The Close Knit podcast showcases artists, designers, and makers from all over the world who work with fibre in its many forms. Knitters, spinners, sewers, textile artists - all will be celebrated on the Close Knit podcast.
In Episode 23 of the Close Knit Podcast, I spoke to Emma Lehan of The Fleece and Wheel.Emma is a knitter and spinner based in Queensland. We chat about how Emma’s interest in knitting eventually led her to spinning, and how her thoughtful partner gave her a drop spindle as a christmas present a few years ago, leading her down the path she’s on now. Last year, Emma got involved in an Etsy Local market, which was a huge motivator for her to get her business up and running. We talk about how she’s managed her business and why she’s chosen to source locally. Emma walks me through how she has found her sources of fibre and how she’s developed these relationships over time.
Emma's biggest bit of advice:
"Have a go. Because a lot of people think 'I can't possibly do that'. and that's wrong, of course you can, you just have to try... Just start, and don't get discouraged"
People/ Things we mentioned in the podcast:
- Tanis Fiber Arts - who Emma blames for turning her into a yarn snob
- Boho chic Fibre Co - handspun and handdyed, and knit designs
- Aurelian townsend - incredible weaver and spinner
- the unusual pear - where Emma got her first drop spindle!
- pickle and co fibres - the amazing indie dyer who introduced Emma to White Gum Wool
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