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In episode one, Kirstie visits Blair Castle in Perthshire to kick start the festivities where she met and worked with some of the best of British crafting talent to bring us inspiration in abundance and of course, crafts galore.  

A very special thanks to everyone involved in making this series.

Angela Malik – Chef and Asian Food Expert

Craft: Spiced pear and Walnut Chutney

Angela showed Kirstie how to make a delicious spiced pear and walnut chutney. Angela is a recognised expert of Asian food in the UK, a leading industry consultant and private chef for an international portfolio of clients. Angela is an award winning culinary teacher with over 50,000 students and many global corporate clients. She is a top 10 alumna of the prestigious Leith’s School of Food Wine where she teaches her very popular Indian masterclasses. Angela specialises in giving traditional Christmas dishes a twist. For more info on Angela and her recipes visit: http://angelamalik.co.uk

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Charlotte Hern – Sculptor

Craft: Plaster cast decorations

Kirstie was taught by Charlotte to make a simple star shaped plaster decoration at The Modern Souvenir previously known as Revival Arts of Bath. The Bath based workshop is open to visitors and specialises in producing handmade gifts including sculptures, bookends and paperweights with historical and literary origins, as well as series of small busts - featuring history's great thinkers, writers, leaders and innovators. It’s well worth a visit to see craftspeople at work and pick up an unusual gift. For more info visit:  http://modernsouvenir.com and http://www.charlottehern.co.uk

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Iona Barker - Founder of Say It Ain’t Sew

Craft: how to hand-sew a cosy dog-coat using upcycled material.

Iona taught Kirstie how to hand-sew a cosy dog-coat using upcycled material. She founded Say It Ain’t Sew and has been teaching people to sew since 2010. Iona is an advocate of the therapeutic and calming benefits of hand-sewing, and is on a mission to teach the world to sew ‘one stitch at a time’. She even runs free weekly sewing lessons in a Glasgow bar. Renowned locally for her work - she’s the girl Beyoncé, Prince and Dolly Parton call when they’re in town to perform and a costume needs some emergency repair. Iona runs classes in Glasgow at the Brewdog Doghouse in Merchant City on Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm. For more info visit Facebook

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Christmas tree competitors:

Mike Aspinall

Mike made the paper craft tree which he gave the title ‘Kaleidoscope of Craft’. Visit Mike’s blog - ‘The Crafty Gentleman’

Chloe Hardisty

Chloe titled her tree, 'Modern Folk Christmas Tree'. It was a mixture of embroidered hoop art, cross stitch and she even made bouncy ball garlands and her own lights. Visit her blog page. She also sells on Etsy.

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Zoe Larkins

Zoe gave her tree the ‘Tropical Kitschmas’ title. Had sewn leather quirky decorations. Visit her business website. 

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Brooke Wheatley (winner)

Brooke have her tree the ‘Nordic Boho’ title using macramé themed decorations, gold tipped feathers, gold leaves and acorns. Find Brooke on Etsy  

Paper craft competitors:

Isobel Barber

Issy made a 3D cut paper set entitled ‘Driving Home for Christmas’. Visit her website  and blog page 

Coco Sato

Coco made a giant origami snowflake entitled ‘Resogami Snowflake’. Visit her website. Coco also posts tutorials online – you can watch these here too.  

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Zack McLaughlin (Winner)

Zack specialises in creating birds from paper and wood. His piece is the ‘Gold Tipped Turtle dove wreath’. Visit his website

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Karolina Merska

Karolina made the polish pajaki chandelier and gave it the title ‘"Deck the Halls" Pajak’. Visit her website

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Christmas tree judge

Pip McCormack - Lifestyle Director at Red Magazine

Pip has previously worked for Sunday Times Style, Grazia, and written for Elle Decoration, Glamour and Stylist, as well as consulting for brands such as Heal's, Marks and Spencer and Graham and Green. There’s nothing he doesn’t know about styling but his talents don’t end there! He has also published a cookery book: ‘The Herb and Flower Cookbook: Plant, Grow, Eat’. To find out more about Pip visit his website

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Paper craft judge

Zoe Bradley - Artist

Zoe is truly the queen of paper craft and wowed us on last year’s Christmas programme with her beautiful paper centrepiece. An internationally renowned artist with a background in fashion design, Zoe’s clients include Liberty, Louis Vuitton, Harrods, Liberty, Missoni, Alexander McQueen, Harvey Nichols, Tiffany, and The White Company. To find out more about Zoe visit her website and blog.

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Locations:

Blair Castle offers 700 years of history against a stunning Highland backdrop in Perthshire, Scotland.

For more information visit: http://www.blair-castle.co.uk/

The craft fair at Blair castle is run by Exclusively Highlands. To find out more about this annual event visit:  http://exclusivelyhighlands.co.uk/

Stags View Lodge Calvine, Pitlochry 

The snow cottage featured across the series can be found at: http://bit.ly/manorstablecottage