Ellen Baker of The Long Thread {Podcast Episode #135}

Today’s guest is Ellen Baker of the Long Thread. Living in Atlanta, Georgia, Ellen started her blog in 2007 to chronicle her creations, connect with the larger community and share her designs. She went on to write both 1,2, 3 Sew and 1, 2, 3 Quilt as well as design fabrics for Kokka Fabrics.

During our discussion, we talk about her design process, including how she uses other mediums such as paper cutting, embroidery and stamping to create unique images.

We talk about her sheep design and how that came to be a piece of fabric.

Based on Ellen’s fabric design experience, we talk about the changes (and lack thereof in the industry), the recent acquisition of Free Spirit Fabrics, the issue of cultural appropriation, and ways to revitalize the industry. We also delve into the therapeutic power of making, crafting as a “feminist act”, and how she shares her passion in her work.

Notes from the Show:

Ellen Baker’s blog: The Long Thread

Ellen’s books: 1, 2, 3 Sew and 1, 2, 3 Quilt

Kokka Fabrics (where Ellen designs fabrics)

Dropcloth Sampler

Christian Robinson (guest designer for Cotton + Steel Fabrics)

Social Justice Sewing Academy

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Comments 2

  1. Really enjoyed this interview. The issues the discussion ranged over were interesting and authentic. I like how you don’t discuss quilting or fiber arts in vacuum but always have grounded in the industry and community as a whole.

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      Thank you, Alison! To me, quilting and fiber arts are often representative of our larger community and hope it can be seen in that context.

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