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Podcast Episode #259: Drew Steinbrecher

On today’s episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast, we’re talking about collage and mixed media with my guest Drew Steinbrecher.

Drew has enjoyed working with his hands and being creative from a young age. He has a university degree in graphic design. Along with being a full-time artist he is also freelance graphic designer. He’s an avid knitter, photographer, and traveler. He currently lives in Cincinnati with his partner Greg and their Schnauzer Fred. 

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Find out what it takes to build a business in the crafts industry. In each episode host, and Craft Industry Alliance co-founder, Abby Glassenberg, interviews a creative entrepreneur to learn about their journey to success. Hear their stories and find out how to earn a living through a love of craft.

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Please note that this show was previously called the While She Naps podcast. On October 1, 2019, it was renamed the Craft Industry Alliance podcast. The name has changed, but the mission of the show, the host, and the style are the same.

Podcast Episode #258: Willie Smith

Podcast Episode #258: Willie Smith

In this podcast interview, knitting teaching Willie Smith explains his expertise in teaching new knitters to confidently tackle projects.

Podcast Episode #255: Brett Bara

Podcast Episode #255: Brett Bara

In this podcast interview, craft entrepreneur Brett Bara traces her career from magazine publishing to opening a shop to Hello Bargello.

Podcast Episode #245: Laura Coia

Podcast Episode #245: Laura Coia

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast, we’re talking about YouTube with my guest Laura Coia. Laura is the host and creator of the YouTube channel Sew Very Easy. The channel has 454,000 subscribers and 976 videos that she’s produced over the last...

Podcast Episode #238: Gretchen Hirsch

Podcast Episode #238: Gretchen Hirsch

In this podcast interview, sewing pattern designer Gretchen Hirsch traces the development of her career from working in publishing to starting a blog to writing books and creating an indie sewing pattern company.

Podcast Episode #237: Libs Elliott

Podcast Episode #237: Libs Elliott

In this podcast interview, modern quilter Libs Elliott talks about how she uses generative AI to create quilt patterns and the development of her career in the quilting industry.

Podcast Episode #235: Cheryl Ham

Podcast Episode #235: Cheryl Ham

In this podcast episode, Cheryl Ham talks about her journey from working a day job and dyeing yarn as a hobby to starting a sold-out indie dyed yarn subscription box business.

Podcast Episode #233: Porfiria Gomez

Podcast Episode #233: Porfiria Gomez

In this podcast interview, modern quilter Porfiria Gomez talks about how she’s built her business through collaborations with other designers and bigger brands.

Podcast Episode #228: Andrea Mowry

Podcast Episode #228: Andrea Mowry

In this podcast interview, knitwear designer Andrea Mowry traces her creative career from working as a pastry chef to returning to a love of knitting and creating a business with knitwear design that supports her family.

Podcast Episode #227: Amy Small

Podcast Episode #227: Amy Small

In this podcast interview, Amy Small talks about how she came to found Knit Collage, her artisan yarn brand. From being a sweater designer for Free People traveling all over Asia, to creating unique chunky yarns that incorporate her love of “trinkets,” this is truly an inspiring entrepreneurial journey!

Podcast Episode #226: Simon Hurley

Podcast Episode #226: Simon Hurley

In this podcast episode, designer and influencer Simon Hurley traces the genesis and growth of his cardmaking business from creating YouTube videos in his parent’s basement when he was 14-years-old, to full-time crafts entrepreneur in his early 20’s.

Podcast Episode #225: Cynthia Treen

Podcast Episode #225: Cynthia Treen

In this podcast interview, artist and designer Cynthia Treen discuss the value of writing a book once you’ve built a business that aligns with it.

Podcast Episode #224: Julie Robinson

Podcast Episode #224: Julie Robinson

In this podcast episode, fashion designer and knitwear designer Julie Robinson talks about her creative journey from going to Parsons, to working in the fashion industry, to branching off on her own teaching pattern grading to knitwear designers.

Podcast Episode #223: Sandra Chandler

Podcast Episode #223: Sandra Chandler

In this podcast interview, quilt artist and teacher Sandra Lee Chandler talks about how she came to specialize in transforming denim into gorgeous contemporary quilts and explains her unique take on quilt clothes.

Podcast Episode #218: Nicole Snow of Darn Good Yarn

Podcast Episode #218: Nicole Snow of Darn Good Yarn

In this podcast interview, Nicole Snow, the founder of Darn Good yarn, explains how she came to run an import business of cast-off silk yarns from India and how she’s expanded the business over the years to include women’s garments.

Podcast Episode #216: Whitney Manney

Podcast Episode #216: Whitney Manney

In this podcast episode, Kansas City fashion designer Whitney Manney talks about how she developed and launched her independent fashion brand.

Podcast Episode #215: London Kaye

Podcast Episode #215: London Kaye

In this podcast episode, crochet artist London Kaye talks about how she went from being a dancer to working at the Apple Store to creating yarn installations for major brands all over the US.

Podcast Episode #214: Anne Merrow

Podcast Episode #214: Anne Merrow

In this podcast episode, Anne Merrow discusses her long career in craft publishing from Interweave to co-founding Long Thread Media.

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