Interview with Like a Tiny Green Podcast



Eleanor Fredrick (pictured in center) is the host and creator of Like a Tiny Green Podcast, speaking with fellow artists and crafters around the world! Photo credit: Like a Tiny Green Unicorn

It's True! I'm on Like a Tiny Green Podcast

I'm pinching myself as I type this because it's almost too good to be true - but it really happened! Eleanor Fedrick, host and creator of Like a Tiny Green Podcast, invited me to be on her show! Say what?!? 

Eleanor chats with people who adore all things arts and crafty, including yours truly! You can hear us discuss my art practice and what led me to pursue a career in the arts on Apple Podcasts (or wherever you listen to podcasts!); my episode dropped October 7, 2020!

Turning the Tables

I can't help but imagine typing this in the voice of Michael Scott from The Office: "Well, well, well. How the turntables." (I hope you can all picture the scene!)

When Eleanor asked me to be on her Like a Tiny Green Podcast, I thought it would be so fun to switch roles a bit and ask her to be interviewed for the Stitchery & Co. blog! Grab yourself a cuppa, get comfy, and enjoy!

Interview with Eleanor of Like a Tiny Green Unicorn

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I was born in Ohio and moved to the UK roughly 4 years ago, as my husband is British. I grew up doing art from a very young age, but it was mostly paints, sketching, writing, and it wasn't until about 7 or 8 years ago when I lost a pet, and had a lot of free time on my hands that I bought an Eeyore cross stitch kit (which I still cannot remember buying... it was as if it got dropped in my art stuff by fairies) and gave it a shot. 

In 2018, I won at the National Needlecraft Awards here in the UK for 'Best Contemporary Embroidery,' which I still don't know if I fully believe 2 years later.

A close-up look at Eleanor's National Needlecraft Award! Photo credit: Like a Tiny Green Unicorn 

Ever since then I've branched out into dyeing my own fabrics, stitching through materials not meant for embroidery, and most recently have figured out how to use the pictures I take at zoos to transform them into one-of-a-kind animal portraits.

What motivated you to launch a podcast?

The quick answer is getting made redundant from my job, and a friend's podcast I hadn't listened to in ages, and listening to podcasts (almost) constantly. The friend's podcast was doing a recap episode and the idea just sorta fell on me all at once. The more I thought about it the more I realized this was something I could do, and should do, because there's a lot of great crafters out there who would either like to talk about the crafts they make, or listen to it. 

Directing a podcast while maintaining an active art practice seems like a lot to juggle! How is your artistic practice connected to running a podcast?

It sometimes does feel a bit like I wish I could clone myself to have that extra pair of hands to get everything done, but so far I've not felt like there's too much on my plate - one of the benefits of being jobless at the moment.

Also it helps to know that I tend to want to do too much perhaps too soon, so I schedule the episodes for every two weeks, at least for now, and that way I have plenty of time to stay ahead of myself and not have to edit an episode the night before I want to release it.

Plus it's nice to be able to take a break from one with the other, so neither feels stale, like going off to do watercolor when stitching feels bland.

A sample of Eleanor's embroidery hoops dedicated to animal portraits on dyed fabric. Photo credit: Like a Tiny Green Unicorn

What's in your WIP pile at the moment?

I started the tag on Instagram #finishthewipsfirst at the start of the year and so far, well... I have gotten a few done. I used to be a "don't start a new project until the current one is done," but over the last few years have accumulated 4 or 5 W.I.Ps that are in a holding pattern, which I know doesn't sound like a lot but when you're used to none.... ::cue internal screaming:: 

Most of the time it's because I don't know quite what to do with them next, and it's better to wait and work on another project for a while than rip stitches out...

What should I ask you that I didn't know enough to ask?

This is a tough one... Probably where the name Like a Tiny Green Podcast/Unicorn came from...

My Instagram name is Like a Tiny Green Unicorn. I am a big Star Wars fan, and my favorite character has always been Yoda. The Yoda from the swamp where Luke shows up and Yoda tries to steal his flashlight... that Yoda. 

I had told my husband at one point, "You never see another of whatever Yoda is, (or at the time you hadn't... thanks Mandalorian ^.^), He's like a tiny green unicorn." So when I was trying to be clever and think of a name to go with, I had to use that.

Plus it helps I like unicorns.

Where can people find you?

The best place you can find me is on Instagram at @likeatinygreenunicorn or @likeatinygreenpodcast. You can also find my podcast on Apple Podcasts!

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