Sewing With Nancy Videos
Premiered: November 16, 2015
Activewear is the focus at Downton Abbey’s country estate in this Nancy’s Corner. Lady Mary Crawley and Lady Edith sport riding outfits. Mrs. Hughes, head of the female servants wears black with lace accents. Lady Sybil wears a nurses outfit, Matthew in military attire, and Mary Crawley in an A-line skirt and silk blouse. Gentlemen Robert Crawley & Richard Carlyle are dressed in tweed for hunting.
Premiered: November 2, 2015
Revisit a period in history through the fashions of Downton Abbey, a PBS exclusive drama. Nancy and Laura Fiser, curator of collections and exhibitions, showcase daywear fashions that tell great stories about the era and characters of the drama. Daywear from seasons one and three of Downton Abbey is featured, including many from the Crawley family plus Martha Levinson’s fox-trimmed silk coat.
Premiered: November 9, 2015
You will be enthralled with this Nancy’s Corner, on location at the Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh, WI. In this segment Nancy and Laura Fiser, curator of collections and exhibitions, take a close-up look at eveningwear fashions worn during the PBS drama, Downton Abbey. The gorgeous gowns from the 1910s–1920s feature beading, embroidered lace, opulent fabrics, and beautiful jewelry.
Premiered: December 18, 2011
Lynda Pracht has been involved with the Partners of the Americas for thirteen years. Lynda and her volunteers teach sewing and other skills to the women of Nicaragua, Wisconsin's partner country. Hear the heart-warming story of how the skill of sewing has enriched and improved the lives of the volunteers and the students.
Premiered: December 25, 2011
Lynda Pracht, coordinator for the Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, shares how she found a niche market to sell the Nicaraguan women's creations in order to supplement their income. The women use their free motion embroidery skills to embellish 18" doll dresses they make. Most of the work is done on treadle machines.
Premiered: December 30, 2013
Pat Lyon and a friend started with a trip to Cambodia to teach English; after incorporating a little sewing into the teaching, a new skill began for the Khmer people. Peace bags are made and include an added personal message translated by Pat. Income from the projects helped to finance 88 wells, 33 toilets, 54 piglets, 30 pens, and put seven youth through college, plus start a culinary arts school
Premiered: October 6, 2014
Nancy’s guest created a simple sewing project to help at-risk children who are neglected or abused. These small Lil’ Bits are made from printed fabric, and have soft cotton flannel backs. The toys are soft, quiet, and nonthreatening. Make your own version of these soft cuddly toys for your favorite charity and find joy for yourself as you help little children.
Premiered: December 1, 2014
A passion for kite flying and photography led this kite enthusiast to become an award winning kitemaker. Paul Fieber shares his love of kites and some of his kite creations, including a della Porta kite, feather banners, and a Maori themed kite inspired from his travels in New Zealand. He also discusses the process he uses to make them using colorful ripstop nylon and a reverse appliqué technique.
Premiered: December 28, 2015
Coffee Creek Quilters from Wilsonville, Oregon teach quilting classes to women that are incarcerated. The women make two 40" x 60" quilts to donate. They may make and keep a third quilt that is from a pattern or design of their choosing. Students learn a variety of quilting techniques and many other life-enhancing skills.
Premiered: August 12, 2012
Diane Haag, dialysis nurse, provides personalized comfort pillows to her patients. Due to budget cuts, Diane formed a creative partnership with a local sewing guild to sew cases for comfort pillows for her patients. Learn how you can become involved in this worthwhile project. Check with the National Kidney Foundation to find your local dialysis center.
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.