Friday, April 5, 2013

The Great British Sewing Bee - WOW

I'm practically famous! Oh yes indeed! Well, that's how it feels anyway. Here are the contestants for a new television program. No, wait. It's not like the others. Really. I promise.

It's called Great British Sewing Bee, and I just finished watching the first episode. It's a BBC program that isn't broadcast in the United States. A sewing friend sent a link to the first episode on Youtube: Great British Sewing Bee Season 1 Epi 1 . My connection to fame? Well, Ann Rowley (lovely lady on the far right in this photo) is a valuable and always helpful member of my favorite sewing forum. I have learned so much from her. Spoiler alert: She shines in the first episode in which the contestants complete three sewing projects.

Oh and here are the profiles of the contestants. From Ann's profile:

Sewing has always been a part of Ann’s life, "I can’t imagine life without sewing. It’s a part of me". She goes "snoop shopping" when she visits the shops to get ideas for her own creations. One of her grand-daughters has started sewing which Ann is thrilled about. She hopes that by taking part in The Great British Sewing Bee she will inspire the next generation of sewers.

Congratulations to Ann on being one of 8 of the 1500 who tried out for this program. I'm looking forward to next week's episode. Oh, by the way, the contestants are all very nice; the judges are knowledgeable and kind; and the commentator enriches the program by asking and explaining many of the sewing terminology and processes. No crazy wild drama in this program -- yea! I have a feeling I'll have another post or two about this program.

As far as I know, Ann doesn't have a blog, but she has photos of her beautiful work here

And as for me and my sewing, I'm off to Oregon for a week of sewing pattern fitting classes. Color me happy happy happy!

P.S. Have you watched the first episode of the GBSB yet? What do you think of it? Would you want to be a contestant? How would you have tackled those first three projects?
Blessings and peace...


  1. Replies
    1. Hi Linda! Thanks for stopping by. Hope you're doing well and will come back to visit again. Have you watched the GBSB yet? What do you think of it?

    2. Haven't watched yet, but it's on my list for this weekend via YouTube.

    3. I hope you enjoy it,Linda. Will you let me know what you think of it? Thanks!

  2. Just watched it yesterday via YouTube! Just how clever are these contestants to sew under such time pressure! Your friend Ann is just brilliant - does she have a blog at all that we can follow ??? Enjoy your fitting week ahead ... J

    1. Judith, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I have to clarify -- Ann doesn't "know" me, other than answering some questions I've asked and being members of the same online community. I don't think she has a blog, but she has a wonderful album of photos at flickr. Let me see if I can find a link -- BRB -- I tried to put the link here but it didn't work; I'll update the post with it.
      And thanks also for your good wishes about my upcoming fitting week. I have all of my sewing supplies gathered. Now I have to decide about what clothing to take, and pack -- in one hour, because I'm leaving really early in the morning, really early even for me! :)

  3. I am watching on you tube and loving the series. Ann is so talented and her sewing is impeccable.

    1. I agree, Elizabeth, especially about Ann. Isn't it just so great to see her in action? I'm planning to catch up on the episodes tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.