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We talk with designers and makers about what it really takes to build a creative business. Then we recommend great stuff we're loving right now.
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Podcast Episode #185: Anne Butera

On today’s episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast, we’re talking about building a business as a watercolor artist with my guest Anne Butera.

Anne Butera is a self-taught artist who finds inspiration in the beauty of her garden and the magic of nature. She works primarily in watercolor but also loves challenging herself to try new things. She strives to seek out and celebrate life’s little joys and daily graces.

Anne writes the blog My Giant Strawberry; teaches in-person and online; and sells her art, designs, and fabric on her website and elsewhere on the web.

Anne’s paintings have been exhibited across the country and her art and writing have been published in magazines and in the book Botanica

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THE HOST

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 #135: 2018 Community Episode

Podcast Episode #135: 2018 Community Episode

This episode of the podcast is a little bit different because it's the annual Community Episode. As we wrap up the year I turn to you, my listeners, and ask you to recommend great stuff you're enjoying right now. I have to say this is one of my favorite episodes of...

Podcast Episode #134: Erin Dollar

Podcast Episode #134: Erin Dollar

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about building a business as a surface designer with my guest, Erin Dollar. Erin Dollar is the textile designer behind the home decor brand Cotton & Flax. She's known for her minimalist-modern...

Podcast Episode #132: Creativebug

Podcast Episode #132: Creativebug

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we’re talking about online learning with my guests Ursula Morgan and Julie Roehm. Ursula is the CEO of Creativebug, the award-winning DIY art and craft instruction site with 1,000+ videos for all skill levels....

Podcast Episode #131: Molli Sparkles

Podcast Episode #131: Molli Sparkles

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about building a career as a quilter with my guest, Molli Sparkles. Molli Sparkles is a multi-award-winning quilt maker who describes himself as a quiltmaker to the stars, fearless leader of the...

Podcast Episode #130: Anne Weil

Podcast Episode #130: Anne Weil

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about going from blogger to author and teacher with my guest, Anne Weil. Anne is the creator of the blog Flax & Twine and a designer of patterns and projects that have been published by Martha...

Podcast Episode #129: CourtneyCourtney

Podcast Episode #129: CourtneyCourtney

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about building a handmade clothing brand with my guest, Courtney Chu, of the handmade clothing brand CourtneyCourtney. Courtney Chu was trained as an industrial designer and worked as a children’s...

Podcast Episode #128: Ebony Love

Podcast Episode #128: Ebony Love

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about building a career in as an expert in the quilting industry with my guest, Ebony Love. An award-winning author and quilter Ebony is recognized as one of the leading experts in fabric...

Podcast Episode #127: Matt Reese of Road to California

Podcast Episode #127: Matt Reese of Road to California

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about creating a quilt show with my guest, Matt Reese. Matt is the owner of Road to California, the premier consumer quilt show west of the Rocky Mountains. Road to California features over 1,000...

Podcast Episode #126: Kelly Stevens of Superbuzzy

Podcast Episode #126: Kelly Stevens of Superbuzzy

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about running an online and brick-and-mortar fabric shop with my guest, Kelly Stevens of Superbuzzy. After finishing graduate school and some years working in higher education administration,...

Podcast Episode #125: Merchant & Mills

Podcast Episode #125: Merchant & Mills

*Note that the sound quality is not as crisp as usual in this interview. Carolyn is a fantastic guest and I hope you'll stick with it nonetheless. On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about elevating haberdashery with my guest,...

Podcast Episode #124: Sue Spargo

Podcast Episode #124: Sue Spargo

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about wool, texture, and embroidery with my guest, Sue Spargo. Fresh Cut by Sue Spargo. Sue is an internationally renowned designer, teacher, and textile artist. She’s authored several books...

Podcast Episode #123: Jen Hewett

Podcast Episode #123: Jen Hewett

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about textile design with my guest, Jen Hewett. Jen is currently on a book tour and she came to visit me while in the Boston area so we recorded this interview in my house. It was so lovely to...

