Making Podcast Woolful Podcast

Episode 55: Elizabeth Duvivier – Art Fest, Xanadu, Providence and Squam

April 14, 2016


Sponsor: Amirisu is a beautiful bilingual knitting print and digital magazine founded by Meri and Tokuko and created in Japan. Amirisu plays an vital role in this international fiber community of ours, is a key player in this editorial and inspirational world and one of my favorites. Each issue features patterns in both Japanese and English accompanied by beautifully written articles and photography. And launching today is Amirisu’s Spring/Summer issue, with Spring Vintage inspired designs from Amy Christoffers, Britol Ivy, Leila Raabe, Joji Locatelli, Helen Stewart, Melissa LaBarre, Nadia Cretin-Lechenne and Kirsten Johnstone and the craft city guide of Nashville Tennessee. You can find this and past issues at and a selection of local yarn shops. And make sure to follow Amirisu on Instagram @amirisushop to keep up with all the going ons. 


Fiber folk: Every year there is a special place, on a lake in New Hampshire, where people gather to explore their creativity, healing and community. This place is called Squam. Behind this goodness is one remarkable woman by the name of Elizabeth Duvivier, someone who’s sought out to find her path and enlightenment in this creative world, bringing souls together and taking just as much away from each experience as those who attend. The next Squam art workshop is this June, and if there’s any way you can find to make it, I know you’ll come away from it just as inspired as you will from this conversation. You can find Elizabeth at and on Instagram @squamlove.

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Sponsor: Fancy Tiger Crafts is a special yarn, fabric and notions shop based out of Denver Colorado. This inspired place is owned and operated by self proclaimed fiber nerds, Jaime Jennings and Amber Corcoran…two women who’s hope and journey have allowed them to share their knowledge, adventures and passion in fiber, and this is reflected in their beautiful shop as well as their endeavors in creating their own farm yarn Heirloom. Fancy Tiger Crafts is one of my favorite places to shop online for fabric, patterns and yarn, and on June 18th they’re celebrating their 10th anniversary with a very special event with workshops taught by Stephen West, Sonya Philip and Jeane deCoster. The first 100 customers through the door at 10am will receive free goody bags and you’ll find some other exciting things the Fancy gals have put together for this special event, including the release of a limited edition Fancy Tiger Crafts Colorado grown and milled yarn. So make sure to mark your calendars for June 18th, and visit for more info and to register for the workshop, and follow along for updates on Instagram @fancytigercrafts


Special Event: If you’re in the bay area, there’s a wonderful event “Pastoralism Prevailing” taking place on Sunday April 17th from 2-5pm. In support of Bay Area Shepherdess, super-hero farmer Joel Salatin is coming to the charming little beach town of Bolinas. Learn how to support New Pastoralism and discuss this agrarian mission promoting carbon sequestration, health of soil & water, good food, fiber & the pursuit of happiness, as we dine and imbibe during this inspiring afternoon in support of Bay Area Shepherdess, Brittany Cole Bush & other regional land businesses.

Food faire and fine drink will be provided, as well as a live auction at the stunning venue with inspiring folk. You can learn more and purchase tickets at


Giveaway: The winners of last weeks giveaways are, Susan Seward you’ve won Issue 3 from Knit Wit and Jill Kato you’ve won a kit of your choice from We Are Knitters Spring Collection. Congratulations!

The giveaway this week is sponsored by Squam and Fancy Tiger Crafts and they’re giving away the West Water Tunic pattern and a $30 gift card towards fabric at Fancy Tiger Crafts, perfect to get the fabric for your tunic. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post.


Music by Jónsi.

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  • Reply Beth April 14, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    I love that my own lovely state is home to such a hidden treasure as Squam! Thank you for your work taking note of such a HUGE variety of places and talents

  • Reply Jamie Dear April 14, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Lovely episode!

  • Reply Sarah April 14, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    I’m so excited about this podcast. I listen to all of Elizabeth Duviviers podcasts and am hoping to go to Squam one day.

  • Reply Maria Bennett April 15, 2016 at 3:58 am

    Another great episode! Squam is certainly on my bucket list!

  • Reply Kristina J. April 15, 2016 at 4:38 am

    LOVED this interview! Like others, Squam is on my bucket list. Inspiring story!

  • Reply Susan April 15, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Sounds like such a dreamy adventure! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Brenda F April 15, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Looks, sounds, and feels beautiful. I would love to be there….

