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CHA Mega Show 2016 Trend Forecast

CHA Show Entrance Sign

The countdown to the CHA Mega Show 2016 is getting shorter and shorter! Excitement is building to see the new product releases in January, along with the new trends for the 2016. But what can we expect to see in 2016? Let’s get the obvious out of the way first. It goes without saying that adult coloring will continue to be a hot category. This won’t be limited to just publishers, from whom we can expect to see plenty of coloring books of course. Expect to see scrapbook companies creating designs that can be colored (such as Adornit and Bella Blvd have done previously in various product lines), and stamp companies creating coloring friendly designs. And of course it is a huge marketing opportunity for the companies that make pens and paints – expect to see them taking advantage of this window in the market.

The trend for chalk paint has sparked a whole range of interest in home decor and furniture. Chalk paint certainly isn’t going away anytime soon, as more companies are expanding offerings of it and consumers are becoming more competent and less intimidated with it. With that segment of crafts growing, we can expect to see more products appearing that are intended as add-ons for chalk paint furniture makeovers: furniture sized stencils, transfers, and hardware like decorative drawer pulls.

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Trends | Burlap

Burlap is what used to be called sackcloth; it was used for storage for everything as it was easy to make, breathable and moisture resistant. Even since it was used by the Haute Couture fashion houses a few years ago, burlap has been gaining strength. This seems to be the year where burlap comes into its own as a fully-functioning decorative fabric, being used in everything from wedding decorations to wall paper to the red carpet.

4. Bottega Veneta 2011 dress and Emma Watson wearing the dress to the Harry Potter Premier this summer.

It has a big place in the Eco-friendly world as it is bio-degradable, reusable, and durable. It can be dressed up or broken down, and yet still retains that rustic uniqueness all of its own. It can be used instead of canvas and paper to beautiful effect.

Burlap comes in ribbon rolls, in yards and in sheets and can be sewn, rolled, frayed, gathered, bunched, and looped, as well as used straight off the roll, or made into flowers.

You can sew it, color it with dye and paint, stamp and print on it, make it into furniture and clothes, toys and rugs. but most of all it is a fun and inexpensive way of being contemporary.

Burlap looks so pretty mixed with other fabrics such as silk, linen, and lace – a touch of elegance – the rough with the smooth.

And it’s perfect for those seasonal Christmas decorations.

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And the perfect gift maybe?

Burlap is so versatile, making it a perfect foil for both adults and kids alike, especially when it is used with this year’s perfect frame – the embroidery hoop!

And for those crafters and scrapbookers, there is a wide range of products that fit the burlap theme.

1. Tim Holtz Embossing folder

2. Nikki Sivils Buttons

3. My Minds Eye Trim

4. Weeds & Wildflowers Digital Elements

5. Ranger Tim Holtz distress inkpad

6. Canvas Corp Banner

7. Jillibean soup alpha stickers

8. Prima Marketing flowers

Also Hot off the Press do a burlap textured paper 🙂

I totally expect Burlap to stay as strong as it has for the last year, with more and more uses coming as it is a really interesting product.

I hope you enjoyed and are inspired by this little post on the wonders of burlap.


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!