Creative Business Mentor Josephine Brooks interviews me for her podcast - On The Make

I was so flattered to be asked by UK creative business mentor Josephine Brooks to join her on the podcast she hosts for makers and designers.

Episode 4 of On The Make in which I feature just went live so I'd love it if you'd have a listen. The tag line for my episode is 'Growing a Meaningful Business using Sustainable Materials' but we chat about so much more. There's lots of talk about the role Instagram has played in my business and I even share a few tips on photography for Instagram.

Find the episode on Apple Podcast or on your preferred podcast player app.

Happy listening, friends!

 

Alex Collins
Block Printing Workshops - West London - Sept 2018

When was the last time you did something just for you?

If you'd like to escape for a few hours and try your hand at something new and creative join me for a Block Printing Workshop in West London this autumn.

Block Printing Workshop | Sign up to be notified when tickets go on sale

I'll show you how to create a simple block print using the tools provided so you can customise your own project bag to take home.

You'll come away with the skills to continue block printing at home if you choose but the aim is to relax in the company of other creatives and just enjoy the process of making something with your own hands.   
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This will be a small workshop with space for 8 participants. Sign up to be notified when tickets go on sale so you don't miss out!

Alex Collins
Alex Collins | Episode 4 Show Notes - A Knitting and sewing podcast.

Hello friends, welcome to episode four of my knitting and sewing podcast! Join me as I chat about the projects I've been knitting and sewing so far this month. If you're interested to learn more about any of the pieces I shared in this episode you can find all the details below.

If you'd like to get the show notes straight to your inbox each time I post a new video to my YouTube channel you can join my show notes mailing list.

WHAT I'M WEARING

At the start of the video I'm wearing my Suki Kimono Hack by Helen's Closet made using Viscose Challis from Minerva Crafts

WHAT I'VE BEEN KNITTING

Pebble Beach Shawl by Curious Handmade knit in Woolly Mammoth Fibre Co. BFL/Masham Blend

Lucinda by Carrie Bostick Hoge from the Madder Anthology 2: Simple Pleasures I bought at Loop London. Knit using The Fibre Co. Luma in the Grigio colourway.

WHAT I'VE BEEN SEWING

Myosotis Dress by Deer and Doe

MENTIONS

Barton Croft Cup

91 Magazine

Kath Webber

The West Collective Pop-Up Artisan Fair

Clare aka Sister Mountain

My mini profile in Simply Sewing Magazine - Issue 44

SHOP UPDATE

As you saw me mention in this podcast episode I sell project bags and knitting accessories for makers. See what's available in the shop today or email me to request a custom order.

New stock will be added Sunday 29th July 2018 8pm BST

Thanks again for watching. Until next time, Alex x

 

Alex Collins | Episode 3 Show Notes - A Knitting and sewing podcast.

Hello friends, welcome to episode three of my knitting and sewing podcast! Join me as I chat about the projects I've been knitting and sewing so far this month. If you're interested to learn more about any of the pieces I shared in this episode you can find all the details below.

If you'd like to get the show notes straight to your inbox each time I post a new video to my YouTube channel you can join my show notes mailing list.

WHAT I'M WEARING

Lark Tee by Grainline Studio made using a grey knit from Ray Stitch

WHAT I'VE BEEN KNITTING

Bassenfell Shawl by Clare Devine for The Fibre Co. knit using The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering in the Nutkin colour way.

Hipster Shawl by Joji Locatelli knit using The Fibre Co. Luma in the Blanca colour way

3x1 Rib Socks knit using Gregoria Fibres 

Lucinda by Carrie Bostick Hoge from the Madder Anthology 2: Simple Pleasures I bought at Loop London. Knit using The Fibre Co. Luma in the Grigio colourway.

WHAT I'VE BEEN SEWING

Hemlock Tee  by Grainline Studio made using a stripped jersey from The Cloth House

Suki Kimono Hack by Helen's Closet made using Viscose Challis from Minerva Crafts

MENTIONS

My Tessuti Berlin Jacket

Woolly Mammoth Fibre Co.

Pebble Beach Shawl by Curious Handmade knit in Kettle Yarn Co. Westminster

Walking Foot

Twin Needle

SHOP UPDATE

As you saw me mention in this podcast episode I sell project bags and knitting accessories for makers. See what's available in the shop today or email me to request a custom order.

