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Entries from October 2014

Episode #33: Jess Brown

October 20th, 2014 · Comments

Jess has been making dolls for 16 years. She’s carefully developed a line of signature handmade ragdolls. Each doll is cut to order in her Northern California studio and always made using the finest materials. Jess also collaborates with several designers, creating limited edition dolls for each season. Although originally created for children, the dolls have a simple sophistication that has moved them into the women & lifestyle markets as well.

I chat with Jess about how she came up with her rag doll design and how it's evolved over the years. We discuss the Martha Stewart Living article that was a turning point in her career and how she is now able to produce 400 handmade dolls a month (with the help of six employees) while staying true to her values.

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Episode #32: Kathy Mack and Kristin Link

October 13th, 2014 · Comments

I'm talking with two leaders in the online sewing world: Kathy Mack and Kristin Link. Kathy Mack is the owner of Pink Chalk Fabrics. She designs and publishes sewing patterns as Pink Chalk Studio and she's recently made a sharp right turn in her creative business journey. We hear more about that during our chat. Kristin Link is the owner of Sew Mama Sew, a blog founded in 2005 which currently hosts nearly 500 sewing tutorials and she also has two online classes on Craftsy. Learn how Kristin shifted Sew Mama Sew's vision over time until it grew into the site we know today. Kristin, Kathy, and I also recommend great stuff we're enjoying right now.

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Episode #31: Amy Karol and Ellen Luckett Baker

October 6th, 2014 · Comments

I'm talking about designing and sewing and creativity with two long-time bloggers, Amy Karol and Ellen Luckett Baker.

Amy is the author of Bend-the-Rules Sewing and Bend the Rules with Fabric, both from Potter Craft. She teaches video classes on CreativeBug and sells artwork and a natural skincare line in her Etsy shop. Amy's blog is http://www.angrychicken.typepad.com.

Ellen is the author of 1, 2, 3 Sew and 1, 2, 3, Quilt, both from Chronicle Books. She's a fabric designer for the Japanese company Kokka and blogs at http://www.thelongthread.com.

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