Fiberside Chats


Bazaar Girls has teamed up with Longmont Yarn Shoppe in Colorado and other shops across the country to present Fiberside Chats with famous designers. Register at Longmont Yarn Shoppe and scroll down to find the Bazaar Girls sign-up. It’s a great way to support yarn shops, designers and have some fun too!


Upcoming Fiberside Chats:


September 12

Linda Ligon & Anne Merrow


Pulling color from nature is an ancient and universal human pursuit, and still relevant today. In this chat, Long Thread Media partners Anne Merrow and Linda Ligon talk about their new publication, Nature’s Colorways: Conjuring the chemistry and culture of natural dyes. Blue from green leaves, magenta from crusty lichens, a rainbow from your garden—there’s a full spectrum of possibilities represented in its pages, plus travels in time and space back to 18th century London, to 21st-century gallery shows. Learn more about the world of natural dyes that may be right out your back door! Can Anne and Linda talk and pound leaves at the same time? Tune in and see.

Linda Ligon has had a long career in publishing, from high school yearbooks to Interweave Press to Thrums Books to Long Thread Media. Crafting words, particularly words about textiles, has been her special focus. A founding partner in Long Thread Media, she has found joy in helping bring Handwoven, Spin-Off, and Piecework back home.

Anne Merrow learned to knit while working in a Times Square publisher’s office, looking for an outside hobby. After making that hobby into her job as an editor of knitting books, she learned to spin and weave for fun and then found herself as the editor of Spin-Off and Little Looms magazines. She uses her love of words, yarn, and craft communities as cofounder and Editorial Director of Long Thread Media.

This is a one-time live Zoom Event on Sunday, September 12th at 4:00 pm Eastern, 3:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Mountain, 1:00 pm Pacific.

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September 18

Paula Pereira


This Fiberside Chat takes us to Brazil to visit Paula Pereira! Paula’s adventures in knitting design play with different types of construction, cool details, color, and fiber choices. She’ll explain why and how the different combinations of these elements work in her beautiful designs. Paula will also demonstrate a 1 x 1 Tubular Cast On and Bind Off that can be adapted to other types of ribbing too! You don’t want to miss this engaging hour with Paula! 

Materials – to work along with Paula for the cast on you’ll want to have these items handy: 10yds of DK to worsted yarn in a light color, two 24″ or 32″ circular needles – one in the size to match your chosen yarn and the other 2 sizes larger, one crochet hook the same size as the smaller needle, waste yarn, paper and pencil for notes. There will also be a handout sent along with the zoom link before the Chat.

Paula Pereira is a knitwear designer and teacher living in São Paulo, Brazil. She learned to knit about ten years ago and has been professionally knitting and designing since 2015. Some elements are always present in her work, such as textures, colors, fit, and she always likes to introduce new elements to her work.  Instagram Ravelry

This is a one-time live Zoom Event on Saturday, September 18th at 4:00 pm Eastern, 3:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Mountain, 1:00 pm Pacific.

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September 25

Natalie Warner

In this Fiberside Chat, Natalie Warner will be joining us via zoom from London to share her approach to knitwear design – particularly surface patterns and tessellations.  Tessellations refer to the geometric plan of the pattern as a whole and this leads to……both texture and color in knitwear patterns! Natalie will show us how she designs colorwork for knits through a live demonstration of creating tessellations using nothing but a pencil and squared paper.  If you’ve ever wanted to design your own stranded colorwork designs, Natalie’s process shows you one way in which you can do it! We’ll get sneak peeks at upcoming patterns and see the development work behind one of them, the Parquet cowl. This will be a fun Chat that opens our eyes to creating with tessellations!

Natalie comes from a family involved with tailoring and needlecrafts, started sewing and knitting as a child, and has been making clothes since her early teens. In the decades that have passed, she has built on her family knowledge and formative influences by studying fashion design and pattern cutting and learning on the job, working alongside colleagues trained in textile design, tailoring, theatre costume, and bridal couture.  Whilst retraining at the London College of Fashion, Natalie focused on woven pattern cutting and knitwear construction and design.
As a designer, Natalie is often drawn to early to mid-20th century fashion details and aims to create a strong, feminine, and classic look that complements the wardrobes of contemporary women, is flattering to wear, and is easy to style.  The slow process of knitting and the relative lack of time modern people have available for knitting prompts her to design clothing and accessories that strike a balance for those who enjoy the process of making, like a bit of technique to keep themselves stimulated, but do not necessarily want to labor over a project for too long.  Colour, stitch patterning, and “resting rows” that allow for breaks in concentration are typical of Natalie’s designs. Design portfolio:  Instagram:

This is a one-time live Zoom Event on Saturday, September 25th at 1:00pm Eastern, 12:00pm Central, 11:00am Mountain, 10:00am Pacific and 6:00pm BST.

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October 2

Kim McBrien Evans

Kim McBrien Evans designs clothes she loves and wants to wear, and wants to ensure you feel the same. It takes a combination of creativity, observation, a lot of careful planning, and just a touch of chaos to get from yarn to finished garment and a pattern that suits as many people as possible. How do you design for bodies that aren’t yours? And as makers, how can we feel more confident about the garments we make for ourselves, making a handmade wardrobe that fits our bodies and suits our personal style? 

Join Kim as she talks about all of this and shows how she uses personal fashion illustration templates from  to “try on” sweaters before she makes them.
If you wish to play along, you can purchase a personal fashion illustration template based on your measurements at
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Curiosity and exploration is the focus of Canadian knitwear designer and indie hand dyer, Kim McBrien Evans. A lifelong love of color, texture, pattern, and shape prompted Kim to transition from working artist to textile maven. Her knitwear designs are known for their ability to turn an abstract idea into a wearable reality while simultaneously fitting and complementing a wide range of bodies. She lives and works in the woods of Central Ontario, Canada.

Her yarn company, Indigodragonfly, is renowned for its vibrant colors, offbeat names, and ever-expanding plan for world domination. She is co-author of Custom Shawls for the Curious and Creative Knitter (with Kate Atherley). Her work has appeared in Vogue Knitting, Knitscene, Knit. Wear, Knitting Magazine (UK), A Stash of One’s Own (ed. Clara Parkes), The Sewcialists, Digits & Threads, and Uppercase.

This is a one-time live Zoom Event on Saturday, October 2nd at 4:00 pm Eastern, 3:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Mountain, 1:00 pm Pacific.

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