Celebrating Nancy Zieman Exhibit on Display This Summer in Wisconsin

Nancy Zieman Exhibit on Display in Winneconne Wis Summer 2019

Celebrating Nancy Zieman Exhibit on Display This Summer in Wisconsin

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Nancy Zieman Exhibit on Display in Winneconne Wis Summer 2019

Celebrating Nancy Zieman Exhibit May 1 - September 30, 2019 at The Gallery at the Winneconne Municipal Center, 30 S 1st St Winneconne, WI 54986

Celebrating Nancy Zieman Exhibit on Display This Summer in Winneconne, Wisconsin

Did you know that Nancy Zieman’s favorite time of the year was summer? Summer in Wisconsin is one of the most wonderful times of the year—when flowers are in bloom, and the vision of lush green foliage surrounding the beautiful blue lakes is breathtaking!

Winneconne WI Municipal Center Gallery and Library

If you happen to be traveling through the Wisconsin countryside, this summer, make plans to visit the Celebrating Nancy Zieman Exhibit—hosted by the Winneconne Historical Society, in Winneconne, Wisconsin.

The Celebrating Nancy Zieman Exhibit will be on display May 1 through September 30, 2019, in the gallery of the Winneconne Municipal Center

Nancy Luedtke Zieman was born, 66 years ago on June 21, 1953, and she passed away November 14, 2017, at the age of 64. Today we celebrate Nancy as a businesswoman, home economist, national sewing authority, daughter, niece, sister, aunt, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and inspiration to all.

Nancy Zieman Early Sewing With Nancy Years on Television in 1979

Nancy fulfilled her true calling as an educator and inspiration to the world around her. Nancy touched the lives of millions as they stitched alongside, or simply tuned in to watch, the inimitable Nancy Zieman and guests on Public Television.

Toddler Nancy Zieman with her Mother and Father in 1956

Nancy Luedtke Zieman was born to Barbara and Ralph Luedtke on Father’s Day in 1953, and she grew up on her family’s dairy farm—near Winneconne, Wisconsin. This special Celebrating Nancy Zieman Exhibit includes images, awards, and early garments sewn by Nancy—including 4H projects from the 1960s.

Celebrating Nancy Zieman Exhibit on display May 1 through September 30, 2019 in the Gallery of the Winneconne, WI Municipal Center

In 1971 Nancy graduated high school in Winneconne, WI, and later graduated in 1975 from University of Wisconsin–Stout, where she studied clothing textiles design and journalism.

Nancy Zieman and Richard Zieman Wedding Day 1977

Nancy Luedtke married Richard Zieman on January 28, 1977. The couple, along with their family, celebrated 40 years of marriage in 2017.

Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy 1983

In 1979, Nancy started Nancy’s Notions at her kitchen table. Nancy grew her business at home, later moved to a building on her husband Richard’s parents farm, then opened the Nancy’s Notions catalog warehouse/showroom in Beaver Dam, WI, in 1985. At the same time, the couple welcomed their first son Ted in 1982, and their second son Tom in 1991.

This special Celebrating Nancy Zieman Exhibit chronicles Nancy’s early years in business—while at the same time, starting her family.

Very First Nancy's Notions One-Sheet Flyer in 1979 by Nancy Zieman

View articles from Nancy’s personal collection, including the very first “Nancy’s Notions” one-sheet flyer, along with first edition sewing books—written by Nancy.

Sewing With Nancy Hosted by Nancy Zieman Recorded in 1987 at WKOWNancy began her TV show Sewing With Nancy in 1982. Since 1992, Wisconsin Public Television in Madison, Wis. has been Nancy’s partner in television production with Laurie Gorman serving as the executive director for the past 25 years. Nancy recorded 35 years of how-to educational programing and is the longest running sewing show on TV. Sewing With Nancy continues to air on Public Television, Create TV, 24/7/365 at NancyZieman.com, and on YouTube.

