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Woolful Podcast

Episode 28: Rebekka Seale – Alabama Gulf Coast, Renaissance reenactments, Handspun goodness and Fiber comfort

June 30, 2015

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Sponsor: I wanted to thank one of our sponsors for this week’s episode, Nutmeg in Nashville, Tennessee. Nutmeg started as a cottage industry, out of creator Meg Anderson’s kitchen, with pop up shops and workshops. The store is a passion project, it’s about building a space for the vibrant community of makers to be inspired. They carry unique fabrics, perfect for building a real wardrobe with, and lovely prints for quilting, etc. Meg works hard to carry fibers that are one of kind, from small batch makers, as well as skeins for folks that are just learning. She dreams of one day having an entire wall of local farm yarn. It’s important to her to have quality items, that feel accessible, so that people feel welcomed into the world of knitting/sewing and inspires all the creative juices. Make sure to visit Nutmeg when in Nashville and online at nutmegster.com, where you’ll find a really great selection of maker goods, including their new yarn lovers club. You can find Nutmeg on Instagram @nutmegster.

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Fiber folk: This week we get to follow the journey of southern sweetheart, Rebekka Seale of Camellia Fiber Company. Many of you may be familiar with her beautiful handspun and naturally hand dyed yarns, but it’s the woman behind this operation and endeavor that you really must get to know. As we talked and I listened to her stories, there was a sense of familiarity in the ways of career, dreams, family and pursuits. Many of those stories you get to hear here today, and I hope you’ll be as charmed and inspired by her as I was. You can find Rebekka at camelliafibercompany.com and on Instagram @camelliafibercompany.

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Man on the street: For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked a follow up to last week’s question: “For those who have naturally dyed fiber or yarn…what are your favorite dye materials to work with and why?” We had some great answers from Maria @fernfiber, Nikki @woolenviolet, Kerry @kerryrobb, and Jennifer @jay_kay_knits.

Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway, is Megan McDonald ! You’ve won the beautiful Flambeau shawl kit. Congratulations!

The giveaway this week is sponsored Camellia Fiber Company, and we’re giving away a skein of bulky handspun US grown Merino, and a pair of size 13 Craft South birch needles, made in North Carolina. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment in the comment section at the bottom of the post page.

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Sponsor: I wanted to make sure and thank our other episode sponsor, Have Company. Have Company began in 2013, created by maker and dreamer Marlee Grace. This is a charming shop, gallery and space in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a focus on handmade and apothecary goods, textiles and helping encourage artists and building community. They host artists from all over the country who teach workshops in the shop as a part of their artist residency program. Recently Have Company expanded their shop to offer a beautiful selection of yarns and needles, including Quince and Company, Camellia Fiber Company and Brittany knitting needles. This addition to the Grand Rapids fiber community is quite significant and exciting…you can visit Have Company in person when in Grand Rapids or learn more about them and shop online at have-company.com. You can find Have Company on Instagram @havecompany

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Knitalong: The Home and Away Woolful Knitalong starts July 1st! Have you chosen the pattern you’ll knit? The yarn you’ll use? I’d love to see! I’ve decided on the Georgetown Cardigan, and will be knitting it with Quince and Co Owl.  Share your WIPs and photos on our Ravelry group or on Instagram using hashtag #woolfulkal. Find more details here…

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Events: I wanted to let you all know about an exciting new event that is taking place this October. One of our past guests, Hanahlie Beise has started a wonderful new residency, Colour in the Cauldron. It is the first of a textile research & residency series organized by her company, Hinterland Textiles, and will take place in Oaxaca, Mexico. Located high in the mountainous Central Valleys region, Oaxaca is rich in culture and is known world wide for its history in textiles and natural dyes.

This residency includes nine nights’ accommodation at a beautiful bed and breakfast in the heart of the city. Folks will participate in an intensive natural dye workshop with Elsa Sanchez Diaz and Eric Chavez in Teotitlan del Valle for two full days, have an open studio day in Oaxaca City where they focus on dyeing with cochineal and caoba, chauffeured trips to a cochineal farm and coyuchi cotton village, guided tours of many local museums and galleries and scheduled talks and conversations with local textile experts and tours to various parts of the city and surrounding area.

You can find more info on how to join this amazing excursion on the Hinterland website.

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Music by Jónsi.

Woolful Podcast

Episode 20: Stephen West – Rhythm, Improvisation, Supermodel and Amsterdam

May 5, 2015

I’m very excited to share the twentieth episode of the Woolful podcast. Today we get to meet an incredibly talented artist and creative who brings a whole lot of personality and ingenuity to the fiber world, Stephen West.

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Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Have Company, a special shop, gallery and space in Grand Rapids, MI, with a focus on handmade and apothecary goods, textiles and helping encourage artists and building community. They host artists from all over the country who teach workshops in the shop as a part of their artist residency program. You can visit Have Company in person when in Grand Rapids or find more information and shop online at have-company.com.

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Fiber folk: It’s not hard to notice today’s guest, whether it’s by his inventive designs and exciting use of color or his enthusiastic personality and Southern charm. Stephen brings to the world of fiber, a fresh voice and inventive style, that makes me excited about knitting in a whole new way. When we were talking before the interview, Stephen coined himself a fashion farmer, and I couldn’t agree more. You can find Stephen at westknits.com and on Instagram @westknits.

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And stay tuned this week to Stephen’s Instagram, Facebook and Ravelry group for his newest Knitalong, which he’s releasing as a collection of 10 scarves throughout the knitalong. The KAL starts next Friday, May 15th. Based on this photo alone, I think I might have to join.

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Man on the street: For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked a question, shared by Mary in our Raverly group. “How has knitting or another fiber art changed your perspective of your wardrobe?” We had a great reply from Alex @withtwohandsknits.

Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway, is Gabrielle! You’ve won a weavers fiber pack from Serene Fiber Arts! Congratulations!

The giveaway this week is sponsored by Westknits and Have Company, and we’re giving away a Westknits e-book pattern collection of your choice and a Wiksten tank sewing pattern. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below.

Today we’re launching the Summer quarter Woolful Natural Dye Club. Each person who joins will receive two skeins of naturally dyed Cormo and Organic fingering weight yarn. To grab a spot (or two) in this quarter’s club, visit woolfulmercantile.com.

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We’ll be at the ranch for another week or so and we’ve had some exciting additions to the farm. This past week we welcomed three Maremma puppies, Fritz, Ernst and Bertie who will serve as guardians of our sheep and other animals. I’ll be posting more photos on Instagram so you can watch them grow (and because they’re so cute). We also welcomed seven guinea fowl who’ve become quite comfortable in their new home and are busy patrolling and eating bugs. Tomorrow we pick up four Icelandic Ewes who will be the first members of our flock. I can’t wait to share photos of the new ladies.

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Music by Jónsi.

 

Transcription coming soon!