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Episode 15: In this week's episode, the ladies read and respond to your lovely and constructive feedback/suggestions. We have indeed had a great time this season and will be back soon with the second season. Many thanks to every one who listened to, sponsored, shared or featured un:CUT on their platforms. The support from the crafting community has been really encouraging and we will be back before you say "where's my scissors?!"

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Sewing Out Loud
Sewing Out Loud
Zede's Sewing Studio
Sewing Adjustment Periods: How to Get Used to Rotary Cutters and Tracing Patterns
This post may contain affiliate links. When you click through and make a purchase, SewHere receives a commission at no cost to you. You buy the right stuff and we continue to make AWESOME sewing media- wahoo! Using a rotary cutter and tracing sewing patterns are things Zede and Mallory do almost every time they are in the studio. These are non-negotiable processes for us- but they take some getting used to! As we mentioned in our " Adjustment Periods: Knee Lift and Serger ( https://sewhere.com/podcast/sewing-out-loud/sewing-adjustment-periods-how-to-get-used-to-a-knee-lift-and-a-serger/ ) " episode, sew however you like and do what makes you happy, but after decades and decades of sewing and teaching others, we're confident that these two things can make your sewing life better! So, let's get started! ---------------------------------------- How to Get Used to Using a Rotary Cutter ---------------------------------------- Rotary cutters are fast and accurate. If you're afraid of cutting incorrectly or cutting yourself- let us put your mind at ease! What you need to use a rotary cutter ------------------------------------ In order to successfully use a rotary cutter, you must have a cutting mat and a place large enough to accommodate it! If you've got the space, we think this is one of the biggest time savers you will implement while cutting out garments- and we find it to be more accurate! We don't pin our pattern pieces to our fabric, we use pattern weights- and this is preferable when rotary cutting, because you don't want to roll over a pin! Advantages to using a rotary cutting instead of scissors -------------------------------------------------------- The biggest advantage of using a rotary cutter instead of scissors is accuracy and lack of distortion. When you use scissors to cut garment pieces, you distort the yardage as the lower blade goes underneath the fabric. You just do! so, we find it so much more accurate and simple to keep our fabric in contact with the table as we cut with our rotary cutters. Rotary blades are cheap and easy to replace. It's easier to keep your cutting equipment super sharp when you use a rotary cutter, because you don't have to go to a special place to get them sharpened, and you can replace the blade yourself if you do make some kind of mistake (going over a pin or bead) or you gut through a bunch of carpeting (Zede). In order to be successful, secure your fabric and pattern pieces with weights or tape- that's right, tape! If you have a particularly slippy fabric, you can tape it to your cutting table. And don't underestimate weighting the yardage outside of your pattern pieces, it can help keep things stable as you progress through the cutting process. How to practice with a rotary cutter ------------------------------------ In general, there are two ways to use a rotary cutter- with a ruler and without. If you are cutting a long strip of fabric or a pattern piece with a straight edge- get out a ruler! Hold the ruler in place with your non-dominant hand, and attempt to keep this hand behind the rotary cutter as you cut. Keep the rotary cutter close to the ruler. The ruler should be place on top of the pattern piece and the fabric that is uncovered should be the fabric you are cutting away from the pattern piece- so, just in case you do mess up and veer away from the ruler, you aren't cutting into your pattern piece. Get out some pattern pieces with gentle curves and cut them out of one layer of stable fabric. See how it goes. Theoretically, it should be easier to cut curves with the curved blade of your rotary cutter than with the straight blade of your scissors. Practice keeping your non-dominant hand behind the cutter and out of its path. Find the right rotary cutter for you ------------------------------------ We love the Olfa ergonomic handle, and own several. You may try out a few different kinds before you find the right one for you. You can also buy different sizes. We use the 45mm rotary cutter most often, but the size 60mm is popular with quilters cutting big strips and the size 28mm or 