Sewing with Nancy Videos
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: August 19, 2012
Mena Trott, The Sew Weekly blog, shares her personal challenge of sewing a dress a week. In 2009 Mena started a blog about sewing her clothes for a year—one dress per week. Each week there is a different theme. Her fun and frugal creations included vintage patterns. She found that her followers loved to be motivated and inspired to create—and she encouraged them to sew.
Premiered: December 9, 2012
Michele Cuppy, of Sew Much Comfort, joins Nancy via Skype to explain the compelling mission of her organization—to provide custom-made adaptive clothing to wounded service members. See how you can be involved in adapting pants, shirts, and sweatshirts, giving comfort and dignity.
Premiered: December 30, 2012
Physician Michele David prescribed quilting as part of a healing process, not for a patient, but for herself. She joined Nancy via Skype from Boston. She has overcome a debilitating illness with the therapeutic process of working with color, fabric, and thread.
Premiered: December 16, 2012
Nancy Daly’s Hat Ladies group has made about 26,000 fleece hats and given them away to children in the Madison, WI area. Learn how you can set up your own “Hat Ladies” group and provide comfort and warmth to children in need. Also, learn how you can sew in schools, allowing the children to choose their own fabrics and learn about the sewing process. Contact Nancy Daly at email@example.com.
Premiered: August 21, 2011
With his background in architecture and web site design, Bruce Seeds has found a most satisfying way to marry his love of color, geometry and artistic discovery with his inclination towards precision and detail. His quilted textile mosaics are created not from patterns but through a process.
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: 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.