Knitting Woolful Podcast

Episode 10: Maryanne Moodie & Woolcrush – Falling into fiber arts, Natural dyeing, Dedication and Building communities

February 3, 2015

I’m very excited to share the 10th episode of the Woolful podcast. Today we get to meet two fiber folk who are such an inspiration and both in their own unique ways, Maryanne Moodie and Amy Higgins Stambaugh of Woolcrush.

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Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Knitterly, a very special yarn shop created by Shelli Westcott, based in Petaluma California and online at shop.knitterly.com. I am always so amazed at the well curated selection of yarns, fibers and classes Shelli works so hard to provide all us fiber enthusiasts. Make sure to visit when in Petaluma and online at shop.knitterly.com

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Fiber folk 1: Amy is an amazing natural dyer living on her farm in Columbia, Missouri, where she recently built a beautiful natural dye studio. You can find her at woolcrush.com and on Instagram @woolcrush.

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Man on the Street: Did fiber arts run in your family or did you just happen to “fall into” your fiber art?”. We had some amazing replies from Jennifer @jaykay_knits, Beatrice @threadandladle, Carlene @carlenergy, Emily @alafrench and Amber @dapperewe.

Fiber folk 2: I first came across our next guests work awhile back via the Design Sponge blog and was immediately enamored with her use of color in her weavings, adventurous designs and excitement around building community. Maryanne didn’t come from a legacy of weavers, but she’s working hard to leave one with this beautiful fiber community. You can find her at maryannemoodie.com and on Instagram @maryannemoodie.

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Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway, is Tina Charlotte! You’ve won a $25 gift certificate to Fringe Supply Company. Congratulations!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Southern Textiles, a wonderful farm and natural dye studio in Tennessee. We’re giving away a naturally dyed mini skein kit, perfect for weaving, knitting or crochet. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below.

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Music by Jónsi.

Transcription coming soon!

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144 Comments

  • Reply Francoise Danoy February 3, 2015 at 1:39 am

    Love listening to your podcasts. Very soothing and informative! Sometimes my husband likes to sit in and listen as well 🙂

  • Reply Inês February 3, 2015 at 1:52 am

    All those yarns you included in the post are so, so gorgeous! Excited to listen to this one on the way home today.

  • Reply Shannon Y. February 3, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Looks wonderful! Thank you for the chance!

  • Reply Amber C. February 3, 2015 at 4:38 am

    Thanks for all you do! Love it.

  • Reply Marci February 3, 2015 at 4:42 am

    lot’s of great links to check out along with listening – will look forward to this once again!

  • Reply Naomi February 3, 2015 at 5:01 am

    I always look forward to your wonderful podcasts. They have increased the number of instagram people I follow! Thank you.

  • Reply Ruta February 3, 2015 at 5:02 am

    So so inspiring! Thank you for your contagious yarn enthusiasm 🙂

  • Reply sophie (kamalalotus on Rav) February 3, 2015 at 5:13 am

    Really enjoyed the podcast, especially listening to Amy and her adventures in natural dyeing .I was excited to hear about Michel Garcia and organic indigo vat, as I am French and took a workshop at the place he founded in the south of France.

    • Reply Amy Higgins Stambaugh February 5, 2015 at 5:22 am

      Sophie, so excellent you were able to take a workshop with Garcia! I’ve heard amazing stories about him and have been inspired by his work! I guess I missed him by a couple years at Shakerag Workshop, same place I met Catharine Ellis, last June. This year I will be heading back there and getting to work with Charlotte Kwon of Maiwa. It’s excellent that these individuals are passionate about teaching!

  • Reply Margaret February 3, 2015 at 5:13 am

    I’m looking forward to this new podcast. I look forward to them every week!

  • Reply Ida February 3, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Your podcasts are always inspiring, I’m sure this will be no exception! Thank you!

  • Reply Elaine February 3, 2015 at 5:53 am

    Every episode is really inspiring to me and also I find that I learn so much. Thank you so much.

