Book Review: Kirstie Allsopp Craft

Now, let me start by saying Kirstie Allsopp was the woman I wanted to be when I grew up! (I'm almost 30... clearly I haven't grown up yet!) If you don't know who she is, she started on UK TV in a property show called Location, Location, Location and in the last few years, she had her own show called Kirstie's Homemade Home (I have the book that corresponds to this series too if you'd like a review?) Homemade Christmas and finally, Kirstie's handmade Britain which this book is the result of. 

This book, simple titled 'Craft' is a 224 page hardback split into 8 sections:

Textile Crafts
Paper crafts
Food Crafts
Garden Crafts
Flower Crafts
Gift Crafts

There is a nice 4-5 page personal summery on each section which I enjoyed reading.

I think the cover alone hints at the content of this book. I'm not sure what happened but it's all gone a bit 1940s W.I. mixed with the 1970s. The thing I loved about Kirstie Allsopp when she started the homemade series and indeed with the first book, was that she reintroduced craft to people who did have a stereotypical 'it's frumpy' attitude towards it. It seems with this book it's gone full circle and become... well.. frumpy.

As i've mentioned, this book directly relates to the last series she made where she went around the country competing in craft shows. These did tend to be a little stuffy and twee and again, the book reflects that. I would say it's a very traditional look at crafting. Yes I would love to make some cute bunting for the summer. No I don't really want to cross stitch a tin of sardines. 

The tutorials throughout the book are well explained and easy to follow, it's just a shame that a lot of them, personally, i'm not keen on making. They range from simple and relatively inexpensive to make; a ribbon rose and the bird feeder I tried a few weeks back to more skilled and more expensive to make items such as a silver leaf pendant and a mosaic chair.

The recipes are very traditional, pickled plums anyone? But by far the worst has to be a recipe for 'party jelly' - Jelly with sweets on the top but a lot of faffing around with plums and gelatin to make the jelly yourself.

One thing I DO want to make is the elderflower cordial! Whoop! +1 

The layout and photography in 'craft' is lovely. There's a lot more text than photos but it does suit the overall style of the book.

It really has disappointed me to give this book such a bad review but, for me, it really is a bit too old fashioned. If you happen to be a Kirstie Allsopp fan then of course this is a nice book for your collection. 

Tutorials ★★★★
Practicality ★★★★
Design & photography ★★★
Overall ★★

You can purchase this book HERE.

What craft books have you purchased that you love?

Lisa X


  1. I got this book for a christmas gift and I have to agree, I love Kirsty but this is a book I'd expect my gran to have. Not really anything in it I'm dying to have a go at making.

  2. My thoughts exactly! So different to how I felt about her previous to this book, it's all gone a bit too granny! lol x

  3. This doesn't surprise me at all. I never found much i wanted to make from Kirsty's tv programme Homemade home either.

  4. I know what you're saying... Homemade home definitely inspired me to start buying second hand furniture and fixing it up myself though and I enjoyed it being on TV. Handmade Britain was just a bit of a yawnfest!!

  5. I thought you wanted to be Martha Stewart! :)

  6. Haha previous to discovering Martha, I wanted to be Kirstie. Once Martha came into my life, Kirstie was toast!! ;-)

  7. I must admit, I did really want this book from looking at the front cover but the inside does look a little old fashioned :( It's such a shame x

  8. thank you so much for doing this review!
    on first glance in waterstones i really wanted this book but now you've done it, i'm not sure i'll waste the money! are there any other crafty books you'd recommend?

  9. @The Cookie Button I know :-( PS. LOVE your blog! X

    @Kaylie I really wouldn't recommend this one unfortunately... I did do a review on Martha Stewart's Crafts for all Occasions and I LOVE that book! I've ordered some more from her based on being so pleased with that one!

  10. Yeh i got this book but i jost like looking at the pictures!! x

  11. I am so glad I came across your blog. I really love it, so you have a new follower :)

  12. I <3 your book reviews! Also, I love that you said "whoop"!

    Homemade gifts vintage style, got it from the Works much cheaper though!

    and for photography: this book is amazing

    i love the handmade birds they made in the serious though which are shown in the book :D

  14. @PenguinsandCows The pictures are nice! x

    @Nicole Aww thank you! I'm glad to have you here!! x

    @Kendall I love a whoop!!! Haha!!! x

    @Lauren Thank you for the suggestions!! I'm gonna check them out!! The handmade birds were cute! x

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  16. really nice crafts with very good article, keep posting these things