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Trendspotting Report October 2011

Reported by Jessica Ripley

Each month we 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.

Zig Zags

When a certain retailer’s website recently crashed due to a serious craze over designer fashions carrying a zig zag pattern, those desperate shoppers seemed to be just now figuring out what crafters have known for some time. Zig Zags are hot and fun! A quick search of the web shows just how versatile this bold statement can be in crafting, and we love it. Here are some favorites.

 

1. Snappy Bag 2. Knit Blanket 3. Friendship Bracelet 4. Knit Hat 5. Needle Book 6. Embroidered Heart 7. Painted Rug 8. Quilt 9. Birthday Card

DIY Wreaths

Even though it’s the Fall season and wreaths seem to be only natural this time of year, scouring some of our favorite blogs has shown us that this quick and easy craft is not just for October through December any more. We love the many ways both creative and bargain savvy crafters have expanded on the versatility of a simple idea, and made it marvelous. Check out some of their amazing ideas.


1. Paper Cup Wreath 2. Egg Wreath 3. Felt Feathers Wreath 4. Kidney Bean Wreath 5. Book Page Wreath 6. Frame Wreath 7. Yarn Ball Wreath 8. Felt Flower Wreath 9. Starburst Wreath

Wood Grain Patterns

Simple and classic, wood grain patterns are popping up everywhere. Hambly has some wonderful examples in fun colors, and Authentique’s Splendid collection is a great way to bring some wood-grained goodness to your crafting as well. From paper to even baked goods as seen below, we are loving this nod to the natural and hope it sticks around for quite awhile!

1. Fall Card 2. Restyled Sewing Machine 3. Wedding Cake 4. Pinwheel 5. Embroidered Pillow 6. Screen print Belt 7. Dish Towel 8. CD Holder 9. Round Pendant

So, what do you think about the trends we’re showcasing this month? Agree or disagree? Are you tired of any of these yet or are glad they are sticking around? 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 other corners of the internet? Please share it in the Comments section below this post on our website. We love to hear YOUR opinions!

And if you are one of the great crafters who have a project featured in this article, feel free to share this with your friends on your blogs and websites with this handy dandy logo. Keep up that amazing work, we love sharing it!

Trendspotting Report – September 2011

Reported by Jessica Ripley

Each month we 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.

Patchwork

Such a classic way to add a homey touch to a project, and such a wonderful way to use up fabric scraps, patchwork patterns are a crafter favorite. We saw this firsthand at CHA Summer 2011 at the Sizzix booth. And if you use the Westminster Fabric Dies, which work with the Sizzix Big Shot so well, adding cute patchwork touches to your creations has become easier than ever. Here are some adorable projects which show that patchwork is not just for quilts anymore.

1. Cushion 2. Quilt Cake 3. Doll 4. Flowing Skirt 5. Patchwork Card 6. Bear Sleeping Bag 7. Patchwork Pouch 8. Baby Shoes 9. Pin Cushion Caddy

Nesting Dolls

We’ve spotted these cuties (also known as Matryoshka dolls) in everything from kitchen items to clothing lately, and can definitely see why they have become so popular. Their simple shape make them a perfect accent to a project, yet they are adorable enough to stand out on their own too. Below are some projects we’ve found online, and we are certain they will be popping up in all sorts of crafty media in the near future.

1. Necklace 2. Flat Dolls 3. Pillow 4. Fabric Covered Journal 5. Pirate Pin 6. Felting Tool 7. Card 8. Baby Booties 9. Cross Stitched Button

Vibrant Colors + Brown

The authority in all trends color, Pantone predicted the hot combo for Fall 2011 would be vibrant shades mixed with browns. I love a deep chocolately brown, and love even more the way it pops next to these rich colors. We saw examples of manufacturer’s interpretations of the combo at CHA Summer in the booths from Prima, Jillibean Soup, and American Crafts to name a few. Here are a few great projects showing examples of how well brown and these vibrant shades compliment each other.

1. Golden Posh Pin 2. Altered Clipboard 3. Felt Owl Cushion 4. Drawstring Bag 5. Knit Scarf 6. Crocheted Purse 7. Gardening Apron 8. Bird Brooch 9. Felt Flower Corsage

So, what do you think about the trends we’re showcasing 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!

And if you are one of the great crafters who have a project featured in this article, feel free to share this with your friends on your blogs and websites with this handy dandy logo. Keep up that amazing work, we love sharing it!

Trendspotting Report – August 2011

Reported by Jessica Ripley

Each month we 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.

This month is dedicated to trends that aren’t necessarily new, but that have proven they will be sticking around for the long haul. Spotted in lines at Summer CHA as well as countless projects across the web, these trends are here to stay (and we love it!).

Flag Banners

Not only are flag banners and bunting easy to put together with almost any scraps of paper or fabric you have on hand, they lend themselves to all kinds of crafty applications. Hambly has an adorable new line featuring banners, and October Afternoon’s new Sidewalks line has some adorable banners as well. From holiday specific to adding just the right touch to a project, the celebratory touch they add just can’t be beat.

Here are some great examples of how versatile flag banners can be:

1. Flag Banner 2. Birthday Banner Card 3. Photo Pocket Flag Banner 4. Banner Quilt 5. 5x Banners 6. Red and Aqua Party Pouch 7. Tiny Flag Banner 8. Cake Bunting 9. Bunting Tea Towel

Monsters

Cute monsters especially have sunk their teeth into crafts and have not let go (and don’t seem to plan to any time soon). They remain popular in everything from stuffed creations to stamps to scrapbooking lines, such as Niki Sivils new My Lil’ Monster. Thanks to movies like Monsters, Inc. and Where the Wild Things Are, monsters are known to be as friendly and cuddly as ever, and as a result welcome in both our bedtime stories and our crafts.

Some ‘too cute to be scary’ examples:

1. Cell Phone Pouch 2. Flabberjabber Square Head Monster Plush 3. Monster Butt Pants 4. Where the Wild Things Are Quilt 5. Beast Bag 6. Monster Birthday Cupcakes 7. Monster Hooded Towel 8. Arbuckle the Monster Coffee Cozy 9. Monster Birthday Card

Retro Dress Forms, Cameras, Sewing Machines…

Apart from dress forms which just feel like they belong in the same category, we can’t get enough of retro gadgets such as cameras, telephones (remember when you had to dial them?), fans, sewing machines, bicycles, etc. Though I keep thinking I might be tired of it, the vintage craze is one of my personal favorites, and I was tickled pink to see this trend still around in Summer CHA releases like Amy Tangerine’s new Signature Line from American Crafts. They give a classic feel to any project that just works.

Here are some wonderful projects using these classic images:

1. Kitschy Camera 2. Typewriter Print 3. Dress Form Fabric Pillow 4. Sewing Machine Pouch 5. Vintage Phone Card 6. Sewing Machine Necklace 7. Felt Camera Case 8. Your Special Card
9. Birthday Card

So, what do you think about the trends we’re showcasing this month? Agree or disagree? Are you tired of any of these yet or are glad they are sticking around? 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!

And if you are one of the great crafters who have a project featured in this article, feel free to share this with your friends on your blogs and websites with this handy dandy logo. Keep up that amazing work, we love sharing it!