Fiber Talk

By Gary L. Parr

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A twice-weekly podcast for Fiber Art hobbyists.

Episode Date
Fiber Talk Friday Night Live, 6-5-20
Gather your stitching, favorite beverage, and questions and enjoy another edition of Fiber Talk Friday Night Live. The show is sponsored by Stitchy Box and our guests are Natalie Dupuis and Annette Wright. There are lots of impressive needlework on display. Bring pen and paper so you can note projects that tempt you. To contribute […]
Jun 06, 2020
Fiber Talk Quarantine Stitch Hour, 6-3-20
Our new Quarantine Stitch Hour schedule started tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. We appreciate the continued support of Fire Poppies and Shepherd’s Needle. If you missed the live show, we hope you enjoy the recording.–Gary and Vonna
Jun 04, 2020
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 6-3-20
Wednesday has arrived so Debbie and Gary decided to talk about needlework. The show is sponsored by Fire Poppies, an excellent source for all things needlework, included counted-canvas charts and supplies. Topics this week include calculating the length of thread needed for large stitches, pin stitches, goldwork, the plus side of the ANG Seminar cancellation, Royal […]
Jun 03, 2020
Fiber Talk with Angel Guillory
Fire Poppies is sponsoring this week’s show with Angel Guillory, owner of The Elegant Thread. Angel has an interesting business model that includes reproduction samplers, original samplers, cross-stitch designs, project bags, heirloom notions, and needleminders. It’s a terrific conversation with an interesting, multi-faceted, and talented artist. Enjoy the show and be sure to explore the […]
May 31, 2020
Fiber Talk Friday Night Live, 5-29-20
Friday arrived and we got together for another Friday Night Live show. Our guest this week is Torey Palmer and our sponsor is Stitchy Box. Bring your stitching, favorite beverage, and pen and paper. We’ll have fun talking about needlework and other things. There’s also potential we could all learn something. It’s been known to […]
May 30, 2020
Fiber Talk Quarantine Stitch Hour, 5-28-20
We gathered tonight once again for an hour of escape from the quarantined world. The show is sponsored by Fire Poppies and Shepherd’s Needle. If you missed it, we hope you’ll enjoy the recording. Please share with your friends and support our sponsors.–Gary and Vonna
May 29, 2020
Natalie Dupuis Goldwork Demonstration
The Natalie Dupuis Goldwork live demonstration will be Sunday, June 7 and 2:00 p.m. Eastern on the Fiber Talk YouTube channel. Download the list of materials Gary will be using at the link below. Included in the list are some sources. Note that it is a live show and we’re doing doodle-cloth work, i.e., there […]
May 28, 2020
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 5-27-20
It’s late in the day and the recording is very fresh, but it’s still Wednesday so, technically, we’re on schedule. Sassy Jacks is sponsoring while Gary and Vonna talk about how the Covid virus and quarantining are changing needlework, most likely, for the better; the many ways needleworkers have of performing the same tasks and […]
May 28, 2020
Fiber Talk with Susan Kay-Williams and Kelley Aldridge
This week’s guests are Susan Kay-Williams, Chief Executive (l), and Kelley Aldridge (r), Future Tutors Course Leader at the Royal School of Needlework. We appreciate Sassy Jacks Stitchery for sponsoring the show. Our discussion focuses on the experiences the RSN has had adapting to pandemic restrictions, particularly how they have affected face-to-face instruction. While that’s […]
May 24, 2020
Fiber Talk Friday Night Live, 5-22-20
It’s Friday and we gathered with our sponsor, Stitchy Box, for another evening of needlework chat. Our was Cindy Baldwin and we got to see several of her beautiful projects. If you missed us live, we hope you enjoy the recording.–Vonna and Gary #fibertalkmademebuyit  
May 23, 2020
Fiber Talk Quarantine Stitch Hour, 5-21-20
It’s Thursday night and we did another Quarantine Stitch hour, sponsored by Fire Poppies and Shepherd’s Needle. If you missed the live show, we hope you enjoy the recording. Skeins of “black label” DMC in the Sale section of Fire Poppies for 35 cents. Bring your stitching, questions, and favorite beverage.–Gary and Vonna Subscribe to […]
May 22, 2020
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 5-20-20
It’s chatting day with Gary and Arlene. We’re sponsored by Fire Poppies and talking about stitchers helping the Navajo Nation, the third anniversary of Works by ABC, making designs stitchable, and positive pandemic outcomes for needleworkers. To participate in #craftersfeedtheworld and contribute to World Central Kitchen (wck.org), follow Cassandra Martinez (cnmartinez04) on Instagram. To enter […]
May 20, 2020
Fiber Talk with Brett Schulle
Our guest this week is Brett Schulle of K’s Creations, manufacturers of a wide range of highly respected floor stands, lap stands, and accessories. The show is sponsored by Shepherd’s Needle at shepherdsneedle.com. In our discussion we learn how the company got started, how it has grown and developed, and what goes into manufacturing the […]
May 17, 2020
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 5-13-20
Wednesday has a habit of showing up this time of the week and that means it’s Midweek Chat time. Sassy Jacks Stitchery is sponsoring the show and Gary and Vonna are talking about upcoming events and stitching techniques. We explore aspects of needlework that may or may not make you faster and more efficient. We […]
May 13, 2020
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 5-6-20
We’re in the middle of the week once again and Gary and Vonna have gathered to have a conversation about needlework. The show is sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery. Our topics this week are the Hannah Longstreth SAL, our Mother’s Day Quarantine Quarters event, counted-canvas needlepoint, EGA, stump work, Gay Ann Rogers designs, stitching Jean […]
May 06, 2020
Fiber Talk with Jessica Grimm III
Jessica Grimm returns this week for a fascinating conversation about her travels and medieval embroidery research at various museums. The show is sponsored by Shepherd’s Needle. In the conversation we learn about the various types of embroidery; the techniques, tools, and materials that were used; and what it’s like to replicate these art pieces. Jessica […]
