The new year is nearly upon us, and as with every New Year's celebration , it comes with a whole new range of trends, predictions, and new looks to introduce into your home in 2017.
The year ahead is tipped to be filled with DIY projects, natural colours and textures, and a move away from technology. Get ready for a few months of auction trawling for unusual pieces, upcycling, and creating your own unique haven at home. A return to rustic features, combined with warm colours, is on the cards, as well as maintaining some principles of the 2016 craze Hygge, with escapism and meditation featuring heavily in design features for the year.
So what can we expect to see in the design world in 2017? Here are the features we're tipping to be big this year:
1. Greenery - Pantone's Colour of the Year.
Pantone have named 'Greenery' as the colour of the year, suggesting a big focus on this vibrant shade to come in 2017. This fresh shade of green is sure to highlight the arrival of spring, and keep your home vibrant and lively throughout the year.
Accents of this shade are perfect for creating splashes of colour in a room, so keep an eye out for cushions, curtains and throws in that perfect shade of green!
Technology has made its way into every aspect of our lives, and now as we reach 2017, people are trying to move away and create spaces for meditation and relaxation. This means comfy nooks and crannies, designed for getting cosy with a cup of tea and a book.
This follows on from one of 2016's big trends, Hygge, celebrating everything warm, comfy, and cosy.
Rustic, warm, and inviting - Terracotta is set to be one of the biggest trends of 2017. Whether it's updating your flooring, or adding terracotta accents with flower pots, this warm reddish tone is set to feature heavily in home design throughout 2017.
Even soft furnishings can play into this trend. By adopting the warm tones of terracotta for your cushions, curtains or throws, you can make the most of this warm, subtle shade.
4. Rustic Charm
From farmhouses to distressed furniture, the rustic look is making a comeback. Whether it's cheap and cheerful pieces you picked up from a local auction or sale, or that old cabinet hidden away in the attic, if it's old and a little battered, it's the perfect piece for your home in 2017.
Exposed beams and brickwork are certain to become even more popular, as the 'old farmhouse' look re-emerges as one of the favoured interior design trends of the year. So for 2017, whatever you're decorating, make sure to add that rustic element!
5. Recycled Pieces
As everyone looks towards creating a sustainable future, recycling is starting to make an impression on the world of interior design. By reclaiming old, unloved pieces, you could do more than just save yourself a fortune - you could also end up with some beautiful, unique pieces to place around your home.
Whether it's upcycling pieces you already own, or salvaging furniture, tiles, or wooden beams to make your own pieces, this is the year to get creative, cut costs, and think sustainability.
Have you made any interior design predictions for the coming year? Or will you be renovating your home in line with one of these fantastic trends? Let us know in the comments!
We all dream of creating the perfect Christmas - with hot chocolate, beautifully wrapped gifts, milk out for Santa Clause, and of course stocking hung over the fireplace.
What better way to create a fairytale Christmas than with your own personalised, handmade Christmas stocking? Make one for everyone in the family, and pack them full of fun Christmas gifts just in time for Christmas morning!
Here's how you can create your very own beautiful Christmas stocking. Just download our free stocking pattern, and get started!
Make a template by folding the paper in half. Draw 2 curved lines, one 1.5" down and another 18" down from folded corner.
Cut along the lines.
Open the template out & place the straight edge (with neck opening) on the fold of the main fabric. Cut & repeat for the batting.
Cut an opening section from outer edge to neck in each piece.
Fold the template in half & half again to give a segment template. Cut 2 of each x4 fabrics, adding a 1/4" seam allowance. Sew the fabric segments together in alternating patterns & press the seams open.
Pin the batting and back together.
Sew the lace in position around the bottom edge, raw edge to raw edge using a 1/8" seam allowance.
Pin the segmented front on top of the back, right sides together, making sure the lace is tucked in sew around, on the batting side, leaving a 6" gap on one side of the opening section.
Trim the excess & make notches in the neck before turning right side out through the 6" gap.
