Seamwork radio


Last fall, Sarai Mitnick was in Montreal on holiday and we had a chance to finally meet. She brought her recording equipment, and over tea in my studio we had a long talk for Seamwork radio. It was a discussion I thought about many, many times over the coming months. Sarai has that empathic introvert’s gift of getting people to really open up, and I found myself talking about my life and personal history in a way I never had before (at least publicly). Listening back this weekend, I was happy to discover my low-level anxiety about it was unfounded. What felt like over-sharing at the time just feels honest now. If you’re interested in hearing a little more about my life than I generally share on the blog, you can do so here.

All of the Seamwork episodes are great and I highly suggest subscribing using whatever podcast service you use (Downcast is my preferred choice on Iphone). I conducted this interview with Gretchen Jones last year; you may also like Jenny Rushmore’s episode, and talking about male sewing with Mathew Holiday.

  • sallieforrer

    Saw this pop up on my feed yesterday. Can’t wait to sit down and give it a listen while I sew this afternoon!

  • I just finished listening and wanted to say thank you for being open and honest about the subject of money. I can imagine how anxiety inducing that might have been.

    • So much anxiety haha. In the moment I was just chatting with my pal, but for months after I was like OMG WHAT DID I SAY! WHY DID I SAY THAT?! But the response has been good so I’m cool with it now.

  • Kaoru Marie

    Loved listening to your episode!

  • Charlie [from blog Moments by

    OMG. I didn’t know they had sewing podcasts! That is AH-MAZING. Next destination after this website – podcast central!

    • It’s a really good one! I also recommend While She Naps and Thread Cult!

      • Charlie [from blog Moments by

        I had a listen to an episode – though I must say I wish the entire podcast was the free-flow interview part rather than the ‘narrated’ book like part. Perhaps working from home I’m craving just hearing chat whilst I work. I’ll give those a go as well. Thank you for the suggestions!

  • Kieran

    I listened on my way to work this morning, and it was amaaaaazing. Like, seriously amazing. Good job!

    • Thank you so much Kieran! I cringed at every “like” but I think 98% of us probably overuse it as a speaking crutch so I just breathed and let it go.

      • Kieran

        I didn’t even notice!

  • Hi Heather, I found your interview really interesting, and it was insightful to get your personal perspective on work and money. I’m very happy to be able to support your business through occasional pattern purchases! x

    • Thank you Anushka! I was nervous about being so personal but I think its kinda nice to be open about that sort of thing sometimes…

  • I really enjoyed the interview, it was really nice to get to know you. Probably my favourite Seamwork podcast to date.

  • Marjorie TRUNDLE

    I too really enjoyed your interview and it was great to know more about you and your work ethic, along with how money has shaped your life. Sewing has bought to your life what it has bought to mine and most of your followers; a sense of achievement and a way to create and express ourselves. I really admire you for your courage to follow your dream and to create patterns that so many of us love. I will look forward to what you create for us in the future.

    • Oh thank you so much Marjorie! I’m happy you enjoyed it. Sewing is the absolute best. I can’t think of any other thing that has had a more positive impact on my entire life…. I think a lot of us feel that way!

  • Lisa Poblenz

    That was such a great episode. My husband is from the Detroit area, so I loved that connection. It helped me understand his upbringing a little better. I also loved hearing your story and your thoughts about things. I’m always impressed when people really think about the world, and I can tell you do that. I actually listened to the episode twice yesterday. Thanks for sharing and letting us get to know you better.

    • Twice! Is it because I talk so fast? (haha) Thank you so much Lisa, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m sure your husband and I could exchange some stories – I used to spend a lot of time in Detroit!

  • julie d.

    one of my favorite seamwork radio podcasts!!!

  • DIY Wardrobe

    I enjoyed this – it’s so nice to know I’m reading the blog of someone who forms opinions, and thinks things over. I know what it’s like to leave an unrewarding but well-paid job to set up on your own, so it was great to hear how you felt during that process, and how it’s become such a success.

  • K_Line

    Have to say that I generally loathe podcasts but you’re a great interview Heather! Now I know you’re a Southern Ontario girl 🙂 And really, it’s fascinating to hear about your perspective on money and creativity.

  • anysteph

    So much hit home here. You are so brave and generous, Heather, to talk about some aspects of working class life that are still so difficult for me to talk about. My family is from Detroit (proper, then “white trash” collar suburbs) and I worked three jobs while attending university in Detroit — often until 2 AM, with my first class at 8 AM, before I went to nanny, have a night class, tend bar again… so hard. To this day, I can’t stand certain factory smells, either. It’s a real type of PTSD I think.

    • I suspect we could exchange some serious war stories Steph!! One of my worst factory moments was in night class one day. I used to be so tired when I got home at 8am that I would just wash my face and brush my teeth and pass out almost right away and then wake up 15 minutes before I was supposed to be in class. I was sitting in class looking at my arm and saw a streak of “clean” skin from where the water had run through the layer of grime on my skin. I had been unknowingly sleeping in a literal coating of filth because I was too tired to notice! Needless to say I started taking extremely thorough hot showers no matter how tired I was when I got home. *shudders*