Welcome to The Gingerbread Bunny! I'm Sarah, a textile artist specialising in crochet and felt based in Wigan in the North-West of England.

On my blog, you can find my day-to-day craft adventures and tutorials.

You can find details of my work for sale and workshops on my website - www.thegingerbreadbunny.co.uk

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Put that record on!

This morning, as I was sewing away in my pyjamas, I started to think about what I listened to whilst I craft.  Whilst in my craft half-a-room, I have iPod playing, either music or podcasts, and if I am crafting downstairs then it is usually the televisiion that accompanies my work ( I have to have background noise!!)  So, you may be thinking, what do I listen to?  Lets take a look!


My iPod is packed full of music and it is an eclectic mix to say the least.  There is my rather large indie playlist full of everything from Oasis to the Stereophonics to The Smiths and some Arctic Monkeys thrown in for good measure!  There is also a Pop playlist with more poppy tracks in, a retro playlist with 60's and 70's hits (yes there is some Abba in there!) and the bellydance playlist for when I feel in a more ethnic mood!  Any of these playlists may be chosen to accompany the hum of my sewing machine.  However, when I am journaling I turn to my relaxation playlist which has much more calming music - some Enya, Loreena McKennit and more calm modern music to help me think. 


These are rather a recent discovery of mine.  There are currently 3 podcasts that I follow and download regularly. 

Image courtesy of YIP Podcast
 The first is Yip!  This is an American tribal bellydance podcast produced by Mary and Tammy.  It is a great podcast to listen to if you like tribal bellydance and they cover so much in each episode including music reviews and interviews.  They have a very relaxed approach to podcasting and you feel like you are sat with them having a chat over a cup of coffee. 

Image courtesy of iMake
 The second podcast I listen to is iMake.  It was my friend, Shinybees, who put me on to this podcast!  It is produced by a lovely lady called Martine from Guernsey and is a general crafty podcast.  It covers her crafty exploits (which are varied and interesting) and includes a great segment all about Guernsey( I must say I am now desperate to visit Guernsey and have learnt so much about it!) Again, iMake is presented in a very relaxed style, is well organised and easy to listen to.  A great accompaniment to crafting!

Image courtesy of Electric Sheep
 The third and final podcast I enjoy downloading is Electric Sheep.  I found this through the iMake podcast and it is more of a knitting podcast.  It is presented by Hoxton Handmade who is a London based knitter.  Now then, I am not a knitter and, before listening to this podcast, I was not a crocheter.  However, the episodes include segments on knitting but also an essay section about something completley non-knitting related and some very entertaining bits about patterns and yarn and blogs.  It is another relaxed and easy podcast to listen to.


So as not to appear too unsociable in my home, I do try to spend some time downstairs with my husband.  I like to be busy and find it very difficult to sit still (I even crocheted in the car on the way to Yorkshire last night!)  So, I need crafts that I can bring downstairs and do on the couch.  Art Journaling is not so good for this as there are lots of bits and mess involved!  Crochet, on the other hand, is fantastic for this and so this is my couch/TV/Film craft of choice. 

I would love to hear what you listen to when you craft and would appreciate any recommendations of podcasts I can add to my collection!

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