Sewing Podcasts

I like to have a regular “sewing time” in my life to ensure I make the time to sew. I find that sewing is a little calm oasis in a busy life. It is very different from anything else I do, so it gives me a real break. It helps to build a feeling of well-being and resilience and is an activity that requires focus and mindfulness both of which are good for our mental health and sharpness.

My sewing time is Sunday afternoon after the weekend chores are done and I know I am ready for the new week.  Sometimes I get the whole day, but more usually the four hours from noon to 4 pm. My sewing room is an unused bedroom, upstairs with the rest of the bedrooms. Most of the time I like the separation, but sometimes I don’t.  That is when I turn to podcasts to fill the quiet.

Don’t know what a podcast is? Wikipedia has a long definition  but this short one is more manageable.

podcast,

noun: podcast; plural noun: podcasts

1. a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.

verb: podcast; 3rd person present: podcasts; gerund or present participle: podcasting; past tense: podcast; past participle: podcast

1. make (a digital audio file) available as a podcast

A podcast can be listened to on your computer or on your phone. If you are new to podcasting, these links will help you get started here , here and here.  I like to listen to sewing podcasts and luckily there is a wide variety to choose from, below are just a few. After you have explored them, you can find many more by googling “Sewing Podcasts”.

Thread Cult covers a wide range of topics.  There are interviews with master craft people and creators in the home sewing, textile, and fashion communities. From independent pattern and textile designers to couture experts and curators, these conversations are interesting to listen to while you sew.

Sewing Out Loud  http://www.sewhere.com/series/sewing-out-loud/ Learn the technical information you need to sew successfully from SewHere.com. Zede and Mallory are a mother/daughter team who run Zede’s Sewing Studio in Columbia, MO. They sell sewing machines, teach sewing classes and provide excellent sewing entertainment online.

Apple Tree Sewing http://www.appletreesewing.com/series/sewing-together/  Apple Tree Sewing is a blog run by a pattern maker who shares sewing tutorials and pattern drafting tips.

Sit & Sew Radio http://sitandsewradio.com A Quilt Addicts Anonymous podcast features interviews with influential and interesting people in the quilting world, learn about new quilting books and notions and hear some fun quilting stories. Produced by Quilt Addicts Anonymous blogger, teacher and pattern designer Stephanie Soebbing.

Enchanted by Sewing https://player.fm/series/enchanted-by-sewing Laurel sews clothes that make her wardrobe work. Her monthly “Enchanted By Sewing” shows are garment themed and include chat about techniques and patterns, as well as short interviews

Maker Style http://makerstyle.ca  was created to be an inspiring destination for young people looking to embrace a fearlessly creative lifestyle. The goal is to educate, inspire, and empower people to learn how to make awesome things.

 

Sewing TV…on the Internet

There have been sewing shows on TV for many decades, but they are few and far between and have never been enough to keep sewists happy.  Did you know you can watch sewing TV on the internet?

Nancy Zieman is the Grand Dame of sewing TV she has been on PBS for almost 40 years. I remember watching her show Sewing with Nancy in the 80’s. She had wide interests and often an innovative approach to old problems.  She was one of the first to use the internet as a “broadcast” platform. She started her own website Nancy’s Notions years ago selling a wide range of sewing related items, it is jam-packed with helpful tips & techniques, free patterns and useful videos.

She also has a youtube channel! (No, I didn’t know that was a “thing” either) As expected,  here you will find many videos. On the right sidebar is a short list of other related channels.

The network that supports her also has an active internet presence and has 175 (!!) episodes of her show. You will need to sign in with a Google or Facebook account or create a new one, but then you have the ability to manage the episodes you want to watch.

Sew It All TV has a website with interesting content, the videos have moved to their youtube channel.

It’s Sew Easy TV, currently in its 13th series, features many different designers and experts. The website has episode descriptions, you will find a wide range of topics from very accomplished designers and experts. To watch the videos, on youtube scroll down until you see the “It’s so Easy” title, then use the left and right scroll bars to see all 13 series. You may want to explore this youtube channel a bit, it is full of other craft videos as well.

Youtube is an incredible resource! Using the search box for “Sewing” returns millions of results!! Refining that by clicking on the “filter” button on the left below the search bar and selecting channel under “Type” returns a more manageable number.

I hope you spend many happy hours exploring the sewing information wealth on the internet but remember, nothing actually gets made unless you are at your sewing machine!!