28mm is popular with people cutting small, curvy pieces for lingerie or doll clothes. How to use a rotary cutter safely --------------------------------- Rotary cutters are sharp! That's why we like them and that's why they can be intimidating. A lot of people feel that rulers keep them safe, and only rotary cut with a ruler- ruling out curved garment pattern pieces. However, I have seen overzealous cutter jump the ruler! There are protective gloves you can buy and use while rotary cutting, and some people swear by them! In fact, I learned on the set of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting that they always use a glove, because when they didn't wear one, they got lots of emails from nervous viewers! I have to be honest and say that I injure myself more in the kitchen that the sewing room, and I don't feel the need to wear the glove, personally. Always keep your hand behind the rotary cutter, whether you're using a ruler or not (see paragraph above). You will use your non-dominant hand to stabilize your body and your fabric, and if it's behind the path of the cutter- it should be safe! Keeping a new, sharp blade in your rotary cutter will keep you from having to struggle to cut and securing your fabric in place properly will help prevent any slipping mishaps. ------------------------------------ Sponsored by National Sewing Circle! ------------------------------------ You can never have too much sewing knowledge! Get a year-long premium membership for just $3 when you click here ( https://www.thesewcircle.com/sewing/ ) to sign up! ( http://www.thesewcircle.com/sewing ) ------------------------------------------ How to Get Used to Tracing Sewing Patterns ------------------------------------------ Ok, this is our most controversial position (other than the 3-thread narrow ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=6s&v=4JLZ2r2Gv_8 ) ). We REALLY believe you should trace your multi-size sewing patterns. We admit, this is an entire extra step in the sewing process that you could theoretically skip- and who doesn't want to save time??? However, if you cut the wrong size or wish to return to the pattern when you change sizes or make it for a different-sized wearer, you'll be glad you took the time to trace! What you need to trace patterns ------------------------------- You need tracing paper! The best tracing paper is the tracing paper you like. We use medical-exam paper- the stuff you sit on at the doctor's office- but you can use swedish tracing paper, interfacing, or even vinyl shower curtains! You just need to be able to see through it and to mark on it. We also recommend tracing in a bold pencil. We love these chunky mechanical pencils for tracing patterns. You might also like to use color coded sharpies for some things, once you know your pattern is accurate and finalized. *Why should you trace sewing patterns?* I wrote a very passionate blog post ( https://sewhere.com/always-trace-sewing-patterns/ ) about why you should trace your patterns. The main tenet is: you don't want to lose information. When you cut out one size from a multi-size pattern, you lose the other sizes (sometimes even the smaller sizes, depending on how the pattern is nested). Plus, many sewists regularly blend between sizes to accommodate their bodies. As I say in the blog post above- it's sheer hubris to cut and be sure that's exactly the information you'll need for the entire extent of your sewing life. You wouldn't cut out a paragraph from a book you like- right? Leave the pattern intact! *Trace some patterns!* Get used to it! Think of it as Sewing Out Loud boot camp! When you trace your patterns make sure to include * Pattern Name/Number/Company * Date * Name of wearer * Size (and note if you blended between sizes at any point) * Darts, notches, gathering/pleating notation * Seam all…
51 min
How to Decorate
How to Decorate
Ballard Designs
Ep. 180: designer Matthew Patrick Smyth
Today’s guest is acclaimed interior designer and photographer Matthew Patrick Smyth. He has been on ELLE Décor’s “A” List, his work has been featured in House Beautiful, Traditional Home, New York Magazine and more. He also wrote a new book “Through a Designer’s Eye: A Focus on Interiors”. We talk about his polished yet comfortable spaces, his love of artisanal pieces and antiques, his attention to detail and light, and some touching personal stories. