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Collage Creative with Amy Small

Amy Small: Designer, Knitter, Business Owner and Mom

The Collage Creative podcast is weekly interview show dedicated to uncovering the motivations, daily routines and practices of women and men who are living life on their own terms. They may do this through a business they’ve created or they may simply choose to live differently in some way. What I hope to learn is what gave them the courage to say the heck with it, I’m doing it my way. We will delve into their routines, habits, favorite books, podcasts etc. On the flip side, we’ll talk about the hard parts of doing what they do – like the failures they’ve gone through and the sacrifices they’ve made to live this way. Expect to hear from amazing people from the fiber and design world as well as small business owners local to Boston. I hope these conversations will inspire you to create your own happy and unique path, whatever that may be! New episodes are released every Thursday.

Episodes

Jaime Jennings: Getting outside, hard things & her amazing mom
52:35
2017-09-28 08:04:11 UTC 52:35
Jaime Jennings: Getting outside, hard things & her amazing mom

Hey there! Welcome to episode 19 of the Collage Creative Podcast. z. Today on the show I have Jaime Jennings, the founder of Fancy Tiger Crafts, a gorgeous Colorado shop full of yarn, fabric and craft supplies. She and her partner have been in business for 11 years, quite a feat! We have a great conversation about getting outdoors and the effect that has on her work, as well as the good stuff that can come out of hard things and how her mom set one amazing biz lady example. I think you’re gonna enjoy this, so let’s get to it!

 

For show notes visit: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/19

Toni Lipsey: On shifting our focus and giving ourselves a little grace
48:33
2017-09-28 08:04:11 UTC 48:33
Toni Lipsey: On shifting our focus and giving ourselves a little grace

Today on the show I have Toni Lipsey, the crochet designer and creator behind TL Yarn Crafts. If you don’t know Toni well yet, this interview will make fall in love with her. Her warmth, openness and authenticity have left me wishing she was my best friend…there's so much to learn from her experiences and attitude. Stick around for the end where I’ll recap a few take aways.

For more info on Toni and to see photos of her and her work, visit the show notes right here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/18

Maryanne Moodie: Starting small and looking in
54:22
2017-09-28 08:04:11 UTC 54:22
Maryanne Moodie: Starting small and looking in

Today on the show I have Maryanne Moodie the weaver, who really needs no introduction beyond that because truly she is the Mick Jagger of the weaving world. She shares about how following her curiosity led her on this path and my favorite, how taking the time to look inward and work through all the emotions she feels has impacted her art and life. It’s so darn good! Stick around for the end where I’ll dive into my take always and announce a little giveaway I’m hosting this week over at Knit Collage.

Show notes here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/17

Zinzi Edmundson: Creating what resonates with you and balancing motherhood
53:16
2017-09-28 08:04:11 UTC 53:16
Zinzi Edmundson: Creating what resonates with you and balancing motherhood

Today on the show I have Zinzi Edmundson, the co-founder and editor of Knit Wit magazine. She tells us about her journey from bon apetite magazine, to touring worldwide with her band, to finally focusing whole heartendly on Knit Wit. I think the moms and aspisirng creative business owners out there are going to love this talk. Stick around for the end when I’ll talk about my main take aways and shed a little light into what’s happening in my world this week.

To find out more about Zinzi, including how to find her as well as photos of her family and work, visit my show notes here:

https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/16

Nancy Queen: On working, learning and staying relaxed
46:06
2017-09-28 08:04:11 UTC 46:06
Nancy Queen: On working, learning and staying relaxed

Today on the show i have Nancy Queen, the founder and owner of Noble Knits an online knitting shop with a focus on quick and simple knits or as she calls no thinking, no fear knits. Nancy was one of the very first shops to pick up our yarns and has been so free with helping me out with guidance along my journey, so I'm thrilled she is here with us today!

Find out more in the show notes at: 

https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/15

 

Amy Voloshin: On always evolving, failures & productivity journaling
40:53
2017-09-28 08:04:11 UTC 40:53
Amy Voloshin: On always evolving, failures & productivity journaling

Today on the show I have Amy Voloshin. Amy is the founder and owner of Printfresh, a textile design company and stationary company. On top of that, she and her husband Leo bought a warehouse in the Fishtown area of Philadelhia and turned it into an amazing office space. Lastly, she’s launching her own clothing line so soon called Voloshin. Amy and I started working at Free People together right out of college in 2003 – SO we have been friends a super long time. Amy started her textile print business just a little before I did and I’ve now seen it evolve into an empire with so many moving parts. The way she balances her life with work, health, date nights will inspire you! She also gives us a few great producitivy hacks and tips to staying calm in the face of any storm. Stick around for the end where I’ll talk about my main take aways and let you know what’s going on in my world right now, because it’s been a little bit of a nutty week here. 

