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Be a Great British Sewing Bee Star!

The Great British Sewing Bee
As a massive fan of the Great British Sewing Bee (it inspired me to start sewing clothes again after focusing on home-ware & toys for a few years) I cannot wait for the start of Series Two later this year! Even more exciting, Love Productions & BBC2 are already on the lookout for contestants for Series Three.

If you are based in the UK then this is your chance to be a GBSB contestant.  It’s your chance to get an up close look at that amazing sewing room & to show off your sewing skills (and no doubt learn a few more in the process).

To find out more contact Love Productions at sewing@loveproductions.co.uk. Make sure you apply before SUNDAY 16 MARCH 2014. Otherwise you’ll have to wait until Season Four;)


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What (Not) to Watch While Crafting

I tend to do quite a bit of making with the TV on. It actually makes me a lot slower, but it does allow me to feel as if I’m multi-tasking (sort-of) and allows me to work through a few things I’ve recorded before the Sky box gets full!

However, there are certain types of movies/TV shows which don’t allow multi-tasking. You have to give them 100% concentration if you want to enjoy them. When deciding what to watch while crafting I follow the following simple rules:

What Not to Watch

  • Slapstick comedies (you’ll miss all the best jokes looking down to thread a needle)
  • Silent movies (you’ll have no idea what is going on)
  • Foreign-language movies/TV shows (you’ll drive your partner mad asking them to read you the subtitles while you finish a tricky section)
  • Natural history (you won’t appreciate the amazing photography)
  • Animation (this one is borderline as it can be done but you’re not really getting the full benefit if you’re only looking at the screen 50% of the time)

Chaplin painting

What to Watch

Anything else is acceptable, however the following are particularly recommended:

  • Crafty shows (good for inspiration. In particular I’d recommend Next Great Artist, but at the moment I’m enjoying Great British Sewing Bee)
  • Shows your partner loves but you think are only so-so (only deserving of 50% concentration anyway, plus you’ll win some brownie points)
  • Wordy shows with less than amazing visuals (e.g. history shows, some documentaries)

And of course you could always just listen to the radio…