni.  He became a leading light in the knitwear revival of the 80s.

Further explorations led him to needlepoint, mosaics, rug-making, tapestries, fabric design, theatre design and quilting.  Kaffe Fassett’s first needlepoint design was commissioned by Pamela Lady Harlech for Lord Harlech.  His work has been collected by Barbra Streisand, the late Lauren Bacall, Ali McGraw, Shirley Maclaine and H.R.H. Princess Michael of Kent.

In 1988 he became the first living textile artist to have a one man show at the V&A Museum.  He has exhibited in countries including Denmark, Sweden, Australia, Canada, the USA and Iceland.  His autobiography was released in 2012 (Kaffe Fassett: Dreaming in Colour) followed by a retrospective of his work at the Fashion & Textiles Museum, London in 2013.

Kaffe has written many books on colour and design in craftwork.  Known and loved by quiltmakers across the world, his masterclasses are attended full to brimming.  He inspires people to work with colour in an instinctive way.

Show notes and links for this episode can be found at http://sweetgeorgiayarns.com/podcasts/

Did you like this episode and want to hear more? If so, subscribe to our podcast on iTunes and I would be ever so grateful if you shared this with your knitting and crafty friends. 

If you'd like to experience passionate, relentless, and unapologetic colour for knitters, spinners, crafters, and makers, please visit us at http://sweetgeorgiayarns.com or find us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/sweetgeorgia/.

Sep 26 2017

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Rank #16: 082: Crafting a Creative Business with Hanna Lisa Haferkamp

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This week Felicia is chatting with Hanna Lisa Haferkamp who runs HLH Designs: a project bag and knitting tool company. Alongside HLH, Hanna Lisa also runs a successful coaching practice for creative business owners and co-founded and currently runs Making Stories: an independent knitwear design publishing company.

Join Felicia and Hanna Lisa as they discuss how to start, run, and sustain a creative business.

 “Starting off a production based business, starting off small and really focusing on making products that are really really good that you’re proud of… even if that’s in just really small batch numbers… that’s key and that will allow you to then gradually… make more sales and then reinvest the money… into more raw materials and then figuring out what kind of business model really works for you… wether it’s a shop update based… wether you’re doing wholesale or not… I think that can all gradually come as long as you’re really focused on making a really good product and figuring out what your unique story… your niche is. ” – Hanna Lisa Haferkamp on production based businesses

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:12 Felicia reminisces about how she first found out about Hanna Lisa and her work
  • 2:17 Felicia asks Hanna Lisa to introduce herself to the audience and how she got started in the creative world
  • 10:06 Hanna Lisa discusses what kind of clients she supports through her coaching practice and the financial problems experienced when trying to be a knitwear designer or small creative business owner
  • 15:15 What is Hanna Lisa’s advice when it comes to becoming a top knitwear designer?
  • 18:05 Felicia and Hanna Lisa discuss pattern pricing: What’s a fair price to charge?
  • 20:27 Hanna Lisa chats about what it’s like to start a manufacturing business like HLH Designs
  • 23:44 Hanna Lisa describes her main product: her project bags
  • 26:32 Hanna Lisa and Felicia chat about the “Slow Business Experiment”
  • 35:15 How Hanna Lisa splits her time between 3 businesses
  • 39:00 Hanna Lisa’s advice to those that want to start a creative business
  • 42:55 Felicia asks Hanna Lisa what her plans for 2019 are
  • 49:19 Felicia’s Final Notes

 

Here’s Where You Can Find Hanna Lisa:

Website: www.hlh-designs.com

Business Coaching Website: www.hannalisahaferkamp.com

Making Stories: www.making-stories.com

Business Instagram: @hlh.design

Personal Instagram: @hannalisahaferkamp

 

Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we’re doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

Music Credits:

Playbook of Happiness – by RimskyMusic

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May 21 2019

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Rank #17: 087: Exploring Norwegian Colourwork Knitting with Eli of Skeindeer Knits

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On this week's episode, Felicia is chatting with Eli: a London-based Norwegian knitting pattern designer highly influenced by traditional Norwegian knitting. She is also the hostess of the Skeindeer Knits podcast and has published over 100 episodes! Join Felicia and Eli as they chat about colourwork knitting!

"...me personally I think you can change things that have been a certain way and it will still be that thing and ok but even if it's not that thing anymore... that's how things take on new forms and become interesting and new things... either way I think that's cool" - Eli on wether a design is truly considered a traditional Selbu mitten or not

 

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 0:49 Felicia and Eli chat about Vlogmas and when Eli visited the SweetGeorgia studios for a knit night
  • 3:30 Eli discusses how she first got into knitting and knitwear design
  • 9:37 Felicia and Eli chat about Selbu mittens and why Eli is hesitant to accept her nickname "The Queen of Selbu Mittens"
  • 14:30 Discussing the thumb of the Selbu mitten
  • 15:43 Eli discusses the unique features of Norwegian stranded colourwork knitting
  • 20:05 Felicia asks Eli if she feels any pressure as a Norwegian knitwear designer to uphold the traditions of Norwegian knitting styles
  • 21:24 Felicia asks Eli about how she started her YouTube podcast
  • 27:04 Eli gives advice to anyone wanting to start their own YouTube channel
  • 30:50 Eli chats about being a PHD student and knitwear designer at the same time
  • 33:10 Felicia asks Eli about her plans for after she gets her PHD
  • 34:47 Where to find Eli online
  • 36:12 Felicia's Final Notes

 

Here's Where You Can Find Eli:

Website: www.skeindeer.com

YouTube Podcast: www.youtube.com/skeindeerknits

Ravelry: www.ravelry.com/designers/skeindeer-knits

Ravelry Group: www.ravelry.com/groups/skeindeer-knits

Instagram: @skeindeer

 

Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we're doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

Music Credits:

Playbook of Happiness – by RimskyMusic

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Jul 30 2019

38mins

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Rank #18: 030: Vanquishing Creative Demons with Kim Werker

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Meet Kim Werker, "camp counselor for grown ups" and the author of Make It Mighty Ugly, a handbook for vanquishing creative demons. Felicia talks with Kim about how to conquer fear of failure, procrastination, and other creative demons in order to move forward and get "unstuck" creatively.

Oct 18 2016

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Rank #19: 071: Finding What Sings to You: Romi Hill on Shawl Design

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This week Felicia is joined by Romi Hill, a knitwear and jewelry designer. Romi is an inspiration as a knitwear designer who has been working in a very specialized niche in the knitting world. She designs gorgeous shawl pins that go with her equally gorgeous lace shawl patterns. Romi’s work is breathtakingly delicate and awe-inspiring so it’s no surprise her Ravelry group is over 9,000 members strong!

Please join us today as Felicia chats with Romi about how she found her passion in designing lace shawls and crafting exquisite shawl pins.