 

For show notes: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/14

 

Meghan Fernandes: Leaving your comfort zone & embracing big changes
42:44
2017-09-28 08:04:11 UTC 42:44
Meghan Fernandes: Leaving your comfort zone & embracing big changes

Today on the show I have Meghan Fernadez, the co-founder and editor of Pom Pom magazine, the stunning knitting magazine that so many of us love so dearly. She is also a knitting designer with the most gorgeous knits up on Ravelry. She has such an interesting story full of adventure and new beginnings. I can’t wait for you to get to know her a little better. Head on over to my blog for the show notes: 

https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/13

 

Andrea Mowry: Finding your voice & embracing gratitude
50:08
2017-09-28 08:04:11 UTC 50:08
Andrea Mowry: Finding your voice & embracing gratitude

Today's episode was such a good one! I have Andrea Mowry of all the knitting fame. She left me feeling so inspired by the life that she and her family have crafted just as they want it. There were 2 powerful themes that ran through this interview and left me even more in awe of Andrea than I was when I went into our call. Stick around for the end when I dive into these in a little more detail. I loved getting to know Andrea on a deeper level from what I see on social media and I know you will too! 

 

Visit my site for the show notes and a few pics of Andrea and her family.

https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/12

Genevieve Day: Family, systems & running 2 businesses
56:49
2017-09-28 08:04:11 UTC 56:49
Genevieve Day: Family, systems & running 2 businesses

Today I have a very special guest, Genevieve Day, the owner of JP Knit & Stitch a fanastic LYS here in Boston and New England Farm to Fiber a shop at Boston’s Public Market that specializes in farm yarn. She’s been a long time friend, supporter and incredible inspiration into what running a business and juggling a family looks like. Best part, she is right here in person with me!

 

Find out more about Genevieve in the show notes here:

https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/11

Amy Small: Lessons learned so far on the podcast
18:22
2017-09-28 08:04:11 UTC 18:22
Amy Small: Lessons learned so far on the podcast

Every 10th episode, I’m going to do a wildcard episode just to mix things up and keep it a little kooky around here. Today I thought it would be fun to talk about the things I’ve learned from the guests and some of the unexpected things that have happened in my life since I launched. At the end I’ll dive into what I’ve been working on at Knit Collage and give you a little sneak peek into who to expect next on the show.

  See the show notes here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/10 

Shelley Brander: On empathy, her why & intuition
50:17
2017-09-28 08:04:11 UTC 50:17
Shelley Brander: On empathy, her why & intuition

Today we chat with Shelley Brander, the mastermind behind so many things. She owns a fantastic yarn shop in Tulsa, OK called Loops, she runs Loops Club, a monthly yarn subscription box and she’s the creator behind Knit Stars. Just saying it all, I have no idea how she manages to get them all done and so beautifully.Through them all she has touched so many. I find her path fascinating. There’s a ton to learn from her. Stick around for the end when I talk about a few of my favorite take aways.

To find out more about Shelley, visit the show notes here.

https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/9

Jessica Carey: Things learned from making
46:47
2017-09-28 08:04:11 UTC 46:47
Jessica Carey: Things learned from making

Today I have a very special guest, Jessica Carey, the genius behind Hook Nook and so many gorgeous crochet patterns. She takes us behind the scenes of her business and tells us about what brought her to crochet, how she juggles life with kids and why she likes to tune out social media from time to time. My favorite part comes at the end when she delves into how crochet has made her more confident and lead her to feel an amazing sense of self worth. Stay tuned for the end for my take aways, when I dive into this idea in a little more detail.

Visit my site here for the show notes! https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/8 

Stephen West: On freeing yourself from social norms
46:14
2017-09-28 08:04:11 UTC 46:14
Stephen West: On freeing yourself from social norms

In this episode I dive into a wonderfully juicy conversation with Stephen West, the insanely talented designer behind West Knits. We get into how he became a designer, what influenced him to live such an unapologetically creative life and what his life on the road looks like now.  Hint, it involves a lot of knitting in every way and in every place imaginable!

 

Find out more about Stephen in my show notes here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/7

Vickie Howell: On vulnerability and leaning into your oddities
53:25
2017-09-28 08:04:11 UTC 53:25
Vickie Howell: On vulnerability and leaning into your oddities

In today’s episode I interview Vickie Howell, TV host, author, podcaster, the list goes on! She tells us so much – like how her first businesses unknowingly led to a great opportunity in TV. You’ll definitely want to stick around to the end when she fills us in on the biggest thing she learned hosting a Kickstarter campaign, the kooky way she unwinds as a serial multi-tasker, and my favorite why leaning into your oddities might just be the best option for all of us.

 

Find out more about Vickie in the show notes here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/6

Sasha Rives 2: On resilience and taking time to learn about yourself
43:29
2017-09-28 08:04:11 UTC 43:29
Sasha Rives 2: On resilience and taking time to learn about yourself

Here we go with part 2 of my interview with Sasha Rives. We did this part in person while we were at the TNNA, a big yarn tradeshow for wholesale buyers last weekend.  After a year and half apart it was a blast getting to catch up again. She is a true renaissance soul with a voracious interest in so many things. We go into how we started working together, the flower garden she’s cultivating and her morning knitting routine. We also get into how the best (and least selfish!) thing you can do is to never stop getting to know yourself better. Amen to that!

 

Find out more in the show notes right here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/4

Sasha Rives 1: On resilience and taking time to learn about yourself
28:50
2017-09-28 08:04:11 UTC 28:50
Sasha Rives 1: On resilience and taking time to learn about yourself

Today’s episode is a little different. I introduce you to Sasha Rives, my colleague who I now work with closely. She has a super interesting background! She’s done a ton and been through a lot, so we decided to break the interview into 2 parts. In the first part, she tells us about opening her own yarn shop and how she picked herself up and rebuilt after a fire unexpectedly ruined her space. You’ll be surprised to hear what she decides to do in the end. Expect to be wowed by her resilience and grit.

