Sewing Awards 2013 - Winners Announced

Voted for by you, we can now reveal the winners of the 2013 British Sewing Awards!

The votes have been verified and counted and now it’s time to celebrate the heroes of the stitching world by announcing the winners of the British Sewing Awards 2013.

As well as the big names of sewing, we’re also pleased to be recognising more local suppliers this year by splitting the Best Independent Haberdashery Shop into regions, so well done to all the high street haberdashers keeping Britain stitching. A big thank you to everyone who voted!

Best Fabric Brand

WINNER: Liberty Art Fabrics
RUNNER UP: Moda
JOINT 3RD PLACE: Makower UK and Michael Miller

Best Thread Brand

WINNER: Gütermann
RUNNER UP: Coats
3RD PLACE: Madeira

Best Sewing Personality

WINNER: Kirstie Allsopp
RUNNER UP: Jennie Rayment
3RD PLACE: Kaffe Fassett

Most Desirable Sewing Machine

WINNER: Janome Memory Craft 9900
RUNNER UP: Brother Innov-is V5
3RD PLACE: Janome 525s

Best Sewing Book

WINNER: The Great British Sewing Bee by Tessa Evelegh (Quadrille Publishing)
RUNNER UP: Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing (Reader’s Digest)
3RD PLACE: Sew by Cath Kidston (Quadrille Publishing)

Best User-friendly Sewing Machine Brand

WINNER: Janome
RUNNER UP: Brother
3RD PLACE: Singer

Best Quilting/ Embroidery Sewing Machine Brand

WINNER: Janome
RUNNER UP: Brother
3RD PLACE: Bernina

Best Sewing Blog

WINNER: Minerva Crafts
RUNNER UP: Craftsy
3RD PLACE: Sew Mama Sew

Best Exhibition/Show Experience of 2013

WINNER: Festival of Quilts, NEC Birmingham
RUNNER UP: Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace
3RD PLACE: Knitting & Stitching Show, Harrogate

Best Brand of Haberdashery Tools

WINNER: Fiskars
RUNNER UP: Clover
3RD PLACE: Hemline

Best UK Chain Store

WINNER: John Lewis
RUNNER UP: Hobbycraft
3RD PLACE: Dunelm Mill

Best Pattern House

WINNER: Simplicity
RUNNER UP: Vogue
3RD PLACE: McCall’s

Best New Product of 2013

WINNER: Downton Abbey fabrics by Makower UK
RUNNER UP: Creative Grid Ruler (Diamond and Star)
3RD PLACE: Magical Teepee by Just For Tiny People

Best Independent Haberdashery Shop

WALES

WINNER: Calico Kate, Lampeter
RUNNER UP: Lee Mill Fabrics, Swansea
3RD PLACE: Venn School of Sewing, Cardiff

Best Independent Haberdashery Shop

IRELAND

WINNER: Fiddlesticks Fabrics, Ballymena
RUNNER UP: Quilters Quest, Belfast
3RD PLACE: Craftswoman Fabrics, Kilroot

Best Independent Haberdashery Shop

SCOTLAND

WINNER: Edinburgh Fabrics, Edinburgh
RUNNER UP: Purely Patchwork, Linlithgow
3RD PLACE: Mandors, Glasgow

Best Independent Haberdashery Shop

NORTH OF ENGLAND

WINNER: Minerva Craft Centre, Darwen
RUNNER UP: Patchwork Parade, Oldham
3RD PLACE: Leon’s Fabrics, Chorlton

Best Independent Haberdashery Shop

SOUTH OF ENGLAND

WINNER: Lady Sew & Sew, Marlow
RUNNER UP: Ditto Fabrics, Brighton
3RD PLACE: Cowslip, Launceston

Best Independent Haberdashery Shop

MIDLANDS

WINNER: The Cotton Patch, Birmingham
RUNNER UP: The Bramble Patch, Weedon
3RD PLACE: Guthrie & Ghani, Birmingham

Best Online Retailer

WINNER: Minerva Crafts
RUNNER UP: Lady Sew & Sew
3RD PLACE: The Cotton Patch

Best for Customer Service

WINNER: John Lewis
RUNNER UP: Minerva Crafts
3RD PLACE: Lady Sew & Sew

Best Website for Sewing Resources

WINNER: Minerva Crafts
RUNNER UP: The Sewing Directory
3RD PLACE: Lady Sew & Sew

Best For Sewing Workshops/Courses

WINNER: Craftsy
RUNNER UP: Lady Sew & Sew
3RD PLACE: MIY, Brighton