I was pretty excited when I saw this advertised; I love craft shows, and even though I rarely make anything from them, I just like to know what the possibilities are if I suddenly find myself with a bit of time on my hands.
Craft it Yourself launched on Channel 4 this week, with presenters Clemency Green, Ant Antstead, and Robin Johnson. Each week they each demonstrate a variety of crafts to makeover a room in a particular theme. This week, a dining room got a Cuban makeover.
This isn’t your traditional craft show; it’s not all about sewing and knitting, and it’s obviously aimed at the Pinterest generation of crafters, but that’s no bad thing. I think it’s great that craft has had a bit of a revival. Craft is cool!
3 things I like about this show:
- It’s a craft show on Channel 4 which does not feature Kirstie Allsopp in any way. Now, I love Kirstie (Locations is one of my favourite programmes), but most of her makes are just a bit too twee for me. Craft it Yourself is much edgier than anything our Kirstie would do.
- It’s fast-paced. A lot was crammed in to an hour, preventing my attention from wandering. (Note: See point 3 below for another side to this).
- There was a good mix of makes for people with varying amounts of time and ability. For example, one of the makes involved drying and sandwiching leaves in a picture frame, which looked fab and I’m considering doing once I find a suitable plant. Pretty do-able. Another involved making your own knife, which, unless you happen to be or know a blacksmith, the average person is unlikely to do.
3 things I dislike about this show:
- The mini-makes shown between the main segments flew by so quickly that I could barely grasp what was going on. If you want to attempt these you’re going to need to hit pause.
- Footage of things not quite going to plan had been left in, which, whilst providing a reassuring pat on the back that even the experts make mistakes, seemed a bit unnecessary and cringey.
- The presenters got a little annoying after a while. But maybe I’m just not that cool anymore.
Makes I will consider trying:
- Leaf pictures
- Painting my own tiles
- Painting crockery
Makes I definitely will not be trying:
- Making a beaded chandelier
- Weaving a bench
- Making a knife
Will I tune in again? Yes.