There has never been a better time to get involved in the British craft industries. Whether you’re thinking about launching your own business or you’re simply looking to broaden your horizons and master a new hobby in your free time, we’ve rounded up the biggest crafting trends for 2019, and scouted out the best ways to learn them in the UK.
5 Crafts Trends for 2019
It might sound unpleasant, but this painting technique can create some really beautiful results. It is an increasingly popular art trend, so expect to see and hear more about it for 2019. So what is dirty pouring? Put simply, it involves adding more than one paint colour into a cup and pouring it across a page or canvas so that the colours mix together as they fall to create interesting colour combinations and patterns. The results can look like marbling or bubbles, and larger scale ‘dirty pours’ are often created using multiple colour combinations.
Best place to learn: You can gather the basics from many online videos but if you want to learn in person, check out this Acrylic Paint Pouring Class in West Yorkshire this February.
Traditional block printing techniques involve using a wooden block with a design carved into it, which creates a repeat pattern on fabric. The technique is making a comeback so if you can’t find your perfect print in the shops right now, there’s never been a better time to make your own.
Best place to learn: Try the Multi-Block Lino Print Class at East London Print Makers, with classes throughout 2019. eastlondonprintmakers.co.uk
If you haven’t worked on a collage since you were plastering your walls with pictures meticulously cut from the pages of Top of the Pops magazine in your teenage years, now could be the time to rediscover an old skill.
Best place to learn: London. Collage hasmade a comeback in 2018, with numerous arts courses cropping up across London, such as the Central St Martins’ ‘Contemporary Collage’ short course.
Finger Knitting & Arm Knitting
The trend for oversized, chunky knitting continues in 2018, with simple finger knitting going one step further to oversized arm knitting with giant chunky yarns. This is a fun crafting trend to try with all the family, and it’s great if you like to see results quickly; your creations will be bigger than you in no time at all.
Best place to learn: London. You can sign up for a three-hour arm knitting class with Tea & Crafting in London, where you’ll leave with your finished blanket. Otherwise check Eventbrite for events happening across the country.
Sewers and fabric collectors rejoice; the art of quilting is trendy again on the crafts scene. Your mum (and her mum) will be thrilled to pass on all her quilting secrets; so grab a granny (or a grandpa) and start collecting scrap fabrics to patch together into beautiful creations, now.
Best place to learn: Nationwide. The Quilters Guild is a great place to check out the best upcoming events near you.