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: Trials & Triumphs about feeling at home in a temporary rental, a pregnancy announcement (!), COVID within the family, tearing down and rebuilding a house, a nightmare new build next door, considering new drapery, and dishwasher woes. Matthew explains how his process begins — starting with the floorplan. Where Matthew finds his artisanal pieces and what he loves about them. Matthew’s love of antiques led him to interior design and carries into all elements of his style. How Matthew’s experience as a photographer impacts his design. The ways Matthew was able to decorate a casual seaside home and still use antiques. Why Matthew has an affinity for round dining tables and what chairs he recommends. More about Matthew’s personal home and falling in love with it. Matthew uses upholstery to modernize an older house with all antique interiors. Matthew’s love of black(ish) paint. What Matthew does to individualize the work for his clients. Matthew shares about his work and friendship with Gloria Vanderbilt. How is a designer’s eye different from the average person’s? Decorating Dilemma  Hi Jenny, First of all, thank you for including the floorplan—so helpful! This is a very generous width for a dining room so the sideboard is not going to throw off the room; there’s still plenty of room and no flow problem whatsoever. It’s not a floor to ceiling piece, so your eye will go right over it. I would put a big mirror over the sideboard to reflect the windows and the beautiful view. That will really open up the room. It’s really important to keep that chandelier centered with the windows so I would not touch that. The table centered in the room is the way to go. It’s good that you’re thinking about it now…but don’t overthink it! It’s actually a nicely designed floor plan and well proportioned; I wouldn’t play with that. You’re in good shape, Jenny! Matthew Mentioned in This Episode: Matthew Patrick Smyth Matthew Patrick Smyth on Instagram Through a Designer’s Eye: A Focus on Interiors on Amazon Zillow Gone Wild on Instagram The Schwartz House on Instagram Chicology Roller Blinds
1 hr 36 min
Knitmoregirls's Podcast
Knitmoregirls's Podcast
The Knitmore Girls- Jasmin and Gigi
Hydra- Episode 611- The Knitmore Girls
This week's episode is sponsored by: Escape to Britain and beyond without leaving your seat. Try Acorn TV free for 30 days, by going to Acorn dot TV and use my promo code knitmore. That’s A-C-O-R-N dot T-V, code knitmore to get your first 30 days for free! Carry your creativity with Erin Lane Bags! Whether you show your fiber fandom with the woolly wonder Sheepleverse, or dive into history with the Curiosities collection, our project bags, totes, and hook and needle organizers are at the ready to keep your hobby happy. When was the last time your knitting yarn was a work of art? Infinite Twist produces one-of-a-kind semi-solid gradients featuring speckles, high-lights, low-lights, and gorgeous color transitions. From 700 y Giant Gradients to 200 y matching sock sets, Infinite Twist Gradients will hold your interest from cast on to bind off. See the currently available gradients at infinitetwist.com, or be the first to know when new colors are posted by signing up for our newsletter at infinitetwist.com/newsletter-signup Have you ever had to frog because you forgot a step several rows back? Or lost your spot because you dropped your magnet board or lost track with your highlighter tape? Instead of wrestling with paper, use the knitCompanion app. It keeps you on track so you can knit more and frog less. knitCompanion works with ALL your patterns and is available Are you ready for a real get-away weekend again? KnitWit Yarn Shop is hosting a knitting retreat right on the ocean in Maine next June. And because we are unsure of the COVID situation, they are planning it in a way that will keep us all safe. Bristol Ivy, Alicia Plummer, and Jackie Ottino will be there to teach knitting, spinning, and dyeing classes. When you’re not in class you’ll have the opportunity to go kayaking, hike on the trails, or hang out in the gardens with the sheep and goats. You may choose to relax, visit the marketplace, or just knit in the beautiful outdoor setting. Click on Events at www.KnitWitPortland.com to see all the details. And follow them on Instagram @KnitWitYarnShop or Facebook @MaineKnitWit. LoLo Body Care, formally Bar-Maids, creates exceptional moisturizers hand-poured by staff who add a good dose of heartfelt love to each one. Most all their supplies are made in the US, and their beeswax sourced from a local farm. Besides quality, the value of their product lies in that they last a very long time and are loved to the very last bit. They built their brand on being eco-friendly and their new packaging rocks. Their customers and customer service are rare and treasured jewels. On the Needles:(2:40) Gigi's (RAVELRY LINK) Rocky Coast cardigan, is in time out. Jasmin is nearly finished with the first sleeve of her Payne pullover by Helena Bristow. She's knitting it in Seismic Yarn’s “Llamas in Pajamas” colorway. Gigi is working on the (RAVELRY LINK) Flickering shawl. She picked up stitches for the border Jasmin cast on the (RAVELRY LINK) September Morn pullover by Thea Colman in Neighborhood Fiber Co’s Studio Worsted in “Fair Fight.” Jasmin will put together a Reading list. (link to be added once she makes the list) Gigi mentions Stitch Please Gigi knit to the heel of the (RAVELRY LINK) Churfirsten socks (from the Operation Sock Drawer book available at Hicklebee's) in Standing Ovulation from Oink Pigments Gigi is enjoying the (RAVELRY LINK) Excavation, a diagonal fringed scrap blanket Jasmin is 2 ½” inches of sleeve away from finishing Ainur Berkimbayeva’s test knit in Lisa Souza Pyrenees Sport in "Aubergine". Gigi pinned and basted zipper into Katje Jasmin is going to cast on (RAVELRY LINK) a sockhead cowl for Genevieve. Gigi cast on a Sockhead cowl in teal, from Little Red Bicycle Gigi finished knitting the socks for Andrew. She sewed up another tentacle on Opus the Octopus. Jasmin is working on the Gramps cardigan for Sam Gigi: cast on a pair of Xmas socks for herself, Socks on a plane, in Peppermint Stick from Oink In Stitches:(18:51) Jasmin wore her (RAVELRY LINK)Tied knots hat, (RAVELRY LINK) Cassidy cardigan, and her (RAVELRY LINK) Calligraphy Cardigan Andrew has been wearing his handspun (RAVELRY LINK) Baseball Pullover, and cashmere (RAVELRY LINK) Andrew’s watch cap. Genevieve has been wearing her (RAVELRY LINK) Coronation cardigan, and her greys/pinks (RAVELRY LINK) playful stripes cardigan Gigi wore the (RAVELRY LINK) knitmore cowl and socks every day, and Cat Bordhi’s wristers Gigi gifted some socks and shawls to her college roomie Events:(23:44) The Operation Sock Drawer book was published in October. Call Hicklebees for a PERSONALIZED, SIGNED copy. #Grinchalong2020 is over. Packing prizes next week. Stitches at home February 5-7, 2021 Stitches West 2021 has been canceled Stitches West 2022 will be in Sacramento, March 3-6, 2022 Mother Knows Best:(26:06) Dr Gemma talks about managing anxiety on CogKnitive When Knitting Attacks: (52:43) Churfirsten socks. Gigi started knitting, following instructions for the wrong size She was fighting with the edging on the Flickering shawl. Rocky Coast cardigan sleeve is too tight. She ripped out the Socks on a Plane and started it leg down The Marina cardigan has a hole. Jasmin ran out of yarn. Straw into Gold:(56:02) Jasmin is 2 oz away from finishing spinning the CVM fleece. She is spinning it in an attenuated woolen CVM on her Majacraft Little Gem. Planning to spin for the Monarch sweater. Jasmin talks about the Monarch sweater. Knits in Space:(58:23) Via Kristy Glass Knits Kelly Wearstler's MasterClass and a take away was “let your collections be part of your decor.” So see your house as a living biopic, with lighting in the role of director (“Think about it as a way to guide the eye around a room,” she says), the palette playing the supporting cast of characters (“You need to keep in mind the way colors communicate with each other. There should be a natural dialogue”), and your passions and collections, of course, as the star. And Sew On: (1:05:13) Star Trek Discovery: President of Nivar gown
1 hr 10 min
Stitch Please
Stitch Please
Lisa Woolfork, Marcy Harriell, Nateida Lathan, Keira Wood
Thanks I Made Them! with Bianca Springer
Support the Stitch Please podcast and Black Women Stitch $15 to the Paypal account for a Black Women Stitch lapel pin! DM or email your mailing to address for free shipping. You can also pay with Cash App Sustained support also appreciated here: For as little as $2 a month, your Patreon support means a lot: Join here Patreon Contact Bianca on her social and shopping channels www.thanksimadethem.blogspot.com www.thanksimadethem.etsy.com thanksimadethem@gmail.com Instagram: @thanksimadethem Featured in the following publications Threads Magazine Holiday Guide Sew Quick + Easy Bianca says: I try to make things that are first, meaningful to me. If I share it and it connects, inspires, delights or motivates someone else, that is wonderful to me. From a business perspective, having exposure and visibility of my products on large platforms is important to spread the word. I appreciate it when it happens and will not turn those opportunities down. I have noticed however, that exposure does not necessarily drive sales. The individual customer who is excited about their order, the ease of use, the diversity of designs that are a reflection of their values, do. The story post, the unboxing post, the IG or Youtube videos showing their enthusiasm is contagious. They tell a friend and the cycle of kindness continues. I don't ask for it and I know it takes work on their part. It is meaningful to me that customers go above and beyond to support me and spread the word.