Celebrating Nancy Zieman Exhibit on display May 1 through September 30, 2019 in the Gallery of the Winneconne, WI Municipal Center

Sprinkled throughout the Celebrating Nancy Zieman Exhibit, are images of Nancy with her family, images of Nancy with friends Gail Brown, Mary Mulari, Eileen Roche, and Natalie Sewell, images of Sewing With Nancy behind the scenes, and antique miniature sewing machines gifted to Nancy by Gail Brown.

The Celebrating Nancy Zieman Exhibit will be on display May 1 through September 30, 2019, in the gallery of the Winneconne Municipal Center

View Nancy’s very own machine-quilting frame and Baby Lock Sewing Machine—used by Nancy to sew nearly 70 landscape quilts. Also on display is an original landscape quilt made by Nancy—as a gift for her mother, Barbara Luedtke Eckstein.

The Celebrating Nancy Zieman Exhibit will be on display May 1 through September 30, 2019, in the gallery of the Winneconne Municipal Center

The Celebrating Nancy Zieman Exhibit also includes a gallery of Original Giclee Canvas Landscape Art Prints by Nancy Zieman.

The Celebrating Nancy Zieman Exhibit will be on display from now until September 30, 2019 in the gallery of the Winneconne Municipal Center and is open free of charge to the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Exhibit is closed on Sunday.

Winneconne WI Municipal Center Gallery and Library

Celebrating Nancy Zieman Exhibit

May 1–September 30, 2019

Gallery at the Winneconne Municipal Center

30 S 1st St., Winneconne, WI 54986


A special thank you to Barbara Luedtke-Eckstein, Nancy’s Mother, and Mary Harper, Winneconne Historical Society Display Coordinator—for making this Celebrating Nancy Zieman Exhibit possible.


Are you traveling through Wisconsin, now through September 30? Please share a comment below for a chance to be the random winner of Richard Zieman’s new book,Nancy Zieman the Rest of the Story—A Memoir of Faith, Family, and Friends.


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Nancy Zieman the Rest of the Story - A Memoir of Faith Family and Friends

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The randomly selected winner of a NEW! I Sew For Fun Point 2 Point Turner  from Clover, is Susan.

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Her comment is: My granddaughter loves homemade pillowcases that match blankets that I have made. She shows me designs for appliqué and we get down to business! The booklet sounds like it has great ideas for little sewers!


Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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  • Linda
    August 10, 2019

    What a great way to celebrate Nancy’s legacy. She was in inspiration to many and her tips and techniques are truly time-saving. I own many of her books and they are becoming well worn references!

  • Linda Clark
    August 10, 2019

    I saw this exhibit just a few weeks ago. Very interesting. A nice summer country drive to get there.

  • Sandra Perkins
    August 10, 2019

    Nancy had a God given talent. She touched a lot of people. I thank God for her.

  • Betty Manoulian
    August 10, 2019

    I am unable to travel to Wisconsin to see the exhibit but want to thank everyone involved in coordinating the celebration exhibit. I learned so much from watching Nancy over the years (and still enjoy watching the re-runs on PBS). Her style and techniques are timeless. I enjoyed reading her book, Seams Unlikely and look forward to reading her husband’s book “The Rest of the Story.” Nancy is greatly missed and dearly loved.

  • Linda Ring
    August 10, 2019

    What a wonderful memorial. Sadly I will not be able to see it this year.

    Nancy wasn’t only a master teacher of sewing, but a teacher of manners, kindness & humanity.

    I enjoy her reruns I record from Rocky Mountain PBS.

    Please let me know if this exhibit will be shown in the future.

    Happy sewing!

  • Kay Huchteman
    August 10, 2019

    I met Nancy in Tulsa several years ago at a 3-day conference. You could tell she enjoyed herself. We were accustomed to seeing our teacher, who was serious and focused on the lesson at hand. This Nancy was a hoot! She laughed and joked and told wonderful stories.i actually got to chat with her for a minute, and she seemed so genuine and interested. We shook hands, and she laughed when I said “Well, bye for now.” Life was too short for NZ. I know there was another thousand lessons she had for us.

  • Sharon
    August 10, 2019

    Enjoyed watching her programs on TV.

