The public’s favourite sewing show is back!!
If the January blues are beginning to set in then listen up! We have some news that will be sure to raise your spirits. This year finally marks the long-awaited return of the Great British Sewing Bee. The public’s favourite sewing experts, Esme Young and Patrick Grant, will be returning to play judge and jury with a new set of hopeful contestants all vying to be crowned Britain’s most accomplished sewer.
Get ready to laugh until you cry with some groan-inducing knitting puns from new host Joe Lycett who is taking over the hosting role from Claudia Winkelman. So far, he has just teased viewers with an up-close Instagram picture of a single pin, so you’ll have to tune in for more details.
Inspiring craftsmanship across the country on The Great British Sewing Bee
The hit TV show has been integral in inspiring a wide range of Britons to take up sewing or reclaim their former pastime. The contestants represent a diverse cross-section of the nation with both men and women of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds taking part and showing that sewing is for everyone.
The focus on skills such as making an A-line skirt or stitching up men’s trousers has helped to show that both genders can benefit from developing these kinds of skills. This has boosted the popularity of knitting, sewing, and crocheting and has helped to inspire a tremendous growth in these hobbies.
Illustrating the possibilities of creativity
Challenges such as the patch pocket task in the first series illustrate how useful sewing can be in everyday life. Rather than taking your item to the tailor, you can fix a small hole or tear with a little instruction and a few basic supplies. The show doesn’t just focus on the practical benefits of sewing, however, but also places an emphasis on the contestants’ ability to bring their creative vision to life.
Whether it’s the 1960s week theme or international week, the show tries to inspire viewers to see the artistic and imaginative possibilities of sewing. Now, craftsmen and women around the country are designing and making their own accessories, clothes, and costumes. Each of these items is completely original, and the creator always knows that their one-of-a-kind item will never be seen elsewhere.
Improving relaxation and mindfulness
Just as settling down to watch the Great British Sewing Bee with a cup of tea is a relaxing experience, the practice of sewing is equally as restorative. While it can be incredibly rewarding to see the results of your effort and handiwork, sewing can also simply be a very calming activity during a busy week.
As everyone looks to achieve a more mindful approach to life in the modern age, it’s unsurprising that sewing has provided an outlet for so many people across the country. It’s crucial to take some time out to clear your mind and work on something that’s just for you, and sewing is the perfect hobby for this.
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