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A Special Episode of the Podcast!

In this episode I talk to Amy DuFault. She is the organizer of the Southeastern New England Fibershed as well as the Director of Sustainability for Botanical Colors. We had a fascinating conversation about all kinds of things. It started out as a talk about how to naturally dye while traveling. We also veered into all kinds of other topics. We had a great time. I hope you enjoy it too. You can listen to it wherever you listen to podcasts and even as a video podcast on Spotify. Find it here.

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Lots of New Episodes for the Podcast

The new season of the Flying Goat Podcast is all about Natural Dyeing. Each episode highlights one dye material and one of our great farm yarns. Here’s what you’ve missed so far:

Episode 1: Natural Dyeing 101 Episode 2: Foraging, Cultivating or Free Trade Episode 3: Raw materials, extracts and liquid dyes Episode 4: Kitchen and Food Waste Dyes and Episode 5: Planting a Dye Garden just dropped today.

I’ve taught about Cochineal, Madder, Osage, Black Walnut, and Avocado skins and pits.

We’ve looked at our Livily yarn, Fingal II, Yearling Mohair, Polypay Wild and Livily Bounce

You don’t like to just listen? I get that…. I’m a visual person as well. I lose focus on just recorded podcasts or audiobooks. You can also watch the podcast on our You Tube channel.

I hope you tune in and find out about this low impact way to color our textiles. Colors that are climate beneficial and yarns that have a really low carbon footprint.

Listen to the podcast here or on Spotify, iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts. Or watch here.

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New Season of the Podcast!

This season is all about Natural Dyes. How to grow them, How to forage for them, How to use them and How to take care of your naturally dyed fabrics. Each episode also includes a Dye highlight and a farm yarn highlight. You can subscribe on iTunes or Spotify. And listen on whatever podcast that you enjoy! Three episodes have already dropped. You can find them here!

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Last Podcast of Season 4

In this podcast, Lisa talks about the clothing challenges sponsored around the nation and the world by Fibershed affiliates. There are small challenges that focus on just one type of garment, such as gloves or a pair of socks. There are others that expect a 3 piece outfit made by one person or a team.

Chesapeake Fibershed decided to make their challenge as inclusive as possible. So we broadened the concept to include home textiles such as quilts and rugs and pillows. And you can participate whether you make a huge project, an outfit or even a hat. We also have 3 “streams” of participation depending on what your raw materials are.

You can read about it here. And if you live within 150 miles of the DC-Baltimore Metro area, you can join our challenge by completing the form here.

Would you rather watch the podcast? You can find it here.

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Answers to your Natural Dye Questions

In this episode of the Flying Goat Farm podcast, I talk about the benefits and pitfalls of natural dyes. I also help you with questions about how to use these yarns effectively in a pattern. And once you’ve invested in naturally dyed yarn, fabric or clothing, how should you take care of them so they are part of your wardrobe for the longest time.

You can listen to the episode here. Or you can subscribe on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Prefer to watch? You can tune in here on YouTube.

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A Fibershed Conversation with Marian Bruno

A new episode dropped today. It’s my Fibershed Conversation with Marian Bruno. We talk about our creative journeys and we talk about how to move from fast fashion to slow, local fashion in a mindful way. We talk a lot about some influential books as well. You can find the podcast here. Or subscribe on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Would you rather watch us? You can find that here on YouTube. You can find the book list here.

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A Conversation with Roan Farnum

In my continuing series about Fibershed, I talk with Roan Farnum about their creative journey and how Fibershed plays a role in those creative endeavors. It was fun to talk about how they are taking a raw fleece and developing it into a sweater.

You can listen to it here or subscribe on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts

If you would rather watch, click here to go to the video of our conversation.

to go to the video of our conversation.

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A Conversation with Ellen Hoch

Ellen is a vibrant member of the Chesapeake Fibershed so I thought it would be fun to talk about the Fibershed movement. We also get into the difficulties there are with getting local yarn and fabrics, simply because our infrastructure is gone. There are some new ideas out on the horizon, so there is lots to be hopeful about. We also talk about the status of our local wardrobes and what we are working on right now. You can listen to the podcast here or anywhere you listen to podcasts. If you would prefer to watch, you can find it here on my You Tube.

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Fast Fashion and Climate Change

In the new podcast episode, I teach you about how our clothing choices affect climate change around the world. Each time we purchase textiles that are made by big centralized industries in countries far, far away, that decision adds to the greenhouse gases that are responsible for climate change.

It’s not a coincidence that this month we have seen the hottest temperatures in our country for the longest period of time. We have more flooding and more severe storms. There are wild fires around the world as well.

We can make choices that will make a change for the better. Will it be easy? No! Will it be quick? No! But it will be something.

Listen to the podcast here. OR watch on Vimeo or You Tube

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The Human Cost of Fast Fashion

In this episode, Lisa discusses the human cost of fast fashion. There is a high price to be paid for cheap clothing and other textiles. It is paid by the garment workers who are paid by the piece but never reaching a living wage. It’s paid for by the dyers, farmers, spinners and weavers who don’t have access to health care for occupational injuries and illnesses. What can we do about it?

Listen to this episode here or subscribe on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. OR watch on Vimeo or YouTube. You will find a couple of simple ways to support the supply chain and those who work to make your clothing.