Kirstie Allsopp brings Handmade Fair to Hampton Court Palace

PUBLISHED: 11:18 19 September 2014 | UPDATED: 10:42 21 September 2014

Kirstie Allsopp at Hampton Court Palace (Photo: Brand Events)

Kirstie Allsopp at Hampton Court Palace (Photo: Brand Events)


Everyone’s favourite property expert brings her passion for crafts to Hampton Court this weekend – and she wants to inspire others to pick up their pom poms

Think Kirsty Allsopp, and three ‘p’s come to mind: property, Phil Spencer, and pom poms. The queen of Location, Location, Location has carved out a new niche for herself in the world of crafting, and between Friday September 19 to Sunday September 21, she will be hosting her Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace.

“I wanted to do this, because I was excited by thought of doing something so bold and different to the other craft fairs out there, putting learning at the core and celebrating so many talented people. Sharing the whole experience with others who love making,” she tells Surrey Life.

“The Handmade Fair isn’t just a whole lot of shops in a tent. This is a gathering of the people you’ve seen with me on screen, answering your questions, teaching you their techniques, and opening up to a live audience. It’s 3D TV without the funny specs!”

Kirstie’s cousin, Cath Kidston – she of floral fabric fame – is just one of the experts that she will be bringing along to Hampton Court to hold crafting, interiors and DIY fashion workshops. She’s also asking visitors to the fair to help her in her attempt at World Pomination (it’s a record breaking attempt, which involves making a LOT of pom poms – Kirstie’s favourite of all crafts, because they are “fast, simple, and instantly gratifying, and of course you can do so much with them. Make bunting, tree decorations, adorn your cushions with them, your clothes, your shoes...”).

“Crafting has been a lifelong thing for me,” Kirstie explains. “My mum was an interior decorator and my dad was an auctioneer, so making things has been in my family for as long as I can remember, and more importantly up-cycling and changing things around.”

However, it was actually Kirstie’s property dreams that gave her love of crafts a new lease of life. “Meadowgate, my house in Devon was a huge project,” she says. “The house had been empty for almost four decades and when it came to the renovations I decided I wanted to focus on the skills of those near the house, from blacksmiths and glassblowers to upholsterers and carpenters. The project reinvigorated my passion for the handmade and the homemade, when I wanted to get everyone involved in doing things with their hands.”

For those heading to Hampton Court this weekend, Kirstie has a final word about all things DIY.

“Everyone has a craft they can do… you just have to find yours!” she smiles.


• The Handmade Fair is at Hampton Court Palace between 19-21 September



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