Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas

A commission that was presented to Kirstie Allsopp at the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Trafalgar Square, London on Thursday 4th December 2014. The piece consists of the base of the tree on display in Trafalgar Square that year from the forests of Norway. It was a real pleasure working with such a nice piece Norwegian Spruce and to be part of a tradition that dates back to 1947.

“The countdown to Christmas starts with the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree on 4 December in Trafalgar Square from 6pm. The Norwegian Spruce is a gift from the people of Norway to London to say thank you for Britain’s support during World War II. This historic tradition has happened every year since 1947.”

“Iiiiit’s Christmas and Kirstie Allsopp is back, in a role to rival that of Mother Christmas and at the centre of her own glittering festive grotto located at Blenheim Palace’s magical Christmas fair.
Joined by top crafters from across the UK, the 1×60’ special from Raise the Roof Productions will be a seasonal celebration of classic and contemporary crafts as well as exploring the distinctive traditions of a Scandinavian Christmas that inspire us. Kirstie will be putting her spin on some yuletide favourites and Christmas gets competitive when she sets fellow crafters against each other in everything from a tree decorating competition to a “trendy” festive jumper knit-off. On top of mastering techniques in her home studio and immersing herself in workshops at the fair, to create a dozen unique craft ideas, Kirstie will be heading off to Norway. Once there she’ll be hoping to find out why they provide the Trafalgar Square tree each year as well as being introduced to unique crafts, delicious foods and rich customs that make up a true Scandinavian Christmas.”

Christmas Tree Lighting
4 December 2014
Trafalgar Square

Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas
9 December 2014
Watch on Channel 4