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The best craft show!
24 July 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The Carol Duvall Show is the best craft show on television. At this point, it's practically the only one. HGTV is becoming more and more about home decorating and house huntng and it's has left us crafters behind. How could they cancel this show! I'm still upset.

They still air reruns though, which I'm grateful for. I've loved doing crafts ever since I was little and this show has given me so many great ideas over the past few years. Every episode is so different. Today, Carol had on Mary O'Neill from Hot Potatoes, she's a regular guest on the show. She made a cute ruffled purse with her embossed velvet. Later on Carol did her own project called Art Paper Dolls which really don't have any purpose except to be a creative outlet. They were so easy to make and she had so much fun making them, I wanted to make some for myself even though I'd have no place to put them! If you're ever looking for a unique idea for a gift, The Carol Duvall Show should be your first stop! She has made tons of greeting cards and keepsakes that anybody would love to receive. Carol brings on guests who work with all different mediums. Rubber stamps are popular, as well as polymer clay. There are lots of scrapbooking segments and some jewelry making segments and lot of paper crafts. It would be impossible to list all of the types of crafts Carol does on her show. It's such a wide variety, unlike any other show on television.

One thing that makes the Carol Duvall Show unique is every episode Carol sends the cameras outside the studio to the home of an artist who makes a living from their art. We see sculptors, potters, artists who work with unusual mediums and create a style all their own. We see their process, what inspires them, how they were able to leave their ordinary jobs and dedicate their lives to their craft. These artists sell their work in galleries and over the internet and get some exposure from the show.

The best part of this show is that we're able to see how to make these items step by step. On other craft shows, sometimes they skip steps assuming you'll know what to do. On this show, everything is covered. The guests come prepared with every step laid out. For example, when the guest brings a polymer clay project, we start down by the pasta machine where we stretch the clay to the desired thickness and blend it to get the right effect. Then we move along and see it rolled out or cut out or whatever the next step may be. Then we proceed along seeing every step of the assembly process until we get to the finished product. If it's an especially intricate process, Carol will remind us to set our VCRs and that everything is available on the website. The projects are so easy to accomplish yourself when you have the visual aide. They always explain where you can buy certain items that you might not already have in your craft bin (or craft room as it may be!) which is very helpful to know ahead of time.

Let's not forget about what else makes Carol Duvall special - the shoebox! At the end of most shows, Carol shows letters and photos that viewers have sent in. Many times they were inspired by a specific show and use it as a jumping off point to create their own unique project. It's great to see what other viewers like yourself have come up with. Usually they've got great time or budget saving tips or alternative methods to make the project all your own.

I can't express how much I love Carol Duvall here. She's like your grandmother or your favorite aunt. Her show is so helpful, especially during the holidays when you're looking for something special to make for your home or your family. If you love crafts like me, you'll love Carol Duvall. She is the queen of crafts!


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