Announcing the Winners! Craftsy Blogger Awards 2013
After more than 3,000 nominations and 15,000 votes, today we’re excited to announce our Winners and Runners-Up for each award in each category of the first annual Craftsy Blogger Awards. We are thrilled by the way everyone came together to celebrate and support the talented individuals who spend so many hours behind the scenes crafting the blogs we all love to read. Congratulations and thank you — to all bloggers and voters that participated!
If your blog received first or second place, be sure to grab your award badge from the bottom of this post.
We have contacted our 2 lucky voting winners of a free class.
And now onto our blogger winners…
Click on your category to go directly to the results:
Sewing Best Craftsy Instructor’s Blog
Winner: Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing
Instructor of Sew Retro Perfect Bombshell Dress, Gretchen Hirsch is a sewing enthusiast with a love of all things retro. Her blog features tutorials, tips, inspiration and lots of spirited discussion about sewing as it relates to fashion history, pop culture, body image and gender.
Runner-Up: Angela Wolf
Couture sewing expert Angela, instructor of the brand new Craftsy class Sewing Designer Jeans, dishes the sewing, fitting and designer tips that she has learned throughout the years. Plus, she sheds insight on fashion trends.
Sewing Best Tutorials
Winner: The Renegade Seamstress
Beth is busy mom, grandma and teacher who loves to create. She finds refashioning to be ridiculously fun and has been so inspired by all the creative and talented people who have so graciously posted their work online. Through her blog, she hopes to connect with more talented people and possibly inspire a few herself.
A blog and sewing community founded by Craftsy instructor of Bag-Making Basics, Kristin Link in 2005, Sew Mama Sew promotes sewing and other needle crafts by providing instruction, inspiration and encouragement. The blog regularly celebrates the work of talented quilters, sewists, writers and designers, and demonstrates ways to use new products, including fabric, patterns, books and tools.
Red Brolly is a sewing and craft blog by designer Bronwyn Hayes. It features lots of craft projects, tips and tricks for photographing your craft, ideas for upcycling, latest sewing and craft news and shows, reviews of fantastic shops and products, paper craft and free diy printables, interviews with designers and stitchers, ideas for decorating with quilts, stitching tutorials and lots of yummy homestyle recipes.
Sewing Best Photography
Winner: Lucky Lucille
Rochelle is a nerdy girl with a penchant for 1940′s style and making her own clothes. On her blog she shares the “how pretty” with the “how-to” of vintage sewing.
Runner-Up: Goodbye Valentino
After a year of sewing her own clothes rather than buying them, blogger Sarah decided to keep sewing! Join her on her journey of sewing more and shopping less.
Quilting Best Craftsy Instructor’s Blog
Winner: Stitchery Dickory Dock
Instructor of the first-ever (and free!) Craftsy Block of the Month, Amy Gibson’s blog is all about her quilty sewing obsessions, as well as her adventures in modern motherhood and homemaking!
Instructor of the brand new Craftsy class Playful Piecing Techniques, Camille Roskelley has designed more than 70 original quilt patterns, and creates annual fabric collections for Moda under her Thimble Blossoms brand. On her blog she shares tutorials, tips and the latest trends.
Quilting Best Tutorials
Winner: Crafty Gemini
Vanessa’s Crafty Gemini blog is a collection of her sewing, quilting and crafting tutorials, cooking recipes, organic gardening adventures, life experiences on her 5-acre Florida farm and the fun/educational activities she does with her kids. You might recognize her from her Craftsy class Sew Little: Nursery Design.
Runner-Up: Red Pepper Quilts
On her blog, Rita shares her fresh modern quilting style, using really simple and often traditional design ideas to make colorful quilts. She shows readers that easy to make quilts can be really striking, and encourages them to take small risks in fabric and color selection for a final product that won’t disappoint.
Quilting Best Photography
Winner: Maureen Cracknell Handmade
This blog chronicles the adventures of a stay at home mom who loves to make things, living with her husband, three children, kitty – Lily, and new puppy – Penelope in small town Pennsylvania. Maureen shares her passion for sewing, quilting, fabric, knitting, felting, and drawing.
Runner-Up: Fresh Lemons
Since beginning quilting in 2009, Faith from Chicago dishes on modern quilts, home decor and handcrafted clothing.
Knitting & Crochet Best Craftsy Instructor’s Blog
Winner: Susan B. Anderson
Craftsy instructor of Wee Ones, Susan B. Anderson shares knitting inspiration, patterns and tips. Shawls, socks, mittens– get help with everything you need this winter.
Runner-Up: Fresh Stitches
Amigurumi: Woodland Animals instructor Stacey Trock invites readers on her crochet design adventures. She chats about designing, the travels of her amigurumi, book and materials reviews and helpful tips and techniques.
Knitting & Crochet Best Tutorials
Former owner of a knit and crochet business Tamara Kelly shares patterns and video tutorials for afghans, rugs and more.
