Quilting Videos

NOTE: In addition to trying the Addall Used and Out-of-Print Search site on the Resources Page, university libraries, or university art and textile departments with dedicated libraries probably offer the best option for finding out-of-print videos.

Faith Ringgold: Last Story Quilt 28 minutes. Winner of the 1992 CINE Golden Eagle Award - In this video, Faith Ringgold tells the story of her life, starting with her childhood in Harlem. She talks about those who influenced her development as an artist. Live footage of the artist at work is included as well as still shots of some of her art work.

Faith Ringgold: Paints Crown Heights 28 minutes - This documentary follows both the creative as well as the process used to make the "Crown Heights" quilt that is a tribute to the 12 diverse cultures that settled in the area.

Hopi Quilts 30 minutes. This video was produced by television station KAET of Phoenix - Since missionaries introduced the American craft of quilting to Hopi women over 100 years ago, simple patchwork bedcoverings have evolved into contemporary works of art. This art form, featuring centuries-old native symbols and designs, has been virtually unknown outside the quilters' villages. Now visit their homes on the remote Hopi reservation and discover how Hopi artisans have adopted an American tradition and made it uniquely their own.

Scraps of Life. 28 minutes. - This video presents stories from the mothers, sisters and wives of persons "detained or dissappeared" in Chile under the dictatorship of Pinochet. They create arpilleras to ensure documentation of the murders and other tragedies and horrors.

The Cloth Sings to Me. 16 minutes. Available through Filmakers. Can be rented. [No Affiliation] - This video about African-American quilters is the winner of many awards, including: Silver Images Film Festival in 1996; Los Angeles International Film Festival in 1995; Director's Citation - Black Maria Film-Video Festival in 1995; and the Paul Robeson Award - Newark Black Film Festival in 1995.

Paj Ntaub: Textile Techniques of the Hmong. - Four Hmong female artists who now reside in Providence, RI present traditional techniques of embroidery, batik, reverse applique and story cloths.

The Spirit of the Individual. - 22 minutes. Available through Filmakers. Can be rented. [No Affiliation] - This video introduces the work of fiber artists Michael Cummings and Peggie Hartwell. It received an Honorable Mention for Best Artist on Film, US in 1997 at the International Indendent Film Festival.

Threads of Survival. - 25 minutes - This video is devoted to the pa ndau storycloths of the Hmong and how they are used to record their history.

Uncommon Beauty in Common Objects: The Legacy of African-American Craft Art. - Introductions by Ruby Dee and David Driskell. Artists include: Carolyn Mazloomi, mixed media fabric artist; Akousua Bandele, metalworker; David MacDonald, ceramist; Henrietta Snype, basketmaker, Angela Franklin, enamelist; and Kenn Forte, woodworker. 25 minutes.


Most, although not all, of the following videos were produced by KHET Television Station in Honolulu. It may be possible to obtain or rent copies from them. For anyone living or visiting in Hawaii, all are also housed at the University of Honolulu library. It may also be possible for others to get access to them from the university through your local college or university.

Ancient Art of Kapa. Honolulu: Oceanic Cable Community Programming Center, 1987. 30 minutes - Edith Kawelohea McKinzie, Alyce Ikeoka and Ruby Kawena Johnson tell us about the Hawaiian art of kapa making. The program includes Hawaiian tales about kapa, a discussion of the implements and tools used together with a description of the production process itself, and the conception and creation of the design.

Big Island Quilts; Annet Sumada; Borders. KHET telecast March 14, 1993 (30 minutes) - Program features quilting on the Big Island of Hawaii, quiltmaker Annette Sumada, and a lesson on border design.

Commemorative quilts Josephine Kauwenaole; The reverse side. KHET telecast April 11, 1993 (3- minutes) - Program features historical people and events which have influenced Hawaiian quilt designs, Lana`i quiltmaker Josephine Kauwenaole, and a lesson on techniques applied to the reverse side of Hawaiian quilts.

Contemporary Hawaiian Quilts; Sharon Alai; Basting the Quilt Layers. KHET Telecast April 18, 1993 (30 minutes). - Program features quiltmaker Stan Yates discussing contemporary Hawaiian quiltmaking design and technique, Waimea quiltmaker Sharon Balai, and a lesson on basting quilt layers.

Floral Quilts; Luika Kamaka; The Larger Quilt. KHET Telecast March 21, 1993 (30 minutes). - Program features quiltmakers from Hawai`i and a look at their quilts, contemporary quiltmaker Luika Kamaka, and a lesson on working with large size quilts.

