I don't think I'd call it a trend, but it's something I've been seeing more and more, hand stitiching with embroidery or multiple strands of thread. The stitches are purposely large and meant to be seen as a part of the design process. Definitely something I'd like to try if... I... ever... find more time in the day.
:: Alabama Chanin Dress -- Completed (with a little help from my mom) by Melanie Falick
:: Alabama Chanin Refashion by Stitched In Color