I was honoured to be asked to take part as a judge in the recent Mollie Makes Handmade Awards. Fellow panellists were Lisa Comfort (Sew Over It), Matt Doris (Etsy), Lisa Levis (Betty & Walter), Vanessa Bowerman (John Lewis Haberdashery), Emma Jones (Enterprise Nation) and Vicky Pannell (Natwest).
The Mollie Makes team short-listed 25 finalists from hundreds of entries across 5 categories. The competition culminated in a day of pitching to the judges followed by an awards ceremony at The Proud Archivist in London's east end.
Watch the video for a snapshot of the day....
I was really impressed with the standard of entries and it was inspiring to be introduced to fantastic handmade businesses from all over the country and beyond alongside more familiar faces.
Photos: Will Ireland
Well done to all who took part and thank you to the team at Mollie Makes for a fantastic crafty day.