  • Reply Heather February 3, 2015 at 6:40 am

    I’ve recently started stranded colour knitting, so this would be a fun prize for me!

  • Reply Sophie February 3, 2015 at 6:46 am

    I really enjoyed listening Amy talking about indigo dyeing, as usual very interesting.

  • Reply Heather February 3, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Another great episode! I’m only halfway through but I’m really looking forward to listening to the rest.

  • Reply Mimi February 3, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Maybe I’ll win this time! I love your podcasts. So great to knit to 🙂

  • Reply Frankie Allen February 3, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Finding this podcast has brought a much needed joy for making back into my life in the midst of a hard winter. I cannot thank you enough for the inspiration and can’t wait for your next episode!

  • Reply Jocelyn S. February 3, 2015 at 8:23 am

    I can’t wait to get home tonight and listen to this episode with a hot toddy and my knitting. Tuesday’s are quickly becoming one of my favourite days of the week 🙂

    • Reply Tarah February 3, 2015 at 8:46 am

      Woolful is so full if wonder AND wool. It makes me want to drop everything and be surrounded by wooly loveliness and teach my husband and daughter the wonders of wool and art and fiber and general goody goodness.

  • Reply Cindy Billadeau February 3, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Beautiful colored yarns! Great giveaway. Good luck to all!

  • Reply Heather R. February 3, 2015 at 8:45 am

    thank you for creating this space of creative goodness!

  • Reply Cait February 3, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Thank you for interviewing Amy! She totally lines up with my interests! So inspiring!

  • Reply susan krisch February 3, 2015 at 8:58 am

    first time listener- tu, it was great!

  • Reply Tiffany Foley February 3, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Another great podcast! Thanks so much!!

  • Reply Mary Moury February 3, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Oh, I can’t wait to listen to it!

  • Reply Katie February 3, 2015 at 9:10 am

    What intrigued me most in this episode was Maryanne sharing her perspective on community building, or as some might call it, a kind of networking.

    As a former teacher (for 20 years ) who likewise ran a small business at the same time, I was very interested in her progression into her next career and how that was influenced by her earlier work.

  • Reply Madeleine Fidler February 3, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Can’t wait to listen to this one tonight. Thanks again for what you do, Ashley!

  • Reply Diane February 3, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Wonderful podcast, thank you. Hearing the advice to not sell your early work was great. It made me realize how much pressure I am putting on myself to get everything right quickly rather than enjoying the process.

  • Reply Hannah February 3, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Another great podcast, Ahley! I was so excited to learn you were going to interview Maryanne Moodie. Her work is what inspired me to start weaving and begin my own fiber journey. I loved listening to her story and advice, particularly about not selling your early work. It makes total sense. I had a major star struck moment a couple of weeks ago when she “liked” one of my weavings on her #weaveweird. Just one example of how affective her community building has become! Already looking forward to next Tuesday!

  • Reply Pam February 3, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Is there anything more delicious than mini skeins? Really, they’re like potato chips! Yum.

  • Reply Alli February 3, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Loved this podcast. It was interesting hearing MaryAnne’s perspective on starting something new. I loved how she approached it with ease.

  • Reply Sarah Skelton February 3, 2015 at 11:23 am

    This episode was great! I loved getting to know more about Mary Anne and how she learned.

  • Reply Tonya February 3, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Just wanted to say again how much I am enjoying these podcasts – thank you so much!

  • Reply Carlene February 3, 2015 at 11:52 am

    So honored to be a “Man on the Street” this week!

    Natural dying and weaving – two things I am very eager to try.

    Needles crossed for those mini skeins!

  • Reply Jessica February 3, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    I love listening to your podcasts. They’re inspiring and thought provoking. Thank you!

  • Reply Doreen MacL February 3, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Congratulations on reaching the double digits with podcast #10. Great interesting information and discussion, especially about sharing and passing on the passion. Thanks!,

  • Reply Lesley Barnewall February 3, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    I have only just discovered your podcasts so have a lot of catching up to do. I spin as I listen and I really can’t think of a better way to spend my afternoon.

