As a fan of the Great British Bake-Off and someone sufficiently interested in crafting to set up this sewing and book club, you might be forgiven for thinking I would be eagerly awaiting the new sewing version the Great British Sewing Bee. However, two weeks in and I have still yet to watch an episode. I was thinking about why this was today. As I sat down to eat my lunch today, I chose the Panorama programme on North Korea on iPlayer over starting to watch this sewing competition. I think ‘competition’ is the crucial word here.
sew make believe was approached when this show was in production asking if any of our members were interested. I know my own reaction was a) that I’m not nearly good enough (this is not modesty) and 2) this is not why I craft. The thought of putting something that I sew in competition with someone else’s creation makes me feel distinctly uncomfortable. That is not to say that I think badly of those that do compete in sewing competitions or enjoy watching them on TV, but it is just so far from why I craft and why I set up sew make believe. This club is about coming together, about finding common ground, about support and helping each other, and about learning new skills.
Perhaps I am being just a little bit sensitive about this. After all, the programme has certainly shown in increased interest in our club and in sewing in general. What do you think about the programme if you have watched it? Are my concerns unfounded?