Every time I gear up to attend a Craft & Hobby Association trade show, one of the things I’m most excited about is seeing all the new trends for the next six months (you can read about all the craft trends we saw this summer here). Of course, vintage always seems to be in fashion. What’s old is new again…and again and again. But one of the freshest variations I saw this summer was crafts with a pronounced Victorian feel.
Ornate wallpaper patterns and early 20th century fashions were the biggest influences, while antique-looking apothecary bottles added an extra sense of mystery to Halloween crafts. Here are some of the highlights of this new vintage trend:
7 Gypsies used Victorian wallpapers to give their booth a distinctly old-fashioned feel. Vintage suitcases, cameos, and photographs scattered throughout the booth gave visitors a clue to the Victorian influence in their newest products.
Graphic 45 had the most pronounced Victorian influence in one of their new paper lines, A Ladies’ Diary. The line features fashion sketches from the late Victorian era, rejecting the bustles of the late 19th century for the slimmer silhouettes that became popular later. Soft colors, flowers, detailed patterns, umbrellas, and outrageous hats cover every page!
The Art Gone Wild booth also had several displays with Victorian influences, although they leaned a little more towards the steampunk side of the trend. Top hats, bowler hats, and ladies’ gloves were the distinctly vintage elements in this booth.
At Darcie’s Printed Papers, the Tea for Two line showed its Victorian roots with birds sporting elaborate feathered hats and top hats, not to mention the overarching theme of a formal tea time.
Even Halloween crafts went Victorian at this CHA Show with ornate frames and patterns and a spooky apothecary element. The displays at the DCWV booth were reminiscent of a 19th century apothecary or curiosity shop, with unsavory items bottled in ornate jars.
We saw the Victorian Halloween trend again at Art Gone Wild, where sample cards featured a spooky cameo and a skull displayed in a glass cloche.
So what can you do this season to incorporate the Victorian version of vintage into your crafts? Use design elements like cameos, lace, Victorian hats, and roses to decorate your more feminine craft projects. Incorporate simple mechanical items like gears, clocks, and keys into more masculine crafts to get a steampunk feel. Decorate your home with vintage photographs, suitcases, wallpapers, and cameos. Use romantic, old-fashioned wallpaper patterns in your scrapbooking and cardmaking.
For Halloween, think apothecary. Put all the regular spooky elements like skulls, spiders, eyeballs, and bats into jars to give your Halloween decorations an eerie elegance. Use elements like black lace and haunting antique photographs to give your crafts an air of mystery. Decorate your home as if it were a haunted Victorian mansion.
Most importantly, put your own spin on this vintage trend! All the variations of Victorian influence I saw in different booths were completely different. Some were somber, some were floral, and some were downright creepy. Some took their cue from Victorian fashions, while others focused on the technology like steam engines and photography. Pick your favorite element from the Victorian era and bring it to life in your crafts this season!
You’d didn’t think we’d go to CHA Summer 2012 and not bring back something for all of our lovely readers did you? We went to the Craft and Hobby Trade Show like we do every year and collected all the swag we could into a large CHA Swag Bag Giveaway! We picked up some awesome prizes from Mod Podge, 3M, October Afternoon, and so much more! So don’t hesitate! Enter today by answering the question below in the comments section.
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