In this episode, Sarah and Zoe talk about why we craft and why it's so important to us, covering everything from family heirlooms to the satisfaction of seeing a finished project. Sarah reveals a romantic gift passed down to her from her grandparents and Zoe shares her love of family quilts.


We also talk about craftivism, subversive embroidery, self-esteem and the satisfaction of seeing a perfect craft project come together.

You can find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Acast or wherever you get your podcasts. Alternatively, you can use the player below to listen to the episode online.

Projects of the week

This week, Zoe has been making a mess while preparing her project of the week: wax bath melts. She loves them so much that she's going to make them for everyone she knows!

Sarah has been having a go at some art and painting a self-portrait using gouache. In this fun project, you can learn how to create a beautiful illustrated portrait of yourself using gouache paints. It'll be good enough to hang up on the wall.

One good thing

Zoe is so obsessed with her new wax bath melts project that it's also her favourite thing that's happened in the last week.

Sarah is happy this week because her mum has received her first vaccine and it feels like a weight has been lifted from her shoulders.

Episode links

  • Sarah talked about Lorina Bulwer who created angry embroideries after being sent to an asylum by her brother. You can find out more about Lorina's work here.
  • Sarah also mentioned a 19th century girl called Patty Polk who expressed her hatred of sewing in her sampler. Learn more about Patty and subversive samplers.
  • Zoe likes to follow the very talented @landandshestudio on Instagram – check out her art work!

Featured image from Unsplash/Karly Santiago.


Sarah OrmeDigital Editor, Gathered

Sarah Orme is a UK-based linocut printmaker, digital editor, feature writer and award-winning podcaster. She's been editing the sewing and art sections of – and before that our sister website – for over 3 years. She’s the host of Gathered’s We’ve Made It podcast and A Calmer Life podcast. She’s a keen crafter and artist and loves creating DIY tutorials for Gathered. Sarah has previously written features for The Guardian, In The Moment Magazine, Project Calm Magazine,, and She enjoys designing her own unique lino prints and dreams of opening her own online shop. She shares her work @sarahormeprints

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