Resource Roundup: January 2013 Craft Social: Gazing into the Future

Photo credit: The Zen of Making

Photo credit: The Zen of Making

In January 22nd’s Craft Social twitter chat, we talked about keeping up with the latest in crafting trends and techniques, covering topics like identifying new styles and methods, staying unique while being on trend, and where to look for the best in DIY-inspiration. If you missed the chat—or just want a recap of the great info shared by your fellow Socialites—grab your steamy beverage of choice and read on!

Below, we’ve compiled a few key responses for each chat question. You can also download the full chat transcrip here: January 2013 Craft Social Chat Transcript (PDF)

January 22nd Craft Social highlights:

Topic: January 2013 Craft Social: Gazing into the Future

Questions:

  1. How important is it to you to know the latest crafty trends?
  2. Do those of you who sell your work feel more pressure to be on trend?
  3. What trends matter most to you: color, texture, materials, technique, pattern, something else?
  4. How do you think the internet has changed the way trends are spread through the crafting community/get to you? Do you guys like how rapidly trends spread online or find it helpful?
  5. Do you think there are still regional trends? Give us an example.
  6. Do you think the photo sharing sites/platforms that spread trends hurt or help creativity?
  7. If you don’t follow the trends, how do you make your work stand out amongst the sea of trend-followers?
  8. Now that we’ve talked trends, where do you get your inspiration? Feel free to share your favorite links!

Q1: How important is it to you to know the latest crafty trends?

  • A1: I don’t always follow the trends, but I like knowing what’s currently catching the eye of the community.@thezenofmaking
  • A1: I like to think of some of the trends as skills. Like the wrapped bracelets is a stitch I always wanted to learn.@tejana_made
  • Staying on top of the trends is pretty important to me as an instructor and as a writer of industry topics.@bcre8uv
  • A1: We do watch the color trends and forecasts for upcoming seasons & like to see how others have interpreted those forecasts.@Shibaguyz

Q2: Do those of you who sell your work feel more pressure to be on trend?

  • You’re definitely more likely to make the @etsy front page if your work is on trend. Chevrons…@abbyglassenberg
  • If I don’t like a new trend, or find it potentially unflattering to a broader customer base, I don’t use it.@mercedesknits
  • I think my first book sold better because it had “bird” in the title and an owl on the back cover. For sure.@abbyglassenberg

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