Lisa speaks with LInda Nance of Gotta Be Handmade who was a guest in 2019 (episode 10). At that time she spoke about the importance good tools, education, and encouraged senior citizens to make the most of social media. This year, Linda updates us on her flourishing projects including angel ornaments from South Carolina pine cones and her new venture with rosemary, basil and sage.
It's that time of year again on the Stitch Please podcast: BLACKER FRIDAY. On Wednesday, November 25, learn about Black women owned sewing/craft related businesses. Tune in to hear about these amazing creative enterprises. We have Black pattern designers, craft suppliers, yarn dyers, fabric vendors, sewing, quilting, and dyeing instruction.We also have Black owned brick and mortar shops from Maryland to New Jersey to Michigan. Buy from these businesses as you prepare to make holiday gifts this season. They will help you get your stitch together!
It's the SISTERS B! Join Lisa as she chats with the fantastically creative Burrell Sisters. Whether it is pattern testing, mural making, croquis sketching, paint partying, Sierra and Sone-Seere Burrell have it covered. PATREON exclusive: Supporters get access to the video version of this episode.
1 hr 1 min
Lisa talks about fabric swatching. She loves the archival properties of those tiny snips of cloth. It is like having a library of your fabric collection. Lisa shares a few ways that she's seen other sewists use swatches and the preservation of those tiny gems. She then dives into an explanation of her system. PATREON ALERT: Patreon subscribers get access to the swatch cards Lisa designed to organize her fabric collection. Formats .doc and .pdf.
Chalk is a versatile marking tool that works in solid and powder form. In this episode, Lisa talks about using chalk for marking important elements of sewing and quilting projects. Tune in to learn about chalk wheels, chalk pumps, chalk wedges, chalk pencils and more. And as a bonus, hear a cautionary chalk-tale about Blue Chalk v. White Linen from Naomi P. Johnson!
"Halloween is a cosplayer’s Christmas," says VantaBlackCosplay, an international natural hair cosplayer. Lisa speaks with Vanta about her extraordinary (and largely self-guided) sewing journey which has produced looks that are truly out of this world. From putting her own spin on Nintendo characters to always infusing the beauty of Black cultures in her costuming, Vanta's sewing combines many elements of art and craft to produce stunning looks.
Lisa chats with Aaronica Cole, also known as Needle and the Belle, a sewing influencer deeply connected with the social media aspects of the sewing community, Aaronica is a pattern tester, a Facebook group moderator, an expert pattern hacker and a force to be reckoned with for her fierce IG fashion photography and overall spirit. She and Lisa discuss what it means to bring your whole self into your creative endeavors, particularly in a challenging social climate.
It is a tale of two Lisas!! Lisa sits down with Lisa Shepard Stewart, owner and operator of Cultured Expressions in Rahway, New Jersey. And it's a Patreon Special Episode! If you support the Black Women Stitch Patreon, you will get the video of today's episode! Lisa Shepard Stewart is a fabric industry insider and African fabrics enthusiast. She also hosts sewing events (workshops, classes, trunk shows) locally, throughout the US and in Ghana and Senegal. This week, she will be presenting online at the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild (listen to episode 22 of the Stitch Please podcast to learn about the group which is celebrating its 20th anniversary). You can still register for her trunk show this Friday, October 16. But wait! there's more! On INSTAGRAM, Lisa Shepard Stewart is giving away a lovely fat quarter bundle of hand-curated African fabrics with a button and postcard! Follow Black Women Stitch and Cultured Expressions. Tag a friend on Cultured Expression's page and you are Entered to Win!
Lisa speaks with Carole Lyles-Shaw, an internationally recognized modern quilter, quilting instructor, and author. Carole shares her sewing story including her affection for her home guild in Baltimore and building a new modern quilt guild in her current city. And she did this while writing, teaching, designing, and creating. Carole also reveals why quilting is an entire universe of creative possibility.
Lisa discusses notions with Renee Samuels, Miss Celie's Pants. She shares how her love of sewing tools and gadgets lead her to create a new sewing photo challenge that starts on Instagram tomorrow. Notion Commotion is your chance to celebrate your favorite sewing equipment. It is also a nice way to learn about new tools and perhaps get an start on creating your holiday shopping. You will not want to miss the podcast's first VERZUZ! Lisa and Renee go head-to-head over which notions reign supreme for cutting, marking, pressing and more. Links to purchase their favorites are included in the Episode Notes.
1 hr 14 min