Sewing With Nancy Videos
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 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.
Premiered: October 7, 2013
Threads of Love, through the effort of many participants in chapters across the country, provide clothing, blankets and other handmade articles for tiny premature and sick infants. As an extension of their faith, the participant’s goal is to bring the message of love and compassion to the parents of babies in need. During Nancy’s interview with Sissy Davis, learn how you can participate.
Premiered: January 13, 2014
Sophie Kerr is a 12 year old who has been sewing since age three. She shared a kids’ perspective for a sewing book, A Kid’s Guide to Sewing, written by her parents, who are both professional quilt makers. The book has step-by-step instructions to help kids learn to sew, and includes sixteen kid-friendly projects—from clothes to bags and accessories.
Premiered: January 22, 2012
Sue Rock, Brooklyn NY, has a mission to bring joy, healing, and community through textile arts. Sue founded a nonprofit organization to repair and revitalize the lives of domestic violence victims. This domestic violence empowerment program teaches everyday skills that not only provide much needed clothing, but also heal lives through the creative processes.
Premiered: September 16, 2012
Susan Finch joined Nancy via Skype to discuss Binky Patrol, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide homemade blankets to children who need the love and comfort provided by their own Binky. To date the Binky Patrol has made over 600,000 blankets. There over 105 Binky Patrol chapters, plus help from Girl Scouts and churches. Learn how to participate.
Premiered: November 4, 2013
Susan Hudson, member of the Navajo Nation, shares stories about her quilts made to honor and pay tribute to her ancestors who endured the Navajo’s Long Walk to the Bosque Redondo in 1864. She uses symbols of the Navajo legacy with the Plains patterns and motifs in her designs. Her quilts make a powerful statement about the shared experiences of many Native American communities.
Premiered: September 22, 2014
Learn about 4-H from two volunteer leaders at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Washington. Nancy interviews several 4-H participants in a fashion show to see what they enjoy about the sewing process, and to see if sewing is included in their plans for the future. Their outfits are judged on how well they are sewn, communication with the judges about the outfit, accessorizing it, and modeling it.