Thursday, November 27, 2014

Virtual Teachers Part 3: Creativelive idea of CreativeLive  is simple: these are video classes that you can watch for free, and if you register (which is free) you can participate in the class using chat. There are four channels streaming very interesting content in HD, all you need is a laptop and you can start learning, just like that.

I discovered creativelive when Photojojo promoted their adobe photoshop classes. I learned all I could about my camera and post processing from those classes. There is the added benefit that thee classes are taken by people mad about their passion, so it is extremely inspiring to watch them. The have crafting, business, music, art classes live, and if you can find the time, it is a fantastic investment.

So go on, click through, and tell me what you think of the site. Happy surfing!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Virtual teachers: Part 2: Sew Mama Sew

Sew Mama SewLast week, I talked about craftsy. Today, I introduce a site that was there almost from the beginning of the online crafting explosion: Sew mama sew.  

This was a fountain of ideas right from the beginning, by utilizing one great resource: the audience. the SMS forums were a haven for new moms bitten by the sewing bug, but with no idea where to begin. They have a huge collection of free detailed  tutorials to sew everything from baby bibs to quilts, and everything in between.

Their annual "handmade holidays" encourage many a crafter to add  gorgeous handmade gifts to the holiday giftstash. I believe they introduced the distinction between homemade-looking and quality hadmade.Get some of their tutorials for handmade gifts you can make.

They  host a biannual giveaway day, where individuals across the sewing community give away stuff- for free- just for the fun of it.

They also host a lot of sewing book reviews,and usually have at least one free project from each book they feature.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Virtual teachers: Part 1: Craftsy

How do I learn sewing skills in a  country with no sewing instructors? Online, of course! In this series that I begin today, I will introduce a few of the excellent teachers I have on the web.. so that you can use them too, if you have the inclination.
As the first, I will introduce Craftsy. It is a design community that teaches you stuff through online video classes. I have found it extremely useful to learn new skills and their HD videos and interactive classes  are as good as having the instructor in the room with me. Go on, check it out. Visit the following FREE classes, gain a feel of the place.

Sew Ready: Machine Basics Get some instruction on using your sewing machine from Babylock, one of the sewing machine companies.

Get a beginner bagmaking class free from Kirstin Link of Sew Mama Sew, (another great resource).

Bag-Making Basics: Drawstring Bag & Bucket BagGet a beginner painting class, pizza making class, even a knife skills class.. all for free.

So go on, click through, and tell me what you think of the site. Happy surfing!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

felt crafting : owl tag and lace zipper purse

There is nothing sweeter than a little owl in felt. A little bit of handstitching, a tiny scrap for a beak.. how cute is this!! And to add to the cute factor, a lace zipper pouch, made with felt and lined with the cutest fabric i can find. What do you think? would a ten year old like this?


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