Ossa Featured Podcaster: Maria Theoharous, Host of Sew Organised Style
Ossa podcaster Maria Theoharous is the host of the Sew Organised Style podcast, a niche show that brings together the global sewing community. With her inclusive approach, bringing on guests and highlighting issues across this “tight-knit” group of sewing enthusiasts, Maria has created a space for collaboration and connection on her podcast. Over 60,000 listeners per month tune in to hear tips, tricks, trends, and more on Sew Organised Style.
Listen to Sew Organised Style wherever you get your podcasts, and leave a review while you’re there! Read on for more from host Maria Theoharous:
Tell us what your podcast is about in 3 sentences or less!
Sew Organised Style brings the voices and views of the sewing community individuals during the week helping engage sewists to not feel isolated in these times of lockdowns and social distancing.
What’s a quote or piece of advice that you try to live by?
“How can we do this better?”
One thing on your bucket list:
To travel again
Last Text Message You Sent:
What was your first job?
Check out chick at Coles
Any unusual hobbies?
Biggest Pet Peeve?
Threads knotting as I hand sew.
What inspired you to start your podcast?
I wanted to showcase Australians and New Zealanders in the sewing community.
Tell us more about your work/life outside of your podcast.
I work full time and I podcast part time.
What is your show’s USP?
I partner with large online sewing communities to bring a range of sewists and their views to podcasting.
What is one of the greatest challenges you have personally faced with your podcast?
Realising my social values of embracing all people, guides my podcast guest choices. I’m not a podcast promoting a business so I do turn away guests who want to promote their business or book.
What was one of your favorite episodes you’ve ever done? Why does it stand out?
This is a round table discussion that did cause some backlash amongst sewists. Listen here.
What is one thing you have accomplished with your podcast thus far that you are most proud of?
Hitting 64,000 per month and speaking at Podfest Master Class earlier this month.
What is one major milestone that you would like to accomplish through your podcast in the next year?
Being sponsored to provide transcripts for every episode.
What is a trend or development in the podcast industry that you foresee happening in the next few years?
Becoming an app.
What is one of the best pieces of podcast-related advice you’ve ever received & why?
The sound quality is key but the content will keep people coming back.
What is one of the worst pieces of podcast-related advice you’ve ever received & why?
I’ve had lots of supportive and useful podcast advice.
What are some of your favorite women-hosted podcasts?
Haptic and Hue, by Jo Andrews.
Can you tell us about a time when you took a huge risk/did something you were scared to do, and it totally paid off?
I rode 210 km in one day. It took me 8 months of training and I had to fly to Melbourne to do it. I was totally tired when I crossed the finish line but thrilled to have achieved this milestone.
Are there any great podcast-related resources you love that you would like to share?
I love using Chartable and Listen notes to see how my podcast is tracking.
Is there a charity or cause you care about that you would like to share?
How do you feel you’re making a positive impact and generating change through your podcast?
I’m ensuring as many issues and people from the sewing community are heard!