Sewing with Nancy Videos
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)
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.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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.