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Woman’s Hour (BBC Radio 4) on ‘The Business of Crafts’

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bbc_radio_four Prompted by an Easter theme, and broadcast yesterday, Easter Monday, this is an interesting slant on the “business of crafts”, by the BBC Radio 4’s long running Woman’s Hour.  Unusually, the whole programme was about crafts, and features several woman who have made successful businesses from their their various crafts.

The full programme is 45 mins long – so make sure you bookmark this page if you are not able to listen to it in one go!

NB: if you go to the page on the website below, its broken up into the separate interviews, which allows you to choose which of them you’d like to hear – might be easier for you – the pattern for the scarf kimono was not there last time I checked, but no doubt, it will be up asap. (9 May – you can find the pattern here)

A Celebration of Craft

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a scarf what I wove!

a scarf what I wove!

 The UK economy is boosted to the tune of 3.4 billion per annum by craft skills, which also provide millions of hobbyists an outlet for problem solving, creativity and sustainability.

Far from being design’s handy little sister, craft is practiced by three quarters of women with ever improving skill.

We explore the past, present and future of making with a look at the history of women and craft and craft education. We meet a woman who has embarked on craftivism; three women who have turned their passion and skill into a business and hear about the benefits of craft to focus and de-stress. And Jane Garvey wrestles with a sewing machine.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Corinna Jones.

If by any chance this does not work for you, here is the direct link to the Woman’s Hour Page

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05plght

Fair Isle Knitting – a radio 4 programme for you to listen to + more knitting info

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current fair isle knitting from the shetland collection

current fair isle knitting from the shetland collection

During January, BBC Radio 4, and Woman’s Hour, unusually, had a theme running about knitting, which I saved and thought I’d put it up on the blog for anyone who would be interested.

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Among the old programmes they added to their ‘Archive Page’, was this one, about Fair Isle. I’ve never tried copying one of these before, so if it doesn’t work, the page link is below this box.
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I have tested it, and if you click “listen in pop up player” you should get a new page and the 30 minute programme, with picture, direct from the BBC.  The original programme was first broadcast on SAT 31ST JULY 2010.
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I’m not sure whether this is a permanent ‘archive’ or whether, if you try and listen to it in a few weeks time, it will have been withdrawn from the iplayer – but its here now, if you want to listen to it – along with a link to the full archive page, below.

Fair Isle Knitting

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Moira Hickey visits Fair Isle, famous around the world for its knitting. With a plentiful supply of wool from the island’s hardy Shetland sheep, knitting kept many families from starvation, and the craft is still economically important for Fair Isle. Yet with Shetland schools soon to drop knitting from the curriculum, can it survive for much longer? Will Shetland’s children still learn to knit, and if they don’t, will it really matter? Moira Hickey visits Fair Isle to look at the importance of knitting to the islanders, and to ask what the future holds for this traditional craft. Available now

This is the link to the programme if you can’t use the the pop up link

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00t5vkh#auto

And this is the link to the whole Archive they put together on knitting

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/24yX6CDWJH6QkjvmJ3shhzF/radio-4-knitting