Things to Watch While Stitching: Volume One

27 Jun 2014

Nursing my sore throat with some relaxing scrappy hexies.

So, over the past two years, I've been spending more and more time hand-sewing. Which, of course, involves hours of sitting in chairs, and ends up making me yearn for a little something to watch while I stitch.

It occurred to me (finally, two years later – good heavens my brain moves slowly sometimes) that it would be fun to share some of the things I've been watching with you from time to time. Not necessarily the TV shows, although there are plenty of those. (West Wing! OITNB! Call The Midwife!) No, instead I want to share the hidden gems I've uncovered in my internet-video ramblings.

So without further ado, here's the first batch. (If you read this via RSS or email, you may need to click over to the blog to see the videos. Sorry!)

Wish It Inc

Imagine an office comedy a la Office Space… but with fairy godmothers. Wish It Inc. is funny and sweet, with some pretty great dialogue. Worth a watch!

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love "Useless" Art, from Luke Syson, on TED

The first two minutes may feel a little slow, but stay with this one. Luke Syson was a curator of Reinaissance art, but then he changed jobs and ended up in charge of the ceramics collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - frilly, lurid, seemingly-useless objects that assaulted his refined eye. Mr. Syson speaks beautifully on how he came to see these things differently, and what role purely-decorative, frivilous things can play in our lives.

Convos With My 2-Year-Old

This wicked-funny web series re-enacts actual conversations the director has had with his young daughter… but with a full-grown bearded man playing the daughter. If that sounds creepy, don't worry – it's not at all. It's hilarious.

I've embedded the Season 2 playlist here; there are two other seasons. If you don't want to watch them sequentially, you can visit the channel page on YouTube to pick and choose.

Spinning Plates

I loved this documentary about three very different restaurants. One is a rarified, Michelin three-star temple to food as art. One is a decades-old family-owned eatery that's also the center of a rural community. And one is a tiny fledgling cafe, struggling to survive. I won't spoil a thing by saying one more word - just watch it.

(I saw this on Netflix, but it's also available for rental via Amazon Instant Video and iTunes.)

Hope you enjoy these! I have lots more. :-)


Oh, I love this! I always watch something or other when crafting and I usually default to TV series because they're easy to find. These gems are a treat.

Ohhh, I'm looking forward to checking these out. (Um, request, if this is the start of a mini-blog-series as "volume 1" suggests, could it get its own category/tag - I'd never think to look under EPP to find it again).

Right you are, Michelle! I always wait a little to make sure I'm really going to keep up a series before I make the new category (knowing myself to be something of a flibbertigibbet sometimes). But once this is an actual series, I'll get more organized about it so it's easy to find.