Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Trends We Are Noticing For the Craft & Hobby Association April 2015

This is my third 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 is my submission:

“Wood beads that are dyed and colored with paint are popping up everywhere.  Also, I am just home from Paris where adult coloring books are in all the stores and being marketed as a relaxing stress relieving craft.”
Carmi Cimicata
Social Media Manager for John Bead Corp. and ILOVERESIN.com

Here are the trends everyone else noticed:

"As the paper crafting industry consolidates, consumers are looking to the internet to find what they might have traditionally found in “LSS” (Little Scrapbook Stores). That includes educational information as well as products. The internet allows the entire world to be your audience. Be sure you’re maximizing your online presence so surfers are finding your videos, blog posts, products, etc." 
Joe Rotella
CMO (Delphia Consulting),Founder (Create N Craft), Overall Crafty Guy

"Anything with glitter, pearl effects or sparkles are hot!  Whether it is jewelry or other resin crafts, people are wanting to making things that will sparkle and shine."
Katherine Swift
Owner, Resin Obsession, LLC

"I have recently noticed that there has been an increase in the use of fabric in mixed media art. While fibre art has long crossed into mixed media, there seems to be a trend in using small bits of fibre and fabric scraps to add texture and dimension to the work."
Seth Apter
The Altered Page

"In the past month I have spent several weeks on the road and here's what jumped out at me. Not sure if I am biased because I am traveling in a vintage camper but I am noticing images of retro trailers appearing on paper, fabric, accessories, even on sleepwear in Target! In three different big box stores, I saw large metal and wood letters to be used in home decor and garden. Also noticed a good number of chalkboard signs with funny or whimsical sayings on them. On Instagram, I am seeing lots of planners, accessories and planner communities forming."
Eileen Hull
Licensed Designer for Sizzix and Clearsnap

"In the DIY world I've noticed hand made bowls, vessels, totes and bins that are created by coiling rope or fabric round and round until the desired size has been formed. It's like basket making with fabric and brings a touch of color and warmth into a functional art piece.”
Kelly Panacci
Art Licensor and Founder of Kelly Panacci Inc.

"The trend I am seeing is the ​beautiful zentangle inspired colouring books and pages for adults."

Debra Quartermain
Design & Social Media Co-ordinator Kunin Group

"Tassels are a hot trend in jewelry making. Show customers how to make their own using cotton, hemp or leather cording or provide readymade tassels that they can attach to their creations.”
Katie Hacker
Host of  Beads, Baubles & Jewels on PBS

"I'm noticing a huge trend in garden elements being brought indoors. Whether it is seed packets decoupaged onto a tray, a row of carrots stencilled onto a pillow, a vase full of  tulips or a whimsical wreath. In many parts of the world it is still a little early to be out planting a garden so folks are bringing the garden indoors."
Vicki O'Dell
The Creative Goddess 

"Coachella is a music festival which has become the epicenter for cutting edge fashion and trends, with a focus on boho chic. A blend of free spirit styles, tribal and edgy mixed patterns, a modern day hippie who loves exploring the beach as much as the forest.
Designers in all industries are recognizing the trend.  Craft stores are carrying boho jewelry lines, crochet elements and natural supplies. Living a boho lifestyle means mixing the palette, everything works. Lavender hair, crochet dresses, fringe and rustic jewelry are perfect combos. Be on the look out for more of this trend, especially fringe and tribal components this Spring and Summer.”
Lisa Kettell
Chief Designer for LK Designs.

"For starters: at least in my world, tassels and fringe are everywhere! Lacey BoHo chic in off white, white and blush.  Navy rather than black."
Suze Weinberg
Suze Weinberg Licenced Designer

If you observe a trend and would like to submit it please send me an email at
Carmi Cimicata


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