Nancy Zieman portrait

Nancy Zieman, the host and co-producer of the popular television show "Sewing with Nancy" poses for a portrait at the Nancy's Notions retail store in Beaver Dam in 2014.

10. Nancy Zieman dies

Nancy Zieman, founder of Nancy’s Notions in Beaver Dam and a nationally known figure in the sewing community, died Nov. 14, after a long fight against cancer. She was 64.

Zieman, was an educator, author, pattern maker, television producer, entrepreneur and innovator who is probably best known for her public television show “Sewing With Nancy.” She hosted the program, which is the longest-running sewing show on television, since 1982.

Nancy’s Notions was started from her kitchen table in 1979 and it grew into a nationwide company offering thousands of products including sewing books, notions, videos and DVDs, fabrics and quilting products and embroidery designs through its website, retail store and catalog.

An annual sewing expo hosted by Nancy’s Notions since 1985 draws a multitude of people to Beaver Dam for classes, sales, fashion shows and camaraderie.

Tacony Corp. purchased Nancy’s Notions in 2003, but Zieman remained involved as a spokeswoman and educator.