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CHA Summer 2011: Trend Spotting Embroidery and Needlework

We spotted lots of stitching at CHA!

Dimensions by EK Success has cool new embroidery kits designed by Claudine Hellmuth:

These are transfer pattern packs that include 19 charming themed designs. A selection of embroidery floss is included.

Each design can be transferred multiple times.

I was pretty excited to see crewelwork kits by Dimensions at EK Success.

Crewel is a tapestry embroidery worked in wool yarn on a sturdy fabric. These kits include needles, wool, and background fabric. These patterns are modern and fun.

Dimensions also has fun projects for the holidays using felt applique and embroidery stitches.




And for traditional stitchers, Dimensions has detailed cross stitch and needlepoint kits:

Such detailed stitching!

Look at the embroidery on the very appealing felt supplies from Handbehg Felts:

Handbehg has kits for fiber enthusiasts too:

They have lovely hand felted balls in a variety of sizes.

They even sell little natural acorn tops in case you forgot to collect them yourself last fall and can’t wait to have your own pot of colorful acorns:

Panchakanya Nepal Enterprises also has thick natural felted wool in appealing colors for your projects.

I like these beaded applique squares:

and these embroidered felt beads:

Bucilla Craft, by Plaid Enterprises, has offered seasonal needlecraft kits and patterns for more than a century.



Traditional cross stitch is very meditative!

We R Memory Keepers offers innovative tools to make it easy to embroider on your paper and card projects.

They have the Sew Easy in this nice kit with a colorful variety of threads:

Now they have the new Sew Stamper. You can get the look of stitching with a simple rolling stamp.


We R Memory Keepers Sew Ribbon tool really makes an impression:

With this tool, magnets allow for placement anywhere on the page. Use the piercing tool and the guides to punch through even extra thick cardstock.

They have a nifty plastic sticky needle that makes sewing paper with ribbon or twine super easy:


Ready to get stitching? I am!

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

Minis
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

Stripes
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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Report from the National Stationery Show

Reported by Eileen Hull

On May 16, I had the pleasure of walking the National Stationery Show. This was the 66th annual show and took place in the JavitsCenter in NYC. The show is held in conjunction with Surtex (Surface and Textile) and a large furniture show. One ticket ($150) gets you into all three events (with the proper business credentials). If you like paper, you could walk around forever. Vendors are set up with their latest and greatest new products hoping for retailers to come and place orders.

Unfortunately, I only had seven hours at the show so had to practically run through to see it all and fit in a couple of meetings. But here is a quick snapshot of what I saw.
The colors throughout the show seemed brighter than last year, perhaps reflecting optimism for better sales in the year to come. It looked like there was business being done and orders being taken.
I started on one side and was happy to find some familiar faces from the crafting industry. Canvas Corp was there with their Home Décor line, along with some of their signature kraft papers, canvas tags and embellishments. Mark Richards was a few booths down and then who should I see but Tim Holtz with his new line of finished goods. He graciously allowed me to video him talking about  District Market. Unfortunately, I lost my Bloggie camera somewhere between New York and New Orleans -so sad….
I moved on to see Ken Oliver from UniBind who also described some of the new products including talking books, cards and a really cool canvas covered photo book.
As I walked the show, I met some very interesting personalities. One of my favorites was Stephen Brown from Glitterville. That guy has some really cool projects in the works and I think we will be seeing lots from him. Don’t you love this booth? Stephen and Chico sure packed a lot of glitter in there. While I was talking with them in the booth, one of their good friends dropped by- Victoria MacKenzie- Childs. Four days later I was in New Orleans and saw her cool dinnerware displayed in a Saks Fifth Avenue window!
Crane always does a great display and this was no exception. Cool windows with paper sculptures lined their booth.
One of my personal favorite booths was the AneMoNe booth- it was beautiful. They produce handmade flower bouquets for weddings and special events. An accompanying line of cards completes the display. Paper flowers of all kinds, sizes and shapes could be seen every time you turned around.

Letterpress was stronger than ever. I saw more booths with designs that took letterpress from traditional to trendy with new fonts, icons and styles.
Text was huge. Compendium Inc. had a really cool booth using text all over their walls. Letters were everywhere; monogrammed items are still going strong. Books and journals also were very popular. I love this video about Smash Books from EK Success.
State Fair and circus images were sprinkled throughout the floor in all kinds of products as well as vintage ’50’s photo cards with snappy comments. Pennants and banners festooned the tops of many booths.

Mean cards also seemed to be a theme. A booth called Gigi was centered around a doll (which kind of reminded me of Chuckie) doing and saying all kinds of outrageous things, many of them not very nice.

Paper confections are still in. M.Middleton won Best of Show for their cake slice notepad. Cute! Lots of cupcakes and paper eye candy.

Eco products were out in force. I happen to own one of these Eco Cups by Decor Crafts, Inc.

Several booths offered laser cut services – one caught my eye in particular called Papyrus Cutters. The detail on them was unbelievable. Another company called Laser Cut It  had a cool display of stacking cut out boxes.

Birds, bicycles and typewriters were common themes and there was one vendor who was selling them right off the floor. I was even able to buy a ribbon for a little blue ABC typewriter I purchased years ago- never could find a source to buy ribbon that would work with it. Only in NYC!



I really enjoyed walking the show and was inspired by all of the creative displays, booths and products. There is definitely crossover between the craft and gift industries, as evidenced by the craft manufacturers who set up in this venue showcasing added ways their product may be used. Can’t wait till next year!

Do you like paper and stationery supplies? Have you ever attended this show? What do you think the latest trends are in the craft industry now? Do you respond to trends or try to create your own?

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