By Christine Cyr Clisset
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Each episode Christine Cyr Clisset, of the sewing blog daughterfish.com, interviews creators and makers in the home sewing, fashion, and textile communities, ranging from independent pattern and textile designers, to couture experts and museum curators.
||Clean#42 Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern, with Wanda M. Corn||A current exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum explores how Georgia O'Keeffe used her wardrobe and photographs taken of her to help craft her public image. Christine talks with guest curator Wanda M. Corn about how she came upon a trove of the artist's...||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#41 Geometric Patterns with Rosie Martin of DIYcouture||Rosie Martin, the force behind DIYcouture, discusses her new book No Patterns Needed, a collection of patternless sewing designs based on squares, circles, and rectangles. Rosie shares how she started designing patternless fashions, her favorite...||8/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#40 3D-Printed Clothing with Nervous System||Jessica Rosenkrantz, co-founder of Nervous System, a generative design studio, discusses her work creating 3D-printed clothing. Nervous System has collaborated with New Balance to make 3D-printed midsoles for sneakers, and they've also designed...||6/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#39 Better Fabrics with Sonja Gingerich||Sewing blogger and upholsterer Sonja Gingerich (of Ginger Makes) recently started an online fabric shop, Hell Gate Fabrics, specializing in fabrics that are healthier for the environment. Christine caught up with Sonja to chat about career transitions..||5/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCraft and Film with Vicki Vasilopoulos||Filmmaker Vicki Vasilopoulos discusses her documentary, Men of the Cloth, which follows three Italian master tailors in the U.S. and Italy. Christine and Vicki also chat about her newest project, The Little Dress: A Journey of Hope, that will...||4/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#37 Fairy Tale Fashion||A current exhibit at the Museum at FIT explores the connection between haute couture and the folk stories of the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and Charles Perrault, among others. Christine and associate curator Colleen Hill chat...||4/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#36 Uncommon Threads, an Interview with Rebecca Ringquist||Artist and teacher Rebecca Ringquist pulls embroidery out of its classic confines, using her needle and floss to tell modern stories in cloth. This episode she and Christine chat about her process, the art of collecting,...||7/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#35 Imprint of a Life, an interview with Jessamyn Hatcher||How do you come to know someone if all you have is the evidence of their clothes? This is the mystery author Jessamyn Hatcher is trying to solve after the discovery of 21 rare couture gowns in a forgotten storeroom of the heiress Hortense Mitchell...||5/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#34 Death Becomes Her||A new exhibit at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art explores how high fashion influenced bereavement rituals during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. In this episode, Jessica Regan, co-curator of the exhibit Death...||11/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#33 The Lost Art of Dress with Linda Przybyszewski||History, home ec, and fashion converge in this episode, an interview with historian Linda Przybyszewski (Professor Pski to her students), author of The Lost Art of Dress. Professor Pski fills us in on the fascinating and...||7/31/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#32 Alabama Chanin! Interview with Natalie Chanin||Sometimes home is the best place for great ideas to thrive. Fifteen years ago, Natalie Chanin discovered just this when she moved her nascent clothing company—Alabama Chanin—from New York to her hometown of Florence, Alabama. Since then,...||6/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA DIY Life with Heather Ross||Textile designer Heather Ross is best known for her whimsical fabric designs and illustrations for children's books, but her art springs from a darker past. This month she publishes a memoir about growing up in a dysfunctional family in rural...||5/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#30 Civil War Quilts||Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, a traveling exhibit, currently at the New York Historical Society, explores how quilts, flags, and other sewn goods communicated the wartime experience. Curators Lynne Bassett and...||4/17/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#29 Claire Shaeffer, Haute Couture Revealed||For someone who sews, the workrooms of haute couture houses are probably just as (if not more!) interesting than what we ultimately see on the runways. Claire Shaeffer has spent her career studying the construction techniques for haute...