Craftster has just released its 2011 Indie Craft Trend Report, using anecdotal stories from its community of 225,000 crafters and data from its 1.3 million visitors a month to compile these trends.
Some of the trends they report for 2011 are:
*Colors from nature
*In fashion: Lace and flannel, shorter hemlines, lots of layers, mixing 1940’s and 1970’s styles with modern finishes, and clothing with advanced details like creative and structural pleating, smocking, pleasant finishes and detailed embellishments.
*In textiles: newer techniques like stitching on mixed media and free form stitching, quilters will increase the use of non-traditional embellishments and art quilts
*In knitting and crochet: super soft acrylics, wool and natural yarns, cabled knits, amigurimi
*In paper: aged and antique look, digital scrapbooking image sheets
*Handmade gifts: accessories for electronic gadgets (e.g. cameras, phones, iPads, Android Tablets), reusable gifts (e.g. quilts, scarves, hats), gift basket with handmade goodies
The trends are mainly representative of Craftster users (vs. other crafters who might not visit the site), but the report does give a good snapshot of what makers of different genres can look forward to and plan for in 2011. (It would be great if other websites like Etsy created a report similar to this one each year!)
What do you think: Do you think all, some or none of these trends are spot on?
(via Hello Craft)