Monday, May 28, 2018

By Cora Chevalier
Macrame Murder
Cora Crafts Mysteries
By Mollie Cox Bryan

So every once in awhile, I do a craft blog round-up on my blog. But I also do a "trends to watch" feature that I'd share with you.
Here's the trends I'm watching in 2018:

!. Macrame is gaining ground. I'm seeing a great deal of bloggers featuring macrame projects. Macrame is also rocking on Pinterest.

2. Embroidery. I've been an embroiderer for quite some time, but now there's a modern twit on it. Therea lot of feminist sayings patterns out there and I'm loving it. (So is everybody else apparently!)

3. Weaving. As with any trend, it's hard to pinpoint why it's popular. But I wonder if weaving is more popular these days because of the materials. Yarn, for example, is increasingly becoming more interesting and high-quality. Also, with up-cyclers, like me, it's a great way to use old fabric

4. Candle Making. I think this is always a popular craft, but these days it's escalated. I know a lot of up-cylcers are using beautiful old glass to place their candles in,

5. Paper crafting. More than scrapbooking, I'm talking about actual elements you might use on a scrapbook page--like beautiful, detailed paper flowers, envelopes, pockets, and tags. A few years ago, it was all about the digital. This trend is decidedly non-digital.

Have you noticed any crafting trends? Anything new you want to try?

Mollie Cox Bryan writes cozy mysteries with edge and romances with slow, sweet burn. She’s just published the third book in her new Cora Crafts Mystery Series: Macrame Murder. The first book in the series, Death Among the Doilies,  was selected as "Fresh Fiction Not to Miss" and was a  finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award. The second book, No Charm Intended, was named a “Summer 2017 Top 10 Beach Read” by Woman's World. She also wrote the Agatha-award nominated Cumberland Creek Mysteries. Several of the books the series were short-listed for the Virginia Library People's Choice Award. She makes her home at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley, Va., where she works as web designer and writes in the early morning hours. Visit her and sign up for her newsletter at Or follow her on Twitter @molliecoxbryan, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram.  

1 comment:

  1. It's been a while since I've done any embroidery but I'm glad to hear it's returning. Sewing is also becoming more popular, machine-wise. I'm glad to see the return of crafts.