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Trend Spotting Report – May 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. 


All things Yellow

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know already yellow is hot, hot, hot this year. Pair it with gray and it is crazy hot! Manufacturers are taking the cue and creating fabrics, paper, yarns, and more with this bright and cheerful color. Westminster Fabrics’ Fairlyte Garden patterns, Basic Grey’s Lauderdale and Hello Luscious collections, American Crafts Hello Sunshine and Campy Trails collections, and Making Memories Dilly Dally collections all feature this popular trend.

Check out these fun projects featuring this sunny hue:

1. Argyle Fleece Throw Tutorial, 2. Elastic Waist Skirt, 3. Yellow bunny, 4. Yellow Blossoms Card, 5. Yellow Organza Mini Flowers, 6. Button Post Earrings, 7. Push phone pouch, 8. Little Hedgehog, 9. Polymer Clay Rose Beads

Bohemian and Hippie 

I can’t walk into a store or browse a clothing website without seeing this popular trend. Whether you are like Old Navy and call it Mexicali or you are like Target and call it Calypso, we can all agree that this trend is currently very hot. These bohemian styles with their carefree attitudes and bright patterns are hot in crafts as well. We R Memory Keepers has a Fiesta collection that plays on these colors and patterns, as does Moda Fabrics Bandana fabrics.

Here’s a peek at some great projects that feature this Bohemian/Hippie style:

1. Mandala silkscreen shirt, 2. Bohemian rhapsody slim clutch wallet, 3. Bohemian Card, 4. Tribal Flames Glass Pendants, 5. tribal belt, 6. Bohemian Desert Necklace, 7. Handmade Crochet Headband, 8. Glass Découpage Magnets, 9. Tote bag

Bicycles
Bikes are all the rage these days, not only because the nicer weather affords us the luxury of actually riding one but also because the bicycle itself is such a cool design. Fabrics from Green Olive Textiles and Aunt June make it simple to incorporate the bike theme into your next project. Retro bike stamps from Hero Arts and Mini Bike Paper from Hambly Screen Prints can help add some cool wheels to your next paper crafting idea.

Take a look at these cool bicycle inspired crafts to get your wheels turning:

1. I like my bike !, 2. Bike Ride Yarn Wreath 01, 3. New Bike Ties!, 4. Japanese Bike Robot Tshirt, 5.Bike Basket Liner , 6. hello bike card, 7. Bicycle sprocket bowl, 8. bicycle embroidery, 9. vintage bicycle earrings

Got a great project that is inspired by one of these themes? Noticing some trends yourself that I may have missed? Please share it in the Comments section below this post on our website. We love to hear about what you’ve been crafting!


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!

Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!

Trend Spotting Report – April 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. 


Upcycled and Recycled Crafts
Earth Day is less than a week away, but it’s no secret that upcycled and recycled crafts are popular year-round. With companies like Delta Creative and Eco Green Crafts making earth-friendly craft products, it’s apparent that crafters want a planet-friendly way to craft. So gather up those old books, sweaters, and tin cans to create some of these great projects:

1. Crafting 365 – Day 117, 2. Upcycled notebook , 3. Cuff Bracelet, 4. Recycled tin can, 5. Recycled glass jar candle!, 6. Recycled Newspaper Advent Calendar, 7. Recycled Paper Beads, 8. Candy wrapper pouch, 9. flirty flowers

Exercise and Fitness
Bikini and swim trunk season is right around the corner, so getting in shape is on everyone’s mind. It’s no surprise that every week I see fat-free foods and work-out clothes in all my sales flyers. This trend translates to the crafting community in crocheted water bottle holders, handmade yoga mats, and healthy little clay fruits:

1. Melbear, the fitness Panda, 2. Water bottle cozy., 3. Healthy Fruits, 4. Heart Health , 5. 6 Anti-Diet Bottle Cap Magnets, 6. Morning Glory Yoga mat bag, 7. Live Well Pendant, 8. Don’t Diet Live It T-shirt, 9. yoga mat and bag plushie

Checkered Patterns
Gingham and checkered patterns are everywhere these days, from fashion to home decor. Crafting is no exception, with Melissa FrancisOctober Afternoon, and Graphic 45 making checkered patterned papers and embellishments. Take a look at these great projects featuring this popular style, including soaps, Blythe doll clothing, and cool fabric button earrings:

1. Gingham Daisy Pin, 2. Knit Pouch for your Pens, 3. Checker Soap Chunks, 4. Checkered Black and White Pendant, 5. Fabric Covered Earrings, 6. Checkered pink tote, 7. Blythe Stuff Colorful Checkers Dress, 8. Panda Bag, 9. Pepito the Little Horse

These are just a few of the current trends. Are you using any of these trends in your latest projects? What are your favorite current trends? We’d love to know.

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!

See you next month!

Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!

Trend Spotting Report: March 2011

Reported by Simone Collins

Current trends of the month in fashion, design, and pop culture often determine the hottest trends in craft as well whether it is new products or projects. This is your monthly report of the hottest trends spotted online.

Nautical/Sailor Theme
Nautical seems to be all the rage in fashion as well as craft. I anticipate as the warmer weather is beginning to roll in that we will see more and more stripes, gold buttons, and anchors.

1. 108_9438, 2. Anchor Tote, 3. The boat, 4. Ahoy there! Nautical Cupcakes, 5. nautical 002, 6. Vintage Nautical Red and White Stripped Short Sleeved Sweater, 7. Nautical Party Stickers + Cupcake Toppers, 8. Hickory Squid, 9. Nautical Hairclip 

Lace
This is one of the hottest trends in fashion and interior design these days, so it is no surprise that it was also popular at CHA Winter in January. As we reported, Petaloo has gorgeous lace trims and embellishments, the Greeting Farms booth farm had cute cards with lace, and Prima had all kinds of inkable lace trims for all kinds of projects. Whether it is paper lace, crocheted, or even macraméd, lace is a trend that is popping up everywhere  and crafters can’t get enough of it.

1. Red Riding Hood Papercut 🙂, 2. ♥ colors, 3. Paper Lace Boxes, 4. Vintage lace Valentine Collection, 5. Pink posies, 6. macrame bracelet, 7. 3 Dresses, 8. White Crocheted Lace Choker, 9. Damask and Lace

Silhouettes
This trend has been hot for as long as I can remember. In fact, I remember making silhouettes in kindergarten as a Mother’s Day gift. It is as hot today as it was back in the late 70s. Companies like Anna Griffin, Jenni Bowlin, and Hambly Screen Prints offer a variety of crafting supplies that feature this popular trend. Plus there are so many great tutorials online for making fabric silhouettes, using photoshop to create silhouettes, creating silhouettes with just photos and paper, and using tracing paper to create botanical art.

1. Silhouette Wood Coasters, 2. cupcake stand for a wedding down under, 3. Florence, 4. Silhouette Ring, 5. Armed Embroidery Necklace, 6. Bird Silhouette on a cherry blossom branch, 7. girl silhouette-6-med, 8. Bunny Rabbit Craft Free Downloads, 9. City tote bag

See you next month!

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