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Season 2 Episode 15: Defeat Festival Overwhelm Festivals are starting to be back in person. Whether you go in person or virtually it takes a special kind of self care to avoid getting overwhelmed. Lisa suggests some easy steps to make your next festival more enjoyable. Here’s a link to the printable wish list that will assist you to destress.

Season 2 Special Episode 14: Who are you now? It’s been a while since our world flipped on its head. The world is starting to open up. Lisa reflects on how we are now such different people than February 2020. How have you changed? Are you ready to go out and resume a life?

Season 2 Episode 13: Tips and Tricks for Spinners. Lisa shares 9 tips and tricks to help your spinning from beginning to end. Many of the tips and tricks that Lisa talks about in this podcast are available on the YouTube channel. You can find them here.

Season 2 Episode 12: Beneficial ResourceSs for Handspinners. Lisa talks about some of her favorite resources on her bookshelf. Some of the books include: The Intentional Spinner, Yarnitecture, Intertwined, The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Design, Color in Spinning, A New Look at Color, Spinning and Dyeing Yarn, Start Spinning and The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook with it’s companion, A Field Guide to Fleece. Lisa also recommends some spinning teachers to follow including Jillian Moreno, Judith MacKenzie, Maggie Casey, Esther Rodgers and Alanna Wilcox.

Season 2 Episode 11: Spinning our way through France Lisa explains the Tour de Fleece where spinners from around the world spin each day that the cyclist of the Tour de France are racing. Have you always wanted to join? Find out more about it and find out how to join our team.

Season 2 Episode 10: A Conversation with Dalis of Dancing Leaf Dyeworks. We had a great conversation about life as a solopreneur and artists. I also wanted to know how she stays so balanced in our super crazy, super busy world.

Season 2 Episode 9: Be a Color Explorer Part 4: In this episode Lisa investigates multicolor harmonies starting with complements and ending with tetradic harmonies. You can visit your collections to find out what harmonies are possible by auditioning and “shoppin” in your collection. Rather watch on YouTube? Click here

Season 2 Episode 8: Be A color Explorer Part 3: In this episode, we explore color harmonies. From monochromatic to complementary…  Lisa talks about how you can use these in your textiles and also the pitfalls to avoid.  Build your color confidence!

Season 2 Episode 7: Be a Color Explorer Part 2: In this episode, Lisa talks about how we go from 12 hue families out to the thousands and thousands of available colors. She also talks about how to use tints, tones and shades as well as contrasts to develop interest in your handcrafted item.

Season 2 Episode 6: Taking a Look at Color In this episode we switch gears from curating your collection and start to take a look at color. I teach you about the physics and biology of color as well as the symbolic and cultural meaning of the 12 color or hue families.

Season 2 Episode 5: Let’s have a Swap In this episode, we talk about what to do with that yarn, roving, needles, notions and patterns that you no longer want as part of your collection. Here are some of the printables from that episode:

Season 2 Episode 4: Needles and Notions In this episode, Lisa walks you through your needles, hooks and notions. We’re almost at the end of really having the collection that you love. So join in and address all those needles, stitch markers and gauges. 

Season 2 Episode 3: Put skeins (roving) together by building color confidence In this episode, Lisa talks about becoming more confident putting skeins together for a beautiful garment. Lisa also talks about what you can do right now to build your confidence in combining colors of yarn or roving in your collection.  If you are joining Lisa on this adventure to finding love within your collection, she outlines some specific steps you can take this week to move from stash shame into full and unadulterated love of your collection.

Season 2 Episode 2: Meaningful visits to your collection. It’s time to think about going through your collection. Do a bit of tidying and organizing into projects or yarns that just go together.

Season 2 Episode 1: Curate your Collection

Season 2 is here! Listen to the trailer

Episode 15: Making is What We Need

Red Scarf Project -make a red scarf for children in foster care

Knit Knockers–make a special handmade breast prosthesis

Episode 14: Gifts for Crafty FriendEpisode 13: Planting a Fibershed Garden

A great place for seeds

Episode 12: Fibershed and Color!

Sally Fox’s colored cotton

Flying Goat Farm Natural Colored wool yarn

Flying Goat Farm Natural Colored mohair yarn

Episode 11: Can Slow Fashion Save the Planet?


Wardrobe Project Facebook Group for Flying Goat Farm

Here’s one local company who is selling organic clothing: https://www.lady-farmer.com/store

There are plenty of companies out there. Just google American made organic clothing

Episode 10: Bonus: Pandemic Fatigue and how we can deal with it by Tara Haelle

Article mentioned: Your ‘Surge Capacity’ Is Depleted — It’s Why You Feel Awful

Book mentioned: Making a Life by Melanie Falick

Episode 9: A Conversation with Emily Chamelin-Hickman You can find Emily on Instagram (sheargrazing) or Facebook (gypsyshearer) and her farm page is Aerie farm East on Facebook. Her website is Chamelinshearing.org

Episode 8: Fast Fashion

Episode 7: Picking the right yarn for your next project.

I just wanted to take a minute and tell you what an inspiration you are. I’m be been watching how you are adapting to this upside down world we’re living in since COVID hit. You are super resilient in how you’re adapting and expanding out in the digital world. Bravo! And now the podcast. I love it! Really helping me get through here long weeks when I cannot be with my fiber geek friends, at a show or just spinning at home. They are long days away from my home studio and no more farm to go home to either .😞So thank you for making these days more tolerable.

PS: great radio voice- watch out Terry Gross.

Listener–Kathleen L.

Episode 6: A conversations with Karen of Avalon Springs Farm. We talk about being fiber artists, having goats and making farm yarn.

Episode 5: Making Farm Yarn My Way.

Episode 4: Lisa discusses making farm yarns her way and how to substitute farm yarns into your favorite patterns.

Episode 3: Lisa discusses how to use all kinds of wool fleeces in projects that will make them shine.

  • The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius
  • Wool: Unraveling an American Story of Artisans and Innovation by Peggy Hart
  • American Sheep Industry Association https://sheepusa.org/

Episode 2: Lisa discusses what it takes to make a good farm yarn.

  • Taproot Magazine Issue 36: Wear

Episode 1: Introducing Lisa and how she got to be a fiber farmer