  • Reply Chelsea Berkompas February 3, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Gah!! What a fun giveaway prize! 🙂

  • Reply appaloosa13 February 3, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Such an inspiring episode(again!), I especially loved listening to Amy talking about natural dying, as that’s something I’ve been really interested in doing myself lately <3

  • Reply pistachios February 3, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Really interesting interviews! Thank you for these podcasts.

  • Reply Shana February 3, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    First time listener and wow was I moved! I loved the interview with Amy, especially the discussion about what success can mean and Amy’s connection with the plants and the animals that provide us with fiber and color… and of course all the talk about natural dyes (how do you keep an indigo vat alive? – must google that!). Thanks so much for your thoughtful interviews!

  • Reply jenny February 3, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    all I can say over and over is “so much goodness”!

  • Reply Camanoah February 3, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    I look forward to your podcasts each week. Lovely to hear such different journeys.

  • Reply Kaiwen Lin February 3, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Love this Podcast!!!

  • Reply Kathryn D February 3, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Love listening to your podcasts while in the car. Makes the drive so much fun! Keep up the great work!

  • Reply Renee February 3, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Really appreciate your thoughtful podcasts.

  • Reply Emily Boyd February 3, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    I love listening to your podcasts, and learning about all of these amazing crafters!

  • Reply Bloomingheather February 3, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Lovely giveaway! thanks for the podcast!

  • Reply Susan February 3, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Was recently introduced to Mary Anne’s work in a recent Uppercase magazine interview — so lovely to learn more about her practice.

  • Reply Jessica Lee February 3, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    great show! nice to hear from makers that don’t come from a long line of fiber artists!

  • Reply Katrina February 3, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Does the cat come with the kit? I’m sitting knitting in my rocking chair listening to this excellent podcast, and I think a cat would really complete the look!

    • Reply Kacie February 4, 2015 at 8:10 am

      Ha Katrina! Some days Lorelei tests my patience, but I guess I’ll have to hang onto her for now ; )

  • Reply Roberta February 3, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    RYA KNOTS!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s the name!!! I am a textile designer and I just started my obsession with weaving, so much to learn and so inspiring as well. Maryanne is my hero!
    I loved this posdcast

  • Reply Christina February 3, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    oh my how beautiful!

  • Reply Romy T February 3, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Great episode! romykins on rav

  • Reply Finelightness February 3, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    What a perfect episode again. Your podcast has literally changed my lookout on life. Thank you.

  • Reply Louis February 4, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Having discovered wilful only recently, I’ve been enjoying a podcast marathon in the last days/weeks. I love love love it! Thanks for sharing all these amazing stories. Looking forward to this week’s episode.
    Louis – Toronto

  • Reply Alina February 4, 2015 at 4:53 am

    I really enjoyed listening to both of the ladies. No I want to learn weaving!

  • Reply Vasilia Erdel February 4, 2015 at 5:22 am

    I was so excited to hear from a fellow fiber lover from my home state of Missouri! My new endeavor is learning how to natural dye fiber and I am finding all the information a bit overwhelming. This podcast had a great inspirational message to just go for what you love. Thank you!

  • Reply Claudia February 4, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Great to find another fibre-based podcast. I already feel like a winner.

  • Reply Beth Willy February 4, 2015 at 7:36 am

    You have such an intelligent podcast! Every guest is so inspiring! I look forward to it every week

  • Reply Stacy February 4, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Nice episode!

  • Reply David February 4, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I can’t wait to listen to this episode. (At the gym, of course, because yes, knitting and free weights DO mix!) I’ve just begun to explore weaving and naturally dyed wool, so this is a great combo. Thanks for putting together such great programming!

  • Reply Sydney February 4, 2015 at 11:23 am

    I just discovered you site and podcast this week and I am so so so excited to start following it and seeing all the fiber community has to share. I am going to start from the beginning and listen to the podcasts! thanks so much for following your dreams!

