Sewing Newsletter (Page 2)

April 2014 Volume 4/2014 WUSF TV
Monday, April 7

8:00 AM Sewing with Nancy "Art Quilts-Fusible Collage Workshop, Part 2" Make it artsy! Learn novel embellishing that's super simple for fusible collage art quilts. In the second episode of this workshop class, fiber artists Laura Wasilowski and Frieda Anderson and Nancy teach you to embellish your art quilts with hand embroidery, decorative machine stitches, and whimsical stippling. They show how to add elegant borders and wrapped bindings using decorative rotary blades for cutting.

8:30 AM It's Sew Easy "Classic Bags" There many different silhouettes for a classic bag - the one you carry every day. This show will introduce two more possibilities. Vanessa Vargas Wilson introduces a mini rounded clutch purse with all sorts of size options. Then, it's time to hem our Little Black Dress with Angela Wolf. Marie Zinno wraps up the show with an embroidered placemat purse - an easy way to have your choice of colors and patterns for a classic preppy look.

9:00 AM Beads, Baubles and Jewels "Make It Today" Get ready for a batch of ideas to make in an evening and wear the next day, or even make and wear all in the same day. First is Jean Campbell with a seed bead lesson. She shows how easy it is to create a potpourri of beaded bead shapes using tubular herringbone stitch and different size beads. Then, Laura Timmons makes crochet chandelier earrings. Next is a beading workshop lesson featuring three essential knots: overhand, larks head and sliding. Finally, Molly Schaller demonstrates a purple and blue druzy necklace using focal pendants with chain for a quick design.

Tuesday, April 8

8:00 AM Sewing with Nancy "Grandmother's One-Patch Quilts, Part 1" Super-size grandmother's quilt templates for fast and fun one-patch quilting. Nancy explores traditional quilt blocks such as the time-honored tumbler. She updates the tumbler block using a super-sized template to extend block size from four to ten inches in length-and it's speedy to stitch! Fabrics make a huge difference in the design, and Nancy shows some contemporary variations.

8:30 AM Quilting Arts "Machine and Hand Stitching Explored" Today we explore the many facets of stitching from hand to machine. The stitch path is the blueprint for many quilt designs. First, Candy Glendening has a free motion sampler. Then, Catherine Redford demonstrates an embroidered chameleon using African folklore embroidery techniques. Last is Michelle May and more folk art-this time its postcards made from wool.

9:00 AM Martha's Sewing Room "Everything Essential - Embroidery 101" Essential techniques for successful embroidery; And Sew On segment on spool content and quality of Presencia machine fibers; converting capris to cargos; Hand embroidered spoke flower. Guests: Kay Brooks, Jeff Williams; Kari Mecca, Wendy Schoen.

Wednesday, April 9

8:00 AM Sewing with Nancy "Grandmother's One-Patch Quilts, Part 2" A faux-hexagon is the secret to Nancy's super-sized honeycomb design. Nancy transforms hexagon blocks, such as those used in Grandmother's Flower Garden, into super-sized blocks created without any "Y" seams-just simple straight stitching. Make Grandmother's dramatic dahlia or a super-sized bouquet. These sensational quilts are easy to make using Nancy's faux-hexagon technique.

8:30 AM It's Sew Easy "Accessories and Simple Sewing" The experts break sewing into manageable parts as they share their unique style. Designer and blogger Gretchen Hirsch opens the premiere show demonstrating how to make an updated skirt with a retro vibe. Then, Editor Tricia Waddell creates a silk scarf with simple sewing. Lastly, Trish Preston has tips for making fashion forward purses and totes to coordinate with every outfit.

9:00 AM Sew It All "Darling Dress, Althea Harper" Learn draping and fitting techniques for making a custom dress.

Thursday, April 10

8:00 AM Sewing with Nancy "Upcycled Shirts, Part 1" Reclaim your wardrobe with upcycling transformation techniques. Designer Donna Fenske and Nancy explain how to use trims and fabric pieces to refashion what's already in your closet. Learn to change necklines, sleeves, and hemlines. Upcycle a shirt by exchanging the elements, or adding zipper piping, a quick ribbon placket, princess trim seams, and more.

8:30 AM Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting "Easy Baby Quilts" Mary and Marianne demonstrate techniques for creating triangles, cutting only squares. They will show how to make baby quilt tops in just one day of piecing. Using the new Fons & Porter Triangle Square and Hourglass Template Set you will find a variety of block sizes available for easy reference printed on the templates.

9:00 AM Knit and Crochet Now! "Colorful Throws" Amy Herzog shows you how to make the Shadowbox Afghan with knitted mitered Squares, while Marly Bird demonstrates the crochet motifs that makeup the Blueberry Parfait Afghan. Brett Bara demonstrates Broomstick Lace for a skinny scarf.

Friday, April 11

8:00 AM Sewing with Nancy "Upcycled Shirts, Part 2" Use a touch of ingenuity to give new life to outdated shirts. Create easy upcycled shirts from old classics with expert advice from designer Donna Fenske and Nancy. Make a quick turn-around shirt by switching the front to the back and vice versa-a great pullover! Add some ribbon or zipper trim, slim shaping with tucks and ties, make it feminine with easy fabric ruffles, and lots more.

8:30 AM Quilt In A Day "Quick Wallhanging - Candy Cane Lane" Time is running short and still so much to do! Eleanor teaches techniques for a quick quilt that will stand the test of time but can be made in a day! For Candy Cane Lane, she sews strips together, forms a tube, and snips a seam! So simple that 10 year old Jackie joins Eleanor to make "kid's work" of this pattern. Great gift, great fun!

9:00 AM Knitting Daily "Creating Drape" Today's show is all about knitting garments that feel as good as they look. Host Vickie Howell and her guests work with yarns and gauge to create garments that have beautiful drape. First, designer Barry Klein shares ways to insure your fabric flows elegantly. He'll look at yarn and stitch choices and see the different ways to create drape. Then, we go Space to Space with Minneapolis shop owner Steven Be. Next, crochet Editor Marcy Smith shows how yarn, gauge, pattern and construction all work together to affect drape. Then, Tanis discusses yarns that do all the work for you. Vickie has a last quick tip showing how to change the drape of a fabric.

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