Sewing Newsletter

April 2014 Volume 4/2014 WUSF TV
Tuesday, April 1

8:00 AM Sewing with Nancy "Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z, Part 1" Learn updated and easy techniques to make your sewing and quilting more enjoyable. Nancy shares a sampling of simplified tips and techniques from her book, Sewing A to Z. In this first part of the series she covers letters A-G with techniques such as preparing Anchor Cloths, making Belt Loops, Cutting Out Patterns, using Double Needles, Easing Seams, making Fabric Tubes, and using Gathers.

8:30 AM Quilting Arts "Contemporary Approaches to Traditional Technique " There is always a lot of discussion on what makes a traditional technique have a contemporary feel. It could be the colors, it might be the simplicity of the design, and sometimes it's even negative space. Today's show features current artists sharing their interpretation of some traditional techniques. Cheryl Sleboda demonstrates dimensional fabric manipulation of circles. Then, Michelle May has an introduction to folk art fusion. The fun and whimsy of folk art is fused together with the freedom of art quilting. Finally, Max Hamrick, a dye expert from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, has a lesson on organic dyes passed down thru the years.

9:00 AM Martha's Sewing Room "Tools and Techniques of Hand Applique" echniques for making hand applique enjoyable; Sew Quick, Sew Easy block envelope; Heirloom Quilting technique attaching Swiss insertion to a quilted square; Hand embroidered French knot ribbon rose. Guests: Mary Warner-Stone, Nina McVeigh, Gloria McKinnon.

Wednesday, April 2

8:00 AM Sewing with Nancy "Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z" Are you looking for organized sewing techniques that are as easy as ABC? Nancy has compiled all her favorite techniques, and she features some of the best in this program. In this second part of the series she covers letters I-P. See techniques for using Interfacing, Lining Jacket Sleeves, stitching Knit Seams, Layering, Mitering Corners, marking Notches, Organizing Fabric, and sewing Pintucks.

8:30 AM It's Sew Easy "Classic Machine Attachments" Today's experts provide a new perspective on machine attachments. You can do so many techniques faster and easier when you choose the right accessory. Cookie Gaynor is first with an updated take on circles using a circle attachment and decorative stitches. Then, Angela Wolf's Little Black Dress lesson is hemming the vent on your dress. Finally, Clare Rowley shares her expertise on using sewing feet for easy ways to attach, trim, pearls, and sequins for an updated basic tee shirt.

9:00 AM Sew It All "Mad for Plaid, Amy Alan" Learn all about plaid fabric, including tips for matching and balancing even and uneven plaids.

Thursday, April 3

8:00 AM Sewing with Nancy "Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z, Part 3" Boost your sewing and quilting skills by learning the ABC's of these creative arts. Join Nancy as she continues the sewing journey through her favorite tips and techniques. In this final show of the series on Sewing A to Z, Nancy demonstrates techniques from S-Z. Attaching Snaps, Topstitching, Understitching, sewing Vinyl, making Wrapped Corners, preparing Yo-yos, and inserting Zippers are featured.

8:30 AM Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting "Speaking of Thread" Patrick Lose our guest discusses the variety of threads that are available and how to select the right thread for your project. Mary and Patrick will also address the use of tear-away stabilizers in your applique projects. They will demonstrate how to create flawless inside and outside corners and points when using the satin stitch.

9:00 AM Knit and Crochet Now! "Gifts" Handmade gifts are perfect for any occasion. Robyn will show how to make a thread necklace designed by Susan Lowman and Kristin will show how to make a cable stitch tablet case designed by Cheryl Murray. This week we will show how to finish up the afghan square of the week.

Friday, April 4

8:00 AM Sewing with Nancy "Art Quilts-Fusible Collage Workshop, Part 2" Be inspired to create a vibrant fusible fabric collage-an art quilt with character! Fiber artists Laura Wasilowski and Frieda Anderson join Nancy to share their nature inspired artwork with a workbook approach-one technique at a time. Learn to use bright patterned collages for backgrounds, incorporating weaving, braiding, bias strips, and free form pieces in these small projects. A new approach to using fusibles makes these art quilts that incorporate raw edge applique very easy to assemble.

8:30 AM Quilt In A Day "Children's Projects - Chains of Christmas, Patchwork, Snowballs, Clay Snowman" One of Eleanor's favorite traditions is to have holiday projects for the kids to make. Join her as she teaches her young friends, Seth and Hyla how to make fun and easy decorations for holiday home decor. Children love that famous reindeer, Rudolph. Eleanor uses strips, four-patch blocks and triangles to make Rudolph's Four Patch quilt to "light up" the season.

9:00 AM Knitting Daily "Winter Games" Get ready to keep warm this winter and be cool when it's cold outside. First, yarn shop owner Laura Zander demonstrates a gaiter and mittens inspired by X Games medalist Devin Logan. Then, we meet an Olympic medalist at his home - Jayson Hale has a great story to share. Next, Drew Emborsky shows how to design and crochet a cool hat using the yarn you have on hand and absolutely no math! Then, get in the game with Tanis and support your favorite team. Last, Vickie shares some finish line touches.

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