Saturday, August 7, 2010

GreenStitch Episode 3 - A visit with Ginger Hendrix

I so enjoyed the interview with the awesome Ginger Hendrix. Ginger's humor and energy really made my day. If you haven't yet listened to the podcast, I know you'll enjoy it as much as I did. Click on the title or here to get to the full episode.

Here are the links to keep up with Ginger's creative escapades:

Because I always tend to think in terms of "key messages," here are my thoughts from my chat with Ginger:

  • You don't need to have a deep background in sewing to be successful at it. In fact, if you don't have long-standing "rules" rattling around in your head, you can more easily unleash your creativity. Just jump in and do it!

  • Using reclaimed materials is a tremendously creative experience - partly because you aren't overwhelmed by endless options. You can accumulate a bit of a stash, and let the things you have on hand begin to "speak" to each other. You won't find things that match, like you would in a fabric store...but things will tend to "go together" in their own way.

  • Part of organizing your stash includes constantly culling and letting go of things you've decided you may not use. You haven't invested much in it, anyway -- don't be afraid to send it back to a thrift store so it can be ready for someone else to scoop up.

  • Let your friends know you're making new things out of old things. Invariably, they will give you stuff. Thank them warmly, use what you like, and donate the rest.

    Here are links to some of the specific topics Ginger covered:
  • Old polyester!

  • Putting words on things

  • Duffle bags for camping

  • Vintage polyester couch cover

  • Supplies from the car junkyard

  • Why 'Wienerdog Tricks'?

Ginger has generously offered a coupon code to GreenStitch listeners for purchases at the Trick Shop. Just enter GREEN25 to get 25% off.

Thanks so much, Ginger, for a really fun interview!

Here's the sheer blouse, dyed muslin skirt, and odd mesh sashes that I hope to turn into a cute hostess apron. Hmmm. Time will tell...

Remember to leave a comment on this or any other of the blog entries and your name will go into two drawings --one for the zippered pouch made out of curtain scraps (photo in previous post) and another for this set of six vintage pillowcases.

I'll do the drawing the evening of Aug. 15, so there's still plenty of time to get in on the giveaways. Thanks so much for being among the first listeners to the GreenStitch podcast.

Next podcast coming up soon, with a spotlight on another idea-filled blog for refashioners.


  1. Fantastic interview! Ginger is a great guest, and I was engrossed the entire time. You should have her on a little bit every time--Weiner Dog's Latest Trick or something.

  2. I love your ethos- and a giveaway already- scraps would be lovely! Fingers crossed

  3. thanks for the great interview and the giveaway.

  4. I LOVE the vintage fab! Thanks for the chance!

  5. i love giveaways. :)


  6. Came here via Ginger's website - loved the podcast and I'm going to be listening next to your previous two. This is a great topic that it's really being covered in the audiopodcast world regularly. I'm looking forward to subscribing and hearing more!


  7. Thanks for entering me in your sweet giveaway!

  8. I too am a new blogger and crafter ... so good luck. My site is about to give away a gift in honour of my 100th blog ... hope it will be as successful as yours. Love the vintage pillowslips ... I am really into them!

  9. Thank you for the interview and information on using reclaimed items, especially fabric. Please enter me in your giveaway. mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  10. Thanks for entering me in your sweet giveaway. And thanks for the great interview and info on reclaimed items. I do us reclaimed fabrics in my quilting and purse making.

  11. Ohh I love vintage fabrics! wonderful giveaway!

  12. I love collecting and using vintage sheets and pillowcases! Soon I will have enough for a bedsize quilt!

  13. Great interview, great giveaway. Thanks

  14. Love the pillow cases. They would make great pillow case dresses!

  15. I'm already a follower of Ginger's - and plan on subscribing to you so I can catch up. Love the pillow cases, they'd make a great start for me!!

  16. Thanks for the vintage giveaway. I already follower Ginger and love her site.

  17. I know your giveaway is already closed, but I just wanted to say I'm enjoying your podcast!

  18. Internet is full of surprise and the best one. it is interview with interesting people like that one that you did.