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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Resource Roundup: Holiday 911 – Avoiding the Last Minute Rush

Photo credit: Throwie via Sandstep on Flickr

In November 27th’s Craft Social twitter chat, we discussed the ins and outs of stress-free holiday crafting. We began with hitting deadlines, staying organized, and why we give handmade, then rounded out the chat by inviting our fellow Socialites to share links to their favorite holiday projects. If you’re ready to get serious about your holiday DIY, grab a cup of cocoa and read on!

Below, we’ve compiled a few key responses for each chat question. You can also download the full chat transcrip here: Transcript: Holiday 911: Spreading Out Creative Work & Avoiding the Last Minute Rush

November 27th Craft Social highlights:

Topic: Holiday 911: Spreading Out Creative Work & Avoiding the Last Minute Rush

Questions:

  1. How many of your are planning on giving handmade for the holidays?
  2. Speaking of individual vs. bulk, what’s your holiday crafting approach?
  3. Let’s talk more about prepping for bulk projects. What are your must-do tips for making things run smoothly?
  4. How do you find time for holiday making – a little every day or do you set aside a large block of time.
  5. How do you make DIY gifts reasonable in terms of both cost and time?
  6. When crafting for the holidays, do you try new ideas or stick with tried and true?

Bonus: Tried & True DIY Gift Ideas from Your Fellow Socialites
Scroll down to the bottom to see a full roundup of the gift idea links that were shared in the chat!

Q1: How many of your are planning on giving handmade for the holidays?

  • Q1: Me! Although, I’m ‘cutting’ back this year, opting for more sewing over knitting…goes a bit quicker!@freshstitches
  • A1: Yes, but I’m trying to limit my making to bulk goodies instead of individual projects.@thezenofmaking
  • I’m doing ALL handmade gifts for the 1st time this year!@whitrae

Q2: Speaking of individual vs. bulk, what’s your holiday crafting approach?

  • I like to put together little kits for the kids on my list. Blank dolls to color, or DIY felt puppets with all the supplies.@abbyglassenberg
  • A2: teacher/class gifts are bulk crafting, ditto food gifts. Last year was homemade caramel-a-rama.@penguintrax
  • A2: try to pick projects that are special but not too big to tackle, unless I can start them early [riiight]@xiane_3ravens
  • A2: I like bulk in theory, but usually end up going individual. Bulk that isn’t thoughtful rubs me the wrong way.@thezenofmaking

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Productivity Resources, Part Deaux

Many of you already use cloud-based storage services to make your files accessible from any location with internet access. One of the better known services, DropBox, is used by a number of productivity apps to synch data between your desktop and smart phone. Here are just a few available for iOS:

There are many more available via the iTunes app store.

And for Android:

Fine print: CraftSocial is providing these links as a resource, not as an endorsements. Please research apps based on your needs and platform, making the best decision for you.