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Say hello to the Homemaker Art & Craft Book Awards! Comprised of 20 categories, it’s a chance for us to honour a variety of wonderful books that have been adored by us and the creative nation over the past 12 months. For each category there will be both a Winner and Highly Commended book, voted for by our judges and you lovely readers. Winners will be announced in issue 52 (on sale 9th December) where we’ll also reveal Homemaker’s Book of the Year.

The Homemaker Art & Craft Book Awards!

Our prestigious judging panel is made up of Annie Sloan, Wayne Hemingway MBE, The Great British Sewing Bee’s Jenniffer Taylor, Liberty’s fabric designer Polly Mason, and Homemaker editor Rosie Savage, and they will cast their votes on a range of categories.

Homemaker Art & Craft Book Awards Judges

But we want YOU to tell us what’s your favourite ever craft book, the best colouring book, and the best cover. It’ll only take a few minutes and, for having your say, you could win amazing prizes from our sponsors worth £700!

We’ve got a two-night stay for two at The Manor House Hotel*, a Janome XL601 sewing machine, and a tailor and designer curve ruler from Lutterloh, who specialise in sewing patterns, up for grabs.

Homemaker Art & Craft Book Awards Prizes


The Shortlisted Titles

    Home Sewing

  • Sew Scandinavian by Kajsa Kinsella (CICO Books)
  • Learn To Sew by Emma Hardy (CICO Books)
  • Modern Cross-Stitch by Hannah Sturrock (CICO Books)
  • Sewing Happiness by Sanae Ishida (GMC Books)
  • Half Yard Gifts by Debbie Shore (Search Press)


  • Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style by Lotta Jansdotter (Stewart Tabori & Chang)
  • The Great British Sewing Bee: From Stitch To Style by Wendy Gardiner (Quadrille)
  • Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book by Gretchen Hirsch (Stewart Tabori & Chang)
  • Sunday Sews by Theresa Gonzalez (Chronicle Books)
  • Sewing Dress-Up by Emma Hardy (CICO Books)


  • Stitched Textiles: Birds by Rachel Sumner (Search Press)
  • Simple Sashiko by Susan Briscoe (F&W Media International)
  • Slow Stitch by Claire Wellesley-Smith (Batsford)
  • Transfer & Stitch: Romantic Motifs by Carina Envoldsen-Harris (Search Press)
  • Embroidery For The Absolute Beginner by Susie Johns and Caroline Smith (Search Press)


  • Cake Decorating by Giovanna Torrico (Murdoch Books)
  • Cakemoji (Quadrille)
  • Buttercream One-Tier Wonders by Valeri Valeriano and Christina Ong (F&W Media International)
  • Simply Modern Wedding Cakes by Lindy Smith (F&W Media International)
  • 100 Little Sugar Decorations To Make (Search Press)


  • Pompomania by Christine Leech (Quadrille)
  • Decorate For A Party by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring (Jacqui Small)
  • The Craft Companion by Ramona Barry and Rebecca Jobson (Thames & Hudson)
  • DIY Woven Art by Rachel Denbow (F&W Media International)
  • I Love Stamping by Ishtar Olivera (Quadrille)

    The Best Children’s Craft Book

  • Mini Makers by Laura Minter and Tia Williams (GMC Books)
  • Let’s Get Crafty With Cardboard & Paint (CICO Kidz)
  • Little Collectors: Nature Art by Jenny Bowers (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books)
  • I Can Make Dolls’ Clothes (Thames & Hudson)
  • More Origami For Children by Mari Ono (CICO Books)

    Patchwork & Quilting

  • Mini Patchwork Projects by Beth Studley (F&W Media International)
  • Modern Vintage Gifts by Helen Philipps (F&W Media International)
  • Amy Butler’s Piece Keeping by Amy Butler (Chronicle Books)
  • The Simple Simon Guide To Patchwork Quilting by Liz Evans and Elizabeth Evans (F&W Media International)
  • Quilting Basics by Michael Caputo (CICO Books)


  • Big Needle Knits by Melanie Porter (CICO Books)
  • The Knitter’s Knowledge by Debbie Bliss (Quadrille)
  • Knitted Animal Cosies by Fiona Goble (CICO Books)
  • Erika Knight The Collection by Erika Knight (Quadrille)
  • The Knitted Nursery Collection by Jem Weston (Search Press)