||3/26/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#28 Historical Costuming with American Duchess's Lauren Stowell||Whether you're a fashion history buff, or just really like to play dress up, the world of historical costuming offers a unique perspective on how people lived and moved in the past. This episode, Christine catches up with Lauren Stowell, creator of...||3/6/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#27 Susan Khalje’s Cocktail Party||Need advice on sewing for special occasions? Susan Khalje, the renowned couture sewing teacher (and Thread Cult’s first repeat guest!), has you covered. This episode, she and Christine discuss her soon-to-be released online cocktail...||2/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#26 Kollabora! An Interview with Nora Abousteit||Nora Abousteit helped found BurdaStyle.com and then founded Kollabora.com, a beautiful and fashion-forward site that lets sewers, knitters, and other makers share their work and sell their patterns. This episode, Christine and Nora discuss building an..||2/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#25 Sewing for Kids (and Yourself!) with Liesl Gibson of Oliver + S||Liesl Gibson creates super chic, modern sewing patterns for both kids and women. This episode Liesl and Christine talk about her design process, the resurgence of sewing as craft, and the delicate dance of balancing motherhood with a successful...||1/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#24 Stories in Cloth with Quilter Maura Grace Ambrose||Maura Grace Ambrose, Austin-based artist and founder of Folk Fibers, makes beautiful, timeless hand-dyed and hand-stitched quilts. In this episode, Maura and Christine discuss the art of natural dyeing and hand quilting, foraging for dyestuffs, and...||1/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#23 Modern Patchwork with Denyse Schmidt||Often called the mother of modern quilting, Denyse Schmidt marries the best of the handmade and modern design. This episode, Christine chats with Denyse about what goes into making her quilts, the history of patchwork, the creative process, and...||9/26/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#22: Woven Shibori||Folk art and fine art meet this week in a facinating interview with weaver and textile designer Catharine Ellis, creator of the woven shibori technique. If you love beautiful fabrics, natural dyes, or just like learning about something new, don't miss..||8/15/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#21: Silk! Sewing Tips from Katrina Walker||There's no fabric more luxurious to wear, or tricky to sew, than silk. This episode, Christine gets the scoop on working with this delicate fabric from silk expert and Threads magazine contributor Katrina Walker.||7/25/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#20: Sewing with Linen! Tips from Linda Lee||Summer has officially arrived! When it heats up, few fabrics are more refreshing to wear than linen. This episode, Christine and Linda Lee, of The Sewing Workshop, discuss sewing with this natural fabric—from buying the right kind to cutting,...||6/27/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#19: On the Bias!||From the timeless silhouettes created by Madeleine Vionnet and Madame Grès to the futuristic designs of Issey Miyake, there's nothing quite like bias-cut clothing. This episode, Christine chats with Julianne Bramson and Susan Lenahan,...||5/30/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanColette Patterns! Interview with Sarai Mitnick||The sewing industry has seen a boom in independent pattern companies over the past few years, and Colette Patterns has been at the forefront of this indie movement. This episode, Christine chats with Sarai Mitnick, founder and designer of Colette...||5/17/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#17: Jeans! Couture Advice from Angela Wolf||Jeans are probably one of the toughest garments to sew and get right (you know, so they don't look homemade). This episode, Christine catches up with Angela Wolf, contributor to Threads and Sew Stylish magazines, founder...||5/2/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#16: Going Local with the Western Carolina Sewing Company||Producing clothing and other sewn goods locally and sustainaly is no easy task, particularly in our global age. Yet there are still dreamers and doers out there actually making things on their own turf—and their own terms. This episode,...||4/18/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#15: Weaving Special! The Oriole Mill||If you love beautiful fabrics, don't miss this episode! Christine takes Thread Cult on the road to interview Bethanne Knudson, co-founder of The Oriole Mill in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The mill specializes in Jacquard woven textiles made...||4/4/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#14: Boost Your Sewing Machine IQ!||If you sew, or aspire to sew, you surely have questions about that most important piece of hardware—the sewing machine. Perhaps you're in the market for a new one, want to maintain your current one, or wonder whether it's worth fixing Grandma's...