Sewing Newsletter (Page 3)

April 2015 Volume 4/2015 WUSF TV
Monday, Apr 13

8:00 AM Sewing with Nancy "Runway Finishes for Cool Edges, Part 1" Learn to sew runway finishes for seams and hems, creating artistic details on fashion fabrics. Nancy and Linda Lee, fashion designer from The Sewing Workshop, share their penchant for sewing to create cool runway finishes such as mitered corners for hems, a trendy method for sewing a detailed Hong Kong Finish, baby hems for sheers, and a crisp shirttail hem on a classic shirt. The finishing steps are all simple, yet effective.

8:30 AM It's Sew Easy "The New Century Begins - The 1900s" The Industrial Revolution was in full swing and women ventured beyond their homes into the workplace and politics. Angela Wolf creates a luxurious kimono duster inspired by those worn over long, full skirts and dresses. Kathy McMakin uses today's machines to create a precious heirloom baby bonnet you'll treasure.

9:00 AM Beads, Baubles and Jewels "Torch-Fired Enameling" Metal artist Mary Hettmansperger demonstrates torch-fired enameling and how to create three dimensional surfaces. She also shares tips for cutting metal. Then, enjoy an online visit with author and teacher Kate Richbourg from her studio with advice for caring for and cleaning your tools.

Tuesday, Apr 14

8:00 AM Sewing with Nancy "Runway Finishes for Cool Edges, Part 2" Enjoy a unique sewing experience finishing seams and hems with runway-style sewing secrets. Linda Lee, pattern designer and author, joins Nancy to showcase runway raw edge finishes suitable for woven and knit fashions. They extend cool edges to home decor using bold fringe that effortlessly fits into seams. They also feature fuse and stitch underlays for couture garments, including a selvage with ribbon and fringed edges, plus a petticoat edge on a T-shirt.

8:30 AM Quilting Arts "Be Your Own Designer" Fabric is a blank canvas waiting to be filled. Memory quilt designer Trish Bowman uses novel design concepts to create sensational memory quilts. Susan Brubaker Knapp opens her sketchbook and uses her original designs to add embroidery to a jacket or apron. Starting with a simple drawing, Liz Kettle shows how to add life and energy to it with machine thread sketching.

9:00 AM Fit 2 Stitch " Beautiful Fitting Silk Blouses for All" Learn to understand silk and why making a silk blouse is the best option for today's woman.

Wednesday, Apr 15

8:00 AM Sewing with Nancy "Sew Elastic-Stretch Your Options, Part 1" Learn timesaving tips for sewing a variety of elastics. Nancy reviews various types of elastics including braided, knitted, and woven, and then she teaches updated techniques for buttonhole and drawcord elastic. In addition, learn how to make a traditional elastic casing and a ready-to-wear technique for a no-worries elastic casing, especially nice for knit garments.

8:30 AM It's Sew Easy "The World at War - 1910-1919" As the First World War began, supplies became scarce. Women joined the workforce as men fought overseas. Fashions became less restrictive, bustles disappeared and the silhouette became sleeker. Designers used scraps for embellishment and manipulated fabric to create design details. Rebecca Kemp Brent shows how to create beautiful scrap fabric flowers. Angela Wolf uses couture draping techniques to add fashion flair to a straight skirt.

9:00 AM Sew It All "Pleather & Studs, Beth Bradley" Stitch a fashion-forward clutch using pleather and studs.

Thursday, Apr 16

8:00 AM Sewing with Nancy "Sew Elastic-Stretch Your Options, Part 2" Choose elastic for great shaping details-the perfect stepping stone to creative projects! Nancy uses clear, narrow, and fold-over elastic plus elastic thread in conventional and creative ways. Stabilize shoulder seams and add stretch to neckline seams with clear elastic, use 1/4" elastic for stretchable gathers, elastic thread for smocking, and soft flexible foldover elastic to finish soft knits such as baby clothing and fleece.

8:30 AM Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting "Twisted Triangles" In this show you will learn how to use a special triangle template to create hexagons with a little twist.

9:00 AM Knit and Crochet Now! "Headbands" The Thai Garden Headband by Jenny King is a real head turner, and she shows us how to make it. Drew shows how to make a Loom-Knit Meadow Moss Headband by Brenda Myers. Next up is Lena with two cowls: The Big Cable Knit Cowl and The Big Cable Crochet Cowl.

Friday, Apr 17

8:00 AM Sewing with Nancy "Sewing Then and Now, Part 1" Learn about sewing techniques great grandma used, and see how much easier sewing has become today. Nancy takes a look into the past and compares sewing techniques from sewing books written in the 1920s-1950s to the same techniques sewn now. Among the techniques included in this 2-part series are stitching pockets, piping, hems, and zippers, plus many more comparisons between sewing "then and now."

8:30 AM Quilt In A Day " Road to Stardom Quilt" Join Eleanor as she reminisces about her first television programs and shares her outtakes for comic relief. Follow along as she demonstrates the methods in constructing chain blocks and stars with the Triangle in a Square Ruler.

9:00 AM Knitting Daily "New Spin" Learn how to make yarn yourself! Editor Anne Merrow introduces the ancient art of spinning using a drop spindle and shares ideas for knitting with hand-spun yarn. Liz Gipson shares her love of making yarn by hand and Tanis Gray demonstrates the lazy links stitch. Then learn to make dryer balls to assure great results when laundering knits.

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