Trend Spotting Report – May 2011

Reported by Simone Collins
Each month I spy and spot the latest trends in fashion, design, and pop culture which often determine the hottest trends in craft. This is your monthly Trend Spotting report of the hottest trends spotted online. 

All things Yellow

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know already yellow is hot, hot, hot this year. Pair it with gray and it is crazy hot! Manufacturers are taking the cue and creating fabrics, paper, yarns, and more with this bright and cheerful color. Westminster Fabrics’ Fairlyte Garden patterns, Basic Grey’s Lauderdale and Hello Luscious collections, American Crafts Hello Sunshine and Campy Trails collections, and Making Memories Dilly Dally collections all feature this popular trend.

Check out these fun projects featuring this sunny hue:

1. Argyle Fleece Throw Tutorial, 2. Elastic Waist Skirt, 3. Yellow bunny, 4. Yellow Blossoms Card, 5. Yellow Organza Mini Flowers, 6. Button Post Earrings, 7. Push phone pouch, 8. Little Hedgehog, 9. Polymer Clay Rose Beads

Bohemian and Hippie 

I can’t walk into a store or browse a clothing website without seeing this popular trend. Whether you are like Old Navy and call it Mexicali or you are like Target and call it Calypso, we can all agree that this trend is currently very hot. These bohemian styles with their carefree attitudes and bright patterns are hot in crafts as well. We R Memory Keepers has a Fiesta collection that plays on these colors and patterns, as does Moda Fabrics Bandana fabrics.

Here’s a peek at some great projects that feature this Bohemian/Hippie style:

1. Mandala silkscreen shirt, 2. Bohemian rhapsody slim clutch wallet, 3. Bohemian Card, 4. Tribal Flames Glass Pendants, 5. tribal belt, 6. Bohemian Desert Necklace, 7. Handmade Crochet Headband, 8. Glass Découpage Magnets, 9. Tote bag

Bikes are all the rage these days, not only because the nicer weather affords us the luxury of actually riding one but also because the bicycle itself is such a cool design. Fabrics from Green Olive Textiles and Aunt June make it simple to incorporate the bike theme into your next project. Retro bike stamps from Hero Arts and Mini Bike Paper from Hambly Screen Prints can help add some cool wheels to your next paper crafting idea.

Take a look at these cool bicycle inspired crafts to get your wheels turning:

1. I like my bike !, 2. Bike Ride Yarn Wreath 01, 3. New Bike Ties!, 4. Japanese Bike Robot Tshirt, 5.Bike Basket Liner , 6. hello bike card, 7. Bicycle sprocket bowl, 8. bicycle embroidery, 9. vintage bicycle earrings

Got a great project that is inspired by one of these themes? Noticing some trends yourself that I may have missed? Please share it in the Comments section below this post on our website. We love to hear about what you’ve been crafting!

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6 Responses to Trend Spotting Report – May 2011

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    Katie_Bolinger May 20, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    OMGoodness the last two days I have been dreaming of cards in yellow, grey and black. So good to know I am on trend, now all I have to do is make them ; )

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    beccagoose May 20, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    It’s always been yellows and blues for me. My whole house is yellow and blue. It’s so happy.

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    construction_julie May 20, 2011 at 9:46 am #

    Good eye, good eye… I think yellow will be here for a while.

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    Amy May 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    MY BEDROOM IS PLANNED OUT IN YELLOW, BLACK AND GREY DEMASK! Talk about trendy YUM! Love all these great projects…oh and PS, I LOVE BICYCLES!!!

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    Chris Wooten May 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    love yellow

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    designer pens box May 23, 2011 at 3:57 am #

    beautiful thing!