  • Reply Mary Moury April 15, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Oh, what a amazing retreat!

  • Reply annie- Boho Chic Fiber Co April 15, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Thank you Ashley for this interview! They just keep getting better! I have been dreaming of going to a Squam Art retreat for years, I’ve been to a few devotional retreats on the lake in college and with church and it is an absolutely gorgeous place! I hope to go to a Squam art retreat in the future when we are back in New England and the kids are a bit older. I resonated so much with this interview, one of the reasons I love the fiber community online is I don’t have creative artistic friends in “real” life and its something I long deeply for! This episode was the refreshing and inspiring thing I needed in the midst of a long difficult monotonous week so thank you so much! xoxo

  • Reply Leah April 15, 2016 at 7:33 am

    What a great discussion! I particularly loved how she treated the dynamics in groups of women so gently and with such compassion, but also with humor. This just reinforced my desire to get to Squam someday!

  • Reply Victoria April 15, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Such a pleasure to listen to other creatives stories. I always end up feeling so inspired at the end of your podcast. I’m still searching for my creative pocket of makers here in the Finger Lakes, but am hoping to find it soon. Thank you!

  • Reply Margaret April 15, 2016 at 11:06 am

    I lovely episode. Elizabeth is such an inspiring person. I loved hearing her story and hope to make it to Squam one day.

  • Reply Carla April 15, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Such an inspiring podcast. I will be going to SQUAM by the Sea in May. Thank you

  • Reply Alison April 15, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Love this. If we are listening to Woolful, I think we all know the importance of creating and what it brings into our lives, though knowing and making it happen are things we all struggle with as beings on this planet. Thanks to people like Elizabeth that help us remember this priority and makes the effort to enable us to take the time out of our lives and focus on what’s important (as do you, Ashley).

  • Reply Aishi April 15, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    I absolutely loved this podcast! I have always dreamt of going to Squam andI enjoyed hearing about its story. So much of what Elizabeth spoked about reasonated with me on so many levels.

  • Reply Brenda April 15, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Loved this episode so much!

  • Reply Vicki Lynch April 15, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    I always enjoy listening to your show. Squam sounds like it would be lovely. Best wishes to all who will be attending. Have a wonderful time.

  • Reply Bowen Gibson April 15, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    I really loved this episode. Very excited to go back to Squam this June!

  • Reply Elsa da Silva April 15, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Love your Podcast! I always download and listen while working! Bisous from Switzerland

  • Reply Lorna Brown April 16, 2016 at 3:29 am

    Squam sounds like a beautiful place to go for a knitting retreat. Hopefully I will be able to go someday. Fancy Tiger Crafts is also on my list of places to go!

  • Reply Dee April 16, 2016 at 5:03 am

    FTC is one of my faves. Would love to go to squam .

  • Reply Kim April 16, 2016 at 5:39 am

    Looking forward to listening to this podcast!

  • Reply Terri Smith April 16, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Sweet top! terriglo on Ravelry

  • Reply Carol April 16, 2016 at 6:09 am

    Fancy Tiger is a great store… Thanks for the opportunity! Hope to get there June 18!

  • Reply Judy April 16, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Loved hearing the story of Sqaum. I already listen to Elizabeth’s podcast and it was great listening to her story as a background. Kindness to ourselves and others can sometimes be in short supply in this world, but it is nice to know it does still exist. and that people are still striving to achieve that goal.

  • Reply Julia April 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Quite a story, and some interesting ideas. Thanks!

  • Reply Sindy P April 16, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Since Ive heard of Squam, I have wanted to attend … maybe one day!
    Thank you again for this great interview.

  • Reply Alysia Moreno April 16, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    I loved this episode! One day I hope to make it to Squam! Thank you for doing these podcasts. They are my bit of peace each week.♡

  • Reply Sandra April 16, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    I don’t know how you do it but ANOTHER great episode! Thank you for inspiring me ☺️

  • Reply Megan M April 17, 2016 at 4:43 am

    This is so timely! I just discovered the Morning on the Dock podcast last week and have been devouring episodes. Dreaming of attending Squam one year!

  • Reply Susan April 17, 2016 at 6:37 am

    Another inspiring episode — I have also started listening to the Morning on the Dock podcast, and it was nice to get the story behind the interveiwer!

