Meet Anthea Turner

By WOXS-freelance, Fri, 2012-04-20 13:31
Anthea Turner

In our interview, Anthea reveals her passion for all things crafty and tells us why we should get stitching!

How did your interest in crafts begin?
“I have always loved art, particularly making things. My mum taught me how to sew from a young age, and I first tried cross stitch when I was seven. An aunt bought me a tablecloth and napkin kit, all printed out, and I just filled in the stitches. My mum has still got it and brings it out at embarrassing moments! So I’ve always known ‘how to’. I can pick up a needle and know exactly what to do with it. I do try to utilise all sorts of different crafts though. I’m a bit of a crafting tart, really!”

How have crafts influenced your adult life?
“I intended to go to art school, but found myself presenting Blue Peter instead. I was fortunate in that my co-presenters didn’t really like making things, so were only too happy for me to do it. Then 13 years ago, I met my husband, and his three little girls became a great part of my life. We bonded over making things. We started making chickens out of bobbles and pieces of card. We've always done art and crafts together.”

Do you think crafts are making a comeback?
“Absolutely. It's easier to bring arts and crafts into our homes now, and for it not to look out of place. We are far more appreciative of handmade things that don’t look mass produced. I really embrace Cath Kidston's spirit – we have lots of things that don't match and it looks great! There’s nothing like going into a home that reflects the people living in it. And of course making things can be therapeutic, too.”

Tell us all about your new campaign
“I'm working with Create and Craft TV to launch the ‘Get Britain Crafting’ campaign. One of my tasks is to make crafts more approachable. We have lots of cooking programmes on TV, but hardly any crafters doing the same sort of thing. We need to show how easy crafting can be, to encourage people to get involved. We’re putting together lots of crafts, so I can go on television and say “look, it’s just Blue Peter for grown-ups. If a 12-year-old can make it, so can you!” This is the basis of the ‘Get Britain Crafting’ campaign. We want to de-mystify craft to make it accessible to everyone. ”

Anthea Turner is Brand Ambassador for Create and Craft TV (Sky 671, Freeview 36, Freesat 813,, on Facebook or Twitter @CreateCraftTV)

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