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A podcast celebrating creative crafts and inspiring makers.

Making Stitches Podcast Lindsay Weston

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    • 5.0 • 42 Ratings

A podcast celebrating creative crafts and inspiring makers.

    A Decade of Keeping Calm and Crocheting On with Heather Gibbs

    A Decade of Keeping Calm and Crocheting On with Heather Gibbs

    Ten years ago, Heather Gibbs was looking for an outlet for her crochet creativity and set up her blog; Keep Calm and Crochet On UK. Little did she know that her blog would be going from strength to strength a whole decade later, but that she would also end up working with a selection of different crochet magazines and yarn companies as well.

    In this latest episode of Making Stitches Podcast, I chatted to Heather about how the blog came about in the  first place,  how her design career first got off the ground and her hopes for the next ten years to come in her crochet adventure.

    You can find Heather here on her website; Keep Calm and Crochet On UK.

    To join the mailing list for the Making Stitches Newsletter, please click onto this link.

    For full show notes for this episode, please visit the Making Stitches website.
    The theme music is Make You Smile by RGMusic from Melody Loops .

    The Making Stitches logo was designed by Neil Warburton at iamunknown.

    You can support Making Stitches Podcast with running costs through Ko-fi.
    Making Stitches  Podcast is supported by the Making Stitches Shop which offers Making Stitches Podcast merchandise for sale as well as Up the Garden Path crochet patterns created by me & illustrated by Emma Jackson.

    Making Stitches Podcast is presented, recorded and edited by Lindsay Weston.

    • 26 min
    WHY SEWING MATTERS with Barbara Burman

    WHY SEWING MATTERS with Barbara Burman

    Hello and welcome to Making Stitches Podcast!

    My guest for this episode is the historian and writer, Barbara Burman, whose latest book is 'The Point of the Needle - Why Sewing Matters'. Barbara, a retired academic from the University of Southampton and the University of the Arts, spent more than 40 years teaching and researching the history of dress and textiles.

    In her latest book, Barbara takes an in-depth look at the social and cultural significance of sewing, drawing on contemporary voices as well as historical research. In it, Barbara asks what people are sewing, why they are motivated to sew and why people choose to mend?

    This was a fascinating chat, which covered lots of different aspects of Barbara's work - I hope you enjoy l listening to it!

    You can find a link to 'The Point of the Needle - Why Sewing Matters' here.

    To join the mailing list for the Making Stitches Newsletter, please click onto this link.

    For full show notes for this episode, please visit the Making Stitches website.
    The theme music is Make You Smile by RGMusic from Melody Loops .

    The Making Stitches logo was designed by Neil Warburton at iamunknown.

    You can support Making Stitches Podcast with running costs through Ko-fi.
    Making Stitches  Podcast is supported by the Making Stitches Shop which offers Making Stitches Podcast merchandise for sale as well as Up the Garden Path crochet patterns created by me & illustrated by Emma Jackson.

    Making Stitches Podcast is presented, recorded and edited by Lindsay Weston.

    • 47 min
    Spinning, Weaving and Niddy-Noddies with Cathy Wright from Lazy Kate Textiles

    Spinning, Weaving and Niddy-Noddies with Cathy Wright from Lazy Kate Textiles

    Welcome to the first episode of Making Stitches in 2024! Sorry for the longer than anticipated break.  This is the first of the final three episodes in series seven. 

    This time, I’m sharing a chat I had late last year with Cathy Wright from Lazy Kate Textiles. Cathy’s a spinner and weaver sharing her love of creativity  by teaching these heritage crafts to anyone who wants to learn.

    Based in Liverpool, Cathy sells the equipment needed to take up the crafts and runs workshops to show students how to progress their technique. Cathy’s enthusiasm for her craft is clear and she’s dedicated to sharing her expertise.

    In addition to teaching, Cathy also runs a monthly meeting for anyone interested in yarn crafts to come together and build a community. TheWoollers runs on the first Saturday of each month in Northern Lights, Caine Brewery Village, 5 Mann Street, Liverpool L8 5AF

    You can find out more about Cathy and her work on her website.