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:22 Felicia asks Romi how she first got interested in knitting and jewelry making
  • 9:02 Romi describes how she changed her career from music to knitwear and jewellery design
  • 16:25 Romi and Felcia chat about Romi’s Pins and Lace Club which is now in it’s 9th year!
  • 19:44 Felicia chats with Romi about her subscription based business model, her e-book subscriptions, her 7 Small Shawls to Knit collections, Romi’s secret “sock hate”, and her 7 reSizeable Shawls pattern collection
  • 27:24 Felicia asks Romi how she writes her lace patterns (chart VS written)
  • 30:13 How to choose yarn for lace projects
  • 37:06 How Romi chooses colours for her lace projects
  • 38:52 Where to find Romi online and keep up with her latest works
  • 41:45 Felicia’s final notes and podcast giveaway!
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Here’s where to find Romi online:

Jan 02 2018

43mins

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Rank #20: 062: Leah Churchley on Combatting Chronic Illness with Crafting

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Today Felicia once again chats with Leah Churchley. You might remember Leah from episode 16 of the podcast where she talked her about her experiences with anxiety and how she managed it with knitting. That was back in October 2015, so it’s been about 2 years since we’ve heard from her. Since that episode, lots has happened in Leah’s life, including coming to work at SweetGeorgia as our Digital and Educational Media Assistant.

Please join us for this week’s episode as Felicia and Leah catch up and discuss how craft and the community around it can help us face life’s most difficult challenges.

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:40 Leah fills us in on what’s been happening in her life career-wise since she was on the show 2 years ago
  • 3:31 Felicia chats with Leah about her diagnoses with Crohn’s disease in December of 2016
  • 7:31 Leah explains Crohn’s disease and the “joys” of steroids
  • 10:40 Chatting about how being diagnosed with a chronic illness affected Leah’s career as a web developer and spurred her decision to contact Felicia about a job at SweetGeorgia
  • 15:00 How working at SweetGeorgia helped Leah cope with chronic illness and learn what she really needed in a job
  • 18:20 Using the crafting community and knitting to combat loneliness, depression, and stress
  • 24:16 Felicia asks Leah how she accomplishes all her crafting while dealing with the fatigue that goes along with Crohn’s Disease
  • 28:30 What projects Leah is currently working on
  • 33:45 Felicia asks Leah what advice she would give other people suffering from a chronic disease
  • 36:13 Felicia’s final notes and podcast giveaway!
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Here’s where to find Leah online:

Oct 31 2017

38mins

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Episode 097: The Encouraging, Passionate Spinning Teacher with Debbie Held

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This week Felicia is talking with writer and spinner: Debbie Held from Atlanta, Georgia. If you've been following our news at SweetGeorgia this year we created a brand new Ambassador Program this past August and introduced nine people in the knitting  and fibre arts world to help SweetGeorgia share the love of colour and craft and Debbie is one of those ambassadors. Debbie was chosen as an ambassador due to her passion for handspinning and her ability to share it with the community in such an encouraging and inviting way. She has written for Interweave, Schacht Spindle Company, Spin Off, Ply magazine, and more. And her writing has led to teaching opportunities all over the world.

We hope you'll join us for the chat today!

  "...finding spinning has brought me an entirely new, incredibly rewarding life... I just feel lucky." - Debbie Held on how her life drastically changed when she was introduced to the art of spinning

 

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:24 Debbie chats about what got her into spinning in the first place
  • 5:41 Felicia asks Debbie how she combined her creative life and her professional life
  • 9:08 Debbie chats about how spinning helped her in her darkest times in life
  • 13:15 How Debbie encourages people who want to spin for fun or for a career
  • 17:30 Felicia chats about her new e-spinner with Debbie and how spinning can look different for everyone depending on their circumstances in life
  • 20:57 What other kinds of fibre arts are in Debbie's life?
  • 22:03 What kind of spinning trends Debbie is seeing lately
  • 24:53 Debbie and Felicia chat about being multi-craftual makers
  • 25:49 Debbie chats about the fear of creating and how it can hold you back
  • 29:48 Debbie chats about her column "Her Handspun Habit"
  • 34:24 Debbie chats about her exciting trip to Scotland to research some very rare spinning wheels
  • 44:18 Where you can find Debbie online
  • 47:34 Felicia's Final Thoughts

 

Here's Where You Can Find Debbie:

Website: www.debbieheld.com

Instagram: @doodler01

Ravelry: www.ravelry.com/people/doodler01

 

Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we're doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

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Dec 17 2019

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Episode 096: Finding Playful Joy and Purpose Through Knitting with Claudia Gossens

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This week on the show, Felicia is chatting with Claudia Gossens: the owner of the yarn shop Lanaphilia in Germany. Claudia has a joyful passion and excitement for yarn, fibre, knitting, and colour in everything she does and recently began sharing her experiences on her podcast: Wollinspirationen (available in German only).

It’s always wonderful to be able to chat with yarn shop owners from all over the world so we hope you’ll join Felicia and Claudia for their conversation!

  "...the feedback is enormous and I love it, it's just like having a huge amount of good knitting friends." - Claudia Glossens on how her podcast, Wollinspirationen enhances her fibre arts world

  In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:20 Claudia's nickname
  • 2:31 How Claudia started knitting and how it became such a large part of her life
  • 5:05 Knitting over language barriers
  • 8:47 Claudia's favourite things to knit
  • 9:45 Where Claudia finds inspiration for her knitting projects and her goals to finish before 2019 ends
  • 12:45 Does Claudia have any other fibre interests other than knitting?
  • 13:35 Claudia discusses her interest in spinning
  • 15:21 What Claudia does with all her handspun and the difficulties and fun of blending certain colours with carding and knitting
  • 19:00 Learning more about colour and the ones that suit you and bring you joy
  • 21:32 How Claudia started running her yarn store: Lanaphilia and her biggest challenges in running a yarn store
  • 27:01 Claudia chats about her Lanaphilia works as an online-only yarn store
  • 27:45 Felicia asks Claudia about what knitting trends she's finding in Germany and online
  • 29:45 Felicia asks Claudia if starting her podcast Wollinspirationen has affected what inspires her.
  • 36:42 Where you can find Claudia online
  • 37:56  Felicia's Final Notes and Giveaway

 

Here's Where You Can Find Claudia:

Website: www.lanaphilia.de

Podcast: https://wollinspirationen.de

Instagram: @lanaphilia

Ravelry Group: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/lanaphilia

 

Enter to win a Copy of the Taurus Shawl Pattern:

Claudia is giving our listeners a chance to win a copy of her  pattern: Taurus a triangular shawl that plays with slipped stitches. Thank you Claudia!

Click here to enter the giveaway »

 

Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we're doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

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Dec 03 2019

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Episode 095: Organizing your Knitting and Life with the Knitter's Planner

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This week, Felicia is joined by Kara Gott Warner and Stephanie Palmer of The Knitter's Planner. Kara has been on our show not once, but twice before, as she is the former editor of Creative Knitting Magazine and is now the host of the Power Purls Podcast. She is also a coach for creative women and entrepreneurs and is now the editor of The Knitter's Planner. If you want to listen to Kara's previous episodes with us they are Episode 24 and  Episode 50. We are also joined by Stephanie who is the creator and publisher of The Knitter's Planner.

