Sewing Newsletter

December 2014 Volume 12/2014 WUSF TV
Monday, Dec 01

8:00 AM Sewing with Nancy "Fancy Footworks 2, Part 3" Do you have extra presser feet hiding in your accessory box? Dig out your specialty presser feet and save some sewing time and effort using the Bias Binding Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Sequins 'n Ribbon Foot, and the Free-Motion Quilting Foot. Nancy teaches you how to use these feet to their full potential in this workbook style class that has you sew and save your samples.

8:30 AM It's Sew Easy "Start Small" Bigger is not always better! Start out with a manageable project when you want to learn a new technique. Joanne Banko appears first with a simple quilted tote. Learn the basics of an easy quilt square, and then use the technique to create a basic tote. Next, Paula Reid shares tips for working on a large project such as a bed quilt - just how do you work with all of that fabric on your machine? Last is Angela Wolf with techniques for quilting leather and fleece for warmth and style.

9:00 AM Beads, Baubles and Jewels "Tie It" Tie it all together with a color drop necklace with tied ribbon, a loomed mosaic bracelet using tile beads with Julianna Hudgins and a recycled tie, cuff bracelet featuring crystal with Laura Timmons.

Tuesday, Dec 02

8:00 AM Sewing with Nancy "Sew Amazing Scarves" Learn serger basics and make samples of the most used serger stitches in this workbook style class. Serger expert Pam Mahshie joins Nancy to teach you how to serge knit seams, chain stitch patchwork, serge wrapped corners, serge decorative edges, and more-all in a serger workshop you can attend in the comfort of your home. Test drive a Cording Foot and an Elastic Foot for your serger using an easy 3- or 4-thread overlock stitch.

Wednesday, Dec 03

8:00 AM Sewing with Nancy "Fabric Flowers, Part 1" Create attractive floral accessories using small pieces of fabric and some savvy techniques. Felted Poppies, Rosettes, and Petals; Bias Strip Blooms; and Budding Yo-yos are some of the first fabric flowers that you'll learn to make in this two-part series with Amy Barickman and Nancy. Combine texture, fiber, dimension, and shaping for these dramatic accessories that are easy options for gifts.

8:30 AM It's Sew Easy "Dress Up Your Garments" Garments get a makeover on today's show. You can make the same pattern over and over again but it will look totally different depending on your fabric and color choice and other surface embellishments. Angela Wolf begins with a beautiful and traditional sheath dress. An intricate applique trim completely changes this basic silhouette. Then, embroidery expert Eileen Roche demonstrates simple monogram techniques for all different garments - it's a traditional look updated with a contemporary approach.

9:00 AM Sew It All "Swimwear Style, Michelle Lesniak" Make a swimsuit that suits your style, plus learn tips for working with swimwear fabrics.

Thursday, Dec 04

8:00 AM Sewing with Nancy "Fabric Flowers, Part 2" Be inspired to make small floral accessories and accents that have a big visual impact. Author/designer Amy Barickman teams up with Nancy to reveal the secrets for making lovely flowers with beautiful fabrics and items rescued from your closet. Make Coil Blossoms with bias strips and cording, denim Ragged-edge Roses, Tailored Tie Flowers, wool felt Lily Blooms, and Frilly Flowers from retired tees.

8:30 AM Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting "Stitch and Slice Quilt" Mary Fons is joined by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co. Jenny shows how to use one 40-strip pack to create an innovative and dynamic quilt. It's quick and easy piecing with a bit of applique for visual interest.

9:00 AM Knit and Crochet Now! "Working with Fabric" Incorporating fabric into your knit and crochet is easier than you think and Maggie shows how to make add knitting to a fabric dress, designed by Joan McGowan-Michael. Ellen shows how to make an adorable fabric and crochet baby blanket by Carrie Carpenter. Knit Lace Stitch is the square.

Friday, Dec 05

8:00 AM Sewing with Nancy "Quilts from the House of Tula Pink, Part 1" Create modern free-form designs using traditional quilting methods-fast and precise. Nancy and author/designer Tula Pink start with designs inspired by nature and create unique modern quilt designs, as they create Tula's Beanstalks, Houndstooth, and Any Which Way quilts. They showcase strip quilting with wedges, supersizing a traditional design, and a scrappy fusing technique.

8:30 AM Quilt In A Day "Irish Chain, Part 2" Eleanor and guest Orion take the guess work out of this block.

9:00 AM Knitting Daily "Double Knitting"If single is good, then double is twice as nice, as we feature reversible and double knitting. Laura Bryant creates a reversible cowl using the magic number and hand-dyed yarn. Then, brioche expert Nancy Marchant chats with us from her home in Amsterdam. Next, editor Amy Palmer provides a primer on double knitting. Then Tanis talks Tools of the Trade that double your knitting fun. Last, Vickie ties up Loose Ends with additional two-sided stitches.

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