Sewing With Nancy Videos

Nancy's Corner - Ketra Oberlander

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)

Nancy's Corner - Ketra Oberlander

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)

Nancy's Corner - Kim Lapacek, Project Quilting

Premiered: September 15, 2014

Take a “Project Quilting” challenge online each week with Kim Lapacek. A new challenge is posted on Kim’s blog each Sunday and runs for one week. There are no participation boundaries—it’s worldwide! The quilts can be any size, they just need to be physically quilted and finished.

Nancy's Corner - Klaudeen Hansen

Premiered: July 22, 2014

Klaudeen Hansen, a National Quilting Association Certified Judge, discusses the judging process for quilts and the five basic things judges look for: 1) Cleanliness, 2) A balanced composition with a sense of proportion and scale, 3) Quiltmaker's expertise, 4) Alignment - straight, 5) Finishing features.

Nancy's Corner - Kristin Keen, ReThreaded

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.

Nancy's Corner - Kyra Hicks, A Quilt for the President

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.

Nancy's Corner - Laura Nigbur, Cage Comforters

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.

Nancy's Corner - Leslee Nelson, Memory Cloths

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.

Nancy's Corner - Leslie Gemignani, Point Hope, Ghana, Africa

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.

Nancy's Corner - Let's Do Business

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.

Nancy's Corner - Lola Jenkins, Art Quilts

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.

Nancy's Corner - Lorel Maple

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.

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