 

Find out more in the show notes right her: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/4

Elsie Goodwin: On giving yourself the gift of work you love
44:31
2017-09-28 08:04:11 UTC 44:31
Elsie Goodwin: On giving yourself the gift of work you love

In this episode I interview Elsie Goodwin of Reform Fibers. She delves into what motivated her to start her business after having her first daughter – and how authenticity and connection have helped her grow her business AND get through rough patches. I love Elsie so much and know you will enjoy this chat. 

 

Find out more about Elsie in the show notes here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/3 

 

 

Beata Jezek: On secret gardens and knitting on through it all
33:04
2017-09-28 08:04:11 UTC 33:04
Beata Jezek: On secret gardens and knitting on through it all

In this episode I interview Beata Jezek of Hedgehog Fibers. She opens up about how losing her job during the recession jumpstarted her yarn business and how her mother’s strong work ethic shaped who she is today. We get into her Elizabeth Zimmerman tattoo, the magic garden she recently purchased and (thank god!) how she works with knitting genius Stephen West. Find out more about Beata in the show notes right here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/2

Amy Small: Welcome to Collage Creative - my story
28:00
2017-09-28 08:04:11 UTC 28:00
Amy Small: Welcome to Collage Creative - my story

In Collage Creative's first episode, Amy Small, owner of Knit Collage, discusses her inspiration and motivation behind starting a podcast. To give you a preview of what to expect with future guests, she interviews herself sharing personal stories, habits, fears, failures and motivations for living life on her own terms as well as running her business! 

 

Check out the show notes right here for more info: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/the-podcast-is-here

Erin Barrett of Sunwoven Studios: Work that helps us grow
52:01
2017-10-09 07:24:06 UTC 52:01
Erin Barrett of Sunwoven Studios: Work that helps us grow

Today on the show I have Erin Barrett, the extraordinary weaver and mastermind behind Sunwoven Studios. In this conversation, we talk about her desire to find work that fit into her life as mom started it all, the importance of selfcare and how having her business has helped her grow and learn more about herself and others.

For show notes, visit my blog at: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/21

Amy & Laura Small: The enemy of creativity and why our maker community is so darn important
26:02
2017-10-09 07:24:06 UTC 26:02
Amy & Laura Small: The enemy of creativity and why our maker community is so darn important

Welcome to episode 20 of the Collage Creative Podcast, hosted by myself Amy Small. This podcast is a weekly interview show dedicated to uncovering the stories, motivations and practices of women and men who are living life on their own terms through work they love. So today is episode #20 which means I've got something a little different in store because that is just what I do here every 10th episode. So in this episode I’m going to talk about my current struggles and how the past 9 conversations (and really all of them) have helped me work through those. The core of what I speak about is what holds back my creativity and growth. In the second part of the interview, I hop on a call with my Sister who an online community expert and she’s going to drop some knowledge about that on us, especially as it relates to knitalongs and our maker community. At the end we laugh our heads off about Laura's youtube show, Feelings and Football.

For show notes visit my site: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/20

Jaime Jennings: Getting outside, hard things & her amazing mom
52:35
2017-10-09 07:24:06 UTC 52:35
Jaime Jennings: Getting outside, hard things & her amazing mom

Hey there! Welcome to episode 19 of the Collage Creative Podcast. z. Today on the show I have Jaime Jennings, the founder of Fancy Tiger Crafts, a gorgeous Colorado shop full of yarn, fabric and craft supplies. She and her partner have been in business for 11 years, quite a feat! We have a great conversation about getting outdoors and the effect that has on her work, as well as the good stuff that can come out of hard things and how her mom set one amazing biz lady example. I think you’re gonna enjoy this, so let’s get to it!

 

For show notes visit: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/19

Toni Lipsey: On shifting our focus and giving ourselves a little grace
48:33
2017-10-09 07:24:06 UTC 48:33
Toni Lipsey: On shifting our focus and giving ourselves a little grace

Today on the show I have Toni Lipsey, the crochet designer and creator behind TL Yarn Crafts. If you don’t know Toni well yet, this interview will make fall in love with her. Her warmth, openness and authenticity have left me wishing she was my best friend…there's so much to learn from her experiences and attitude. Stick around for the end where I’ll recap a few take aways.

For more info on Toni and to see photos of her and her work, visit the show notes right here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/18

Maryanne Moodie: Starting small and looking in
54:22
2017-10-09 07:24:06 UTC 54:22
Maryanne Moodie: Starting small and looking in

Today on the show I have Maryanne Moodie the weaver, who really needs no introduction beyond that because truly she is the Mick Jagger of the weaving world. She shares about how following her curiosity led her on this path and my favorite, how taking the time to look inward and work through all the emotions she feels has impacted her art and life. It’s so darn good! Stick around for the end where I’ll dive into my take always and announce a little giveaway I’m hosting this week over at Knit Collage.

Show notes here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/17

Zinzi Edmundson: Creating what resonates with you and balancing motherhood
53:16
2017-10-09 07:24:06 UTC 53:16
Zinzi Edmundson: Creating what resonates with you and balancing motherhood

Today on the show I have Zinzi Edmundson, the co-founder and editor of Knit Wit magazine. She tells us about her journey from bon apetite magazine, to touring worldwide with her band, to finally focusing whole heartendly on Knit Wit. I think the moms and aspisirng creative business owners out there are going to love this talk. Stick around for the end when I’ll talk about my main take aways and shed a little light into what’s happening in my world this week.

