Monday, October 26, 2015

Trends We Are Noticing - October 2015

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:

“Making! It’s everywhere I look! Kickstarter campaigns for home laser cutters. Quality micro-tools. The Force – a new electronic cutter that also has a rotary tool – it’s like a Dremel that’s computer controlled! Mine’s already ordered.
Maker workspaces popping up.
People who identify themselves as makers, not crafters. They base their work on DIY projects.
Projects that can be used.
I think I found where I fit in.”
Joe Rotella
CMO (Delphia Consulting),Founder (Create N Craft), Overall Crafty Guy

“Fur! Dyed or natural--Faux or real!”
Candie Cooper
Author and Designer

“I'm seeing people crafting resin pieces, but adding extra embellishments like buttons, ribbons, metal charms and other found items to the outside of the finished castings.  It seems that 'big bling' is in!”
Katherine Swift
Owner, Resin Obsession, LLC

“Without a doubt, everywhere you look in the fashion world fringe is there big time, as well as big statement pieces of bling jewelry. “
Suze Weinberg
Suze Weinberg Designs

“I've seen a resurgence in Superhero graphics in kids clothes, adult t-shirts and also in the newest stationery trend of adult coloring books.  Superheros have grabbed the spotlight in current pop culture and the genre offers something for everyone. The trend will continue in 2016 when seven more Comic/Superhero movies will be released.“
Kelly Panacci
Art Licensor and Founder of Kelly Panacci Inc.

“Wanderlust is about living your dreams and telling a story.
Exploring and creating with meaning.
Being a free spirit and impromptu journeys.
Many companies are including global elements to their collections. 
The trend is to explore and bring back tribal treasures, eclectic textiles, metals and beads. Old trunks and artefacts with a timeless vintage flare.
By this time next year we will all be creative archaeologists.”
Lisa Kettell
Chief Designer for LK Designs.

“Peonies... I’m seeing them everywhere in every color... Just so gorgeous and a great reminder of Spring as we head into Winter!!”
Laura Weed
Stampendous Graphics Manager

I am seeing all kinds of creative day planners paired with colourful markers and embellishments.
Makes planning your day a piece of art too!
Debra Quartermain
Design & Social Media

“The 70’s.  Looks from this decade come and go in fashion and this fall we heard a new style called ”the granny trend.”  This trend features classic crafts such as crocheted squares which are turned into beautiful scarves, coats and patch work wearables.”
Carmi Cimicata
Social Media Manager for John Bead Corp and

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