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Happy New Trends

07 Feb 2019

Angela Sara West gets the lowdown from key industry figures on the craft trends we’re already enjoying and are set to see in 2019.

Are you somewhere over the rainbows and unicorns? Wabi-sabi, coral, conscious crafting, sustainability… there’s also a dash of Disney magic in the air! It looks like a very exciting and colourful year ahead for craft and you’ll find it all here in our comprehensive craft trends forecast.

The craft industry is built on innovations and trends, and thrifty crafters are choosing to use craft materials in new exciting and inventive ways, from clothes and home décor items to weddings and baby gifts. Jump on board the trend train – time for some current and next-season craft plotting!

Katie French, Editorial Director of the world’s ‘finest’ art and craft book publisher, Search Press, says the current love of all things crafty shows no sign of abating. “The handmade vibe continues to find its way into high street fashion and interiors. People who have been bitten by the crafting bug are always on the look-out for new ideas, and this will result in a resurgence of interest in traditional and long-forgotten techniques.”

2019 - Coral is key

We rang in the New Year and with it came new trends.

Spotted prolifically, not only fashion runways and social media, but even smartphones, having been crowned as the global authority on colour, Pantone’s chosen colour of the year, Living Coral, emerged at the end of last year as a cheerful and versatile hue which is making big waves in the interior design, fashion and craft worlds. Radiating muchneeded positivity and warmth, the muted terracotta tone taking the fashion, craft and interiors world by storm is set to shine brightly throughout 2019. While coral colour is king, yellow is another ‘It’ colour, from citrus to golden sunshine, to burnt mustard sunset tones.

And it looks like sorbet colours, greens and blues should be on your 2019 palette, too.

Go wild with animal prints

The resort collections gauge designers’ thoughts for the year ahead, with dominant trends including animal and landscape motifs, sportswear, 1980s references, and bleached demin, all set to move from the catwalk to our crafting tables.

Animal print was prolific last year, and we’re still crazy about the classic prints which never go out of style. Lovely leopard designs, zany zebra stripes, sleek snake prints…. There are a lot of coloured versions out there taking us right through to the summer – make sure they’re on your fashion radar!

Pretty-as-a-picture florals are another big trend that never really go out of style, although 2019 is all about big bold floral prints, many of them mixed for a fashion-forward look. Perfect prints with a retro vibe, you can’t have missed the elegant scarf prints that are also huge right now.

From tangerine dreams, to emerald greens, the high street is awash with cheery colours for winter. We’re seeing colourclashing reds and purples, forest greens and a lot of cobalt blue coming through.

Practically perfect fashions, such as nipped-in little jackets, high collars, bustiers and skirts, have made it from the runways to the red carpets and our wardrobes. The Mary Poppins effect has seen us fall in love with modesty dressing, and a Dior-styled Emily Blunt looked sensationally supercalifragilisticexpialidocious in Edwardian-style gracing the cover of Vogue, ubiquitous umbrella in hand.

Rope shoes, rope belts, rope ties… big designers are styling things up naturally and sending rope details down the catwalks. Tie die will be big news, too. A cracker at Christmas, 90s retro fave Chenille is back. We’ve seen the return of the high-waisted trousers and now the headband is back – it’s the crowning glory on Prada spring/summer catwalks, celebs and royals.

Other must-have trends include midi lengths and curved and asymmetric hemlines. The flattering take on the shirt dress has been a phenomenal success and wrap skirts are definitely ‘in’.

Personalisation, personalisation, personalisation

A very merry and bright Christmas 2018 was all about adding a personal touch to create unique, personalised decorations and gifts. Impacting the craft world in a big way, the personalisation trend has transformed many different areas of the craft scene, too.

“Handcrafted goods are hugely popular at the moment, as consumers look to add personalised, homely touches to spaces,” says Giovanni Musio, Head of Marketing at Spring and Autumn Fairs. “With that in mind, Spring Fair is a must-attend event with a commitment to bringing together handcrafted goods experts from across the globe, offering visitors unique, new and trend-led handcrafted produce.”

