Making & watching TV go together like wine & cheese: there’s no way to do it wrong (are you sensing a theme on this blog? This is a judgement free making zone!) but there are definitely ways to do it oh-so-right. Now, imagine me in my best snooty-sommelier voice, recommending the very best craft and DIY pairings.
1. Downton Abbey
If the craft you desire to work on is embroidery, may I suggest the British TV classic, Downton Abbey. A calm base of family dynamics in the midst of quickly evolving early 20th century Britain has notes of intense drama and tear-jearking moments of both the happy and sad variety.
2. Parks and Recreation
Office dynamics and small town antics are the driving force of this NBC sit-com. Though not for everyone, but those who enjoy the not-so-subtle humor of Parks and Recreation are a die hard bunch. With 6 seasons available online and a 7th starting in the fall, you’ll have plenty of time to “treat yo’ self” to glitter-ifying anything your heart desires.
Ahh, a sci-fi lover, I see. Well then I would definitely recommend the cult classic, Firefly. This witty, gritty show about “space cowboys” will warm your heart and keep you in stitches. To stick with the futuristic theme, I suggest working on a wearable electronics project, like this sparkle skirt from Adafruit.
4. Bob’s Burgers
I can tell that what you’re after is an amazing comedy about a tight-knit family, complete with well-rounded child characters, plenty of poop jokes, and fort building. Bob’s Burgers is a grown-up animated series that’s probably appropriate for your middle-school aged child, so why not try a project best served family-style, like making patches or building a lego crane?
5. Bomb Girls
Like Orange is the New Black, this show takes women and places them somewhere we don’t usually think about them: working in a bomb factory. Bomb Girls is an imported Canadian variety that features strong female friendships, canonically queer characters, and historical context. A perfect pairing for this rare show would be making your own (usually) factory made items like shampoo, hand lotion, and, of course, bath bombs.
Well, there you have it! My recommendations for the best crafting & TV pairings out there! All of these shows can be found on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Instant, and many of them can be found on more than one!