To find out more about Zinzi, including how to find her as well as photos of her family and work, visit my show notes here:

https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/16

Nancy Queen: On working, learning and staying relaxed
46:06
2017-10-09 07:24:06 UTC 46:06
Nancy Queen: On working, learning and staying relaxed

Today on the show i have Nancy Queen, the founder and owner of Noble Knits an online knitting shop with a focus on quick and simple knits or as she calls no thinking, no fear knits. Nancy was one of the very first shops to pick up our yarns and has been so free with helping me out with guidance along my journey, so I'm thrilled she is here with us today!

Find out more in the show notes at: 

https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/15

 

Amy Voloshin: On always evolving, failures & productivity journaling
40:53
2017-10-09 07:24:06 UTC 40:53
Amy Voloshin: On always evolving, failures & productivity journaling

Today on the show I have Amy Voloshin. Amy is the founder and owner of Printfresh, a textile design company and stationary company. On top of that, she and her husband Leo bought a warehouse in the Fishtown area of Philadelhia and turned it into an amazing office space. Lastly, she’s launching her own clothing line so soon called Voloshin. Amy and I started working at Free People together right out of college in 2003 – SO we have been friends a super long time. Amy started her textile print business just a little before I did and I’ve now seen it evolve into an empire with so many moving parts. The way she balances her life with work, health, date nights will inspire you! She also gives us a few great producitivy hacks and tips to staying calm in the face of any storm. Stick around for the end where I’ll talk about my main take aways and let you know what’s going on in my world right now, because it’s been a little bit of a nutty week here. 

 

For show notes: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/14

 

Meghan Fernandes: Leaving your comfort zone & embracing big changes
42:44
2017-10-09 07:24:06 UTC 42:44
Meghan Fernandes: Leaving your comfort zone & embracing big changes

Today on the show I have Meghan Fernadez, the co-founder and editor of Pom Pom magazine, the stunning knitting magazine that so many of us love so dearly. She is also a knitting designer with the most gorgeous knits up on Ravelry. She has such an interesting story full of adventure and new beginnings. I can’t wait for you to get to know her a little better. Head on over to my blog for the show notes: 

https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/13

 

Andrea Mowry: Finding your voice & embracing gratitude
50:08
2017-10-09 07:24:06 UTC 50:08
Andrea Mowry: Finding your voice & embracing gratitude

Today's episode was such a good one! I have Andrea Mowry of all the knitting fame. She left me feeling so inspired by the life that she and her family have crafted just as they want it. There were 2 powerful themes that ran through this interview and left me even more in awe of Andrea than I was when I went into our call. Stick around for the end when I dive into these in a little more detail. I loved getting to know Andrea on a deeper level from what I see on social media and I know you will too! 

 

Visit my site for the show notes and a few pics of Andrea and her family.

https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/12

Genevieve Day: Family, systems & running 2 businesses
56:49
2017-10-09 07:24:06 UTC 56:49
Genevieve Day: Family, systems & running 2 businesses

Today I have a very special guest, Genevieve Day, the owner of JP Knit & Stitch a fanastic LYS here in Boston and New England Farm to Fiber a shop at Boston’s Public Market that specializes in farm yarn. She’s been a long time friend, supporter and incredible inspiration into what running a business and juggling a family looks like. Best part, she is right here in person with me!

 

Find out more about Genevieve in the show notes here:

https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/11

Amy Small: Lessons learned so far on the podcast
18:22
2017-10-09 07:24:06 UTC 18:22
Amy Small: Lessons learned so far on the podcast

Every 10th episode, I’m going to do a wildcard episode just to mix things up and keep it a little kooky around here. Today I thought it would be fun to talk about the things I’ve learned from the guests and some of the unexpected things that have happened in my life since I launched. At the end I’ll dive into what I’ve been working on at Knit Collage and give you a little sneak peek into who to expect next on the show.

  See the show notes here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/10 

Shelley Brander: On empathy, her why & intuition
50:17
2017-10-09 07:24:06 UTC 50:17
Shelley Brander: On empathy, her why & intuition

Today we chat with Shelley Brander, the mastermind behind so many things. She owns a fantastic yarn shop in Tulsa, OK called Loops, she runs Loops Club, a monthly yarn subscription box and she’s the creator behind Knit Stars. Just saying it all, I have no idea how she manages to get them all done and so beautifully.Through them all she has touched so many. I find her path fascinating. There’s a ton to learn from her. Stick around for the end when I talk about a few of my favorite take aways.

To find out more about Shelley, visit the show notes here.

https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/9

Jessica Carey: Things learned from making
46:47
2017-10-09 07:24:06 UTC 46:47
Jessica Carey: Things learned from making

Today I have a very special guest, Jessica Carey, the genius behind Hook Nook and so many gorgeous crochet patterns. She takes us behind the scenes of her business and tells us about what brought her to crochet, how she juggles life with kids and why she likes to tune out social media from time to time. My favorite part comes at the end when she delves into how crochet has made her more confident and lead her to feel an amazing sense of self worth. Stay tuned for the end for my take aways, when I dive into this idea in a little more detail.

