Sunday, January 9, 2011

GreenStitch Episode 20 - Bread and Roses

Haven't yet listened to the podcast? Click in here!

I wish I had old images to share with you from the Bread and Roses strike. There are quite a few on Google, but I don't have confidence that they're authentic. Here is, however, some more information.

Want a glimpse of the Brother PR-1000 embroidery machine? Here's the video from CES and a few images below.

In the photo above, the old car image at upper right is an original photo. The others are stitched renderings on lightweight canvas, straight from the Brother PR-1000. Pretty remarkable results!

Finally, I hope you enjoyed the recording of the Women's Chorale of 171. If you're in Western New York and want to get our performance schedule, just e-mail me!

Thanks very much for listening, and thanks for all your great notes and comments. See you soon.


  1. I'll be the first to admit here that I teared up hearing you all sing the bead and roses song--upstairs all by myself, sewing curtains for my boys' room, really really enjoying hearing your sharing on the anniversary of that protest. Beautiful song. Lovely episode.

  2. Thanks so much, Ginger. I was near tears talking about it myself - I usually am! Here's to those brave and inspirational women who boldly took to the streets, 99 years ago today!

  3. Great episode! I did not know about the Bread and Roses strike but I do know about the Triangle Shirt Fire. I teach an OSHA class and in the intro to OSHA we talk about how the Triangle Fire started the debate about safety and health in the workplace - I didn't write the content, OSHA did; but it appears the debate had already started prior to the March 25, 1911 fire. You can read more about it at

    I am finally caught up on your show. Love what you are doing. You have a wonderful voice and perspective. Can't wait for more.


  4. This was your most SUPER episode yet. I'm a choral and solo singer too and I was singing right along with you. Thank you so much for doing a historical perspective relating to women and sewing. I remember in Louisa May Alcott's journals that she did seampstress work to make a living while hoping her stories would fly some day. And it sure didn't sound fun....

    As sewers we must all want to support decent working conditions for those who make those clothes that we don't make for ourselves. Anybody know good sites for finding standard brands made in decent environments? I'd like to buy underwear, bras and socks ,for example, that I know wasn't made in a sweatshop - who knows how to figure that out?

  5. I have to tell you I was VERY touched by the "Bread and Roses" story!! Your Choral's rendition of the song!! You guys may not be professional, so you say, but I sure think you sound professional. Your voices just go together so well, I LOVE it!!

    I love all of your episodes, and look forward to each new one with "bated breath" (whatever that means...grin), lets just say I love your podcast!!

    I am sure we have a lot in common, and would talk for hours. Since I live on the west coast, we will have to get to know each other online.

    Thank you for taking the time and energy to put this podcast together for us. I really appreciate it.


  6. Thanks so much for educating me about Bread and Roses. I especially love that you described it as "aspirational.", rather than inspirational. I think we honor the memory of those strong women by aspiring to be like them, rather than just admiring their courage.

    Love the podcast!