Justhands-on.tv was launched in July 2009 by Valerie Nesbitt. Prior to founding justhands-on.tv, Valerie owned her own shop, Creative Quilting, in East Molesey, a stone’s throw away from the Thames and Hampton Court Palace.
The idea for justhands-on.tv came about as the internet changed the way people shop for materials, and it become apparent that fixed class times and busy lives meant it was difficult for people to satisfy their appetite for education and inspiration. Valerie spotted an opportunity to place education and inspiration at people’s fingertips at any time of the day or night anywhere in the world, and an opportunity to share her love of patchwork and quilting.
The first video content to be published was a series of films highlighting the work of a textile group called ‘Diversity’ who were at a show at Norden Farm in Maidenhead. Since then the video library has grown to over 1,600 videos including full-length workshops by Britain’s finest tutors, hints & tips, interviews with artists, visits to shows & exhibitions and more. The topics covered have grown from patchwork & quilting to include knitting and a wide range of textile art. And, we now offer viewers the chance to buy fabric, patterns and templates featured in videos as well as attend a justhands-on.tv weekend retreat.
Our ambition is to share our very British passion for crafting with people around the globe. We have seen our significant following in the UK grow to include 187 countries. We look forward to welcoming more people to the justhands-on.tv community in the future.