Sewing With Nancy Videos
Premiered: December 18, 2011
Lynda Pracht has been involved with the Partners of the Americas for thirteen years. Lynda and her volunteers teach sewing and other skills to the women of Nicaragua, Wisconsin's partner country. Hear the heart-warming story of how the skill of sewing has enriched and improved the lives of the volunteers and the students.
Premiered: December 25, 2011
Lynda Pracht, coordinator for the Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, shares how she found a niche market to sell the Nicaraguan women's creations in order to supplement their income. The women use their free motion embroidery skills to embellish 18" doll dresses they make. Most of the work is done on treadle machines.
Premiered: December 30, 2013
Pat Lyon and a friend started with a trip to Cambodia to teach English; after incorporating a little sewing into the teaching, a new skill began for the Khmer people. Peace bags are made and include an added personal message translated by Pat. Income from the projects helped to finance 88 wells, 33 toilets, 54 piglets, 30 pens, and put seven youth through college, plus start a culinary arts school
Premiered: October 6, 2014
Nancy’s guest created a simple sewing project to help at-risk children who are neglected or abused. These small Lil’ Bits are made from printed fabric, and have soft cotton flannel backs. The toys are soft, quiet, and nonthreatening. Make your own version of these soft cuddly toys for your favorite charity and find joy for yourself as you help little children.
Premiered: August 12, 2012
Diane Haag, dialysis nurse, provides personalized comfort pillows to her patients. Due to budget cuts, Diane formed a creative partnership with a local sewing guild to sew cases for comfort pillows for her patients. Learn how you can become involved in this worthwhile project. Check with the National Kidney Foundation to find your local dialysis center.
Premiered: December 11, 2011
In South Africa the skill of sewing shweshwe poppis-the African term for dolls--benefits both children and doll makers. Elizabeth Schell talks with Nancy via Skype about the poppis project. These cute little dolls are made with 100% cotton shweshwe discharge print fabrics from South Africa. The dolls are based on children's drawings at a malnutrition and rehabilitation preschool in Zola, Soweto.
Premiered: September 18, 2011
Quarter-marked fabric, quarter-scale triangles, and fat quarters--all are terms used by quilters and sewers. Gail Underbakke, a registered dietician with the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison Wisconsin, talks about how quartering is also important when it comes to meal planning. Gail gives guidelines for planning meals for good health and enjoyment.
Premiered: August 14, 2011
Bob Urquhart, IL chapter director of Quilts for Kids, explains the two-fold mission of Quilts for Kids: making quilts for children who are seriously ill, and keeping keep fabric out of landfills. Fabric for the quilt is provided in a precut kit that is sent free of charge to anyone requesting it from their website. The quilts are donated to children suffering from illness or abuse.
Premiered: January 29, 2012
Quilters and sewers across the country have come to the aid of people that have been affected by disaster. Tornadoes, floods, and fires have affected many cities and towns across our nation, and the losses have been very devastating. Teresa Droesser, a volunteer coordinator for the Quilt to Give project for the past seven years, tells about the project and its heartwarming results.
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.