Making Podcast

No. 2 / COLOR – Connecting with Mexico through handcrafted beauty, with Collectivo

February 15, 2018

Collectivo began as an idea in 2016 and was founded by Vail Fletcher, a professor of gender and environmental studies with a fascination for the handmade, Jessica Helgerson, an interior designer with a deep affection for Mexico, and Cristina Niculescu, a travel-loving Spanish professor. Collectivo collects beautiful handmade goods straight from the source, with these three women traveling to remote indigenous villages to meet the makers and learn about the age-old traditions behind each craft and document the hours, weeks or even months that go into making a single piece. Each region has its natural materials, each village its speciality, and each family its own take on tradition. Their mission is to share with you their love for Mexico through the artistry and stories they collect along the way and Collectivo brings you these treasures and the stories behind them. You can find Collectivo at and on Instagram @ourcollectivo

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You can also and listen and subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher.

/ notes & resources /

Collectivo / Guest site

/ giveaway /

This week we’re giving away a sweater’s worth of Moeke Yarn Elena grey and a copy of our first Making issue, No. 1 / FLORA. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on today’s episode’s blog post at To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post. 

/ Making update /

Just a little update, we’ve got lots of great things in our shop at Subscriptions for Making 2018, which includes issue No. 5 / COLOR and No. 6 / BW are available, along with the entire line of Moeke Yarns, a variety of kits and available for pre-order is UNIFORM and UNIFORM little, a knit and sew collaboration between Carrie Hoge and Grainline Studio. And if you’re a shop looking to wholesale, you can find No. 5 / COLOR and the UNIFORM books on our wholesale site.  

/ sponsors /

This episode is brought to you by our lovely sponsors.

The Yarn Collectivo. @theyarncollective

Shepherd’s Dream. @shepherdsdream


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  • Reply Karen D February 15, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Oh my… goodness! I’m so in love with Elena yarn, and every thing that you do. I’m really looking forward to the new issue of Making!

  • Reply Zsuzsa February 16, 2018 at 4:48 am

    Your podcast will be my weekend treat with knitting! I am so glad you are back posting your podcasts again! 🙂

  • Reply karen stevens February 16, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Thank you so much for your podcast and this amazing giveaway!!

  • Reply Jada February 16, 2018 at 5:43 am

    I’m so happy your podcast is back!

  • Reply Angela Davis February 16, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Thank you so much for this podcast (and for doing everything that it takes to make it). I am always inspired and encouraged to know that there is a whole community of us who truly understand and appreciate the work of craftswomen like the ones at Collectivo.

  • Reply Ann February 16, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    I so glad your very thoughtful podcast is back up and running. Wonderful story this episode.

  • Reply Arianne February 16, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Loved this episode. I didn’t know anything about Mexican making. Beautiful culture.

  • Reply Carrie February 16, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Always a treat to listen to your podcasts. Interested in the broader focus and your new collaboration.

  • Reply Teegan February 16, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    This was so lovely. And I’m so glad the podcast is back in general!

  • Reply Danielle Boots February 17, 2018 at 6:02 am

    Great episode! I could easily visualize the colors and the people. We all need to get out of our little houses and unite with family and friends.

  • Reply Leah February 17, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    I loved hearing about the simplicity and timelessness of the makers’ wardrobes. It makes me want to assess my own wardrobe to determine what I should really be hanging on to.

  • Reply Madeline February 18, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Another excellent episode. May I suggest that when you have two or three people on the podcast, they give a quick introduction so the listener knows who is who. Otherwise, it can take a while to figure out.

    • Reply vanessa February 25, 2018 at 3:50 pm

      I thought the same thing! Otherwise I loved hearing their story and look forward to more.

  • Reply Katrina February 19, 2018 at 7:50 am

    What a treat, both the podcast and the giveaway! Thank you!

  • Reply Nikki Huffman February 19, 2018 at 7:51 am

    I love the idea of helping people preserve their traditions and heritage in this homogeneous world we live in. They deserve our support to keep going or else it will die out. Great episode!

  • Reply patryce February 19, 2018 at 9:27 am

    O my! I would love to try Moeke yarn…I want to knit a Junko Okamoto sweater!

  • Reply Naomi February 19, 2018 at 10:44 am

    loved the podcast – loved learning about Collectivo. BEAUTIFUL products!

  • Reply Miyake Noriko February 20, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    I was moved by their love and passion for beautiful crafts by ordinary people’s hands.
    Thanks so much Making podcast!

  • Reply Emily February 21, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Sounds amazing! Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Reply Vanessa February 22, 2018 at 5:21 am

    THanks for making such a great podcast and sharing these inspiring stories! I love listening but there is one thing I think of from time to time… Can I suggest that when you have more than one guest you introduce them (or they introduce themselves) so we listeners knew which voice is which guest?

  • Reply Stacy February 25, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Thank you for the inspiration. Have a great day!

  • Reply Gigi February 26, 2018 at 7:34 am

    Another great story! Thank you.

  • Reply Sarita February 26, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    I’ve just found your podcast aND have quite enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Jayne Flynn February 27, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Wishing you much success in your new collaboration! We are truly lucky knitters 🙂

  • Reply Sophie Bertolotti March 1, 2018 at 6:37 am

    I was so happy the Woolful podcast was back as Making, delighted to have a monthly dose of fiber interview and inspiration!

  • Reply Maryjo March 1, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    It is such a pleasure to learn about other makers in other countries – thanks so much for your thoughtful interviews !

  • Reply Ines June 5, 2018 at 2:13 am

    After an hiatus it feels so good to be back to listen to all these stories of people who inspire me so much.
    It was a pleasure to know Anna’s story.

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