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Category: Craft/Sewing

WOVEN SHIBORI: AN INTERVIEW WITH CATHARINE ELLIS #22 THREAD CULT

Back in March, I visited The Oriole Mill in North Carolina, where I recorded a couple episodes with Bethanne Knudson, co-founder of The Oriole Mill, and Libby O’Bryan, owner of the Western Carolina Sewing Company. While Libby and I were chatting, I spotted a blouse Libby had made from the most fantastic dyed fabric. I [...]

SILK! EPISODE #21 OF THREAD CULT

The last time I sewed a silk dress, I nearly lost my marbles trying to figure out how to press, cut, and stitch up the slippery, shifting yardage. Despite finding some helpful tips in Claire Schaeffer’s Couture Sewing Techniques and on plenty of websites, I remember wishing that there was someone I could call with questions. [...]

UPSTATE STATE OF MIND

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything personal here. The combo of a good amount of work, the intense experience of being pregnant and becoming a parent, podcasting, and life in general just hasn’t left me with a lot of time or energy for sewing this past year. Now that I have my body [...]

SEWING WITH LINEN! TIPS FROM LINDA LEE, EPISODE #20 OF THREAD CULT

Summer has officially arrived in a hot and sticky way here in NYC, and it’s definitely time for light-as-air dresses and blouses. Linen is one of my favorite summer fabrics, and it’s on my sewing list to make more garments of this fabric. That’s why I was very excited to speak with Linda Lee, of [...]

ON THE BIAS! EPISODE #19 OF THREAD CULT

If I had to pick one type of dress to live in for the rest of my life, it would probably be some number cut on the bias. Even before I really knew what bias-cut clothing was, I lusted after hip-hugging 1930′s ball gowns. And I probably spent way too much time studying reproduction patterns [...]

COLETTE PATTERNS! AN INTERVIEW WITH SARAI MITNICK, EPISODE #18 OF THREAD CULT

When I decided to start a sewing podcast this past winter, one of the first people I reached out to was Sarai Mitnick, founder and designer of Colette Patterns. I’ve admired Sarai’s patterns and blog, Coletterie, since I started getting back into sewing a few years ago. To my delight, Sarai immediately agreed to an [...]

JEANS! COUTURE ADVICE FROM ANGELA WOLF, EPISODE #17 OF THREAD CULT

Angela Wolf One of the great sewing challenges I’m attracted to—but somehow keep dodging—is making my own pair of jeans. I’ve read up on other sewing blogger’s makes, such as the lovely creations of Tanit Isis  and Thread Square, and even invested in Kenneth D. King’s Jean-ius class, but still haven’t worked up the nerve. (Being [...]

INDIGO MAGIC, SHIBORI MADNESS

Cotton-and-silk voile nursing shawl/summer scarf For more than six months, I’ve been meaning to take some of the shibori skills I learned in a workshop at the Textile Arts Center and experiment with an indigo batch at home. I must have been waiting until the weather warmed a bit…that, and maybe a last burst of energy before Baby [...]

GOING LOCAL WITH THE WESTERN CAROLINA SEWING COMPANY, EPISODE #16 OF THREAD CULT

In the months since I started Thread Cult, I’ve found myself drawn to people and businesses cutting their own path in the world of craft, sewing, and textiles. This week’s episode is no exception. When I was in North Carolina a few weeks back, I had the opportunity to interview Libby O’Bryan, a textile artist [...]

WEAVING SPECIAL! THE ORIOLE MILL, EPISODE #15 OF THREAD CULT

Wide Jacquard loom at The Oriole Mill. Barry, one of the mill’s experts, mans the controls. All photographs by Peak Definition.  For someone who loves textiles, few experiences compare to actually seeing beautiful fibers woven together. I’ve had this feeling watching old ladies hand-weaving rugs in Turkey, and even watching my best friend weave art [...]