“The power to personalise and create beautiful one-off designs is why we’re seeing such an increased interest in crafting,” explains Becks Beere, founder and manager of AVEC, a leading partner for DTR license management and private label within craft, hobby, gift and stationery, spanning Europe, North and South America and Australia. “Even high-level celebrity influencers have embraced the trend, with stars from Kate Hudson to Kris Jenner getting involved.”

Specialising in arts and craft supplies, home decoration, gifts and wrap accessories and stationery (another massive growth area when it comes to trends), licensing company AVEC develops creative products for countless retail chains. From dies and doorstops and fabric charms and fat quarters, to stamps and stationery and cross stitch and candles… this creative company has every trend covered, continuously adapting to the changing need and trend within the retail landscape. Its design and product development ‘rockstars’ produce not only Kirstie Allsoppbranded goods, but also on-trend Disney, WB, Harry Potter, Cath Kidston, Paddington, Batman and Superman, among many others.

“I think personalisation is massive at the moment. I’m seeing a massive rise in crafting with iron-on vinyl to upcycle clothing and accessories,” says designer/blogger/YouTuber, Emma Jewell, who is also a presenter on Hochanda TV.

Top interior trends - Rocking the concrete look!

From ‘Rough Luxe’ to ‘70s Revival’, 2019 is set to be a year full of colour and textures.

Industrial décor continues to be popular amongst interior enthusiasts, many incorporating luxurious finishes and elegant accessories in an industrial-inspired space. With the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, and the knock-on effect to house prices, people are future-proofing and refurbishing properties, rather than moving home, and we are making our mark on our homes even more, reflecting an extension of our personality.

Taking the rough with the smooth, 2018 brought a fair few polarising design trends, including a rethought rock-solid décor look. Often regarded as cold, concrete might not be the first material you think of when considering fresh interior trends for spring, but it’s actually an incredibly versatile material that’s making all kinds of waves and style statements on the interior design scene. Despite its reputation for being a rather cool and unforgiving material, it can actually work wonders to enhance warmth and depth to a home, lending a sophisticated industrial edge.

Whether it’s pendant lamps, candle holders or concrete teapots(!), cement stoneware or earthenware, this striking material in a variety of forms has become a firm fixture in the design landscape, adding subtle strength and definition. Try the trend and get in on the action! Rough Luxe, where refined luxury meets rough industrial finishes, sees warm metallics like brass and gold, mixed with exposed brick and concrete. Metal or concrete-effect tile can create an industrial look whilst retains luxury, for a space that simply exudes style.

The UK’s leading lifestyle show, Top Drawer and CRAFT, now in its ninth edition, last month saw makers across ceramics and glass, fashion and textiles, jewellery and mixed media disciplines present their new ranges, all beautifully handmade and crafted with refined skills, aligned with the strong market and consumer trends. “The trend forecast for next season brings some extraordinary and exciting looks,” says Alejandra Campos, Show Director of Top Drawer. “The latest trends presented across all 11 of our lifestyle sectors at Top Drawer this January included rich, deep colours and textures of rusty earth, as well as a search for sensorial, tactile experiences that are achieved by contrasting different materials and surfaces; a mix of rough and smooth.”

Last year saw the talk-of-the-town terrazzo trend and magnificent marble has seen a big resurgence recently, too, with the more adventurous making their own mark with the ‘marbellous’ natural material, which comes in a range of colours and unique markings. Thanks to the latest technologies, home ceramics are experiencing a very interesting growth, with smashing souped-up tiles and other kitchen pieces top of the pots!

A natural home

Today’s modern homeowners are enjoying natural materials mixed with contemporary designs, a touch of heritage and tactile materiality. Materials such as wood, bamboo, rattan, seagrass, wicker, and cork naturally provide warmth and texture to spaces. With ‘perfection’ apparently ‘boring!’, there’s a focus on imperfect finishes, encapsulating nature at its best.

