Armed with handfuls of sparkly awards, Immediate Media’s craft magazine teams joined together to announce this year’s British Craft Award winners at trade show CHSI Stitches this February.
Heading up the glittering proceedings, presenter John Scott, from new shopping channel Sewing Quarter, honoured 80 lucky winners and runners-up from the four corners of the craft industry, from knitting to crochet, papercraft to sewing.
With each category voted for by the general public, there was eager anticipation as businesses and designers waited to hear who had snagged this year’s big wins and won the admiration of their customers, visitors and fans.
Here we reveal who won in the knitting categories…
Product of the Year
Winner: Addi Circular Needles
Our readers love Addi circular needles, and it’s easy to see why. From bamboo to polished white brass, standard to sock, olivewood to children’s, there’s a circular needle on the Addi website that you’ll be tempted to add to your tool kit instantly. To find out more about the Addi range call 07810 518997 or click here.
Runners-up: Eucalan No Rinse Delicate Wash, Rowan Alpaca Soft DK
Designer of the Year
Winner: Woolly Wormhead
With a background in textiles and engineering, self-proclaimed ‘hat architect’ Woolly Wormhead designs hats like no other. Whether you’re looking for a beanie, beret or turban for an adult or child, in sock weight, DK or chunky, you’ll find many exciting options here.
Runners-up: Debbie Bliss, Anniken Allis
Brand of the Year
Named after the pretty shrubs on the banks of the River Holme, the Rowan business was launched in 1978 above a Yorkshire grocery store. Its original commitment to bringing crafters a selection of high-quality yarns and patterns, which are a pleasure to knit with and wear, still holds true today. To learn more about this great brand, head on over to the Rowan website.
Runners-up: Stylecraft, Jamieson & Smith
Blog of the Year
Winner: Little Cotton Rabbits
Enjoy Julie’s pretty days through her delightful blog – littlecottonrabbits. Hear interesting tales about her husband, two children and three chickens, fall in love with her adorable knitted animals and pick up a knitting pattern via her Etsy shop.
Retailer of the Year
Winner: Wool Warehouse
Independent craft business Wool Warehouse has grown into a trusted, favourite supplier for knitters and crafters alike. Owners Holly and Andy opened its doors in 2012, and the mix of bricks and mortar business plus online retailer has continued to offer a personalised service backed by a small, expert team.
Craft hero award
West Yorkshire Spinners
This year the British Craft Award judges awarded West Yorkshire Spinners their Craft Hero Award to acknowledge their outstanding contribution to and support of the British yarn industry. Combining state of the art technology with generations of expertise, they are one of few remaining worsted spinners in the UK.
Don’t miss out on being a part of 2019’s British Craft Awards. Watch this space for updates on next year’s event, and get ready to vote!