  • Reply Dale April 17, 2016 at 6:41 am

    great episode – all of your interviewees have inspiring stories, but Elizabeth’s really resonated with me. Now I have to go check out Morning on the Dock!

  • Reply Heather g April 17, 2016 at 8:02 am

    This was a great episode!! Thank you again for sharing all sides of the fiber community!

  • Reply Carrie April 17, 2016 at 9:06 am

    I loved hearing more about Squam. I’ve always thought it would be so fun to go and I’d love to bring my aspiring-writer-teenage daughter with me! And what a fun give away– I love Fancy Tiger! My husband and I did several West Water river trips together when we were dating so that name has great significance for me. I would love to try and make this tunic!

  • Reply Catherine April 17, 2016 at 11:09 am

    What an inspiring episode. Wouldn’t any of us just love to go to Squam? To be surrounded by other ‘members of our tribe’. I love that idea.

  • Reply Janice Stokes April 17, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you again for a great podcast! Wish I hadn’t already planned my 2016 vacation travels – I would love to go to Squam – maybe in 2017!

  • Reply Claudia April 17, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    I’m going to Squam this June, and I’m really excited. I also have a place in my heart for Providence, having spent two very pivotal years at Providence College (which never seems to get the love it deserves; maybe because it’s on the other side of town). It was great to hear Elizabeth’s journey unfold. Thanks!

  • Reply Theresa Schoen April 17, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    The more I listen the more I fall in love. Thank you for such fantastic interviews and spotlights. This particular episode was very touching and inspirational – I needed to be reminded of forgiveness, compassion, and patience for self- so thanks for including that last bit!

  • Reply Lyra Leigh April 17, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    I’ve seen and heard of Squam for years, lovely to learn more about it!

  • Reply Lauren K April 17, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Loved this episode!

  • Reply Emily Hetherington April 17, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Highlights of this episode for me include: Elizabeth’s insight about kindness to oneself and forgiveness, the story of her Xanadu and the resultant sensibility and acceptance of the transient ephemeral nature of the material stuff with the recognition that what was special about that house and home lived on with her, and top o’ the list the recognition of the significance of the “beginner mind”. Love it! I loved hearing and learning more about Squam. Since hearing about it I’ve always wanted to go. I need something to kick start my sewing mojo! I was tickled to learn a new way to interpret my interest and focus on the newest “squirrel”! It’s growing my brain! YAHOO!

  • Reply Cristin April 17, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    This was so lovely- and quite touching. Elizabeth is a special soul, such a strong force for light and love in the world. Thanks to Elizabeth for sharing her story, and to Ashley for another excellent podcast!

  • Reply Jean April 18, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Squam sounds nourishing and the pictures beautiful. The West Water tunic looks cute and comfortable.

  • Reply Charlotte Powell April 18, 2016 at 5:42 am

    I wish I could attend the FTC anniversary – It sounds amazing!

  • Reply Annette April 18, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Kindness is huge!
    Thanks for another great episode.

  • Reply Sylvia April 18, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Lovely episode. My first, a great place to start. Thanks!

  • Reply Jenny April 18, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Commence Squam dreaming!

  • Reply Stephanie L April 18, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Wonderful. Thanks for another great episode!

  • Reply Alyssa April 18, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Thank you so much for this podcast Ashley! So much of what Elizabeth talked about resonated with me on a deep level and her whole Zen vibe was really inspiring. I hope I get there one day, but for now it’s something to aspire to. I really needed this today. Thank you.

  • Reply Claire April 18, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Lovely episode. Thanks!

  • Reply Abi Brux April 19, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Really excited to listen to this episode, and I love that tunic! Thanks for great work.

  • Reply KIrsten April 19, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Thank you to Elizabeth for sharing such emotional and deep pieces of her story. There is so much in her past experiences that resonate with where I currently am in life and in my career. You give me hope that I can find the strength to make the changes I so desperately crave…I’m so close to taking the leap!

  • Reply Yasmin April 19, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Another informative interview! So much enjoyed her candor. Beautiful photos to accompany the podcast!

  • Reply Liz April 19, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    What an interesting journey Elizabeth has experienced so far. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  • Reply Heather Visser April 19, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    I loved this podcast! This is the first episode that I’ve listened to and I am hooked!

  • Reply Claire April 19, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    thank you- great episode

  • Reply Erin Elizabeth April 20, 2016 at 4:01 am

    Signing up for Squam 2016 now! I love your show – it’s always a welcome calm during my hectic week.