Visit my site here for the show notes! https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/8 

Stephen West: On freeing yourself from social norms
46:14
2017-10-09 07:24:06 UTC 46:14
Stephen West: On freeing yourself from social norms

In this episode I dive into a wonderfully juicy conversation with Stephen West, the insanely talented designer behind West Knits. We get into how he became a designer, what influenced him to live such an unapologetically creative life and what his life on the road looks like now.  Hint, it involves a lot of knitting in every way and in every place imaginable!

 

Find out more about Stephen in my show notes here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/7

Vickie Howell: On vulnerability and leaning into your oddities
53:25
2017-10-09 07:24:06 UTC 53:25
Vickie Howell: On vulnerability and leaning into your oddities

In today’s episode I interview Vickie Howell, TV host, author, podcaster, the list goes on! She tells us so much – like how her first businesses unknowingly led to a great opportunity in TV. You’ll definitely want to stick around to the end when she fills us in on the biggest thing she learned hosting a Kickstarter campaign, the kooky way she unwinds as a serial multi-tasker, and my favorite why leaning into your oddities might just be the best option for all of us.

 

Find out more about Vickie in the show notes here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/6

Sasha Rives 2: On resilience and taking time to learn about yourself
43:29
2017-10-09 07:24:06 UTC 43:29
Sasha Rives 2: On resilience and taking time to learn about yourself

Here we go with part 2 of my interview with Sasha Rives. We did this part in person while we were at the TNNA, a big yarn tradeshow for wholesale buyers last weekend.  After a year and half apart it was a blast getting to catch up again. She is a true renaissance soul with a voracious interest in so many things. We go into how we started working together, the flower garden she’s cultivating and her morning knitting routine. We also get into how the best (and least selfish!) thing you can do is to never stop getting to know yourself better. Amen to that!

 

Find out more in the show notes right here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/4

Sasha Rives 1: On resilience and taking time to learn about yourself
28:50
2017-10-09 07:24:06 UTC 28:50
Sasha Rives 1: On resilience and taking time to learn about yourself

Today’s episode is a little different. I introduce you to Sasha Rives, my colleague who I now work with closely. She has a super interesting background! She’s done a ton and been through a lot, so we decided to break the interview into 2 parts. In the first part, she tells us about opening her own yarn shop and how she picked herself up and rebuilt after a fire unexpectedly ruined her space. You’ll be surprised to hear what she decides to do in the end. Expect to be wowed by her resilience and grit.

 

Find out more in the show notes right her: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/4

Elsie Goodwin: On giving yourself the gift of work you love
44:31
2017-10-09 07:24:06 UTC 44:31
Elsie Goodwin: On giving yourself the gift of work you love

In this episode I interview Elsie Goodwin of Reform Fibers. She delves into what motivated her to start her business after having her first daughter – and how authenticity and connection have helped her grow her business AND get through rough patches. I love Elsie so much and know you will enjoy this chat. 

 

Find out more about Elsie in the show notes here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/3 

 

 

Beata Jezek: On secret gardens and knitting on through it all
33:04
2017-10-09 07:24:06 UTC 33:04
Beata Jezek: On secret gardens and knitting on through it all

In this episode I interview Beata Jezek of Hedgehog Fibers. She opens up about how losing her job during the recession jumpstarted her yarn business and how her mother’s strong work ethic shaped who she is today. We get into her Elizabeth Zimmerman tattoo, the magic garden she recently purchased and (thank god!) how she works with knitting genius Stephen West. Find out more about Beata in the show notes right here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/2

Amy Small: Welcome to Collage Creative - my story
28:00
2017-10-09 07:24:06 UTC 28:00
Amy Small: Welcome to Collage Creative - my story

In Collage Creative's first episode, Amy Small, owner of Knit Collage, discusses her inspiration and motivation behind starting a podcast. To give you a preview of what to expect with future guests, she interviews herself sharing personal stories, habits, fears, failures and motivations for living life on her own terms as well as running her business! 

 

Check out the show notes right here for more info: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/the-podcast-is-here

Anna Wallack: Growing Misha & Puff and releasing the fear of failure
39:18
2017-12-19 09:12:46 UTC 39:18
Anna Wallack: Growing Misha & Puff and releasing the fear of failure

Today on the show I have Anna Wallack, the founder of Misha and Puff – beloved baby and kids clothing knitwear line. It’s a really good one guys – my favorite part has to be her take on CLEANING – yup you heard me right and then more seriously, her thoughts on releasing the fear of failure. They’re real good! Let’s dive in.

 

Show notes: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/31

Amy Small ~ updates & a quick survey
12:06
2017-12-19 09:12:46 UTC 12:06
Amy Small ~ updates & a quick survey

You might not know that for every 10th episode, I do a little something different around here. Last time I had my sister on which was a lot of fun- she talked to us about community as I geared up for my knitalong. In the 10th episode I spoke about things I had learned from my guests to far. Today is just going to be me and it will be a little mini one. I thought this would be a fun opportunity to dive into what’s really going on here at Knit Collage and things I’ve been wrestling for the past month or so and I want to get your opinion on what direction to take with the podcast next – so stay tuned for that!

