Bonus Episode: Updates, CONTEST

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This Bonus Episode expresses gratitude for the generous support of Stitch Please podcast listeners. There is also a fun contest happening today and concluding tomorrow, Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 3pm EST on the Black Women Stitch IG page. Details in the notes!

Episode Notes

Enter the contest by leaving a message with your answer! (Contest is not affiliated with IG or Marimekko.)

Question: How much 1.5 inch (3.8cm) bias binding will Lisa get from a piece of fabric sized 22″ by 36″ (55.88cm by 91.44cm)?

If you want to participate in the WORD OF THE YEAR episode, leave a message about your word or lack thereof!

There are 26 Black Women Stitch calendars left! Free shipping continues!

The Black Women Stitch website is sew pretty. Get into it.

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Lisa Woolfork  0:07  

Hello everybody and welcome to the Stitch Please podcast. I'm your host, Lisa Woolfork, we are still in the hiatus for the Stitch Please podcast. So we have a bonus episode this week and next week before we jump right in to 2022, to find out what it can do. I've been thinking of little clever rhymes for 2022 and I'm not sure if that one is it. But we shall see. Today's episode is going to talk a little bit about what we are hoping for in 2022. And just give you some updates about what's happening with Black Women Stitch in the Stitch Please podcast. You'll also get information about a contest that is going on right now on the Black Women Stitch page on Instagram, which is going to wrap up on Thursday, January 13 at 3pm. Eastern Standard Time. Stay tuned to learn more about that. So sit back, relax and get ready to get your stitch together.

We begin with gratitude. Thank you so much for those of you all who have been supporting the Stitch Please podcast. I am very grateful to our Patreon supporters who through monthly contributions helped to build the base structure for what this podcast is, allowing me to operate in such a way that I don't have to worry about grant funding and all of the searching and all of the compromises that sometimes accompany sponsorship. Thank you very much for listener sponsoring this podcast, Patreon people. Also the same well of deep gratitude for those of you all who've made contributions through our Act Blue site, Black Women Stitch is a 501C3 fiscally sponsored organization. And as such, you can make tax deductible donations to us through our fiscal sponsor. And I can share the link to that page in the show notes. And another big bout of Thank Yous go to those of you who have purchased the Black Women Stitch 2022 wall calendar, it is bigger and Blacker than ever. It is so beautiful. I'm really proud of it. And I worked really hard on it. There's a lot of research that has gone into the calendar, as well as a lot of updates about events that you might recall from just a year or two ago. If you have a chance, if you had the opportunity and the ability, please buy a copy of the Black Women Stitch 2022 wall calendar, it is available at the Black Women Stitch Big Cartel site, and it is still shipping for free. And there are about 26 of them left, there are 26 Black Women Stitch wall calendars for the 2022 year. 26 calendars left. One of them could be yours, if you choose to pick up one from the Big Cartel site. So thank you. Thank you. And thank you. Next up, we'll talk about some fun plans, including this contest. Stay tuned.

Earlier, I thanked those who have financially supported the podcast. And now I'd like to thank those of you all who have found other ways, non financial ways, to support the podcast, because I am sincerely grateful for that as well. By listening to this podcast, you are supporting it. So you can hear this or if you can read the transcript, I thank you. Thank you for taking your time to listen to what I have to say about sewing and this entire project. I am grateful for that. In addition, support can also be given by subscribing to the podcast. So you'll get all the episodes, all the bonuses, all the trailers. All of the content of the podcast will be delivered straight to your device. You can also rate and review the podcast and rating is when you click little stars to give ratings, usually a five star system or you can leave a review- one or two sentences, a paragraph- something that reveals your appreciation or interest in the podcast. And that is what reviews are and that is what they can do, and what I will put in the show notes this time. The show notes are gonna have a lot of really great information in them, y'all. They're gonna have a lot of things you could click on. So please do go into the show notes and click away and one of the things you can click on is a list of sites where you can leave reviews for the Stitch Please podcast and that really is a very generous, and I know it takes time and resources to review something or to rate it or to subscribe. I do not take any of that for granted. Thank you for those of you all who contribute to the podcast by rating, reviewing and subscribing to it.

