Fashion Report: Spring 2019 NeedleArts Trends
By Heather Zoppetti, TNNA Yarn Group Chair
Spring has sprung in full force here in the Northern hemisphere — everything is blooming. Renewal and rejuvenation can be felt in both nature and, perhaps, in the industry. I, personally, always look forward to spring as a time to reevaluate and rethink strategies and products, a "spring cleaning" if you will. For business, let’s look to the fashion world for some trend-based craft inspiration.
Crochet is BIG. If you haven’t learned to crochet yet, now is a great time. If you already know how, this spring is the perfect time to teach someone else! Crochet sweaters and accessories are ideal for spring and summer because crochet can do lace like nobody’s business. Gone are the days of crochet being just "granny squares" and toilet paper covers. There is an abundance of beautiful and fashionable patterns. If you haven’t checked out crochet patterns in a while, I recommend giving them another look...you will be surprised!
Blocks of color, whether two or more, are everywhere. Shirts, dresses and even accessories are getting the color-block treatment. Bold blocks of color are fun and easy to incorporate into a bright, spring wardrobe. If you’re knitting, crochet or weaving, color-blocking is a great way to add visual interest to your garments or to use multiple hues of yarn.
Pops of color, especially neon against neutrals, make for a bold, trendy statement. While neutrals are always popular, this season is seeing creators add just a hint of something bright amid a neutral backdrop for added excitement. Consider incorporating neon stripes into a project or just a touch of neon in a border. Another idea? Introduce a bright neon accessory to an otherwise neutral outfit.
Fun sleeve shapes are everywhere! Whether bell, puff or bow-adorned sleeves, the creative shapes emerging are sure to make your design on-trend. While bell sleeves are mostly of the long variety, puff sleeves can be either long or short. The same goes for sleeves adorned with bows. (Note: While I included bows here with sleeves, the bow trend can really be seen everywhere — from sleeves to cuffs, waistbands and even necklines!)
Join me again next quarter to discover what’s new and trendy for Summer 2019. Then, for a preview for what’s hot for Fall 2019 and Winter 2020, be sure to check out the 2019 TNNA Summer NeedleArts Trade Show in Cleveland, June 19–23, where industry exhibitors and designers will be showcasing their latest items for upcoming seasons!