The growth of natural fabrics such as linen reflects an ongoing shift towards sustainability. Picking a leaf of inspiration from seasonal spring tones, with its soft beige and oatmeal shades, linen pairs up well with elements like indoor plants, rattan and wood for a tranquil, relaxed vibe in the home, perfect for conscious crafting! The inside-outside look is still strong, whether through bringing greenery indoors or experimenting with wood finishing, from rustic and tropical to airy and Scandi minimalism.

“Environmental issues are becoming increasingly important to people, and crafters are turning more and more to using natural crafting materials and tools,” says Katie French, Search Press. “Plastic crochet hooks and knitting needles are giving way to those made of wood and bamboo, and natural, pure wool yarns and wool felt are preferred over their synthetic counterparts. The desire for naturalness is also reflected in design, with textured, tactile finishes being favoured over excessive refinement and embellishment.”

Simon Burns, Managing Director, ICHF events, says we’ll see a clear trend towards more sustainable crafting with consumers looking for environmentally-conscious products throughout 2019. “This may be yarns, fabrics and other craft supplies made from recycled materials or, for example, using natural dyes and production techniques.”

“I think the trend for nature and natural materials will continue, and the ecological concerns will feed into that,” says Tina Persaud, Publishing Director, Batsford. “The mindful nature of so much craft will probably be more heavily flagged, as it should be, and super simple stitch will be more popular. At Batsford, we see this trend in titles such as ‘The Art of Pressed Flowers and Leaves’ by Jennie Ashmore (out May 2019) and ‘Mark-Making Through the Seasons’ by Helen Parrott (out August 2019).”

“The concern about the environment is, not surprisingly, having an influence, which we can see through a strong presence of wonderful animals and birds, notably sloths, pandas, flamingos, llamas, toucans and koalas, or in the production techniques used, explains Amanda Fergusson, CEO of the GCA. “Biodegradable glitter has started to be adopted by several publishers, for example, which is a trend we expect to continue.”

“In 2019, crafting is not just a hobby, but also a way of leading a more sustainable lifestyle, which we can see through the growing trend of visible mending. Our book on the subject, ‘Mend & Patch’ by tailor Kerstin Neumüller, is out in June.” Says Katie Cowan, Publishing Director, Pavilion, Indie publisher of nonfiction and children’s books.

Sustainability, sustainability, sustainability

A BIG buzzword across all industries, the world is waking up to the need to protect our environment for future generations, and sustainability has become a ‘mega-trend’. Pages and posts on websites relating to craft come top of polls for the most-searched-for topic, with those relating to recycling, revamping and repurposing, boasting the best ratings. Numerous craft companies are getting savvy on the sustainable front and fabrics of the future include on-trend denim, nylon, silk and synthetics, all designed with a greener future in mind.

“Trends for 2019 are all about individuality, personality and authenticity,” Kelly Hoppen tells me. “Our interiors, the way we decorate our homes and the way we dress should reflect the way we live, and design is relative to this. Sustainability is a running theme, and we are likely to see consumers move away from throwaway interiors and, just like fashion, people will lean more towards timeless investment pieces.”

Hoppen says she has seen a large increase in curved edges and arches in interiors. “This will translate into crafts via ceramics and jewellery. Another trend we will see in every format this year is matte black; whether its home fixtures, our furniture, or fashion accessories.”

Crochet craze

Celebs are going loopy for it, and Hobbycraft has just revealed that crocheting is set to be one of the most popular crafts in 2019, topping the New Year craft hobbies list. The UK’s largest craft retailer has already seen searches for ‘crochet’ on its website increase by 78 per cent compared to last year.