And now it's time to hear about that contest. So, as you might recall, I last year in 2021, decided to make a coat, my winter coat for this winter out of a comforter. I really liked the Marimekko Unikko design, which is their classic pattern, I think that they designed like in the late 60s or 70s, or something. It's these big flowers, big blue flowers. And I was like, "Oh my gosh, that's going to be great." Marimekko fabric is expensive, but Marimekko linens are much more reasonably priced. And so that was why I decided to use a comforter. I found a puffy jacket pattern from VickiSews which is a Russian pattern designer. But she also has her work translated into lots of other languages including English. I had that pattern. It's called Nurit, N-U-R-I-T, Nurit, and I'm excited. I got it all cut out, and I realized, one thing I wanted was to have the inside lining of the coat, like the stitching, all the stitching on the inside, I wanted it to be bias bound. I thought it would look nice. I thought it'd be a nice fun detail to use a little bit of peekaboo referencing by using contrasting colors from the sheet set that I also have that's made from Marimekko's Unikko design. So this is where the contest comes in. I took the sheet set that I had ordered before, a sheet set that I'd already ordered. It old, and decided to make bias binding out of that. Now I had used that sheet set before to make a Vogue blouse. I also planned to use it to make other things that have a better like shirting weights, oh, it would be a really nice Naomi blouse. And I might do that. Because a twin size sheet set for I think I actually might have purchased a full size sheet set. It's a lot of fabric. It's a lot of fabric, even if you decide not to deconstruct it, and just cut off the cams, which I wouldn't do because that's a bit wasteful. But you get a lot of really great fabric that way. So I am going to make bias binding to cover the seams of the inside of this coat.

Making continuous bias binding is something I really enjoy. I really enjoy it. I am not a math person. I don't enjoy math. But I enjoy the fact that math makes it possible for me to make continuous bias binding that it's a lot of geometry. It's a lot moving some things around. But it's really not that complicated. And once you get the hang of it, you will find yourself excited to make bias binding out of the most random pieces of fabric you might have in your collection.  Doesn't have to be a square either. It can be a rectangle, and ideally a rectangle that you then turn into a parallelogram, which gives you the perfect shape to make your continuous bias binding. So here is the question for the quiz. The question- I call it a quiz. It's not really a quiz. It's just a guess. I'm just asking you to guess. If you've seen the IG my IG live- not my IG live- If you see my IG story, you'll see that I've made a reel and it says something like, "Guess guess.  Just guess. Guess, Guess you coward. Just guess. Just guess, just guess. Guess guess, just guess," which is actually how I sometimes talk to my spouse to great irritation, I'm sure. I think of it as persistence. Anyway, guess how much bias binding I will be able to make from a fabric that is approximately this size. I'm saying approximately because that is the size I remember approximately cutting that fabric, that this is not a scientific poll. I'm just asking you to guess. And what will happen is we will then on Thursday, January 13 at 3pm Eastern Standard Time, meet me at the Black Women Stitch IG live, and we will measure this binding. Yay!!! I'm really excited, because I haven't done it yet. I'm really very curious to see how much it is. Okay, just to give you the exact details and I'm going to do it in inches as well as in centimeters. The piece of fabric that I'm starting with is 22 inches by 36 inches. The strip I'm going to cut is one and a half inch wide. When that gets double folded, it'll be three quarters, which is the size that I want. So I'm making three quarter inch binding, which means I have to cut a strip that's one and a half inches wide. So 22 inches by 36 inches stitched on the bias with a one quarter inch seam allowance. And so your task is to calculate, how much bias do you think that would make? So for those folks in centimeters, a piece of fabric that is 55.88 centimeters by 91.44 centimeters, and I am cutting a strip that is 3.8 centimeters. How much bias do you think I would make? And again, I don't know, because I haven't really measured it. And I made- because like I said I really enjoy it- I cut about four pieces of fabric that size. I use one to make one inch bias binding, and I use the other three to make the three quarters. So I've got quite a bit of bias, quite a bit of bias tape. And so that's something I'm really looking forward to doing. So if you want to participate. This is how. Go to the Black Women Stitch website. Select "talk to us," which is an option you can find in the upper right corner of the website. You click on that, and it allows you to leave a voicemail, it will take you to an app on our website called SpeakPipe where you can leave a voicemail message that comes straight to me, and I can listen to it and leave you a message back. It's really great. So just share what you think the answer to this question is and show up for the IG live on Thursday to find out how close you were to being right.

Thank you so much for listening to the Stitch Please podcast. This bonus episode is coming to you on Wednesday, January 12. And I am excited to say that we are in a bit of a hiatus just taking a bit of a breather. But we will get back to you on the last Wednesday in January where we have a very special episode that I'm really excited to share with you all to help us kickstart the year. So next week, we'll have another short bonus and it's going to be about Word of the Year. What is your Word of the Year? Do you have a Word of the Year? Do you ever do a Word of the Year? I did one last year and I really enjoyed it and thought it was helpful. And so I'm doing it again this year. And next week, I will tell you why. 

In the meantime, if you have a Word of the Year for 2022, and you're willing to share it with me on the Stitch Please podcast, leave me a SpeakPipe message. Go right to the website. At the homepage, you can select "talk to us" and that will take you right to our messaging service where you can leave a voicemail letting us know what your word is for 2022 And why- or you can say "I don't have a word of the year. And this is why." Either way, I'd be very glad to hear about it. Thanks again for listening to the Stitch Please podcast. Come back next week and we'll help you get your stitch together.

Hosted by Lisa Woolfork

Lisa is a fourth-generation sewing enthusiast who learned to sew while earning a PhD in African American literature and culture. She has been sewing for more than twenty years while also teaching, researching, and publishing in Black American literature and culture.

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