New stock will be added Sunday 8th July 2018 8pm GMT

Thanks again for watching. Until next time, Alex x

 

Alex Collins | Episode 2 Show Notes - A Knitting and sewing podcast.

Hello friends, welcome to episode two of my knitting and sewing podcast! Join me as I chat about the projects I've been knitting and sewing so far this month and the plans I have for future projects. If you're interested to learn more about any of the pieces I shared in this episode you can find all the details below.

If you'd like to get the show notes straight to your inbox each time I post a new video to my YouTube channel you can join my show notes mailing list.

WHAT I'M WEARING

Sibella Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge knit using Quince & Co. Finch in the Storm colour way.

WHAT I'VE BEEN KNITTING

Treysta by Jennifer Steingass for Laine Magazine knit using Léttlopi Icelandic wool by Ístex in Celery Green Heather, Black Heather, Ash Heather and Bottle Green Heather from Meadow Yarn. Kehley inspired my colour choices with her version pictured here.

Bassenfell Shawl by Clare Devine for The Fibre Co. knit using The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering in the Nutkin colourway,

WHAT I'VE BEEN SEWING

Nikko Top by True Bias made using a ribbed jersey from Minerva Crafts

PLANS

I'm planning to make the Blackwood Cardigan by Helen's Closet inspired by this version and a short sleeve scoop neck Lark Tee by Grainline Studio using the fabric I bought at Ray Stitch.

I also want to turn the fabric I dyed at The Creativity Festival 2017 into a simple quilt.

MENTIONS

Love to Sew Podcast

Loop London

Koel Magazine

Bookhou

Meet the Maker interview by Kath Webber for 91 Magazine

Creativity Festival 2018 Tickets

My short film from my stay at the Creativity Festival 2017

The 100 Day Project - Follow my #100daysofprintasplay via my stories on Instagram

Elise Get's Crafty Podcast

SHOP UPDATE

As you saw me mention in this podcast episode I sell project bags and knitting accessories for makers. See what's available in the shop today or email me to request a custom order.

Thanks again for watching. Until next time, Alex x

 

Alex Collins | Episode 1 Show Notes - A Knitting and sewing podcast.

Hello friends, welcome to episode one of my knitting and sewing podcast! Join me as I chat about the projects I've been knitting and sewing in March and see which bags I've been sewing for the shop. If you're interested to learn more about any of the pieces I shared in this episode you can find all the details below.

If you'd like to get the show notes straight to your inbox each time I post a new video to my YouTube channel you can join my show notes mailing list.

WHAT I'M WEARING

Sibella Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge knit using Quince & Co. Finch in the Storm colour way.

WHAT I'VE BEEN KNITTING

Cyril Socks by Daniel Jorge of Little Bobbins Knits knit using Ginger Twist Studio.

Hermione's Every Day Socks by Erica Lueder knit using Five Moons Luna Plus 4ply Solids in the Bone colourway.

The wooden sock blockers you see me using are from The Loopy Ewe

Bassenfell Shawl by Clare Devine for The Fibre Co. knit using The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering in the Nutkin colourway,

Lucinda by Carrie Bostick Hoge from the Madder Anthology 2: Simple Pleasures I bought at Loop London. Knit using The Fibre Co. Luma in the Grigio colourway.

WHAT I'VE BEEN SEWING

Lark Tee by Grainline Studio with boat neck and 3/4 length sleeves made using organic cotton Interlock Stripes in Navy Blazer and White Medium from The Village Haberdashery

Envelope Pillow with Piping made using The How to Sew and Envelope Pillow with Piping tutorial by OnlineFabricStore.net I found on Pinterest. The Rifle Paper Co. Monstera Natural Canvas fabric was from The Tartan Reel.

PLANS

I'm planning to make the Nikko Top by True Bias in a ribbed knit fabric that I think will be perfect for layering. I'm also ready to cake up the Gregoria Fibers yarn I have to knit a new pair of simple ribbed socks.

MENTIONS

Maria of Stitched in Sweden

SHOP UPDATE

As you saw me mention in this podcast episode I sell project bags and knitting accessories for makers. See what's available in the shop today or email me to request a custom order.

Thanks again for watching. Until next time, Alex x

 

Alex Collins