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

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

Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

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

Language:

English


Episodes

Navajo Weaving: An Interview with Dr Kathy M'Closkey

3/4/2021
In this episode, Isabella interviews Dr Kathy M'Closkey, a scholar of Navajo weaving. The two discuss Navajo rug and blanket motifs, how economic and agricultural changes affected Navajo weaving, and Kathy's long career as a weaver and freelance curator. As always, images and sources are available at @sewwhatpodcast on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The podcast has a new website, sewwhatpodcast.com, and a Patreon, patreon.com/sewwhatpodcast.

Duration:00:33:29

The Long, Looping History of Nalbinding

2/25/2021
In this episode, Isabella discusses nalbinding, a stitching technique that predates both knitting and crocheting. Isabella examines the history and technique of over 8,500 years of nalbound goods. As always, images and sources are available at @sewwhatpodcast on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The podcast has a new website, sewwhatpodcast.com, and a Patreon, patreon.com/sewwhatpodcast.

Duration:00:21:39

Making Historic Needlework Now: An Interview With Ruth Singer

2/18/2021
In this episode, Isabella interviews Ruth Singer, an artist and maker exploring personal and collective narratives through textiles. In the episode, they discuss everything from the transition from museum work to historic needlework-based art making, to corded and trapunto quilting, to pin cushions. As always, images and sources are available at @sewwhatpodcast on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The podcast has a new website, sewwhatpodcast.com, and a Patreon, patreon.com/sewwhatpodcast.

Duration:00:27:50

Gee's Bend Quilts and Quilters: An Interview with Caster Pettway and Mary Margaret Pettway

2/11/2021
In this episode, Isabella interviews Caster Pettway and Mary Margaret Pettway, two Gee's Bend quilters. The trio discuss Caster and Mary Margaret's favourite quilt designs and colours, learning to quilt from their mothers, and their favourite parts of the quiltmaking process. As always, images and sources are available at @sewwhatpodcast on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The podcast has a new website, sewwhatpodcast.com, and a Patreon, patreon.com/sewwhatpodcast.

Duration:00:28:14

Sew What? Season 2: The Tiny Needleworked Treasures of 17th-Century Schoolgirls

2/4/2021
Sew What? is back with season 2! In this first episode of the season, Isabella explores minuscule needleworked objects made by 17th-century British schoolgirls, such as tiny purses, bite sized birds, embroidered eggshells, and decorated nutmegs. As always, images and sources are available at @sewwhatpodcast on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The podcast has a new website, sewwhatpodcast.com, and a Patreon, patreon.com/sewwhatpodcast.

Duration:00:24:22

A Holiday Treat! The History of Fair Isle Knitwear

12/18/2020
In this bonus holiday episode, Isabella discusses Fair Isle jumpers. She talks about the history of the area's knitwear, as well as its style. Be on the lookout for season 2 of Sew What?, arriving in February 2021.

Duration:00:15:39

Marking Time: A Conversation with Dr Edward Town

10/29/2020
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 early modern Britain as told through a unique collection of dated objects." Ed and Isabella discuss four objects from the book, including three unique needleworked pieces. Isabella also covers her PhD research, focusing on English Quaker...

Duration:00:48:34

The Hauntedness of Victorian Hairwork: An Interview with Avery Curran

10/22/2020
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 century, as well as Avery's own love for knitting.

Duration:00:36:14

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

10/15/2020
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.

Duration:00:24:08

Queering Needlework: An Interview with Daniel Fountain

10/8/2020
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 of Transology, and favourite needleworked objects.

Duration:00:30:15

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

10/1/2020
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 and artists ranging from Mary Linwood to Bisa Butler.

Duration:00:27:29

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

9/24/2020
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 counties and how to predict what dates Sundays would fall on for the next 50 years.

Duration:00:21:40

A Collage of Ideas: An Interview with Dr Freya Gowrley

9/17/2020
In this episode, Isabella interviews Dr Freya Gowrley, historian of material and visual culture focusing on the home, the body, and collage. The two discuss Freya's recent article and upcoming book, as well as patchwork and the intersection of needlework and emotions.

Duration:00:33:09

To Bead or Not to Bead: Historic Beadwork of England and the Americas

9/10/2020
This episode is all about beadwork. Isabella begins the episode discussing 17th-century English beadwork before moving on to discuss Native American beadwork techniques.

Duration:00:23:12

Fashion in 18th-Century Colonial Spanish America: An Interview with Laura Beltrán-Rubio

9/3/2020
In this episode, Isabella interviews Laura Beltrán-Rubio, a PhD student who focuses on the consumption, dissemination, and representation of dress and practices of self-fashioning in 18th-century colonial Spanish America (specifically modern-day Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela). The two discuss surviving South American costume and textiles, the presence of needlework in the Spanish colonies, and learning how to stitch from your grandmother. As always, images and resources discussed in this...

Duration:00:37:26

Stitching While Imprisoned, Part 2

8/27/2020
In this episode, Isabella discusses needlework created by suffragettes and a woman with an alias of "Myrllen," as well as the British charity Fine Cell Work. As always, images and resources discussed in this episode are available on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @sewwhatpodcast.

Duration:00:18:49

Stitching While Imprisoned, Part 1

8/20/2020
In this episode, Isabella discusses needlework created by imprisoned women, focusing specifically on the embroidery of Mary Queen of Scots, Agnes Richter, and Lorina Bulwer. As always, images and resources discussed in this episode are available on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @sewwhatpodcast.

Duration:00:21:40

Making and Consuming in the 18th Century: An Interview with Dr Serena Dyer

8/13/2020
In this episode, Isabella interviews Dr Serena Dyer, historian of dress, consumption, and material culture. The two discuss Serena's two upcoming books, Material Lives: Women Makers and Consumer Culture in the 18th Century and Material Literacy in Eighteenth-Century Britain: A Nation of Makers. They also talk about Serena's favourite needleworked objects and her passion for making historic costume. As always, images and resources discussed in this episode are available on Twitter and...

Duration:00:34:33

Needlecraft and Wellbeing: An Interview with Dr Alison Mayne

8/6/2020
In this episode, Isabella interviews Dr Alison Mayne, a textile researcher and practitioner who wrote her PhD about knitting and crocheting Facebook groups and wellbeing. The two discuss the intersection of needlework and social media, new Soviet dress, fashions from the feminist magazine Spare Rib, and the continued fight for inclusivity in the world of needlework and textiles more generally. As always, images and resources discussed in this episode are available on Twitter and Instagram...

Duration:00:30:51

Opening the Doors to 17th-Century Embroidered Cabinets and Caskets

7/30/2020
In this episode, Isabella discusses one of her greatest loves, embroidered cabinets and caskets made in the 17th century. She explains the differences between cabinets and caskets, how they were made, some exceptional surviving examples, and what these boxes can tell us about the relationship between early modern women and privacy.

Duration:00:20:57