 

Show notes: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/30

Rachel Denbow: On her journey & why you must take time out for your creative curiosities
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2017-12-19 09:12:46 UTC 41:11
Rachel Denbow: On her journey & why you must take time out for your creative curiosities

Today on the show I have Rachel Denbow, the lady behind so many things – she’s a weaver, an author and ongoing contributor to the ABM blog. Stick around for the end when she give us her best advice for living a more creative life – it’s gold. Let’s dive in.

 

Show notes at: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/29

Esther Rodgers: On her fiber journey and coping with cancer
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2017-12-19 09:12:46 UTC 01:01:29
Esther Rodgers: On her fiber journey and coping with cancer

Today on the show I have Esther Rodgers, the extrodinairy spinner and weaver behind Jazz Turtle creations. She’s a teacher, writer and expert craftswoman. In this episode we dive deep into how her fiber journey began and the incredible battle she’s had this year fighting cancer. It’s a deep one that I hope will make you think differently, let’s dive in!

Show notes here:

https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/27

Courtney Kelly: Kelbourne Woolens, appalling grades and becoming one kick butt biz lady
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 55:27
Courtney Kelly: Kelbourne Woolens, appalling grades and becoming one kick butt biz lady

Today on the show I have Courtney Kelley, the founder of Kelbourne Woolens, a yarn distribturor and pattern company to mention just a few of the things they do! This podcast episode ended up being very far ranging, we get into a bunch of different things. We get into her self described appauling grades in high school and her mother’s hands off parenting approach that lead the way for her to be one kick butt biz lady now. I think you’re really going to enjoy it, so let’s dive in!

 

Show notes here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/27

Dani McDonald: On growing her shop Flock & the amazing example her parents set
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 54:09
Dani McDonald: On growing her shop Flock & the amazing example her parents set

Today on the show I have Dani McDonald, the founder of Flock, a Boston boutique full of so many beautiful things. I adore the shop and have been a long time fan of Dani. We get into how her business came to be, her love of music and the amazing example her father set for her. For show notes, visit: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/26

Laura Zander: Her Jimmy Beans Wool journey, how she reframes challenges & our India collaboration
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 51:34
Laura Zander: Her Jimmy Beans Wool journey, how she reframes challenges & our India collaboration

Today on the show I have Laura Zander, the lady behind the online yarn heaven, Jimmy Beans Wool. She goes into how she reframes challenges in her life and shares all the details on our upcoming trip to India – why this means so much to her, what part my business will play in the journey and lastly, how to get involved.

 

To learn more about Laura and the India trip, see my show notes here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/25

Elise Cripe: On planning your creative time & so much more
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 47:05
Elise Cripe: On planning your creative time & so much more

Today on the show I have Elise Cripe, the creator of the Get to work planner, the Elise gets crafty podcast and newest to her repertoire her ‘Encouraging creative kids e-course’. The epidsode is jam packed with good stuff. She gives us great tips for prioritizing creativity, productivity and shares many of her favorite books and podcast with us, all of which I had not heard of. For show notes, follow this link:

 

https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/24

Heather Walpole: On surrounding yourself with people that light you up
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 49:49
Heather Walpole: On surrounding yourself with people that light you up

Today on the show I have Heather Walpole, the creator and owner of Ewe Ewe Yarns, a company that embodies fun happy, relaxed yarn and patterns. She dives into the sacrifices she’s had to make as a small business owner and my favorite, how befriending and surrounding yourself with people that inspire you can open you up to new possibilities and opportunities.

 

Show notes here:

https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/23

Kristal Hill ~ Free People Creative Director on diving in to release worry & stress
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 59:42
Kristal Hill ~ Free People Creative Director on diving in to release worry & stress

Today on the show I have Kristal Hill, the creative director of lifestyle & design at Free People.  Kristal tells a story I bet all of us can relate to – how stress can affect our health. The way she got well is a huge inspiration that has left me feeling not the least bit guilty about taking time for myself. For show notes follow this link: 

 

https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/22

Erin Barrett of Sunwoven Studios: Work that helps us grow
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 52:01
Erin Barrett of Sunwoven Studios: Work that helps us grow

Today on the show I have Erin Barrett, the extraordinary weaver and mastermind behind Sunwoven Studios. In this conversation, we talk about her desire to find work that fit into her life as mom started it all, the importance of selfcare and how having her business has helped her grow and learn more about herself and others.

For show notes, visit my blog at: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/21

Amy & Laura Small: The enemy of creativity and why our maker community is so darn important
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 26:02
Amy & Laura Small: The enemy of creativity and why our maker community is so darn important

Welcome to episode 20 of the Collage Creative Podcast, hosted by myself Amy Small. This podcast is a weekly interview show dedicated to uncovering the stories, motivations and practices of women and men who are living life on their own terms through work they love. So today is episode #20 which means I've got something a little different in store because that is just what I do here every 10th episode. So in this episode I’m going to talk about my current struggles and how the past 9 conversations (and really all of them) have helped me work through those. The core of what I speak about is what holds back my creativity and growth. In the second part of the interview, I hop on a call with my Sister who an online community expert and she’s going to drop some knowledge about that on us, especially as it relates to knitalongs and our maker community. At the end we laugh our heads off about Laura's youtube show, Feelings and Football.

