Professional Weaver Podcast

Professional Weaver Podcast

By Professional Weaver Society
Through our interviews and discussions with weavers, manufacturers, show promoters, and patrons of the fiber arts we hope to build depth, transparency, and connection within the weaving community. We will also be taking your weaving questions to ask the experts.
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14 : Community Organizations Part 1 : Hudson Valley Textile Project with Gail Parrinello
This week we are talking with Gail Parrinello owner of the Cornwall Yarn Shop in Cornwall, NY and President of the board for the Hudson Valley Textile Project. Gail started her yarn shop in 2004 with the intention of offering locally produced yarn, but at the time she was disappointed in the offerings that were available. That fueled her passion to create connections in our local supply chain that eventually developed into the Hudson Valley Textile Project. Now her store and many other places proudly carry Hudson Valley yarns on their shelves. Bringing our supply chain closer together and sharing their stories The Hudson Valley Textile Project recognizes, celebrates and supports a sustainable model of regionally sourced, processed, and manufactured fiber products.  While members may work independently, their communal action is in support of a farm to fashion fiber chain that supports local growers, processors, artisans, manufacturers, and consumers. Find Gail online : Cornwall Yarn Shop |Facebook Find HVTP online : Hudson Valley Textile Project | Instagram | Facebook Episode Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Visit the Show Notes to see links to all of things we mentioned : https://proweaverpod.com/episode-14 Submit your Weaving Question : Ask a Weaving Question! Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
1:13:34
August 7, 2020
13 : Working with a Spinning Mill with Mary Jeanne Packer
A little over ten years ago, Mary Jeanne started the Battenkill Fiber Mill, which processes raw wool and spins it into beautiful worsted yarn for both knitters and spinners. This small mill takes the raw fiber from our local fiber shed and takes it through all the stages necessary to make great yarn that is best for the the fiber itself. As part of the services the the mill provides, they have weaver’s on contract to help bring those yarns further to life by having them woven into heritage blankets that will showcase the best qualities and colors of the yarns created at the mill... Find Mary Jeanne Online : Battenkill Fibers Website | Instagram | Facebook | Fingerless Gloves Episode Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Visit the Show Notes to see links to all of things we mentioned : https://proweaverpod.com/episode-13 Submit your Weaving Question : Ask a Weaving Question! Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
1:20:34
July 31, 2020
12 : Don't let Perfection Get in the Way of Progress with Lindsay Wiseman
This week we are talking to Lindsey Wiseman of Central Oregon Textiles from Oregon. Lindsey’s woven work showcases the artistry and bold colors of a designer, and the meticulous balance and symmetry of an engineer, blending her careers together into cloth. She creates accessories for the home and fashion such as towels, scarves, travel bags, eyemasks, and jewelry cases, flexing her skills in both hand weaving and in sewing. I love how she explores colors and textures with different materials in her work, always exploring the options in which handwoven textiles can be applied in a functional way. Find Lindsay : Central Oregon Textiles | Instagram | Facebook | TikTok Episode Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Visit the Show Notes to see links to all of things we mentioned : https://proweaverpod.com/episode-12 Submit your Weaving Question : Ask a Weaving Question! Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
1:35:27
July 24, 2020
11 : Ask the Difficult Questions of Your Work with Kat Howard
This week we talk with Kat Howard from New York. Kat Howard is a fiber artist who blends the literary nuances of poetry into the textural work of weaving. Her MFA background in Book Art and Creative Writing, has given her a clear voice and understanding in her practice as a sculptural tapestry weaver. She uses a variety of materials in order to address how the female body has been viewed over time. Her combination of utilizing visual art and poetry is simple, but fully charged: revealing women’s relationships to their bodies, and the roles that those bodies have played throughout history. Find Kat Howard online : Website | Etsy | Instagram | Facebook Episode Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Visit the Show Notes to see links to all of things we mentioned : https://proweaverpod.com/episode-11 Submit your Weaving Question : Ask a Weaving Question! Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
58:27
July 17, 2020
10 : Working with Fashion Designers with Jamie & The Jones
