Sewing With Nancy Videos
Premiered: December 11, 2011
In South Africa the skill of sewing shweshwe poppis-the African term for dolls--benefits both children and doll makers. Elizabeth Schell talks with Nancy via Skype about the poppis project. These cute little dolls are made with 100% cotton shweshwe discharge print fabrics from South Africa. The dolls are based on children's drawings at a malnutrition and rehabilitation preschool in Zola, Soweto.
Premiered: September 18, 2011
Quarter-marked fabric, quarter-scale triangles, and fat quarters--all are terms used by quilters and sewers. Gail Underbakke, a registered dietician with the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison Wisconsin, talks about how quartering is also important when it comes to meal planning. Gail gives guidelines for planning meals for good health and enjoyment.
Premiered: August 14, 2011
Bob Urquhart, IL chapter director of Quilts for Kids, explains the two-fold mission of Quilts for Kids: making quilts for children who are seriously ill, and keeping keep fabric out of landfills. Fabric for the quilt is provided in a precut kit that is sent free of charge to anyone requesting it from their website. The quilts are donated to children suffering from illness or abuse.
Premiered: January 29, 2012
Quilters and sewers across the country have come to the aid of people that have been affected by disaster. Tornadoes, floods, and fires have affected many cities and towns across our nation, and the losses have been very devastating. Teresa Droesser, a volunteer coordinator for the Quilt to Give project for the past seven years, tells about the project and its heartwarming results.
Premiered: October 7, 2012
Rachel O’Neill returns to Nancy’s Corner with further information on the Little Dresses for Africa project. Her mission to change lives one little dress at a time has grown beyond her wildest expectation. The total number of dresses that have been sent to Africa now totals over one million‑the number continues to grow. Also learn about Britches for Boys.
Premiered: September 9, 2012
Major Cathy Ott, Retired, made a very special quilt to honor military service. She made it for her daughter’s boyfriend, who is a specialist in the United States Army Reserve. The quilt is composed of four different uniforms that Cathy wore in the military, including one from Vietnam. She incorporated several batiks in brown and black to enhance the colors in the uniform fabric.
Premiered: August 5, 2013
Ross Lohr, from Project Repat, joins Nancy via Skype to tell about his mission of turning textile waste into fair wage job opportunities. He and his business partner have turned their dream into a business that upcycles excess clothing into fun blankets and fashionable accessories as it creates jobs with dignity.
Premiered: October 13, 2014
Make Patient Pouches for kids fighting cancer, to distract them while they wait for surgery. Pouches are filled with age appropriate small toys, craft activities, and games. A free pattern is offered online, and the children may take the pouches home. Consider donating your talent—Help Sabra’s group reach their goal of 100 Patient Pouches to the Willis Eye Institute in Philadelphia for fall, 2014.
Premiered: October 27, 2014
Value your sewing and quilting skills and the beautiful things you create. Price your projects to include not only hours of labor, but also materials, and the value of your expertise. Use a Project Sheet to keep track of the time you spend on a project, and to create an Invoice to professionally sell your project. These documents are handy to compare time allotments on future projects.
Premiered: October 9, 2011
Margaret Jankowski started SeaHope Partners after the oil spill in 2010, when her group was trying to figure out how to respond. They decided to make messenger bags out of recycled materials. They used sails and nautical equipment to remind people of the sea. They sell the bags and use the money raised to help people who are displaced by the oil spill.
Premiered: September 4, 2011
Steffani Lincecum, designer and pattern maker, shares information about sewing theatrical garments. She gives tips she has discovered in her 20+ years of experience making costumes for TV, film, and theater. Among the important considerations are choosing the right fabric, finding fabric with texture, making durable garments, and using zippers for quick changes.
Premiered: December 4, 2011
Elizabeth Schell of Marula Imports talks with Nancy via Skype about South African Shweshwe fabrics. These 100% cotton fabrics have been manufactured since the 19th century. Original shweshwe fabrics are identified by the starchy feel and the backstamps, authenticated trademarks such as Three Cats, Three Leopards, Toto 6 Star, and Coral Tree.