A new year often require a challenge and perhaps a new hobby. For me this year I really want to Knit more and I desperately want to have a go and number 9 on our list.
So if your looking for a new hobby or just want to keep up with the latest trends then here is my list of what’s Hot to Craft in 2017.
1. Bullett Journals.
I write a lot of lists in my home and work lists. sometimes I have lists that merge from or into another list and sub-lists and side lists- its a lot of lists. The Bullet Journal helps you to organise all of those lists. It works as you calendar, your task list you remember to look at later list it can do anything you want. It keeps you organised and that is something I love!!
The Bullet Journal is the brain child of American designer Ryder Carroll and is a must for anyone with a stationary problem and a love of a good pen!
Here you can watch as Ryder himself explains how to use and get started with your own Bullet Journal.
Bullet journalling does not have to be so black and white though, and a quick search on Pinterest can show you some of the more colourful things you can do with your Journal.
When ever I hear the word Macrame I am immediately taken back to a young age creating some knotted art on the back of my mother dinning chair. If you were born in the 70s or early 80s you may even remember seeing macrame in the shape of an owl hanging on your parents living room wall. It was everywhere then and now its back, with a more modern twist.
Macrame is a form of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting. You use a variety of knots to create a variety of pieces of work.
No longer just for our grandmothers Crochet is back with a bang as the second of our revived crafts. Crochet is at its most popular right now with workshops being fully booked almost instantly. The relaxing ability to pick up you work and take it anywhere with you and create blankets, clothes, toys and much more is its main pull as a craft.
4. Jigsaw design
Towards the end of 2016 I started to see the Jigsaw pattern in more and more items. Most recently I have seen it in Jewellery from Designed by Brett and Leni, where they take the smallest jigsaw pieces and turn them into silver stud earrings or necklaces. You can even pick up Jigsaw die’s for use with Cricut or scancut machines which can cut card, paper, fabric and many other types of material into perfect little jigsaw pieces…. Oh the fun!!!!
5. Lino Printing
Printing using lino has been a practice since the early 1900’s when a german company used it to print wallpaper. Now thousands of artists all over the world use this technique to create simple or very intricate designs.
Using (carefully) a lino cutter and some soft cut lino, your imagination can create some beautiful prints.
6. Needle felting
A trend that just keeps on going! This year the enquiries for learning to undertake this incredibly therapeutic and yet slightly dangerous hobby has sky rocketed. 2016’s The Handmaid Fair at Hampton Court saw hundreds go buzzy bees being made to adorn the tree, and I think that this might just be one of Kirstie Allsopps most loved crafts.
Its so easy to just have a go, but make sure that you stay safe.
7. Willow weaving
Another trend for 2017 that keeps popping its head up is weaving willow into baskets, or plant holders, trays or wreaths.
The whole process of softening the willow and then twisting and knotting it into another item is great fun.
8. Yellow and Greys
In the last part of 2016 I saw the yellow and grey colour combinations everywhere, and it isn’t going away!!! Yippie!! From Clothing to art this amazing simple and elegant combination works in so many ways.
The art or technique of decorating wood or leather by burning a design on the surface with a heated metallic point.
Wow! Just that one sentence makes this craft sound exciting. Pyrography dates back to the 17th Century and reached it’s peak popularity in the 19th century. It is an accessible craft to try with pens costing as little as £10 and wood you can pick up anywhere.
This is certainly my craft to try for 2017!!!
10. Super sized Crochet
Let’s make it massive in 2017!
It appears that the trend for everything bigger and better. With giant Crochet hooks available and giant balls of fabric or wool to buy why not make something in a much bigger size!!!
In fact in this months Mollie Makes magazine there is a really wonderful pattern to hand crochet a giant pear or apple!!!
This is on my list of things to do this month!!!!!