Runner-Up: A Yarn Harlot
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee goes on (and on) about knitting– in a good way. She covers knitting events, tutorials and tips and tricks.
Knitting & Crochet Best Photography
Winner: Petals to Picots
Kara’s grandmother taught her to crochet at age 9, now 30 years later she’s graduated from the CGOA Masters of Advanced Stitches and Techniques Program. On her blog, Kara shares her passion for crochet, covering original crochet designs and patterns, tutorials, project ideas, book and product reviews, featured designers and giveaways.
Runner-Up: One Sheepish Girl
Meredith is a yarn loving blogger based in Dallas, TX. On her blog she shares her adventures in knitting and crochet. Along with her love of yarn, she is a fan of bright colors, Frank Sinatra records, crazy sweaters, embroidery, hot tea and classic movies.
Cake Decorating Best Craftsy Instructor’s Blog
Back with a brand new class Simply Modern Cake Design, its clear beautiful trendy cakes are Jessica Harris’ passion! On her blog she documents her journey into the world of cake decorating, sharing her successes and failures in order to help others create their own specialty cakes and desserts.
Runner-Up: The Fashion Caker
Fashion-Inspired Fondant instructor Joshua John Russell shares his latest fashion and design inspiration, giving you a behind the scenes peek at his cakes.
Cake Decorating Best Tutorials
On her blog, Angie focuses on fun and easy baking! It’s a place to explore recipes, desserts, decorating and even photography. Get ideas for cupcake pops (a Bakerella creation), cakes, pies, cupcakes, cookies, brownies and more.
Runner-Up: I am Baker
Here, Amanda shares everything about baking. Not only do she bake, but with the help of her husband she is raising four kids, a dog and the occasional mouse. Find recipes, tutorials and more.
Cake Decorating Best Photography
Cake maker and baker Rosie created her blog in the fall of 2010, as a place to share her enthusiasm for and experiences with baking and caking, as well as dessert recipes, photos, confection decorating ideas, and other delights she may stumble upon. You’ll also find fun musings about her life as a mom of two small girls and photography hobby.
Runner-Up: Sprinkle Bakes
Heather tells all her baking secrets on her blog, including her original dessert recipes, adaptations and family favorites.Find out how to add more sparkle to your baking!
Photography Best Craftsy Instructor’s Blog
Winner: Nature and Photography
Craftsy instructor of Shooting Intimate Landscapes and editor-at-large for Outdoor Photographer, Rob Sheppard is trained both as a photographer and a naturalist specializing in ecology and botany. His blog is for those that love nature and photography, as he shares wildlife, landscape, nature and close-up photographs and tips.
Runner-Up: Photography by Neil van Niekerk
Covering all things flash photography related, Tangents now boasts over 700 articles written by Neil Van Niekerk, Craftsy instructor of Portraits with an On-Camera Speedlight.
Photography Best Tutorials
Winner: The Phoblographer
The Phoblographer explores the photography world and pop culture’s affects on the art form. Plus, the blog offers new, reviews, tutorials and tips from a real world and down to earth perspective.
Runner-Up: Stuck in Customs
Trey Ratcliff’s shares his exciting travel photography, tutorials, free photography tips, digital camera reviews and photo editing software reviews.
Photography Best Photography
Winner: Lindsay Adler Photography
Lindsay Adler is a professional portrait and fashion photographer based in New York. Here she dishes on trends and offers tutorials.
Curated by Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey, burn is an evolving journal for emerging photographers. Burn was launched as an online magazine/journal on December 21, 2008.
Embroidery Best Craftsy Instructor’s Blog
Winner: Cookie’s Creations
Find out how to create everything from fabric ribbon to an adorable ruffled onesie, on this fun blog by Cookie Gaynor, instructor of Digitizing Machine Embroidery Designs.
Runner-Up: Amanda Murphy
Craftsy instructor of Elegant Embroidered Quilts, Amanda Murphy, shares her ideas as she develops her artwork, dishing on binding, color selection, table toppers for the holidays and more.
Embroidery Best Tutorials
Winner: Mary Corbet’s Needle ‘N Thread
Mary Corbet learned how to embroider at age 10 and never looked back. Now she strives to teach others to embroider, to inspire them to try new things with needle and thread. Here you’ll find tips, tricks and great resources for the beautiful art of hand embroidery.
Through Pin Tangle, Sharon shares online resources that relate to contemporary and historical textiles, hand embroidery and crazy quilting, the fiber and book arts including studio and artists journals.
Feeling Stitchy is a group blog, sharing ideas and tutorials for all sorts of crafty topics. Plus, they feature cool stuff from their embroidery group.
Embroidery Best Photography
Winner: Pretty By Hand
Check out embroidery designs for felt, a little pouch tutorial, the Sugar Sugar Quilt Pattern and more from wife, mother of 2 little girls, and craft pattern designer Kristyne.
