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The Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2014

The Mollie Makes Magazine is in their 3rd year and has quickly become a firm favourite amongst crafters. This year they arranged the Handmade Awards with 5 nominees in 5 categories. Over 400 businesses entered and Purl Alpaca Designs was shortlisted for the Established Business Award. Although Tracy and Kari-Helene both find it hard to believe the business qualifies as established, we were honored and excited to be shortlisted.
The awards took place in London on the 11th of June on a hot and sunny day in the lovely Proud Archivist’ cafe and library.
There was a fabulous gathering of crafty professionals and students alike, and we all had a great time getting to know each other and finding out what everyone’s ideas and businesses were. We were also joking about how easy it was to spot one of us in a crowd – look out for the bold prints and bright colours!

Everyone got to talk in front of the panel of judges consisting of knowledgeable people from the creative industries, with entrepreneurial backgrounds, buyers and banking professionals. You can see the full list of judges here.
We were given very useful advice by the panel and loved every minute of it! They liked our product and were very enthusiastic about what we do. It was wonderful to get such precise and useful feedback and we left feeling excited and inspired! It was a lot more useful to us than meeting the Dragons! 

The winners were announced in a proper awards ceremony fashion, with bubbles, plaques, handshakes, photos and applause! It felt very special to be a part of it. Although Purl Alpaca Designs didn’t win, we had a lovely day, met some great people and got invaluable advice from a knowledgeable panel of judges! Thanks for a fabulous day!

The winners were –

The Start Up Award –  Sarah-Jane Brand of Hejsan Goods
The Established Business AwardJane Foster

The Social Enterprise AwardEmily Whitesmith of Weaversmith 

Creative Idea AwardHannah Cox of Crafternoon Cabaret Club
The Youth AwardCarmen Jorissen of Crafty Queens  

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