New Year often = new challenge, and crochet is proving a popular hobby to take up and become happily hooked. Hobbycraft recently launched its ‘Get Started In’ campaign, with a focus on a different craft each month throughout 2019 to inspire creativity, kicking off with crochet. The craft is a popular fashion choice which has been showcased by Michael Kors within their 2019 spring summer collection, as well as Tommy Hilfiger in recent years. Famous faces are going crazy for crochet, and are leading the way with the ancient craft’s revival. Big names have been seen rocking crochet creations, from handbags to socks, on the runways, social scene and even the beach – ‘Made in Chelsea’ star and Queen of the ‘Celebrity Jungle’, Georgia Toffolo, made a statement with her crochet bikini on her latest hols.

“Crochet is an age-old craft which is seeing a resurgence, mainly thanks to fashion where we’ve recently seen lots of crocheted pieces on the catwalk,” comments Katherine Paterson, Customer Development Director at Hobbycraft. “Our customers are embracing this craft as sales show, and our blog posts on how to crochet have seen strong traffic, so look out for seeing a surge of handmade crochet clothes and accessories this year!”

The bee is back!

With the recent renewed uptake in sewing, and ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ back on our screens this February, we’re no doubt set to see even more people picking up a needle and thread. Judge Patrick Grant says sustainability is a huge theme this year. “We have a great new week on the series called ‘Reduce Reuse Recycle’, focusing on one of the huge issues facing the world of clothing right now, something that I personally feel hugely passionate about. We hope it will encourage viewers to think differently about their clothing, and discover ways in which we can all have a positive impact in this area.”

Nice knits

On a different tack, Katie Cowan, Publishing Director, Pavilion Books, says the interest for knitting, as well as crochet and sewing books is still strong. “We are very excited to be working with some of the most soughtafter designers in the field this year, including Kerry Lord of TOFT (‘Edward’s Wild Menagerie’, out in October), Stuart Hillard (‘Simple Shapes, Stunning Quilts’, out in August) and Sincerely Louise (‘The Knitter’s Activity Book’, published in July).”

“We have seen a new generation breathing new life into knitting, crochet, sewing, embroidery and quilting. And it’s been wonderful to see crafters hopping from one craft to another, using inspirations from a variety of sources and mixing them up to create something new, unique and personal!” says Michael Robb, Sales Director, GMC Distribution. Alongside publishing books and magazines, the GMC team regularly exhibits at trade shows and public shows on both sides of the Atlantic, giving them unique access to what their customers are asking for, and distributes for over 40 other book and magazine publishers from the UK and the US, meaning their fingers are on the pulse of all the happening trends.

“You really have to keep your eye on fashion and you see lots of different themes coming through that tend to work all the way through into clothing in handbags, home decor and furnishings. so you have to be aware of what the next trends are and what’s moving forward,” explains TV presenter and craft expert, Dawn Bibby. “There has been a big resurgence in fabrics and soft crafts and, I think, embroidery is making a strong comeback. Personally, I’m working on appliqué and printed fabrics, but I also think the next big thing has to be knitting.”

“I’m really enjoying the specialist and quirky knitting projects which are being produced,” says Wendy Turner Webster, one half of the Crafty Beggars. “I recently purchased two brilliantlycrafted ‘Handmaids’ inspired by the novel and TV series ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. For this year, I think big statement pieces of handcrafted home décor items are going to shine… things that someone who walks into your home will see and go, ‘Wow!’”

Papercraft perfection

As for greeting card designs, they continue to reflect society, according to Amanda Fergusson, GCA (pictured). “Be it in colour palettes that chime with the fashions of the day, words or phrases that have come into popular parlance, or the tone of the editorial that chimes with the emotional barometer of the nation.” Looking to specific trends and themes that are hot right now on greeting cards, Amanda highlights “A continuation of the tropical, featuring bold foliage and bright blooms, often with a touch of Frida Kahlo, remains strong. At odds with this is the ‘clean fonts against solid block backgrounds’ trend, an approach that lends itself to both contemporary sentiments and humour.”

Amanda also points to how “female empowerment” features ever stronger, whether through figurative depictions of female friends together, or inspirational or fun affirmations. Rejoicing in the tangibility of greeting cards, Amanda says that “texture, be it through the board or the interesting embossing techniques, is coming into play more.”