May 03, 2020
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 4-29-20
It’s chatting day with Gary and Arlene. We’re sponsored by Fire Poppies and talking about quarter stitches, three-quarter stitches, back stitching, fighting with floche, bobbins or skeins, and upcoming events. Enjoy the show and join us for our live shows tonight and Friday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. Also put our special live show with […]
Apr 29, 2020
Fiber Talk: Couching Techniques with Natalie Dupuis
Natalie Dupuis returns to talk about her new research paper “The Humble Couching Stitch,” which takes a look at a variety of couching techniques, their implementation, and couching history. The show is sponsored by Fire Poppies.  In addition to this special video presentation, we will be doing a live show on the Fiber Talk YouTube […]
Apr 26, 2020
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 4-22-20
It’s Wednesday, Vonna and Gary are chatting, and Sassy Jacks is sponsoring the show. We talk about upcoming events, floor and lap stands, gold work, and what determines whether a project is for beginners or advanced stitchers and whether it matters. Enjoy the show.–Gary and Vonna Listen to the podcast: The show is also available […]
Apr 22, 2020
Fiber Talk with Liz Mathews
Liz Mathews of Hello From Liz Mathews, returned to the cross-stitch design world in a big way at the 2020 Nashville Market. Liz is our guest this week in a show that is sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery. Liz’s designs are fresh, unique, and exciting and it was a treat to be able to hear […]
Apr 19, 2020
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 4-15-20
It’s Midweek Chat time, Fire Poppies is sponsoring, and Debbie and Gary are doing the chatting. Topics include upcoming events, a free SAL Debbie is starting April 16 on her blog at debbeesdesigns.com, supporting the Royal School of Needlework, the RSN Postcards from Home challenge, making the most of pin stitches, keeping perle cotton from […]
Apr 15, 2020
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 4-8-20
We made it to the middle of the week and decided to get together for another chat. As always, this Wednesday gathering is sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery. We talk about our Easter Stitchathon, upcoming SALs, and continue our discussion about needlework things we haven’t done but want to do. We were only able to […]
Apr 09, 2020
Fiber Talk with Misty Pursel
Misty Pursel, designer and owner of Luminous Fiber Arts, is our guest this week. The show is sponsored by Fire Poppies. Misty describes her work as cute and whimsical cross-stitch designs. What she doesn’t say is the she has a unique talent for inserting some sophistication into her “cute” designs and a tremendous ability to […]
Apr 05, 2020
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 4-1-20
It’s Wednesday, we don’t have any jokes, but we do have Fire Poppies as a sponsor and a discussion about quarantine stitching time, making projects your own, and building stash. We hope you enjoy the show. Join us tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on our YouTube channel for our Quarantine Stitch hour and put Easter […]
Apr 01, 2020
Fiber Talk with Gay Ann Rogers IV
Gay Ann Rogers returns for the fourth time for a show sponsored by Needle In A Haystack. Our goal with this show is to help all of us, who are quarantined in a stressful world, use our needlework as a coping/stress-relief activity and a diversion from the world around us. We also provide ample permission […]
Mar 29, 2020
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 3-25-20
We have arrived, once again, at the middle of the week and Gary and Vonna have things to talk about. The show is sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery and our topics include the Hannah Longstreth 1805 and Royal Garden SALs, the Fiber Talk Quarantine Stitching Hour shows, Fiber Talk Friday Night Live, and our announcement […]
Mar 25, 2020
Fiber Talk with Michelle Garrette
Michelle Garrette is our guest this week and the show is sponsored by Fire Poppies Needlework Boutique. Michelle is an active needleworker, FlossTube and Instagram influencer and, recently, a cross stitch designer, who just finished her first Nashville Market. We have a terrific conversation about how her needlework career has started, her approach to designing, […]
Mar 22, 2020
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 3-18-20
It’s Wednesday in a quarantined world, but that’s not stopping Arlene and Gary from talking about needlework. This week’s show is sponsored by Fire Poppies (firepoppies.com). Topics include the Woodlawn Virtual exhibit (https://www.facebook.com/woodlawnandpopeleigheyhouse/), making designs your own, Arlene’s Nashville Market experiences, the Quarantine Stitch Hour live shows, Friday Night Live, Hannah Longstreth 1805 May 1 […]
Mar 18, 2020
Fiber Talk with Amanda Cobbett
Joining us this week is Amanda Cobbett of Embroidered Nature. The show is sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery. Amanda Cobbett is a needlework artist who creates realistic looking mushrooms and other fungi out of thread and paper mâché. The realistic art she creates is absolutely stunning and unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Join us to […]
Mar 15, 2020
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 3-11-20
Gary and Vonna gather and Sassy Jacks sponsors the show as we recap a terrific weekend covering the 2020 Nashville Market. If you weren’t able to follow us, be sure to watch the 30+ videos we produced during the Nashville Market weekend. Sunday’s guest is Amanda Cobbett of Embroidered Nature.–Vonna and Gary Listen to the […]
Mar 11, 2020
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 3-4-20
Arlene, Vonna, and Gary gather this week to talk about the upcoming Nashville Market, our plans for sharing the show with our listeners, and what each of us hopes to enjoy and get out of the event. Be sure to follow Fiber Talk all weekend for our coverage, including our live shows on our YouTube […]
Mar 05, 2020
Fiber Talk with Megan Chriswisser II
This week’s guest is Megan Chriswisser, editor of Needlework Retailer magazine, owned by YarnTree, producers of the Nashville Market event. We talk with Megan about the show, how it’s grown, and the needlework hobby as a whole. Be sure to join us for several shows during the Nashville Market, March 6 to 8.–Gary and Vonna […]
