Have any of you checked out Craftsy yet? I’ve been meaning to do so for a while and finally took a few of their free classes last month. I have to say I was quite impressed with the quality.
The first class I took was Micro Torch Basics. The teacher, Kate Richbourg, was excellent and went into far more detail than I expected in a free class. Of course, the class accomplished its purpose. It made me want to (a) run out and buy a torch, and (b) sign up for more of her classes!
Only a stern reminder that I have absolutely no lack of projects to work on kept me from doing either…. for now. :-D
Next, just for fun I tried Peter Reinhart’s Perfect Pizza at Home class. Although this isn’t a new subject for me, I learned a few things AND discovered a new must-have cookbook. His Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking is the only one I’ve seen that focuses less on the starchy gluten-free flours (most of which I can’t have) and combines that with no refined sugars. Awesomeness.
Finally, I tried one of their paid classes, Sew the Perfect Fit. The importance of good fit was not something I understood when I first started sewing years ago, but now I think it’s the most important thing. Why sew if it doesn’t fit well?
Lynda Maynard’s teaching is amazing. She explains all the steps carefully and clearly, and, most important to me, gives you the logic behind each procedure. (If I don’t know why I should do a thing, I often don’t bother.)
The class even comes with a Vogue pattern, 8766. Lynda shows you how to fit it on three very different body types. One of my favorite quotes of hers, “The problem is never the body. It’s always the garment that doesn’t fit the body.” Isn’t that a great way of thinking?
So far I’ve only watched the class once. The great thing about Craftsy is that once you have taken a class, you can go back and re-watch it as often as you need. This one requires at least a few go-throughs. I hope to find a sewing buddy before I get started on the actual fitting process.
I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes!
Oh, and while looking up the links for you, I was reminded that I’d signed up for all these free classes but haven’t watched them yet.
Sewing Machine Feet from A to Z
Creative Cabled Necklines
The Hand-Painted Cake
Know Your Wool
Sewing Machine 911
So, if you have a little time this weekend, try a crafting class. I think you’ll like it!
Btw, in the interest of full disclosure, I have become an affiliate of theirs, but only because I think they’re awesome!
Happy creating, ya’ll. :-)