We are doing a something a little different this week. We are talking to a business that utilizes handwoven fabrics from weavers in their final product. We would like to introduce you to Jamie from Jamie and the Jones from Nashville, Tennessee. Jamie and the Jones specializes in quality craftsmanship from the ground up, focusing on raw silks, hand-worked textiles, and garments grown, handwoven, and sewn in the United States. Jamie’s background in Fashion Design and Merchandising plus her experience in traveling the world researching and learning about handwoven fabrics, the inner workings of factories and the skilled labor involved has influenced her point of view regarding textiles, colors and collaborations. Read full show notes at https://proweaverpod.com/episode-10. Find Jamie & The Jones online : Website | Instagram Episode Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Visit the Show Notes to see links to all of things we mentioned : https://proweaverpod.com/episode-10 Submit your Weaving Question : Ask a Weaving Question! Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
1:21:10
July 10, 2020
9 : Be Patient, Never Give Up with Joseph Young
This week we talk with Joseph Young of Interwoven from California. Joseph is a weaver who specializes in contemporary Zapotec weaving. For a little background, the Zapotec are an indigenous people that have lived in the Valley of Oaxaca for at least 2,500 years. Their one-of-a-kind weaving traditions have carried on to this day, showcasing unique colors and symbolism. Joseph, fell in love with this style of weaving and dove in, learning how to create tapestries in both the traditional and contemporary style. From the start of getting hand selected wool fibers spun for warp and weft, naturally dying the yarn, and executing the designs, he is intimately involved with each step of the weaving process, making these creations an extension of himself. Find Joseph Online : Website | Instagram Episode Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Visit the Show Notes to see links to all of things we mentioned : proweaverpod.com/episode-9 Submit your Weaving Question : Ask a Weaving Question! Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
1:04:18
July 3, 2020
8 : Get A Good Seam Ripper with Denise Kovnat
This week we talk with Denise Kovnat from New York. Denise is a weaver, dyer, and self proclaimed “free-ranged seamstress” who loves painted warps, collapse techniques, and extended parallel threadings- all to make colorful, texture cloth used in garments for teaching, shows and sales. For 20 years, she has been teacher who continues to grow and explore new possibilities to bring back and share with her weaving students. She has taught at the Weaving and Fiber Arts Center in Rochester, NY, weaving conferences and for guilds in Canada and the United States. Her textural and vibrant clothing have also been juried every year into the Handweaver’s Guild of America Convergence Fashion Show since 2008. Find Denise Online : Website | Instagram | Facebook Episode Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Visit the Show Notes to see links to all of things we mentioned : proweaverpod.com/episode-8 Submit your Weaving Question : Ask a Weaving Question! Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
1:08:50
June 26, 2020
7 : Go For It, Whats the Worst That Could Happen with Katie Strano
This week we talk with Katie Strano of Heddle Over Heels from Connecticut. Katie is a production weaver who creates yardage for clothing and her own wearable weaving designs. The desire to make functional beauty is amplified through her playful dyeing and weaving of dimensional and textural fabric. She also offers whimsical wall hangings that resonate joy and flow. Through her making, she continually thinks about how her impact of creation effects the environment on a larger scale. She aims to use natural, sustainable and responsible materials- utilizing vintage, thrifted, or new responsibly grown natural fibers in her work. Every step of her business is consciously feeding in to her desire to create, problem solve, and explore the craft of weaving... Find Katie Online : Heddle Over Heals | Instagram | Pinterest Episode Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Visit the Show Notes to see links to all of things we mentioned : workingweaverpod.com/episode-7 Submit your Weaving Question : Ask a Weaving Question! Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
1:16:18
June 19, 2020
6 : Don’t Apologize for the Price of Your Work with Amanda James
This week we talk to Amanda James of Thief and Moth from Wisconsin. Amanda is a production weaver who creates beautiful, handwoven yardage for wearables and accessories. She uses her AVL looms to create yardage that explores the relationship between textures and colors. When she works with her clients, it is a collaborative effort to create textiles that exude comfort and style while maintaining the small surprises that come up with weaving. Her work reflects the collaborative effort she puts into the marathon of creating cloth. Consciously, the way color and pattern is placed in the textile, allows the design to breathe and appear effortless. Find Amanda Online : Thief & Moth | Instagram | Facebook Visit the Show Notes to see links to all of things we mentioned : proweaverpod.com/episode-6 Submit your Weaving Question : Ask a Weaving Question! Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
1:27:00
June 12, 2020
5 : Just Keep Going with Julia Lines
This Week we talk with Julia Lines of Machine in Hand from Pennsylvania. Julia is a production weaver who creates unique utilitarian and ceremonial textiles. Her company Machine in Hand, radiates how she feels in connection to her work. Julia views weaving as a physical collaboration between herself and the loom, like playing the piano. She focuses her weaving evolution toward depicting and recording time into cloth. As a craftsperson, she questions and shares her views about the supply chain and how it relates to us in terms of value and connectivity. Find Julia Online : Website | Instagram | Twitter Visit the Show Notes to see links to all of things we mentioned : workingweaverpod.com/episode-5 Submit your Weaving Question : Ask a Weaving Question! Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
