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A podcast celebrating creative crafts and the stories behind the makers.

Making Stitches Podcast Lindsay Weston

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    • 5.0 • 37 Ratings

A podcast celebrating creative crafts and the stories behind the makers.

    Yarn, Food, Nature & the Universe with Kitey from the Yarn Whisperer

    Yarn, Food, Nature & the Universe with Kitey from the Yarn Whisperer

    The last couple of years have seen many of us take a step back and reconsider what it is we want to do with our lives. The pandemic gave us a new perspective and often forced us to change paths. Kitey from the Yarn Whisperer is no different. After a 30 year-long career in teaching in various countries around the world, he found inspiration in a plate of Padron Peppers whilst on holiday in Spain and decided yarn was the way forwards for him.

    Kitey's first attempts at dying his own yarns were inspired by the green peppers and white sangria from his holiday. He now has a thriving online indie yarn dying business and lives a life filled with colour. He says his main inspirations are food (as I already mentioned), nature and the universe - so he'll never run out of ideas! He's joined forces with designers and collaborated on a number of projects - his next one being the Dragonfly River make-along with Heather from Keep Calm and Crochet on UK which launches later this month.

    A self-professed "stash enabler", Kitey's enthusiasm for creativity and for making the crafting community an open and welcoming space for everyone is at the very heart of his work. I hope you enjoy listening to our chat, as much as I enjoyed chatting with Kitey himself. 

    You can find Kitey at the Yarn Whisperer website, on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, & YouTube.

    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 music featured in this episode 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.

    If you would like to buy a PDF crochet pattern for Sophia the Sunflower, (£5 from the sale of every pattern will be donated to the UNHCR Refugee aid effort supporting Ukrainian refugees) you can find the link here.

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

    • 49 min
    FROM LAW TO CROSS STITCH with Sally Wilson from Caterpillar Cross Stitch

    FROM LAW TO CROSS STITCH with Sally Wilson from Caterpillar Cross Stitch

    Like so many makers, despite loving all the creative subjects at school, Sally Wilson took a traditional route of study and then a 'conventional' career which for her was as a lawyer. However, whilst on maternity leave, she began to question whether a return to law was really what she wanted at the end of her family time away from her job.

    Sally found time to shoe-horn in an e-commerce course and to build a website around caring for her young daughter before breaking the news to her friends and family (and her boss) that instead of pursuing law, she would be selling a range of cross stitch kits she had designed.

    Despite a few raised eyebrows, seven years and a lot of hard work later, Caterpillar Cross stitch now supplies kits to thousands of embroiderers around the world operating out of a warehouse and with a staff of colleagues helping Sally with her business. Sally says the secret to her success is persistence and not having a 'Plan B'. Caterpillar Cross Stitch now holds regular stitch-alongs with crafters across the globe and has recently launched its own software allowing users to design their own cross stitch patterns.

    You can find the Caterpillar Cross Stitch website here, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube.

    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 music featured in this episode 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.

    If you would like to buy a PDF crochet pattern for Sophia the Sunflower, (£5 from the sale of every pattern will be donated to the UNHCR Refugee aid effort supporting Ukrainian refugees) you can find the link here.

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

    • 31 min
    A NEW VENTURE FOR THE CROCHET PROJECT with Joanne Scrace

    A NEW VENTURE FOR THE CROCHET PROJECT with Joanne Scrace

    This time on Making Stitches Podcast, crochet is under the spotlight and Joanne Scrace from The Crochet Project in particular.

    The Crochet Project was set up to design and write beautiful crochet patterns using natural yarns and with inclusivity high on the agenda. Crochet Project patterns come in a wide range of sizes to fit all bodies, avoid gender assumptions and even come with directions for left-handed crocheters where necessary. Once a partnership between Joanne Scrace and Kat Goldin, Kat has now stepped away and left Joanne at the helm.

    Joanne, who got into crochet out of necessity when her children were small, used her experience in computer programming to help her grasp tech editing patterns. She now shares her expertise through her website and social media tutorials and is on the cusp of a new chapter with the launch of The Crochet Project Hub.

    You can find The Crochet Project website here, Facebook & Instagram.

    For the special Making Stitches listener offer of 3 months membership to the Hub at just £2 per month, use the code HUBINFO on the Crochet Project website.

