Looking for a new challenge? Or maybe you're in need of something exciting to spark a bit of creativity in your post-January brain? From projects that help you unwind to those that embrace imperfection, here's our round-up of the craft trends you need to know about for the year ahead.
Wreaths: they're not just for Christmas! They've been growing in popularity over the last year, as have wreath-making classes, and we can't see the trend losing any momentum in 2019. You can opt for fresh flowers and branches like the hydrangea and blackberry Fall Wreath from the upcoming Seasonal Scandi Crafts, or go the fabric route and take some inspiration from Kate Eastwood's Crocheted Wreaths & Garlands.
2. Mindful Crafts
You won't find it surprising that the creativity, focus and repetition that comes with crafting can be really effective at easing pain and relieving stress. We're predicting a bigger focus on the mental, emotional and health benefits of sitting down with a craft project this year. Emma Leith's colourful mandala from Mindful Crochet is one of our favourites, and it's designed to draw attention away from the worries and stresses of life while you work.
Knooking gives you the look of a knitted pattern with the ease of wielding a crochet hook. From purses to slippers, Laura Strutt's Get Knooking is your beginner's guide to this new yarn craft.
As we all grow more environmentally conscious, upcycling will continue to be big on the craft scene - which is great news! It's good for the planet and great for our wallets, what's not to love? If you need some upcycling guidance, Hester van Overbeek's Pallet Wood Projects for Outdoor Spaces and Wooden Furniture Hacks - out later in the spring - are full of practical projects using recycled materials.
Continuing the upcycling theme is Wabi-sabi, the Japanese philosophy of finding beauty in the humble and imperfect. It was developed in the 15th century, but you're bound to see it a lot in crafts and interiors this year. Minimalism, cracked and hand-repaired objects, authenticity and asymmetry are what Wabi-sabi is all about. Mark and Sally Bailey's Wabi-Sabi Home is full of gorgeous inspiration for anyone wanting to adopt the look.
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