Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to watch and host many sewing experts on video, in workshop classrooms, and at events. I’ve also done my fair share of video and teaching work. But this week I had the opportunity to promote The Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews by appearing on PBS’ It’s Sew Easy. And it wasn’t so easy!
Take 1: Showing how to sew sequins based on the
Take 2: Demonstrating ribbon embroidery based on
Whenever I think of hosts I’ve seen teaching sewing on TV, they always seems so cool and collected, patiently moving through their step-outs to explain a technique, as if they’ve done this a million times before.
This show is shot in a live broadcast style, with editing on the fly, which means that you essentially have to shoot the whole segment in one shot, unless you flub. That’s a lot of pressure, especially when you are dealing with notions that tend to skitter away across the countertops, threaded needles that snag on whatever is available, and a general tendency for anything that can go wrong to do just that once the cameras are turned on. Add to that the fact that I had an earpiece for verbal cues from the control room, and it becomes a little like trying to teach sewing while juggling cats.
So while I may have looked calm and collected, I was internally freaking out when my fabric decided to stay put and I needed to move to the sewing machine. But I guess that on-air survival instinct kicks in and I may been in complete inner panic, but I really couldn’t tell when watching the video roll.
I shot two episode segments, one on sewing sequin fabric and another on ribbon embroidery, featuring techniques and fashions from the 1920s. I have to say, that while nerve-wracking, it was also a lot of fun. More on this later, but the segments will air in January and July 2015 respectively. .
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