By Craft Trends Contributor, Trent Jaxon.
Brrrrr Crafters! It’s cold outside. My motto has always been: when the weather decides to let it snow, let it snow, let it snow that means it’s time to sew, time to sew, time to sew!
2011 is bringing us some great things for the textile inclined. For starters there is some amazing fabric out there. But I will save that for a different time. Let’s look at some hot new notions and threads that will totally kick your haberdashery.
Let’s start with cutting. There is a great new ruler from Sullivan’s that is edged with a diamond grit paper. This awesome new innovation sharpens your rotary blade while you cut. It’s a great and easy way to make the most out of your blades. Couple that with a needle sharpening mat from USA Sharpeners and you are going to get a huge bang for your buck.
Next, on to quilt tools. As a new generation of quilters is expanding their skills, things like English Paper Piecing are coming back to the forefront. This more advanced skill can be made easier using precut shapes. Paper Pieces has stepped forward to provide a great line of products to help you. Expect to see more tools and supplies like these for your more advanced projects including free motion quilting and hand appliqué.
There are always a ton of embellishments out there but there are a couple of continuing trends to look at. The first is buttons. Expect to see colorful buttons on everything from clothes to home décor to quilts. Buttons Galore has been a great resource for these bold pieces of fabric flare. They have some new color combinations to take a look at. For more traditional buttons Blumenthal just did a re-release of their slimline button series. They have condensed and reorganized their offering to include just the most popular sizes and colors to make shopping for that perfect match, that much easier.
The next are pre-made embellishments. A brand, new product line to see are the new Sew On Soft Touches embellishments from Dritz. They have both jewels and premade fabric embellishments. These are a great and quick way to add a little touch of awesome to your projects.
If you want to make your own bit of awesome check out the new Flower Frill templates from Clover. These are a great addition to their already established line of embellishment templates.
As you can see this is going to be a great year for sewing! I am excited to see what the rest of the year has in store. And stay tuned as next time we will be looking at this year’s hottest new fabrics to use with all of these wonderful notions. Until then…
Keep It Trenty!