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Welcome to Power Purls Unplugged, with me, Kara Gott Warner. Your comments have shown me that the raw, unpolished aspect of a live podcast certainly has appealed to many of you. I love getting your feedback. It’s been necessary, in order to balance the different time zones and to find the best time frame for this show. Join me today, as I talk to the Power Purls Facebook Group, live, while recording my podcast. We will discuss what being creative with your knitting means to you. Take your knitting to the next level. Let’s keep the conversation going!
Catch me live every Friday, on Facebook.com/PowerPurlsPodcast. To watch past broadcasts, you can find them in the video library on the Power Purls Facebook page and on the Power Purls YouTube channel!
Marly Bird is bi-crafty – a knitter who also crochets! She has been podcasting about the craft since 2007 and is the national spokesperson for Red Heart Yarns and the Host of the YarnThing podcast. Marly had a respectable career in the financial services industry before her love of all things yarn took over her life and career. She was podcasting about it when everyone else was just blogging. She’s always been way ahead of her time, and she’s been able to create a knitting and crocheting empire that has been a resource to share her love of the craft in all forms of media.
“Don’t put God in a box.”
Steven Berg is a fiber artisan armed with a wealth of experience, daring sense of style, and a firm belief in the transformative power of creativity that knitting or crocheting offers to those brave enough to push the boundaries. Berg began his career early, furiously knitting lines of sequin dresses for a discerning clientele of Barbies in Wisconsin. This led him to become a star student in fashion design at Parsons and the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Steven found inspiration in the beautiful, fashion capitals of the world as a VP of design at Perry Ellis. His creative work experiences brought him back to his favorite medium again, the one that always inspired him the most, the imaginative world of fiber arts. Steven reminds all fiber aficionados: “The possibilities are endless.There are no mistakes, only variations. And always remember to glam it up!”
“Be inspired, be fearless, be limitless.”
Lena Skvagerson is the lead designer and visionary behind Annie’s Signature Designs. Lena joined Annie’s in 2014, bringing with her over 25 years in the European design markets. We behind the scenes and what it was like creating the second seasonal Annie’s Signature Designs collection, Autumn Bliss.
Lena is a passionate designer and co-collaborator. Her energy for patterns, design and the whole creation process is contagious. She’s crazy enough to love each and every part of the process and this comes across in the finished product. Today we chat about all the fun we had working through the collection design process. We wanted to share our thoughts in this exclusive “behind the scenes” interview. You’re going to love this episode!
“Intuition plays a big part in the design process. You have to trust your instincts. If you feel strongly about it, others will too.”
~ Lena Skvagerson
Dora Ohrenstein is a designer of fashion crochet, author of 6 books, and a writer specializing in crochet history and international traditions. Dora’s designs appear in all the major print and digital crochet publications. Given her avid interest in advancing the skills of the crochet community, she includes lots of in-depth technical information in all of her books. She also teaches crochet at Vogue Knitting Live, on Craftsy, and in yarn shops across the country.
Earlier in her life, Dora was a well-known soprano who sang contemporary classical music, most notably as the solo voice of the Phillip Glass Ensemble, a position she held for 10 years. Nowadays in addition to her design career, she is a singing teacher at Wagner College in Staten Island. Dora is a born and raised New Yorker.
Being on the road as a musician gave Dora a love of travel, and today she engages in textile travel, which has brought her to many exotic locations, including the Balkans, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and the Ukraine. The experience has deepened her understanding of how crochet and knitting fit into the larger world of textiles.
Anyone can be creative with their crochet if they aren’t afraid to fail — and failure is the best teacher!
~ Dora Ohrenstein
Brooke Nico lives in Kirkwood Missouri, a suburb outside of St. Louis, and it’s there that she founded Kirkwood Knittery which she runs with business partner Robyn Schrager. A seamstress all her life, Brooke learned to sew her own clothes early to fit her tall, thin frame. In 2000 she taught herself to knit and fell in love with the concept of making her own fabric while creating a garment. Brooke is the author of Lovely Knitted Lace: A Geometric Approach to Gorgeous Wearables, and More Lovely Knitted Lace. Brooke travels and teaches at knitting events around the country, and her designs have been published in Sock Yarn Studio (Lark crafts 2014), One + One Scarves, Shawls & Shrugs (Lark Crafts 2012), One + One Hats (Lark Crafts 2012), and Lace Yarn Studio (Lark Crafts 2015). She’s also been published in Vogue Knitting, Creative Knitting and Knitters magazines.
My favorite part of the design process is the engineering and math. I absolutely love it when I can find a way to make a lace motif become an integral part of the garment shaping!
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