May 26, 2022
Deborah Moebes shares the history and structure of her subscription club, The League of Dressmakers, and how that relates to the annual online showcase of handmade clothing called Me Made May. Hear her talk through the design and intention behind structuring a membership club for garment sewing, how the League inspires her & other members to learn new sewing skills, and what the flow of images shared during Me Made May means for club members.
Read the first public post about the creation of the League here:
Learn more about the League and join here:
See the League Instagram account here:
May 26, 2022
Deborah Moebes talks through the thought & design process behind the Junior Ranger backpacks she sewed for her three children as a way to display the embroidered patches they've earned at the US National Parks. This coffee-date talk also includes conversation about the Junior Ranger program itself, how Deborah thinks through projects as part of an intentional design process, how to sew with bias tape on thicker fabrics, and why it's worth it to design with longevity in mind.
Read more and see photos of this project here:
See the Continuous Bias Tape tutorial and download the guide here:
March 18, 2022
Host Deborah Moebes details her thought process for selecting the best iron for sewing & quilting, comparing past steam generator irons (like Rowenta or Black & Decker) vs the gravity-fed iron with a separate reservoir. Ideas about iron weight, steam quality, and what iron works best in your space are all included!
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March 4, 2022
Meet Deborah Moebes, our podcast host! Hear about how she came to sewing, her two best-selling books, her two wildly successful subscription clubs, how she gets inspired to sew, and what's next for Whipstitch.
February 21, 2022
In 1895, to save her kingdom from being torn apart, Queen Lili’uokalani signed over her authority to the US government. Subsequent to that event, she was imprisoned in her own bedroom in her palace–‘Iolani Palace–for ten months. Her closest companion stayed with her, voluntarily, throughout her confinement, leaving only on Sundays to see her family. During the time that she was under house arrest, Queen Lili’uokalani worked in crazy quilt style–the most popular quilting style of the day–and created much of the 97″ x 95″ Queen’s Quilt that is now on display in ‘Iolani Palace.
Join host Deborah Moebes for a peek into how the Queen's Quilt serves as a symbol reflecting the way sewing has impacted Hawiian culture, and continues to demonstrate how sewing can be an act of revolutionary identity.
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September 16, 2021
Deborah Moebes shares three questions we can ask ourselves about our sewing that will challenge us, direct our focus, and help us celebrate our wins at the sewing machine.
August 12, 2021
Vintage thread spools are THE most darling, those tiny wooden hearts with lovely colors wound around them--BUT! That thread may not be stable or strong enough for your modern-day sewing projects. Learn why in this episode where we explore how to test your thread's strength, and what to do with thread rather than throw it away.
Read a transcript of this episode here:
July 1, 2021
Hear Deborah Moebes tell the story of how she learned to view her children's "art"--and her own--not as "art" but as Art by sharing it at the Atlanta Craft Swap. What we make with our hands is valuable, but it can take an unexpected event to make that idea feel real.
Read a transcript of this episode's audio here:
May 13, 2021
The story of Ann Lowe, whose designs are housed in the Smithsonian Museum of American History and created the wedding gown in which Jackie Kennedy was married, and who died nearly destitute and largely forgotten. She's fascinated and our sewing will be better when we know more about her.
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