Runner-Up: Wild Olive
30-something crafter and illustrator of cute things, Mollie shares all sorts of handmade crafts. She offers a stitching club, explores typefaces, recommends vintage craft supplies and more.
Fine Art Best Craftsy Instructor’s Blog
Winner: Matt Rota
Craftsy instructor of Mixed Media: Pen, Ink & Watercolor, Matt Rota dishes on the latest art shows, shares his latest work and offers tutorials.
Runner-Up: Kerry Dun
Craftsy instructor of The Classic Self-Portrait, Kerry Dunn shows his latest works and shares how he creates them.
Fine Art Best Tutorials
Winner: Lines and Colors
Lines and Colors is Charley’s blog about drawing, sketching, painting, comics, cartoons, webcomics, illustration, digital art, concept art, gallery art, artist tools and techniques, motion graphics, storyboards, matte painting, 3d graphics and more.
Runner-Up: Fine Art Tips with Lori McNee
Lori paints still life, landscape and plein air paintings, sharing her successes and tips and tricks along the way. Her blog has become popular for its art tips, social media tips and business advice from respected professionals in the art and blogging industries.
Fine Art Best Photography
Winner: Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art
Watercolor artist Belinda Del Pesco shares her original watercolors,linocuts, etchings, mixed media printmaking and more, with fun tutorials.
Runner-Up: Urban Sketchers
This blogfeatures sketches and often equally colorful stories behind the scenes by 100 invited artists correspondents in more than 30 countries around the world. Some are architects and illustrators, others are graphic designers, web developers, painters or educators, all sharing the same passion for drawing on location.
Food & Cooking Best Craftsy Instructor’s Blog
Winner: Cynthia Nims
Cookbook author and culinary consultant Cynthia Nims shares a range of her meals and anything that relates to food with you, whether based on her latest project, or inspired by time off the clock. Enjoy more of her expert tips in French Home Cooking: The Essential Techniques.
Runner-Up: KCRW Good Food
Noted cookbook author and chef Evan Kleiman shares food news, interviews chefs, discusses food sauces that could save your meals and more. Get more of her thoughts, tips and tricks when you sign up for Perfecting the Pie Crust.
Food & Cooking Best Tutorials
Find out how to express yourself through cookies with tips, tricks and tutorials! When Sugarbelle discovered cookie decorating she found herself, and never looked back. Come along with her on a cookie adventure, and learn to make cookies that you are proud of.
Runner-Up: The Pioneer Woman
Ree Drummond dishes on holiday cooking, how to use kale, citrus butter cookies, the perfect iced coffee and more with endless recipes and entertainment inspired by her family and farm.
Food & Cooking Best Photography
Winner: Spoon Fork Bacon
Food stylist and photographer, Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park, created this blog featuring original recipes paired with photos- from everyday meals to spreads and beyond.
Runner-Up: Cannelle et Vanille
Aran is a mother of a boy and a girl who keep her busy and a freelance food writer, stylist and photographer. Her blog is a journal of all her recipes, travels and life stories.
Award-winners, please grab your badges here:
Here’s a badge you can post on your blog if you won (got 1st place) under Best Craftsy Instructor’s Blog in any category:
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Here’s a badge you can post on your blog if you got 2nd place (runner-up) under Best Craftsy Instructor’s Blog in any category:
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Here’s a badge you can post on your blog if you won (got 1st place) under Best Tutorials in any category:
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/10/winners-craftsy-blogger-awards/"><img src="http://static-sympoz.s3.amazonaws.com/blog/badges/Winner_besttutorials.png" height="150" width="150" alt="Winner of Craftsy's Blogger Awards!"></a>
Here’s a badge you can post on your blog if you got 2nd place (runner-up) under Best Tutorials in any category:
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/10/winners-craftsy-blogger-awards/"><img src="http://static-sympoz.s3.amazonaws.com/blog/badges/Runner_besttutorials.png" height="150" width="150" alt="Runner Up in Craftsy's Blogger Awards!"></a>
Here’s a badge you can post on your blog if you won (got 1st place) under Best Photography in any category:
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/10/winners-craftsy-blogger-awards/"><img src="http://static-sympoz.s3.amazonaws.com/blog/badges/Winner_bestphotography.png" height="150" width="150" alt="Winner of Craftsy's Blogger Awards!"></a>
Here’s a badge you can post on your blog if you got 2nd place (runner-up) under Best Photography in any category:
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/10/winners-craftsy-blogger-awards/"><img src="http://static-sympoz.s3.amazonaws.com/blog/badges/Runner_bestphotography.png" height="150" width="150" alt="Runner Up in Craftsy's Blogger Awards!"></a>
Award-winners, to receive your complimentary free class please email us:
Just contact meganm(at)sympoz(dot)com with your winning/runner-up blog’s name, your Craftsy site userid, as well as the class you’d like to enjoy.