One of the best programmes on mainstream tv in the last five years was the great british sewing bee. It was a very unusual concept but although not that many families rely on home made clothes and furnishing these days, it captured the imagination of many and installed a feeling that yes, if they can do it, so can I. There was a definite rise in the number of sewing classes being offered and snapped up and sewing machine sales have really been bouyant. I know of lots of folk who happily class sewing and machine embroidery amongst their regular crafting sessions. It was with great sadness then that I discovered the main channel had not renewed the commison for this wonderful show. I cannot understand the short sightedness of this – especially as it is public money being used. They would take off a popular craft /recycling / hobby show – to save money. Dreadful!