(Elmwood Park, NJ, January 14, 2015) -The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA), the international trade association for the design, manufacture, distribution and retail sales of the craft and hobby industry, announced the category winners of its Hot Product Awards. A record number of new products were submitted this year, and the celebrity and media judges selected the award winners based on what makes the product unique; how it will improve the crafter’s overall experience; and the interest it generates in crafting for non-crafters.
The 2015 CHA Hot Product Winners are:
BEAD & JEWELRY
Artistic Wire™ 3D Bracelet Jig by Beadalon, allows the design of perfectly round, continuous, all-in-one bangles, cuff bracelets, and curved components in 3D using wire, stones, and beads. www.beadalon.com
CAKE & FOOD DECORATING
Amazing Remelt by Alumilite, is an FDA compliant, completely reusable, flexible mold making material. www.moldputty.com
FABRIC & NEEDLE CRAFTS
FABRIC ELEMENTS by Fabric Editions, Inc., features artist Rebekah Meier’s pre-cut line of fabrics for mixed media collages. www.fabricedtions.com
Little B Petal Packs by Little B LLC, are a revolutionary new way to create fast, easy and beautiful paper flowers. www.littlebllc.com
DIY Décor Tape by Hazel & Ruby, is washi tape produced in 4”, 8”, 12” & 24” rolls including solids, designed patterns, and interactive that allows consumers to add their own content. www.hazelandruby.com
Trend Books for Kids by Fox Chapel Publishing, are fun books that turn kids on to crafts and introduces them to a creative hobby that will last a lifetime. www.foxchapelpublishing.com
PAINT & ART
Lumi Photo Printing Kit by Lumi, is a new alternative to screen-printing, using the power of the sun to print customized t-shirts and textiles. www.lumi.co
Sizzix Inksheets by Sizzix/Ellison allows crafters to easily simulate the popular metallic foil and chalkboard trends and impress permanent, stylish colors onto cardstock, craft foil, leather, magnet sheet, wood paper and more. www.sizzix.xom
“Congratulations to all the winners of the CHA Hot Product Awards,” said Andrej Suskavcevic, President & Chief Executive Officer, CHA. “Innovation is what fuels this industry as it inspires consumers’ creativity making this an exciting time for craft retailers as opportunities expand.”
The panel of expert media and celebrity judges, included Julie Bonnar, editor, Craft Focus; Sarah Crosland, Editor, Crafts Beautiful Magazine; David Cruz,of Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker and founder & creative director of Finding Cupid; Nancy Nally, Owner, Nally Studios LLC; Erin Phraner, Editor, Good Housekeeping TV; and Jen Tryon, Owner, Tryon a Homemade Life.
The winners were announced at the CHA Foundation Gala on January 11, 2015 during the CHA MEGA Show in Anaheim, CA, the world’s largest creative arts marketplace. The annual event brings together the entire crafts and creative industry for five days, with small and large retailers, independent chains, and vendors from across the world. For more information on the CHA MEGA Show and the association, visit www.craftandhobby.org
ABOUT THE CRAFT & HOBBY ASSOCIATION
The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is an international nonprofit trade association consisting of thousands of member companies engaged in the design, manufacture, distribution and retail sales of products in the worldwide craft and hobby industry. For more information about CHA, membership or its award-winning CHA Conference and Trade Show, visit www.craftandhobby.org.