  • Lynda
    August 10, 2019

    Wonderful exhibit-wonderful memories.
    Still watching-love it all.

  • Arlene Aughey
    August 10, 2019

    I grew up watching “Sewing with Nancy.” She feels like an old, dear friend to me.

  • Kathy Healey
    August 10, 2019

    I had the pleasure of meeting Nancy when she to traveled to Rochester, NY many years ago and gave a presentation there. What a thrill it was to meet her! I’m so glad an exhibit about her life was created for so many to enjoy!

  • Noreen
    August 10, 2019

    I learned so much from watching Nancy’s shows. She really had an understanding of sewing, and knew how to teach it.

  • Joanna
    August 10, 2019

    I’m so sorry I didn’t know more about nancy before 3 years ago; I wish I could have enjoyed her calm manner and teaching ability sooner. Now I will have to rely on older filming to get more of the legacy she has left so many.

  • M Connolly
    August 10, 2019

    Thanks for a look at the exhibit! Nancy’s ideas have helped so many and will continue to do so for a long time!

  • Brenda Beane
    August 10, 2019

    I have so enjoyed watching Nancy and all of her guests through the years. What a awesome way to show all the love and support for her than the display. Unfortunately there are supporters that can not travel and be there. We have so missed her.

  • Kathy
    August 10, 2019

    I have watched and sewed with Nancy for many years. It was wonderful to ignite the sewing bug in my Granddaughters with the I Sew For Fun book. Many backpacks, pillows and skirts have been made by all 3 Granddaughters. I have read her book (love the quick bread recipe) and am anxious to see the exhibit.

  • Karen Poole
    August 10, 2019

    It would be so great to be able to see this exhibit! I wish I was closer to Wi. I’ve been watching Sewing with Nancy since the very early days and have really learned a lot!

  • Anne Z.
    August 10, 2019

    I always looked forward to new episodes of Sewing with Nancy. I now enjoy watching the reruns. I have learned so much from her. What a great Memorial to honor her.

  • Millie Alred
    August 10, 2019

    Thank you so much for this look at the exhibit. Have watched Nancy’s shows for years & have many books. Learned so much from her. I always considered her a friend & just know if I had been able to meet her we would have been best friends!.

  • Scott
    August 10, 2019

    I’m not a sewer but I did enjoy watching Nancy, she’s like the Bob Ross of sewing. A total professional yet very personable, it was almost like therapy to watch her.

  • Bonnye
    August 10, 2019

    Sewing with Nancy episodes were one of my favorite tv programs to watch. I leaned so much and I am a better sewer thanks to Nancy.

  • Ruth Hagfors
    August 10, 2019

    Nancy was my encouragement and how too when my friends got me into quilting. They would say, ‘you just do this or that’, but Nancy showed you exactly how to do it. I have since purchased most of my templates etc. from Nancy’s Notions because I trust the website. Thank you for keeping the show on TV. Even when I watch a show more than once, I learn more each time. I would love to visit the exhibit.

  • Carol Skilling
    August 10, 2019

    I loved Nancy and all she did and stood for. She was a remarkable woman who knew how to teach with kindness.
    I met her in NH. It was great to see her in person.

    August 10, 2019

    I watched Nancy at every possible moment and, even if I’d seen an episode more than once, I always learned something new. I still use hints from her every time I sew. Such grace. Such class. Such intelligence.

  • Lynn
    August 10, 2019

    Nancy, we miss you.

  • Clovis
    August 10, 2019

    I still watch her show on create tv.

  • Patricia Wester
    August 10, 2019

    I’ve watched Nancy on PBS for longer then I remember and I still enjoy the reruns. She had a warmth that came through the screen.

  • Cy Swendsen
    August 10, 2019

    I watched Sewing with Nancy for many years and learned so much. I was able to meet her at on of her 2 day workshops in Beaver Dam. She was a gracious hostess and wonderful lady. She is missed.

  • Hannah W
    August 11, 2019

    Her story is lovely, thank you!