Podcast Episode #121: Shannon Downey of Badass Cross Stitch

Podcast Episode #121: Shannon Downey of Badass Cross Stitch

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about using craft as community organizing with my guest Shannon Downey. Shannon Downey is an instigator. Currently, she is the Director of Development for Asian Americans Advancing Justice in...

Podcast Episode #120: Florence Knapp

Podcast Episode #120: Florence Knapp

Amazon links in this post are affiliate links. If you click and purchase I will get a small portion of the sale at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support. On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about blogging and writing...

Podcast Episode #119: Leslie Tucker Jenison

Podcast Episode #119: Leslie Tucker Jenison

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about building a career as a quilter, teacher, and designer with my guest, Leslie Tucker Jenison. Leslie is an artist who makes contemporary quilts.  She creates surface designs with dye and...

Podcast Episode #118: Lesley Ware

Podcast Episode #118: Lesley Ware

Please note that all Amazon links in this post are affiliate links. If you make a purchase through one of these links I receive a small percentage at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support. On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're...

Podcast Episode #117: Lauren Fairweather

Podcast Episode #117: Lauren Fairweather

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about building an audience around your creative passions with my guest, Lauren Fairweather. Lauren Fairweather is a YouTube content creator, an Etsy seller, and an independent musician who runs...

Podcast Episode #116: Jean Wells

Podcast Episode #116: Jean Wells

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about owning a quilt shop and a premier quilt show with my guest, Jean Wells. Jean is an art quilter who is inspired by nature and the world around her. She’s also the owner of The Stitchin’ Post,...

Podcast Episode #115: Mathew Boudreaux

Podcast Episode #115: Mathew Boudreaux

On this episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about building a career in the sewing industry with my guest, Mathew Boudreaux. Mathew Boudreaux of Mister Domestic learned to sew as a kid, but never really got into it until he had his daughter...

Podcast Episode #114: Melanie Ham

Podcast Episode #114: Melanie Ham

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about YouTube with my guest, Melanie Ham. Melanie is a YouTuber and blogger who loves to create and share easy to follow sewing, quilting and crochet video tutorials to empower your creativity....

Podcast Episode #113: Casey York

Podcast Episode #113: Casey York

Photo by Ann K. Hubbard Note that all Amazon links in this post are affiliate links which means that if you click through and purchase the product I get a small percentage of the purchase price at no additional cost to you. Thank you. On today's episode of the Craft...

Podcast Episode #112: Carol Soderlund

Podcast Episode #112: Carol Soderlund

Note that all Amazon links in this post are affiliate links which means that if you click through and purchase the product I get a small percentage of the purchase price at no additional cost to you. Thank you. On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast...

Podcast Episode #111: Ricky Tims

Podcast Episode #111: Ricky Tims

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about quilting and music with my guest, Ricky Tims. Ricky Tims has successfully blended two diverse passions into one very unique and interesting career. His skills as a pianist, composer and...

Podcast Episode #110: 2017 Community Episode

Podcast Episode #110: 2017 Community Episode

Today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast is our second annual community episode. In this very special episode I invite you, the listeners, to recommend great stuff you're enjoying right now. A few weeks ago I put a call out here on the blog and in my...

Podcast Episode #109: Shea Henderson

Podcast Episode #109: Shea Henderson

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about building a sewing community with my guest, Shea Henderson. A former middle school math teacher, Shea Henderson now owns Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio, a sewing and quilt pattern company. She is...

Podcast Episode #107: Eleanor Burns

Podcast Episode #107: Eleanor Burns

On today's episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we're talking about building a successful career in quilting with my guest, Eleanor Burns. Eleanor Burns is truly a star in the quilting industry. She entered the field in 1978 with a self-published book, "Make...

Podcast Episode #105: Christine Ricks

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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