From time to time I like to blog about what’s going on with Craftsy and which classes I’m taking. In fact, I recently wrote up an article about online learning and got to interview a few Craftsy “sewlebrities” in the process. (By the way, this article will appear in a future issue of one of my favorite magazines, and I’ll share some more “behind the scenes” once it’s published).
I recently asked Craftsy to create a link to all of their free classes so I could find them more quickly. I was very pleased that they replied to my request and created one. Just click here to check out their free content!
My favorite? Hands down, the QuiltCon lecture series. Even though I attended in person, there were a bunch of things I missed, especially Mary Fons’ rockin’ speech! So it was great to go back and watch these videos. Sigh, it’s almost like being there again. :- )
My other top pick for free classes is Elizabeth Hartman’s Creative Quilt Backs class. Several months ago I was thinking someone needed to write a book or something about piecing fun quilt backings and I found her class. I just love serendipity like that, don’t you?
So anyway, enjoy a bunch of free classes. The way I look at it is that it helps spread out the cost of any of the paid classes I sign up for. Which by the way, once my sewing room is all cleaned up I can get caught up on watching and reviewing the classes I’ve signed up for.
What’s next on my list? Camille Roskelley’s Precut Piecing Made Simple. I told myself I need to watch this one before I sign up for her new class that she just released, called Playful Piecing Techniques.
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.