Sew It All TV

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Wow. One week ago I filmed an episode of Sew It All TV, a PBS sewing TV show. I remember reading all about Morgan and Matt (of Thread Theory)’s giant road trip that they did from Vancouver, BC to Denver, CO and back so that they could film an episode of Sew It All TV and thinking “Wow! That is so cool! Maybe someday I could do the same thing!” And lo and behold, “someday” hit long before I thought it would!

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When I got the email from Ellen March, host of Sew It All TV, I really couldn’t believe it. I mean, there are so many awesome women out there teaching sewing and writing sewing patterns. How did I ever make it onto their invite list?!?!? I mean, I do know part of the answer. I’ve been writing patterns for Sew News and Sew It All magazines, two of the magazines that Ellen edits (I’ve gotten to see one in print, one has printed while I’ve been traveling, and a few more are in the pipeline. Lead time on magazine articles is loooooong.) So I know why she knows me. But I was still a little shocked and totally honored to be an invited guest!

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Unfortunately, the filming couldn’t have come at a worse time for my dreams of a multi-state road trip to visit fabric stores and sewing friends. It filmed while I’m still in the middle of our giant 4 month honeymoon round-the-world trip. We flew back to the states for the most whirlwind week that included the filming (5 US cities in just over a week while we picked up/dropped off things in storage, went to a dear friend’s wedding, gathered as family for Adam’s dad to have surgery (he’s fine now), Adam taught a class, and I filmed the show. Whew!) And now a week later I’ve already been in Manila for several days. Wow.

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I wrote the pattern and sewed all the samples and step-outs the week before our wedding. It was stressful, to say the least! I digitized it and graded it while thousands of miles away from my sewing machines, so I am ever so grateful to the handful of awesome women (they know who they are!) that pattern tested for me! The finished episodes are sent to PBS stations in late March but it’s up to each station to decide if and when they want to air the episodes, so check you local listings for Sew It All TV starting in April!!

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I really can’t thank Ellen and the other super friendly staff of Sew It All TV enough for their generosity, kindness, and all around awesomeness on the day of filming. The entire show is shot in one shot with no rehearsal, so every “um” and nose-rub (I had a bad cold) is preserved for perpetuity. (I actually had to tell the camera guy that when they did the final editing, they should double check which camera they used at a certain point because I actually had snot drip from my nose while filming and I would really appreciate it if they could use the camera pointing at my hands not my face at that time! Ewww!) It was nerve-wracking but everyone was so sweet and supportive that I couldn’t imagine being set up for a better experience, so thanks again to all of them!

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Painted Initials on Cork Mat

For my cousin’s wedding, I made a whole stack of projects themed on cork (since it was at a winery) and the color blue (her and her husband’s favorite color). After sewing a recycled sweaters blanket, and making a chalk and cork message board, I wanted to add another little something that was personalized for Lindsey […]

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Carolyn of Allspice Abounds on Sewing & Style

Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Carolyn of Allspice Abounds. I love what Carolyn has to say about how sewing is liberating, both physically and emotionally, and (as someone who rarely makes the same thing twice) I particularly enjoy seeing her […]

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The Last Wool Mill in New Zealand

In a nondescript town (called Milton) on a quiet highway, we found the last wool mill in the south island of New Zealand. The brick buildings line the road and, were it not for the modern cars, I could almost imagine I was in Dickensian London. The Bruce Woolen Mill was built in 1897 and […]

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Laser Cut Logo Keychains

I played with lasers! It was fun! One of my girlfriends was working on prototyping a fancy tool to hold her microscopy slides and it involved getting trained on (and access to) a laser cutter and a 3-D printer. Before leaving San Francisco, I simply had to get the chance to play on use the […]

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The Geeky Seamstress on Sewing Through Grad School

Finally finishing graduate school this year was the hardest thing that I have done in my life. Working through the challenge, I learned so much about myself. Part of that was learning how important it is to me to sew – to work with my hands, to design, and to create. Sewing is my rock […]

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Lightweight Lilac Linen Archer

I brought a very small selection of clothes on our giant honeymoon. 4 months worth in one small backpack. So I carefully considered every single garment, bought a selection of fabric so that every piece coordinated, and then ran out of time to make most of the “perfect travel wardrobe” that I had envisioned. (I […]

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Sop Jam Weaving Village, Laos

Sop Jam is a small village in northern Laos. On the bank of the Nam Ou river and surrounded by limestone cliffs, the scenery couldn’t be more beautiful. Of course the only thing that could make such a setting even better in my eyes is textiles and that you will find aplenty in Sop Jam. […]

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Thirty, Flirty and Thriving!

I’m pretty stoked to say that today I am 30 years old! Yes, the big 3-0. And I am so very happy to be turning 30. I think that a lot of your 20’s is about finding yourself. And I’ve done a lot of soul searching over the last decade, and I’ve done a lot […]

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Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic on Sewing and Style

Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic. I love what Carolyn has to say about sewing for her lifestyle and she definitely puts the creative into “creative corporate” style! I’m delighted to share her thoughts on the connection between […]

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Nanny’s 1940’s Silver Thimble

The night before I got married in Santa Barbara, Nanny Sheila, Adam’s grandmother, gave me a silver thimble to carry as my “something old”. The thimble was given to her in the 1940’s by Nanny Clara, the mother of her sister-in-law, Marjorie. Nanny Sheila and Marjorie were friends from the age of 7 years old. […]

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