  • Reply Kelly February 4, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Those mini skeins are gorgeous! I would love to get my hands on some.

  • Reply Katie Emma February 4, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Your giveaways are always so amazing. Looking forward to listening to this episode.

  • Reply Saarah February 4, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    I’m loving the podcasts and am so excited to continue listening and see how you grow! My only critique is to somehow ensure that the individuals you are interviewing have a quality microphone as some interviews have been too difficult to understand. I want to hear every bit of goodness!

  • Reply Judy February 4, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Thanks for another great podcast. I listen to each one at least twice – and learn something new each time!
    You are phenomenal!

    xxoo

  • Reply Nancy February 4, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Great podcast! I especially enjoyed the discussion on natural dyeing.

  • Reply Amy February 4, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Love the mini skeins! Hope I win!

  • Reply Lorna February 5, 2015 at 4:18 am

    Another amazing podcast episode! Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

  • Reply Alessandra February 5, 2015 at 6:03 am

    Thank you!!! thank you for all these wonderful podcasts. This one was extremely special for me, I’m a huge Maryanne Moody fan. I’m in love with her work and the way she teachs and helps everybody.
    I enjoy very much to listen to all this fabulous people. Could you please ask more about what sources or books can we use for weaving??
    Thanks again!!!

  • Reply Meghan LP February 5, 2015 at 7:57 am

    I found your podcast thanks to the Knitty blog and I love it. Thank you for putting this together.

  • Reply Michelle Smit February 5, 2015 at 11:37 am

    I love listening to this podcast! I just caught up and so excited to make it a weekly thing. I also love Southern Textiles! They are an inspiring company.

  • Reply nomennescio1840 February 5, 2015 at 11:47 am

    such lovely yarn

  • Reply Cathy B February 5, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Your yarn colors are beautiful. I would love to win.

  • Reply Margie February 6, 2015 at 2:22 am

    I am so in love with natural dyeing and all of its great possibilities

  • Reply Hillary Bird February 6, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Very inspiring podcast, it’s given me mountains to think about! I’ve been a fan of Maryanne’s for a long time now, so it was awesome to hear everything she had to say, and am now a new fan of Wool Crush 🙂
    I would love to win the gorgeous yarn from Southern Textiles! I’ve never won anything before and this would be perfect for me!

  • Reply Terri February 6, 2015 at 11:03 am

    I’m so enjoying the podcast and I hope the best for your venture!
    Would love to win these miniskeins… I’ve purchased undyed wool before but never naturally dyed wool.

  • Reply Amelia Davis February 6, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Always so inspired by these podcasts! Thanks for adding such life and community into the knitting world !!

  • Reply Mandy Bee February 6, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Inspiring as always! It really resonated with me when you and Amy were discussing wild aspirations and being a better person through making. Love it!

    Thank you for all of the hard work you put into these podcasts. They are amazing!

  • Reply Carol February 6, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    You have such a great message…very inspiring! Thank you!

  • Reply Nina February 6, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Just this past year I began exploring all the possibilities of natural dyes and weaving, after my grandfather told me about a woven bag his mother made using naturally dyed wool from their sheep. They lived self sufficiently in mountains in western Bosnia and Herzegovina. The bag that she made before she married my great grandfather, nearly 100 years ago, is still alive and as if it was just made.

  • Reply Jennifer M February 6, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I just found this podcast — what a wonderfully inspiring thing you are doing! Thank you!!

  • Reply Rachel February 7, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Hi, this was my first listen. So interesting. Lovely to hear other makers talking about their process. Such a beautiful tone. Makes me want to run to the studio…right now!

  • Reply Charlene February 7, 2015 at 12:55 am

    I really loved listening to this episode as I am starting to learn more about natural dyes and have picked up weaving again!

  • Reply Josh Moll February 7, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Great episode! Love all about it.

