Ep. 44 Talking “women’s work” and hand-stitching with Julie Zaichuk-Ryan

Meet the owner of South Atlantic Stitching Company

by Stephanie Brea
September 8, 2020

Meet Julie Zaichuk-Ryan of South Atlantic Stitch Company

This is back-to-school week at Very Local PGH. Each day’s content is themed around a familiar subject. And since this episode goes live for home ec. day, we made sure our guest fits the theme: Meet Julie Zaichuk-Ryan, owner of South Atlantic Stitching Company. She is a sewist whose work is a modern take on traditional needlecraft. In addition to selling her work via her Etsy store, taking custom orders and repairs, and doing pattern editing for other quilters and crafters, Zaichuk-Ryan teaches classes at Cut & Sew Studio in Morningside. In this episode, we talk about the importance of hand stitching as a means of slowing down, about “women’s work” and what that means to her, and what inspires her. Her advice for beginning sewists is similar to that of some previous guests: Just do it and do not be afraid of making mistakes. “There’s no fear in sewing.” Zaichuk-Ryan encourages folks to tackle a project they are interested in, even if it is above their current skill level, in order to stay excited throughout the project.

Quilt Repair


An example of a modern log cabin quilt square



Follow South Atlantic Stitching Company and sign up for classes

Cut & Sew Studio Virtual Classes (as of 9/8 there are spots available for the Basic Quilt Class she mentions in this episode, but she teaches other classes too!)


These episodes might be older, but they’re still timely

Press play on Episode 17 with Pittsburgh puppeteer Dave English. In this episode, we talk about his upcoming show “The Dragon of Polish Hill.” If you want to check it out, you still can, because it is now a virtual streaming show via The New Hazlett Theater on Sept. 24 and 25.

Another one from the archives with a timely connection is Episode 29, which is an interview with Alicia Carberry. After listening, if you are inspired to participate in the Garbage Olympics, sign-ups are open for neighborhood teams and the event is Saturday, Sept. 26.

This episode was hosted by Stephanie Brea, recorded remotely, engineered and edited by Epicast Studios.

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