Sewing With Nancy Videos
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: August 25, 2014
Make Cage Comforters (padded blankets) for your local animal shelter. Cage Comforters are needed for cats and dogs for extra warmth and comfort. It’s an easy project for beginners. The comforters are sent with the pets when they move to a permanent home. Milwaukee County takes in about 13,000 animals per year—1,000 comforters a month! Your help is definitely needed.
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: August 11, 2014
Fiber artist Lola Jenkins explains her free spirit approach to fabric art using raw-edge appliqué to create beautifully crafted fabric portraits. She starts with an enlarged photo or sketch, and she uses small pieces of fabric and free-motion, thread painting, or random quilting to bring it to life. She fuses abstract and folk art into creatively crafted, award-winning portrait quilts.
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.