    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 music featured in this episode 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.

    If you would like to buy a PDF crochet pattern for Sophia the Sunflower, (£5 from the sale of every pattern will be donated to the UNHCR Refugee aid effort supporting Ukrainian refugees) you can find the link here.

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

    • 32 min
    PRESERVING THE FABRIC OF OUR HISTORY with The People's History Museum

    PRESERVING THE FABRIC OF OUR HISTORY with The People's History Museum

    This time on Making Stitches Podcast, I'm taking you out on the road with me to the People's History Museum in the centre of Manchester. It is the national museum of democracy and home the world's largest collection of trades union banners. Being custodians of the literal fabric of our history requires painstaking conservation work to keep the banners in a stable condition for future generations to enjoy.

    I tagged along with a tour of the current banner exhibition and was then incredibly lucky to go behind the scenes at the conservation workshop with Beth Gillions the museum's conservation officer. My thanks to both her, the conservation team at the museum and Michael Powell who lead the banner tour on the day.

    To find out more about the Banner Exhibition and the work the People's History Museum does, please visit their website.

    For full show notes for this episode, please visit the Making Stitches website.
    The music featured in this episode 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.

    If you would like to buy a PDF crochet pattern for Sophia the Sunflower, (£5 from the sale of every pattern will be donated to the UNHCR Refugee aid effort supporting Ukrainian refugees) you can find the link here.

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

    • 27 min
    CROCHET & KNITTING AT THE WOOLNEST with Lynne Rowe

    CROCHET & KNITTING AT THE WOOLNEST with Lynne Rowe

    Crochet & Knitting designer Lynne Rowe is my guest for this episode of Making Stitches Podcast.

    Lynne first learned to knit and crochet as a child, but it was after the birth of her own children that she turned to yarn crafts in earnest. Firstly knitting for pleasure, then to raise money for charity,  Lynne then ventured into crochet and knitting design and has written several books as well as working with a number of different craft magazines. 

    A passionate yarn crafter, Lynne runs workshops for beginners as well as mentoring crochet and knitting designers to help them progress their careers too.

    You can find Lynne at her website, Instagram, Facebook, & Pinterest.

    For full show notes for this episode, please visit the Making Stitches website.
    The music featured in this episode 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.

    If you would like to buy a PDF crochet pattern for Sophia the Sunflower, (£5 from the sale of every pattern will be donated to the UNHCR Refugee aid effort supporting Ukrainian refugees) you can find the link here.

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

    • 36 min
    COLOUR, CREATIVITY & A COMMUNITY KICK-STARTER with Clare Albans from hellohooray.com

    COLOUR, CREATIVITY & A COMMUNITY KICK-STARTER with Clare Albans from hellohooray.com

    Hello and welcome to this episode of Making Stitches Podcast celebrating the joys of colour and creativity as well as community support.

    When Clare Albans left a career in music behind, hand embroidery helped fill the gap leaving her job had left her with. After blogging about her life and makes for several years, Clare launched her small embroidery business selling designs and haberdashery and filling her Instagram followers feeds with a riot of colour and inspiration.

    Last year, Clare launched a kick-starter campaign to raise the funds needed to open her own bricks and mortar haberdashery shop and studio which she hoped to use to help her local community in the North East of England. Unsure how the fundraising would go, she was overwhelmed with support and is now celebrating her one-year anniversary of Hello Hooray Haberdashery & Studio. Clare has been enjoying spreading her love of making, meeting customers and being able to host craft social events and workshops in her studio too.

    You can find out more about Clare on her website, Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter. Clare also has her own YouTube channel, which you can find here.

    For full show notes for this episode, please visit the Making Stitches website.
    The music featured in this episode 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.

    If you would like to buy a PDF crochet pattern for Sophia the Sunflower, (£5 from the sale of every pattern will be donated to the UNHCR Refugee aid effort supporting Ukrainian refugees) you can find the link here.

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

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

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

Pearl 7285 ,

Loved every episode

Love the last one as well, Mrs G! Hope you have a happy new year lovely!

Nedlaw83 ,

Love it!

A fantastic podcast, full of inspiring interviews. I would definitely recommend it to others!

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