Episode 2: How I Work my Cultural Influences into My Designs

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In this episode, I take you behind the scenes of a commonly asked question from my community of Fibre Muses: how I work my cultural influences into my designs. I share my sources of inspiration and then the process of translating them into stitch patterns. My hopes for this episode is that by sharing my process, you’ll be inspired and empowered to do the same exploration in your own knitting.

Books mentioned in the Episode:

Maori Myth and Legend by A.W. Reed

Maori Weaving by Erenora Puketapu-Hetet

Te Taiao Maori and the Natural World by the Te Ara Team

Patterns Mentioned in this Episode:

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Atiru Shawl

Aroha Shawl

Kotiri Shawl

Patiki Shawl

Koru Cardigan

Taimana Cowl

Iraira Shawl


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This show is possible thanks to the support from Patreon. Patreon is a platform that allows fans to support their favourite makers in a sustainable and easy way and get exclusive rewards in return. If you enjoy the Fibre Muse Podcast and want to support the project, you can do so for as low as $2/month. You’ll receive exclusive access to a private FB community group where you’ll be able to join me for live-recordings of the show, plus get ad-free versions of the podcast. For $5/month, you’ll get free pattern downloads at the end of the month. Thanks to your support, we are able to pay the Aroha Knits team for the hard work they do and keep the business running sustainably!

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Episode 1.2: Why Now? Why this Podcast?

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In this mini episode, I give context as to why I created this podcast: what was holding me back, what served as a catalyst to get me out of my funk and my hopes for the future and impact of the show.


Support the Show on Patreon

This show is possible thanks to the support from Patreon. Patreon is a platform that allows fans to support their favourite makers in a sustainable and easy way and get exclusive rewards in return. If you enjoy the Fibre Muse Podcast and want to support the project, you can do so for as low as $2/month. You’ll receive exclusive access to a private FB community group where you’ll be able to join me for live-recordings of the show, plus get ad-free versions of the podcast. For $5/month, you’ll get free pattern downloads at the end of the month. Thanks to your support, we are able to pay the Aroha Knits team for the hard work they do and keep the business running sustainably!

Become a Patreon here.

PILOT Episode: Why I Became a Knitwear Designer

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The Fibre Muse Podcast is coming back with a new twist. This time it will just be me as the host, though I will be inviting guests to come onto the show.

What will the new Fibre Muse Podcast be about? At Aroha Knits, it is my mission to inspire and empower fibre artists to transform their yarn so they can manifest more joy, healing, connection and creativity into their lives, one stitch at a time.

My work as a knitwear designer focuses on exploring the intersection of the four aspects of making: self-care, self-discovery, self-expression and selflessness with my journey of making sense of my multicultural identity.

And on this podcast, I’ll be documenting this journey of self-actualization; of manifesting the Fibre Muse in my own making experience, through my own personal stories and round-table discussions with guests who use craft to explore their own identity.

So in the pilot episode of the newly revamped Fibre Muse Podcast, I share the true story of why I became a knitwear designer: for connection, healing, joy and creativity through the lens of my cultural heritage. It's a bit funny - over the past two years or so, I've felt like I've drifted away from this simple true calling as I was experimenting and testing things out with my work (I am a creative, after all), and now I cannot ignore this pull from within me to return back to my true calling.


Support the Show on Patreon

This show is possible thanks to the support from Patreon. Patreon is a platform that allows fans to support their favourite makers in a sustainable and easy way and get exclusive rewards in return. If you enjoy the Fibre Muse Podcast and want to support the project, you can do so for as low as $2/month. You’ll receive exclusive access to a private FB community group where you’ll be able to join me for live-recordings of the show, plus get ad-free versions of the podcast. For $5/month, you’ll get free pattern downloads at the end of the month. Thanks to your support, we are able to pay the Aroha Knits team for the hard work they do and keep the business running sustainably!

Become a Patreon here.

Episode 1.3: An Overview of the Fibre Muse Archetypes

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In this mini episode, I give an overview of what a Fibre Muse actually is: how it was created, the four archetypes and how this framework will play into the show.


Support the Show on Patreon

This show is possible thanks to the support from Patreon. Patreon is a platform that allows fans to support their favourite makers in a sustainable and easy way and get exclusive rewards in return. If you enjoy the Fibre Muse Podcast and want to support the project, you can do so for as low as $2/month. You’ll receive exclusive access to a private FB community group where you’ll be able to join me for live-recordings of the show, plus get ad-free versions of the podcast. For $5/month, you’ll get free pattern downloads at the end of the month. Thanks to your support, we are able to pay the Aroha Knits team for the hard work they do and keep the business running sustainably!

Become a Patreon here.