Monday, 2 March 2015

Kirstie Allsopp Pyrography Kit with Hobbycraft | Review


It's rare that I get any time to myself. I'm busy with Taylor during the day, plus looking after the house and family, and when the children are in bed, I start work. 
Saturday nights are my evening off, we usually have a bit of family time together, but every now and then I get a night to myself. James may be working, Bradley at his Dad's and Taylor fast asleep in bed, it's time for me! I usually catch up on a bit of blogging, or paint my nails or something, but I'm always looking for other things to do to make the most of this rarity!!

Hobbycraft have a selection of craft sets by Kirstie Allsopp. From bath bombs to candles, there are tons of fab crafty things, perfect as a gift, to build a new skill.

So when I got my hands on this Pyrography Kit by Kirstie Allsopp* (£22.50/Hobbycraft), I was looking forward to us trying it out.



'For all passionate crafters and creative minds, Kirstie Allsopp Pyrography Kit contains everything you need to create a beautiful crafty makes! Following the step by step instruction booklet, create fantastic pieces using the art of decorating wood with the pyrography tool, tool stand, branding tips, drawing tips, assorted wood shapes and key rings included.'



Pyrography - which means 'writing with fire' is the art of decorating wood, leather or other materials by burning your design directly onto the material. 

The tool included can be used to personalise anything you wish, to add a rustic traditional charm to your home, or make some lovely gifts. The kit includes some wooden blanks for you to practice with. 


I won't lie, it's a little tricky. Moving the heads across the wood grain is quite hard. I think it's something that takes a little practice. But I did enjoy it. Even if my designs look a little amateur! ;)
It's quite awkward to hold, as the whole thing is extremely hot so it's important to only hold on the plastic handle at the bottom, so it takes a little practice to get a steady hand, as you're so used to holding a writing tool close to the top. 

They recommend that you use needle nose pliers to change the heads, as the tool will be very, very hot. But I didn't have any to hand, so I allowed the tool to cool fully before handling it. I experimented with a few different heads to create my designs.

I think this is a fab little kit for even the most least creative people, like myself. It was fun, something different and something I'd love to keep practising. [let's be honest, judging by these pictures, I need the practise ;)

The tool gets very, very hot so it may not be ideal to use around or with children. I would recommend this for adults only.



This kit, along with others by Kirstie Allsopp, are exclusive to Hobbycraft.


What do you think? 
Would this be something you would enjoy?




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15 comments

  1. I didn't even know what pyrography was! It looks fun. Definitely something I would try though don't know where I would find time at the moment! You did a good job for the first time #TriedTested

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  2. Oh I love this - never knew what pyrography was, looks tricky alright but you could use it to personalise gifts and pieces around the house really nicely!

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  3. What a great kit! I had no idea what pyrography was until now :)

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  4. I love Kirstie and her craftiness! This kit looks like fun, I like the star shapes on the LOVE piece. Hope you didn't burn your fingers ;)

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  5. Definitely something I would enjoy, especially since I love Kirstie, even though I'm really crap at doing anything crafty, maybe this will do the trick? ;) Plus, I'm such a big Kirstie fan too. #sharewithme

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    1. As you can see, Im pretty pants at anything crafty too ;)

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  6. This sounds like a great grown up kit! It does sound a little tricky to get the hang of but I am sure with practice you will be creating all sorts of amazing masterpieces!

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  7. This looks lovely. What a great review. I am no crafter so I like kits that help me along. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

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  8. Did you find some of the ends were too small to fit the pen? Not sure if I am doing something wrong?

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