New guest Wendie Rhodes chats about crafting


Wendie Rhodes It's never too early to start crafting for Christmas! Our Early Bird Christmas Crafting shows coming up tomorrow, Tuesday 24th May, will get you in the festive spirit and inspire you with new card making and home decoration ideas.

We'll be bringing you a host of experts and guests including Amy Shaw, Marion Emberson and new guest Wendie Rhodes from Kanban. Look out for lots of Kanban goodies, including their brand new foiled die-cut Christmas sentiments kit.

We caught up with our guest ahead of her first show to find out a bit more about how she got into crafting and what inspires her…

How did you get into crafting and how long have you been doing it for? 

I've been a crafter most of my life and a professional for over eight years. As a child, both my grandparents and my mum encouraged us all to be creative both in thinking and with our hands. I decided to pursue a career within fashion and textiles and studied as a trainee teacher majoring in art and specialising in textiles.

I taught in primary schools for over ten years and eventually got my big break in professional crafting when my designs were made into a stamp collection by a UK based company… and the rest is history!

Are you excited about your first QVC appearance this week?

I am thrilled that I now have the opportunity to present my favourite brand on QVC. I have always watched the craft shows as a crafter and professional and I'm so excited to have this wonderful opportunity to share my passion for paper crafts.

What do you love about the brand Kanban? 

Well, what is there not to love? As an official paper stroker, you cannot mistake the quality and crafting vision of Kanban. I'm so proud to be a member of the team and have the opportunity to work with such inspirational and exciting products.

Where do you draw your inspiration from? 

I've been blessed with a wonderful art education and I'll always be eternally grateful to my tutors for opening my eyes to our amazing world. This may sound a little crazy but when you really open your eyes and mind to everything around you, well it all becomes a source of fascination and inspiration.

What do you think are the hot trends in crafting right now? 

There are so many influences from the world of fashion and the media; 'Steampunk' is an intriguing mix of Victoriana combined with industrialisation, creating an eclectic mix of curio and ephemera. In total contrast there's a strong flora and fauna trend, from delicate lace to sculpted and dimensional flower embellishment designs.

What is your top tip for crafters?

This is probably the hardest question for me to answer as I have so many for different skills and tools. So I guess the one with the widest appeal would be not to be afraid as it's only a piece of paper. I often feel the biggest mistakes can be the start of a whole new trend, skill and idea, so just go for it!

What items do you think are essential for every crafter to have? 

A range of inspirational card and papers (of course), comfortable scissors in a range of sizes, a variety of wet and dry adhesives, and if nothing else a great scoring board and tool. Then you can build up your skills and interests with stamps, die-cutting and punches, and before you know it you’re hooked.

What are your hobbies?

My boys are possibly my biggest hobby, I also enjoy digital photography and dressmaking and sewing when I get a chance. I do love visiting galleries, the theatre and historical buildings and their grounds, as they are a great source of inspiration and leave me buzzing with ideas, colour palettes and design concepts.

Join Wendie in the Early Bird Christmas Crafting show on Tuesday 24th May at 2pm!

Check out our craft department for more inspiration in the mean time.







  1. hilary newton May 23, 2011 at 8:26 am -  Reply

    Welcome Wendie!
    A breath of fresh air to QVC crafting, great to see you on TV again. Good to see that Marion Emberson is presenting too, I really enjoyed watching her on craft day….and of course our bubbly favoutite Amy Shaw. Well done qvc for an inspired Earlybird line up. Can’t wait!

  2. Debi Murphy May 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm -  Reply

    Wow, nice to see you on TV again Wendie. I have quite a few of your lovely stamps from the past. I think my creativity is going to have a boost!

  3. Heather Toms May 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

    Welcome Wendy it is so nice to see you back on the television I have missed your demo’s. I have had a number of your stamps for a few years and they are among my favourites especially the butterfly ones. Also, welcome back Marion it was a brilliant show today and I really enjoyed watching you both and hope you are both going to be regulars.

  4. Nikki Brown May 25, 2011 at 12:22 am -  Reply

    Lovely to see you on QVC, have missed you on our screens and I was only trying to find out the other say what you were up to…..

  5. June Keetch May 25, 2011 at 7:25 am -  Reply

    Nice to see you on tv again Wendie. Pleased Kanban will still be with us on QVC. Look forward to seeing more of you on a Tuesday afternoon.

  6. Fairysparkle May 31, 2011 at 12:10 am -  Reply

    InWendy when you used to be on tv before
    I lovd your stamps and demos.Im
    So happy you are going to becoming
    back ruba dub.if you know what I mean
    Congrats wendi it couldnt happen
    to a nicer person x

  7. amanda June 2, 2011 at 8:07 am -  Reply

    Thank you for a very very good craft shows your calm style meant I learnt a more than with the previous lady. Long may you rain and I would vote for an Award for you NOW!

  8. Wendy Burry Gleaves July 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm -  Reply

    Love Kanban, love Wendie, she’s an excellent presenter and a welcome new addition. However, I would like to ask where’s Dawn? She introduced me to crafting years ago when she first joined QVC and, more recently to Kanban. My family call her ‘Mum’s heroine’! I haven’t seen her lately. Hope she hasn’t left!

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