  • Reply ash alberg February 7, 2015 at 10:26 am

    amy’s thought process about natural dyeing mirrors my own in so many ways. i admire how much care she puts into her dyeing process. and maryanne hits the nail on the head in terms of originality and the difference between being inspired/inspiring others and stealing ideas to pass them off as your own. such a great episode! thanks again ashley 🙂

  • Reply Janet February 7, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    I love love love your podcast! I look forward to listening every week. Thank you.

  • Reply FiberTrek February 7, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Thank you for such a great podcast. It is inspiring company on my long, dark commutes here in northern Maine. Seems there is crafting magic everywhere!

  • Reply Zoe February 7, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Inspiring as always! I’m very encouraged to try something new after your guests this week. Marianne Moodie’s words on learning were very wise.

  • Reply Elizabeth serrano February 7, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    I love how you have pulled together in a global way these amazing stories of individuals living extraordinary lives. Thank you for creating a space that is real and genuine.

  • Reply Jennifer Cole February 7, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    So grateful for these podcasts! I love learning something new and hearing these beautiful stories every week! Thank you!

  • Reply Stacy February 7, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    This episode was particularly inspiring for me! I love experimenting w. Dyeing w. Native plants, garden plants and fungi! Thanks!

  • Reply Kendra Faye Weiss February 7, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    So inspiring as always! I love hearing more about natural dyeing. Thanks so much!

  • Reply Emily Schrag February 7, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    I love the podcast and eagerly wait for the next episode each week. Thank you for sharing your passion for fibers and for inspiring me! It is so encouraging to see this fiber community sharing ideas so freely and coming together to spread their knowledge and passion. Each week I listen to the podcast it makes me feel more and more passionate about making fiber art!

  • Reply Karen Burnett February 7, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Thank you for all the love and effort that you put into your podcasts. You are very inspiring.

  • Reply Robin February 7, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I’m enjoying your podcasts. So many wonderful stories about what others are doing is really inspiring and makes me do some dreaming of my own.

  • Reply Lily February 7, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    The mini skeins are beautiful and I look forward to discovering your podcasts!

  • Reply Amber Indigo February 7, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Episode 10 is the first podcast I have listened to and I love it! Thanks for making this exist. I can’t wait to hear the next one!

  • Reply Susan February 7, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    In the “you learn something new every day” category, until I heard the interview with Amy Higgins Stambaugh I had absolutely NO IDEA that indigo dye could be kept “alive” in a vat. Fascinating.

  • Reply Wild Naiada February 7, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    So glad I came across the giveaway notice on Instagram – very excited to explore Woolful and catch up on the podcasts!

  • Reply Emily G February 7, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Really enjoyed hearing about Maryanne’s experience with weaving this week!

  • Reply Shawna Morath February 7, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Such beautiful yarn! Thank you for the chance to win!

  • Reply Sandra Duncan February 7, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    I am so inspired right now over the last year l have returned on step at a time to my roots my loves of nature and colour and texture, todays podcast has given me a concrete direction in to dancing snd lsughing eith joy xx

  • Reply Lianne February 7, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Lovely giveaway, podcast, guests, everything! Would love those little skeins for my weaving.

  • Reply Frannie Logan February 7, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Ashley, I just started listening to your podcast last month! I am a student at the Rhode Island School of Design studying textiles! It is so incredible to have found such a lovely display of people who are working in the medium I am learning. Thank you! I lol forward to listening to episode 10 tomorrow 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer February 7, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    What an awesome giveaway! I’d love to knit something amazing with those naturally dyed mini skeins!

  • Reply Isabelle February 7, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Hello Ashley,
    I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your podcast and how special and unique it is within the fibery community. Thank you so much for bringing this weatlh of information and awareness, this love for wool to the world. Happy Knitting, and happy Sunday!
    Isabelle in France

  • Reply Nadia February 7, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    So beautiful, what a wonderful discovery, this site.

