Crafts are sew up our street!
Sewing machines, needles and thread at the ready – The Great British Sewing Bee is set to return to our screens next month. On Wednesday we saw a recap of last year’s amateur sewers’ best and worst moments and we’re looking forward to seeing this year’s contestants and the challenges they face.
After the first series, John Lewis reported a 180 per cent rise in the sale of sewing tools while Amazon reveal sales of sewing machines and accessories on its UK site has increased by more than 50 per cent since the programme first aired.
And it’s not the only craft to have seen a resurgence in popularity – baking, courtesy of the Great British Bake Off, knitting and crochet (John Lewis sold enough yarn last year to go round the world twice), scrapbooking and card-making are predicted to be among the most popular pastimes of 2015.
And pottery may also be about to step out centre stage with rumours that the same TV company that brought us Bake Off and Sewing Bee are scouring the country for experienced amateurs and early career potters who want to share their passion with the nation in a new series.
Other crafty predictions include a rise in the interest in patchwork and quilting, creating heirlooms of the future that are passed down through generations as well as inspiring youngsters to have a go at making something they can be proud of.
Predicted fabric trends include indigo, black and white; bright colours in geometric or floral designs; and wildlife-inspired prints. While knitting guru Debbie Bliss – who designed the sweater pattern in our January issue – says that blues of all shades will be popular in spring along with warm tones of peach and terracotta.
Meanwhile, here are some of the biggest and best UK craft show dates this spring where you’ll be truly inspired to enjoy crafts old and new.