For show notes visit my site: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/20

Jaime Jennings: Getting outside, hard things & her amazing mom
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 52:35
Jaime Jennings: Getting outside, hard things & her amazing mom

Hey there! Welcome to episode 19 of the Collage Creative Podcast. z. Today on the show I have Jaime Jennings, the founder of Fancy Tiger Crafts, a gorgeous Colorado shop full of yarn, fabric and craft supplies. She and her partner have been in business for 11 years, quite a feat! We have a great conversation about getting outdoors and the effect that has on her work, as well as the good stuff that can come out of hard things and how her mom set one amazing biz lady example. I think you’re gonna enjoy this, so let’s get to it!

 

For show notes visit: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/19

Toni Lipsey: On shifting our focus and giving ourselves a little grace
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 48:33
Toni Lipsey: On shifting our focus and giving ourselves a little grace

Today on the show I have Toni Lipsey, the crochet designer and creator behind TL Yarn Crafts. If you don’t know Toni well yet, this interview will make fall in love with her. Her warmth, openness and authenticity have left me wishing she was my best friend…there's so much to learn from her experiences and attitude. Stick around for the end where I’ll recap a few take aways.

For more info on Toni and to see photos of her and her work, visit the show notes right here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/18

Maryanne Moodie: Starting small and looking in
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 54:22
Maryanne Moodie: Starting small and looking in

Today on the show I have Maryanne Moodie the weaver, who really needs no introduction beyond that because truly she is the Mick Jagger of the weaving world. She shares about how following her curiosity led her on this path and my favorite, how taking the time to look inward and work through all the emotions she feels has impacted her art and life. It’s so darn good! Stick around for the end where I’ll dive into my take always and announce a little giveaway I’m hosting this week over at Knit Collage.

Show notes here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/17

Zinzi Edmundson: Creating what resonates with you and balancing motherhood
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 53:16
Zinzi Edmundson: Creating what resonates with you and balancing motherhood

Today on the show I have Zinzi Edmundson, the co-founder and editor of Knit Wit magazine. She tells us about her journey from bon apetite magazine, to touring worldwide with her band, to finally focusing whole heartendly on Knit Wit. I think the moms and aspisirng creative business owners out there are going to love this talk. Stick around for the end when I’ll talk about my main take aways and shed a little light into what’s happening in my world this week.

To find out more about Zinzi, including how to find her as well as photos of her family and work, visit my show notes here:

https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/16

Nancy Queen: On working, learning and staying relaxed
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 46:06
Nancy Queen: On working, learning and staying relaxed

Today on the show i have Nancy Queen, the founder and owner of Noble Knits an online knitting shop with a focus on quick and simple knits or as she calls no thinking, no fear knits. Nancy was one of the very first shops to pick up our yarns and has been so free with helping me out with guidance along my journey, so I'm thrilled she is here with us today!

Find out more in the show notes at: 

https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/15

 

Amy Voloshin: On always evolving, failures & productivity journaling
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 40:53
Amy Voloshin: On always evolving, failures & productivity journaling

Today on the show I have Amy Voloshin. Amy is the founder and owner of Printfresh, a textile design company and stationary company. On top of that, she and her husband Leo bought a warehouse in the Fishtown area of Philadelhia and turned it into an amazing office space. Lastly, she’s launching her own clothing line so soon called Voloshin. Amy and I started working at Free People together right out of college in 2003 – SO we have been friends a super long time. Amy started her textile print business just a little before I did and I’ve now seen it evolve into an empire with so many moving parts. The way she balances her life with work, health, date nights will inspire you! She also gives us a few great producitivy hacks and tips to staying calm in the face of any storm. Stick around for the end where I’ll talk about my main take aways and let you know what’s going on in my world right now, because it’s been a little bit of a nutty week here. 

 

For show notes: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/14

 

Meghan Fernandes: Leaving your comfort zone & embracing big changes
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 42:44
Meghan Fernandes: Leaving your comfort zone & embracing big changes

Today on the show I have Meghan Fernadez, the co-founder and editor of Pom Pom magazine, the stunning knitting magazine that so many of us love so dearly. She is also a knitting designer with the most gorgeous knits up on Ravelry. She has such an interesting story full of adventure and new beginnings. I can’t wait for you to get to know her a little better. Head on over to my blog for the show notes: 

https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/13

 

Andrea Mowry: Finding your voice & embracing gratitude
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 50:08
Andrea Mowry: Finding your voice & embracing gratitude

Today's episode was such a good one! I have Andrea Mowry of all the knitting fame. She left me feeling so inspired by the life that she and her family have crafted just as they want it. There were 2 powerful themes that ran through this interview and left me even more in awe of Andrea than I was when I went into our call. Stick around for the end when I dive into these in a little more detail. I loved getting to know Andrea on a deeper level from what I see on social media and I know you will too! 

 

Visit my site for the show notes and a few pics of Andrea and her family.

https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/12

Genevieve Day: Family, systems & running 2 businesses
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 56:49
Genevieve Day: Family, systems & running 2 businesses

Today I have a very special guest, Genevieve Day, the owner of JP Knit & Stitch a fanastic LYS here in Boston and New England Farm to Fiber a shop at Boston’s Public Market that specializes in farm yarn. She’s been a long time friend, supporter and incredible inspiration into what running a business and juggling a family looks like. Best part, she is right here in person with me!

