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Small crafts have become big business, with the likes of West Elm and Anthropologie trolling booths at the Renegade Craft Fair for the next big thing. This episode, Christine speaks with Sarah Spies, director of vendor relations for Renegade, about the growth of the indie craft movement, starting a crafts business, and tips for getting into one of the most influential indie craft fairs in the country.

Direct download: 7_Shes_Crafty_Inside_the_Renegade_Craft_Fair.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:26pm EST

Christine chats with renowned couture sewing expert Susan Khalje about sewing women’s dreams (wedding dresses!), fabric shopping in Paris, and a new series of online couture classes she’ll soon launch. 

Direct download: Thread_Cult_Episode_6__Susan_Khalje_Dreams_of_Couture.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:31am EST

Since the industrial revolution, fashion has been inextricably linked with technology. From the invention of the sewing machine to the zipper to high-performance fabrics, technology has continually changed the way we make and wear clothing. This episode, Christine chats with Ariele Elia and Emma McClendon, co-curators of Fashion and Technology, a new show at the Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) in Manhattan. Along with talking about the exhibit, they also discuss how new inventions—such as 3D printing and fabrics made from bacteria—may change what we wear in the future. To see images of the show, visit Christine’s blog, www.daughterfish.com.

Direct download: Thread_Cult_Episode_5_Fashion_and_Technology.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

This episode, Christine chats with Stephen Fraser, co-founder of the digital fabric printing company Spoonflower, which has allowed crafters and small businesses to order custom-designed fabrics at affordable prices. Along with the company's origins, they talk about how internet-based businesses can innovate and change the way manufacturing is done in the U.S. today.

Direct download: Thread_Cult_Episode_4_Spoonflower.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:15pm EST

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