Mar 01, 2020
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 2-26-20
Vonna and Gary are doing the chatting this week and Sassy Jacks is sponsoring the show. Topics include all of our upcoming events/SALs, breaking down the Agnus Dei chart so it will be finished by Easter, bike riding, charted-canvas needlepoint, linen preparation, rotary cutters, and whatever else fell out of our heads. Join us Saturday […]
Feb 27, 2020
Fiber Talk with Candice Williams
Candice Williams is our guest this week and the show is sponsored by Fire Poppies Needlework Boutique. Candice is the sister of Kimberly Ann Carter and new owner of Kimberly Ann Needlepoint. Kimberly passed away this past November, leaving behind a family and a growing painted-canvas needlepoint business. Candice didn’t want that business to go […]
Feb 23, 2020
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 2-19-20
Fire Poppies is sponsoring this week’s chat between Arlene and Gary. Topics include upcoming Fiber Talk activities, Arlene’s Kurdy Biggs interpretation, keeping threads and needlework clean, old-thread integrity, when stitching becomes a chore, and Arlene’s Nashville 2020 introductions. This podcast is accompanied by a special video we made in which we talk in-depth about Arlene’s […]
Feb 19, 2020
Fiber Talk with Susan Winter
  One of the best things in this needle arts world is celebrating a new shop and learning the story behind it. This week that shop is the Fire Poppies Needlework Boutique and the owner, and our guest, is Susan Winter. In our conversation, we’ll answer your first question: Where did the Fire Poppies name […]
Feb 16, 2020
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 2-12-20
We are half way between Sundays and Gary and Vonna have gathered once again to talk about our favorite hobby. The show is sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery and we’re talking about cloche, helping Barbara Huston raise funds for the Mary Orr 1831 sampler (information below), laying tools, charted-canvas needlepoint, keeping thread and projects clean, […]
Feb 12, 2020
Fiber Talk with Krista Gramer II
Krista Gramer of Just Stitching Along joins us this week for a show sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery. It’s been two years since we talked with Krista and, at the time, she had just introduced Lucy Calcutt 1825, her first reproduction. Since then she has introduced Lucy Calcutt 1826, begun her own collection of original […]
Feb 09, 2020
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 2-5-20
It’s the middle of the week and Debbie Rowley and Gary have gathered for another chat. Topics this week include the upcoming Royal Garden project, the Fiber Talk Starters series, the process of putting together designs/proposals for national events, and Jean Hilton and her impact on needlepoint in general and charted-canvas designs in particular. Sunday’s […]
Feb 05, 2020
Fiber Talk with Rebecca Dallimore
Rebecca Dallimore joins us this week for a special show about how needle and thread are making a true economic and social difference for the people of Sainte Luce, Madagascar. The show is sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery. Rebecca is the Corporate Liaison Officer for SEED Madagascar and Marketing & Sales Coordinator for Stitch Sainte […]
Feb 02, 2020
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 1-29-20
Vonna and Gary are back for another Wednesday chat and we’re sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery. Our subjects this week include our overwhelming number of unfinished projects, SALs, Nashville Market, Angel’s motif books, Friday Night Live shows, and other random topics. Sunday’s guest is Rebecca Dallimore of SEED Madagascar–Vonna and Gary Listen to the podcast: […]
Jan 30, 2020
Fiber Talk with Lizzy Pye
Lizzy Pye of Laurelin Embroidery and Needlework joins us this week to talk about her years of study and teaching at the Royal School of Needlework, how she developed her design and education business, the many techniques she offers, working on Kate Middleton’s wedding gown, and her new book “Goldwork Embroidery.” We’re confident you’ll enjoy […]
Jan 26, 2020
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 1-22-20
It’s chatting day and Arlene and Gary have things to talk about. Our subjects include Australian fund-raising efforts, stitching on high-thread-count linen, Nashville designs, and modifying a project so it reflects your vision. Join Vonna and Gary this Friday for Friday Night Live and don’t miss Sunday’s guest, Lizzy Pye of Laurelin Embroidery.–Arlene and Gary […]
Jan 23, 2020
Fiber Talk with Allie Dudley
Allie Dudley is our guest this week and the show is sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery. Allie is a multifaceted textile artist and a weaver at heart. She practices several needlework techniques, designs needlework, and reproduces antique samplers for the Sassafras Samplers brand, owned by Sassy Jacks Stitchery. Allie is also venturing into a new […]
Jan 19, 2020
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 1-15-20
It’s Wednesday, Sassy Jacks is the sponsor, and Gary and Vonna are the chatters. Topics include Australian Fire fund-raising charts, a new live show on Saturday, Men’s Night at the Attic, beer, our many current projects and a lame plan to finish them, and several other things that fell out of our heads. Sunday’s guest […]
Jan 15, 2020
Fiber Talk with Lianne van Leyen
Our guest this week is Lianne van Leyen of 1897 Schoolhouse Samplers and our show is sponsored by The Attic Needlework shop, where samplers rule. Be sure to check out the January Sampler of the Month (not the December Sampler as Gary said), Pour Ta Fete from Lindsay Lane Designs. Lianne van Leyen has a […]
Jan 13, 2020
Fiber Talk Friday Night Live, 1-10-20
We’re back for another Friday Night Live. To order any of the charts we talked about from the Attic, send email to atticneedlework@gmail.com or call 480-898-1838. Download the Sassy Jacks Aussie Friends chart at: https://www.wetalkfiber.com/downloads/aussiefriends.pdf. Order the HATS Australia chart at: https://hands-across-the-sea-samplers.com/product/jane-marshall-1857-a-fund-raiser-for-two-brigades-of-the-nsw-rural-fire-service/ Order the Ray of Hope chart from Blackberry Rabbit at: https://linenandthreads.com/the-blackberry-rabbit-a-ray-of-hope-australian-bushfire-appeal-for-the-port-macquarie-koala-hospital Order the […]
