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As we enter 2018, it's time to get ahead of the game and study some of the biggest crafting trends that are going to be big over the coming year. From what colours are set to be en vogue, the key styles that are coming our way and what exciting craft must-haves are on the horizon, we asked our expects to predict the top trends in the world of craft for the year ahead…

Ultra violet is the official pantone of the year so think deep blue-based purple from the depths of the galaxy. You can incorporate this into your home décor by adding a splash of the shade in some home-made wall art or subtly introduce them into your craft projects such as a purple mirror glaze cake, a sumptuous velvet knitted throw or even a striking amethyst necklace.

This year’s bold colour of the year brings with it a whole range of intense, dramatic colours to complement the overall theme. So, it’s all about the deep, complex hues that spark imagination and integrity such as midnight green, wine red and burnt orange. Juxtapose these with bright metallics to give a further dimension and richness to your projects.

This colour palette is attached to the mystical and magical theme which is set to continue this year. Think unicorns, mermaids, fairies, and all things fantasy. The colours are often associated with mindfulness and relaxation to transport you into another world where anything is possible.

Taking influence from the catwalk, striking prints and statement patterns are set to be big this year. From the bold and bright sixties floral themes and oversized rainbow patterns to the trusted polka dot and the stylised tartan, don’t be afraid to be adventurous when it comes to your 2018 makes. Art-infused abstract motifs, pop culture prints and geometrics with feminine accents will be particularly on trend and interesting for the craft world. Be playful and whimsical when it comes to your creating; mix and match to develop unique and exciting designs.

Looking more specifically into the world of crafting, bullet journaling is set to be huge this year. Your journal will allow you to keep focussed and on top of all your tasks while allowing you the freedom to be creative and create a truly personalised scrapbook of the entire year. Other craft trends include the rise of modern calligraphy and lettering. There are numerous calligraphy varieties, but the best type of beginners is ‘faux’. This is a modern from which can be created with a ballpoint or rollerball pen. So, if you’ve never ventured into this craft before, this is the time to give it a go! Knitting and crochet has seen a huge resurgence in recent years, and for good reason. It’s a great way to wind down and relax at the end of the day whilst also making gorgeous, personalised home wares or creating cute fashion wares for the little ones in your life.

With all of these exciting new ventures, Create and Craft are at the helm of bringing you the best products to get the most out of your new crafting habits. With world launches from your favourite brands and brand new suppliers coming our way, we are so excited for 2018 and we hope you are too!