Please join us this week and get ready to nerd out about planning and time management!

"...we live in a hybrid time... we are in between two worlds in a sense... I do love my digital planners... but I think that there is just no replacement for putting a pen to paper... there's something meditative about it that you don't get with digital planning and there's a peaceful calming portion and there's a different level of commitment when you're thinking of your own goals and how you're structuring your time with pen to paper... that I just don't think digital can replace." - Stephanie Palmer on analog planners in a digital age

 

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:20 Stephanie and Kara introduce themselves to the listeners
  • 4:12 Felicia asks Stephanie why she decided to first make The Quilter's Planner
  • 5:40 How is The Knitter's Planner different from other planners?
  • 9:03 Sunday-Starter vs Monday-Starter: the customization options in The Knitter's Planner
  • 13:24 Discussing how to merge a digital and analog planning systems
  • 17:05 How using a planner can make a difference for fibre artists who want to create more
  • 22:34 Chatting about the fear of "ruining" a beautiful planner
  • 24:28 Discussing everyones personal workflow around their planner
  • 29:50 How to plan around the holiday season
  • 33:06 Tips for people who are not planners, but want to become one
  • 35:43 Where people can find The Knitter's Planner
  • 37:22 Felicia's Final Notes and Giveaway!

 

Here's Where You Can Find The Knitter's Planner:

Website: www.knittersplanner.com

Instagram: @theknittersplanner

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KnittersPlanner

 

Enter the Giveaway to win a Free Knitter's Planner:

Stephanie and Kara are giving one of our lucky listeners the chance to win a free custom Knitter's Planner! This is a giveaway you certainly don't want to miss!

Click here to enter the giveaway »

 

Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we're doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

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Nov 19 2019

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Episode 094: Building the Craft Industry Alliance with Abby Glassenberg

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This week on the show, Felicia is chatting with Abby Glassenberg: a sewing pattern designer, craft book author, writer, and teacher. Since 2005 she's been writing a blog called While She Naps: which is about the home sewing industry and creative entrepreneurship with a focus on craft publishing, fabric manufacturing, feminism, and social justice. Ten years after she started the blog in 2015 she co-founded Craft Industry Alliance and now serves as its president.

Join Felicia and Abby as they chat about the crafting industry and the challenges makers have as they pursue the dream of turning their passion into a sustainable business.

"...I want to be where people are... and see what it's all about and not... live in fear... when I posted that there were a lot of people who were... really scared of Tik Tok... this is going to steal my privacy... and I understand the fear... about it but I just also feel like... get in there and play... see it with [your] own eyes... I would rather take a look myself than... believe the hype and... not make my own decision" -  Abby Glassenberg on crafters being on the new social media app, Tik Tok

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:29 Abby chats about when she began creating and how she stared her business
  • 8:39 How Abby transitioned crafting from her hobby to a business and how it affected her audience base, and how business itself can be creative
  • 13:58 Abby and Felicia discuss a common question in the industry: If you help other crafters succeed in their business, aren't you creating competition for yourself?
  • 19:23 Abby chats more about Craft Industry Alliance and what it has to offer members
  • 23:14 Felicia asks Abby what are the biggest challenges the craft industry and business owners are currently facing
  • 26:53 The opportunities Abby is seeing in the creative industry space
  • 29:44 Crafting and Tik Tok? Abby discusses the new social media app and how crafters could be a part of it
  • 34:45 How Abby's business has changed now that her children are older
  • 38:39 Abby discusses the team behind Craft Industry Alliance
  • 41:03 What's coming up in the Craft Industry Alliance
  • 45:33 Felicia's Final Notes and Special Discount Code for Craft Industry Alliance Membership

 

Here's Where You Can Find Abby:

Abby's Blog: www.whileshenaps.com

Craft Industry Alliance Website: www.craftindustryalliance.org

Abby's Instagram: @abbyglassenberg

Abby Glassenberg Design Facebook: www.facebook.com/pg/AbbyGlassenbergDesign

 

Get a Special Discount for Craft Industry Alliance Membership:

If you are a small business owner and are interested in joining the Craft Industry Alliance, Abby has created a special discount code for our listeners to receive 20% off the membership fee! Use the code: SWEETGEORGIA at checkout to receive your discount. Thank you so much Abby!

 

Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we're doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

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Nov 05 2019

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093: Teaching the World to Weave with Kelly Casanova

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This week Felicia is joined by weaver, teacher, and designer:  Kelly Casanova, from Melbourne Australia. Kelly runs an online weaving school called:  Kelly Casanova Weaving Lessons and has been working tirelessly to create ongoing weaving instruction, initially with a rigid heddle loom and now with multi-shaft looms. Kelly has been a huge inspiration for Felicia because Kelly was creating online weaving tutorials when there weren't any available.

Join Felicia and Kelly as they chat about the involvement and control that weaving offers a fibre artist and how to encourage others to start weaving.

  "...I felt like I was always looking for something really authentic, like I could do it from start to finish and have as much involvement in the process as I possibly could. And weaving was it for that because I could get the fibre, I could spin it, I could dye it, and then I could weave it, and then I could sew it..." -  Kelly Casanova on her love of weaving

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 2:09 Kelly chats about how she first got into the fibre arts
  • 3:43 What was it about weaving that captured Kelly's interest so much?
  • 5:19 What is Kelly's favourite fibre or yarn to work with?
  • 6:20 Kelly discusses her upcoming course on studying Japanese techniques of dyeing and weaving
  • 8:37 Felicia asks Kelly how she comes up with her course ideas for her online school
  • 12:38 Kelly explains what students can learn at her online school
  • 14:05 Kelly gives advice to first-time weavers and how to get started
  • 16:49 Felicia and Kelly chat about how to encourage more weavers to create content for the Internet
  • 18:31 What are the differences Kelly sees between weaving on a rigid heddle looms weaving on a floor loom?
  • 21:30 Felicia chats with Kelly about her Etsy shop and her experience selling on that platform
  • 23:06 Kelly's tips for production weavers
  • 25:19 Kelly describes why she loves the online weaving community
  • 27:19 How Kelly finds the time for self-care in a busy life
  • 31:29 What Kelly has planned for her online school
  • 33:36 Where can you find Kelly online
  • 34:12 Felicia's Final Notes and Giveaway!

 

Here's Where You Can Find Kelly:

Website: www.kellycasanovaweavinglessons.com

Online School: www.kelly-casanova-weaving-lessons.teachable.com

YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/kellycasanova

Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/kellycasanovaart

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kellycasanovatextileandfibreartist

Instagram: @casanova_kelly_weaver

 

Enter the Giveaway for 5 Free Weaving Patterns from Kelly's Etsy Shop:

If this week's conversation has inspired you to give weaving a try, then enter down below to win 5 free weaving patterns from Kelly's Etsy Shop! Thanks Kelly for giving our listeners a chance to win some of her gorgeous patterns!

