Sewing with Nancy Videos
Premiered: December 26, 2010
Fiber artist Karen Linduska begins her newest thread painting projects by needle felting on a base of craft felt. Karen incorporates yarn, lace, and decorative stitching in this postcard size art - personal greetings may also be included. The background is the starting point, and from there Karen creates landscape textures with a variety of mediums and decorative stitches, layer by layer.
Premiered: September 23, 2013
Thanks to a collaboration between the City of Missoula Public Art Committee and the Missoula Electric Quilters, local traffic signal boxes, once eyesores, are now covered in designed artwork. Kathi Olson and Chris Milodragovich from Missoula, Montana, joined Nancy via Skype to talk about this unique project.
Premiered: October 14, 2012
Silk sari remnants and selvages from the factory floors of India become beautiful fiber yarns. Ken Wing works with the Woman’s Cooperative in India to turn scraps of silk into gorgeous hanks of fiber. This project provides income and a purpose for 250 women, giving the women who would normally work two months of the year, income all year round.
Premiered: January 16, 2011
Award-winning blind artist Ketra Oberlander began the Art of Possibility Studios, the only for-profit art publishing and licensing brand exclusively representing physically disabled artists. Ketra is colorblind due to a condition called Cone Dystrophy. She and other artists have banded together to bring their experience and creativity into a springboard for creative interpretations. (Part 1/2)
Premiered: January 23, 2011
Ketra Oberlander, a blind artist, has started the Art of Possibility Studios, bringing together people who are disabled to utilize their talents by creating a line of fabric several times a year. Her hope is that home sewers and quilters will do something truly inspirational for themselves with the beautiful fabrics created by Ketra and her associates. (Part 2/2)
Premiered: October 28, 2013
ReThreaded works with women that have been exploited by the sex trade in the form of human trafficking, prostitution and pornography. Rethreaded founder Kristin Keen joins guest host Mary Mulari to talk about “Sew a New Story,” a project that offers the women training in art, design, sewing, and other life skills. The women take donated T-shirts and sew them into new products that they can sell.
Premiered: January 6, 2013
Quilting sleuth and author Kyra Hicks joins Nancy via Skype to share a fascinating story about Estella Weaver Nukes, who gave a quilt to President Franklin Roosevelt during the Depression years. The quilt Estella made was a Postage Stamp Quilt, and the reason behind it was that the president was the number one postage stamp collector in the United States during his time in office.
Premiered: December 23, 2013
Leslee Nelson’s inspiration to make Memory Cloths came from an exhibit of South African hand embroideries. Life experiences are embroidered on linens. The repetitive movement is a form of meditation where stitchery links the past with the present.
Premiered: September 23, 2012
Leslie Gemignani, a teacher at Point Hope in Africa, shares how students are taught to support themselves and their children by making batik fabric and also how to sew. She is preparing for the second year curriculum to help women continue the learning and marketing their products. The skills provide empowerment and income—a reason for being.
Premiered: January 8, 2012
Carla Peery, an educator from Seattle, teaches basic sewing skills to 4th and 5th graders in a program called Let's Do Business. She uses sewing as a means to polish the students' other academic skills. In a 14-week program, students learn how to write a business plan, learn to write checks, sew a pillow, market their product, and sell the product at the end of the program.
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: 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.