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Creative World review - Messe, Frankfurt January 2017

We had the privilege of attending Creative World in Messe, Frankfurt this year. What a way to start 2017 there was no end of inspiration across all of the halls, from stationary, gift wrap and greeting cards the talent was everywhere and the key trends were repeated throughout the show.

There was various takes on the modern and clean look that we are seeing across fabrics, fashion, interiors and stationary at the moment. Limited colour palettes and monochrome designs where seen in various ways. One of our favourite’s was this music note print, simple but very versatile.

Bold stripes, polka dots and heavy block colours mixed with metallics such as silver, gold and copper create a sophisticated look, something that was echoed again over at Christmas world.

Soft pastels such as mint, blush, sky blues and greys were also mixed with bolder colours to create a minimalist look. A clean work area equals a clean mind and this stationary certainly helps to create this space.

Memes, life quotes and motivational phrases have been particularly popular on social media recently and have made their way onto notebooks, calendars and post cards to serve as daily reminders! We are not sure if this will make its way onto fabric but with an increased trend in DIY homeware and with a growing number of Pinterest users people are looking at ways to create a personal space on a budget,. We have already seen this with embroidery hoops, and maybe inspirational quilts will be something we see next!

We always do really well with novelty designs and they are always popular amongst crafters. Some of our favourite character prints at the show were of crocodiles, frogs, and pet prints such as dogs and cats, perfect for all ages.

One of the trends we have seen across all areas for a while now is Tropical Paradise, from Parrots, Flamingos, Pineapples and bright, bold Cacti and Succulents this is a trend that doesn’t show any signs of slowing down and will continue throughout the summer, just in time for our brand new Tropicana fat quarter set launching in Hobbycraft at the end of next month.

Sticking to the bright and fun colour palette we saw the ‘Curious Funfair’ trend which we predict to be the next big thing!

We also loved the great outdoors theme from sage’s to browns this earthy palette is very versatile and was prevalent again over at Christmas world with natural textures such as wood and bark with a raw rustic feel.

With plenty of ideas to get our head’s around it will be a busy year ahead at Craft Cotton Co!

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