So what cool craft trends are set to wow us this coming year? I’m delighted to note that last year’s autumn/winter trend for all things tartan is set to storm on into 2014. Whether it’s home accessories or on the catwalks, plaid is still hot property and I do love me a bit of plaid. You could incorporate this into your own crafting with beautiful accent cushions, trendy phone holders and chic notebook covers. Alternatively, give new life to well used clothes with some tartan applique!
Other natural materials also continue to be in great demand, none more so than our beautiful Harris Tweed from the Outer Hebrides. This fabulously versatile fabric appears everywhere from big name designer clothing collections to interior retailers to small crafters and beyond. Check out these chic handcrafted clocks that Gordon Murray makes from upcycled vinyl clocks at Gneiss Design.
Proving to have great staying power is another theme we all saw a lot of in 2013; woodland creatures. We crafters do love our deer, foxes, headgehogs, badgers and owls…to name but a few!
And if none of these options float your boat, here are a couple of other trends that are making their presence felt in the crafting and design world; large botanical prints and geological patterned designs.
However, there is always the risk of overplaying trends that have become not just fashionable but fads or crazes and those are on a wholly different scale in my opinion. Take bunting for example. Everyone seems to make it and the buying public are lapping it up. But do we really all want to look the same and have the same decorations? Triangles are not the only way to go. You could follow this trend and still be individual about it. Hearts (like these at Chic et Unique Wirral), fringes, letters…have a ball. Check out this gorgeous example of square Bird Bunting from Peony and Thistle on wowthankyou.co.uk.
Chevrons come to mind too. It’s a wonder we can all see straight from looking at the same colours over and over. How about some multi pattern chevrons instead in this yummy fabric available from FeatheredNest97030 on Etsy.
Whatever your taste there’s enough variety this year for all crafters to get their teeth into and it’s possible to be on trend and slap up to the mark without compromising on your individuality. Do you have any examples of how you’ve turned designs into your own unique version? Do share them in the comments, I’d love to see them. Happy crafting.