Well, as 2017 draws to a close, it is a good time to reflect. So, each year, I like to do a little round up. Do you have any idea what have been the most popular beading patterns of 2017…?
…I’m about to tell you. Of course, this reflects my own experience. So, you probably know of others, but let’s start with my top ten!
What makes a popular beading pattern?
If I knew the answer to that question, I would have retired several years ago… Only joking – I love beading too much to sit back and stop creating!
Seriously though, if you speak to any designer, they will all say the same. We create what inspires us. Yet, we never know whether that idea is going to prove popular, or inspire others. So, I feel blessed every time I manage to create a pattern that people love.
I would like to be able to give you some insight as to why certain designs make the most popular beading patterns list. I think sometimes it has something to do with fashion. So, sometimes an idea just hits at the right time and reflects other trends in the craft industry, or wider world.
I have noticed that unicorns have suddenly sprung up everywhere…(note to self: must do a unicorn pattern!). Why is this? Who knows?
My Christmas jumpers were another idea that just seems to have hit home this year. (So, yes, they made it onto the top ten list!)
The Top Ten Most Popular Beading Patterns
Well, without further ado, let me reveal my top ten for 2017…
Making it onto the top beading patterns list for a second year, is my little beaded angel. She seems to be ever popular and I hear lovely stories from the customers who bought her. This little angel seems to be eternally popular for selling at craft fairs. So, if you’re someone who likes to sell your beadwork, this could be just the project for you.
I think this may be the only truly ‘shaped seed bead’ project to make it onto the list this year. So, at number nine in the most popular beading patterns, we have my Superduo Duet Bangle.
At number 8, we have the first of a group of last-minute leaders… My Christmas cracker box only appeared in December, so it has done really well to make it into the top ten! (My two were a real hit at our Christmas dinner table…and I refilled them for Boxing Day!)
The first in a little starry theme… my Beaded Star Box pattern has been a very popular new addition. I have other plans for this design. So, you’ll have to keep watching in 2018…
Making it into the top ten for a second year in a row, is my Christmas star ornament. I’ve been selling that pattern for five years now and it still remains popular. I like to try and make a new colour each year!
Shooting straight into the halfway point, I discovered that Christmas jumpers are right on trend this year. This pattern was inspired by my little niece. She is very proud of her Christmas jumper with Rudolf on the front – his nose lights up and flashes! She looks so cute wearing it too!
So, we’re getting to the business end of the chart now… In at number four is my Gingerbread House beaded box. Another favourite, who wouldn’t want to make one?! So, this year, I started selling it with the option to buy a full kit with all the beads too. I think this has gone down well.
Who made the top three? Well, just squeaking in at number three is another beaded box. This parcel box makes such a great gift box. Or just a cute ornament. I made a few in different colours to match different rooms in my house. What have you been doing with yours?
Just missing out on the number one spot this year, my beaded cupcake box. It’s not so long since I published that pattern though. So watch out next year…maybe it will push to the number one spot then…
Now, drum roll please… Which pattern took the honours and made it to the top of the most popular beading patterns for 2017 list?… My beaded Advent calendar! All I can say is, I’m going to have a tough time topping that project in 2018, but I do have some ideas…
What’s in store for 2018?
Can I predict now which patterns will be on the most popular beading patterns list for next year? I doubt it! So, I’m going to keep on beading projects that I love. Then, just hope that some of you love them too! You can find out what I make by following my Facebook page and Pinterest boards.
Thank you all for your huge support during 2017. I hope you all have a brilliant New Year celebration and a great start to 2018.
Last but not least…
Was there a pattern that you were surprised to see on the top ten list? Or, is there something that you think should have made it onto the list, but didn’t? Leave me a comment to let me know.
Plus, if you’re on my mailing list, you’ll be getting a little beading treat this weekend. If you’re not already on the mailing list, then you can still join up in time to get the treat…