The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA), the international trade association for the design, manufacture, distribution and retail sales of creative arts products, announced the category winners of its popular CHA Hot Product Awards.
Manufacturers from all over the world submitted a record number of innovative retail products in this year’s competition. The judges of the CHA Hot Products–leading industry buyers, celebrities, bloggers and editors–selected the winners based on what makes the product unique; how the product will improve the crafter’s overall experience; and the interest and excitement the product generates for those outside of the crafting community.
The CHA Hot Product Winners for 2016 are:
BEAD & JEWELRY
Bangle Bracelet Weaver Tool by Kleshna by Beadalon, creates intricately woven and embellished Bangle Bracelets in different sizes and materials. (www.beadalon.com)
CAKE & FOOD DECORATING
PenBlade Craft and Hobby Knife by PenBlade, Inc., combines safety and versatility to create a multi-tool perfect for all types of projects. Its unique features and design ensures an improved cutting experience. (www.penbladeknife.com)
FABRIC & NEEDLE CRAFTS
8" Tabletop Offset Scissors by Fiskars, premium grade stainless steel RazorEdge™ fabric shears feature ultra-sharp blades for clean, crisp cuts, and are ideal for fabrics like silk, oil cloth, light leather, polyester, cotton, crepe, felt and more. (www2.fiskars.com)
FLORAL CRAFTS PenBlade Craft and Hobby Knife by PenBlade, Inc., combines safety and versatility to create a multi-tool perfect for all types of projects. Its unique features and design ensures an improved cutting experience. (www.penbladeknife.com)
GENERAL CRAFTS Bow Genius™ by Berwick Offray LLC, the ultimate bow maker for all type and sizes of floral, home décor and hair bows, and easy for beginners and experts to use. (www.offray.com)
KIDS CRAFTS kat & duke by Happenchance, LLC, turns any cardboard box into an adventure. Beautifully designed stickers and pop outs make for easy and creative legendary castles, a wild animal kingdom or rocket flight to Mars. (www.katandduke.com) PAINT & ART Cray-Pen by FPC Corporation, a patented product that lets users paint with wax, and blend colors and build layers of vibrant color to achieve the effects of oil with instant dry time. (www.surebonder.com)
PAPER CRAFTS Mini MISTI and Mega MISTI by My Sweet Petunia, Inc., have a simple hinge design that provides consistent stamping for novice or experienced crafters and a platform for multiple stamp techniques that are impossible with traditional stamping mounts. Both products accommodate both red rubber cling stamps and clear stamps. (www.mysweetpetunia.com)
“Congratulations to all the winners of the CHA Hot Product Awards,” said Mark Hill, President & Chief Executive Officer, CHA. “We are proud to recognize and showcase these outstanding innovations that have broad appeal for both experienced and novice makers. These Hot Product Winners, and all the submissions, will spark creativity and generate excitement and movement in the marketplace.”
The panel of judges included: Julie Askew, Cake Craft and Decoration Magazine; Julie Bonnar, Craft Focus; Maria Charbonneaux, Better Homes and Gardens’ Do It Yourself Magazine; Sarah Crosland, Crafts Beautiful; Lee Anne DiCecco, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts; Hannah & Rosie, The New Craft Society; Jade Harrington, Jaderbomb; Melissa Hyland, Craft Business; Tammy Jones, Jewelry Making Daily; Nancy Nally, Scrapbook Update; Jo Packham, Where Women Create; Julie Peasgood & Wendy Turner, Crafty Beggars; Sienna Parulis-Cook, Cardmaking & Papercraft; Jenny Barnett Rohrs, Craft Test Dummies; Michael Serinaldi, Michaels; Katie Smith, PunkProjects.com; Christine Urias, Scrap Time; Roberta Wax, Craft Ideas; and Shellie Wilson, Craft Gossip.
The CHA Hot Products Winners were announced at the CHA Foundation Gala on January 10, 2016 during the CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show in Anaheim, CA. The CHA MEGA Show, celebrating its 75th Anniversary, is the largest creative arts products conference and trade show in North America.
CHA Hot Product winners, finalists, and all of the worldwide submissions are displayed in the Hot Product Showcase on the CHA MEGA Show exhibit floor. Attendees at the event can see these innovations firsthand and discover new ideas and business sources. The 2016 CHA Hot Product winners and finalists can be viewed here: http://www.chamegashow.org/events-and-features/hot-product-awards-finalists.
The exhibiting with excellence award winners were:
75th ANNIVERSARY SPIRIT AWARD Presented to the booth that best exemplifies the essence of the CHA MEGA Show’s 75th anniversary celebration. Winner: Plaid Crafts
CRITICS CHOICE The Critics' Choice Booth Award is awarded to one exhibitor that best represents the creative spirit of the industry. Winner: Lion Brand Yarn
BEST NEW EXHIBITOR Presented to the best new exhibitor booth. Winner: Whisker Graphics
LINEAR BOOTH AWARD Winner: Crate Paper
BEST ISLAND AND PENINSULA BOOTH AWARD Presented to the best island or peninsula booth.
For more information on the CHA and its annual MEGA Conference & Trade Show, visit www.craftandhobby.org and www.chamegashow.org.