 

Find out more about Genevieve in the show notes here:

https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/11

Amy Small: Lessons learned so far on the podcast
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 18:22
Amy Small: Lessons learned so far on the podcast

Every 10th episode, I’m going to do a wildcard episode just to mix things up and keep it a little kooky around here. Today I thought it would be fun to talk about the things I’ve learned from the guests and some of the unexpected things that have happened in my life since I launched. At the end I’ll dive into what I’ve been working on at Knit Collage and give you a little sneak peek into who to expect next on the show.

  See the show notes here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/10 

Shelley Brander: On empathy, her why & intuition
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 50:17
Shelley Brander: On empathy, her why & intuition

Today we chat with Shelley Brander, the mastermind behind so many things. She owns a fantastic yarn shop in Tulsa, OK called Loops, she runs Loops Club, a monthly yarn subscription box and she’s the creator behind Knit Stars. Just saying it all, I have no idea how she manages to get them all done and so beautifully.Through them all she has touched so many. I find her path fascinating. There’s a ton to learn from her. Stick around for the end when I talk about a few of my favorite take aways.

To find out more about Shelley, visit the show notes here.

https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/9

Jessica Carey: Things learned from making
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 46:47
Jessica Carey: Things learned from making

Today I have a very special guest, Jessica Carey, the genius behind Hook Nook and so many gorgeous crochet patterns. She takes us behind the scenes of her business and tells us about what brought her to crochet, how she juggles life with kids and why she likes to tune out social media from time to time. My favorite part comes at the end when she delves into how crochet has made her more confident and lead her to feel an amazing sense of self worth. Stay tuned for the end for my take aways, when I dive into this idea in a little more detail.

Visit my site here for the show notes! https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/8 

Stephen West: On freeing yourself from social norms
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 46:14
Stephen West: On freeing yourself from social norms

In this episode I dive into a wonderfully juicy conversation with Stephen West, the insanely talented designer behind West Knits. We get into how he became a designer, what influenced him to live such an unapologetically creative life and what his life on the road looks like now.  Hint, it involves a lot of knitting in every way and in every place imaginable!

 

Find out more about Stephen in my show notes here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/7

Vickie Howell: On vulnerability and leaning into your oddities
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 53:25
Vickie Howell: On vulnerability and leaning into your oddities

In today’s episode I interview Vickie Howell, TV host, author, podcaster, the list goes on! She tells us so much – like how her first businesses unknowingly led to a great opportunity in TV. You’ll definitely want to stick around to the end when she fills us in on the biggest thing she learned hosting a Kickstarter campaign, the kooky way she unwinds as a serial multi-tasker, and my favorite why leaning into your oddities might just be the best option for all of us.

 

Find out more about Vickie in the show notes here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/6

Sasha Rives 2: On resilience and taking time to learn about yourself
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 43:29
Sasha Rives 2: On resilience and taking time to learn about yourself

Here we go with part 2 of my interview with Sasha Rives. We did this part in person while we were at the TNNA, a big yarn tradeshow for wholesale buyers last weekend.  After a year and half apart it was a blast getting to catch up again. She is a true renaissance soul with a voracious interest in so many things. We go into how we started working together, the flower garden she’s cultivating and her morning knitting routine. We also get into how the best (and least selfish!) thing you can do is to never stop getting to know yourself better. Amen to that!

 

Find out more in the show notes right here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/4

Sasha Rives 1: On resilience and taking time to learn about yourself
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 28:50
Sasha Rives 1: On resilience and taking time to learn about yourself

Today’s episode is a little different. I introduce you to Sasha Rives, my colleague who I now work with closely. She has a super interesting background! She’s done a ton and been through a lot, so we decided to break the interview into 2 parts. In the first part, she tells us about opening her own yarn shop and how she picked herself up and rebuilt after a fire unexpectedly ruined her space. You’ll be surprised to hear what she decides to do in the end. Expect to be wowed by her resilience and grit.

 

Find out more in the show notes right her: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/4

Elsie Goodwin: On giving yourself the gift of work you love
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 44:31
Elsie Goodwin: On giving yourself the gift of work you love

In this episode I interview Elsie Goodwin of Reform Fibers. She delves into what motivated her to start her business after having her first daughter – and how authenticity and connection have helped her grow her business AND get through rough patches. I love Elsie so much and know you will enjoy this chat. 

 

Find out more about Elsie in the show notes here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/3 

 

 

Beata Jezek: On secret gardens and knitting on through it all
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 33:04
Beata Jezek: On secret gardens and knitting on through it all

In this episode I interview Beata Jezek of Hedgehog Fibers. She opens up about how losing her job during the recession jumpstarted her yarn business and how her mother’s strong work ethic shaped who she is today. We get into her Elizabeth Zimmerman tattoo, the magic garden she recently purchased and (thank god!) how she works with knitting genius Stephen West. Find out more about Beata in the show notes right here: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/2

Amy Small: Welcome to Collage Creative - my story
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2017-12-19 09:12:47 UTC 28:00
Amy Small: Welcome to Collage Creative - my story

In Collage Creative's first episode, Amy Small, owner of Knit Collage, discusses her inspiration and motivation behind starting a podcast. To give you a preview of what to expect with future guests, she interviews herself sharing personal stories, habits, fears, failures and motivations for living life on her own terms as well as running her business! 

 

Check out the show notes right here for more info: https://knitcollage.com/blogs/podcast/the-podcast-is-here