Craftsy’s fabulous Instructor Liaison Katie Puza has decided to take on a fun new feature involving TLC’s brand new show Craft Wars. Take a look at Katie’s recap of the very first episode, and make sure to keep us posted on your thoughts in the comment section!
It’s finally here. After weeks of anticipation, Craft Wars premiered last night on TLC. The show, hosted by actress/crafter Tori Spelling, pits crafters against each other for a grand prize of $10,000. Tori calls it “one of the most vicious battles ever televised.” Let’s meet the judges!
First, there’s Erica Domesek, author of the book P.S. – I made this. Next is Jo Pearson, creative director for Michaels. Finally, there is Stephen Brown, founder of Glitterville Studios.
Now that the we know the judges, it’s time to introduce our crafters: Cheryl Burchett, Traci Remley, and Christy Tomlinson. What happens next, Tori? “Rhinestones are going to roll, glitter is going to fly, and when the glue dries one of you will be made champion.” With that, Tori introduces the Pop Craft challenge.
For the Pop Craft, contestants have one hour to use mystery materials to create a specific item. The challenge this week? Make a duffle bag using afterschool activity items, like ballet shoes and footballs.
Each contestant gets a craft assistant, and we’re introduced to Traci’s father as well as Christy’s and Cheryl’s respective husbands. With that, the crafters are off! Traci decides to make a bag using a tennis racket as a ventilated bottom, Cheryl chooses to make a bowling bag, and Christy is the first crafter to make use of the Craft Closet.
Halfway through the challenge, Tori appears to tell the crafters “crafting IS about detail,” which would be great except all three crafters are running out of time. Cheryl is having sewing machine issues, Christy doesn’t think she’ll finish, and Traci decides to hot glue the tennis racket into her duffle instead of sewing it.
The hour is up, and it’s time to hear from the judges. Christy is up first. Jo thinks her bag is stylish, while Erica thinks it’s too much. Traci is called out by Stephen on hot gluing the tennis racket. Finally, Cheryl presents her half-finished duffle. Traci is sent home while Cheryl and Christy go on to the Master Craft Challenge.
To introduce the Master Craft Challenge, Tori tells the remaining crafters they have five hours to build a playhouse featuring school supplies. Each crafter has their assistant and a team of four helpers.
Christy decides to build a playhouse that looks like a school bus, while Cheryl decides her playhouse will resemble a schoolhouse. Christy’s team starts strong, and their playhouse quickly comes together. Cheryl’s playhouse is in pieces at this point, and is best described by Cheryl’s husband: “See that? [points to competitor] That’s good. See this? [points to own house] This is not good.”
A few minutes later, Cheryl’s playhouse magically comes together. The two crafters are neck and neck, with Cheryl adding details like shutters made from rulers, window boxes decorated with pencils, and a composition notebook-tiled roof. Christy’s decoupage bus is all over the place but filled with activities for kids, from an apple-shaped cork board to chalkboard-paint walls. Time is up, and it is time to face the judges.
All three judges agree that Cheryl’s schoolhouse is high on style but low on substance. Christy’s school bus has the opposite problem – kids will find it fun, but the multi-patterned decoupage throughout the bus is distracting. After a short judging session, Cheryl is declared the winner of Craft Wars for her style and attention to details, and Christy is sent packing.
Did you see this episode last night? What do you think? Who was your favorite crafter?