Martha's Sewing Room

Seamstress extraordinaire Martha Pullen invites viewers into her sewing room where she will inform and inspire sewers of all skill levels. From embroidery and embellishment to appliqué and fun with fleece, each program covers a variety of techniques and projects. Whether you are interested in heirloom sewing, doll dressing, home decorating or scrapbook ideas, there is something for every sewer in Martha’s Sewing Room.

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Bow Tie Quilt Block

Episode #2102 · Serger techniques will be shown including bow tie quilt block; making and attaching piping; gathering, attaching, and turning corners with ruffles in one step. Examples: Entredeux to Flat Fabric on a block for "From My Heart to Yours" quilt; Mock Collar smocked bishop and using a pleater; sashiko embroidery for kids. Guests: Margaret Tully, Claudia Newton.

Scrap Booking with Embroidery

Episode #2103 · Embroidery and couching threads on paper will be used for a Quick Linen Tea Towel Chair Cover and a silk ribbon embroidered pohutukawa tree with blooms. Concludes with Sewing from the Heart. Guests: Beverley Sheldrick, Marlis Bennet.

Cut-Away Rag Quilting

Episode #2104 · Layered rag quilting using painter's tape. Examples include quilting in a machine embroidery hoop: Lion Head Pin, kid's "Here Kitty" journal, and seed stitch by hand. Guests: Laura Haynie, Joanna Pullen, Wendy Schoen.

Embroidery Design Planning

Episode #2105 · Using CAD software to plan embroidery placement on garment patterns. Lace to Entredeux on a block for "From My Heart to Yours" quilt; String of Buttons necklace; Ruffled Edging on a reproduction baby gown; patch pillow construction for kids. Guests: Lisa Shanley, Ph.D., Claudia Newton.

Machine Quilting

Episode #2106 · English Pram Set quilted by machine with tips for trapunto by machine. Examples: Quick Doorknob Hanger; Shadow Binding on a doll dress; kowhai embroidered in silk ribbon; dried flower collage kids' project. Concludes with "Sewing from the Heart." Guests: Marie Stevens, Beverley Sheldrick, Joanna Pullen.

The Pink Tea

Episode #2107 · Perfectly joined Lace Corners on a tablecloth and napkins. Examples: Elegant tea towel and table saver; Sweet Treat Basket table favors; quick mirror and tissue holder; Folded Tucks on a reproduction baby gown; Curve and Diamond Shapes on a block for "From My Heart to Yours"quilt. Concludes with "Sewing from the Heart." Guest: Phyllis Hoffman.

Hand Smocking and Pleating

Episode #2108 · Geometric smocking stitches: stem, outline, cables, waves (chevrons) are explained. How to use the smocking pleater and how make bullion-stitch bumblebees are also shown. Guest: Wendy Schoen.

"No-Sew" Fleece Projects

Episode #2109 · "No-sew" techniques used on a fleece purse and stadium cushion. Examples: Curved Pintucks on a reproduction baby gown; Felted Wool Frame pillow; Tied Bow on a block for "From My Heart to Yours" quilt; embroidered ribbon bookmark for kids. Guests: Melody Good, Claudia Newton.

Replicating Antiques

Episode #2110 · Replicating antique stitches by machine and making decorative organdy ruffles. Examples: Quick baby bib using a ruffler attachment; entredeux "buttonholes" on a doll dress; clematis embroidered in silk ribbon; Sewing from the Heart. Guests: June Mellinger, Beverley Sheldrick.

Chenille Piping

Episode #2111 · Decorative chenille piping. Machine tatting on pintucks; pot holder baby bib; Heirloom Insertion Tabs on a reproduction baby gown; bullion-stitch flowers. Guests: Jewell Hulitt, Wendy Schoen.

Serger Quilting

Episode #2112 · Quilting with serger chain stitch and inserting piping with serger cover stitch. Examples: Quick burp cloth; Magnificent Magnets craft; Madeira scalloped border on a doll dress; Easter orchid embroidered in silk ribbon. Concludes with "Sewing from the Heart." Guests: Peggy Dilbone, Beverley Sheldrick.

Dimensional Applique

Episode #2113 · Puffy applique with batting and raised embroidery with foam. Examples: Quilt templates made from sticky-back stabilizer; fabric book of textures for baby; Pillow on Point starburst pillow; machine stippling for quilt blocks; constructing the "From My Heart to Yours" quilt. Guests: Ann Regal, Louise Baird.

Weddings on a Budget

Episode #2201 · A wedding dress, veil and garter for less than $100; Madeira Magic ring bearer's pillow; blanket stitch applique on "Bonnet Kids" quilt; shadow stitch by hand. Concludes with "Sewing from the Heart." Guest: Wendy Schoen.

Circular Stitching

Episode #2202 · Circular stitching technique used in quilting by machine. Examples: Bias trim; quilted greeting card; Microwave Finger Pads craft; Double Pleats on a reproduction baby gown; and fabric yo-yos for kids. Guests: Chris Tryon, Claudia Newton.

