Get Britain Crafting

Monday, October 8, 2012

Revealed as the new face of ‘Get Britain Crafting’, Katy Evans quizzes Anthea Turner on her love of all things crafty

Q. When did you first become interested in craft?

A. I loved making things from a very early age. When I was a little girl I used to send things I'd crafted into Blue Peter and got my Blue Peter badge when I was seven for sharing a collection of mice I'd made from shells I'd found on the beach. So you can imagine when I landed a job presenting on the show I was ecstatic!

Q. What inspires you to make things?

A. Making beautiful things for the home is a passion of mine; I love to add that personal touch with things like handmade decorations and customised accessories such as blankets, cushions and picture frames. I also hate throwing things out that could be reused to make something pretty and I'm often caught 'reinventing' things! It could be anything from clothes to old tea towels - it's a good thing I'm meticulously tidy or we'd be inundated!

Q. Do you have a favourite craft?

A. I couldn't pick any one as a favourite, as I like to dip in and out of different types of projects depending on how much time I have. I've recently rediscovered my love for crocheting, and have been making a blanket, which I've also added crocheted flowers to. I've been doing lots of research online for project ideas and I'm amazed by all the different things that can be knitted! I've found some fantastic ideas that are now on my list of things to try.

Q. Have you had any crafting disasters?

A. I can't think of anything I'd call a disaster - there's rarely any project that cannot be saved or redesigned, so they're all just WIPs!

Q. What project are you working on now?

A. I recently made some bunting for the Jubilee - it was very last minute, but that's what I love about crafting, you can tailor the project to what time and materials you have.

Q. How did you get involved with the Get Britain Crafting campaign and how are you planning on inspiring others?

A. Well I've been involved right from the start, working with the team behind the campaign at Create and Craft, and am really excited to be part of it, as it's all about showing how easy it can be to create something that looks amazing, whatever your skill level. Making things can be a great way to relax, spend time with the family and also to create something really personal, and Get Britain Crafting is all about getting more people giving it a go! I've been working with the team to come up with lots of project ideas, covering crafts from knitting and sewing to painting and papercrafting - and everything in between! You can get involved at and find us on Facebook too; there are project ideas, free downloadable templates, a blog from myself and other crafters, and just plenty of crafting inspiration!

Anthea Turner is the face of Create and Craft TV's 'Get Britain Crafting' campaign - for more great project ideas search Get Britain Crafting on Facebook and Pinterest or visit


For Anthea's exclusive Fingerless gloves patterns visit our 'Projects' section of the website.

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