A huge wave of crafters are discovering the joy of crêpe paper flower making, too. Paper plants are proving popular, and detailed paper cut designs are also still on trend, with wonderful window displays and wearable art making the cut.

2019 sees many more great books reflecting all of the latest craft trends, and Michael Robbs says the trend-setters among GMC’s recent and upcoming titles include ‘Crêpe Paper Flowers’ by Lia Griffith, ‘Pop Manga Mermaids & Other Sea Creatures’ by Camilla D’Errico, ‘The Ultimate Guide to Brush Lettering’ by Peggy Dean, ‘The Gift of Calligraphy’ by Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls, ‘Feminist Cross Stitch’’ by Stephanie Rohr, ‘Knitted Safari’ by Sarah Keen, ‘Fat Quarter: Toys’ by Susie Johns, ‘Weekend Makes: Patchwork’, the first in a brand new craft series by Janet Goddard, and ‘Sashiko’ by Jill Clay.

Stateside trends

Across the Pond, Keri Cunningham, Senior Director of Marketing & Research, Association For Creative Industries (AFCI) says “According to the Association For Creative Industries’ latest study, craft participation in the United States is vibrant and growing. Crafters are participating in a variety of different crafts while their interests expand. The most popular categories in participation and spend continue to include painting and drawing, edible arts, kids crafts, papercrafts and sewing and fabric.”

Forgotten crafts refound

“Expect to see forgotten crafts and techniques,” says Katie French, Search Press. “Bargello, yarn spinning, rug hooking, candle making and string art are making something of a comeback, and knitters will be honing their traditional skills and putting a modern twist on Fair Isle, lace and cable knitting. Vintage florals are giving way to strong botanicals and Kawaii-inspired art, and quintessential English country style is losing out to African, Asian and South American influences. Japanese style is as popular as ever, and in 2019 will continue to find its way into knitting, quilting, origami, needle felting and embroidery.”

“It’s been great to see renewed interest in macramé, quilling, weaving, sashiko, hand lettering, calligraphy and papercraft,” adds Michael Robb, Sales Director, GMC Distribution.

Hug it out with chunky yarn!

Chunky yarn makes and super-chunky amigurumi toys are BIG news. Well known for her giant metre-long knitting needles and huge balls of yarn, Claire Gelder, founder & co-owner of Wool Couture, says the chunky knit trend is here to stay. “And we’re now seeing a lot more people trying out chunky crochet. This is going to be one of our main focuses for this year. Our crochet courses are regularly fully booked.” She says when someone handmakes, they are more inclined to love and keep that piece much longer than if it’s bought off the shelf. “In this throwaway culture, we believe the way forward is handmade!”

Dirty crafting!

Want to get ahead of the game? Try one of the newest, hottest, and “most-fun-ever”, trends in art! Michael Robb, GMC, says ‘Get Started in Paint Pouring’ by Nicky James Burch (Leisure Arts Inc) is a trendsetter, while Hobbycraft reveals that dirty pouring, mixing more than one paint colour in the same container before adding (or pouring) it to a canvas or substrate, is becoming more and more popular, with sales of the fluid art kits increasing by 14 per cent last year. Sales of wood blanks were up 360 per cent last year, used as a base for pyrography projects – a pen-like wood-burning tool used to create unique and personalised gifts or something for the home. Calligraphy items were also up 40 per cent compared to the previous year, as the nation perfects their personalisation and writing skills.

“It was very interesting to see that writing tools and personalisation were becoming such a popular trends ahead of 2019 and we think dirty pouring is such a great technique, with each piece of art different and totally bespoke. We hope that by increasing our lines, we’ll encourage more people to take up dirty pouring!” says Katherine Paterson, Hobbycraft.

