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The Craftys Awards Update

The finalists for the Craftys Awards have been nominated and as a member of the esteemed panel of judges, I just finished selecting my top pics for the Jewelry, General Crafts and Decorative Painting/Mixed Media categories! May the best crafters win!

The Craftys is thrilled to announce the 2017 awards show happening Sunday, February 12th, 2017, at the Engelman Recital Hall in Baruch College, New York.

Can’t make it to New York to attend in person? Well you’re in luck! The winners will be announced during a livestream on Feb. 12, 2017 at 4 p.m. ET.

The Craftys awards ceremony celebrates crafters and makers from across the United States with over $4,000 in cash and prizes for the best in DIY and crafts of the year.

The Craftys, now in its third year, focuses on categories from
traditional crafts such as sewing, quilting, scrapbooking, home décor
and jewelry-making to “geek crafts,” duct tape creations and edible
crafts. The event will be hosted by PBS crafting guru Mark Montano,
author of the “Big Ass Book of Crafts.”

With 170 finalists, the annual event averages over 1,200 entries and
400,000 votes from crafters within the DIY community. The Craftys’
Best in Show winner receives $1,000 cash and each category winner
receives $200, along with prizes from partners and sponsors.

This event is FREE and open to the public with an RSVP to

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The Craftys Awards Celebrating the Best in Crafts and DIY

Be sure to nominate your crafts and and the projects of your friends to the Craftys Awards! Click HERE to nominate a craft!

The Craftys, the awards that celebrate the best in DIY and craft across the United States, launched on Nov. 14, 2016 and will culminate in a livestream broadcast in February 2017 from New York City. The Craftys is positioned to become the ultimate prize for crafters in many different disciplines, including categories that span from traditional crafts such as knitting, sewing and scrapbooking to “Geek Crafts.”

The Craftys’ Best in Show winner receives $1,000 and each category winner gets $200. Launched in 2014, the annual event averages over 1,200 entries and 400,000 votes.

This year’s judging panel includes HGTV host Laurie March, world champion skater Tai Babilonia and bespectacled singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb.

“I love doing crafts with my kids, my friends, and even my new album cover looks kind of crafty,” says judge Lisa Loeb, whose most recent album is “Feel What U Feel.” “I’m happy to be a judge for The Craftys, which is a great way to celebrate creativity.”

In addition to traditional craft disciplines, ShurTech Duck Tape is helping to launch a new category for Duct Tape Crafts and Red Heart Yarn is sponsoring a Baby Crafts award, for those who make items for newborns and toddlers. Another new category is Geek Crafts, which includes cosplay costumes, fan DIY and handmade technology.

Several companies and organizations are partnering with event, including Darice, Red Heart Yarn, Tuttle Books, ShurTech Duck Tape, FaveCrafts, TueNight, the Craft and Hobby Association, Babble, Westcott, FoodStirs, Consumer Crafts and the Society of Decorative Painters.

“So many wonderful crafts are made every year that are only seen by friends of the creator. The Craftys are a great way to celebrate amazing work,” says Sarah Kubelka, Social Marketing Manager for Darice, one of America’s largest craft supply manufacturers.

Crafters can enter their best projects online at and fans can nominate their favorite makers through January 9, 2017. Entry categories include fashion, sewing, quilting, scrapbooking, home decor, jewelry-making and edible crafts. The “Best of Show” award will be presented to one of the category winners for the craft that has it all – creativity, great design and that elusive “It” factor.

The Craftys is proud to introduce an acclaimed panel of judges:

The Editors of Babble
Marisa Pawelko – Modern Surrealist
Yolanda Soto Lopez – All Crafts Channel
Marly Bird – Yarn Thing Podcast
Beth Kingston – Kingston Crafts
Vickie Howell – DIY Network / HGTV
Ed Roth – Stencil 1
Mark Montano – Big Ass Book of Crafts
Galit Lebow – FoodStirs
Amber Kemp-Gerstel – Damask Love

The awards event will be livestreamed in February 2017 from New York City.