Jan 11, 2020
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 1-8-20
We’ve reached the middle of the week once again. This time the conversation is with Debbie Rowley and the topics include the Sassy Jacks Australian benefit chart, a limited-edition design from Glendon Place (order before 1-14-20), ground-cloth storage containers, this week’s Friday Night Live show, Men’s Night at the Attic, stitching Debbie’s Royal Garden design […]
Jan 08, 2020
Fiber Talk with Kate Tume
Kate Tume, of Mother Eagle Embroidery, is our guest this week. Kate is a a true needlework artist in that she uses whatever technique, thread, or embellishment delivers the look/texture/design she needs to express her vision. Her work these days is focused on our endangered and vanished wildlife as her way of calling attention to […]
Jan 05, 2020
Fiber Talk with Clare Hunter II, Encore
During our holiday break, we offer an encore of the second show we did with Clare Hunter, author of “Threads of Life.” In this show, sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery, we talk with Clare about the inspiration behind her book, the work that went into assembling all of the historical information, writing a history book […]
Dec 30, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 12-24-19
Yes, it’s a new Midweek Chat. Cathe Ray of Needle in a Haystack generously offered a terrific package of needlework goodies to give to our listeners and we said Thank You! Instructions for how you can be included in the drawing are in the podcast (submissions go to vonna@wetalkfiber.com), along with a discussion about the […]
Dec 24, 2019
Fiber Talk with Ilke Cochrane III
Ilke Cochrane returns for a third visit this week. We learn more about her RSN activities, her upcoming embroidery SAL, slate and scroll frames, and a variety of other topics. We also establish proper terminology for how you position your seat/fanny frames and learn about another seat-frame option. It’s an informative and fun-filled conversation with […]
Dec 22, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 12-18-19
It’s the third day after Sunday, Sassy Jacks is the sponsor, and Gary and Vonna are the chatters. The subjects include our Friday Night Live shows; recent videos; favorite podcasts; a book suggestion from Gary; Vonna’s dreams; Vonna’s Big Foot obsession and a visit from the elusive one, captured by Doug, the Floss Jedi, and […]
Dec 18, 2019
Fiber Talk with Krista West
Our guest for this week’s show, which is sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery, is Krista West of Avlea and Krista West Vestments. Krista is a multi-faceted, multi-talented needle artist who specializes in Greek Orthodox vestments and altar adornments. She has created custom work for clergy and churches all over the world and makes annual trips […]
Dec 15, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 12-4-19
We have once again made our way to Wednesday and Sassy Jacks is sponsoring another of those Gary and Vonna chats. Topics include Vonna’s 25 Days of Christmas stitching of Jane Stanwix 1843 from Samplers Revisited (she has no willpower), Mary Ann Frame 1796 from Sassafras Samplers, the Modern Folk Embroidery Bristol Monkey Sampler, Floche […]
Dec 05, 2019
Fiber Talk with Carol Storie
Carol Storie, designer and owner of Heartfelt Designs, joins us this week to talk about her needlework career, design approach, and the Canadian needlework community. It’s an enjoyable conversation with a very talented designer. Be sure to visit Carol’s website and Etsy store to enjoy her varied and creative designs.–Gary and Vonna Listen to the […]
Dec 01, 2019
Fiber Talk Remembers Kimberly Ann Carter
Kimberly Ann Carter passed away a little more than a week ago at the age of 36, leaving behind her husband and two young children. In addition to keeping Kimberly’s family in our prayers, we remember her by sharing a show we did with her in September 2018. If you would like to help her […]
Nov 24, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 11-20-19
It’s Wednesday, Sassy Jacks is the sponsor, and Gary and Vonna are the chatters. The subjects are the Sassy Jacks Agnus Dei kit, Gary’s butt stand setup, the Queen’s Sampler and various things we’ve learned, making a quilter’s knot, Friday Night Live shows, and our upcoming Sampler Sunday. Sunday we remember Kimberly Ann Carter of […]
Nov 20, 2019
Fiber Talk with Clare Hunter II
Clare Hunter, author of “Threads of Life,” returns for a second show, this time sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery. This week we talk with Clare about the inspiration behind her book, the work that went into assembling all of the historical information, writing a history book and making it easy to read, and some of […]
Nov 17, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 11-13-19
It’s Wednesday once again and Arlene and Gary are chatting. This week Arlene patiently answers Gary’s dumb-guy questions about designing. We also discuss making changes from original designs, HAED stitching, and the question that has haunted stitchers for decades: Is there a difference between DMC and Anchor black threads? Sunday’s guest: Clare Hunter and her […]
Nov 13, 2019
Fiber Talk with Clare Hunter I
Clare Hunter of Sewing Matters is our guest this week and our sponsor is The Attic Needlework shop. Clare has been an active participant and difference-maker in the greater needlework community for almost all of her life. She has contributed as a community artist on more than one occasion, an exhibition curator, banner maker, teacher, […]
Nov 10, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 11-6-19
We have climbed the hill toward the weekend, Sassy Jacks is sponsoring, and Vonna and Gary are chatting. This week we talk about our Instagram Live plans; an excellent charity auction; Gary’s fanny stand; Vonna’s retreat weekend (watch the Instagram Live video below), sponsored by Cross My Heart LTD; stitching SaraB, the Queen’s Sampler, and […]
Nov 07, 2019
Fiber Talk with Claudia Dutcher Kistler
Claudia Dutcher Kistler, of Dutch Treat Designs, joins us this week for a show that is sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery. Claudia, best known these days for her extensive knowledge and experience with Bristol Orphanage samplers, shares with us the other aspects of a significant and successful needlework career. We talk about stitching models for […]
