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Creativeworld Trends focus on resource-saving materials and products

By Emily Peagram 10 Nov 2021

Long live handicraft! Next year’s Creativeworld trends are set to appeal to eco-conscious crafters, with a focus on the resource-saving use of materials and products. Visitors to the world’s largest craft trade fair can expect to see trends based on a mix of colour, inspiration from nature and tradition, with a spotlight on upcycling and reuse.

Statement design

This trend is optimistic and exudes joie de vivre. Alongside bold colours like purple and orange, vibrant and intricate patterns play a significant role in trends for 2022. Checks, the fine jacquard designs of Norwegian knitwear and Visible Mending are all set to be key players in next year’s trends.

Expect to see: fabrics, wool, colourful textile spray and fabric markers, and ceramic pens alongside an assortment of haberdashery including fabric scissors, pins and buttons.

Traces of nature

Nature serves as a template for prints and designs on different surfaces. Visitors will discover paper, fabric and ceramics that have been decorated with roots, dry branches, grasses and twigs dipped in paint to leave abstract patterns. Coloured cord, jute or sisal make an appearance too, with a new take on traditional crafting techniques such as crochet.

Expect to see: high-quality and handmade papers, blank greeting cards, cardboard, handmade paper, brushes and stamping inks.

Heirloom makes

Longevity as a sustainable craft practice is key to the trade show. After the uncertain times brought about by coronavirus, consumers are looking to nostalgia and upcycling to breathe new life into pre-loved items. This romanticism is underlined by floral patterns, blossoms and embellishments that can be added to existing textiles. Traditional embroidery techniques are set to be big news, too, with decorative borders transforming old textiles such as tablecloths, bed linen, lace blouses and vintage dresses into new and exciting makes.

Expect to see: upcycling inspiration for textiles, crockery and ornaments, plus denim jeans recycled into yarn

The international trade fair will be held at Messe Frankfurt alongside the international consumer-goods fairs Christmasworld and Paperworld from January 29 to February 1. For more information and to book tickets, visit

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