  • Marilyn Dunstan
    August 11, 2019

    What a wonderful tribute to Nancy. I’ve never met her and yet I consider her a friend. I have used many of her shows to help me with sewing projects. I still watch her shows because I always pick up an extra hint that I missed before.

  • Pat Kennedy
    August 11, 2019

    What an inspiration! I enjoyed watching Nancy and I am so glad my PBS Station here, WHRO, still has her on in our area. Truly she is missed, her soothing and gentle voice made projects easier and fun.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

  • Anita
    August 11, 2019

    The first time I saw Nancy’s show I was incredulous because she sewed a pocket on a child’s pair of pants and got it straight the first when I knew I would have had to try several times to do the same thing. I swore I’d never watch her again.
    Several years down the road and a little maturity on my part I watched her again and got hooked. I learned “I CAN do that.”
    I gained confidence in my sewing to the point that I took on the costume mistress position in our local theater. Nancy also peaked my interest in quilting which is now one of my favorite hobbies.
    Thank you, Nancy, for being such a wonderful mentor. You helped shape me who I am now. “Bye, for now.”

  • Carolyn T
    August 11, 2019

    Watching the blog posts of Sewing with Nancy shows is something I look forward to. Her genuine interest in teaching and sharing her knowledge inspires me! She selected great guests to introduce to her fan base!

  • Carol
    August 11, 2019

    I dearly miss Nancy’s weekly shows but am so glad I can learn from and sew with Nancy using my iPad and PBS or YouTube. I will not be able to travel from Arizona to see the exhibit before it closes. Thank you for giving us a glimpse of it. I’m certain I am not alone in feeling I’ve lost a dear sewing friend.

  • Jen in Oz
    August 12, 2019

    Wish I could get a Simflex Gauge for just $5 today!

  • Rhonda
    August 12, 2019

    Nancy was an inspiration to us. She gave me confidence in my sewing with all the tips and techniques she taught with such grace and quiet spirit. While I still watch her reruns, I miss her dearly.

  • Barb K
    August 12, 2019

    Have always enjoyed Nancy’s programs and would like to hear about “The Rest of the Story”.

  • Karen King
    August 12, 2019

    Most likely I will not be able to travel such a distance before September 30. If for some reason I do find myself in that area of Wisconsin I will stop in. I wonder if this exhibit will travel to various museums across our county? I hope so.

  • Karen Edgecombe
    August 13, 2019

    I moved 27 times, and found Nancy on TV wherever I went. She was like a friend to me, I loved her.

  • Susan
    August 13, 2019

    This exhibit is a wonderful way to honor and respect a remarkable lady. She enriched many lives with her talent and love for sewing.

  • Brenda Jerles
    August 13, 2019

    I dearly miss my Saturday morning sewing buddy. I learned a lot from Nancy. I love that this memorial is set up honoring her. It should stay up as a permanent display. To encourage other young sewists.

  • Brenda Jackson
    August 15, 2019

    What I saw of the exhibit is great, just as Nancy was. I first met Nancy eons ago at an American Sewing Guild sewing exhibit. She was a wonderful person to talk to. I still watch her on my PBS station. I would love to see the exhibit but know I cannot this year. Hopefully it will be done again in the future. Thanks to all who is keeping her memory alive.

  • C DeLamare
    August 21, 2019

    Wish I could travel there. What an inspiration Nancy has been. She is greatly missed.

  • Sam Hyer
    September 5, 2019

    Even after several surgeries I could not miss tracing to WI to be in the room with Nancy’s things. Though I must have looked a mess in a wheelchair sobbing. Still I could feel her and her family and see the hard work and dedication to her art and us. Blessed to have had a few words with her prior to her rise to glory…we had similar lives but her dedication and determination to leave her family a legacy of love and learning and allowing each of us to be part of that family …wow. My last words to her were if each of us could give her just one second of our lives she would live forever. I wish whole heartily the Lord would have let us bestow that gift. Bye for now dear Nancy!

  • Sharon
    September 27, 2019

    I watched Nancy from the beginning and drove down to Wisconsin this week to see the exhibit. It was inspiring and very well done. If it will be a traveling exhibit and come to Mpls. I would see it again.

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