Nov 03, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 10-30-19
Wednesday has arrived like clockwork and, along with it, Debbie Rowley after a long, unplanned hiatus. Topics include a couple of tips on organizing stash, insights into the factors that went into the various design series Debbie has created, and a discussion about Treenway silks and EdMar threads. Sunday’s guest is Claudia Dutcher Kistler.–Debbie and […]
Oct 30, 2019
Fiber Talk with Mike Parr
This week we are fortunate to be joined by embroidery artist Mike Parr. Mike shares with us some history of the Parr lineage, background about the Broderers Guild, his experience replicating one of the Broderers crowns, and his career as an needle-arts designer and teacher. It was a real treat to talk with the multi-talented […]
Oct 27, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 10-23-19
It’s Wednesday, that day that causes us to calculate how much weekend stitching time lies ahead. Vonna and Gary gather for another chat and Sassy Jacks Stitchery provides the all-important sponsorship. This week’s topics include our sampler projects on banding, Janice Green’s band samplers (see sideshow below), Gary’s inability to remember fundamentals, Peacemaker needles, NPI […]
Oct 23, 2019
Fiber Talk with Rachel Winters
Joining us this week is Rachel Winters of Flora Embroidery GA. Rachel is one of those rare people who creates embroidery designs, stitches them, and then sells the finished product. As you can tell from her company name, she focuses on flora and fauna and, as you can see from her work, has a real […]
Oct 20, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 10-16-19
It’s been a full month since Arlene and Gary gathered for a Wednesday chat. It was good to catch up and to talk about teaching needlework to young children, the Halo Bolt backup battery, Jessica Grimm and the Modern Folk Embroidery Agnes Dei Lenten SAL, band samplers, and new HATS introductions. Sunday’s guest: Rachel Winters–Arlene […]
Oct 16, 2019
Fiber Talk with Ann Strite-Kurz
This week’s guest is designer, teacher, and author, Ann Strite-Kurz. Ann is certified in canvas embroidery by the National Academy of Needlearts (NAN) and teaches regularly at seminars sponsored by the Embroiderers’ Guild of America and the American Needlepoint Guild. She also holds a Master Craftsman certificate in canvas from EGA. She has authored ten […]
Oct 13, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 10-9-19
We’re equidistant between weekends and have gathered, under the sponsorship of Sassy Jacks Stitchery, to do some more chatting. No surprise that we recap our experiences at the Bristol Sampler weekend with Claudia Dutcher Kistler, items we bought, and new stitching plans. Don’t miss the nine videos we produced during our weekend. You can see […]
Oct 09, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 10-2-19
Another week has flown by and we’re back to chat again. This show is sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery, which is our weekend destination. We’ll be attending the Claudia Dutcher Bristol Orphanage Samplers lecture series and workshops and doing some broadcasting along the way. This week we talk about our plans, along with more on […]
Oct 02, 2019
Fiber Talk with Natalie Dupuis
Natalie Dupuis joins us this week to talk about goldwork, Or Nue, Italian shading, and other things related to metallic needlework. Natalie is a self-taught needleworker, designer, and teacher who has made great strides in a relatively short time and has developed an influential presence in today’s goldwork world. She regularly studies at the Royal […]
Sep 29, 2019
Fiber Talk with Kelly Fletcher
Kelly Fletcher is our guest this week. She is a talented embroidery designer and author located in Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition to an extensive library of designs, Kelly has authored three books and contributed to “Inspirations” magazine, among others. Her project book, “Embroidered Home,” has been translated to the Finnish language under the title […]
Sep 22, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 9-18-19
It’s Wednesday and it’s a long chat, so get some extra beer/wine or do another lap of your walking route. As always, we’re sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery. Please support them because they help make these podcasts possible. Our topics include our plans to participate in the Bristol Orphanage Sampler event at Sassy Jacks in […]
Sep 18, 2019
Fiber Talk with Gay Ann Rogers III
It’s been more than a year since we talked with Gay Ann Rogers and that’s too long. Sassy Jacks sponsors this week’s conversation with one of the best in the business. Our topics include defining a world-class stitcher; what makes you a beginner, intermediate, or advanced stitcher; and factors that constitute good stitching technique. Since […]
Sep 15, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 9-11-19
Arlene and Gary have gathered once again for some needlework conversation. This time we discuss the Montenegrin stitch, Arlene’s whitework efforts, holding needlework, floor and lap stands, and whether we can live without DMC. We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we enjoyed recording it. Sunday’s guest: Gay Ann Rogers–Arlene and Gary Listen […]
Sep 11, 2019
Fiber Talk with Barbara Kershaw
Our guest this week is whitework designer Barbara Kershaw. The show is sponsored by The Attic Needlework shop. Whitework techniques are some of the most beautiful forms of thread manipulation that we have, all with very old-world origins. Barbara is one of the truly talented people we have today who are not just keeping those […]
Sep 08, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 9-4-19
The midweek conversation is between Vonna and Gary, with Sassy Jacks Stitchery sponsoring the show. This week we talk a bit about the Queen’s Sampler Project, sponsored by Sassy Jacks, in preparation for our video update later in the week. We also talk about whitework and determining ground-cloth size. There is no memory of what […]
Sep 04, 2019
Fiber Talk with Thea Dueck