Click here to enter the giveaway »

 

Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we're doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

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Oct 22 2019

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Episode 092: Cameron Taylor-Brown and the Art of Teaching

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This week on the show, Felicia is talking with Cameron Taylor-Brown: an artist, weaver, and educator. Cameron studied fibre arts at the University of California, Berkeley with Ed Rossbach and then textile design at the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. Since 1985 she's lived in Los Angeles where she's still active in arts and education. Her work is widely exhibited and has been featured in many publications including Fibre Art Now, American CraftShuttle Spindle & Dyepot. She teaches design and colour workshops at schools, guilds, museums, and conferences throughout the United States and at ARTSgarage: a teaching studio in Los Angeles. Cameron recently curated the exhibit Material Meaning: A Living Legacy of Anni Albers, which was on view at the Craft in America Center in Los Angeles.

Join Felicia and Cameron as they discuss Cameron's past and present in the arts.

  "... I always felt confident that I knew... the material well, but initially I was afraid of public speaking... that was my most nervous thing was standing up in front of a group of people... but what I realized was... when you're teaching... a visual medium the people that you're talking to are focusing on the medium that you're talking about, they're not focusing on you and so I began to realize I was the narrator, but they were looking at something else. The minute I figured that out... it was a lot less scary for me to talk to people... and then it's just about sharing something that you love and figuring out to explain it to people so that they own it, not you... one of the really important things when you're teaching is I don't want to create clones of myself. I want people to discover who they are and what their journey is and help them in their particular journey, and I think that's the art of teaching.  " -  Cameron Taylor-Brown on her transition from maker to educator

 

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:36 Felicia and Cameron chat about how Cameron used to be a sales rep for SweetGeorgia Yarns
  • 2:35 Cameron talks about her "retirement"
  • 3:56 How Cameron got into the fibre arts, specifically weaving
  • 9:00 How Cameron made the jump from maker to educator
  • 12:43 Cameron chats about her teaching studio: ARTSgarage
  • 19:45 Felicia and Cameron chat about the difficulty of knowing where to start when you want to pursue a new fibre arts skill
  • 23:00 Felicia asks Cameron if she has any suggestions for anyone wanting to turn their textile art into a business
  • 35:50 Felicia and Cameron chat about the exhibit she recently curated called: Material Meaning: A Living Legacy of Anni Albers
  • 46:18 Felicia's Final Notes

 

Here's Where You Can Find Cameron:

Website: www.camerontaylor-brown.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CameronTaylorBrownStudio

Instagram: @camerontaylorbrown

 

Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we're doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

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Oct 08 2019

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091: Weaving up New Dreams with Angela Smith

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This week on the show Felicia is joined by Angela Smith, the founder and creative director of Purl & Loop. Felicia has mentioned Purl & Loop many times before on the SweetGeorgia YouTube channel because, as an avid weaver, she is a huge fan of their looms. Please join Felicia and Angela as they discuss all things weaving and the big challenges faced when starting out a small business

"...it's an industry I was drawn to because, unlike real estate... well in real estate everyone thinks everything's an emergency... there are no emergencies in fibre. No one was ever going to call me up at 9 o'clock on a Friday night and tell me they had to look at 10 different looms by 9 am on Saturday morning... " -  Angela Smith on what inspired her to transition from the world of real estate to the world of fibre arts

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 0:51 Felicia and Angela chat about how they first met
  • 1:27 Angela describes her company, Purl & Loop
  • 2:57 Angela chats about some of Purl & Loops newest projects , including a "delicious" sounding Cord Taco
  • 4:29 How Angela got into the world of fibre arts and started Purl & Loop
  • 7:18 Felicia asks Angela how she transitioned from the world of real estate to owning a fibre arts supply store
  • 11:57 Angela chats about the studio space Purl & Loop occupies
  • 15:45 Angela discusses how the partnership with Liz Gibson helped advance Purl & Loop into a larger studio space
  • 22:15 Chatting about the laser cutter and process that goes into creating the looms
  • 25:15 Discussing the amazing team behind Purl & Loop
  • 26:46 Is Purl & Loop going to venture out beyond weaving supplies?
  • 29:07 Angela chats about Purl & Loop's new circle looms
  • 30:58 What does the future hold for Purl & Loop?
  • 32:47 Where you can find Purl & Loop online
  • 33:38 Felicia's Final Notes and Giveaway!

 

Here's Where You Can Find Purl & Loop:

Website: www.purlandloop.com

Instagram: @purlandloop

 

Enter the Giveaway for a Free Circular Loom from Purl & Loop:

If this week's conversation has inspired you to give weaving a try, then enter down below to win a free circular loom from Purl & Loop! Thanks to Angela and her team for giving our listeners a chance to win one of these gorgeous looms!

Click here to enter the giveaway »

 

Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we're doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

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Sep 24 2019

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Episode 090: Photographing Knitwear with Abbye Dahl

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This week on the show, Felicia chats with Abbye Dahl: a Vancouver-based knitwear designer and professional photographer. Abbye is no stranger to SweetGeorgia Yarns as she created a collection of hat patterns using our yarns called: Cloche Knits. Abbye has also designed a follow-up collection called Cloche Knits 2. If you haven't seen the photos in Cloche Knits, they are stunning and elegantly shot. Now Abbye is about to share her deep photography knowledge and experience with knitters and she is created a course specifically teaching knitwear designers how to photograph their garments.

  "...one of the things I love about knitting... is the colours and the textures are so rich and... as I was doing it I was like 'Ah these things are... calling out to be photographed' So then I would spend time with my knitting just taking pictures of it... just being really inspired by all the different textures and then I was sitting at home and I'm like 'Well I have all of these awesome pictures of my knitting... just sitting on my hard drive, what can I do with this? How can I start sharing this with other people?' So I would honestly say it was the photography that got me to start designing just because I felt like I really wanted people to see these pictures of knitting, so I might as well write a patter to go with the pictures. " -  Abbye Dahl on what inspired her to start designing knitwear patterns

  In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:30 How did Abbye get into the fibre arts?
  • 4:46 Abbye chats about the cloche-style hats she designs and what she loves about them
  • 8:11 Felicia and Abbye talk about the Louise Poncho that Abbye designed for her Rockies collection
  • 10:38 Felicia asks Abbye about her experiences in photography school
  • 13:21 It's a small world after all: Abbye chats about her connections to two of our former podcast guests: Mariana Frochtengartenand Katrina Stewart
  • 15:14 Discussing Abbye's upcoming Photography for Knitwear course
  • 20:10 How designers can work effectively with knitwear models
  • 27:02 The challenges of self-portraits
  • 30:50 Abbye's chats about editing and re-touching knitwear photography
  • 32:41 How Abbye's new photography course can be for non-designers as well
  • 34:38 Where you can find Abbye online
  • 36:09 Felicia's Final Notes and Giveaway!

 

Here's Where You Can Find Abbye Knits:

Website: www.abbyeknits.com

Knitwear Photography Course: www.abbyeknits.com/photography-for-knitwear

Instagram: @abbyeknits

 

Enter the Giveaway for Abbye Dahl's Cloche Knits Book:

If you want to see Abbye's beautiful photography and patterns for yourself, enter our giveaway to win one of two Cloche Knits books! Thanks so much to Abbye for generously donating copies of her beautiful hat collection to our listeners!

