Friday, November 29, 2013

Behind the scenes of a craftsy class

Just in time for the Black Friday Craftsy Sale...
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. 

Crystal x

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Retro baby quilt

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.

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