Trends We Are Noticing For the Craft & Hobby Association March 2016
This is my monthly update to the 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 is my submission:
“Agate has always been a personal favourite and sliced agate in particular. I am seeing it throughout the Fall 2016 runways shows. It is being sewn to clothes, larger than life and it continues to “rock” jewelry. It is a wonderful addition to jewelry looking to feature the benefits a semi-precious stone can bring. Agate also adorns home DEC accessories as embellishment and as a useful pull or knob. Agate is regularly dyed, so it is available in some truly stunning colors.”
Social Media Manager for John Bead Corp and ILOVERESIN.com
Here are the trends everyone else noticed:
Jacques Cousteau said “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds on in its net of wonder forever.” The magic of the ocean continues to be strong in 2016. Home décor, serving ware, mixed media, scrapbook paper, jewelry and more, with ocean life themes like seahorses and boating, continue to bring the beach in to the lives of people – even those that live thousands of miles away from the beach.
CMO (Delphia Consulting),Founder (Create N Craft), Overall Crafty Guy
“Everywhere I've gone I see green! Overseas there were shades of green, in every hue and color, in beads, purses, clothes and home decor. Now, at home, so many of the ads I'm looking at in magazines are showing green as a hot color trend. Being a redhead it's one of my happy colors....
And, since it's also the color of (most) money I'm all for it!”
Butterflies! Everything from casting resin shapes like butterflies to casting butterfly wings in resin.
Owner, Resin Obsession, LLC
“Rose Gold is blooming everywhere! It's a radiant metal and looks beautiful in all objects from jewelry findings to end tables!”
Author and Designer
“Over the past couple of years we've seen geometric prints in fashion, soft furnishings and home decor. The trend recently followed in jewelry, art, home goods and even light fixtures with angular, faceted shapes in triangles, prisms, and octagons. Now we're starting to see it in the craft world with paper folding and origami. This Japanese art has calming qualities and is making resurgence. Is Origami the new Coloring Book? Only time will tell.”
Art Licensor and Founder of Kelly Panacci Inc.
“For Home Decor in Spring I'm seeing quite a bit of enamelware. Yes, again. It seems that enamelware returns to us every few years. Either white and black or marbled. You can't go wrong with enamelware - it lasts FOREVER.
Pottery/Ceramics. I'm seeing artisan pieces that look and feel handmade, with a touch of asymmetry and imperfections. Also ceramics with a minimalist aesthetic, like matte finishes and neutral colors. Tiny containers for holding things and small vases are really big for spring.
The kitchen is the most important room this spring as people look to their health and wellness with renewed vigor. Gadgets, recipes, and table settings along with organic and natural foods. Health/wellness is more than just going to the gym and eating your veggies. Activities that unite mind and body are important. Relaxing activities such as yoga, meditation and even adult coloring have become increasingly popular ways to unwind.”
The Creative Goddess
“Flamingos are a huge trend popping up all over blogland and Instagram. Parties, crafts, home decor and fashion. Blogger-nistas can't get enough of these tropical birds. If flamingos aren't your thing, then perhaps jewels and gems are. Everything and anything jewel in design is a hot trend. Jewel patterns are especially hot with the trendy hipsters.”
Chief Designer for LK Designs.
“I am seeing lots of embroidery, wool felt and stitching going on- will this cross over into craft? I hope so! I see many manufacturers are coming out with kits in addition to their standard supplies to provide the user with everything they need to complete a project.”
Author, Artist and Adventurer
Licensed Designer for Sizzix and Clearsnap
If you observe a trend and would like to submit it please send me an email at