Click here to enter the giveaway »

 

Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we're doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

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Sep 10 2019

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089: Spinning up a Storm with Spincycle Yarns

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This week, Felicia is chatting with Rachel Price and Kate Burge of Spincycle Yarns. Spincycle Yarns is a very unique yarn company as they create small batch mill-spun yarn, spun from fibre that they hand dye so the yarns look and feel like handspun! You have probably seen Spincycle Yarns featured in such designs like Andrea Mowry's The Shiftcowl and Nightshift shawl among many others. Join Felicia, Rachel, and Kate as they chat about all things colour and spinning!

  "...the first time we ever hung out  it was Easter Sunday and we went to my... house... and we had... a pound of fibre and we're like 'Alright, let's go crazy and dye it' and we did and it was like so much fun  and we just... I don't know like as opposed to crafting by yourself, when you find your crafting soulmate to work with it's so much more fun." -  Kate Burge on meeting her best friend (and future business partner) Rachel Price

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:21 Rachel and Kate introduce themselves
  • 3:05 Rachel and Kate chat about how they started spinning yarn
  • 4:32 What made Rachel and Kate make the decision to go into business together?
  • 7:03 How do you go from selling handspun yarn to production dyeing and spinning?
  • 9:33 Sport Weight vs Fingering Weight: What's the difference and does it really matter?
  • 11:43 Where Spincycle Yarns sources its fibre from and how they choose what fibre goes into their millspun yarns
  • 15:30 Can yarn construction techniques be experimented with when you have your own mill?
  • 17:34 How many colourways is Spincycle Yarns producing right now?
  • 20:32 How do Rachel and Kate draw the boundaries between work and play when running a yarn business?
  • 26:36 Felicia asks Rachel about how she learned how to weave in Harrisville
  • 30:07 Do Rachel and Kate teach textile arts to the public?
  • 32:35 What changes have Rachel and Kate seen in the knitting world over the years? And the fun of collaborating with Andrea Mowry
  • 40:10 Where to find Rachel and Kate online! Also you can find Spincycle Yarns at Knit City in Vancouverthis year at the Starlight Knitting Society booth!
  • 43:32 Felicia's Final Notes and Giveaway!

 

Here's Where You Can Find Spincycle Yarns:

Website: www.spincycleyarns.com

Instagram: @spincycle_yarns

 

Enter the Giveaway for 2 Free Skeins of Spincycle Yarns:

If you want to get your hands on Rachel and Kate's beautiful yarn, enter our contest to win 2 free skeins of their brand new colourway: Castaway! Thank you so much to Rachel, Kate, and the hardworking Spincycle gang for making this giveaway possible!

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Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

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Aug 27 2019

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088: Textile Art with Mariana Frochtengarten

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This week, Felicia is joined on the show by Mariana Frochtengarten: a textile artist and art educator with an extensive background in dyeing. Specifically, she's had more than 20 years of experience in resists dyeing techniques like batik and shibori. A few years ago, Mariana worked at SweetGeorgia as one of the dyers in our dye team but now has begun teaching art. This past summer, Mariana has once again been reunited with us as we recorded a course for The School of SweetGeorgia all about shibori dyeing techniques. Join Felicia and Mariana as they chat about textile arts and it's many different values in our society.

  "...focusing on technique, teaching technique but also just... approaching textiles as a language, as a form of expression, as a way of doing something that... is in a way... is so present in every culture and in everybody's life so that was really a way for me to... link with community, link with people..." - Mariana on why she enjoys being an art educator

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:24 Mariana chats about her background in dyeing
  • 4:23 Mariana and Felicia discusses the struggles of making a living off of your craft without feeling you are losing the personal, handcrafted quality of the product
  • 9:45 Mariana chats about how her production dyeing turned more towards community work and teaching people about textiles
  • 12:58 Felicia asks Mariana about her experience in art therapy and using art therapy to help new immigrants to Canada adjust to their new life
  • 20:19 Chatting about the importance of the process of creation
  • 23:08 Felicia asks Mariana about how her values have changed over time
  • 26:01 Felicia and Mariana chat about the loneliness of dyeing and how to make it a more social process
  • 29:16 Discussing Mariana's Shibori Dyeing Basics course on The School of SweetGeorgia and the element of surprise that goes with resist dyeing
  • 32:20 Where you can find Mariana online
  • 35:26 Felicia's Final Notes and Giveaway!

 

Here's Where You Can Find Mariana:

Instagram: @nanafro

Email: nanafro@gmail.com

Shibori Dyeing Basics Course Forum Page: www.schoolofsweetgeorgia.com/community/forum/shibori-dyeing-basics

  Enter the Giveaway for a Free 3-Month Subscription to The School of SweetGeorgia:

If you want to check out Mariana's course on shibori dyeing and all of our other fibre arts courses in The School of SweetGeorgia, enter our contest to win a free 3-month subscription! 

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Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we're doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

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Aug 13 2019

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087: Exploring Norwegian Colourwork Knitting with Eli of Skeindeer Knits

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On this week's episode, Felicia is chatting with Eli: a London-based Norwegian knitting pattern designer highly influenced by traditional Norwegian knitting. She is also the hostess of the Skeindeer Knits podcast and has published over 100 episodes! Join Felicia and Eli as they chat about colourwork knitting!

"...me personally I think you can change things that have been a certain way and it will still be that thing and ok but even if it's not that thing anymore... that's how things take on new forms and become interesting and new things... either way I think that's cool" - Eli on wether a design is truly considered a traditional Selbu mitten or not

 

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 0:49 Felicia and Eli chat about Vlogmas and when Eli visited the SweetGeorgia studios for a knit night
  • 3:30 Eli discusses how she first got into knitting and knitwear design
  • 9:37 Felicia and Eli chat about Selbu mittens and why Eli is hesitant to accept her nickname "The Queen of Selbu Mittens"
  • 14:30 Discussing the thumb of the Selbu mitten
  • 15:43 Eli discusses the unique features of Norwegian stranded colourwork knitting
  • 20:05 Felicia asks Eli if she feels any pressure as a Norwegian knitwear designer to uphold the traditions of Norwegian knitting styles
  • 21:24 Felicia asks Eli about how she started her YouTube podcast
  • 27:04 Eli gives advice to anyone wanting to start their own YouTube channel
  • 30:50 Eli chats about being a PHD student and knitwear designer at the same time
  • 33:10 Felicia asks Eli about her plans for after she gets her PHD
  • 34:47 Where to find Eli online
  • 36:12 Felicia's Final Notes

 

Here's Where You Can Find Eli:

Website: www.skeindeer.com

YouTube Podcast: www.youtube.com/skeindeerknits

Ravelry: www.ravelry.com/designers/skeindeer-knits

Ravelry Group: www.ravelry.com/groups/skeindeer-knits

Instagram: @skeindeer

 

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Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we're doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

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Jul 30 2019

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086: Benjamin Krudwig on the Millenial Myth

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This week Felicia welcomes Benjamin Krudwig: a textile and fashion designer from Lafayette, Colorado. Benjamin teaches tapestry and rigid heddle weaving in shops along the Colorado front range. When he isn't designing, he's spending time with his wife and two cats!

