46 episodes

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

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    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 34 Ratings

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

    Conserving Historic Needlework: An Interview with Gretchen Guidess and Jackie Peterson-Grace

    Conserving Historic Needlework: An Interview with Gretchen Guidess and Jackie Peterson-Grace

    In the final episode of the season, Isabella interview Gretchen Guidess and Jackie Peterson-Grace, the textile conservators of Colonial Williamsburg, about preserving and protecting historic needlework in museum collections.

    As always, images and sources are available at @sewwhatpodcast on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The podcast has a website, sewwhatpodcast.com, and a Patreon, patreon.com/sewwhatpodcast.

    • 35 min
    Embroidering Portraits: An Interview with Cayce Zavaglia

    Embroidering Portraits: An Interview with Cayce Zavaglia

    In this episode, Isabella interviews artist Cayce Zavaglia, who uses embroidery to stitch hyperrealistic portraits of her family, friends, and fellow artists. The two discuss Cayce's process, her favourite parts of stitching, and groundbreaking contemporary textile artists.

    As always, images and sources are available at @sewwhatpodcast on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The podcast has a website, sewwhatpodcast.com, and a Patreon, patreon.com/sewwhatpodcast.

    • 34 min
    The Needlework of Historic Boyz II Men

    The Needlework of Historic Boyz II Men

    In this episode, Isabella discusses needlework made by boys and men in the 18th and 19th centuries. She focuses on professional embroideries, sailor woollies, trench art, and schoolboy samplers.

    As always, images and sources are available at @sewwhatpodcast on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The podcast has a website, sewwhatpodcast.com, and a Patreon, patreon.com/sewwhatpodcast.

    • 31 min
    Paper Pieced Quilts and Crafting During COVID: An Interview with Naomi Clarke

    Paper Pieced Quilts and Crafting During COVID: An Interview with Naomi Clarke

    In this episode, Isabella interviews PhD student Naomi Clarke about her passion for quilting and her PhD work focusing on crafting during Coronavirus. The two discuss paper piecing, craft diaries, and signature quilts.

    As always, images and sources are available at @sewwhatpodcast on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The podcast has a website, sewwhatpodcast.com, and a Patreon, patreon.com/sewwhatpodcast.

    • 39 min
    Alternative Embroideries: Tambour Work and Punch Needle

    Alternative Embroideries: Tambour Work and Punch Needle

    In this episode, Isabella discusses the technique and history of tambour work (including tambour embroidery, lace, and beading) and punch needle. She also spends time exploring American rug hooking.

    As always, images and sources are available at @sewwhatpodcast on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The podcast has a website, sewwhatpodcast.com, and a Patreon, patreon.com/sewwhatpodcast.

    • 26 min
    Australian Schoolgirl Needlework: An Interview with Cat Gay

    Australian Schoolgirl Needlework: An Interview with Cat Gay

    In this episode, Isabella interviews PhD student Cat Gay about schoolgirl samplers and stitching in 19th-century Australia. 

    As always, images and sources are available at @sewwhatpodcast on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The podcast has a website, sewwhatpodcast.com, and a Patreon, patreon.com/sewwhatpodcast.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

TeeLeister ,

Best podcast ever!

So glad I found this podcast! It’s been hard for me to find others that are interested in textile history. I look forward to getting my notification that a new podcast is posted. Top-notch information and professionally done!

octorooneyre ,

informative & accessible!

I appreciate this podcast as it’s brought me closer to the subject of material culture in a very accessible / not intimidating way. I especially loved the episode with Kelli R. Coles on 18th / 19th century Black American schoolgirl samplers!

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.

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