Sponsor: Chicken Boots came to be from a love of all things functional and fiber. Creator and founder Saremy Duffy started her career in the fashion industry and as a designer and pattern drafter in apparel and outerwear. With a longing to bring her own designs to market, combined with her love of knitting and sewing comes Chicken Boots was born, fun and carefully crafted cases to store your most prized knitting and sewing notions. The effort and passion Saremy puts into her products is evident and I encourage you to find the Chicken Boots booth at Stitches West later this month, check out all the handy bags and cases and show her some love. You can find Chicken Boots at chickenbootsusa.com and on Instagram @chickenbootusa
Fiber folk: Behind every name, achievement or brand is a person. A person with a very real story…a story of where they are today in life and the journey that got them there. Anna Maria has a smile and voice that shines as bright as the fabrics she designs, but more than that, she has a personal story – from traversing early motherhood and 7 children through a career in design, to marriage, entrepreneurship and making. I hope you feel the passion and inspiration. You can find Anna Maria at annamariahorner.com and craft-south.com and on Instagram @annamariahorner and @craftsouth.
Sponsor: Craft South is a destination for makers and a supply shop for locals, located in Nashville Tennessee and founded by Anna Maria Horner. I always love finding shops that combine both the love of making from fabric and fiber, and Craft South is a gem in our community and I’m excited for you to hear a bit more about it’s story and founder in today’s episode. A well curated shop featuring fabrics, yarns, embroidery and Janome sewing machines. And most importantly you’ll find all the tools to support your making, including a calendar full of workshops and weekly classes in sewing, patchwork, knitting, embroidery, and kids camp and taught by some of our favorites including Rebekka Seale, Jen Beeman, Karen Templer, Carolyn Friedlander, Anna Maria Horner and more. Make sure to visit Craft South in person when in Nashville and online at craft-south.com and follow along on Instagram @craftsouth.
Man on the Street: For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked the question, “If you’re a sewer, how does sewing play into your textile or fiber journey?” We had some great answers from Amy @urban_farm_wife, Beatrice @threadandladle, Hope @hopehawley, Abby @abbygoodknits, Sam @samanthamaylamb.
Woolful Knitalong: It’s been fun to see so many folks joining in on the latest WoolfulKAL where we’re knitting the Portland Pullover designed by Carrie Bostick Hoge in Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter yarn and featured in the latest Taproot magazine issue “Shelter“. The knit along goes to the end of March so there’s still plenty of time to grab the issue and knit along with us. If you’re on Instagram make sure to checkout the hashtag woolfulKAL to follow along with all the beautiful knits. To find the Portland Pullover pattern, head to taprootmag.com and look for the latest issue “Shelter”.
52 Weeks of Wool: If you follow me on Instagram or my blog than you may have seen a fun project I’ve taken on this year called 52 Weeks of Wool. Each week I hand spin a new wool breed from a fiber flock from here in the US or abroad, and share my experience on the blog and Instagram. My goal for this project is to handle as many different types of wool as possible, and share a bit about each farm and flock that the wool comes from, helping bring light to many sheep breeds and producers. If you have a flock, fiber farm or know someone who does, I hope you’ll consider joining me on this project by sending me a small tuft of fleece to spin. If you’re interested, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway is, Kristin, you’ve won a skein of Suri Alpaca yarn from Old Homestead Alpacas. Congratulations!
This week we’re giving away a $25 gift card to Craft South! To enter, leave a comment on this blog post.
Music by Jónsi.