Join Felicia and Benjamin as they discuss how to welcome more people into the fibre arts world!

"What I've figured out that works best for me is scheduling it into my life... from this time to this time I'm going to be in my studio. And whatever the means it could be weaving, could be sewing, could be sketching... I've carved out that time for me... there isn't really a magic wand except for try to make it a priority... if we don't put that into our schedule then it's never going to happen... I think... allowing yourself to have that is important. " - Benjamin Krudwig on finding the time for fibre arts projects

 

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 2:00 Benjamin chats about how he got into the fibre arts industry
  • 4:45 Benjamin shares what he is most passionate about at the moment in the fibre arts
  • 5:31 Felicia asks Benjamin about his fashion line and sewing with handwoven fabrics
  • 8:23 How does Benjamin find time to do so many different projects?
  • 12:33 Bejamin's perspective on how to bring people to the fibre arts and possible challenges Millenials face trying to get into the fibre arts world
  • 20:00 What does Benjamin have planned for 2019?
  • 21:27 Benjamin's advice for those who want to get into the fibre arts but don't have a lot of extra income to play with
  • 24:29 Felicia asks Benjamin about his project for the spin along Schacht held as part of their 50th anniversary celebration
  • 26:09 Where you can find Benjamin and his many projects online
  • 28:08 Felicia's Final Notes and Giveaway!

 

Here's Where You Can Find Benjamin:

Website: www.benjaminkrudwig.com

Fashion Website: www.benjamincollyn.com

Fibre Arts Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/BenjaminKrudwig

Fibre Arts Instagram: @benjamin_krudwig

Fashion Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/BenjaminCollyn

Fashion Instagram: @benjamin_collyn

YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/channel/benjaminkrudwig

 

Enter the Giveaway for a Free Custom Made T-shirt from Benjamin's Fashion Line:

Benjamin is generously offering a custom made t-shirt from his fashion line in his printed branch or mountain fabric! 

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Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

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Jul 16 2019

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085: Weaving with Meaning with Sarah Resnick of GIST Yarn & Fibre

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This week, Felicia is talking with Sarah Resnick, the founder of GIST Yarn & Fibre: a little shop dedicated to providing beautiful and unusual yarn and weaving supplies to inspire the community of weavers.

Join Felicia and Sarah as they discuss the resurgence of weaving within the crafting community!

  "I... like the process of... making it but... one thing I love about weaving is that it's so tangible... and it's so great for making things that people will have for a long time... the Jewish prayer shawls that I have woven... stay in their lives for a long time and I like the fact that... through a process that comes with a lot of love... there is a finished project that really... can have a meaning in someone's life or in my own " - Sarah Resnick on wether she is process-driven or project-driven

 

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:23  Felicia asks Sarah how she discovered yarn and the fibre arts
  • 8:14  What equipment Sarah is currently weaving on
  • 9:02  Is Sarah project-driven or process-driven?
  • 10:58  Sarah's favourite things to weave
  • 12:04 Felicia and Sarah chat about baby wraps
  • 17:56  Other than her Etsy shop and baby wrap business, what other textile and fibre projects has Sarah pursued?
  • 20:50 Sarah's advice for anyone who wants to dip their toes into the weaving world and how GISTis helping to spread weaving education
  • 24:28  The recent resurgence of weaving and what draws people to the craft
  • 26:31  How Sarah finds time for her own personal weaving projects
  • 27:41  Sarah's future plans for GIST
  • 29:56  Where to find Sarah online
  • 30:48  Felicia's Final Notes and Giveaway

 

Here's Where You Can Find Sarah and GIST Yarn & Fibre:

Website: www.gistyarn.com

Podcast: www.gistyarn.com/podcast

Instagram: @gistyarn

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/gistyarn

 

Enter to win 3 cones of Gist Yarn & Fibre's Duet Weaving Yarn:

Sarah is giving one of our lucky winners a chance to win 3 cones of Gist Yarn & Fibre's newest weaving yarn: Duet! Duet is a beautiful cotton linen blend yarn that is perfect for your next weaving project!

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Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we're doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

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Jul 02 2019

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084: Slow Fibre in a Fast World with Katrina Stewart

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This week, Felicia has a special in-studio guest: Katrina Stewart of Crafty Jak's. Crafty Jak's was founded by the mother-daughter team of Judi and Katrina as a way to share the things that they love about crafts and the fibre arts such as hand-dyed yarns, as well as hand-dyed and hand-carded spinning fibre. Katrina also teaches various spinning classes at our SweetGeorgia studios as well as other yarn shops in town. We have also recently released a video-based online workshop called Carding for Colourwhere Katrina teaches fibre preparation techniques.

Join Felicia and Katrina as they chat about fibre, spinning, colour, and everything in between!

 "...When you've put so much time and energy into something... it feels like you can't just throw it away. But I think too if you can look at it from 'What did I learn from that experience?' and take that knowledge away, then it really hasn't been wasted in the same way... It's one of those things where if we look at it as a learning experience then it's not wasted." - Katrina Stewart on felted fibre and learning

 

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:52 Katrina chats about how she got started with fibre arts
  • 6:29 Felicia asks Katrina what end results she is looking for when making her carded fibre and preparing fibre
  • 8:52 Katrina talks about her steep learning curve she encountered on her spinning and dyeing journey and all the felted fibre along the way
  • 12:29 How did Katrina make the transition form having a photography business to a fibre business?
  • 17:06 What Katrina brings from her career as a photographer to her fibre arts business and competition in the hand-dyed industry
  • 25:39 Felicia asks Katrina how she balances the slow nature of carding fibre with the business requirements for efficiency
  • 30:50 Katrina chats about her new book she published with Rachel Smith - Unbraided: The Art and Science of Spinning Colour
  • 34:07 How Katrina and Rachel met and became friends and collaborators
  • 38:05 The difficulties of managing a business and raising a family
  • 46:53 Katrina's plans for 2019
  • 51:42 Felicia's Final Notes and Giveaway

 

Here's Where You Can Find Katrina:

Website: www.craftyjaks.ca

Instagram: @craftyjaks

Order a copy of Unbraided here: www.craftyjaks.ca/ourstore/books/unbraided-the-art-and-science-of-spinning-colour/

Order an e-copy of Unbraided here: www.blurb.ca/b/9456971-unbraided-the-art-science-of-spinning-colour?ebook=695655

  Enter the Giveaway for a free copy of Unbraided: The Art and Science of Spinning Colour:

Katrina and Rachel are giving away a copy of their new book: Unbraided: The Art and Science of Spinning Colour! If you'd like a chance to win an e-book copy, click the link below and enter this episode's secret word. Thank you so much to Katrina and Rachel for donating this prize to our listeners!

