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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 [...]

BOOST YOUR SEWING MACHINE IQ! EPISODE #14 OF THREAD CULT

When it comes to sewing machine maintenance, I’ll admit I’m a bit clueless. I probably know more about maintaining my Toyota than my Janome. This is why I was excited to catch up with Harvey Federman, owner of Sew Right, a sewing machine and quilting/embroidery shop in Bayside, Queens. For the past 30 years, Harvey [...]

REUSE, RECYCLE, REFASHION! EPISODE #12 OF THREAD CULT

When I think back on my fondest dresses, I’ve usually found my favorites (besides the ones I’ve made) at vintage or second hand shops. I can’t stomach—or afford!—the full prices of things I love in most department stores (if I really love something, I’ll usually just try to figure out how to make it myself). [...]

GOING ORGANIC WITH NEARSEA NATURALS, EPISODE #11 OF THREAD CULT

A couple years ago I was on the hunt for some sustainably produced, possibly organic fabric. When I trolled the garment district here in New York I was surprised to find there weren’t many options. In fact, in most places I visited it was hard to determine exactly where any of the fabric I was [...]

THE ART OF FIT WITH KENNETH D. KING, EPISODE #10 OF THREAD CULT

A few weeks back, when New York was at the blustery beginning of a mid-February snow storm, I made my way down to Kenneth D. King‘s cozy sewing studio near Union Square. Some of you may know Kenneth from his Craftsy Jean-ius! class (as I did), or from his Threads articles, or his many couture sewing [...]

LOTTA JANSDOTTER’S SCANDINAVIAN STYLE, EPISODE #9 OF THREAD CULT

I have a soft spot for Scandinavian textiles, so it’s no surprise that I love the work of the designer Lotta Jansdotter. Since I first spotted one of her screen printed pillows in a San Francisco gift shop in the early aughts, and later her sewing and printing books, I’ve followed her work, sheepishly thinking I [...]

COLOR WIZARDRY WITH AUDREY LOUISE REYNOLDS, EPISODE #8 OF THREAD CULT

I’m a big fan of natural color, and lately I’ve been trying to learn more about using natural dyes and fibers in my sewing. Perhaps it’s because I’ve got a baby on the way, but using less toxic everything has become more and more important to me. It’s not surprising, then, that when I happened [...]

SHE’S CRAFTY! INSIDE THE RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR, EPISODE #7 OF THREAD CULT

One of the fun parts about doing this podcast is that it gives me a license to ask a lot of questions, and to seek out subjects and people I’ve been curious about. This week was no exception, as I chatted with Sarah Spies, director of vendor relations for the Renegade Craft Fair. I happening [...]

SUSAN KHALJE DREAMS OF COUTURE: EPISODE #6 OF THREAD CULT

A couple of weekends ago, I had the pleasure of speaking with Susan Khalje. Some of you may know her from her Craftsy course, or her couture sewing school in Baltimore, or her Threads articles, or her books on sewing bridalwear and linen. Ater taking a class on sewing lace with Susan at Mood, I knew I [...]