  • Reply Chris February 7, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Love your passion it comes across in each episode. Love your guest interviews and love those amazing mini skeins!

  • Reply John Sunday February 8, 2015 at 12:29 am

    What an exelent giveaway! I always listen you on the bus on my way to work while knitting!
    Rav: johnsunday

  • Reply Anna February 8, 2015 at 3:11 am

    I am loving this podcast! I’ve been knitting for years, but just now coming to realize what it means to love REAL fiber! Thanks for the guided tour of all of these wonderful folks!

  • Reply Rose February 8, 2015 at 4:49 am

    Wonderful interviews and stories. Thoughtful and inspirational. Am just knitting fingerless mitts with wool dyed with privet and logwood (not by me!) But am taking a class in natural dyeing in a couple of weeks, so found this edition very interesting. Thanks.

  • Reply Becky February 8, 2015 at 5:59 am

    “I love weaving, my husband loves me, my friends love me, but they don’t necessarily love weaving, ” probably the most relatable thing I have heard in a long time, hahahaha. I love Maryanne’s outlook and her passion for educating, connecting, and supporting women. I completely connect with the therapeutic and empowering nature of a women’s circle, it might look like we’re just knitting or weaving, but in reality ideas are being exchanged, people are encouraged, and stress in relieved. Thanks again for such a wonderful woolful look into the fiber world <3

  • Reply Corrin February 8, 2015 at 6:06 am

    Ashley,
    Keep up the amazingly brilliant and soulfully inspiring work.
    You are helping our far reaching community feel cozy.

    C

  • Reply Denise February 8, 2015 at 6:33 am

    I love what you are doing here. It has introduced me to so many different perspectives on participating in the fiber community. Your weaving guest on episode 10, her work is so inspired!! Thank you for bringing this to us every week 🙂

  • Reply Elaine February 8, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Another inspiring episode. Thank you!

  • Reply Azra February 8, 2015 at 6:52 am

    another wonderful episode, with lots of new info on weaving! inspiring to listen to while I knit away.

  • Reply Nikki Solomon February 8, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Wonderful! These are always such a treat and highlight to my week. Thank you!

  • Reply Sarah D. February 8, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog a couple weeks ago! Thanks for all your inspiration and beautiful woolen things. ❤️

  • Reply Carolina February 8, 2015 at 9:29 am

    loved this episode! Such a special treat to listen to the pods=cast each week!

  • Reply Tera February 8, 2015 at 10:34 am

    I love your podcast! And your photos are always gorgeous.

  • Reply Allison February 8, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I love this pod cast so much! I’ve been knitting obsessively all weekend, and I attribute it to you and your thoughtful guests!

  • Reply Cherylann February 8, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Thank you – I just found your podcast after it was referenced by Karen Templer. As a life long knitter, decade long weaver and a newbie spinner, I am so appreciative of your speaking about fibers in context of all these domains. I’m so glad I found you

  • Reply Dana (DanaRae19 on Ravelry) February 8, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    So lovely! I keep adding to my blog list every time I listen. Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  • Reply Leslie Eaton February 8, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Ahhh…another wonderful Sunday afternoon: listening to a new “woolful” while knitting with my husband (whom I taught to knit last year)…doesn’t get any better than that! Hardest part of our new Sunday tradition is having to wait so long from your email blast that the new podcast is up…knowing that it is there ready for a listen…but totally worth the wait!

  • Reply David February 8, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed the show (as usual) and listening to both guests.

    I was struck once again by a couple of comments in which there was a focus on the community of women makers and fiber artists. I totally get it, and am not unaware of the social and historical forces that account for the high proportion of women knitters, spinners,weavers, etc. But please don’t forget that lots of men knit, sew, dye, etc. I’m trying my best to be a part of the entire fiber and textile community — I’m so much more than a rare bird or a member of an interesting subgroup.

    Hopefully, men will be as welcome in the world of wool as women should be in all areas.