  • Reply Heather April 20, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Looking forward to listening to this episode!

  • Reply Kathleen April 20, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Another great episode. I could have listened to her all day.

  • Reply Erin April 20, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Oh, I love Fancy Tiger Crafts so much….

  • Reply Jessica F April 20, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    I feel like I missed out on an entirely different life. Hubby and I lived in VA for 5 years and I taught myself to knit because I can’t stand sitting still with nothing to do. Never once realized there could be LYSs or festivals or retreats to attend. Now back in Nebraska and definitely any events like Rhinebeck or Maryland’s that enable a fiber/yarn-loving life. But, glad there are podcasts and books that introduce me to what feels like a whole new world.

  • Reply Paula Litzky April 20, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    I love learning about fiber related events, it’s how I plan my vacations. I’m going to Eugene, Oregon for the Black Sheep Gathering this year; last year it was Wool Week in the Shetland Islands. I really hope to visit New England and New York for Rhinebeck and other festivals. Thanks for sharing this one, it would be grand to travel to Squam.

  • Reply Debbie April 20, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Lovely episode once again!

  • Reply Celine April 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    That was just what I needed to hear today <3

  • Reply Johanna Giesbrecht April 20, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    What a beautiful soul! Such a great listen, and so true it is a deep struggle of all of us to feel that we are not enough. Thank you Elizabeth for what you have done (for even when you do actually stop doing squam, you have still have given so much). Because squam sounds like giving people a chance to dig in and get their hands dirty is more than just an exercise or a new skill to learn, it’s a chance to experience and do free from the questioning of being enough.

  • Reply Carrie Proulx April 21, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Thank you once again Ashley!! Elizabeth has touched my soul with her amazing spirit and outreach to others. How wonderful Squam must be for all the attendees!

  • Reply Jennie April 21, 2016 at 10:58 am

    This episode leaves me dreaming of a trip to Squam even more than ever. Elizabeth, you are a gift to the creative community!

  • Reply Danielle April 21, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    I actually don’t want to be in the drawing (don’t sew) but I wanted to comment to say I want that cabin to be my life.

  • Reply Jess Hays April 22, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Love the shoutout to Providence! It’s my adopted home as well, and it’s amazing in ways that are hard to describe, but I think Elizabeth nailed it. I have loved living, going to school, and working here since 2009. Would love to go to Squam someday, it sounds like a truly great time.

  • Reply Wysteria April 22, 2016 at 8:07 am

    I love the idea of Squam and would love to attend! I had no idea women took their infants! I have thought that was keeping me from attending. Time to research!

  • Reply Althea Mongerson April 22, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    phenomenal as usual!

  • Reply Sharyn Adams April 22, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Lovely podcast. I am use to hearing others stories through and from Elizabeth so it was a treat to listen to her touch on the personal journey she is traveling. Squam is a wonderful place and event that goes beyond classes – it is my tribe.


  • Reply Irene Jackson April 22, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Squam sounds like the dream destination for a chilling out few days.

  • Reply Tricia April 22, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Beautiful podcast, as usual! I am attending my second Squam this fall and I find it difficult to express the magic that exists in those cabins, at that lake, with those women. Elizabeth Duvivier is a beautiful soul and I am so thankful to the universe for leading me to Squam and to know her.
    Thank you for the chance to win a fun, fun prize!! XOXO

  • Reply Anne April 23, 2016 at 1:23 am

    Wonderful inspiring and encouraging episode. Love it!

  • Reply Caitlyn April 23, 2016 at 2:21 am

    Good stuff, keep it coming! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • Reply Branwynne April 23, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Thank you to both you and Elizabeth for such an uplifting episode. I hope Squam continues long enough that I’m able to go- it sounds like a dream. I’m so excited for Fancy Tiger’s 10-year anniversary, too. It’s a magical, very special place.

  • Reply hd April 25, 2016 at 11:43 am

    excited to listen to this! hope to one day go to squam, and hope to visit fancytiger this may when i visit pals in denver. Thanks for the podcast!

  • Reply morgan April 26, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Squam! Have heard so much about it and now simply can’t wait to listen to this podcast! Yay!

  • Reply Brittany April 27, 2016 at 6:43 am

    I just love listening to Elizabeth talk!

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    Opening or running a place of retreat like this is 100% my dream job. Ahhh! So lovely.

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