*Originally published May 16, 2017: Reposted May 28th, 2017*
When I think about how long it took me to start listening to podcasts, and then think about how often to I listen to them now, it kind of astounds me. It’s only natural that I would like listening to stories, facts, and news via spoken word – I grew up in a household that always had the radio on, set to CBC (the Canadian national radio and television broadcaster, which plays a mix of news, music, radio shows, and personal interest stories.) It played on low volume while we did our homework, played games, worked on crafts, and cooked. However, in a post-iPod world, where we tend to curate our own music playlists and stay within the listening confines of the content we’ve downloaded to our phones, I’ve found that I’ve really missed the role radio plays, in providing us with something to keep our minds busy and active while our hands are at work on our latest project.
I started listening to podcasts about a year and a half ago, and now can’t get enough of them. I listen to a wide range, but definitely have my favourites – history, folklore, and science are topics dominating my top choices. When I first started listening, I usually stuck to the top charting podcasts (they dominate the podcast world for a reason, after all). But as I became a bit more curious about the different types of podcasts out there (and, to be honest, as I started exhausting the backlogs of my favourite show’s archives), I started to seek out other topics I was interested in, just to see what was out there.
As crafting, sewing, baking, and just overall “making” are big parts of my life, and I love to listen to podcasts while I’m working on a project, I wanted to take a look and see what sort of podcasts are out there for “makers” and creatives. We might as well be learning something (or at least nurturing the crafty side of our brains) while our hands are busy. I was so happily surprised to find that there are quite a few, and good ones at that! Many of these podcasts are hosted by like-minded creatives (or even different-minded creatives who help you think a different way!) and listening to their podcasts are like having a good conversation with some friends who share your creative interests.
If you don’t know where to start when it comes to creativity or DIY-related podcasts, check out the list below. Take a look at their episode lists, and try picking an episode on a topic you have an interest in – I usually try to give a podcast at least 2 episodes worth of listening time, since first impressions aren’t always the best ones. Or use these shows as a jumping point to looking for other shows to listen to!
*If you’re new to podcasts, you might be unsure of how to find or listen to these. Generally, if you have an iPhone/iPad or Apple account, you can use iTunes’s Podcasts app to listen to podcasts (see Apple’s instructions here). I have an android phone, and use the Google Play Music app or the Stitcher App to find and listen to podcasts. You can usually stream podcasts on wifi or data (big data charges usually occur if you use data only!), or you can download the episode and listen offline.
Podcasts for Creatives, DIYers and Crafters
*search for these podcasts in your app of choice by name, or click the link (if available) to go to their website or Stitcher landing page*
- “My Painting Shirt: Party Planning & Crafts” hosted by JP, blogger at http://www.mypaintingshirt.com. Topics include crafting, theme parties, food and decor, and costumes and props. Star Wars theme parties, anyone?
- “The Paperclipping Roundtable” hosted by Noell Hyman and guests. Focuses on scrapbooking (but has great creative discussion and craft ideas even if you’re not a scrapbooker specifically!)
- “DIY with MRL” hosted by Gail Wilson, blogger at http://www.myrepurposedlife.com. Topics include DIY and home projects (I learned so much in just a few episodes!)
- “Geek Girl Crafts” hosted by the ladies at /. Niche podcasting at its finest, for geek girls who like crafting, costuming, knitting and fibre arts, but also like a good fan convention once in awhile.
- “Living Homegrown Podcast” hosted by Theresa Loe, blogger at http://www.livinghomegrown.com. A wonderful, informative food-focused podcast that really explores home-based culinary adventures (like canning, gardening, and baking) in an old fashioned, at-the-roots style.
- “The Chris Loves Julia Podcast with Preston Pugmire”– hosted by Chris and Julia Macrum, and Preston Pugmire (with guests). This is such an engaging home, DIY and lifestyle podcast – very easy to listen to and inspiring (even more so if you check out their gorgeous blog… insert a “heart eyes” emoji face here).
- “Clothes Making Mavens”, hosted by Helena and Lori. A lovely podcast on sewing your own clothing that will make you want to start sewing an entire wardrobe of garments (seriously.) They’ve also got a really awesome, user friendly podcast website!
- “Crafted Podcast” hosted by Johnny Brooke, James Wright, and Zack Herberholz. Listening to this podcast feels like you’re hanging out in a well-outfitted workshop, with a group of awesome guys who really know their stuff. This one focuses more on woodworking and “shop” type projects (including welding and leatherwork).
- “Sewing Out Loud” hosted by Mallory and Zede, a mother and daughter duo who are sewing experts – you’ll learn so much in this one! Their mother/daughter dynamic is fun to listen to as well.
- “Etsy Conversations Podcast” hosted by Ijeoma. Even though I am not an Etsy seller, this is one of my favourite podcasts on the list. Ijeoma’s interviews with Etsy sellers (many of whom have turned a creative passion for “making” into a job) are so inspiring, and there’s something in there for everyone, even if you don’t have Etsy dreams on the horizon.
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments if you give any of these a listen – or better yet, if you have a favourite creativity-related podcast that you’d recommend! Happy listening!
Until next time,
xoxo Urbanista At Home