Trendspotting Report – June 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.

Superheroes/Comic Books
With all those superhero movies in theaters this summer, it should come as no surprise that this trend is hot in the crafting world as well. Companies like EK Success Brands and Creative Imaginations are producing papers, stickers, and albums with this theme and there is even fabrics with a variety of comic book characters. The internet is riddled with great craft ideas with the super hero theme as well as party themes, makeup, and apparel.

Here is a look at just a few ideas I found that may inspire you to don a mask and cape…

1. Comic Book Strip Quilt 2. Super Hero Mask Tutorial 3. Comic Book Pendant Necklace 4. Zap! Headband 5.Super Star ring 6.Comic Book Flats 7.Super Hero Cake 8. Comic Book Makeup 9. Gadget Pouch

If you like something at it’s normal size then surely you’ll love it in miniature form. Manufacturers are counting on it with lots of great mini products for all your crafting needs like mini cake pans and accessories from Wilton, as well as lots of mini crochet and knitting patterns. Prima Marketing’s mini bouquets and tiny flowers. Petaloo has also followed the trend with their mini magnolias and mini delphiniums. Mini paper from Jenni Bowlin and 7 Gypsies mini label stickers make creating a mini album or project a breeze. And if you want to die cut a mini album, Sizzix offers a few including a mini purse. Mini alphabets are all the rage too, with Sassafras Lass, Cosmo Cricket, and My Little Shoebox are just a few of the companies that are making these tiny types. And let’s not forget the smaller sized tools like the Making Memories portable Slice Machine and the Janome Sew Mini. For those people who always want to be able to get the perfect snapshot without lugging around a huge DSLR, why not a mini one? The new Pentax Q (shown below) is a 12 megapixel camera that also shoots video and offers interchangeable lenses and it is about the size of a credit card. 
Here is a look at some of the other great mini items I found on the web and a few have great tutorials…

1.Tiny Polaroid Magnets 2. Mini Latte Ring 3. Little Flower Garland 4. Pentax Q Mini Camera 5. Mini Felt Matryoshkas Tutorial 6. How To Frost a Mini Cake 7. Baby Mini Flower Headband  8. Mini Clay Puppies 9. Mini origami book How To

Sure, stars and stripes are every where this time of the year but stripes are here to stay. Whether you like thick or thin, straight or wavy, traditional patterns or chevron, striped patterns are hot this summer. Crafters and manufacturers are well aware that the eye is drawn to these patterns and so they can be seen all over your favorite websites as well. Echo Park Paper has come out with Dots and Stripes collections, DCWV offers striped chipboard and May Arts makes so many kinds of striped ribbon I can’t imagine not finding exactly what I need.
Here’s some of the cool projects and tutorials I found online for your inspiration…

1. Chevron Pillow Tutorial 2. Striped Pajamas Tutorial 3. Striped Cookies 4. Making Striped Clay Beads 5. Striped Boatneck Tshirt Tutorial 6. How to Make a Striped Shower Curtain 7. Vinyl Scallop Striped Frame with Silhouette Machine 8. MakeUp Pouch 9. Painted Chevron Rug Tutorial

So, what do you think about the trends I’ve spied this month? Agree or disagree? Have you made any projects that fall into these categories? We would love to see them! What cool trends are you spying on StumbleUpon, Pinterest, and the internet? Please share it in the Comments section below this post on our website. We love to hear YOUR opinions!

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