We’re wrapping up our Reflections + Predictions from sewing industry leaders with Bari Ackerman from Bari J. Designs. Bari Ackerman is a popular fabric designer who also lends her beautiful artistry to wall art, home decor, stationery, cards, wall murals, wall paper, stencils and more. We asked Bari to join us with what she noticed in 2015 and what’s next for her in the new year. Kristin Link of Sew Mama Sew will have a wrap up post tomorrow with her thoughts…

Don’t miss a single Reflections/Predictions post: Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness, Mandy Leins of Mandalei Quilts, Jenny Rushmore of Cashmerette, Sandi Sawa Hazlewood of Crafty Planner, Alex Veronelli of Aurifil, Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio, Sherri Lynn Wood of Daintytime, Melissa Averinos, Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft, Abby Glassenberg of While She Naps + Abby Glassenberg Design and Amber Corcoran from Fancy Tiger Crafts.

Sew Mama Sew: Looking back on the sewing scene in 2015, what trends stand out?

  • I noticed a lot more people trying garment sewing and the use of knits and voiles.
  • I also noticed less of an emphasis on negative space with solids in quilts, and more people trying to go outside the box with mixing and matching fabrics.
  • There were a lot of prints that featured animals in fabrics.
  • There was also more experimentation with paper piecing and appliqué.

SMS: Who knocked your socks off and why?
Bari: Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness. Her patterns are so incredibly well done and beautiful. She released her second handbag book this year and it’s awesome. On top of that, she keeps such a great attitude and fosters community. She’s the hardest worker I know too! I can’t say enough good things, really.

Bari’s Latest Fabric with Art Gallery Fabrics

SMS: Favorite things? (Fabric collections, patterns, books, thread, tools, podcasts, classes, websites, events, etc.)

  • I loved Michelle Muska’s book, Quilting the New Classics, which came out this year.
  • I’m totally partial of course, but I gotta say, the quality of Art Gallery Fabrics is truly amazing. I’m blown away by the voiles, knits and canvas substrates too. I promise, even if I didn’t design for them, I’d say the same thing.

SMS: What do you think 2016 has in store?
Bari: In fabric (and design in general), you’re likely to see a lot more boho on the way and more floral and plants. I’m guessing there will be a bunch of tropical designs.

SMS: Who do you think are rising stars in the industry?
Bari: I think you’ll see a lot of great things from Katie Skoog of The Simple Life Pattern Company, I’m betting on more greatness from my friend Cristy Fincher who launched her first Craftsy class in 2015 and I think Maureen Cracknell has a lot more awesome sauce up her sleeve!

SMS: What did you do this year that you’re most proud of?
Bari: I did a rebranding this year that I’m really proud of, and painting influenced my designs a ton more… Something that was not accidental.

SMS: What can we expect from you in 2016? Any big projects, life changes or goals you can share?
Bari: I will have two more lines of fabric with Art Gallery Fabrics, of course, and a whole bunch of licensed products, etc., coming out in 2016 that I’m DYING to share. There’s big stuff on the horizon! I can’t wait!