Candle making is another trend, which saw a 41 per cent rise in sales last year compared to 2017. Hobbycraft’s social video, ‘How to Make Flowerbomb Candles’, reached over 84,000 people on Facebook alone. Hobbycraft also highlights a trend alert for traditional Japanese wabi-sabi, which is all about the art of, and beauty in, imperfection. There has been upsurge in crafters upcycling broken items, such as pots and clothing, by adding gold paint or colourful thread and creating patterns from the cracks.

“Upcycling and repurposing also remains strong, and sustainability is a key focus for us and our customers through 2019,” says Becks Beere, AVEC. “Calligraphy, brush lettering, pyrography and marbling, as well as traditional crafts such as macramé, candle making and origami, which are being given a modern twist, are all key trends for 2019.”

Glassmaking is not forgotten, either. “Amongst many others, our 2019 Spring Fair event welcomes the likes of handmade scented soy candle makers, Beauty Scents, luxury handmade greetings cards and stationery crafters, Hearts Designs, and one of the world’s most prominent fused glass artists in Jo Downs,” says Giovanni Musio, Spring and Autumn Fair.

Street art

Eat your heart out, Banksy! Michael Reichhold, Director of Creativeworld Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH, says street art is a big trend in the business. “Street art is very much on trend. It appeals to a broad target audience, ranging from teenagers and graffiti artists, to the older generation. Accordingly, street art is ideal for inclusion in traditional fine arts and creative goods retail shops. At Creativeworld, we have been following the growing enthusiasm for urban art and graffiti for some years now, and we welcome numerous manufacturers, such as Montana Cans, Montana Colors, NBQ, Royal Talens and Feuerstein GmbH with their own brand Molotow, who offer products and materials for it.”

90 years of magic! Disney dreams coming true…

Can you believe our favourite mouse is 90?!! And Mickey is UBER fashionable, with brands jumping on board the Disney bandwagon, creating clothes, accessories and homeware for fans of all ages to mark Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday. Other Disney characters are popping up everywhere, too. Cath Kidston’s Disney collaboration sees enchanting playful prints with their Bambi X range, while AVEC has also embraced the muchloved trend. “Licensed offerings remain key and we are excited to be working with Disney on cross category launches to complement important theatrical releases, including ‘Toy Story 4’, and the new live action releases of ‘The Lion King’, ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Frozen 2’, says Becks Beere, AVEC. “Also new for 2019 is an exciting partnership with Peppa Pig!”

Cartoon sweaters are seriously stylish and, alongside Disney superfans, the fashion crowd is snapping up youngat- heart sweaters sporting Walt Disney’s iconic characters getting a designer spin.

Gucci’s S/S’19 features Snow White on sweaters, Zara’s gone zany for Dumbo, Lacoste for Mickey’s girlfriend Minnie, while Miu Miu’s opted for the Aristocrats.

Kelly Hoppen reveals working with Disney on Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary collection was among her most exciting recent projects. “We launched wallpapers and murals with Graham & Brown, followed by rugs with Essie, and I’m delighted with how well the collections have been received. Next up, we will shortly be launching a Mickey sculpture with Leblon Delienne and bedding with QVC!”

Make it mindful

Alongside sustainable creativity, we’re seeing the increasingly-important theme of wellbeing awareness top agendas, too. It’s official that crafting is good for us – mentally, physically and socially. Fighting fast fashion with slow fashion, making at our own pace and mindfully, is beneficial for our health. Design-led Top Drawer included a wellbeing lifestyle sector this year, while up there among Creativeworld’s 2019/2020 trends are cosiness, get-togethers with friends, parties and self-decorated tables.

“In 2018, we saw consumer interest peak in candle making, macramé and lino printing. Looking ahead, deep into 2019, we expect to see a greater focus on products marketable as mindful or meditative. That’s because amidst the clamour and stress of our hectic, techdependent lives, more and more people are craving inexpensive methods of detoxing,” says Giovanni Musio, Spring and Autumn Fairs. “With increased awareness and the emergence of coping tactics, such as mindfulness, more and more people will be turning to arts and crafts as one way of addressing their mental wellbeing in 2019.”

