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The SweetGeorgia Show

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

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!

36mins

1 Nov 2016

Rank #1

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031: Speed Knitting with Grace Akhrem

Who doesn't want to learn to knit faster?! Today we talk with knitwear designer and instructor, Grace Akhrem about her new Craftsy class, "Knit Faster with Speed Knitting".

31mins

25 Oct 2016

Rank #2

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061: Evolving your Creativity and Craft with Jean Chung

On this week’s episode, Felicia is chatting with Jean Chung, a knitwear/clothing designer who has been knitting since 1992 and designing since 2011. She has been published in Twist Collective, Knitscene, and Holla Knits. Jean is now focusing on publishing her designs only on her blog, Candy and Bagel, and designing and selling dancewear locally to have more time for her family and her full-time legal career. Please join us as Felicia and Jean discuss expanding and exploring new creative ventures! In this episode, we talk about: 1:55 Jean chats about her family and her legal career 3:05 How Jean discovered knitting 5:20 Jean talks about starting her blog, Candy & Bagel, and her beginnings as a knitwear designer 8:20 Jean discusses her mother’s career as a fashion designer 9:45 Felicia and Jean chat about what inspires her designs and how she shifted from creating designs for knitting magazines to becoming her own boss publishing her own designs 11:39 Felicia asks Jean how she deals with creative slumps and Jean talks about her desire to expand Candy & Bagel beyond knitwear patterns 14:35 Jean tells Felicia about getting back into ballet and creating dance wear for adults 16:30 The ladies discuss being flexible and adapting your company to grow with you as a person 17:50 How Jean balances work, Candy & Bagel, and being a mom 21:40 Giving yourself room and flexibility to enjoy your craft 24:10 What Jean is working on right now 26:25 Felicia’s final notes and podcast giveaway! Links and Things Here’s where to find Jean online: Website: www.candyandbagel.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/candyandbagel Facebook: www.facebook.com/candyandbagel Pattern link for Winter Forest Pullover: www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/winter-forest-pullover

28mins

24 Oct 2017

Rank #3

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030: Vanquishing Creative Demons with Kim Werker

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.

39mins

18 Oct 2016

Rank #4

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060: Patty Lyons on Teaching the Mindful Knitter

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! Links and Things Here’s where to find Patty online: Website: www.pattylyons.com  Instagram: www.instagram.com/pattylyons Twitter: www.twitter.com/Patty_Lyons Ravelry Group: www.ravelry.com/groups/the-patty-lyons-fan-club YouTube: www.youtube.com/PattyLyons

50mins

17 Oct 2017

Rank #5

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089: Spinning up a Storm with Spincycle Yarns

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 Click to subscribe on iTunes Subscribe on Stitcher Radio Subscribe on Spotify

45mins

27 Aug 2019

Rank #6

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074: Seasons of Craft with Felicia Lo

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!

20mins

23 Jan 2018

Rank #7

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084: Slow Fibre in a Fast World with Katrina Stewart

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 »   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 Click to subscribe on iTunes Subscribe on Stitcher Radio Subscribe on Spotify

54mins

18 Jun 2019

Rank #8

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057: A Conversation on Colour with Kaffe Fassett

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/.

41mins

26 Sep 2017

Rank #9

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046: Joji Locatelli on Knitwear Design and "Interpretations Vol 4"

Joji Locatelli tells the beautiful story of how she got started knitting, designing, and collaborating with Veera Välimäki on the Interpretations collections.

39mins

21 Feb 2017

Rank #10

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

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/

51mins

28 Feb 2017

Rank #11

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073: Weaving What Makes You Happy with Jane Stafford

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! Links and Things Here's where to find Jane online: Website: www.janestaffordtextiles.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/janestaffordtextiles Facebook: www.facebook.com/janestaffordtextiles Ravelry Group: www.ravelry.com/groups/browse/show/weave-with-jane-stafford Pinterest: www.pinterest.ca/janestaff

55mins

16 Jan 2018

Rank #12

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050: Kara Gott Warner on a new creative chapter & a podcast announcement

Today's guest is Kara Gott Warner, the host of the Power Purls Podcast and is the former executive editor of Creative Knitting Magazine. The Power Purls Podcast is a weekly podcast where Kara empowers newbie knitting entrepreneurs to start and grow a thriving passion-crafted business through engaging conversations with knitwear designers, industry rock stars and everyday knitters with compelling back stories. In fact, her latest episode is a conversation with our SweetGeorgia Knitwear Design Director, Tabetha Hedrick. Kara is on a new journey of creating a business in knitwear through her podcast and delivering video-based knitting education and workshops through her Patreon community. (Just a note, halfway through our conversation Kara had to switch from her microphone to her phone, so the sound quality changes halfway through, in case you were curious!)

59mins

21 Mar 2017

Rank #13

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082: Crafting a Creative Business with Hanna Lisa Haferkamp

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 Click to subscribe on iTunes Subscribe on Stitcher Radio Subscribe on Spotify

51mins

21 May 2019

Rank #14

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088: Textile Art with Mariana Frochtengarten

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!  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 Click to subscribe on iTunes Subscribe on Stitcher Radio Subscribe on Spotify

39mins

13 Aug 2019

Rank #15

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052: Barbara Benson on Mosaic & Lace Kntting

Meet knitwear designer, Barbara Benson, who has just released a new book that combines two-colour mosaic knitting with lace knitting... and this technique and the projects in this book are seriously awesome and I can't wait for Barbara to tell you all about this book. Barbara lives in Tucker, Georgia and this book, Mosaic & Lace Knits: 20 Innovative Patterns combining Slip-Stich Colourwork and Lace Techniques was published in March 2017 and is her very first book. She has also previously had her knitwear designs published in Interweave Knits, Twist Collective, Knitscene, and Knit Now magazines. ABOUT THE SWEETGEORGIA SHOW 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. New episodes are published in seasons every Tuesday so be sure to subscribe on iTunes! LET'S CONNECT http://www.sweetgeorgiayarns.com https://www.facebook.com/SweetGeorgiaYarns https://instagram.com/sweetgeorgia/

48mins

4 Apr 2017

Rank #16

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

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! 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 Click to subscribe on iTunes Subscribe on Stitcher Radio Subscribe on Spotify

33mins

2 Jul 2019

Rank #17

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091: Weaving up New Dreams with Angela Smith

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 Click to subscribe on iTunes Subscribe on Stitcher Radio Subscribe on Spotify

36mins

24 Sep 2019

Rank #18

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069: Preserving Natural Dyeing Traditions with Kristine Vejar

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! Links and Things Here’s where to find Kristine online: Website: www.averbforkeepingwarm.com – Sign up for the monthly newsletter to keep up with all the happenings at Verb! Instagram: www.instagram.com/avfkw Facebook: www.facebook.com/avfkw Twitter: www.twitter.com/avfkw Creativebug: www.creativebug.com/instructors/a-verb-for-keeping-warm

51mins

19 Dec 2017

Rank #19

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

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! Links and Things Here’s where to find Romi online: Website: www.designsbyromi.com (Check out this site to sign up for the 2018 Romi’s Pins and Lace Club!) Instagram: www.instagram.com/romidesigns Twitter: www.twitter.com/RomiDesigns Facebook: www.facebook.com/DesignsbyRomi Ravelry Group: www.ravelry.com/groups/-romis-studio

43mins

2 Jan 2018

Rank #20