From property sales and home renovations to crafting and needle felting, it would seem Kirstie Allsopp's talents are endless! With the Handmade Fair arriving at Hampton Court Palace this September, we speak to her about crafts, crocheting and much much more…
When did you first get into crafting and what was the first thing you made?
"I've always enjoyed making things, but I really got into it when we made Kirstie's Handmade Britain. It was a total baptism of fire, competing against the best of the best in agricultural and county shows up and down the country. I even won some of them! But to see first-hand, people's dedication and passion for crafting was incredibly inspiring."
Do you have a favourite craft shop?
"Not one in particular but since we started the Handmade Fair the shopping villages are like having access to the best of the craft shops under one tent. I love meeting the exhibitors and I do a lot of shopping when I'm there."
What's one crafting skill you wish you were better at?
"I wish I could knit, I'm all fingers and thumbs. Same with crocheting, it doesn't come naturally to me."
What has been your proudest make?
"Years ago I was taught needle felting by Jayne Emmerson and we made a felted robin on the craft show. It was a fascinating process, taking this unstructured natural material and shaping into a bird, it was like magic. I love all that stabbing too, it's a very good stress buster!"
What is one piece of crafting equipment that you couldn't live without?
"My glue gun!"
The Handmade Fair returns to Hampton Court Palace from 14th - 16th September 2018. To get your tickets, click here!