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Published on February 15th, 2009 | by Julie Finn

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Get Craft-Inspired with Crafty Podcasts

Listening to a podcast in a messy roomThere is an entire world of craft radio out there in the ether. In the same way in which I blog, obsessively, every single day about my crafty life on my personal blog and read the crafty blogs of others, there is also an audio/video version of that same crafty obsession that can be watched or listened to at one’s leisure.

While you grade papers, or wash the dishes, or eat your lunch, or walk home from school at night, you can listen to craft news (the CPSIA, although delayed, is still a big deal), craft opinion (which type of knitting needles are the best?) and interviews with other crafty people (Alicia Paulson has a lot of interesting things to say about the process of writing a craft how-to book).

I heart podcasts.Podcasts are short programs online, audio or video, produced by a organization (like Craft Magazine’s video podcast) or self-published (like the CraftLit podcast). You can stream podcasts or download them to your computer or mp3 player, and subscribe to them to have them downloaded automatically.

My personal favorite type of podcast is the interview format: Listening to an hour-long interview with some crafty celebrity whose blog I follow, or whose book I love, and hearing them thoughtfully answer thoughtful questions about their creative process, or the development of their technique, is fascinating to me. If that’s not quite your cup of tea, however, there are aplenty more crafty podcasts out in the world.

Here are some of my favorites:

For most of these, you can access their podcasts either through their web sites or through the Podcasts function on a media player like iTunes, which will also let you search podcasts by category.

How rockin’ would a Crafting a Green World podcast be?


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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.



16 Responses to Get Craft-Inspired with Crafty Podcasts

  1. Thanks for this TERRIFIC list of resources. I love listening to podcasts while I hoof it out on the treadmill, and the evening news is just too depressing for that purpose. So I’m going to add a couple of these podcasts to my list and get inspired + fit at the same time! :)

  2. Thanks for this TERRIFIC list of resources. I love listening to podcasts while I hoof it out on the treadmill, and the evening news is just too depressing for that purpose. So I’m going to add a couple of these podcasts to my list and get inspired + fit at the same time! :)

  3. Thanks for this TERRIFIC list of resources. I love listening to podcasts while I hoof it out on the treadmill, and the evening news is just too depressing for that purpose. So I’m going to add a couple of these podcasts to my list and get inspired + fit at the same time! :)

  4. Julie Finn says:

    Thanks! I included in my list only crafty podcasts that are still running, but you can also download complete episodes of podcasts that aren’t current anymore but that are still good–the Crafty Chica podcasts is one I can think of off the top of my head, for instance.

  5. Julie Finn says:

    Thanks! I included in my list only crafty podcasts that are still running, but you can also download complete episodes of podcasts that aren’t current anymore but that are still good–the Crafty Chica podcasts is one I can think of off the top of my head, for instance.

  6. Julie Finn says:

    Thanks! I included in my list only crafty podcasts that are still running, but you can also download complete episodes of podcasts that aren’t current anymore but that are still good–the Crafty Chica podcasts is one I can think of off the top of my head, for instance.

  7. Julie Finn says:

    Thanks! I included in my list only crafty podcasts that are still running, but you can also download complete episodes of podcasts that aren’t current anymore but that are still good–the Crafty Chica podcasts is one I can think of off the top of my head, for instance.

  8. Alesia Rose says:

    Cotton T-Shirts & Sweat Clothing .a wonderful reuseable gift, take the old toren and stained clothing cut into 2in strips then start pulling the fabric into tubes,turning the t’s & sweats wrong side out to make new fabric for rugs,potholders, and vest or jackets . sew the ends by over laping the end edges one small seam and roll the fabric up into balls , like yarn, you can make so much with these . sharing the green living. I am an old fashion quilter.
    most work still done by hand.

  9. Alesia Rose says:

    Cotton T-Shirts & Sweat Clothing .a wonderful reuseable gift, take the old toren and stained clothing cut into 2in strips then start pulling the fabric into tubes,turning the t’s & sweats wrong side out to make new fabric for rugs,potholders, and vest or jackets . sew the ends by over laping the end edges one small seam and roll the fabric up into balls , like yarn, you can make so much with these . sharing the green living. I am an old fashion quilter.
    most work still done by hand.

  10. Alesia Rose says:

    Cotton T-Shirts & Sweat Clothing .a wonderful reuseable gift, take the old toren and stained clothing cut into 2in strips then start pulling the fabric into tubes,turning the t’s & sweats wrong side out to make new fabric for rugs,potholders, and vest or jackets . sew the ends by over laping the end edges one small seam and roll the fabric up into balls , like yarn, you can make so much with these . sharing the green living. I am an old fashion quilter.
    most work still done by hand.

  11. Julie Finn says:

    One of my friends does that same kind of thing with plastic bags–cuts them into strips, ties them together, winds them into a ball, and crochets them into bigger, better grocery bags!

  12. Julie Finn says:

    One of my friends does that same kind of thing with plastic bags–cuts them into strips, ties them together, winds them into a ball, and crochets them into bigger, better grocery bags!

  13. Julie Finn says:

    One of my friends does that same kind of thing with plastic bags–cuts them into strips, ties them together, winds them into a ball, and crochets them into bigger, better grocery bags!

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  16. I am having problem with the first link. It gives a 404 error?

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