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Long Thread Podcast: Rangina Hamidi

Season 6, Episode 10: Wanting to help the women in her native country called Rangina back to Afghanistan. Through the khamak embroidery they have practiced for generations, Kandahar Treasure supports women making a living with their needles.

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Margaret Stove, New Zealand’s Lacemaker to Royalty

Celebrate the coronation with the story behind a shawl for Prince William.

Long Thread Podcast: Melanie Falick

Season 6, Episode 7: The treasure in a handmade life isn’t just mastering skills and making goods, Melanie Falick says—it’s the power in creation, connection, and expression along the way.

Long Thread Podcast: Liz Sytsma and Theresa Hill, Wild Hand

Season 5, Episode 10: Every Local Yarn Store wants to be part of their community. Wild Hand takes it a step farther: with a written community commitment that guides every decision and a Little Free Fiber Library on the wall.

Long Thread Podcast: Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo

Season 5, Episode 5: While living in Dharamshala, India, and volunteering for the Tibetan Central Administration, Leslie walked into a workshop and fell in love with a rare practice of pieced, stitched fiber art, the thangka.

Long Thread Podcast: Sheri Berger

Season 4, Episode 9: What do you do when it's time to step back from your industry-leading yarn store and make some space for yourself? If you're Sheri Berger, you might find yourself accidentally beginning a brand-new needlework business.

Long Thread Podcast: Natalie Dupuis

Season 4, Episode 3: Once reserved for royalty and liturgy, gold embroidery is an art form that contemporary stitchers can explore and enjoy. Artist and instructor Natalie Dupuis shares her love of this colorful, shimmering fiber art.

Long Thread Podcast: Eileen Lee

Season 3, Episode 10: How does a textile tradition die—and how can it be saved? Hawaiian quilting developed as a unique art less than two centuries ago, but a tradition of secrecy put it in danger until one woman decided to preserve it.

Long Thread Podcast: Dr. Susan Kay-Williams

Season 3, Episode 9: The venerable British needlework institution teaches its students to stitch selfies, coronation robes, and everything between.

Long Thread Podcast: Laurann Gilbertson

Season 3, Episode 7: As the curator of Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum and Folk Art School, Laurann Gilbertson has a dream job for lovers of historic textiles.