||3/22/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#13: Fashioning a Sewing Career with The Williamsburg Seamster||Have you ever daydreamed of ditching your 9 to 5, stretching your creative muscles, and sewing fulltime? Nayantara Banerjee—a.k.a. The Williamsburg Seamster—did just that six years ago when she started her own concierge tailoring service...||3/14/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#12: Reuse, Recycle, Refashion!||This episode, Christine catches up with Kate Sekules, founder of Refashioner, a new website that acts as a curated consignment shop for pre-loved couture and designer fashions. The women chat about what it means to invest in a beautiful wardrobe,...||3/7/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#11: Going Organic with NearSea Naturals||By now, most people recognize the environmental and health benefits of eating natural, organic, and sustainably-raised food. But what about the fabrics we sew with and wear? Should we hold them to the same standard? In this episode, Christine chats...||3/1/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10: The Art of Fit with Kenneth D. King||Making perfect-fitting clothes is one of the toughest sewing skills to master. In this episode, couture designer and sewing expert Kenneth D. King gives his tips on achieving perfect fit, as well as details on his new Threads DVD...||2/21/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#9 Lotta Jansdotter's Scandinavian Style||Textile designer Lotta Jansdotter is the epitome of Scandinavian cool, even when she's designing in her Brooklyn studio. Christine catches up with Lotta on what's inspiring her now and her newest projects, including lines of fabric, rugs, and melamine..||2/14/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8: Color Wizardry with Audrey Louise Reynolds||The New York Times has called her the artisanal dyer of the fashion world, but Audrey Louise Reynolds, a Brooklyn-based natural dye and color expert, could also be considered an alchemist, as she turns fabric and natural plant dyes into high...||2/7/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#7: She's Crafty! Inside the Renegade Craft Fair||Small crafts have become big business, with the likes of West Elm and Anthropologie trolling booths at the Renegade Craft Fair for the next big thing. This episode, Christine speaks with Sarah Spies, director of vendor relations for Renegade, about...||1/31/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThread Cult, Episode #6: Susan Khalje Dreams of Couture||Christine chats with renowned couture sewing expert Susan Khalje about sewing women’s dreams (wedding dresses!), fabric shopping in Paris, and a new series of online couture classes she’ll soon launch.||1/26/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThread Cult, Episode #5: Fashion and Technology||Since the industrial revolution, fashion has been inextricably linked with technology. From the invention of the sewing machine to the zipper to high-performance fabrics, technology has continually changed the way we make and wear clothing. This...||1/17/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThread Cult, Episode #4: The Story Behind Spoonflower||This episode, Christine chats with Stephen Fraser, co-founder of the digital fabric printing company Spoonflower, which has allowed crafters and small businesses to order custom-designed fabrics at affordable prices. Along with the company's origins,...||1/13/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThread Cult Episode #3: Sewing for Your Sweetie||In this season of gift giving, Christine teams up with Oona, of Oonaballoona.com, to try and answer an elusive question: Why is it so hard to sew for your significant other? They tour Mood Fabrics in Midtown for a lesson in mens'...||12/28/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThread Cult: Episode #2 Grow Your Own Natural Dyes||We all want to grow our own these days. Christine, of daughterfish.com, chats with Isa Rodrigues, from the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, about growing your own natural dye garden.||12/16/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThread Cult: Episode 1, Sewing Vintage Modern||Christine of daughterfish.com chats with Jamie Lau, of BurdaStyle.com, about the new book Sewing Vintage Modern, updating vintage looks, and starting a small fashion label.||12/5/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
Bring It Back!
I’m a podcast junkie and have been trying to learn more about sewing and textiles. Even though there aren’t many episodes, there was information I learned that I never knew I needed to know! There are fantastic references throughout to many more great resources. I wish there were more episodes, especially about responsible textile sourcing and outdoor opportunities. Still worth the listen!
I only wish there were more!
Will this podcast ever return?
Thread Cult review
So glad to have found this! Interviews are smart and wide-ranging, providing expert craft tips and thoughtful discussions that feed my head during the quiet sewing hours. Wish there were more!