Press, and sew down the joins between each segment, then stitch the opening closed.
Cut the ribbon into 6 equal lengths and space down the opening section, with 3 on each side.
It's never too early or late to indulge in some Christmas crafting! What better way to mark the excitement of Christmas than to count down each day with a hidden treat or secret message from an Advent Calendar?! Simply follow our easy steps below to create your own!
Sew 6 squares together using 0.5" seam allowance x 4 times. Press open the seams and press 0.5" hem along the bottom and sides. Press 0.25" twice across the top pockets. Sew lace in place across top of all 4 rows.
Iron numbers in place on lace on each pocket.
Layer back, batting, and front, and tack together. Place first row 1.5" down from the top and in from sides. Sew around 3 sides and down each pocket join. Sew second, third, fourth row 1" below the previous row.
Fold 6 lengths of ribbon in half and pin raw edges to top and back, spacing evenly. Sew in place 1/8" from edge. Fold remaining ribbon in lengthwise and sew around all four side, encasing raw edges and overlapping ends.
Point hanging loops up, making sure they are the same length and sew again to secure.
Thread a pole through loops and hang your calendar.
Christmas is growing ever closer, and each year we are left with the dilemma: what do I get for my nearest and dearest?
Thankfully, some people have such a vast range of interests that you can always find them a quirky, fun, and useful gift. Crafters are one such group of people! If you have someone who loves to work with their hands in your family, what better way to show your love this Christmas than to give them the gift of creativity? Craft gifts come with all the joy of creating your own project, whether it's a jumper, a dress, or some beautiful cards, as well as the pleasure of enjoying your creation for years after it's finished!
Whether your loved one is an experienced dressmaker, or a beginner paper crafter, you're sure to find a crafty gift that's going to suit them. There are loads of different options available, so let's take a look at a few gift ideas:
1. A Sewing Machine
Anyone who's interested in creating their own fashion design and making their own clothes will absolutely love a sewing machine this Christmas. Even a very basic model can let you create amazing and unique fashion pieces! This gift comes with hours of enjoyment, fun, and creativity, so it really is the gift that keeps on giving.
2. A Bodyform
What dressmaker doesn't dream of a model who can't fidget, complain, or leave? The Adjustoform Sewdeluxe Leg Body Form is a perfect gift for anyone who loves to create their own designs. You can easily alter it to a huge variety of dress sizes, perfect for making clothes for other people.
A bodyform is the perfect way to measure and create designs, without bribing a friend to stand for you while you get to work!
3. Amazing Craft Kits
Craft is taking the world by storm. From adult colouring books, to a resurge in knitting, people are starting to come back to creating home accents with their own hands, for truly unique pieces (as well as a new skill!).
Give someone you love the gift of creativity and fun with a craft kit, whether it's therapeutic zenbroidery or knitting up a storm!
4. A Beautiful Craft Box
What do you get for the crafter who has everything? Somewhere to put it all!
Delight the craft fanatic in your family with a beautiful sewing or craft box - perfect for keeping all those small bits and bobs that are essential for craft neatly tidied away and easy to find!
For a little extra treat, why not fill the box before you give it as a gift? There are countless craft and dressmaking items that are perfect for filling up these boxes - and they're sure to give the recipient a wonderful surprise!
5. Something Seasonal!
Christmas is a great time for crafters. From making your own home and Christmas tree decorations, to knitting scarves, hats and gloves to protect against the chilly weather, there's plenty to keep any crafter busy! Gift the crafters you love with some fantastic Christmas craft items, for decorating their homes, trees, and more - plus, they'll have a wonderful token to enjoy for years to come.
Whatever their interests, you're sure to find a meaningful, fun, and crafty gift for any friend or family member at Hickeys! Why not take a look at all of our fantastic Christmas stock?
Halloween is nearly here, and we're promoting creativity and fun this year with our Halloween Spooktacular Kids' Costume Competition! Win your choice of Hamper, packed full of children's goodies that all the family will enjoy.
