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.
Word art is very popular, everywhere. Whether you like graffiti word art, large initials, or just cool fonts, there are plenty of products to help you craft your own work. ProvoCraft released a new cartridge that creates subway art patterns with the Cricut Machine (available in stores soon). Tim Holtz also released some Subway Art canvases, as well as market totes. Plus, let’s not forget the cool birds from Red Fred Bodoni made from different fonts.
Here’s a look at some great craft projects using cool fonts and typography:
1. Font necklace 2. Embroidery Hoop Typography 3. Burlap Initial Earring Holder Tutorial 4. Subway Art Clock Tutorial 5. Wooden Sign 6. Appliqued Number Pillow 7. Subway Art with Cricut Tutorial 8. Birthday Card 9. Vintage Checkbook Cover
Cowboys and Aliens
With the popularity of the new Cowboys and Aliens movie opening last weekend, it’s no surprise that the western and intergalactic themes are popping up everywhere. Bandana prints are totally in style along with the new bohemian trend, and aliens fit in perfectly with the nerd or geek trends I saw everywhere this weekend in the mall. October Afternoon’s new Sasparilla line is perfect for the western theme and Nikki Sivils’ new Lil’ Monster collection features the alien theme.
Some great projects that fit into this trend of opposites:
1. Crochet Alien 2. Bandana Cookies 3. Planet Embroidery 4. Cowboy Card 5. Alien Cake Toppers 6. Crochet Cowboy Hat 7. Alien Gloves 8. Leather Cowboy Keychain 9. Alien Cupcakes
8-bit/Retro Video Games
Like I said, geek and nerd themes are hot right now, and it’s very evident in the world of craft as well. The 8-bit trend, which is a throwback to the old video games of my youth, are being seen all over the internet. The popularity of some video game characters seems as strong as back when the games were first made available and the rainbow themes and bright colors make this trend a popular one with crafters of all genres.
Here’s a look at some of the coolest crafts with an 8-bit theme:
1. Nyan Cat 2. Super Mario Gym Shoes 3. 8 bit art fox 4. Mushroom Crochet 5. iPod Space Invader Case 6. Wedding Topper 7. Invader Cushion Covers 8. iPhone Cross Stitch case 9. 8 bit Bow Tie
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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