25 episodes

Join host Allison Korleski as she brings you stories from all corners of the yarniverse. From Victorian murder mysteries to the trenches of the Western Front, from deadly dyes to futuristic fabric, each episode explores the connections between fiber, history, and humanity. 

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Join host Allison Korleski as she brings you stories from all corners of the yarniverse. From Victorian murder mysteries to the trenches of the Western Front, from deadly dyes to futuristic fabric, each episode explores the connections between fiber, history, and humanity. 

    Lycra: The Fabric of our Lives

    Lycra: The Fabric of our Lives

    Up to now, our daily dose of fiber has always focused on the woolly natural stuff. However, even the best diet has to succumb to a bag of Cheetos now and then. Consider this episode, about the crotch-hugging antics of spandex, as our cheat day.
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    • 16 min
    Fiber Nation Knit Night! "Baaah-d Company: A Sheep Shearer Dishes on her 10,000 Colleagues"

    Fiber Nation Knit Night! "Baaah-d Company: A Sheep Shearer Dishes on her 10,000 Colleagues"

    On Wednesday, March 11, at 4 pm MST/6 pm EST, the Fiber Nation podcast goes live via Zoom! Bring your knitting and a favorite beverage and join host Allison Korleski and Stephany Wilkes, author, shearer, and guest from our “Sheep, Wind, and Fire” episode.
    Register for the event on our show notes page: https://www.interweave.com/fiber-nation/fiber-nation-knit-night-sheep-shearer-dishes/
    Did you know that a bunch of sheep eating stuff is actually GOOD for the landscape? Or that, when Smokey the Bear says, “Only you can prevent forest fires,” he could be talking to a flock of border Leicesters?
    “Sheep, Wind, and Fire” was about how sheep shearers became so important in the battle again mega wildfires. On Wednesday, Stephany will talk about how the sheep themselves can help prevent wildfires in the first place. 

     
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    • 1 min
    Song Quilts: Stitching Together Women's Stories

    Song Quilts: Stitching Together Women's Stories

    Eliza Hardy Jones was a professional musician and an amateur quilter. Until a once-in-a-lifetime offer made her change her tune. Find out how she turns traditional folk music, sung by women, into a craft traditionally done by women.
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    • 32 min
    Announcement! Fiber Nation Knit Night: Weird Sh*t Knitted Throughout History

    Announcement! Fiber Nation Knit Night: Weird Sh*t Knitted Throughout History

    On Thursday, Feb 4, at 5 pm MST, the Fiber Nation podcast goes live via Zoom. Bring your knitting and a favorite beverage and settle in as host Allison Korleski and former Fiber Nation guest, Liz Kristan parse through some of the weirdest knitted stuff in history, including "whip & reins for a child," knitted coffee strainers, and a "ladies' toilet tidy" shaped like an ear of corn. https://www.interweave.com/fiber-nation/join-knit-night-weird-knitted-history/
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    • 2 min
    Sheep, Wind, and Fire

    Sheep, Wind, and Fire

    In today’s episode, we talk to a shearer of sheep. And while there are all kinds of cool things to learn about wool and economics and how to make a sheep sit on its butt, there’s a larger story here, about how people with the weirdest career path ever helped rescue their communities from calamity.
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    • 32 min
    Hemp: The Fall & Rise of a Forbidden Fiber

    Hemp: The Fall & Rise of a Forbidden Fiber

    From its roots in Asia to its importance in the colonial US, from WW2 to the war on drugs, hemp has a curious and complicated history. Plus, we talk a lot about smoking pot.
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    • 30 min

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410 Ratings

KnitFriend ,

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I so enjoy listening to you podcast. They are so informative and fun.

Yankee Dawdle ,

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Terrific storytelling about what all humans can relate to, fiber and textiles. Engaging with juicy, surprising details.

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I’m so glad I found this podcast. I weave,spin, knit and quilt and I can’t get enough of these stories. Please speed up production. Interesting and educational. Carol

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