There’s a new sewing show! Yeah – if you’re like me, you can’t get enough of educational/inspirational sewing shows! I was thrilled to be a part of the inaugural season of It’s Sew Easy. Well, thrilled until I landed in Cleveland, OH on March 10, the day before my scheduled taping. Oh, how I prepared! I had three segments to tape and since I have a bit of taping experience, I knew just how many step-outs (you know, the magic cake a chef pulls out of the oven during the cooking shows) three segments would require. I was ready – really ready. I packed, repacked, checked supplies, hoops, fabrics, stabilizers, and rechecked every detail. Even the weather.
But when I landed at 5:00 PM, it was snowing (no mention of that in the morning forecast from warm, sunny Dallas). And the car rental agent informed me that the Cleveland area was getting 8” of snow that night. Really? How could that be? I checked the weather and packed a coat but no boots, no hat, no scarf. I had – oh absolutely a southern rookie mistake here – clogs! Clogs? For heavens sake, I could hear my mother now, “You might as well be barefoot!”
Smart girl that I am, I trudged to the nearest mall and bought boots. Now I really felt prepared for the morning. Ha! What I should have done was head to Home Depot and got a shovel. Have you ever stayed at a hotel with a rental car in a snowstorm? And absolutely had to be somewhere at 7:30 in the morning? Pretty darn hard to dig your car out with a credit card and a measly rental car-supplied brush that actually resembles a chop stick. That would have been a priceless photograph. But I had more important things to do – like dig out the car. And I did and arrived at the studio on time after skidding, trudging, climbing over drifts and icy roads. You know how great that wheeled luggage is in airports? Totally useless in 8” snow, completely useless. In fact, they’re a detriment because they act like a squiggie allowing you to make zero progress.
But I made it inside and it was time to get to work. First, I unpacked in the staging area and put everything in order as it would be shown.
Then it was time to watch Bobbi Bullard do her segment. Here she is prepping her materials and looking quite fabulous with fresh makeup!
Wow – what a fun day. I relished spending the day with June Mellinger – a good friend for many years.
And meeting celeb stitcher, Suede from Project Runway.
We had great pizza, oh, and donuts, and these tiny little saltines (still can’t find them in Texas), learned some new sewing tips from other guests like Tricia Waddell, Katrina Loving and Londa Rohlfing and finally – taped my three segments! I taught monogramming on towels and napkins (program #105), reworking a t-shirt (program #109) and working with prints – large and small (series 2).
Here I’m getting comfortable on the set and taking instructions via a small earphone (hidden oh so inconspicuously).
Hmm? What camera should I be looking at?
Its Sew Easy is available to all Public Television stations on June 30th, 1800-1830 via NETA (The National Educational Telecommunications Association) the program will air for 13 consecutive weeks and then repeat. Stations can take the show off the satellite and choose when and if to air the show for up to 3 years!
All Public Television stations can air the program. Go to http://www.itsseweasytv.com to locate the station finder – just type in your zip code and it will tell you if it is airing locally and at what time. It also links to your local station to request the show. The data on show times populates the form starting June 25th – but it becomes more robust as more stations pick up the show.
You need a whole lot of talented people to create a 13-show series. Guests that appeared are: Linda Augsburg, Bobbi Bullard, Rebecca Cornell, Pam Damour, Colbey Decker, Shannon Dennis, Gretchen Hirsch, Christy Howden, Stephanie Kimura, Cindy Losekamp, Katrina Loving, Valerie Mayen Gina Moorhead, Nancy Odom, Janet Pray, Trish Preston, Eileen Roche, Londa Rohlfing, Peggy Sagers, Sheree Schattenmann, Suede, Tricia Waddell, and Angela Wolf. The show is underwritten by Brother International Corporation plus Havel’s Sewing, BurdaStyle, Horn of America, Rowenta, Vogue Fabrics, Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, The Warm Company, Coats and Clark, and Blumenthal Lansing.
The way to help get the program on the air in your market is to contact your local station and become a member – and then request the show! If you have a store or a retailer friend they can also contact the underwriting department of the station to ask about costs to be a local underwriter. Though stations love to hear from viewers – It’s Sew Easy doesn’t want to start any kind of “campaign” it just wants people who are genuinely interested in the show to start looking for it and requesting it.
This week we want to know what’s in your hoop? What projects are you working on? Has anybody started stitching for the holidays yet? Leave a comment to be entered to win Perfect Alignment Software.
Last week we asked you what your go to purchase was. The winner of Posh Pincushions is…Aimee Berger:
“I must confess…. you live in T-shirts, I live in sweat shirts. Temperature seems to not matter. I can wear them at 80 degrees or 2 degrees. My favorite? Gildan Havy blend hoodie. Yep, I own a few. And as an embroiderer, and a printer of sublimation (and I can to shirt vinyl too), I have come up with some very cool, all be it edgy, stuff that I love.”