Sewing With Nancy Videos
Premiered: August 31, 2015
A letter, eight dress designs, and a museum exhibit on the stitching history from the Holocaust honor the memory of Hedwig Strnad and her husband, Paul. Hedy’s clothing designs were made into patterns and then sewn for an exhibit at the Jewish Museum in Milwaukee, WI. The exhibit shares the legacy and life of a fashion designer in Prague, who tried to escape the onslaught of Nazi Germany in 1939.
Premiered: February 16, 2015
A remarkable five member clothing design team from UW Stout created an evacuation harness for the safety of wheelchair bound people. The harness functions like a backpack. It allows an able-bodied person to carry a disabled person away from danger. The safety design of the harness became nationally recognized with an award from the international 2012 Safety Products Student Design Challenge.
Premiered: October 30, 2011
Terry Grahl, Interior Designer and founder of Enchanted Makeovers, started Enchanted Makeovers to transform depressing shelters and rescue missions into inviting centers that give hope and encouragement to the women and children. It's amazing what a little paint, new beds and bedspreads, nice lighting, and new carpet can do for the morale of women who have nothing to call their own.
Premiered: November 6, 2011
Enchanted Makeovers, founder Terry Grahl, explains how handmade items such as capes, pillowcases, and dolls are key to the healing process for women and children rebuilding their lives in shelters. Terry showcases some of the pillowcases and Capes for Kids that have been made and how you, too, can give inner strength to those living in shelters through your handmade gifts.
Premiered: January 12, 2015
Help Joan and Fletcher Hinds in their mission to teach girls in Cambodia to sew. This gives the girls a profession so that they can be self-sufficient and aren’t sold as sex slaves. Fletcher, Joan, and friends are in the process of building a sewing studio that will be a place for the girls to learn how to sew. They are in need of sewing machines, fabric, and notions to make clothing.
Premiered: December 19, 2016
Fraser Smith found his passion and established a career creating amazingly realistic sculptures from wood. The intricately detailed hats and coats, a surprisingly authentic briefcase, and lovingly recreated quilts draped casually across a carved wooden clothes line, cause those who view his work to pause and ponder.
Premiered: January 25, 2016
Frieda Anderson joins Nancy at the annual Quilt Expo in Madison, WI, to share information about art quilts. They discussed framing, finishing, stitching, and labeling.
Premiered: September 25, 2011
Carol Butzke is an American Quilter's Society certified quilt appraiser and quilt historian. In this program she gives insight and history into Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts.
Premiered: December 23, 2012
Gretchen Hudock, a professional organizer, joins Nancy to discuss how to organize a sewing space. She uses the acronym S P R I N G, as in spring cleaning to help her customers get started with any organizing project. Before and after photos help clients see how organized their new space is, and hopefully help them to remember to put things away.
Premiered: November 18, 2013
Gretchen Hudock shares how to organize sewing/craft areas into zones. She uses the same premise as the kitchen triangle, only with a Cutting Area, Sewing Area, and Ironing Station. During this Nancy’s Corner interview, learn how organization helps you enjoy the creative process, while keeping you active and moving.
Premiered: January 20, 2013
When Alzheimer’s Disease affects a family member, it often holds the family captive in caregiving responsibilities. Gwen O’Leary joins Nancy via Skype to tell about how the disease that fractured her mother brought their family together through the healing process of sewing aprons—“When Life Hands You Alzheimer’s, Make Aprons.”
Premiered: August 18, 2014
The African communities in India are poor, but they’re rich with artistic traditions. Siddi Women’s Quilting Co-op of India makes handmade quilts to sell to help support their families. Quilts are brought to the United States to sell. They begin quilting in a corner and sew around the quilt until they reach the center, then a unique motif is stitched.