As I arrived at my local Hobbycraft, I obviously had to have a quick look around the store and pick up some much needed essentials. It was then straight into Haskins where I was greeted with Prosecco, the best chicken skewers you've seen and a tables of crafty fun.
I got chatting to some lovely and inspirational gals and guys who are involved in the programme, but you'll have to watch it to find out more about them! Julie (Peasgood) and Wendy came and sat with me: they were genuinely warm hearted ladies and really easy to chat to. You can tell that this programme is their baby and they have a lot of love for upcycling and crafting.
The premise of Crafty Beggars is quite different to recent craft programmes; two teams of contestants go head to head in a bid to see whose handmade crafts can make the most cash. I really cannot believe what some of the contestants were able to produce and the ridiculous bargains they found! Not only does it mean using their bargaining, blagging, sourcing, upcycling and craftmanship skills but it also requires them to consider how to price things, what people might like and how to display them.
I think the two threads work really well to make this programme something I will want to watch again and again! Not only that, but each episode features someone who makes a living producing and selling their handmade works of art. I particularly liked this aspect because it's great for local and small buisnesses to spread the word further, and as a consumer I always like discovering new small buisnesses. And look out for the Crafty Beggars Basket; curious array of items that upon returning from the ad break we see what those items have turned into. I love it! It's really got me inspired again, so watch this space for needle felting and local sellers blog posts.
I really can't wait to watch all seven episodes and fingers crossed there will be more series, I think it's exactly the kind of craft programme we need; accessible, resourceful and inspiring. So before you go and stock up on lots of new resources or throw things away, think to yourself "why bin it, when it can be turned into something beautiful"?