Sewing Newsletter

September 2014 Volume 9/2014 WUSF TV
Monday, Sept 1

8:00 AM Sewing with Nancy "Sensational Scarves, Part 2" Create stylish scarves that are easy to sew and fun to wear. Designer Donna Fenske joins Nancy to showcase textured scarf creations using fabrics ranging from light and airy bridal illusion to a lofty fleece. Traditional techniques like making chenille give way to unique designs such as the no-sew Fairy Dust Scarf. Whether you're ruffling, tying, cutting, or felting, the results are dramatic!

8:30 AM It's Sew Easy " Pencil Skirts" Every closet has a few key pieces like a straight pencil skirt. Today's experts are altering or changing that basic with a few key add-ons. Gretchen Hirsch starts out with a kicky addition to a straight skirt with the vintage influence she's known for. Then, we take a break from our jacket tutorial and a visit from Sarah McFarland. It's hard to recognize the basic skirt silhouette beneath the layers of trim. New expert, Sunni Standing finishes up with adding a round pocket to the basic pencil skirt.

9:00 AM Beads, Baubles and Jewels "Art Inspired Jewelry Making" Blogger Andrew Thornton talks about drawing inspiration from your art and turning your hobby into a business. Then, he shares one of his favorite new jewelry making techniques on making decorative end caps using epoxy clay. Katie's Beading Lesson is about using beaded chain for an easy necklace.

Tuesday, Sept 2

8:00 AM Sewing with Nancy "Copy Cat Patterns, Part 1" Make a pattern from a purchased garment without taking the garment apart. Nancy demonstrates how to create a pattern from a ready-made garment with a reverse sewing process, using a front-opening jacket to illustrate. After discussing basic tools, she reveals the tricks of tracing. She shows how to transfer grainline, seams, seam and hem allowances, side panels, collars, buttonholes, and sleeves, as well as how to replicate a garment section with a center fold.

8:30 AM Quilting Arts "Find Your Inner Artist" Searching for ways to harness your creativity? Susan Brubaker Knapp talks about using photography to jumpstart your creative process. Vivika DeNegre shares some creative entries in Quilting Arts' "How Does Your Garden Grow" Challenge. And "creativity enabler" Carrie Bloomston shows ways to use an idea or prompt, such as a saying, to get started on a project.

9:00 AM Fit 2 Stitch "Pants - Even Quilter's Need Pants" Understand how pants patterns are made, then how to change them to flatter and fit properly.

Wednesday, Sept 3

8:00 AM Sewing with Nancy "Copy Cat Patterns, Part 2" Copy your favorite garment and make stylish personalized changes. Nancy illustrates how to prepare a pattern from a purchased garment and add enhanced details. Learn how to transfer darts, pockets, tucks or gathers, pleats, collars and collar stays, and raglan sleeves. Using Nancy's technique, you'll develop a pattern that reproduces the style or fit of your best-loved garment.

8:30 AM It's Sew Easy "Custom Jackets" Let the experts guide you on a jacket journey. This season each week features a tutorial from Angela Wolf on making a custom jacket. Today's lesson is prepping the pattern with fusible and sewing the jacket body. Then Londa Rohlfing is back with her fabulous sweatshirt jackets and two ways to fit these stylish designs.

9:00 AM Sew It All "In The Loop, Beth Bradley" Create an infinity scarf and learn tips and tricks for stitching specialty fabrics.

Thursday, Sept 4

8:00 AM Sewing with Nancy "Sew Serendipity, Part 1" Add pizzazz to your wardrobe with unexpected combinations of fabric, style, and techniques. Kay Whitt, author and designer, joins Nancy to create a dynamic duo as they share winning ways of combining fabrics, clever designs, and friendly techniques. Think outside the box as you learn ways of teaming appliqued ruching, invisible zippers, and ruffling with streamlined patterns and unusual fabrics.

8:30 AM Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting "Flower Power Table Runner" Grandmother's Flower Garden is a very traditional pattern that many of us dream about tackling someday. Mary will be joined by Eleanor Burns in this episode to present her approach to hexagons and triangles to make the fabulous Flower Power Table Runner.

9:00 AM Knit and Crochet Now! "Quick Gifts" We will be whipping up a few quick gifts this week with a pair of fingerless gloves from Kristin Nicholas and a broom stick lace purse from Drew the Dude. The square is knit "Mosaic" and in the tip segment Brett will show us how to sew in a lining for a purse.

Friday, Sept 5

8:00 AM Sewing with Nancy "Sew Serendipity, Part 2" Discover how to change a pattern with simple styling into something extraordinary with simple modifications. Nancy and designer Kay Whitt begin with patterns with streamlined styling, and then they blend them with interesting combinations of fabrics and techniques. Adding details like rose accents, double collars, two-sided fabrics, simple tabs, and faux fur makes the finished results anything but ordinary.

8:30 AM Quilt In A Day "Finishing Sampler Two" Eleanor chose 1930's newspaper patterns to create a sampler quilt with many different size blocks. Delight in a quilt made from feed sacks by one of Eleanor's students. To adorn her quilt, Eleanor finished with a scalloped border.

9:00 AM Knitting Daily "Stranded Colorwork" Today's show highlights stranded color knitting techniques. Learn how to work Fair Isle patterns seamlessly with designer Simona Merchant-Dest. We travel virtually to Iceland to meet Ragga Eriksdotter and spend some Space to Space time from her studio. Then, Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley demonstrate the Swedish technique of Bohus knitting. Next up is products perfect for colorwork with Tanis. And finally, learn how a palette change can make a traditional Fair Isle pattern fashion forward with Vickie.

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