Last year, I stitched up this pretty christmas embroidery for Wild Olive for her craft a song of Christmas series. It's so cute! You can pop on over to the Wild Olive blog to download yourself the pattern.
Last month, I shared my four favourite Craftsy classes. But do you know what goes on behind the scenes? Before filming even begins, hours and hours are spent determining what content will be covered in each class, and how to best teach specific techniques to the camera. Instructors work with an instructional designer to create an in-depth outline of each lesson, and decide how to best prepare props or “step-outs” that show what your project should like at different steps. Instead of a scripted class, instructors follow their outlines on camera to create an authentic and engaging teaching experience.
Most Craftsy classes are filmed in one of five Craftsy studios in Denver, CO, assuring that every part of the production process goes off without a hitch. They fly in instructors from all over the world to spend several days filming, then spend several weeks turning hours of footage into a two to three hour class experience that has been watched, rewatched, and reviewed by industry experts. The final result is an HD-quality video that takes you in-depth into specific topics in any given craft category- from cooking and fine art to sewing and knitting.
What IS the Craftsy experience? Craftsy classes are designed to have all the benefits of an in-person class, with none of the drawbacks. Available online and on-demand, you always have world-class instructors at the tip of your fingers. You can retake the class as many times as you want, and the 30-second repeat feature allows you to watch the same section over and over again until you get every technique just right.
Watching a Craftsy class is like having a first-row seat with some of the best instructors in the world. Even better, classes have a 100% money-back guarantee.
Try online learning today with a free mini-class from Craftsy! Choose from 23 Free Craftsy Classes ranging from drawing and painting to sewing and quilting, from knitting to cake decorating and more.
Another baby, another quilt! I had this really cute panel hanging around for a perfect project. When I heard that my sister in law was having her fourth baby - I immediately knew I wanted to use this in a quilt for her. Annabelle arrived the night I sewed on the label. That is some spooky coincidence right there! The retro fabrics were picked up at the Canberra Craft Show and I just loved the stripy binding!
Quilt Specifications: Quilt name: Retro baby Made for: Annabelle (born November 2013). Finished size: 32 x 48 inches. Fabrics used: Children's panel from Spotlight, reproduction fabrics (no selvedges) and a Bari J Ackerman stripe for the binding Pattern: Designed by me. 6 inch panels sewn together randomly Quilting details: Quilted by me with a walking foot. Using a cream cotton, I sewed straight lines across the fabric around 1 inch apart.
Have you been on Craftsy yet? I LOVE Craftsy! It's rather addictive! I have enrolled in several so far and i love watching them when i have a few minutes spare! Every class is value packed with lots of great techniques to be learnt in every class. I guarantee you will find a class that will encourage you to try out your new skills. You might even get a deal on my top four classes by following the links! These four are my favourite Craftsy classes:
I love Sarah's needle turn appliqué technique - an easy way to make some beautiful shapes. This class has so many techniques to learn and she shows many beautiful ideas to create your own quilts. And it is so great to hear that Aussie accent!
Leah's free motion techniques will get your domestic machine humming along nicely. Her teaching style will help you on your way to becoming a confident free motion quilter.
What is Craftsy? Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and more.
Why should I take a class online? Online education isn’t just for schools and universities anymore. Craftsy courses provide you the convenience of a world-class instructor in your home, whenever you want to learn. Online education, no matter what subject, is a great alternative to in-person classes for a number of reasons.
With many online learning opportunities being on-demand, you are able to learn at your own pace, anytime. Online learning is a fantastic alternative to in-store craft classes for people with busy schedules or who have difficulty leaving the house. It also allows you to watch a troubling section over-and-over again, so you can see exactly how a technique is carried out, or refer back to your class for relevant concepts before beginning any new projects. Crystal x
Step one: Enlarge your owl design 400% and trace onto the white fabric using your favourite method. I love the frixion markers - when you iron the fabric the ink disappears! Make sure there is at least an inch clear around all sides of the design.
Step two: Stitch along the lines using backstitch. I used all 6 strands of the floss for a chunky look.
Step three: Give both the fabrics a good press. Turn them right sides together. Sew around the owl about half an inch outside the design. Make sure you leave a two inch opening at the bottom.
Step four: Trim the fabric back to make a half inch seam. Clip any tight corners.
Step five: Turn the owl out the right way through the opening and stuff the toy fill inside.