Click here to enter the giveaway »

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Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we're doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

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Jun 18 2019

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083: Sustainable and Slow Yarns with Nomad Noos

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This week Felicia welcomes Coty Jeronimus to The SweetGeorgia Show. Coty is one of the  co-founders of Nomad Noos: a new mission-driven luxury yarn company that is dedicated to the concept of slow cloth and slow fashion. Coty and her co-founder Alessandra work to bring handspun, sustainably sourced yarn from Mongolia and Nepal to the hand knitting community. At the core of their mission is this question: What if your favourite knitted project not only gives you a good feeling but also has a positive impact on the world too?

Please join Felicia and Coty as they discuss the process of making beautiful and sustainable yarn!

  "...I was like wow you know I like to knit and I like yarns and I... really want to do something and to show that even with a small brand you can be transparent and you can be traceable and doing good... as a knitter you take time to knit and then have a supply chain where also this is valued.. that was in fact the seed to start Nomad Noos" - Coty on the reason behind the creation of Nomad Noos

 

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 2:14 Coty explains what the Nomad Noos business entails
  • 3:30 Coty chats about the kinds of animal fibre Nomand Noos uses in their yarns and how it's collected
  • 8:28 Felicia and Coty chat about how the fibre is processed after being collected
  • 10:36 Felicia asks Coty about the team of spinners Nomad Noos employs and their kickstarter campaign
  • 17:24 Discussing what happens to the yarns after they are spun
  • 21:49 How Nomad Noos got started
  • 26:30 Discussing the value of slow cloth and slow fashion
  • 28:21 What does the name "Nomad Noos" mean?
  • 29:28 Where to find Nomad Noos online
  • 31:27 Felicia's Final Notes
  Here's Where You Can Find Nomad Noos:

Website: www.nomadnoos.com

Kickstarter Campaign (ends June 14th 2019): www.kickstarter.com/projects/nomadnoos/luxurious-yarns-with-a-mission-by-nomadnoos

Instagram: www.instagram.com/nomadnoos

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nomadnoos

  Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we're doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

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Jun 04 2019

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082: Crafting a Creative Business with Hanna Lisa Haferkamp

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This week Felicia is chatting with Hanna Lisa Haferkamp who runs HLH Designs: a project bag and knitting tool company. Alongside HLH, Hanna Lisa also runs a successful coaching practice for creative business owners and co-founded and currently runs Making Stories: an independent knitwear design publishing company.

Join Felicia and Hanna Lisa as they discuss how to start, run, and sustain a creative business.

 “Starting off a production based business, starting off small and really focusing on making products that are really really good that you’re proud of… even if that’s in just really small batch numbers… that’s key and that will allow you to then gradually… make more sales and then reinvest the money… into more raw materials and then figuring out what kind of business model really works for you… wether it’s a shop update based… wether you’re doing wholesale or not… I think that can all gradually come as long as you’re really focused on making a really good product and figuring out what your unique story… your niche is. ” – Hanna Lisa Haferkamp on production based businesses

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:12 Felicia reminisces about how she first found out about Hanna Lisa and her work
  • 2:17 Felicia asks Hanna Lisa to introduce herself to the audience and how she got started in the creative world
  • 10:06 Hanna Lisa discusses what kind of clients she supports through her coaching practice and the financial problems experienced when trying to be a knitwear designer or small creative business owner
  • 15:15 What is Hanna Lisa’s advice when it comes to becoming a top knitwear designer?
  • 18:05 Felicia and Hanna Lisa discuss pattern pricing: What’s a fair price to charge?
  • 20:27 Hanna Lisa chats about what it’s like to start a manufacturing business like HLH Designs
  • 23:44 Hanna Lisa describes her main product: her project bags
  • 26:32 Hanna Lisa and Felicia chat about the “Slow Business Experiment”
  • 35:15 How Hanna Lisa splits her time between 3 businesses
  • 39:00 Hanna Lisa’s advice to those that want to start a creative business
  • 42:55 Felicia asks Hanna Lisa what her plans for 2019 are
  • 49:19 Felicia’s Final Notes

 

Here’s Where You Can Find Hanna Lisa:

Website: www.hlh-designs.com

Business Coaching Website: www.hannalisahaferkamp.com

Making Stories: www.making-stories.com

Business Instagram: @hlh.design

Personal Instagram: @hannalisahaferkamp

 

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Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we’re doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

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May 21 2019

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081: Finding Your Colour Courage with Tien Chiu

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Our guest this week is Tien Chiu: a master weaver and (in Tien’s own words) a “certified colour nut”. Tien’s work has been exhibited in museums and featured on the cover of Handwoven magazine. She’s the author of Master Your Craft: Strategies for Designing, Making, and Selling Artisan Work; a book about creative process in craft. She has woven hundred of handwoven fabric swatches and dyed over 2,500 yarn samples in her quest to understand colour. Tien now teaches about colour in weaving at warpandweave.com.

Please join Felicia and Tien as they chat about weaving, colour, and the courage to make mistakes.

 “You can do so many things with weaving… There’s this thing that I think of as the ratio between head and hands… it’s the amount of design time versus the amount of time that you spend making something. So I like solving puzzles… and with knitting there’s not as much to think about… I can design something in knitting that will take a lot longer to knit than it will to design in general… with weaving I find that 80% of my time is spent in design and that’s the part that I really enjoy… It will take me months to design something that will take me about a week and a half to weave.  ” – Tien Chiu on explaining her love of weaving

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:18 Felicia asks Tien how she got started with the fibre arts
  • 4:36 Tien describes how she became a textile artist full-time
  • 7:55 Tien chats about how she discovered one of her main passions in life: weaving
  • 12:22 Felicia asks Tien about her weaving equipment
  • 14:48 Tien offers words of encouragement to those who are curious about weaving but don’t know where to start
  • 16:44 Tien discusses her time with studying with master weaver Laura Fry
  • 21:52 Felicia asks Tien how she furthers her weaving education on her own after spending time with Laura
  • 27:05 Tien chats about her online school Warp & Weave that teaches classes about colour and weaving and her phenomenal library of Procion MX fibre-reactive dye samples on her website
  • 33:27 Felicia asks Tien what her goal is in creating this school to teach about colour
  • 38:38 Where you can find Tien and her work online
  • 39:32 Felicia’s Final Notes and Giveaway!

 

Here’s Where You Can Find Tien:

Warp & Weave: www.warpandweave.com

Warp & Weave Courses Page: www.classes.warpandweave.com

Tien’s Blog: www.tienchiu.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/warpandweavecolor

 

Enter the Giveaway for a free online course from Warp & Weave:

Tien is giving away a free pass to her online course: Colour Courage for Weavers -Basic! If you’d like a chance to win one of this amazing course, click the link below and enter this episode’s secret word. Thank you so much to Tien for donating this prize to our listeners!

