Rosie on Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas

Written by Rosie

Rosie has been needlefelting for almost five years. She used to be a doll maker but is now dedicated to learning all she can about needle felting and she also teaches felting workshops in the Leicestershire area.

November 25, 2019

Catch Rosie on Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas, Channel 4, Monday 25th Nov 2019!
So how did it all begin?
As a frequent Instagrammer I came across an ad for crafters to apply for the upcoming Christmas season of Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas. I’m not sure why but I just impulsively decided to go for it. I had nothing to lose surely?
Then a few weeks later… surprisingly, I got a call from the lovely folks at Raise The Roof Productions, and their finally decision was to invite me to be part of their show.
I remember being so excited, this was going to be so much fun.
My category was Christmas Tree Decorating. My theme was all about my culture and needlefelting.
Coming from a Caribbean background, (Jamaica and Barbados) I knew exactly what I wanted my tree to look like. I chose my colours based on my twenty years of living in Barbados. (1994-2014) Where I had lived boasted a spectacular view of the sun setting over the Caribbean sea on the west coast. I used the pinks, purples and oranges from that visa, and set myself the task of making:
Tropical Fish, Sea turtles, Sandollars, Coconut Trees, Starfish, Shells, Hummingbirds, Seahorses, and some larger pieces: Red Macaw Parrot, Sea turtle, Octopus, Carnival Girl, Steel pan Girl.
Filming of the back story took place in my studio in August. I remember how warm it was and how slightly bizarre it felt to have christmas decorations up in the middle of summer!
After the initial filming I spent all of September making two hundred (I counted!) decorations for my Caribbean Christmas Tree. 
Early October I traveled to Devon for filming of the actual show. I met some lovely people who were also in my category. Their tree decorations were gorgeous, to say the least!
The only hiccup during that day was my fairy lights. I had bought them new and didn’t unpack them until the day. Big mistake! It took an absolute forever to coax a string of six hundred lights out of their zigzag state and onto the tree. 
Nonetheless, I had a brilliant time. I did something I never imagined I would, and now I feel I should really just believe more. After all, anything really can happen!

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