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Fiber Talk with Clare Hunter II

11/17/2019
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Clare Hunter, author of “Threads of Life,” returns for a second show, this time sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery. This week we talk with Clare about the inspiration behind her book, the work that went into assembling all of the historical information, writing a history book and making it easy to read, and some of […]

Duration:00:59:53

Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 11-13-19

11/13/2019
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It’s Wednesday once again and Arlene and Gary are chatting. This week Arlene patiently answers Gary’s dumb-guy questions about designing. We also discuss making changes from original designs, HAED stitching, and the question that has haunted stitchers for decades: Is there a difference between DMC and Anchor black threads? Sunday’s guest: Clare Hunter and her […]

Duration:00:54:41

Fiber Talk with Clare Hunter I

11/10/2019
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Clare Hunter of Sewing Matters is our guest this week and our sponsor is The Attic Needlework shop. Clare has been an active participant and difference-maker in the greater needlework community for almost all of her life. She has contributed as a community artist on more than one occasion, an exhibition curator, banner maker, teacher, […]

Duration:00:53:10

Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 11-6-19

11/6/2019
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We have climbed the hill toward the weekend, Sassy Jacks is sponsoring, and Vonna and Gary are chatting. This week we talk about our Instagram Live plans; an excellent charity auction; Gary’s fanny stand; Vonna’s retreat weekend (watch the Instagram Live video below), sponsored by Cross My Heart LTD; stitching SaraB, the Queen’s Sampler, and […]

Duration:01:03:57

Fiber Talk with Claudia Dutcher Kistler

11/3/2019
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Claudia Dutcher Kistler, of Dutch Treat Designs, joins us this week for a show that is sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery. Claudia, best known these days for her extensive knowledge and experience with Bristol Orphanage samplers, shares with us the other aspects of a significant and successful needlework career. We talk about stitching models for […]

Duration:01:00:06

Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 10-30-19

10/30/2019
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Wednesday has arrived like clockwork and, along with it, Debbie Rowley after a long, unplanned hiatus. Topics include a couple of tips on organizing stash, insights into the factors that went into the various design series Debbie has created, and a discussion about Treenway silks and EdMar threads. Sunday’s guest is Claudia Dutcher Kistler.–Debbie and […]

Duration:00:53:27

Fiber Talk with Mike Parr

10/27/2019
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This week we are fortunate to be joined by embroidery artist Mike Parr. Mike shares with us some history of the Parr lineage, background about the Broderers Guild, his experience replicating one of the Broderers crowns, and his career as an needle-arts designer and teacher. It was a real treat to talk with the multi-talented […]

Duration:01:01:58

Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 10-23-19

10/23/2019
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It’s Wednesday, that day that causes us to calculate how much weekend stitching time lies ahead. Vonna and Gary gather for another chat and Sassy Jacks Stitchery provides the all-important sponsorship. This week’s topics include our sampler projects on banding, Janice Green’s band samplers (see sideshow below), Gary’s inability to remember fundamentals, Peacemaker needles, NPI […]

Duration:01:13:45

Fiber Talk with Rachel Winters

10/20/2019
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Joining us this week is Rachel Winters of Flora Embroidery GA. Rachel is one of those rare people who creates embroidery designs, stitches them, and then sells the finished product. As you can tell from her company name, she focuses on flora and fauna and, as you can see from her work, has a real […]

Duration:01:04:20

Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 10-16-19

10/16/2019
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It’s been a full month since Arlene and Gary gathered for a Wednesday chat. It was good to catch up and to talk about teaching needlework to young children, the Halo Bolt backup battery, Jessica Grimm and the Modern Folk Embroidery Agnes Dei Lenten SAL, band samplers, and new HATS introductions. Sunday’s guest: Rachel Winters–Arlene […]

Duration:00:51:19

Fiber Talk with Ann Strite-Kurz

10/13/2019
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This week’s guest is designer, teacher, and author, Ann Strite-Kurz. Ann is certified in canvas embroidery by the National Academy of Needlearts (NAN) and teaches regularly at seminars sponsored by the Embroiderers’ Guild of America and the American Needlepoint Guild. She also holds a Master Craftsman certificate in canvas from EGA. She has authored ten […]

Duration:01:06:08

Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 10-9-19

10/9/2019
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We’re equidistant between weekends and have gathered, under the sponsorship of Sassy Jacks Stitchery, to do some more chatting. No surprise that we recap our experiences at the Bristol Sampler weekend with Claudia Dutcher Kistler, items we bought, and new stitching plans. Don’t miss the nine videos we produced during our weekend. You can see […]

Duration:00:50:41

Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 10-2-19

10/2/2019
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Another week has flown by and we’re back to chat again. This show is sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery, which is our weekend destination. We’ll be attending the Claudia Dutcher Bristol Orphanage Samplers lecture series and workshops and doing some broadcasting along the way. This week we talk about our plans, along with more on […]

Duration:00:55:46

Fiber Talk with Natalie Dupuis

9/29/2019
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Natalie Dupuis joins us this week to talk about goldwork, Or Nue, Italian shading, and other things related to metallic needlework. Natalie is a self-taught needleworker, designer, and teacher who has made great strides in a relatively short time and has developed an influential presence in today’s goldwork world. She regularly studies at the Royal […]

Duration:00:59:04

Fiber Talk with Kelly Fletcher

9/22/2019
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Kelly Fletcher is our guest this week. She is a talented embroidery designer and author located in Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition to an extensive library of designs, Kelly has authored three books and contributed to “Inspirations” magazine, among others. Her project book, “Embroidered Home,” has been translated to the Finnish language under the title […]

Duration:00:57:46

Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 9-18-19

9/18/2019
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It’s Wednesday and it’s a long chat, so get some extra beer/wine or do another lap of your walking route. As always, we’re sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery. Please support them because they help make these podcasts possible. Our topics include our plans to participate in the Bristol Orphanage Sampler event at Sassy Jacks in […]

Duration:01:27:58

Fiber Talk with Gay Ann Rogers III

9/15/2019
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It’s been more than a year since we talked with Gay Ann Rogers and that’s too long. Sassy Jacks sponsors this week’s conversation with one of the best in the business. Our topics include defining a world-class stitcher; what makes you a beginner, intermediate, or advanced stitcher; and factors that constitute good stitching technique. Since […]

Duration:01:10:44

Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 9-11-19

9/11/2019
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Arlene and Gary have gathered once again for some needlework conversation. This time we discuss the Montenegrin stitch, Arlene’s whitework efforts, holding needlework, floor and lap stands, and whether we can live without DMC. We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we enjoyed recording it. Sunday’s guest: Gay Ann Rogers–Arlene and Gary Listen […]

Duration:00:57:29

Fiber Talk with Barbara Kershaw

9/8/2019
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Our guest this week is whitework designer Barbara Kershaw. The show is sponsored by The Attic Needlework shop. Whitework techniques are some of the most beautiful forms of thread manipulation that we have, all with very old-world origins. Barbara is one of the truly talented people we have today who are not just keeping those […]

Duration:01:07:04

Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 9-4-19

9/4/2019
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The midweek conversation is between Vonna and Gary, with Sassy Jacks Stitchery sponsoring the show. This week we talk a bit about the Queen’s Sampler Project, sponsored by Sassy Jacks, in preparation for our video update later in the week. We also talk about whitework and determining ground-cloth size. There is no memory of what […]

Duration:01:04:37