At Natural Cycles Farm in southern Allegan County, Lori Evesque is raising fresh food, fiber and plants to sell at local farmers markets and share with students in her yarn dyeing workshops. With a background in chemistry and an interest in growing plants to use in natural dyeing experiments, her natural dyeing experiments grew more intense when she started demonstrating these techniques at Viking re-enactment events.
CraftSanity Podcast Episode 217 – A conversation about 3-D printed printing presses with Open Press Project Founder Martin Schneider
The printmaking world includes many kind and generous artists, and Martin Schneider is one of them. After the 22-year-old art student in Cologne, Germany designed a 3-D printed printing press for a class at his university, he decided to share his design files for free and allow printmakers around the globe to download and print a press of their own as part of his fantastic Open Press Project.
From hand embroidered comic book covers to his knitted superhero costumes, Newport’s hand-stitched, embellished and knitted works have inspired fiber enthusiasts for years.
CraftSanity Podcast Episode 215: Katrina Rodabaugh discusses her forthcoming book, ‘Mending Matters’
Remember when mending had a bad rap and sporting a patch on your knee outed you as being anything but a fashionista? Well, in fairness, I’m pretty sure “fashionista” wasn’t even a word way back when I was kid blowing out the knees of my off-brand jeans. Patches were stiff back then and certainly not an indicator of one’s cool factor.
Thankfully, times have changed dramatically and mending is both relaxing and hip.
Enter Katrina Rodabaugh fiber artist and author of the forthcoming book, “Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More.” Rodabaugh is one of the zen stitchers on the front lines of this important and gentle movement that bucks the trend of overconsumption and throw-away fashion.
CraftSanity Podcast Episode 214: Road trip to South Haven, Michigan where a woodworker is working to revive his great grandfather’s loom business, McGarr Norwood Looms Co.
SOUTH HAVEN, MICHIGAN – Using a combination of vintage and modern tools, Mike McGarr is looking to revive a bit of family weaving history.
The 27-year-old is the great-grandson of Wallace and Melvina McGarr, who were owners of the Norwood Looms Co. for more than 40 years beginning in 1951. After more than four decades in business, the McGarr’s sold the company to another Michigan loom maker before it was eventually moved overseas.
Recently, Mike teamed up with his father, Terry McGarr, 60, to launch McGarr Norwood Co. Using the family’s collection of old Norwood Looms as patterns, these woodworkers are rebooting the company using the high quality cherry wood Wallace McGarr loved to build looms with.
CraftSanity Episode 213: Felicia Lo Wong shares the story of how she built her SweetGeorgia yarn business
By Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood
Businesswoman and author Felicia Lo Wong took an unusual path to launching a hand dyed yarn business in Vancouver, Canada.
Her journey began years earlier while a student at the University of British Columbia, when she was admitted to the competitive pharmaceutical science program.
“On day one… I sat in that class with 125 people and I knew I was in the wrong place,” Wong said. “I knew these are not my people, this is not my tribe, but I got in when a lot of people really wanted to get into the school…”