This week I have the privilege of conversing with Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler. Thea is a talented needleworker and needlework designer who has done it all from becoming proficient with several stitching techniques to working in a needlework store and moving on to create and develop two needlework design businesses and a active teaching […]
Sep 01, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 8-28-19
We’ve reached the day that starts the downhill slide to the weekend. Debbie and Gary are this Wednesday’s chatters and the subjects include online classes, what ghosting means and how it can be a real plus, the American Needlepoint Guild seminar and how it’s much more than classes, power blocks for your lights and magnifiers, […]
Aug 28, 2019
Fiber Talk with Carolyn Mitchell
Carolyn Mitchell is my guest this week. She is an extremely talented counted-canvas designer, former owner of a needlework shop that she moved multiple times, and a teacher. Carolyn is skilled at several needlework techniques, but focuses on needlepoint and hardanger. Her designs these days mix multiple techniques to result in original and creative needle […]
Aug 25, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 8-21-19
It’s chat day and Arlene and Gary are doing the chatting. Topics include the Queen’s Sampler Project sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery, the new Needle Art on Charts business, Arlene’s ANG Seminar win with her Gossamer Lace project, Gary’s conversation with a hot-air-balloon chase guy and how it relates to needlework, and state fairs. We […]
Aug 21, 2019
Fiber Talk with Barbara Hutson II
Barbara Hutson, owner of Queenstown Sampler Designs, returns to join Vonna and Gary for a discussion about North American samplers and how they fit into the history of the needle arts. The show is sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery. This week’s show is an enlightening discussion of Mexican samplers, their origins, designs/styles, and the role […]
Aug 18, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 8-14-19
We have reached the middle of the week once again. Vonna and Gary are the chatters and Sassy Jacks Stitchery is the sponsor. As for topics, Vonna bought a couple of samplers because she didn’t have enough and Gary bought another set of noise-canceling headphones and they’re the best ever! After we talked about those […]
Aug 14, 2019
Fiber Talk with Alison Cole II
Well-executed goldwork is jaw-dropping, whether you have a clue about needlework or not. It also often intimidating to needleworkers who are considering giving it a go. No need to fear. Alison Cole returns this week with a new book, “The Goldwork Masterclass,” and some words of advice that will eliminate your apprehension and give you […]
Aug 11, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 8-7-19
It’s that day that starts with a W and this week’s chatters are Gary and Debbie Rowley. Topics include working with metallic threads (Thanks for the tips, Debbie), needlework as gifts, needles, and a few stories. Remember to save 15% at Sassy Jacks on sampler kits we mentioned on our two most-recent Sampler Sunday shows […]
Aug 07, 2019
REPOST: Fiber Talk with Deb Jochim
NOTE: This is a repost of the Aug. 4, 2019 show. Due to a file uploading error, some podcast apps did not pick up the podcast. Here’s hoping this repost fixes things. Sorry for the hassle. Gary Our guest this week is Deb Jochim, owner and editor of Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher magazine. This […]
Aug 06, 2019
Fiber Talk with Deb Jochim
Our guest this week is Deb Jochim, owner and editor of Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher magazine. This week’s show is sponsored by The Attic Needlework shop in Mesa, AZ, where samplers rule. Our conversation with Deb explored how the magazine got started, what Deb is doing with it today, Deb’s stitching and design work, […]
Aug 04, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 7-31-19
Wednesday has arrived once again, as has Sassy Jacks to sponsor the show. Vonna and Gary talk about projects we’re stitching, reversible stitching, switching from Aida to linen, and Sampler Sunday. We also plan the next Sampler Sunday, which will feature all Quaker samplers. We invite you to suggest your favorites. If we talk about […]
Aug 01, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 7-24-19
It’s the day before Thursday and Arlene and Gary gather to play a game of You Have to Choose. In the game we choose our preferences for needlework technique, thread type, color we like, color we don’t like, and offer two tips we share with anyone, anytime. We also get to hear about two of […]
Jul 25, 2019
Fiber Talk with Nicola Parkman III
Sassy Jacks Stitchery is sponsoring this week’s show with Nicola Parkman of Hands Across the Sea Samplers. Nicola joins Vonna and Gary to walk about what she’s learned during her time acquiring and reproducing a large number of samplers. We also learn about her latest introduction, Mary Lea 1793, the new printing of the Hannah […]
Jul 21, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 7-17-19
It’s that day that occurs halfway between Sundays, the show is sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery, and Vonna and Gary have gathered to talk about The Queen’s Sampler Project sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery, Fiber Talk needle minders, Sampler Sunday on July 28, Needles, an ANG Fox Chapter project, and show we watch while stitching. […]
Jul 17, 2019
Fiber Talk with Ilke Cochrane II
Ilke Cochrane returns for a second visit this week. It’s rather common to talk to guests who have completed some form of education with the Royal School of Needlework. But Ilke is in the early stages of a certificate program, so I was anxious to talk to her and learn what she’s experiencing. Now I […]
Jul 14, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 7-10-19
We’ve found the middle of the week again and Debbie Rowley and I set out to do a show offering tips for beginning stitchers. The show ended up being an interesting discussion about topics such as project difficulty, how many tools we actually need, and maximizing stitching time. We enjoyed having the discussion and hope […]
Jul 11, 2019
Fiber Talk with Vickie LoPiccolo Jennett and Maegan Jennett
