This is our monthly update to 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 continue to see leathers both real and faux in interesting new colors and patterns. They are being cut into unique floral embellishments, fringes and used as cut-away inserts.”
Social Media Manager for John Bead Corp and ILOVERESIN.com
“Be on the look out for some very clever combinations of materials in 2016 - especially resin paired with wood and more on fixtures and furniture as well as architectural features. Molding and casting has never been easier and people are getting very creative it how these techniques are used! I've seen amazing turned bowls, slab tables and lamps that mix both materials with fantastic results.”
CMO (Delphia Consulting),Founder (Create N Craft), Overall Crafty Guy
“Go for the GOLD! Metallic gold accents and accessories are everywhere.”
Author and Designer
“Tis the season...and what I am seeing is a lot of PLAID in home decor, craft and sewing pieces. Also light up letters in galvanized metal and painted brights. Leather is the newest, coolest material in jewelry and crafting...”
Author, Artist and Adventurer
“Giant knitting seems to be a trend that’s growing fast! Have you seen the blankets, decorative pillows and even jackets knit with big yarn and needles? There is something so cozy about a chunky knit item, especially at this time of year.”
Art Licensor and Founder of Kelly Panacci Inc.
“Jewel tones! Customers are wanting to make rich, transparent colors that can easily look like gemstones.”
Owner, Resin Obsession, LLC
“Lots of fringed ponchos and asymmetrical vests and tops.”
Suze Weinberg Designs
“Gilded golds, creamy whites and animals shining with holiday brights are all the rage this season. In almost every industry you can find gold paired with every color, especially whites and mocha tones. Animals in every form are taking over. I'd say the theme this year is a "Gilded Holiday Safari" a trend that may last into the new year.”
Chief Designer for LK Designs.
“Japanese kimono influence on clothing and in jewelry featuring that type of print and Peruvian dream catcher style hoop earrings.”
John Bead Creative Director