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Podcast Episode #156: Melanie Falick

On today’s episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast, we’re talking about discovering the life you’re meant to live as a maker with my guest Melanie Falick.

Melanie Falick is an independent writer, editor, and creative director—and a lifelong maker. She is the author, mostly recently, of Making a Life: Working by Hand and Discovering the Life You Are Meant to Live, as well as several other titles, including the seminal Knitting in America and bestsellers Kids Knitting and Weekend Knitting. She is the former publishing director of STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books, an imprint of Abrams, where she spearheaded books by many of the DIY world’s most esteemed authors, including Natalie Chanin, Lena Corwin, Kaffe Fassett, Lotta Jansdotter, Clara Parkes, Heather Ross, and Denyse Schmidt. She is also the creative director and editor of Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guides. Find her on Instagram @melaniefalick and at melaniefalick.com.

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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 #105: Christine Ricks

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about building a career as a designer with my guest, Christine Ricks. Christine is the Creative Director for Missouri Star Quilt Company’s publishing department, working with a team to design and...

Podcast Episode #104: Fred Drexler, Co-Founder of Sulky of America

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about building an innovative company in the sewing industry with my guest, Fred Drexler. Fred, along with his wife, Joyce, founded Sulky of America, a premier thread and stabilizer company. Fred...

Podcast Episode #103: Jamie Chalmers, Mr. X Stitch

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about cross stitch with my guest, Jamie Chalmers, also known as Mr X Stitch. Jamie took up cross stitching fifteen years ago and he’s never looked back. Since establishing the Mr X Stitch website...

Podcast Episode #102: Benjamin Levisay, CEO of XRX, Inc.

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about in-person events with my guest, Benjamin Levisay, CEO of XRX, Inc, publishers of XRX Books and promoters of STITCHES Expos. We recorded this show live and in person at STITCHES United in...

Podcast Episode #101: Sue Bleiweiss

Today we're talking about building a career as a quilter with my guest, Sue Bleiweiss. Last week I visited Sue in her home studio in Pepperell, Massachusetts which is about 45 minutes from my home and is a beautiful place to visit in July. We sat together in her...

Episode #100: Alissa Haight Carlton

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about the Modern Quilt Guild and Project Runway with my guest, Alissa Haight Carlton. And, we've reached the 100the episode of the show! Yay! Alissa Haight Carlton is a modern quilter, designer,...

Podcast Episode #99: Ellen March

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about sewing magazines and television with my guest, Ellen March. Ellen March is the Community Content Director for the sewing division of F+W Media, including the Sew News, Creative Machine...

Podcast Episode #97: Nancy Zieman

Listen to a quick teaser for this episode by clicking the button below:   On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about building a lifelong career in sewing with my guest, Nancy Zieman. Nancy Zieman is an author, designer,...

Podcast Episode #96: Jen Carlton Bailly

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we’re talking about building a career as a modern quilter with my guest, Jen Carlton Bailly. Jen is a founder of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild, the largest modern quilt guild in the world. She had a career in...

Podcast Episode #95: Nichole Vogelsinger

On today's episode of the podcast we're taking about building a craft business through the power of Instagram with my guest, Nichole Vogelsinger. Nichole has a beautiful new book out with Lucky Spool, Wild Boho: Modern Projects from Traditional Stitches (affiliate...

Podcast Episode #94: Heather Givans

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about owning a quilt shop with my guest, Heather Givans. We recorded this episode in Savannah, Georgia, at Quilt Con 2017. The show was so inspiring and I was excited to have the opportunity to...

Podcast Episode #92: Pokey Bolton

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about the sewing and quilting industry with my guest, Pokey Bolton. Pokey Bolton was introduced to art quilting and the related needle arts in 1998, and ever since she took her first stitch (a...

Special Podcast Episode: QuiltCon 2017 Best in Show Winner Kat Jones

Today I have a special episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast to share with you. I’m here at QuiltCon 2017 and I’m honored to have been able to sit for a few minutes with Katherine Jones who has won Best in Show for her quilt, "bling." "bling" by Kat Jones Kat...

Podcast Episode #91: Susan Fitzgerald of Red Gate Stitchery

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we’re talking about launching a kit and pattern business with my guest, Susan Fitzgerald. Susan lives near me in the Boston area so were actually able to record this interview in person in Susan’s beautiful...

Podcast Episode #90: Claire Robertson

On this episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast, we’re talking about blogging, illustration, and newsletters with my guest Claire Robertson. Claire is an Australian artist and illustrator based in the Pacific North West island of Salt Spring, in British...

Podcast Episode #88: MimiG

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast, we’re talking about building a business in fashion sewing with my guest Mimi Goodwin, whom you might know as MimiG. Mimi is a mother, businesswoman, and award-winning, trend expert and Editor-in-Chief of the...

Podcast Episode #87: 2016 Community Episode

I'm excited to be celebrating a first for the Craft Industry Alliance podcast today: our Community Episode! For this very special show, I wanted to turn to you, my listeners, and hear your voices on the show. I make this show for you, and it’s because of you that the...

Podcast Episode #86: Annie Unrein

On today's episode of the While She Naps podcast we’re talking about product development with my guest, Annie Unrein. A creative lifetime quilter, Annie Unrein of Patterns by Annie and ByAnnie.com has been designing patterns and teaching since 2000.  With a focus on...

Podcast Episode #85: Jennifer Judd-McGee

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast, we're talking about building a career as an artist and illustrator with my guest, Jennifer Judd-McGee. Jennifer Judd-McGee is a full-time artist and mother living and working in Mount Desert Island, Maine. She...

