All the best and brightest in the craft industry were celebrated at a special ceremony at the NEC.The Craft Business Awards 2019 were presented at CHSI Stitches, the UK's trade show for the creative craft industry, in Birmingham, on Monday, February 18.
The Awards, organised by Craft Business magazine, are the biggest and most well-respected in the crafting industry, celebrating everyone from small start ups to the giants of papercraft, knitting, stitching, haberdashery, beading, jewellery and creative stationery.see winners
Last year we introduced six Industry Elite categories whereby upon entering and being shortlisted , your product or brand had the chance to be put in front of one of our esteemed judges.
The judges included Dr Susan Kay Williams - Chief Executive of the Royal School of Needlework, Sarah Hamilton - Founder of Just a Card, Haldi Kranich-Wood - Product Manager for British Wool, Linda Barker, Interior Designer and Television Presenter, Anthea Turner, Television Presenter and Former-Blue Peter Presenter, Caroline Brooke - Buyer for Children's Products at Hobbycraft, and Debbie Bliss - Knitwear Designer.
Wool Couture Company
Pixelhobby UK XL Unicorn Kit
Search Press - The Build a Bag Book: Tote Bags
By Debbie Shore
Prym Crochet hooks
"What a joy Hawthorn Handmade craft kits are. They combine perfectly the craft of
making with a beautifully designed end product. It's a pleasure to see the business
growing so rapidly, and well deserved. They've thought of everything - easy to follow
instructions, conscientious attention to supporting other sustainable businesses, and a
well executed marketing and promotion plan. Couple this with such beautifully designed
end products and it's no surprise that customers love these kits. Congratulations on a
"It is truly amazing to see new business emerging with a mission to make traditional craft approachable to new generations. Wool Couture create exiting, vibrant wool products that just draw you in for a touch and feel and invite you to experiment with it. With a passion to keep creating products that invite you to an old favourite craft or introduce you to a totally new one. We wish all the success to the Wool Couture team, we know they are only getting started."
"The instructions were relatively easy to follow, the paper was of great quality, the overall look and feel of the book was enticing (so much so that my Niece made every dinosaur). Adult help was needed initially to understand how to follow the instructions as on first appearance they were a bit complex. However, the detailed pictures and instructions made it easy to complete."
"The sorbet pastel shades are delicious and I am always a sucker for a 25g ball. The yarn is a soft cotton and comes with beautifully produced booklets."
"Who could fail to fall in love with the World of Ricorumi? It is a beautiful and modern craft kit that was an absolute joy to open. I loved the accessories packs too that enabled the crochet beginner to access the craft immediately. Every part of the product was a tantalising glimpse into a seemingly private world that you’d been invited into. I couldn’t wait to make my first crochet character (a skeleton btw) The coloured yarns were beautiful to use, the pattern booklets were bang on trend, easy to follow and I couldn't wait to dive in and have a go."
"Pardon the pun but I was hooked from the moment I opened this beautifully crafted book. The first 25 pages are dedicated to the delightful story of a little crochet caterpillar who turns into guess what? A glorious Red Admiral butterfly with the remainder of the book showing how you can bring even more life to the story by making the creatures yourself. “Everything about this book is enchanting from the wool interpretation of the characters to the clearly presented instructions. If you have never picked up a crocheting hook don’t worry Lydia has got you, and if you are proficient you’ll enjoy her world."
"Who doesn’t love a bag? I’m surrounded by them one for every occasion and outfit. When I opened this beautifully presented, inspirational book the first thing I thought of was, the pile of material everyone holds on to saying, 'One day I’m going to use this'. Debbie, who I remember from our Children’s television presenting days, has the unique skill of bringing her sewing passion to life and drawing us in. This book with its enticing pictures, clear instructions and patterns reflect her enthusiasm and definitely inspires us all to relook at that pile of material and start making bags."
"I am hugely impressed and inspired by this
industry. From the smallest craft shop right the way
up to the biggest chain store, this sector is driven by
one thing: passion. The enthusiasm I encounter
from every corner of crafts is seemingly boundless,
so it's been with great pleasure that I've been able
to recognise some of this drive and devotion by
overseeing the 14th annual Craft Business Awards."