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05-12-2016, 11:45 PM #1
The curse of the Acton Park Studios continues?
06-12-2016, 01:03 AM #2
I used to love the craft on QVC. Never got around to checking out the Craft Channel, mainly because I don't do so much of it any more. Was it any good? Were they just broadcasting for a limited number of hours? Wonder whether it failed because crafting, particularly paper crafting, isn't as popular generally at the mo. There was a huge boom in the crafting industry when craft was popular enough to have dedicated days on Q, but nearly all the craft shops we had within striking distance (and there were quite a number at one point) have closed down now.Post Thanks / Like - 0 Thanks, 1 Likeshistorymystery liked this post
06-12-2016, 03:14 AM #3
To be honest ,I watched it a bit but I found it lacklustre if that's the right word .it didnt feel like they got their act together as Hochanda has done. Hochanda started off poor but now feels very together with a sense of purpose.
Don't think its on Freeview either which probably hasn't helped.
Maybe two new craft channels is too much.
I'm not really a crafter but I enjoy watching Debbie on Hochanda making her products and explaining the process .
Think Hochanda went for a good mix of crafts and hobbies rather than paper crafting.
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06-12-2016, 10:55 AM #4
Unless these things are really well done and efficiently run, they have their day and are gone. Remember when antiques fairs were all the go some years back? Every weekend, there was an antiques fair of some sort or another being held in village halls/town halls for miles around, and then suddenly - gone. I think the growth of TV shows showing auction rooms killed them off, because people realised there were much cheaper ways of buying antique or vintage stuff than from fairs. Craft was tremendously popular a while back, loads of craft shops sprung up in towns and villages around where I live, and lots of craft fairs and shows. Now, most of the small shops have shut down (although Hobbycraft still have a presence in towns around here), and craft shows are virtually non-existent. You are right about Hochanda - I, for one, never for one minute thought they would last when I first watched, but they seem to have got back on the tracks, but they are the exception rather than the rule.
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07-12-2016, 01:47 PM #5
I do feel Sorry for Julian and Debbie, who worked so hard setting up and now it going south.
I Guess Dave Bradford & Jacqui Joseph, will be knocking on Create and Crafts doors again.
Is this why Nigel May, has gone back to Create and Craft and Jodie Johnson the sme
08-12-2016, 07:55 AM #6
TCC is still broadcasting at the moment.Flying Pigs
08-12-2016, 12:31 PM #7
I thought I read on either Twitter or Facebook they were re launching in January .
08-12-2016, 02:03 PM #8
Maybe administrators will sort out their finances and they will be able to carry on.
08-12-2016, 02:33 PM #9
They are still broadcasting, they were on Facebook advertising a show for 4pm today.
13-12-2016, 10:29 PM #10
We live in an age where harsh words are often said online without much thought about the possible consequences. That is an easy mistake to make on an open public forum. It is disappointing to see that the Craft Channel had some issues behind the scenes, and it is a shame to see them struggling. They do seem to be trying to learn from whatever has happened, and appear to be trying their hardest to continue as normal and implement some changes. It was great to see something different on the channel yesterday; I enjoyed watching Beca Russell demonstrating her quilling techniques, it made a nice change from card making and dies. I hope the channel can feature some more up and coming young talent and small businesses like Beca. I even welcome the nail art that was featured in another show too. First time I have seen stampers for nail varnish, so that was something new to me and good to see.
Whatever it is that has happened, I wish The Craft Channel well and hope that next year brings a fresh start with troubles positively resolved to everyone's satisfaction.