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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Mti edition (13 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444737589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444737585
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 19.7 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kirstie Allsopp is the star of Channel 4's Kirstie's Homemade Home and the co-presenter, with Phil Spencer, of Location, Location, Location and Relocation, Relocation. She got her first job with interior decorator Nikki Haslam, worked for Country Living magazine before setting up a property buying business with a friend. Kirstie lives in Devon and West London with her partner Ben Anderson and their two sons and two stepsons.

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Praise for Kirstie's Homemade Home: 'Do you aspire to live in a cosy home full of cute vintage finds as well as your own crafted efforts? You've just found your bible . . . Admirers of the mismatched, homemade look will find this book hugely inspiring' (Heat)

Praise for Kirstie's Homemade Home: 'Great for homeowners who want to add personalised and handmade finishing touches to their home without spending a fortune' (Real Homes magazine)

A truly inspirational place to start if you want to create your own unique style. (Good Book Guide)

Filled with tips and inspiring photos (The Scotsman)

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A book of practical projects from Kirstie Allsopp to tie-in with the Channel 4 series, Kirstie's Handmade Britain.

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171 of 176 people found the following review helpful By Pompom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Oct 2011
Format: Hardcover
There are plenty of craft books out there which can give more (and possibly better) projects on sewing, cross stitch, flower arranging, baking papercrafts etc, but there are very few that draw such a wide spread of crafts together and present them in one book. Designed to tie in with Kirstie's new show on craft, this book presents a really diverse range of projects. It is true to say that those who already have their chosen craft may not find it to their taste, but, for those who would like to dip their toes into other crafts, I think this book is a really good place to start.

The book is divided into the following chapters: Needlcrafts, Textile Crafts, Paper Crafts, Food Crafts, Garden Crats, Flower Crafts and Gift Crafts. In each chapter Kirstie (or her researcher I suspect) gives a brief background to the sections within that craft section - for example: Needlecraft - sewing, embroidery, knitting and quilting. This is then followed by a number of projects. There are some projects that I have really liked and will certainly be trying (one in fact I will start later today), and some that I suspect I will never even attempt, simply because they don't inspire me. On balance there are more projects that inspire than don't.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stitching parent on 7 Nov 2011
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An excellent book,as an experienced crafter of over 44 years I still managed to find something new. Well done Kirstie!
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Vintage Folly ™ on 20 Oct 2011
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I am a massive fan of Kirstie Allsopp and although I loved 'Homemade Home' for it's quirky 'Kirstie-ness' even I had to admit that it probably wasn't as good as I had anticipated.
'Craft' is a different matter altogether. Gone are the pages and pages of opinion and in their place are masses and masses of projects!

The best part about this book is it's diversity. there are crafts that I scarcely knew existed outside of school. For example, I would never dream of buying a book on paper-craft, but looking at the projects within the book, I might give it an afternoon of my time!

Featured are a few simple but beautiful projects from all parts of the crafting world from sewing to paper-crafts: it is almost like an introduction, a taster session! I'm sure that if you were to discover that you had a particular liking for one of the crafts, you could buy a book which was substantially more comprehensive; but if Kirstie had intended to provide an overview for 'craft' in general then she certainly has succeeded.

The whole look of the book is so kitsch and seventies, even the layout of the project instructions looks a little old fashioned, but it works and only adds to the charm.
All in all, as a book of crafts as opposed to a specific craft, this is a triumph.
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80 of 88 people found the following review helpful By baker1920 on 17 Oct 2011
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Preordered this book and was really looking forward to receiving it. Am a fan of the shows but Kirsties Homemade Britain was a big disappointment and I was hoping that this one would be better. Unfortunately I personally would only really do one or two of the crafts. My biggest gripe is that as you go through the book you see lovely pictures of crafts but no instructions on how to make them. There is a picture of a gorgeous paper rose on one page but nothing on how to make it. I appreciate that it is difficult to please everyone and include everything but I find a lot of the things in this book very samey to other books. Nothing really stands out for me. Sorry Kirstie, I think you are great & have done lots for the craft industry but this book doesn't live up to my expectations. Also some of the crafts mean a lot of outlay buying the equipment and some of us just don't have the money. Again, I know you can't please everyone. I am sure that lots of people will be inspired by this book but its just not for me.
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66 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Eden on 13 Oct 2011
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I love this book. So many craft books have been disappointing in the past; projects either too expensive, unrealistic, too technical etc for what I want it for - to pass on home crafts to my daughter and spend quality time together making our home special. This book ticks all the boxes.

It's beautifully photographed and there's a huge range of different projects from needle and paper crafts to garden, food and flower crafts. There are also some lovely touches such as lavendar bath bombes, bird seed cakes, home made jelly and elderflower cordial.

Some lovely projects you'll recognise from past tv programmes too for which I'm particularly grateful. Highest standard and something for all ages. Can't wait for the next one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LR on 3 Jan 2012
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I bought this book for my teenager daughter who has been following the TV programme.

I found it a bit disappointing, very few samples and the explanations given assumed you are not a total beginner.

Many of the crafts require lots of items, some specialised ones,very expensive to buy just to do 1 item.
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