Click here to enter the giveaway »

 

Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we’re doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

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May 07 2019

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080: Cakes, Colourwork, and Vikings with Dianna Walla

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This week, Felicia is chatting with Dianna Walla, a knitwear designer currently based in Montreal, Canada. Originally from the United States, Dianna has also lived in Northern Norway for 2 years. The nordic region continues to have a strong influence on her work and she is especially inspired by stranded colourwork in Norwegian knitting. She’s created  many colourwork patterns for magazines, yarn companies, yarn stores, and her own brand: Paper Tiger. She also creates videos dealing with colourwork and related topics on the Paper Tiger YouTube channel.

Please join Felicia and Dianna as they discuss revitalizing colourwork knitting in modern aesthetics.

 “The hardest thing is figuring out what to relinquish control of, because sometimes when you end up working for yourself it’s because you like to… have control over what you’re doing and as soon as you hand it off to somebody else you’re… trusting them with this piece of your work which matters a lot to you… But it makes a big difference… ” – Dianna Walla on the pros and cons of outsourcing aspects of knitwear design

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:57 Dianna discusses how she came to love knitting
  • 3:23 How did Dianna expand her knitting skills?
  • 5:30 How did Dianna get into knitwear design
  • 7:00 Digital or analog designing: which does Dianna prefer?
  • 8:33 Discussing the balance between Dianna’s creative world and academic world and the complications of translating knitting patterns
  • 13:05 How to go about becoming a knitwear designer
  • 16:00 How does Dianna find balance between photography, creating tutorial videos, marketing, and all the other aspects of being a self-published knitwear designer
  • 18:42  The differences between Dianna’s two blogs: Cake and Vikings and Paper Tiger
  • 23:19 What trends are currently being seen on social media in regards to knitwear design
  • 25:52 Dianna describes Norwegian style colourwork knitting, why she loves it, and how she uses it in her designs
  • 29:29 Felicia and Dianna discuss yarn selection regarding colourwork knitting
  • 33:33 How do you help customers find colours that work for them and work well together?
  • 38:04 What Dianna is exploring right now
  • 40:08 Is there anything Dianna knows now that she wishes she had known when she started?
  • 41:42 Where to find Dianna online
  • 42:33 Felicia’s Final Notes

 

Here’s Where You Can Find Dianna:

Instagram: @cakeandvikings

Website: www.paper-tiger.net

YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/PaperTiger

 

Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we’re doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

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Apr 23 2019

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079: Street Fashion and Modern Colour in Knitwear Design with Caitlin Hunter

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This week, Felicia is chatting with Caitlin Hunter. Caitlin runs her own knitwear design company called Boyland Knitworks and lives in Oregon with her husband and three boys. Caitlin has a degree in apparel design and manufacturing and worked as a designer in the traditional fashion manufacturing industry before leaving her career to care for her children before becoming the successful knitwear designer she is today. Caitlin’s garments feature fantastic stranded colourwork and are designed to be fashionable, comfortable, and fun!

Please join Felicia and Caitlin for their discussion on fashion, colour, and designing!

 ” In fashion for so long we women have been… stuffed into uncomfortable garments. So there’s nothing really less flattering than seeing somebody who they might look great standing still but they can’t walk in their outfit… or they’re pulling on their hem, adjusting things… it’s not fun to be that person… To try to find that happy balance between looking good and feeling good… that’s my sweet spot. ” – Caitlin Hunter on designing knitwear that’s fun to make and wear

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:18 Caitlin chats about how she got interested in knitting
  • 8:15 Felicia asks Caitlin what inspires her knitwear designs
  • 10:53 Talking about comfort in knitwear patterns
  • 11:53 Felicia asks Caitlin what she thinks makes a knitwear pattern go viral
  • 14:17 Does Caitlin get nervous before launching a new design?
  • 17:12 Chatting about the price of knitwear patterns. What is the value of a pattern and how much work goes into being a knitwear designer?
  • 21:08 Caitlin and Felicia talk about trying to find balance between work and family
  • 27:15 Caitlin discusses her passion for stranded colourwork knitting
  • 30:13 Colour dominance in stranded colourwork knitting
  • 32:14 How Caitlin chooses colours for her projects
  • 33:10 Is there anything Caitlin wishes she had known before becoming a knitwear designer?
  • 34:30 What is currently inspiring Caitlin and what plans she has for 2019
  • 37:10 Where you can find Caitlin online
  • 38:32 Felicia’s Final Notes

 

Here’s Where You Can Find Caitlin:

Instagram: @boylandknitworks

Website: www.boylandknitworks.com

Ravelry: Boyland Knitworks

 

Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we’re doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

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Playbook of Happiness – by RimskyMusic

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078: Creating Colour Systems with Alanna Wilcox

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This week’s guest is Alanna Wilcox: a Master Spinner, art educator, weaver, knitter, artist, author, and teacher! Alanna has also written an incredible book on spinning, A New Spin On Colour and a dyeing guide, Dyeing To Get The Colours You Want.

Please join Felicia and Alanna as they discuss spinning and Alanna’s massive dye formula project she is undertaking!

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 1:45  Alanna chats about how she got into the fibre arts
  • 4:01 Alanna shares her journey of becoming a Master Spinner
  • 7:44 Felicia asks Alanna to share more details of the intensive Master Spinner course
  • 10:10 Alanna discusses her personal goals with spinning
  • 12:15 Alanna shares with us the massive dyeing project she is currently undertaking: colour matching dye formulas
  • 17:55 Felicia and Alanna discuss the number of primary colours one can use while dyeing
  • 21:36 When Alanna’s project will be available to the public (Note: as of this episode publication, her colour formulas are now available for purchase on her website!)
  • 23:32 Felicia asks Alanna how she keeps track of all her swatches and samples while completing this project
  • 25:20 Is colour sense and colour theory something anyone can learn?
  • 27:17 Alanna chats about what it takes to teach fibre arts
  • 30:56 Felicia asks Alanna how she manages to balance teaching, dyeing experiments, and having a family
  • 32:52 Alanna chats about her 100 Day Project 
  • 35:04 Felicia and Alanna chat about electric spinners
  • 37:43 Where you can find Alanna online
  • 38:46 Felicia’s Final Notes

 

Here’s Where You Can Find Alanna:

Instagram: @spinnybuns

Website: www.alannawilcox.com

Colour Matching Dye Formulas: www.alannawilcox.com/colormatchingdyeformulas

Facebook: Alanna Rothschild Wilcox

 

Enter the Giveaway for a copy of A New Spin on Colour and 5 Free Dye Formulas:

Alanna is giving our listeners a chance to win an e-copy of her book A New Spin on Colour and 5 free dye formulas! If you’d like a chance to win this awesome prize pack, click the link below and enter this episode’s secret word. Thank you so much Alanna!

Click here to enter the giveaway »

 

Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining us this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow fibre art friends. And if you like what we’re doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. We read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so we welcome your comments.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!

 

Music Credits:

Playbook of Happiness – by RimskyMusic

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Mar 26 2019

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Great show

By Rachael0128 - Apr 14 2018
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So glad I found you. Love your yarn and now your show. Thank you!

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By Labknit - Nov 21 2015
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Love the new podcast! Her voice is so beautiful & she has really wonderful guests!