It’s Friday night. You’ve got your snacks and your flower embroidery pattern ready to stitch. All you need now is some TV to accompany you on your relaxing night in. That’s where we come in! As a craft website made up of talented makers from all backgrounds we watch our fair share of craft TV shows (not to mention we all listen to podcasts too). It’s one of our favourite things to do after work and we’ve been really lucky in 2021 because so many amazing craft TV shows have released new seasons or aired their first-ever episodes. Whether it’s the return of the Sewing Bee and Pottery Throwdown or new shows like All That Glitters, 2021 really has been the year for craft TV shows. Since there’s so many out there and multiple different platforms to watch them on, we thought we’d round up seven of the best craft TV out there that you can watch right now.
All these shows are available on streaming services (Netflix, BBC iPlayer, etc) or are currently showing on (British) TV so there’s nothing we’ve recommended that you can’t watch this weekend. If there’s any craft TV shows we’ve missed let us know in the comments as we’re always on the hunt for more. Not sure which of these craft TV show is for you? Take our creative hobbies for adults quiz to find out your crafting passion and have a read of the latest craft trends to stay in the know.
7 of the best craft TV shows
Blown Away is the Netflix phenomenon that originated on Candian TV. The show features incredible glass-blowing artists (a mixture of home-taught artists and professionals) competing to win $60,000, an artist residency, and, most importantly, the title of Best in Blow! This show is a fascinating watch and is full of heat, drama, and shatteringly beautiful art. The best part? There are two seasons ready and waiting for you to binge on Netflix. You can learn more about Netflix’s Blown Away in our guide.
The Great British Sewing Bee
If you haven’t heard of The Great British Sewing Bee where have you been! What started as a Great British Bake Off spin-off, the Sewing Bee is now a staple of British TV featuring talented seamstresses and tailors from up and down the country who compete to be crowned Britain’s best home sewer. Hosted by the funny Sara Pascoe (previously by Joe Lycett) and judged by the ever-so-talented Esme Young and Patrick Grant, the show just gets better and better every year and it even teaches you sewing techniques and tips! Check out our The Great British Sewing Bee 2021 guide to meet this year’s contestants and also head to our Sewing Bee episode guide to read all our opinions on the show.
The Repair Shop
Upcyclers, upholsterers, or just those of you who love a bit of emotional TV, The Repair Shop is the show you need. Each week members of the public bring their sentimental treasures to The Repair shop Crew to fix and bring back to their former glory. Everything from WW2 coding machines to precious 50-year-old dollies has been featured on the show, mended, and handed back to their owners in tip-top condition. Just be warned, the reunion between owner and object gets emotional and this show has made us well up multiple times! Meet the show’s cast and crew over in our 2021 The Repair Shop guide.
The Great Pottery ThrowDown
One of the best craft shows on TV has to be The Great Pottery Throwdown. Sweetheart judges Keith Brymer Jones and Rich Miller set two tasks every week for the potters and judge their creations. The 12 potters battle it out to be crowned Britain’s best potter and it gets very emotional! We have a complete guide to The Great Pottery Throwdown right here on Gathered so you can get all the behind-the-scenes gossip and our beginners guide to pottery will teach you all the basic techniques they use on the show.
Grayson Perry’s Art Club
The beloved artist Grayson Perry has been running his very own art club for the past two years and it’s been a huge success. Over 10,000 have people sent in their art to the show as well as a host of celebrities and special guests. Each week Grayson and his wife create a piece of art based around a theme and the public can join in, creating art and sending it in via email or using the show’s hashtag. Funny, educational, and inspirational, Grayson’s Art Club is a great show for those of you wanting an interactive arty experience. Head to our Grayson’s Art Club 2022 guide to learn more about the show and catch up with the past seasons.
Sky’s Portrait Artist of the Year
Sky Portrait Artist of the Year takes talented artists from around the country and sets them painting challenges every week in a range of different mediums. They create everything from delicate watercolour paintings to abstract acrylic paintings and are judged on their work by artist Tai Shan Schierenberg and independent curator Kathleen Soriano. If you love all things drawing and still life art then this is the craft show for you. For more information about Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2021 head to our TV guide which tells you all about the past seasons of the show.
All That Glitters
The world of jewelry-making is a beautiful and sometimes elusive business which is why we love the BBC’s All That Glitters. The show takes you behind the scenes of how jewellery is designed and created through the hottest competition of 2021. Eight talented makers compete to win the title of Britain’s best jeweler while being judged by expert jewellers Shaun Leane and Solange Azagury-Partridge. If you’re looking for a show to ooh and ahh over this is the one for you! Learn more about All That Glitters 2021 in our guide which includes information about the cast, host, and judges. If you fancy trying your hand at jewellery making head to our collection of jewellery making kits.