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:
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