1 hr
40 Weeks Pregnancy Podcast
40 Weeks Pregnancy Podcast
Vanessa Merten of the Pregnancy Podcast
Week 0 Introduction
Week 0 Introduction. An introduction to 40 Weeks and everything you can expect from the 40 Weeks podcast. Want to know exactly what is going on with your baby and your body each week? Whether you are in week 6 or week 36 of pregnancy, this podcast will give you just that in about five minutes. Learn how big your baby is, what new developments are going on, how your body is changing, how you can find relief from some of the changes going on with you like morning sickness and back pain, what to expect at doctor or midwife appointments, how to plan ahead for breastfeeding, how to plan for the birth you want, plus get a tip each week for Dads! You can check out a picture of what your baby looks this week and see resources mentioned in this episode at www.PregnancyPodcast.com/week0 To get each week delivered to your inbox according to your due date sign up at www.PregnancyPodcast.com/week The Pregnancy Podcast has so much more information on specific topics related to pregnancy and is an awesome resource in conjunction with the 40 Weeks podcast. www.PregnancyPodcast.com Thank you so much for listening and please let me know how I can help you navigate all of the crazy awesomeness that is pregnancy, birth, and being a new parent! As always you can get in touch with me via email vanessa@pregnancypodcast.com You can join us in the Pregnancy Podcast Community on Facebook to connect, support, share, and ask questions. https://www.facebook.com/groups/pregnancypodcast/ You will be an amazing parent! I wish you the very best on your pregnancy, birth, and parenting journey! Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PregnancyPodcast/ Twitter https://twitter.com/PregPodcast Instagram https://www.instagram.com/pregnancypodcast/ Google+ https://plus.google.com/+Pregnancypodcast1
4 min
WeCrochet Podcast
WeCrochet Podcast
Crochet Joy
Today's episode is all about the joy of crochet! First, Sara and Heather talk about the parts of crochet that bring them the most joy. From choosing colors and yarn to finishing a WIP to sharing the final photo on social media, there's a lot of joy to be found in our hobby. Next, Producer Sarah chats with Sara about the concept of "sparking joy" from author Marie Kondo's book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Producer Sarah suggests the concept of going through your yarn stash and holding each ball of yarn and WIP to see whether those items spark a physical feeling of joy when you touch them. Then they talk about ways to increase the joy in your crocheting. Finally, Heather sits down with Lisa Chayka of HELLOHappy, a crochet designer whose specialty is fun and happy crochet designs such as the Hanging Sloth Planter, Crossbody Fish Bag, and many others. Where does Lisa find inspiration? How did she start designing? What's her most popular pattern of all time? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this interview. Mentioned in This Episode: HelloHappy Designs Red Panda Planter Crossbody Fish Bag Flowering Cactus Scarf Sloth Hat Rabbit Mohair Cowl Brava Yarn Sloth Wall Hanging Sloth Hat Sloth Phone Pouch Sloth Planter Snuggle Puff Yarn Wonderfluff Yarn Fable Fur HelloHappy on Ravelry HelloHappy Website HelloHappy on Etsy HelloHappy on Instagram Timestamps: 0:00 The Opening with Heather and Sara 5:22 Producer Sarah and Sara chat about getting organized 15:15 Heather Interviews Lisa from HelloHappy 33:05 Credits
35 min
Knit Picks' Podcast
Knit Picks' Podcast
Knit Picks
Episode 335 - Meet Tian Connaughton
We're back. Winter is here and our Knit Picks Team is very busy working to bring you exciting new things in 2021. If you missed it in last episode, we said goodbye to our Knit Picks Host Hannah Maier as she embarks on new adventures. Behind the scenes we're working on our new podcast voice and style so stay tuned. Last year Knit Picks and our sister brand WeCrochet ventured into the world of live streams. Today we're sharing with you an interview that WeCrochet did in the fall of 2020 with knit and crochet designer Tian Connaughton. Tian is a joy and we are very excited to share some of this interview with you. Sara, who has been on this podcast before, asks Tian about her crafting story and her inspiration and business. We'll have new things to share about Tian's work later this year but until then you can start to get to know her, if you don't already. So grab your knitting, settle in, and get ready to meet your new knitting friend. Mentioned in this Episode: Last episode of the podcast Knit Picks Facebook Lives Knit Picks Facebook Lives on Youtube WeCrochet Facebook Lives WeCrochet Facebook Lives on Youtube WeCrochet Facebook Live with Tian WeCrochet Magazine: Issue 4 WeCrochet Magazine: Issue 5 Tian's Website Pattern Partnership Program Tian's Designs 32 Market Street Tee Obeah Hat Wingdale Cowl Stroll Gradient Muse Tian's Instagram Account - TianConnaughton Tian's Instagram Account - KnitDesignsbyTian Real Talk With Tian Timestamps: 0:00 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast 1:18 Sara from WeCrochet interviews Tian Connaughton 10:32 "How do you start with a design" 14:29 Love women entrepreneurs helping women entrepreneurs 30:37 Credits
32 min
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