It’s that time again: time for the monthly craft question round up! For July we asked our blogger and designer friends, “What is your favorite craft trend? What types of trends would you like to see in the future?”
Here is how they responded:
Eileen Hull from Eileen Hull Thoughts From My Studio
I am jumping on the mixed media trend. I love that it’s OK to take some of your favorite craft supplies and make a project that is uniquely you!
Re-furbishing furniture, apparel and accessories, and pushing that envelope to reach way out of the box is what excites me and I see some of that. I would like to see more of that. It’s as if the up side of the economical slack is seeing people create things out of items they would normally be tossing out. I’ve been doing it for many years and I thank my creative genes and personal vision for that. People are quite creative and given a challenge, they are resourceful to means they never believed they could reach. Yup, I would like to see a lot more up-cycling. We did it as children and it’s proven to be frugal, fun and fantastic!
Amy Anderson from ModPodge Rocks Blog
My favorite craft trend is state fair ribbons like these. They are up-and-coming still – I know it!
Kendra Halterman from My Insanity Blog
I love the way crafters are getting creative about repurposing materials in crafts. It’s Frugal and eco-friendly! I’d love to see this trend continue because it shouldn’t cost more to make stuff than it does to buy it.
Shannon Bielke from Shaandco.net
My favorite craft trend is definitely the mixed media trend!! Love it! And! It’s been my thing long before it became so popular; in fact I’ve been
teaching a mixed media class at our local college for a year now. What’s wonderful about mixed media becoming so popular, is there are lots of
new books out giving me all sorts of new ideas! I’d love to see the almost-anything-goes trend continue this way, leading toward a freedom in design and color which can only lead to other new and beautiful trends in art!
Carol Heppner from Heppner Studio
My favorite craft trend is embellishing clothing and shoes. There are so many great products on the market these days that make it so easy to personalize ready-to-wear items. A simple white shirt or white sneakers can be transformed into wearable art.
Jen Goode from JGoodeDesigns.com
My favorite trend is all the layering I’ve seen. Piling on textures and adding dimension to otherwise flat surfaces is so fun! I’d love to see mixing of materials even more, layering papers and fabrics and paints to create even more interesting effects and layers.
Berta Gilholm, a featured FaveCrafts Designer
My favorite trend this season is the way crafting is using layering designs in everything from objects, graphics and clothing. I would love to see monthly artistic designs from antique to modern. For instance, first month checkerboard designs, second month stripes designs, third month paisley designs, etc. I think suggesting designs for any craft would bring on a rush of creativity and fun.You may even bring out some new designs in crafting.
Phyllis Serbes from Many Creative Gifts
I’ve been seeing a lot more crochet and macramé making their way into jewelry, with some really fun and sophisticated looking necklaces and bracelets. I really hope the trend continues and that we see even more beaded, crocheted, and macramé accessories in the future.
Tiffany Windsor from Cool2Craft
My favorite craft trend is mixed media. This brings back the focus on general crafting that the craft industry has been missing for SOOOOOOO long! Grab your supplies and mix it up! Since I’m launching a new product line in 2012 featuring plaster – I think that should be and will be the next trend 🙂 It’s a super cool base for so many crafting projects and can be colored with watercolors, acrylic paints, inks, waxes and much, much more.
Niki Meiners from Live a Life Handmade
My favorite trend would have to be mixed media. To me, mixed media equals artistic freedom. It gives me the opportunity to explore and to color outside the lines. I have always loved working with metals an mow I am incorporating them into my canvas work.