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The Art of Yarn: 3 Episodes Featuring Interviews with Fiber Artists

31 Jul

Bushbuck by Nathan VincentLast week, we talked all about yarncrafting traditions and techniques from around the world. If you loved that episode, join us as we explore yarncrafting in the contemporary world! Check out these three encore episodes about contemporary fiber artists using knitting and crochet in new and exciting ways.

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60 :: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Fiber Artists Ruth Marshall & Nathan Vincent - Liz and Zontee chat with artists Ruth Marshall and Nathan Vincent about their creative processes, what inspires them, and how they make their incredible knit and crocheted pieces.

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118 :: Yarn As Art: 5 Upcoming Fiber Art Exhibits & Interview with Magda Sayeg – Zontee and Michelle explore fiber art installations during the summer of 2012, as well as talking to Magda Sayeg, artist and yarn bomber, about how she started creating yarn bombs and why she loves to work with color.

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110 :: 10 Spring-Friendly Projects, Plus 3 Fiber Artist Interviews – Skip to 15:31 to hear Zontee interview artists Anna Hrachovec (of Mochimochi Land), Suzanne Tidwell, and Ruth Marshall once again. Learn more about their unique creations and perspectives.

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 [Art piece pictured: Bushbuck by Nathan Vincent, displayed at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio]

YarnCraft Episode 129 :: Favorite Cast-Ons, Bind-Offs, Foundations, and Trims

20 Nov

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We’re back! Après le déluge (or the hurricane, as it happens to be), Zontee and Michelle are back with favorite cast-ons, bind-offs, foundations, and more. Find out which cast-ons or starting chain methods are the best for your needs on this episode of YarnCraft.

We explore techniques including Judy’s Magic Cast-On, Magic Ring, Cable Cast-On, Picot Cast-On and Cast-Off, No-Chain Foundations, and more. Patty Lyons, Studio Director of the Lion Brand Yarn Studio and head of the education department, joins us to talk about all these techniques, which she teaches 3 classes about.

For additional resources, be sure to check out YouTube, as well as these two books that have come out in the last year:

For trim patterns, visit the Lion Brand StitchFinder.

Then on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, Lion Brand staff tell us what’s on their holiday yarncrafting wish list. Supplies they’re interested in include LB Collection Cashmere (what else?), LB Collection Baby Alpaca, a ball winder and yarn swift, yarn cutter pendant, and more.

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YarnCraft Episode 118 :: Yarn As Art: 5 Upcoming Fiber Art Exhibits & Interview with Magda Sayeg

5 Jun

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On this episode of YarnCraft, Zontee and Michelle discuss some of the wonderful fiber art installations and exhibits happening all over the world.

Click here to see a BBC video on artist Shauna Richardson‘s crocheted lions for the London Cultural Olympiad.

Learn more about Craft Spoken Here at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; click here for an interview with yarn bomber Jessie Hemmons.

Listener Cami points us to an exhibit at MASS MoCA called “New Work” by Anna Betbeze.

Michelle shares her experiences with a piece at Crystal Bridges Museum.

We also talk about artist–and friend of the show–Amy Caterina’s current piece, Cozy for Constance, as well as her Kickstarter campaign for a new piece, both with the group Stitchocracy.

Then Zontee interviews Magda Sayeg, artist and yarn bomber, about her work, her inspiration, and how she handles color.

On Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, we check in with our 2012 goals. How are you coming along with the goals you set at the beginning of this year for your crafting? Leave a comment and let us know!

We also share advice for those who are looking for new goals, having powered through their first set already, as well as words of encouragement for those who are in need of a little motivation to get moving on their to-do list.

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YarnCraft Episode 110 :: 10 Spring-Friendly Projects, Plus 3 Fiber Artist Interviews

14 Feb

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On today’s episode of YarnCraft, Liz & Zontee start looking ahead to spring with patterns for shawls, shrugs, bags, and more. As the weather gets warmer, we start thinking about making garments and accessories that are bright and airy, as well as useful for layering. Find out why you’ll want to think about small projects and bright colors this season.

Patterns discussed include:

Also discussed are tips for “reversing shaping.” Resources mentioned include:

Next, we share interviews with three fiber artists whose yarn creations are inspiring and varied: Anna Hrachovec of MochiMochi Land, Ruth Marshall, and Suzanne Tidwell. These interviews were recorded at Vogue Knitting Live this past January.

Finally, on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, we check in with our listeners and find out where you are with your goals and resolutions. We also share tips for accomplishing some specific goals mentioned by listeners. Resources mentioned in this segment include the Universal Toe-Up Sock Formula and Melissa Leapman’s new book, Stashbuster Knits.

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YarnCraft Episode 68 :: Summer Fun: Interviews from Maker Faire & Travel Tips for Crafters

8 Jun

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Summer is a time for travel and trips — so join Liz & Zontee as they share their travels and tips for yours! The girls of YarnCraft just got back from their trip to Maker Faire Bay Area, and so they share interviews with crafters, artists, and fiber enthusiasts of all sorts, taking part in this festival for all things DIY.

Get a peak of what the event is like, what Lion Brand taught and exhibited (like the argyle giraffe at the left), and find out when Maker Faire will be coming to YOUR area!

Links discussed on the show include:

Want to see all of Zontee’s photos from Maker Faire? Click here for her Flickr set or click here to read her blog post on the Lion Brand Notebook!

On today’s Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, Liz & Zontee share their souped-up tips for super travels. Find out which extras will serve you well on your summer trips, as well as how to pack fun projects for yourself, as well as the kids in your life.

Click here to see all of the Amigurumi Friends discussed on the segment.

Join us in two weeks for ideas and tips on starting your own yarncrafting group, or just promoting the one you’re already a part of to increase membership. Are you part of a yarncrafting group? What do you enjoy making together? What makes your group special? What’s your favorite part?  Share your thoughts with us! Post a message on the blog or email us at yarncraft [at] lionbrand [dot] com! You can also call in at 774-452-YARN–that’s 774-452-9276. We may include you in the next episode!

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