Needlework Press is a unique, multi-faceted business, created and operated by my guests Vickie LoPiccolo Jennett and Maegan Jennett. This week’s show is sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery. Needlework press, at its core, is a sampler-reproduction operation. But they go much beyond offering samplers to include writing articles, producing books, publishing a popular needlework calendar, […]
Jul 07, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 7-3-19
Wednesday has arrived once again, Sassy Jacks is sponsoring the show, and Vonna and Gary have gathered for another round of stitching chit chat. The list is long this week. It includes massive Fiber Talk audience growth, Fiber Talk needle minders, Sampler Sunday, what you can learn by entering competitions, the eve of the Queen’s […]
Jul 03, 2019
Fiber Talk with Margaret Lee
Chinese and Japanese embroidery are two of the finest forms of needlework art and my guest this week, Margaret Lee, is one of the more talented practitioners of both embroidery forms. Margaret shares a wide range of insights into the history and techniques that result in art pieces that never fail to captivate viewers. In … Continue reading Fiber Talk with Margaret Lee
Jun 30, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 6-26-19
It’s Wishful Wednesday, Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring the show, and Arlene and I are talking about some (note the operative word “some”) of the projects we have in our stash that we would really like to stitch but simply can’t seem to get into the rotation. If you’re curious about techniques other than the … Continue reading Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 6-26-19
Jun 26, 2019
Fiber Talk Sampler Sunday
It’s Sampler Sunday with Vonna and Gary. We’ve been planning for some time to do a Wednesday show in which we talk about what we like about the samplers we own. We never seem to get to it, so we decided to record a special show, thus our first Sampler Sunday. Even better is that … Continue reading Fiber Talk Sampler Sunday
Jun 24, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 6-19-19
It’s Wednesday, Sassy Jacks is sponsoring, and Vonna and Gary are the chatters. It’s a jam-packed show. Topics include May 2020 Nicola Parkman workshops, 2020 Lenten SAL with Jacob DeGraaf’s Agnus Dei design, the Queen’s Sampler, Vonna finishing designs, painted needlepoint canvas, Sarah Braizear, Jesus goes to the Fair, some math, and a Come-to-Jesus meeting. … Continue reading Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 6-19-19
Jun 20, 2019
Fiber Talk with Joanna Somers
Joanna Somers is a needlepoint stitcher; painted-canvas designer, painter, and curator; and owner of The Plum Stitchery, a terrific source for unique, artistic canvases. She’s a young designer who is contributing a new look to the painted-canvas landscape. You’ll enjoy learning how she got started in the needlepoint world, how she develops her own designs, … Continue reading Fiber Talk with Joanna Somers
Jun 16, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 6-12-19
It’s Wednesday and Debbie Rowley’s hiatus ends as she returns with a new grandchild and a new home. This week’s topics include the Queen’s Sampler, Fiber Talk needle minders, moving stash, standing and stitching, and several other topics. Sunday’s guest: Joanna Somers of The Plum Stitchery–Gary Listen to the podcast: The podcast is also available … Continue reading Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 6-12-19
Jun 12, 2019
Fiber Talk with Patricia Goodson
Patricia Goodson is our guest this week as we welcome our new sponsor, Fat Quarter Shop. Visit them at fatquartershop.com for all of your stitching needs. Our guest is a multi-faceted needle artist who learned how to stitch while she was growing up in Brazil. This week, in addition to learning about her needlework skills, … Continue reading Fiber Talk with Patricia Goodson
Jun 09, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 6-5-19
We tried to stop it, but Wednesday showed up anyway, so Vonna and Gary made the most of it by talking about needlework. A huge thanks to Kim Young and the team at Sassy Jacks for sponsoring the show. This week we talk about Gary’s trip to Sassy Jacks to attend a workshop presented by … Continue reading Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 6-5-19
Jun 05, 2019
Fiber Talk with Jacob DeGraaf
Jacob DeGraaf of Modern Folk Embroidery is an extremely talented cross-stitch designer who has a unique eye for single-color creations. Vonna Pfeiffer joins me this week to learn about Jacob’s background and what goes into his design work. He’s also a talented music composer and we get to learn a little bit about that aspect … Continue reading Fiber Talk with Jacob DeGraaf
Jun 02, 2019
Fiber Talk with Cecilia Turner
This week’s Fiber Talk guest is Cecilia Turner, the popular designer and owner of Heart in Hand Needleart. Cecilia’s career started with a prize winning design she submitted to “Classic Cross Stitch” magazine in 1991, and she’s provided a steady stream of innovative cross-stitch patterns since then. Among other series, Cecilia is known for her … Continue reading Fiber Talk with Cecilia Turner
May 26, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 5-22-19
It’s Wednesday, Sassy Jacks Stitchery is sponsoring the show, and Vonna and Gary are doing the chatting. Topics include the Bathya workshops, a Queen’s Sampler announcement that’s scaring Vonna to death, Sarah Braizear, satin stitches and laying tools, stands, lights, the Daylight Halo Magnifier light, Sulky threads, and shots in Vonna’s butt cheeks. Sunday’s guest: … Continue reading Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 5-22-19
May 22, 2019
Fiber Talk with Ronnie Rowe
Ronnie Rowe of Ronnie Rowe Designs is my guest this week and the show is sponsored by Sassy Jacks Stitchery. Ronnie’s wide range of designs are some of the most unique in the needlework industry, particularly his pen-and-ink-based building designs. In addition to learning about the origins and inspirations for his designs and his needlework … Continue reading Fiber Talk with Ronnie Rowe
May 19, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 5-15-19
Arlene and Gary are this week’s chatting duo. Topics include the new Lindy Stitches design, two years of Works by ABC and whether it’s changed Arlene’s approach to needlework, a lot about Sulky threads, satin stitching in Sarah Braizear, and contributions from Pat in Texas about standing and stitching and stabbing with needles.–Gary Listen to … Continue reading Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 5-15-19