  • Modern Granny Square Crochet and More by Laura Strutt (CICO Books)
  • Big Hook Crochet by Emma Friedlander-Collins (CICO Books)
  • Cute and Easy Crocheted Cosies by Nicki Trench (CICO Books)
  • Crochet Home by Emma Lamb (F&W Media International)
  • Animal Heads by Vanessa Mooncie (GMC Books)


  • Botanical Style by Selina Lake (Ryland Peters & Small)
  • Miniscapes by Clea Cregan (Hardie Grant)
  • My Tiny Garden by Lucy Anna Scott and Lucy Conochie (Pavilion)
  • House Plants by Isabelle Palmer (CICO Books)
  • The Crafted Garden by Louise Curley (Frances Lincoln Ltd)

    The Best Design Book

  • Robert Welch Design: Craft & Industry by Charlotte and Peter Fiell (Laurence King)
  • In Progress by Jessica Hische (Chronicle Books)
  • Modernist Estates by Stefi Orazi (Frances Lincoln Ltd)
  • Design: The Whole Story by Elizabeth Wilhilde (Thames & Hudson)
  • Smart Textiles by Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman (Laurence King)

    The Best Colouring Book

  • Birdtopia by Daisy Fletcher (Laurence King)
  • Matthew Williamson; Fashion, Print & Colouring Book (Laurence King)
  • Millie Marotta’s Curious Creatures by Millie Marotta (Pavilion)
  • Secret Garden Artist’s Edition by Johanna Basford (Laurence King)
  • The Little Book of Mindfulness Colouring by Holly Macdonald (Quadrille)


  • Origami For Mindfulness by Mari Ono (CICO Books)
  • Paper Home by Esther Thorpe (Pavilion)
  • Paper Pom-poms And Other Party Decorations by Juliet Carr (CICO Books)
  • Paper Cut Cards by Emily Gregory (Search Press)
  • Pattern Play by Nghiem Ta and Danielle Kroll (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books)


  • Upcycling by Max McMurdo (Jacqui Small)
  • Take A Tin by Jemima Schlee (GMC Books)
  • Reinventing IKEA by Isabelle Bruno and Christine Bailett (Abrams Image)
  • Crafting With Mason Jars by Hester van Overbeek (CICO Books)
  • Furniture Makes The Room by Barb Blair (Chronicle Books)


  • The Italian Baker by Melissa Forti (Quadrille)
  • Love, Aimee x by Aimee Twigger (Murdoch Books)
  • Afternoon Tea At Home by Will Torrent (Ryland Peters & Small)
  • Bee’s Brilliant Biscuits by Bee Berrie (Pavilion)
  • Scandikitchen: Fika & Hygge by Bronte Aurell (Ryland Peters & Small)

    Painting & Drawing

  • Draw Like An Artist by Patricia Geis (Princeton Architectural Press)
  • Ladies Drawing Night by Rachael Cole, Leah Goren and Julia Rothman (Chronicle Books)
  • How To Paint A Portrait by Tai Shen Shierenberg (Quadrille)
  • Colour And Line In Watercolour by Glen Scouller (Batsford)
  • Botanical Painting With Gouache by Simon Williams (Batsford)

    The Best Interiors Book

  • The Creative Home by Geraldine James (CICO Books)
  • The Maker by Tamara Maynes (Murdoch Books)
  • Interiors Inspiration: Scandinavia by Sonia Lucano (Thames & Hudson)
  • Dream Décor by Will Taylor (Jacqui Small)
  • The Shopkeeper’s Home by Caroline Rowland (Jacqui Small)

    The Best Covers

  • Lizzie Lees’ Collage Carnival by Lizzie Lees (Batsford)
  • Dress You Up by Rosy Nicholas (Quadrille)
  • Home Baked by Yvette Van Boven (Stewart Tabori & Chang)
  • Knickers by Delia Adey & Erika Peto (F&W Media International)
  • Pride & Preju-knits by Trixie Von Purl (Search Press)


Closing date: 8th November 2016

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