“Colouring in particular has resulted in a growth in interest in drawing and painting,” says Katie French, Search Press. “People are honing their artistic skills to create beautiful wall art, handmade greetings cards and embellished journals and scrapbooks and, in 2019, they will continue to carry these skills into painted pottery and mixed media textile art. The holistic advantages of crafting that were highlighted by the colouring phenomenon are as strong as ever, and two of the prime reasons why people get into crafts is to de-stress and connect with like-minded people,” Katie continues. “Online crafting groups will continue to flourish, and crafts that involve mindful, repetitive actions, such as embroidery, knitting and crochet, show no signs of going away.”

Disney couture jewels

Jewellers are also getting in on the act and dazzling Disney earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings and charms are being worn by celebrities around the globe. Jewellers are weaving wonderful stories into magical designs and, with the fairy tale arrivals of their Disney collection, iconic jeweller Pandora has produced gorgeous homages with its magical pieces, including hand-crafted Disney charms such as Mary Poppins’ bag, Pinocchio, the Seven dwarfs and Donald Duck to celebrate Mickey’s big birthday.

“Right now, people want quality, transparency and sustainability. These things have always been core values for Pandora,” Francesco Terzo and Filippo Ficarelli VP Creative Directors of Pandora, explain. “In line with this tendency, we see the trend of mixing old and new, iconic pieces from previous collections that are relevant season after season, styled with new pieces from the current collections. We like the idea of combining many small pendants on a necklace or chain – it’s a nice way of carrying meaningful memories from the past and continuing to add to that story by styling with new ones.“

From playful pieces in every colour of the rainbow with ‘Quality Street’-style gems, to on-trend scene-stealing pearls for all-out glamour, other sensational jewellery trends seeing us sparkle include ‘must-have’ XXL ear-wear, futuristic ear cuffs and neck brace chokers. Layering is leading the pack, with mixing’n’matching lending a vintage allure at Alexander McQueen. From clustered hair slides to necklaces, pearltastic shells are everywhere, and gold is back and better than ever.

Playing cupid? With Valentine’s day around the corner, Pandora’s latest collection is perfect for star-crossed lovers and Disney fans alike. Dangle charm rings and romantic. cutting-edge collections, by high-end designers such Karl Lagerfeld, are also gracing famous fingers.

Mixed media makeovers

“A couple of trends that I have noticed coming through various avenues are foiling and mixed media,” says Gentleman Crafter, John Bloodworth, a demonstrator for Create and Craft TV. “The foiled finish seems to have returned to craft in a different form over the last 18 months, with many brands launching different ways to achieve a more personal approach to this. This was part of the reason I was so super excited to be selected to work with Couture Creations and their GoPress & Foil system!”

He says mixed media seems to have been driven by the expansion of journaling, and looks to be growing exponentially. “I, for one, am glad! Although this style is not a new concept, I have been an advocate of personal creative expression for a long time and this style gives so much scope for creative enjoyment that it’s great to see more and more people being experimental with their use of both traditional and contemporary mediums!”

The new unicorns?

Following in the footsteps of the flamingo and ubiquitous unicorn, the humpless Alpaca made an appearance as 2018’s new animal trend, with brands including Cath Kidston launching a range. What’s set for stardom in 2019?

“I think that unicorns are going to stay for a little while. They seem to still be really popular,” says Dawn Bibby. “Llamas and alpacas are still coming through. We’re also seeing mermaids and underwater scenes and, I think, we will see more wildlife - toucans, hummingbirds, a little bit of jungle style. So, I think this year will be exciting and colourful!”

The unicorn trend has been described as “marketing magic”. “I think the unicorn trend was a fab gateway for trend crafting to push its way through to the forefront,” says Emma Jewell who, along with Dawn, is a presenter on Hochanda TV. “Hopefully, it will pave the way for lots more cool crafts to take the stage. I reckon sloths, leopard print and swans will be big this year!”

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