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March 25, 2020
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 […]
March 22, 2020
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, […]
March 18, 2020
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 […]
March 15, 2020
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 […]
March 11, 2020
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 […]
March 5, 2020
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 […]
March 1, 2020
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 […]
February 27, 2020
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 […]
February 23, 2020
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 […]
February 19, 2020
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 […]
February 16, 2020
  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 […]
February 12, 2020
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, […]
February 9, 2020
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 […]
February 5, 2020
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 […]
February 2, 2020
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 […]
January 30, 2020
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: […]
January 26, 2020
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 […]
January 23, 2020
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 […]
January 19, 2020
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 […]
January 15, 2020
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 […]
January 13, 2020
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 […]
January 11, 2020
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 […]
January 8, 2020
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 […]
January 5, 2020
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 […]
December 30, 2019
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 […]
December 24, 2019
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 […]
December 22, 2019
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 […]
December 18, 2019
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 […]
December 15, 2019
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 […]
December 5, 2019
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 […]
December 1, 2019
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 […]
November 24, 2019
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 […]
November 20, 2019
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 […]
November 17, 2019
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 […]
November 13, 2019
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 […]
November 10, 2019
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, […]
November 7, 2019
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 […]
November 3, 2019
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 […]
October 30, 2019
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 […]
October 27, 2019
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 […]
October 23, 2019
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 […]
October 20, 2019
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 […]
October 16, 2019
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 […]
October 13, 2019
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 […]
October 9, 2019
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 […]
October 2, 2019
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 […]
September 29, 2019
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 […]
September 22, 2019
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 […]
September 18, 2019
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 […]
September 15, 2019
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 […]
September 11, 2019
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 […]
September 8, 2019
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 […]
September 4, 2019
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 […]
September 1, 2019
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 […]
August 28, 2019
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, […]
August 25, 2019
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 […]
August 21, 2019
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 […]
August 18, 2019
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 […]
August 14, 2019
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 […]
August 11, 2019
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 […]
August 7, 2019
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 […]
August 6, 2019
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 […]
August 4, 2019
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, […]
August 1, 2019
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 […]
July 25, 2019
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 […]
July 7, 2019
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, […]
July 3, 2019
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 […]
June 30, 2019
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 […]
June 26, 2019
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 […]
June 24, 2019
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 […]
June 20, 2019
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. […]
June 16, 2019
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, […]
June 12, 2019
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 […]
June 9, 2019
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, […]
June 5, 2019
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 […]
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