    To join the mailing list for the Making Stitches Newsletter, please click onto this link.

    For full show notes for this episode, please visit the Making Stitches website. The theme music is Make You Smile by RGMusic from Melody Loops .

    The Making Stitches logo was designed by Neil Warburton at iamunknown.

    You can support Making Stitches Podcast with running costs through Ko-fi.
    Making Stitches  Podcast is supported by the Making Stitches Shop which offers Making Stitches Podcast merchandise for sale as well as Up the Garden Path crochet patterns created by me & illustrated by Emma Jackson.

    Making Stitches Podcast is presented, recorded and edited by Lindsay Weston.

    • 27 min
    MAKING STITCHES 2023 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

    MAKING STITCHES 2023 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

    Hello there and welcome to the Making Stitches Podcast 2023 Christmas Special. Join me for a selection box of treats looking back at the past 12 months in my podcast world.

    You can hear from guests including Dr Mia Hobbs from the 'Why I Knit' Podcast on the mental health benefits of being creative, Dr Fran Darlington-Pollock from the Greater Manchester Mayor's Charity about their yarny Christmas appeal this year and some more of my guests from the podcast this year. Also joining me are some of the lovely people I met at this year's Great Northern Textile Show who will be sharing what's on their Christmas wish list.

    Thank you to all of my guests who joined me on this episode, and throughout the year. Thank you to you too for listening! I hope you have a lovely Christmas and that 2024 is kind to you.

    My guests in this episode include:
    Catherine CrochetsDr Mia Hobbs from Why I Knit PodcastDr Fran Darlington Pollock from the Greater Manchester Mayor's CharitySara from Black Sheep WoolsJen Rich - @stitchcraftandcook on InstagramJulie from Tilly Flop DesignsLisa Wilde from Sunnyside Fabrics UKJane Smith - Japanese Embroidery artistHelen from Yarn Addicts ManchesterCheryl & Joanne from the North Cheshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers & DyersNikki from Allium ThreadsSheila Haldane - textile artistWendy Roby - textile artistDebbie from Why Knot MacrameAnd if  you would like to support the Black Sheep Wools 'Deck the Halls' charity campaign in support of the Greater Manchester Mayor's Charity, you can find all the details here.

    To join the mailing list for the Making Stitches Newsletter, please click onto this link.

    For full show notes for this episode, please visit the Making Stitches website. The theme music is Winter Trip by Audioflame from Melody Loops other music used in this episode is Happy Sunshine by Roman Cano, also from Melody Loops.

    The Making Stitches logo was designed by Neil Warburton at iamunknown.

    You can support Making Stitches Podcast with running costs through Ko-fi.
    Making Stitches  Podcast is supported by the Making Stitches Shop which offers Making Stitches Podcast merchandise for sale as well as Up the Garden Path crochet patterns created by me & illustrated by Emma Jackson.

    Making Stitches Podcast is presented, recorded and edited by Lindsay Weston.

    • 27 min
    LOVING THE LANGUAGE OF CROCHET with Jane Czaja

    LOVING THE LANGUAGE OF CROCHET with Jane Czaja

    Jane Czaja has been trying to spread the love of crochet for decades, from teaching beginners groups back in the 1980s to running a crochet and chat group in her local library now! Jane has always been a maker, and since her retirement from computer programming and lecturing students about it, she has turned her attention to crochet full time.

    You can find Jane's name in the credits of crochet books, through her work as technical editor, she also does tech editing work for Inside Crochet and Disney Crochet Magazine. Jane is one of those amazing people who can spot a needle in a haystack - a pattern error!

    I think you'll find Jane to be evangelical about the craft of crochet, and if you had her as your teacher, I think that love of the craft would be contagious!

    You can find Jane's website here, and her crochet and chat group meets at Kingston Library on 2nd Saturday of the month between 10:30 and 12pm.

    You can also see Jane on justhands-ontv

    To join the mailing list for the Making Stitches Newsletter, please click onto this link.

