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What to Watch While Stitching – an Awesome List of Reader Suggestions

Last week in the newsletter I asked for reader suggestions for what to watch while I stitch embroidery samples for my new book. The response was AMAZING! And lots of you said you watch while working too so I thought I’d share all the suggestions in one awesome list. I’m adding a star to the ones I’ve watched and can also recommend. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are all the shows that got multiple mentions (in order of number of mentions) . . .

  • Doc Martin
  • *Father Brown
  • *Midsomer Murders
  • *Downton Abbey
  • Doctor Blake Mysteries
  • *The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Shetland
  • Anne with an “E”
  • Outlander
  • Vera
  • Lark Rise to Candleford
  • Scott & Bailey
  • *West Wing
  • A Place to Call Home
  • *Sherlock
  • *Great British Baking Show
  • *Death in Paradise
  • *Frasier
  • *Longmire
  • Broadchurch
  • McLeod’s Daughters
  • Murdoch Mysteries
  • Home Fires
  • Agatha Raisin
  • *Bletchley Circle
  • Line of Duty
  • The Incredible Dr. Pol
  • Bodyguard
  • *Inspector Morse
  • The Paradise
  • Endeavor
  • *Rosemary and Thyme
  • Hinterland
  • Grace and Frankie
  • Vikings

And here are the rest (in alphabetical order). . .

  • *Arrow
  • Artful Detective
  • Back Roads
  • Being Human
  • Blue Bloods
  • *Bones
  • *Cheers
  • The Closer
  • Darkest Hour
  • Denver Pet Show
  • Derek
  • Designated Survivor
  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
  • Doctor Foster
  • Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman
  • Drop Dead Diva
  • *Elementary
  • Escape to the Country/Escape from the City/Escape to the Continent
  • *Flash
  • *Friends
  • Game of Thrones
  • Girlfriends
  • The Good Cop
  • Home Fires
  • Homecoming
  • Indian Summers
  • Inspector Lewis
  • Jack Irish
  • Jack Ryan
  • Jamestown
  • Keeping Faith
  • Kids’ Baking Championship
  • *Kingdom
  • Land Girls
  • The Last Kingdom
  • Last Tango in Halifax
  • Legends
  • Little Dorrit
  • Little Women
  • Love Child
  • *Madmen
  • Mercy Street
  • The Miniaturist
  • Misfits
  • Mr. Selfridge
  • *Monk
  • Mozart in the Jungle
  • The Mysteries of Laura
  • Mystery Road
  • The Nature of Things
  • NCIS
  • Offspring
  • Ozark
  • The Palace
  • *Poirot
  • Rake
  • Reign
  • Ripper Street
  • *Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
  • Schitt’s Creek
  • The Science of Stupid
  • Secret Agent Selection WWII
  • Silent Witness
  • Striking Out
  • Sugar Rush
  • *Supergirl
  • The Supervet
  • This Is Us
  • Time Goes By
  • The Time of Our Lives
  • Timeless
  • The Tudors
  • The Unforgotten
  • The Waltons
  • Watership Down
  • We Will Meet Again
  • White Collar
  • Wolf Hall
  • Yukon Vet

Oh – and for those who don’t get the newsletter, here are the shows I mentioned that I’ve already watched and loved to stitch to. . .

  • The Crown
  • Call the Midwife
  • Victoria
  • Foyle’s War
  • Miss Fisher Mysteries
  • Poldark
  • Law & Order
  • Grey’s Anatomy

You guys – this is an amazing list! Please keep adding suggestions in the comments so we have a continuing resource. ๐Ÿ™‚



  1. Mary Austin SAYS...

    Vera Stanhope (dective)

  2. Martha SAYS...

    If when your husband’s books make it to the screen I would definitely add them too.

  3. Lila SAYS...

    Resident is a good series.

  4. Lorraine SAYS...

    Major Crimes

  5. Sharon SAYS...

    What do the asterisks mean?

    • The ones with a star are the ones I’ve also watched and recommend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Bethany SAYS...

    Gilmore Girls

  7. Sheila Rideout SAYS...

    pushing daisies

    both tv series I have loved.

  8. Mopsy SAYS...

    Nashville – lots of music with a well done soap opera-like storyline.
    Hometown – small Mississippi town, Laurel, renovations. surprisingly affordable and lots of doable remodeling, including a few homes in the $100K range. Inspiring.
    Heart Guy, Australian series, funny, light, kinda sappy humor
    West Wing

  9. Renee Lake SAYS...

    Longmire (Netflix, US)

  10. Mel SAYS...

    Am impressed by the variety of suggestions ~ your following must also be wide and varied!?

  11. Mel SAYS...

    I meant to put VAST and varied!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Sarah SAYS...

    OMG, so many suggestions! ๐Ÿ˜€
    But there are some that I won’t recommend to watch unless you are 110% committed to watching it because you can easily miss things that are really important: Dirk Gentlys and Game of Thrones. Both are extremely good but in very different ways. But you won’t understand anything at all if you don’t watch with your whole attention on the screen.

    And a suggestion from me, even though I don’t know if it’s available for you: Dr. Who! ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. Annabelle SAYS...

    If you watch Inspector Morse you must watch Lewis. Better in my opinion but recommend you watch them in order. Endeavour is about Morse when he started in the 1960s. Enjoy.

  14. Betty Morgan SAYS...

    Wow, that is some list!!! Hope you found some you liked.

  15. Sarah Fuller SAYS...

    North and South on Netflix is good, too. Kind of a downer, but I couldn’t stop once I’d started.

  16. Alice SAYS...

    As far as I can see, no one has recommended The Great British Sewing Bee! While this not available on Netflix, many episodes are available on YouTube. What better to watch while youโ€™re stitching?!
    Thanks for compiling this list, Wendi!

  17. Tracy SAYS...

    Chicago Fire and Chicago Med. Our current favourite is The Good Doctor. We binge watched the first series. The second series has just returned (in the UK) after a break, with the second part of a a two parter!

  18. Jill Collins SAYS...

    If you have Acorn TV, I would highly recommend “”Brokenwood Mysteries.”
    Great list.

  19. How could I forget Jeeves and Wooster? So much fun!

  20. Solange Cotรฉ SAYS...

    Good day,

    I was wondering if I coul get the January calandaer,I deleted it by mistake.


  21. Joke W SAYS...

    The great british sewing bee.

  22. Mme Julia Ahuir SAYS...

    Safe House
    Deepwater Fell
    The Split

  23. Maggie SAYS...

    We’ve been watching “Justified”. It’s on Prime I think.