Win £200 of Hobbycraft vouchers as Summer Crafter of the Year with Direct Line for Business

Are you a natty knitter? Into outrageous origami? Crafty with crochet? Turned a passion into a profession?


Okay, I’m done with the craft alliteration.

If you are a bit of a crafter though, and like to create things to sell, then I have a great competition to tell you about, so put down your wire cutters and listen up.

But first, a bit of a confession… Here would really be the ideal spot for me to casually drop in how I regularly attend craft fairs and sell my hand-crocheted sloths or beautiful glass jewellery or something, but I don’t. I can barely craft a sandwich really. That’s disappointing isn’t it?

My mum however, is a bit of a dab hand with the old wool, and as much as we mock her, (sort of fondly), for the fact that her house is basically a haberdashery, she is pretty talented.

Have a look at a few of her craft fair creations, including a crocheted pizza. (She gets bored easily and so likes small things. A personal favourite was when she knitted sushi. Let me know if you’d like to commission any woollen snacks and I’ll put you in touch.)

knitted fish

knitted farm

crochet pizza

So there we go. Back to the competition.

Enter now to be ‘Summer Crafter of the Year’

The competition is being run by Direct Line for Business, and all you have to do to enter is visit their competition page  and submit a photo of something you’ve crafted to sell. There will be a public vote, where everyone will get the chance to vote for their favourites, and then the winners will be chosen from a shortlist of eight by a panel of business expert judges.

Possibly because of my years of experience being asked ‘do you think anyone will buy this crocheted pizza?’ by my Mum, Direct Line for Business have asked me to be one of these judges. I’m very excited about it, as I love doing anything that gives me a false sense of power. Mwahaha!

The best bit

The winner will get a £200 Hobbycraft voucher and a mentoring session with Emma Jones from Enterprise Nation, plus a signed copy of Joanne Dewberry’s Crafting a Successful Small Business book, and a trophy. Who doesn’t like a trophy? Two runners up who will also get £50 vouchers and a signed book. Imagine all the shiny beads and crochet hooks you could buy with £200! Enter your photo now to be in with a chance to become the Direct Line for Business Summer Crafter of the Year. 

Post in association with Direct Line for Business




  1. 13 July, 2016 / 9:33 am

    I love your mum’s creations! My mum is quite similar and was always whipping up woolly toys and clothes for them when they were little. Now they’re getting bigger and a jumper takes a lot longer, she’s not so keen! Great comp for a committed crafter!! x

    • Jo Middleton
      13 July, 2016 / 9:40 am

      Exactly the same with my mum – she just likes small things :-)

  2. 13 July, 2016 / 4:17 pm

    your mum is soooo talented! What a shame they are using a public vote element – never ends well!

  3. 14 July, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    That pizza is amazing. Love this competition – I’m the least crafty person I know, but there are loads of people I’m friends with who would LOVE to enter. Will spread the word…

  4. 19 July, 2016 / 9:35 am

    Will help spread the word about this. I host a monthly linky called “Crafting is my Therapy” and we have lots of talented people getting involved each month…I will pass on the details of this post to as many crafty contacts as I can

  5. 27 July, 2016 / 2:31 pm

    thanks for this!! and that crochet is cracking!! Alliteration rules!

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