Piecing and Binding

Episode #2203 · Mitered sashings for a child's quilt are made using a mechanical binder for the sewing machine. Examples: Quick terry baby bib; ribbon and lace fancy band for a doll dress; silk ribbon frogs. Concludes with "Sewing from the Heart." Guests: Marlis Bennet, Beverley Sheldrick.

Raw Edge Applique

Episode #2204 · Child's quilt with raw edge applique. Examples: Stipple quilting with blendable threads; colonial knot by hand to attach a ribbon bow; Paint Your Own Flower Pot with paint pens. Concludes with "Sewing From the Heart." Guests: Ann Regal, Wendy Schoen, Joanna Pullen.

Serged Edges

Episode #2205 · Dad's Barbeque Apron with serged edges and Seams Sew Easy pillow with exposed seams. Also, reverse applique on "The Old Woman and the Shoe" quilt, Tatting and Rickrack Insertion on a reproduction baby gown, and zippered bag for kids. Guests: Steve Jeffery, Louise Baird, Claudia Newton.

Fitting Men's Patterns

Episode #2206 · Fitting patterns for men's shirts. Includes Lacy Photo Mat craft, rickrack with lace insertion fancy band for a doll dress, and silk ribbon embroidered bees. Concludes with "Sewing from the Heart." Guests: Lisa Shanley, Ph.D., Paul Shanley, Beverley Sheldrick.

Heirloom Sewing By Serger

Episode #2207 · Serger techniques: attaching bridging and lace to fabric, creating tucks, quilting, quick baby bonnet. Example: Chenille Patchwork pillow. Concludes with "Sewing from the Heart." Guest: Kathy McMakin.

Faux Suede Applique

Episode #2208 · "Bunny Love" changing pad with faux suede applique and tips on closing a turn-through opening. Examples: Squeaker bib with outline embroidery, Doorknob Hanger for kids to make, and Madeira applique heart by hand. Guests: Darlene Guillory, Joanna Pullen, Wendy Schoen.

Cathedral Windows

Episode #2209 · Cathedral windows with decorative stitch machine embroidery and colored pencils. Examples: Machine-embroidered fabric baskets, yarn hair and flowers for "The Old Woman and the Shoe" quilt, Cascading Ruffles on a reproduction baby gown, and kid's tote bag. Guests: Pam Mahshie, Louise Baird, Claudia Newton.

Stippling Made Easy

Episode #2210 · Stippling by machine and making and attaching baby piping. Examples: Quick purse made from a linen place mat, attaching entredeux and gathered lace to a finished scalloped edge on a doll dress, and cats and dragonflies worked in silk ribbon. Guests: Connie Palmer, Beverley Sheldrick.

Crazy Patch

Episode #2211 · Crazy patch technique for a purse embellished with bobbin work and couching; purse construction. Examples: Crazy patch eyeglass case; Bias Neck Binding technique on a reproduction baby gown; Madeira applique and quilting using invisible thread and wash-away basting thread. Guests: Barbara Randle, Louise Baird.

Quilting from the Heart

Episode #2212 · Quilts from the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital "Quilt of Dreams" project. Examples: "Sit On It" notions organizer; decorative phone book cover craft; lace scallops on a doll dress skirt; sheep and daisy embroidered in silk ribbon. Concludes with " Sewing from the Heart." Guests: Melody Good, Beverley Sheldrick.

Chenille Shapes

Episode #2213 · Teddy bears and bindings from chenille; ribbon watchband; Entredeux to Fabric on a reproduction baby gown; point de Paris hand embroidery stitch. Guests: Charlotte Gallaher, Wendy Schoen.

Ribbon Techniques

Episode #2301 · Ribbon placement embellishments on a garment; lace memory board scrapbook page; country primroses silk ribbon embroidery on a tea cozy; metallic thread sandwich pillow. Guests: Marlis Bennett, Beverley Sheldrick.

Wedding Ring Quilt

Episode #2302 · Using printed interfacing templates for easy quilt piecing; "hooping" paper for machine embroidery; 3-D embroidery techniques; entredeux and puffing square on an heirloom baby quilt. Guests: Lindee Goodall, Connie Palmer.

Fun with Rickrack

Episode #2303 · Lace and rickrack embellished jacket; couching decorative threads with braiding foot for scrapbooking; hand embroidered lazy daisy flowers with French knots on a christening gown; rickrack doll dress sleeves and collar. Guests: Phyllis Hoffman, Pam Mahshie, WendySchoen.

Sewing Savvy Fashions

Episode #2304 · Different garment looks with accessories, buttons and trims; sewing memories scrapbook page; silk ribbon embroidered jonquils on a tea cozy, puffing corners pillow. Guests: Phyllis Hoffman, Beverley Sheldrick, Lori Taylor.

Trim Applique

Episode #2305 · Appliqueing ribbon, trims and lace; "flea markets in France" themed scrapbooking; machine embroidered lace technique; lace and embroidery insertion band quilt square on an heirloom baby quilt. Guests: Lindee Goodall, Deb Yedziniak.

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