If you love getting creative, test your skills against other crafters and sewers by creating your best children's Halloween and entering. Creating unique Halloween costumes for yourself or your child is fun, and a perfect group activity for all the family. Both adults and kids can enter, so there's no excuse not to get all the family involved!
How to enter:
Entering is easy! Just follow these steps to enter your home made Halloween costume.
Like the Home Focus Facebook page, and comment underneath the competition post with a picture of your entry.
Five finalists will be selected for further judging, and the winner will be selected from this group.
What will you win?
The lucky winner of the Home Focus at Hickeys Halloween Spooktacular Competition will get to choose between two fantastic hampers. All you have to do is let us know which one you would like if you win (or even if you'd like a mix of both!).
Looking for inspiration:
Our Halloween costumes are the perfect inspiration to get you started on your own unique design, and are full of great ideas for using different fabrics such as netting, felt, faux fur, and more! Experiment with different fabrics, or take a look at our list of recommended fabrics and trimmings for Halloween costume making.
Remember, you can use any fabric or craft item from Hickeys or Home Focus stores, so feel free to get creative and think outside the box. We love to see unusual and inspiring use of fabrics and other materials!
Terms & Conditions:
All costumes made be made by the entrant and feature exclusively fabrics purchased from any Hickeys or Home Focus store. Costumes that do not meet this condition will be disqualified.
This competition is open to residents of Ireland & the UK.
The closing date for entries is 1st November 2016, and the winner will be announced soon after!
No staff of Hickey & Company, or family of staff members, will be permitted to enter the competition.
There is no competition entry fee, but entrants will be required to cover the cost of their entry.
All costumes must be suitable for a child to wear.
Winner will be chosen by an independent expert judge. This decision is final.
Entrants will be disqualified for entering any costume that is not their own work, or that contain unapproved fabrics.
Hickey & Company reserve the right to disqualify any entry deemed to breach the conditions of the competition.
The winner will be notified by email and/or letter within 7 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 7 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current Irish data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
The Danish concept of 'Hygge' is taking the world of interior design by storm, and for good reason.
But what is Hygge? And should you care?
Hygge, pronounced 'hoo-gah', is the Danish idea of comfy and cosy living. This includes enjoying down-time with family and friends, as well as taking that hour to yourself to wrap up in a blanket with a hot cup of tea with a good book, guilt free. This idea has made its way into interior design, with warm throws and blankets with chunky wool knits and comforting candles dominating idea-sharing networks such as Pinterest & Instagram in the last few weeks and months.
Unlike some other interior trends, however, Hygge isn't hard to achieve. Plus, it promotes DIY crafts such as knitting and sewing, which are perfect for down-time and meditation.
Hygge is one of the easiest trends to achieve at home, so it's perfect for anyone to try. Here's how you can get started:
1. Start crafting!
Crafting is the perfect activity when you're looking for some alone time. What's better for promoting a peaceful outlook than sitting down and spending an hour quietly knitting or sewing? No distractions, no multi-tasking, just you and your craft. After all, in this busy, non-stop world, we all need some time to switch off and relax. So get knitting or crafting today!
2. Promote warmth & comfort at home.
Many interior design trends don't list comfort as a priority. This is not the case with Hygge. If it's not warm and comfortable, it's not Hygge. If you want to get in on this trend, you need to create a home that's a haven for the weary. Place warm throws on your couches and arm chairs. Ensure scented candles are adding an ambiance in the evening. Prepare decluttered spaces for hobbies, such as a quiet reading corner with a comfortable chair, nice blanket, and a convenient space for your cup of tea. Before you know it, your home will be the living embodiment of Hygge!
3. Decorate with calming colours.
When decorating your home for comfort, it's important to utilise colours that you find calming. Try choosing neutral, natural or pastel shades to maintain a relaxed atmosphere. Whether it's cushions, throws, or pictures around the room, promoting calmness and peacefulness when decorating should always be front of mind.