    • Reply Leslie Eaton February 9, 2015 at 7:19 am

      David, …not sure that it is my place to comment here…but since it is all good, here is a quick note:…
      Glad you chimed in with your comment above.
      I taught my husband to knit last year…one of the best things I have ever done! He has a high pressure/all consuming career and has come to appreciate the wool community for many of the same reasons that Ashley and her guests have touched on throughout the podcasts when discussing their personal journeys (craft/heritage/wool)…it has truly grounded him. He, too, thoroughly enjoys listening/learning thru the wonderful Woolful podcasts.
      So you are indeed more than a rare bird…

      • Reply David February 9, 2015 at 3:37 pm

        Thanks, Leslie! I think it’s great that you and your husband can share your love of fiber!

        And yes, I hope my comment didn’t come across as too much of a complaint. I have been embraced and encouraged by many women makers, as well as men who work in the fiber arts. More than anything, I’m hoping to be a voice for the inclusion of all makers. I love hearing the stories of strength and wisdom and creativity that women find from each other, and want to encourage the continuation of that process. But once in a while I feel this need to say, “But some of us guys are here, too — and we have something to offer!” 🙂

        • Reply Leslie Eaton February 9, 2015 at 4:53 pm

          Hey, David!
          Your comment did not come across to me (at least) with any negativity what-so-ever! Very well written and (and sure others) took away from it exactly what you had intended! And you GUYS certainly DO have things to offer!
          Appreciated what you wrote…and I 2nd whole-heart-idly your comments of the message above.
          xox…leslie
          and p.s. not sure that you caught the comment by Amy Higgins Stambaugh in this podcast…but she did mention that she didn’t know how to knit and it was actually her husband that taught her. 🙂 (proof in the pudding that you aren’t such a rare bird after all as right there that makes 3 in your flock!)

  • Reply Marga February 9, 2015 at 2:12 am

    I have recently found your website and I got hooked on your podcasts and blog. Very informative and I already look forward to the next one! Thanks!

  • Reply Brienne Moody February 9, 2015 at 11:18 am

    I love each of the podcasts, truly. But your second guest on this week’s podcast really captured my attention. She was so candid about her rather spontaneous path to weaving and I loved that she was brave enough to acknowledge the sensual nature of making with your hands. Finally, I’m always eager to hear people’s take on copying. A teacher of mine at Squam had a mantra “there are no new ideas” to help us when we were getting stuck. That resonated with me. Ok, longest comment ever. Thanks for your good work, Ashley.

  • Reply Sara Bantle February 9, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    First Woolful podcast I have listened to, so fun and inspiring. My aunt was a weaver and I was inspired by Marianne to connect with her and dive into her past love of weaving and fiber. I remember her sheep and her spinning. I even have two pieces of hers that I love.

  • Reply Elly February 9, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Listening to those two really inspiring ladies in two subjects completely different but as capturing from one to the other, while knitting , that was my little treat of the day! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply annie February 9, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    You inspire everyday to follow my dreams, thank you!

  • Reply emilie February 9, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    I’m in love with Maryanne Moodie’s work, what a wonderful discovery !

  • Reply Megan February 9, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    I think this may have been my favorite episode to date. I have really enjoyed hearing all the journeys in fiber and fascinating details of different elements of yarn, knitting, wool, spinning and dying, but these two ladies stood out to me. They shared vulnerabilities about learning and not knowing what they were doing at times, apart from letting their hands and passions guide their heads and hearts. Their stories both left me wth the feeling belief in my own abilities and that hard work and perseverance anything can happen.

  • Reply Melanie February 9, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Both of these ladies had a beautiful story and message to share. Thank you for your conversation 🙂

  • Reply Joyce February 12, 2015 at 1:38 am

    Thank you for another awesome podcast, each week I take away at least one little gem of an idea or inspiration to tuck away.

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  • Reply Sharon November 23, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Such JOY to have discovered your podcast! Beautifully conceived and executed. The music theme is the icing on the cake — thank you.

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