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: September 8, 2014
Maryanne Arthur designed Pretty Pockets for breast cancer patients, to hold drain tubes and bulbs after surgery. Maryanne’s friend Ann Marie sewed the pockets, and several hundred patients later, this soft flannel pocket is in demand for all kinds of surgeries. Spread some joy through creative giving by making these pockets for hospitals or to accommodate friends and family members having surgery.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Premiered: September 1, 2014
Create artistic patchwork designs using tacks instead of stitches, plus barn boards and metal instead of fabric. That’s what designer, Nathan Winkler uses to create his rustic artwork at The Steel Quilt Company. Many of his traditional designs are patterned after the Underground Railroad series of quilts by Eleanor Burns. Nathan is promoting a quilt trail of his work on Lookout Mountain in AL.
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: 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.