4. Use the right textures
What creates a comforting and warm effect better than wool, felt, and other cosy textures? Choose knitted throws, velvet cushions, and other textures you might like. Pick what suits you too - use materials that may have a nostalgic value to you, and create your own personalised refuge from the stresses of life within your home.
5. Keep it up outside the home
Hygge isn't just for weekends, it's for life! Promote calmness and balance on a day to day basis too. This means spending time with friends and family, taking a walk, enjoying a guilt-free slice of cake, or taking a long, uninterrupted bath. Generally, just take time to stop and smell the roses. Make sure you take some time to yourself on a daily basis, and indulge in the activities that make you happy!
There's good reason why residents of Denmark are noted as being the happiest in the world. It's a country where peacefulness and self-care are widely promoted, and the world is starting to take note as countries and communities across the world begin to mimic this ideology - from the world of fashion, to food.
Add Hyyge to your home with ease:
Get involved in one of the world's healthiest trends, and let us know your best Hygge tips and tricks, for creating a peaceful, balanced life!
Tie the elastic around the back of a chair to keep it taut while you work.
Cut all the netting into 3" strips.
Fold each net strip in half to form a loop, and slip the loop under the elastic.
Thread the ends of the strips through the loop over the elastic, pulling tight to secure. Attach all the strips of netting to the elastic in this manner, leaving 6 strips aside to use for the shoulder straps.
Tie the elastic around the chest to determine the size required, and tie in a bow at the back.
To make the shoulder straps, attach 3 strips to either side of the front of the dress by tacking on or tying them to the elastic.
Drape the strips over the shoulders and attach them to the back on the dress. Trim off any excess netting.
Finish the costume by decorating the top of the dress with flower corsages or other decorations.
Trace and cut out the pattern pieces so you have 2 brim pieces and 1 cone piece in felt, and 1 brim piece and 1 cone piece in the Halloween fabric.
For the cone shape, place the Halloween fabric over the felt and tac in place.
Fold over the fabric with the Halloween fabric inside and sew the cone pieces together down the side with a 1/4" seam. Turn right side out.
For the brim, place the Halloween fabric over one brim piece and tac in place. This will be the top brim.
Sew the top and bottom brim pieces together.
With the Halloween fabric facing out, sew around the entire outer edge using a 1/8" seam.
Place the cone piece inside the inner circle of the brim and pin the cone to the brim.
Sew around the entire opening of the hat.
Decorate the hat by wrapping the swansdown trim around the base of the cone where it meets the brim, and hand sew in to place.
Create something truly unique this Halloween for a night of trick or treating that you'll never forget. Plus, when it's so easy to create a memorable costume, you can get the kids involved and make creating this Witch's dress a family activity!
Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to prepare your children's costumes than to make them yourself!
It's easy to create a beautiful and unique Halloween costume with Hickey's Easy Sew Wooki Jedi Costume - complete with pants, bag & mask to complete the look. It's the perfect Halloween costume for any Star Wars fan, and is sure to turn heads this October.
Cut a slight oval shape on the fold to make a neck hole.
Fold the fabric right sides together and sew up the sides, leaving a space of approximately 6" to insert the arms.
For the arms, make 2 tubes by cutting 0.3m of fur, folding the fabric, and cutting on the fold to make two pieces.
Fold each piece length ways, right sides together, and sew up the long side to form the tubes.
Shape the top of each tube into a slight curve to attach to the shoulder.
With every piece inside out, attach the curved edge of each arm into the 6" spaces left in the top.
Pin in place, and sew.
Turn the top right side out, disregarding hems as the fur will hang down and disguise any raw edges.
For the Pants:
Each pant leg is a straight tube, like the arms.
Cut 0.4m of fur and cut in half on the hold to create two leg pieces.
Fold over the fabric length ways and right sides together to create a tube.
Shape the tube at the top to form the crotch by cutting out a reverse L shape.
Sew up the long side of each tube.
Sew the legs together at the crotch area.
Cut the elastic in half and attach the 2 straps at the back of the trousers, then criss-crossing the elastic to resemble braces, and attaching the other 2 ends to the front of the pants. This means you won't require any buttons or zips.
