This is our latest update for our extended Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) family; a more focused lens directed on what is topical and trending.
Each month I ask a group made up of designers, educators, authors and others to share their observations of trends that relate to our industry. I assemble the content and share it via my blog and through the CHA membership email.
Here are this month’s submissions:
I was curious to see if our group was noticing any specific trends for the major holidays this fall.
“I for one am seeing skulls and the Day of the Dead themed items everywhere. Skulls have been on the catwalk and a known icon in Alexander McQueen’s fashion house but now the skulls are appearing on fashionable items everywhere. I have found everything from jewelry that is glamorous using Swarovski skulls to paper mache designed heads in DIY aisles. Day of the Dead make up will be seen at many a Halloween party.”
Social Media Manager for John Bead Corp and ILOVERESIN.com
“Ponchos! With fringe and without, geometric prints and plaids.”
Candie Cooper, Author and Designer
“In the world of home decor I'm seeing lots of metallics for the latter part of 2015. Particularly copper. Copper is HUGE right now with gold right behind it.
Mixing metallics is popular but so is an excess of one finish. Lots of copper in a room or lots of gold.
Nature is also going to factor in big, even in the winter. Of course you think of leaves and other fall decor but for winter think branches, pine and pinecones. Don't be afraid to paint pinecones with a metallic finish to blend two trends.
Finally, as is to be expected, layers of fabric are on trend. Blankets, throws, and rugs. Cable knit pillows and throws are all over the place, as is fur and other heavier fabrics. Yarn reigns supreme in the soft accessories for the final part of 2015."
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“Marquee lights everywhere. Quirky words and phrases embroidered and stitched on heavy weight materials like denim and canvas.”
Licensed Designer for Sizzix and Clearsnap
“I am already seeing customers buying to make gifts for the holidays. Instead of making jewelry, people are migrating to more home decor and non-wearable items like coasters and paperweights.”
Owner, Resin Obsession, LLC
“adult coloring books...in every craft shop, big time!”
Suze Weinberg Designs
“Have you noticed that Mermaids are having a moment? Kids everywhere are embracing their inner "Ariel" and sporting fluorescent tails made of stretch fabric. You know a trend has taken hold when you can find Mermaid specific classes at Swim Schools. This is a trend that is not going away soon. I'm sure you'll see little Mermaids showing up at your door for Halloween and there will be lots of brightly colored Mermaid ornaments and decorations to choose from at your favorite Holiday gift store too.”
Art Licensor and Founder of Kelly Panacci Inc.
“September trend, as we approach fall, the Bohemian vibe is still strong taking a slight trust into more rustic colors, metals and lots more fringe. Fringe is popping up on clothing, jewelry and decor. This design element will stay strong throughout the fall season.”
Chief Designer for LK Designs.
“I’m seeing LOTS of shapes die cut from mixed media style painted paper backgrounds. Leaves, pumpkins, snowflakes, etc. Folks are really leaping on the trend of creating cool papers then using them in their cards/scrapbook art.”
Stampendous Graphics Manager
“Vintage! Yup, it’s still trending strong. Stores are carrying holiday decorations that take us back in time. From blow molds to honeycomb paper decorations to cards, images from the 20th century (and before!) are hot. Day of the Dead (November 1), has become more widely known and understood in the US and giving consumers another holiday to decorate for. Of course what crafters/makers see in stores helps drive what they want to create.”
CMO (Delphia Consulting),Founder (Create N Craft), Overall Crafty Guy