Tag Archives: history of women

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


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

Listen in pop-out player

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