25 episodes

A podcast all about historic needlework and the gals who stitched it, hosted by your local historic needlework expert, Isabella Rosner.

Sew What? Isabella Rosner

    • Visual Arts
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

A podcast all about historic needlework and the gals who stitched it, hosted by your local historic needlework expert, Isabella Rosner.

    Marking Time: A Conversation with Dr Edward Town

    Marking Time: A Conversation with Dr Edward Town

    In the last episode of Sew What? season 1, Isabella talks with Dr Edward Town about Marking Time: Objects, People, and Their Lives, 1500-1800, released by Yale University Press. The book is "an engaging, encyclopaedic account of the material world of...

    • 48 min
    The Hauntedness of Victorian Hairwork: An Interview with Avery Curran

    The Hauntedness of Victorian Hairwork: An Interview with Avery Curran

    In this episode, Isabella interviews Victorian hairwork researcher and fan, Avery Curran. Just in time for the spooky season that is October! The two talk about the development of hairwork jewellery and how it got to be so popular in the mid-19th...

    • 36 min
    "Pick up your knitting whenever you’re sitting": Knitting for Victory in WWI and WWII

    "Pick up your knitting whenever you’re sitting": Knitting for Victory in WWI and WWII

    In this episode, Isabella discusses knitting for victory in the US during WWI and WWII. This episode has everything from sock trivia to knitting propaganda songs.

    • 24 min
    Queering Needlework: An Interview with Daniel Fountain

    Queering Needlework: An Interview with Daniel Fountain

    In this episode, Isabella interviews Daniel Fountain, a queer contemporary artist, researcher, and writer whose work lies at the intersection of textiles and the LGBTQ+ community. The two discuss Daniel's art making practice, the AIDS quilt, the Museum...

    • 30 min
    The Art of Craft: Needlework in the Art and Craft Debate

    The Art of Craft: Needlework in the Art and Craft Debate

    In this episode, Isabella discusses the history of the art and craft debate, as well as examples of needleworkers who have bridged that gap historically and in the 21st century. Expect discussions about art historians Giorgio Vasari and Rozsika Parker...

    • 27 min
    School Subjects Through Stitch: History, Math, and Geography Samplers

    School Subjects Through Stitch: History, Math, and Geography Samplers

    In this episode, Isabella discusses 18th- and 19th-century English and American history, math, and geography samplers. These objects allowed those who stitched them to learn needlework alongside other facts, including the population sizes of England's...

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

oldersister ,

Perfect balance between history and fun!

This podcast is for you if you want to know more about how women’s art plays its role in history and why it is often forgotten! Super fun and casual, I love listening while I cross stitch and you will too.

Suki!!10 ,

A Great Listen!!

I love this new show! The host shares rich content in a smart, entertaining and accessible way. Sew What? fills a void in the podcast world for fans of needlework, textiles and history. Two enthusiastic thumbs up 👍👍.

lynn/mississippi ,

Excellent introduction!

I enjoyed the upbeat feel she gives to the subject-needlework has always been a part of my life, I love hearing more about it’s history.

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