So, after all the excitement of Christmas and New Year, we find ourselves firmly in 2014, wondering what it has in store! We’ve been checking out some of the predicted craft trends for this year to see what we’ll all be making…
Crochet enjoyed a huge revival last year and its popularity will grow even more in 2014! If you’re a beginner, there will be loads of simple projects to inspire you. And for those who already know the basics, there’s Tunisian crochet and freeform crochet to try. We’re particularly fascinated by the new technique described in Laurinda Reddig’s book, Reversible Color Crochet, publishing in July.
Everyone was loving woodland animals in 2013 – owls were everywhere and foxes popped up frequently as well, so we’re all wondering what will be next? Hedgehogs … squirrels … bunnies … raccoons … bears?! We can’t wait to see which adorable animals will find their way into our craft projects this year! Making dolls and characters is sure to be a continued trend in knitting, crochet, sewing, felting and even papercraft.
If you love sewing, 2014 is the year to try your hand at dressmaking! There are so many books to read and patterns to try, with websites like BurdaStyle to offer advice. The Great British Sewing Bee will return to our TV screens later this year, and we’re very excited to hear that Lisa Lam, best-selling author of The Bag Making Bible, will be releasing her first series of children’s clothing patterns too!
If you’re a knitter, the trend for chunky yarn and big needles is set to continue and you’ll be whipping up thick cowls and scarves at the beginning of the year. In the summer, vintage themes will influence garments, from traditional techniques and retro-style tops to intricate lace shawls.
Pantone’s colour of the year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid, described by them as “a captivating purple”. This is a much more feminine and lighter shade than 2013’s Emerald, hinting at a slightly more subtle colour palette for this year. This doesn’t mean, however, that we won’t be seeing a myriad of colours on the catwalk and in our homes – bold colours will continue to thrive, but perhaps with slightly richer tones that bring a sense of sophistication and elegance. Yellow is also set to be a popular colour this year, particularly teamed with darker shades of grey and blue.
If you’re taking your first steps into quilting, mini quilts are a great place to start. Try basic piecing techniques first and don’t be afraid to make mistakes – improvisational quilting can be great fun for beginners! Lucie Summers’ book, Quilt Improv, describes a fresh approach to quilting that’s sure to inspire modern sewists.
Knotwork will be a big trend, particularly for jewellery and clothing. It’s amazing what you can make with impressive techniques like soutache, macrame and kumihimo. Look out for the definitive guide to this later in the year – The Knotting & Braiding Bible by jewellery-making expert Dorothy Wood is publishing in July!
We all enjoyed upcycling last year, and there’s always more unwanted or old clothing, furniture and accessories to ‘refashion’! It’s all about personalising your existing objects and transforming them into something unique and new – nobody wants their home to look exactly like their neighbours’! Monograms and initials will be knitted and stitched everywhere!
Tie-dyeing! You may have been there the first time this trend came around, and there’s no denying its fun and simplistic qualities. But don’t worry, you won’t be making the same old psychadelic T-shirts – there are loads of new creative techniques to try! With some innovative ideas, you can make stylish garments and accessories using modern colour combinations, as demonstrated in Shabd Simon-Alexander’s book, Tie-Dye. Surface pattern and screen printing will also be popular topics this year.
In cake decorating, working with buttercream is set to be huge! Incredible designs that are easy to create is key, and there are some truly extraordinary looks that can be made with buttercream, as demonstrated in this video featuring some of the projects from upcoming book, The Contemporary Buttercream Bible. Set to be one of the best-selling cake decorating books of the year, don’t miss out – pre-order your copy now!
Other craft trends for 2014:
- Making your own cosmetics is set to be popular in 2014. Start by making something simple like soap or bath bombs before attempting more challenging recipes. And if you love being creative with your cosmetics, nail art will be a trend too.
- Have a go at Zentangle! This fun and relaxing doodling technique is so easy to achieve and all you need is a pen and some paper. Check out Zentangle Untangled to learn this unique method.
- Tatting is a traditional craft that has been gradually becoming more popular over the last few years. It can look extremely daunting, but once you know the basics you can create beautiful pieces of knotted lace.
- As a papercraft lover, I’m particularly excited by Hoop-la! author Kirsty Neale’s next book, Paperie, packed with 100 contemporary papercraft project ideas! The book publishes in June, so watch out for more details soon!
As always, things will change throughout the year, but we’ll keep you updated with all of the top craft trends for 2014, as well as bringing you projects and ideas to inspire your creative life!
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