May 15, 2019
Fiber Talk with Jenny Adin-Christie
This week I’m joined by Jenny Adin-Christie. She is a graduate of the Royal School of Needlework and a veteran teacher at the school. Her primary needlework efforts these days involve creating her own designs and teaching all over the world, along with regular classes in her own studio. She also is a regular contributor … Continue reading Fiber Talk with Jenny Adin-Christie
May 12, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 5-8-19
May 09, 2019
Fiber Talk with Kim Young II
Kim Young is my guest this week. Kim is the owner of Sassy Jacks Stitchery in Weaverville, NC, and always has some interesting insights into the dynamics of the needle-arts hobby, particularly today’s needleworker-LNS relationship and the role that the internet and social media is playing in how we learn about and buy needlework supplies. … Continue reading Fiber Talk with Kim Young II
May 05, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 5-1-19
It’s Wednesday once again and I have a very different show for you this week. First, a short podcast update about what has transpired for me in the past week in terms of needlework. Then, the main element this week is a video I recorded with Linda Vinson of Needlemade Designs in which we explore, … Continue reading Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 5-1-19
May 02, 2019
Fiber Talk with Brenda Côté
Brenda Côté is a prolific and talented needle artist, skilled needlework finisher, and a terrific blogger. Her Brenda’s Needlepoint Studio blog is a treasure trove of information and tips and a great place to simply ogle beautiful stitching. I’ve followed her for some time now and enjoy every post. I also enjoyed talking to her … Continue reading Fiber Talk with Brenda Côté
Apr 28, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 4-24-19
Before we head to the weekend, we need to do a little needlework chatting. This week Vonna and Gary talk about a free chart from the Kirks; a needlepoint retreat, the RSN online-class discount; stitching Jesus and when he’ll be finished, if ever; Amish pie, and several other topics related or unrelated to stitching. Enjoy … Continue reading Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 4-24-19
Apr 24, 2019
Fiber Talk with Lisa Dugua
Lisa Dugua is my guest this week. Lisa is owner of The French Needle, an online store that specializes in needlework designs, kits, linen, jewelry, and scarves from French designers and suppliers. Lisa spends considerable time in France and provides us with an excellent view of that country’s needle-arts hobby and industry. The designers she … Continue reading Fiber Talk with Lisa Dugua
Apr 21, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 4-17-19
It’s Midweek Chat time and Arlene and Gary talk about the Stitch Inn to Summer Needlepoint Retreat, a free download from Brendon and Karen Kirk, the Royal School of Needlework 10% discount, Stitchnanigans, the Kurdy Biggs pilot class, stitching knots, and the new Mary Hogg sampler from the Works by ABC factor, available exclusively at … Continue reading Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 4-17-19
Apr 18, 2019
Fiber Talk with Brendon and Karen Kirk
I’m glad to have Brendon and Karen Kirk join me this week. Brendon and Karen are the couple behind the very popular Linen and Threads Mystery SAL, an attractive collection of reproduction samplers under the Fox and Rabbit Designs name, and original and creative designs by Karen under the Blackberry Rabbit name. They are a … Continue reading Fiber Talk with Brendon and Karen Kirk
Apr 14, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 4-10-19
Wednesday’s timing is perfect once again. This week Gary and Vonna talk about the Royal School of Needlework online courses (save 10% with code talk10), teaching quilt making, Laura Taylor’s (ANG Fox chapter) finish of the Kurdy Biggs design Trilogy of Stitches One, prim style, stitching Jesus, hoops, and stands. Sunday’s guest: Brendon and Karen … Continue reading Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 4-10-19
Apr 10, 2019
Fiber Talk with Emma Doggart and Morgan Fowles
  This week’s guests are Emma Doggart, head of marketing, and Morgan Fowles, trustee of the Royal School of Needlework. We had an enlightening conversation about the vast and varied aspects of the needle arts offered by the school, in addition to a fascinating history of fostering and advancing the hobby we all love. An … Continue reading Fiber Talk with Emma Doggart and Morgan Fowles
Apr 07, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 4-3-19
We are at the peak of the week and Debbie Rowley showed up to talk with Gary about the Royal School of Needlework, pilot classes, her manicure, new designs, perle cotton, threads in general, and color cards. Sunday’s guests: Morgan Fowles, trustee, and Emma Doggart, head of marketing at the Royal School of Needlework.–Gary Listen … Continue reading Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 4-3-19
Apr 03, 2019
Fiber Talk with Cathy Habermann
Cathy Habermann, owner of Hands on Design, is my guest this week. She is a prolific and talented needle-art designer and it’s likely that, if you’ve done much cross stitch, you own at least one of her charts. Cathy is also a talented finisher and many of her designs are created with a finish in … Continue reading Fiber Talk with Cathy Habermann
Mar 31, 2019
Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 3-27-19
The day that begins with a W has arrived once again and that means it’s time for some midweek chatting. It’s Vonna and Gary this week and we talk about Gary’s apparent inability to count to ten, speculate about stitching the Queen Sampler, discuss stitching paths, help Vonna discover that she has thought processes, gush … Continue reading Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 3-27-19
Mar 27, 2019
Fiber Talk with Tanja Berlin
Tanja Berlin of Berlin Embroidery Designs is an active international teacher who is highly skilled at stitching and designing with several needlework techniques. She trained and taught at the Royal School of Needlework. After traveling the world, she now lives in Canada where she designs needlework and teaches online courses when she’s not traveling. In … Continue reading Fiber Talk with Tanja Berlin
Mar 24, 2019