Sewing With Nancy Videos
Premiered: November 14, 2010
Lorel Maple, vice president of the American Sewing Guild chapter in Madison Wis. explains the process her group used to dye silk scarves with natural dyes. Inspired by Larry Schmitt's no-pot dyeing technique, Lorel invited Larry to do a hands-on demonstration of dyeing basics for the guild. This fascinating project is one of the many creative endeavors that you can learn about in a Sewing Guild.
Premiered: August 24, 2015
Maggie Ball taught basic quilting and sewing skills to Mongolian women so that they could be self sufficient economically. They started with nothing but scraps ten years ago, but now create beautiful bags, art quilts, and more to sell in a center purchased with funds from a capital campaign hosted by Maggie’s church. Classes at the center now teach other Mongolian women to be self supporting.
Premiered: December 7, 2015
Nancy’s guests share their learning experiences from designing and sewing costumes for anime conventions. They balance their time, expenses, and abilities in addition to boosting their confidence as they create costumes without patterns, using a “trial and error” approach. Many of their creations feature repurposed clothing and a variety of unique fabrics.
Premiered: February 2, 2015
Lil’ Rev has a special song in his heart for those who sew and quilt. His feel good music is a joy to sewers and quilters, with a message of happiness to all. Lil’ Rev’s Scraps of Quilting Music is an ode to the American quilting tradition that celebrates quilters whose stitches tell their story. His music is inspired by the many hours quilters spend on their quilts, only to give them away.
Premiered: January 27, 2014
Marc Revenson, Lil’ Rev, is a folk singer who has written a whole litany of quilter’s music. His Scraps of Quilting music makes people happy. Marc was inspired by his grandmother and a friend from Milwaukee to sing about the countless hours quilters spend on their quilts, only to give them away. Lil’ Rev sang an ode to quilters and a song referring to how quilting gets us through tough times.
Premiered: October 20, 2014
Make bright and cheery Activity Mats for people with Alzheimer’s or similar conditions. These small textured mats include pockets, zippers, buttons, strings of beads, bells, small toys, and more. When a person with Alzheimer’s uses the mat it relaxes their mind, exercises hand muscles, and helps focus their attention. The Activity Mats are a gift from the heart that help facilitate conversation.
Premiered: December 15, 2014
Sixth grade students created radial art designs with their initials and names. Maria DeGroot, a school volunteer, helped the students make these beautiful designs into an appliquéd medallions quilt. The quilt was used as a raffle item to raise money for their school. In the process of creating designs, the students learned to use a new medium—fabric—plus they learned about the art of quilting.
Premiered: January 26, 2015
Marie Bostwick is a storyteller who is drawn to themes of the modern woman and a love of quilting. She is a New York Times bestselling author and noted for her Cobbled Court Quilt series. Marie shares excerpts from her newest novel, The Second Sister, an inspiring novel about family, second chances, and the connections that bring women together in hope and healing.
Premiered: October 28, 2012
See how Martha Sumi teaches Hmong women quilting only through using samples, to show the process for making American style quilt block since language is a barrier. In turn, the students incorporate their own traditional styles, colors, and techniques. As a show of gratitude, this tight-knit quilting group shares culture and food with their teacher.
Premiered: January 27, 2013
Mary Balagna, from the national headquarters of Project Linus, joined Nancy to tell about their new venture, encouraging volunteers to stitch weighted blankets. The pressure provided by a weighted blanket creates a calming effect for children with sensory disorders, similar to swaddling an infant. The channeled blankets are stuffed with twin sheets to provide weight.
Premiered: December 2, 2013
Mary Kolb, the “Zipper Lady,” has repaired over 1300 coat zippers for Clothes for Kids. This project keeps kids warm, and keeps jackets out of landfills. Mary gives a brief rundown on the process she uses to repair a zipper if all parts have been saved. Her advice for zipper longevity is to teach children to pull zipper tab upward to close or push downward to open—don’t pull straight out.
Premiered: September 8, 2014
Maryanne Arthur designed Pretty Pockets for breast cancer patients, to hold drain tubes and bulbs after surgery. Maryanne’s friend Ann Marie sewed the pockets, and several hundred patients later, this soft flannel pocket is in demand for all kinds of surgeries. Spread some joy through creative giving by making these pockets for hospitals or to accommodate friends and family members having surgery.