Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Susan is Craft Filming

I was invited to film another episode for the TV show Susan is Craft. The show is on Channel 31, one of the free to air digital, community TV channels here in Australia. This month they are filming series 6, the last show that I did was series 2.

I was going to do my show on Crazy Quilting the same as last time but this time I was going to demonstrate the way I do foundation piecing for the base and then talk about the various ways I sew the motifs. The foundation piecing section took so long that they decided to do my show over two episodes.

Here is a photo of myself and the host Susan Francis.
Susan and Linda
The air- conditioning wasn't working in the studio and it was so hot under the lights with the stress of three large cameras filming your every move and stutter! I think it was about 40degrees Celsius (Over 100F) outside, so it was very hot.
When I was demonstrating the hand stitching my fingers were slipping on the needle I was so hot and perspiring.

Here is a photo of the set and the cameras.

Susan is Craft set
From the look of the photo I must have been getting ready to demonstrate the stitching on the motifs.

Control room

There are three cameras now, when I filmed the series two episode there were only two.

Look at the detail on those cameras; it makes my digital SLR look like child's play.

Camera close-up
In the third section of the show I was saying how I use all different methods to make the motifs on my quilts.

Stem Stitch

Needle turn applique
Satin Stitch
I also showed fusible applique and outline stitching on motifs.

The filming went well and I had no trouble filling in the time.

When I had finished they asked me if I would film another segment; they wanted me to interview the host Susan. I found this much more difficult because I am used to talking about myself and my work.

I wish that I had more time to prepare questions and go through it with Susan before we started to film. I had an ear-piece in my ear so I was listening to the producer prompting me as well as listening to Susan's answers! Who knows what it ended up like, they might not even use it.

They said that the series would be shown in March and they would let me know the dates. So I'll let everyone else know when it's on. They think that the show has been sold to Cable TV in America as well.

If you miss a show there is a chance to watch it on the computer on Catch up TV.

Susan also runs a shop in Moonee Ponds, Victoria  and has a online shop called Craftgate and she is doing very well with sales and is running classes, including beginner classes.

Susan is working very hard to have a successful business and I wish her all the success in the world.

Bye for now,

1 comment:

Gina E. said...

I have just discovered this post, Linda - so glad I found it before you are on t.v.! As soon as I know when your segment is going to be shown, I'll post something on my blog to alert my readers. Well done!