For the Bag:
Cut a long strip about 4" wide x 1.4m long of the leatherette.
Sew or glue the length of the plaited trim down the centre of the leatherette strip.
Stick on the square foam stickers along either side of the trim strip, spacing them 0.5" apart.
Fold over the remaining leatherette and cut out an oval shape using a plate. This forms the bag.
To attach the bag to the strap, sew bag hooks to each end of the strap.
Sew the bag rings to either edge of the bag and click the hook and rings together.
Decorate the bag with studs, leather straps, or a button.
For the Mask:
Paint glue all over the mask.
Use some of the left over fur to place over the mask.
Once dry, cut out the eye and mouth holes, and glue a small triangle of leatherette to the nose.
For the hood, cut out a piece of fur 0.25m wide x 0.4m long.
Fold it over, with the right sides together and sew up along the long side, curving at the top.
Cut off the excess around the curve to create a hood shape.
To attach the hood to the mask, attach the stick & stick velcro along the outside of the mask, and stick the front of the hood to the velcro to create the full head of fur, tucking in the excess.
Create something truly unique this Halloween for a night of trick or treating that they'll never forget. Plus, when it's so easy to create a memorable costume, you can get the kids involved in making it too!
Measure the length of the cape from shoulder to waist.
Fold the fabric in half, and then in half again.
Starting in the bottom corner, measure the length of the cape. Mark out a 1/4 circle with chalk by placing the tip of the measuring tape in the corner of the fabric and pivot the end of the tape to make the circle, marking the desired length as you move across the fabric, making an arc shape.
For the neck hole, cut out a small 1/4 circle at the corner of the fabric, using the neck of a t-shirt as a size guide.
Open up your circle so it's folded in half, making a large 1/2 circle shape.
Draw a slanted line from one side of the neck hole to the bottom - this should be around 1/4 of the size of a full cape. Cut this piece off to create the front opening.
Draw some freehand spider-web shapes and inverted scallops along the bottom edge to give a web-like effect.
Pinch the fabric carefully in the middle of the shapes and nick with the scissors. Then carefully cut out each shape to create the lattice effect.
Wundaweb or sew the ribbon along the neck line to tie at the front.
Create something truly unique this Halloween for a night of trick or treating that you'll never forget. Plus, when it's so easy to create a memorable costume, you can get the kids involved!
We are delighted to offer a range of FREE In-store Events & Craft Demonstrations in a selection of Hickeys Fabrics and Home Focus at Hickeys stores for Autumn/Winter 2016. (Please note, you do not need to register, and all are welcome!) If you have any questions or require further information, please contact us at email@example.com
Christmas Mini Makes
Dublin - Hickeys Fabrics, 5 Henry Street, Dublin 1 - Saturday 5th November 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00
Dublin - Hickeys Fabrics, 5 Henry Street, Dublin 1 - Saturday 26th November 2016 - 14:30 - 16:00
Dublin - Hickeys Fabrics, 5 Henry Street, Dublin 1 - Saturday 3rd December 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00
Dublin - Home Focus, The Park, Carrickmines, Dublin 18 - Saturday 5th November 2016 - 14:30 - 16:00
Dublin - Home Focus, The Park, Carrickmines, Dublin 18 - Saturday 3rd December 2016 - 14:30 - 16:00
Dublin - Home Focus, The Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24 - Saturday 26th November 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00
Dublin - Home Focus, Blanchardstown Retail Park, Dublin 15 - Saturday 19th November 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00
Dublin - Home Focus, Northside Retail Park, Dublin 5 - Saturday 19th November 2016 - 14:30 - 16:00
Galway - Hickeys Fabrics, Corbett Court Shopping Centre , Williamsgate Street - Saturday 12th November 2016 - 11:00 - 14:00
Galway - Hickeys Fabrics, Corbett Court Shopping Centre , Williamsgate Street - Friday 25th November 2016 - 11:00 - 14:00