Given my love of crafting and TV, you'd think craft-themed TV shows would be like nirvana for me. And they would be, if they didn't all suck. In fact, the only craft-related TV show that was ever any good was the Style Network
's Craft Corner Death Match
and that was only because of the over-the-top hosting skills of Jason Jones (now of The Daily Show
's That's Clever
(formerly Crafters Coast to Coast) is usually pretty painful to watch, simply because the featured crafters are good at their craft, but not very good as TV show hosts. The DIY Network
's Craft Lab
, Uncommon Threads
and Creative Juice
are hit or miss (mostly miss).
And don't even get me started on Knitty Gritty
. It hurts my heart that the only knitting show on TV (Knit One, Purl Two isn't a show, it's a fun fur nightmare) has a sticky sweet Rachel Ray-type host who isn't actually a particularly talented knitter and seems to think it's ok to name yarns
things like "rock" and "love". Earth to Vickie
: That's cool if you're 13, not 30-plus.
And no, I'm not even going near the Carol Duvall Show
or Simply Quilts
. If you have to ask why, this is because you haven't seen them.
Enter She's Crafty
, a new show that premiers tonight (10.1.07) on HGTV. The host is Wendy Russell
, an actress and founding member of the Vancouver Craft Mafia
. A host with craft skills and
broadcast experience? Be still my beating heart...
According to the HGTV website, in the first episode:
Host Wendy Russell serves up stylish, crafty designs for the budget-conscious: a gorgeous take on impressionistic art, a cheese plate and place settings with attitude, and an adorable birdhouse made from recycled books. Join Wendy and special guest Danny Seo, one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People, in this episode filled with fun and eco friendly ideas.
Here's hoping that this will be a craft show worthy of my TiVo