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Sunday, September 23, 2007

hip tranquil chick podcast #101: chic sewing

Welcome to the 101st edition of the Hip Tranquil Chick podcast: a guide to life on and off the yoga mat.

Today’s menu features a must-have pose in On the Mat, chic sewing with Hope Meng in Off the Mat, and we’ve got Omwork and Savvy Sources for you too. View our shownotes at

On the Mat: Shoulder opener for gettin' crafty

Off the Mat: Today’s podcast is an interview with Hope Meng who has been creative and crafty her whole life, dabbling in photography, dance, illustration, painting, and just about anything else that requires right-brained thinking. She started sewing seven years ago, when her acceptance into a local belly dance troupe required her to make her own costumes, and she hasn’t put down the needle and thread since. Nowadays, Hope makes or refashions the majority of her wardrobe. Hope helped develop Stitch Lounge in order to share her knowledge of fashion design and to promote the local arts community. As one half of the Do-Everything Team of Superheroes, Hope designed the entire look and feel of Stitch, including logo, website, and store interior. In addition to Stitch, Hope is currently pursuing her second bachelor's degree in Graphic Design at California College of the Arts (formerly CCAC).

Omwork: To encourage a sense of diving deeper into today’s podcast, I will post Omwork relating to this segment on our HTC forum. Please connect with fellow HTCs there and play with the following:

1. Pull out an old t-shirt, some scissors, needle and thread and play.
2. Sign up for a sewing class.
3. Pull out design images from a magazine and play with sketching variations.

Savvy Sources:
Sew Subversive
Generation T: 108 Ways To Transform Your T-Shirt
Subversive Seamster

Haute Stuff Shoppe: Shop online for my new retail therapy page complete with the Hip Tranquil Chick book, yoga CDs, and tranquilista gems.

Signature Style: Make something sassy

Soirees, Chats, Booksignings & Retreats: Come our next 1-day retreat in DC on Saturday, January 12 and a weekend of all things hip and tranquil in the Catskills of NY in March. I’ll be leading workshops and hosting book signings in Montreal and the Boston area in November; Miami Beach in December; Charleston, WV, Asheville and Charlotte, NC in February; and back to Denver in April. Plus Kripalu and Omega next summer! Details for all special events at I hope our paths will cross.

Join us for our next le chic teleclass chat focused on hip holidays on Monday, November 12 at 8:30ET. Details here.

Community Corner: A reminder – if you have a product you’d like reviewed by me on the blog – send a sample to me at 2024 p street, nw dc, 20036. sending a sample does not guarantee placement but I’d love to support our growing community!

Mentoring: Interested in diving deeper into hip and tranquil topics 1:1? If so, view the scoop here.

Au Revoir: Request show ideas, or pass along feedback by e-mailing We’re on MySpace and Frappr, so please connect with the community virtually there, too!

To close out the show, we’re playing podsafe music from an artist we’ve played before. Today’s selection is In the Orchard Lies a Secret by Moshang. You can learn more this week's featured artist, including how to get more of their music at

Thanks for joining me for the 101 edition of the HTC podcast. Get Crafty! Namaste.
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Anonymous said...

Love this podcast - your photo in August and this have really ignited my sewing spark!
Thanks for scheduling another teleclass - they are so worth the price of admission!!!!
Looking forward to it - I will definitely register.
This may sound superficial, but I have been reading past blogs and love when you give fashion adivice for fall & winter (and you look so amazing in all photographs!). Could you do the same for this year? When will Tranquilit be unveiling new fall/winter pieces? I can't wait to get them!

Globetrotting Cacti said...

Can not sew to save my life (at school I managed to sew my clothes into the material I was machining so I was stuck to the machine - think I prefer your story of the needle in the finger - just!) BUT it was a fascinating and inspiring podcast (love hearing how their buisness grew and developed) - I just need to tap into another creative area!

kimberly wilson said...

yay for igniting your sewing spark and thank you for your kind words regarding the teleclasses. they are *such* fun to do! re: fashion advice, i gave a small sample in last night's green tea musings but will do a blog or podcast focused on fall fashion soon. thanks for the idea. TranquiliT's unveiling will happen early october and i think you'll love 'em! xo