The Craft Channel launches 14 September


Yes. A whole channel dedicated to crafts is happening. It launches on Monday 14 September at 8am on SKY 261 & 660, Freest 402 & 815 and Freeview 254. Now that I've worked out I've got a non-cable TV in my bedroom I know I'll be watching, will you?

It's a new channel which has been created by an experienced and knowledgeable team of experts who are passionate and enthusiastic about creativity. They also think it's time for a fresh, different approach to craft TV in the UK.

The Craft Channel is designed with us, the viewers in mind. There'll be a strong focus on education, inspiration and demonstration and will broadcast shows that feature exciting brands and products, tips, ideas and technique information too.

And smaller, independent brands will also get the opportunity to showcase their ranges, so you can be sure of seeing some new faces. As well as some more well known faces like the Crafty Beggars, who are filming a new series called Crafty Beggars in the Home at the studio I visited in Acton last week.

The set is looking pretty good too:

I got to go on set while they were filming, and had my photo taken with Debbie Greenwood - who's lovely and is one of the presenters. As well as Debbie and the Crafty Beggars, Dawn Bibby who was introduced as the Queen of Craft is also part of this venture.

There will be some selly-telly, you know the sort but that's restricted and well, a tv channel's got to make it's money right? There'll also be some magazine-type craft programmes, which is the bit I'm looking forward to.

As well as going on set I also got to go into the command centre, where the filming is controlled. That was definitely an experience and my hat goes off to everyone who works in this industry who makes it look so easy, from my short visit I know it isn't.

So I'll be watching from the comfort of my bed - well our non-Cable TV is in our bedroom, will you be watching? And what are you hoping to see?  I think I'll also be lobbying Virgin Media so I can watch it from the sofa - and record what I can't actually watch.

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Thank you to the Craft Channel for inviting me to their pre-launch party.