The Hawaiian Quilt: A Cherished Tradition. Honolulu, Hawaii: Hawaii Craftsmen 1986 (56 minutes) - Celebrates the rich family traditions of Hawaiian quilting. It is not a "how-to" film, but rather a sensitive and complete island by island view of traditional quilting practices. In probing the quilters' sources of design inspiration, the tape brings the history, philosophy and natural beauty of the islands to life.

Hawaiian Quilt Research Project Margo Morgan; quarter-fold designs. KHET Telecast February 28, 1993. (30 minutes) - Program features the Hawaiian Quilt Research Project, which attempts to document Hawaiian quilting and register quilts in Hawai`i; quiltmaker Margo Morgan; and a lesson in 1/4-fold design.

Jerome Wallace: A Batik Experience. Honolulu: Hawaii ETV Network (30 minutes) - Portrait of batik maker Jerome Wallace, narrated by the artist. Wallace, who lives and works on Kauai, discusses his feelings for the island, his philosophy of art and his work in batik fabrics. Portrays his use of local plants, mosses or lichens for fabric dye and his non-traditional batik technique of painting directly on the fabric. Shows and exhibit of his batik and paintings.

The Kaikainahaole family quilts Earline McGuire; Applique. KHET Telecast April 4, 1993. (30 minutes) - Program features the Kaikainahaole family, which has passed the quiltmaking tradition from father to son for generations; Moloka`i quiltmaker Earline McGuire; and a lesson on applique.

Kapa designs, symbols of aloha Doris Nosaka ; Design layout. KHET Telecast March 28, 1993 (30 minutes) - Program features a discussion of the increasing number of "Hawaiian" quilts being made elsewhere and imported, and the threat they pose to the culture and tradition of Hawaiian quiltmaking; the application of quilt designs to jewelry and woodcraft design; Waimea quiltmaker Doris Nosaka; and a lesson on design layout.

Kauai's quilts and quilters Nina Medeiros ; Quilting. KHET Telecast February, 1993 (30 minutes) - Program features quilting on Kaua`i, contemporary quiltmaker Nina Medeiros, and a lesson on basic quilting techniques.

Maui's quilts and quilters Wailani Johansen ; Applique. KHET Telecast February 14, 1993 (30 minutes) - Program features Maui quilting, with Father Joseph L. Priestley of St. Ann Church in Waihee and quiltmaker Wailani Johansen; and a lesson in applique.

Monarchy quilts and flag quilts Deborah Kakalia ; 1/8-fold designs. KHET Telecast March 7, 1993 (30 minutes) - Program features quilts inspired by the Hawaiian kings and rulers, quiltmaker and teacher Deborah Kakalia, and a lesson on 1/8-fold design.

Petroglyphs of Hawaii. Honolulu, Hawaii: Cine Pic Hawaii Corp (11 minutes) - Discusses the art form and the significance of petroglyphs in the art life of Hawaiians.

Plants and Quilt Designs; Gussie Bento; Color and Layout. KHET Telecast February 7, 1993 (30 minutes) - Program features ethonobotanist Beatrice H. Krauss discussing Hawaiian plants and their relation to Hawaiian quilt designs; Gussie Bento with a short tour of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Heritage Center at the Kamehameha Schools; and a lesson on color and layout in quiltmaking.

Quiltmaking Traditions; Mealii Kalama; Design basics. KHET Telecast January 31, 1993 (30 minutes) - Program features a short history of quilting in Hawaii, a tribute to the late quiltmaker Mealii Kalama, and a lesson on basic quilt design.

Tapa making with Mrs. J. Wilson. Honolulu, HI: Bishop Museum, Visual Collections, 1956 - Eighty-four year old Mrs. J. Wilson demonstrates the art of making tapa for Napua Stevens.

Tapa Making. Arthur Barr Productions, 1958 (15 minutes) - Shows the method of making and decorating tapa, an ancient Polynesian art which has been retained in Samoa. Shows the complete process of preparing the bark, transferring the tapa board pattern, and painting the designs, demonstrating the use of native materials and dyes in preparing tapas for the modern market.

Wilcox Quilt Collection; Junedale Quinories; Quilting the Large Quilt. KHET Telecast April 25, 1993 (30 minutes) - Program features the Wilcox quilt collection and Big Island quiltmaker Junedale Quinories, and a lesson on handling large quilts.

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