57:34
June 5, 2020
4 : Be Clear About Your Goals with Lilly Marsh
This week we talk with Lilly Marsh from Queensbury, New York. Lilly is a production weaver whose work is directly connected with her active role in the fiber shed community. She views the weaving and textile world through the lens of her PhD in American Cultural Studies at Purdue University, with a focus on American Craft in the 20th Century. Out of her studios in Queensbury and Glens Falls, New York, she produces fine scarves, shawls, and simple garments, as well as throws and blankets. Her work primarily showcases the beautiful qualities of naturally colored, regionally sourced wool, but she also has used silk, tencel, and cotton in her work. Find Lilly Marsh : Website | Instagram | Facebook Visit the Show Notes to see links to all of the organizations, businesses, software, and weavers we mentioned : workingweaverpod.com/episode-4 Submit your Weaving Question : Ask a Weaving Question! Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
1:17:40
May 29, 2020
3 : Do Not Undervalue Your Work with Sydney Sogol
This week we talk with Sydney Sogol of Syd’s Threads from Durham, North Carolina. With an eye on the environment around her and her hands rhythmically working on AVL looms, Sydney brings to life wearable pieces that celebrate how nature and technology can work together to make art. She hand paints her warps with wide swaths of bold colors, pulling color palettes and ratios from her research of birds and marine wildlife. The complex weave structures she creates make the colors shimmer throughout the cloth. Her computer aided designs also serve to accentuate the qualities of the yarn she uses. These yarns are manufactured in a closed circuit loop, minimizing its environmental impact by reusing all water and using only non-toxic chemicals. See a gallery of her work, links to all of the weavers & tools mentioned, and her pricing worksheet in the full show notes at : https://workingweaversociety.org/podcast/episode-3/ Find Sydney Online : Website | Instagram | Facebook | Working Weaver Society -- This podcast was sponsored by Comfortcloth Weaving LLC : Website | Facebook | Instagram -- Submit your Weaving Question : Ask a Weaving Question! Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
1:31:43
May 22, 2020
2 : Do what you love and dont be afraid with Frittelli & Lockwood
This week, we are super excited to have our guests, Cecelia Frittelli and Richard Lockwood of Frittelli and Lockwood. They have been involved with textiles for decades, and just so happen to be our weaving mentors. They have been producing their line of handwoven wearables from various studios, but most currently out of the Textile Studio in Saratoga Springs, NY. Their clothing for men and women are wonderful pieces that showcase their combined talents of textile design, tailoring, and finishing touches that would make any person look dashing. We hope you enjoy as we catch up with our friends and mentors, Cecelia Frittelli and Richard Lockwood, the weaving dream team. See a gallery of their work, links to all of the weavers & Shows mentioned, and their project worksheet in the full show notes at : https://workingweaversociety.org/podcast/episode-2/ Find Richard & Cecilia online : Textile Studio Website | Instagram | Facebook --  This podcast was sponsored by Comfortcloth Weaving LLC : Website | Facebook | Instagram -- Submit your Weaving Question : Ask a Weaving Question! Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
1:16:40
May 15, 2020
1 : The best solution is often the simplest with Scott Norris
Our first full episode! This week we kick things off talking with Scott Norris of Elam's Widow. Scott is a prolific weaver who lives in Mass. Working out of his converted garage, he creates beautiful heirloom fabrics using hand dyed linen. His pieces have evolved over time to a select palette, precise structures, and a luscious, crisp hand. Prominently in the center of it all you can see his primary loom, a 50 inch, 8 harness Norwood. He has customized it with an auxiliary warp beam, which allows for him to have precise control over his tension (which is especially important while working with linen). Not only is his work amazing, but the way he talks about creating textiles is very thoughtful and has a lot of self awareness about how he views himself with his work. We happened to catch Scott while he is at an interesting stage in his career, a shift in creation. The work that he is passionate about and throwing himself into is much different (though very much right in line) with the work he has created in the past. So, we hope you enjoy our chat that we had with Scott about his philosophy, his inspirations and the beautiful work he creates. Full show notes, including photos of Scotts work : https://bit.ly/wwpod_ep1 Podcast Sponsor : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Scott Noris' Website : Elam's Widow Submit your Weaving Question : Ask a Weaving Question! Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
1:13:34
May 8, 2020
Trailer
Welcome to the Working Weaver Podcast, we are excited to have you. Check out this trailer to find out more. Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
01:10
April 29, 2020