Podcast Episode #84: Jennifer Perkins

On today's episode of the While She Naps podcast we're talking about building a business as a crafter with my guest, Jennifer Perkins. Jennifer Perkins is an Austin, TX based creative consultant.  During her lengthy career in the craft industry, she has run a...

Podcast Episode #83: Melissa Averinos

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast, we’re talking about quilting, painting, and living a creative life with my guest Melissa Averinos. Melissa Averinos paints, makes quilts, and writes craft books. She won a Judge's Choice Award at QuiltCon 2015...

Podcast Episode #82: Mickey Krueger, President of Windham Fabrics

Photo by Christa Watson. On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast, we're talking about fabric with my guest, Mickey Krueger. Mickey is the president of Windham Fabrics, one of the leading manufacturers serving the quilting industry today. I'm...

Podcast Episode #81: Roost Books

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast, we're talking about publishing craft books with my guests, Sara Bercholz and Jennifer Urban-Brown of Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala. Sara is the Executive Vice President of Shambhala and the publisher of...

Podcast Episode #80: Maddie Kertay of the Badass Quilters Society

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast, we’re talking about diversity and inclusion in the quilting community with my guest, Maddie Kertay. Maddie Kertay is the mother of 6 children, the founder of BadAss Quilters Society, an industry consultant,...

Podcast Episode #79: Arounna Khounnoraj of Bookhou

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we’re talking about making and selling handcrafted products with my guest Arounna Khounnoraj of Bookhou. Arounna Khounnoraj started Bookhou with her husband, John Booth, in 2002 as a place to combine and market...

Podcast Episode #78: Annabel Wrigley

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we’re talking about teaching children to sew with my guest, Annabel Wrigley. Annabel Wrigley is an Australian mom, author, and designer living in rural Virginia. She owns Little Pincushion Studio, a space where...

Podcast Episode #77: Amy Marson, Publisher of C&T

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about craft publishing with my guest, Amy Marson. Amy is the publisher at C&T Publishing which includes the Stash Books and FunStitch Studio imprints. She's worked at the company for 16 years....

Podcast Episode #76: Jenean Morrison

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we’re talking about illustration and self-publishing with my guest, Jenean Morrison. Jenean Morrison is a surface and textile designer, painter, and the artist and publisher behind a popular series of...

Podcast Episode #75: Sarah K. Benning

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast, we're talking about embroidery as illustration with my guest, Sarah K. Benning. Sarah K. Benning is an American fiber artist with a nomadic studio practice.  Originally from Baltimore, she attended the School...

Podcast Mini Episode: Craft Industry Alliance with Kristin Link

Today I have a mini episode of theCraft Industry Alliance podcast to share with you. This episode is about Craft Industry Alliance, the trade association that I co-founded with Kristin Link of Sew Mama Sew. I have Kristin on with me and we talk about what exactly...

Podcast Episode #73: Alisa Burke

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we’re talking about creativity and drawing and making art with my guest Alisa Burke. If she’s not making art in her Oregon Coast studio, you can find freelance painter and mixed media artist Alisa Burke...

Podcast Episode #72: Kristine Vejar

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast, we're talking about natural dyes with my guest, Kristine Vejar. Kristine is a natural dyer and teacher. She is the founder of A Verb for Keeping Warm, a natural dyeing studio, yarn, and fabric shop located in...

Podcast Episode #69: Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast, we're talking about magazine publishing with my guest, Janine Vangool. Janine is the publisher, editor, and designer of UPPERCASE, a quarterly print magazine for the creative and curious. UPPERCASE publishes...

Podcast Episode #68: Heather Lou

On today's episode of the While She Naps podcast we're talking about sewing your own clothes with my guest, Heather Lou. Heather is a Montreal based sewing pattern designer and blogger at Closet Case Files. She was once a shopaholic Vogue-reading fashion obsessive, a...

Podcast Episode #67: Etsy Wholesale

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about Etsy Wholesale, with my guests Dana Mauriello and Rachel Greenwald. Dana is currently the Director of Seller Category Growth at Etsy where she is responsible for managing Etsy’s Wholesale...

Podcast Episode #65: Phoebe Wahl

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about illustration in various forms with my guest, Phoebe Wahl. Phoebe Wahl is an illustrator whose vibrant work focuses on themes of comfort, nostalgia and connection to nature and one another. A...

Podcast Episode #64: Ali DeJohn, founder of the Makerie

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about creative retreats and event planning with my guest, Ali DeJohn, founder of the Makerie. The Makerie is a creative retreat for everyone. Sometimes described as a summer camp for adults,...

Podcast Episode #63: Jenny Rushmore of Cashmerette Patterns

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast, we're talking about the ins and outs of starting an indie sewing pattern business with my guest, Jenny Rushmore. We recorded this episode at Grey's Fabrics in Boston's South End. If you don’t know Jenny she’s...

Podcast Episode #61: Luke Haynes

Photo by Nate Watters On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliancde podcast we're talking about quilts as fine art with my guest, Luke Haynes. A chance encounter with a box of fabric remnants sparked Luke' imagination. His first quilt, measuring 7′ x 10′, led him...

Podcast Episode #60: Midwest Craft Con and The Hello Sessions

On today's episode of the podcast, we're talking about creative conferences with my guests Grace Dobush, an organizer of Midwest Craft Con, and Joy Uyeno, an organizer of The Hello Sessions. If you've ever considered organizing a conference or you'd like to teach at...

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