    For full show notes for this episode, please visit the Making Stitches website. The theme music is Make You Smile by RGMusic from Melody Loops .

    The Making Stitches logo was designed by Neil Warburton at iamunknown.

    You can support Making Stitches Podcast with running costs through Ko-fi.
    Making Stitches  Podcast is supported by the Making Stitches Shop which offers Making Stitches Podcast merchandise for sale as well as Up the Garden Path crochet patterns created by me & illustrated by Emma Jackson.

    Making Stitches Podcast is presented, recorded and edited by Lindsay Weston.

    • 33 min
    Deck the Halls with the Greater Manchester Mayor's Charity

    Deck the Halls with the Greater Manchester Mayor's Charity

    This time on Making Stitches Podcast, I want to share a great initiative which is happening in my home city of Manchester. Homelessness is a problem all year round in towns and cities across the world, not just here in the UK and it's a complex problem to solve.

    Greater Manchester Mayor's Charity was set up after our Mayor, Andy Burnham was elected. He chose to donate a percentage of his monthly wage to combatting rough sleeping across the city, and it was thanks to that the Greater Manchester Mayor's Charity was born. The charity doesn't just offer somewhere for people to stay, it also helps in other ways with food, clothing and help to get people off the streets

    Each year, the charity looks at new ways to raise funds to support it's 'A Bed Every Night' campaign, and in the run up to Christmas there's a concerted push to bring in more funding. It costs £30 to pay for one person to have somewhere safe to sleep for the night and to receive the wrap around care on offer.

    This year, Greater Manchester Mayor's Charity is calling on knitters and crocheters to help them in partnership with Black Sheep Wools. They have a range of knitting and crochet patterns for sale as well as yarn kits to make decorations. The proceeds from the sale of the patterns will go to the charity as well as 10% from the sale of every yarn pack and, if you would prefer to make a £30 donation through the Black Sheep Wools website, you will be gifted all the patterns for free, and that entire £30 will go to fund a bed for the night.

    I spoke to Greater Manchester Mayor's Charity Chief Executive, Fran Darlington-Pollock, who told me why she was calling on knitters and crocheters to help them this year.

    You can find out more about the work of the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity here. If you would like to join the ‘Deck the Halls’ campaign and buy patterns of yarn packs, you get them from Black Sheep Wools.

    #DeckTheHalls23 #WeDontWalkOnBy #GMMayorsCharity

    To join the mailing list for the new Making Stitches Newsletter, please click onto this link.

    For full show notes for this episode, please visit the Making Stitches website. The theme music is Make You Smile by RGMusic from Melody Loops .

    The Making Stitches logo was designed by Neil Warburton at iamunknown.

    You can support Making Stitches Podcast with running costs through Ko-fi.
    Making Stitches  Podcast is supported by the Making Stitches Shop which offers Making Stitches Podcast merchandise for sale as well as Up the Garden Path crochet patterns created by me & illustrated by Emma Jackson.

    Making Stitches Podcast is presented, recorded and edited by Lindsay Weston.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Cherub 60 ,

Great podcast

I always love listening to all the interviews on here. As a crocheted and a knitter, I haven’t ventured into sewing but the latest interview with Stitched Up has inspired me to try. Do keep them coming. The diversity of crafters interviewed is great.

Nanaseamakes ,

My favourite podcast

Thank you for a wonderful podcast. I discovered crafting in lockdown and this podcast has been the perfect companion. I often listen whilst walking my spaniel Gus and come back motivated and brimming with ideas. Sadly there are too few hours in the day. I’m looking forward to the next series.

PeacockPrintmaker ,

Hooray for Clare

It was amazing to listen to the episode where Clare Albans talked about her journey to becoming a business owner. I love how open she is.

I did her Happy Stitch Project and it was great to see her talk about the mistakes she’s made. It really helped me to figure out where I was going wrong and to not worry too much about how the stitches came out.

Her studio is amazing and there’s always a warm welcome in the haberdashery. I’ve lost count of how many of her kits I’ve done. They always bring me joy!

Heather

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