Thursday, 11 April 2013

The Great British Sewing Bee

Felt I just had to share the buzz of the Great British Sewing Bee now showing on BBC2.  I belong to the Solihull Embroiderers' Guild and Ann Rowley, one of our very own members is taking part and creating quite a stir as she is a great character and brilliant at sewing.  She has excelled in the 2 episodes shown already and we are all routing for her and hope she goes on to win.

The Great British Sewing Bee looks set to follow the same success as the Great British Bake Off and I think this is because people are turning back to the traditional skills of yesteryear as they are such worthwhile and enjoyable pastimes.  The recession of the last few years kick-started the trend for the homemade but thankfully this has continued and home crafts like baking and sewing have never been so popular. We live in such a fast consumer society that life just gets that little bit too hectic sometimes and its just refreshing to slow down and  take our time to produce a delicious cake or a piece of sewing or knitting that is unique and something we can truly call our own.
Am loving Sandra too, from Wolverhampton, a lovely lady who had everyone in stitches when she was trying to look at Saville Row judge Patrick's waistband of his trousers when doing the Trouser Challenge - we all know really she was trying to get a sneaky look at his bum and a very nice bum it is too.

Judges: Expert sewing teacher May Martin & Saville Row tailor Patrick Grant

The Great British Sewing Bee like its sister show The Great British Bake Off is one of those TV programmes which has the feel good factor and warms the cockles of your hear which is why I think programmes like GBSB and GBBO are so popular with the viewing public. Call me old-fashioned and I may be looking at the world through rose-tinted specs here but perhaps, just perhaps if we all started to stop living life at break neck speed and took up a rewarding creative hobby (and its surprising how many people if asked to name a hobby can't actually name one or just say they like watching TV which I don't really class as a hobby)  then maybe we could claw back some of the family values that seem to have been lost along the way by so many people and the community at large might end up a better place to live in. 


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