28 January, 2016

My Favourite Crafty Podcasts

When I'm in the sewing room I often like to have something on to listen to. Not watch, listen. If I'm watching something I get too distracted. A lot of the time it is music that I love, but when I have cutting or binding or something where I'm not using the machine too much I like to listen to podcasts.

There are a tonne of great podcasts out there, on all sorts of subjects. Of course, my go to ones are crafty! Here is a list of my favourite crafty podcasts.

Modern Sewciety
Stephanie Kendron hosts interviews with your favourite sewing celebrities. And I really like that you get to know a lot about her in the preambles to the show as well as the interviews.

American Patchwork and Quilting Radio
Pat Sloan is an icon in this industry. Her unabashed enthusiasm for all things quilting and sewing shines on the show.

Crafty Planner
Sandi Hazelwood's conversations with her guests are so thoughtful, yet it feels like a relaxed conversation. I always look forward to new episodes.

While She Naps
Abby Glassenberg covers far more than sewing in her podcast, but it is wonderful to get some different perspectives from similar industries.

Seamwork Radio
A tie in to the Seamwork magazine by Colette patterns, Seamwork Radio tackles storytelling in a very different way when it comes to sewers. It always has me thinking.

Slow Stitching
Mark Lipinski has been quite sick so there aren't any new episodes, but the archives are worth a listen. It is so inspirational, regardless of the stitch craft on the art and necessity of slowing down.

Jennifer Ackerman has a huge library of podcasts with crafting stars. It is about much more than sewing so I find continued inspiration among people I might never have encountered before.

What's Your Story
Meighan O'Toole is no longer recording shows, but definitely take a look at her archive. Some unexpected treasures in her interviews.

There are more podcasts out there, so if you listen to other ones, please share them in the comments. I would love to know what you listen to!


Suzanne said...

I love listening to podcast while I work both in my sewing space and while I'm doing chores and things. You've highlighted some that I know about and some that I don't. Thanks for the suggestions

Tina said...

Dear Cheryl. You read my mind: that's exactly what I wanted to ask you for your newsletter. Thank you very much for your list. I'm looking foreward to listening into these podcasts! Tina

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this list. I was recently looking for something different to listen to while working. I was at a loss for quilty podcasts...just where to start looking? Well, now I should be good for quite some time. Thanks again!

Carmit said...

Where to start?

This American Life is always a classic, as is The Moth. Unrelated to sewing, but all about storytelling.

The second season of Serial is a bit meh, but I'm still listening to it. Season 1 was stellar.

Start up and Reply All from Gimlet media are great, and they're introducing new shows regularly. Mystery Show is a good one, for example.

State of the Re:union does state-based storytelling.

Criminal looks at crime stories from several perspectives.

Death, Sex & Money might not be to everyone's taste (pearl clutching and all), but it's fascinating.

And most recently I started listening to Home of the Brave and The Theory of Everything, both of which are very thought provoking.

Sandra W said...

So for those of us who aren't techie geniuses--how does a podcast work? Do you need earphones?
And what kid of internet service does it require?
While I have good city internet--where all things are possible--my streaming and downloads are very limited at my summer cottage. In the rural community we are in, we have the maximum that is available--we can't get more. But downloads will eat it up Fast and we can't do streaming because the service is too slow.

Karen said...

Thanks for the info, Cheryl! I only know one of these--so a lot of new listening in my future.

Calli said...

I listen to a lot of the podcasts you mentioned- I'll be adding the others to my list. The podcast I never miss is Modern Sewciety! Love it!! I feel like the host, Stephanie Kendron, is my own personal sewing friend after listening to her chats.

Andrea said...

This is SO funny because I just discovered CraftyPlanner yesterday and have listened to so many already. I posted about it on instagram looking for more suggestions and someone replied that you had a post about it!
There must be some kind of telepathic thing going on. Ha! Thanks for the wealth of information and list!

Debra Graham said...

Great List, I was going to suggest Serial as well.