Showcase Your Talent in the First Craftsy Pattern Design Awards!

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in All, Crocheting, Embroidery, Jewelry Making, Knitting, Paper Crafts, Quilting, Sewing | Comments

This October, we want to celebrate the amazing pattern designers whose hard work and creativity has given us the tools we need to create incredible projects. Read on to find out more — including how you can be entered to win the Craftsy class of your choice!

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Frame Your Fabric Using Fussy Cutting in Appliqué

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in Embroidery, Quilting |

Make your fabric the focal point of your next piece! Learn how to incorporate fussy cutting into your hand and machine appliqué to create designs that are as artistic as they are structural.

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Burning Budget: Why Are Camera Lenses So Expensive?

Posted by on Oct 25, 2014 in Photography | Comments

At first glance for photographers just starting to acquire gear, the price differences between very similar lenses seem crazy. Why is one 50mm lens only $100, while another can be $1500 or more? Why is one zoom lens with a small range so much more expensive than one with a huge range? Learn why some lenses are better than others — and why that may affect how much you should expect to pay for them.

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Wearing Silverware: How to Make a Spoon Ring

Posted by on Oct 25, 2014 in Jewelry Making |

There are pieces of jewelry that come and go based on current trends, then there are those that last a lifetime and longer. The spoon ring is an excellent example of a timeless classic. Some think that the rings origins date back to the 1600s. Here's a quick and easy way to make your own!

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Table Saw Buying Guide: Shopping For the Best Table Saw For You

Posted by on Oct 25, 2014 in Woodworking |

Have you shopped for a table saw and felt overwhelmed at all the choices? Follow along as I break down the main categories of table saws and think through other considerations to narrow down the choices into a few options.

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Create Stunning Watercolor Leaves With Distress Inks and Dies

Posted by on Oct 25, 2014 in Paper Crafts | Comments

Being right in the middle of the glorious fall season, I find there is so much inspiration from all the beautiful colors of the leaves falling everywhere! With that in mind I wanted to create a card with the various colors of the fall leaves using my Distress Inks, watercolor paper and some leaf-shaped steel dies. Read on to discover a fun technique on how to make distress ink cards!

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Halloween Cake Decorating: Making a Simple Striped Halloween Cake

Posted by on Oct 25, 2014 in Cake Decorating |

If you want to bake a Halloween dessert that will really pop, it should definitely include black and orange icing, and you can't get much more dramatic than this black and orange striped cake. It's bold, it's fun and, most importantly, it is easy to make. Read on to find out how to create a black and orange striped cake to kick off your spooktacular Halloween celebrations!

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Hungry Machine? How to Stop Your Sewing Machine from Eating Fabric

Posted by on Oct 25, 2014 in Sewing |

A hungry sewing machine is a common problem among sewers. But there are a few things you can do to starve that hungry sewing machine and never lose another inch of precious fabric. Read on for 8 helpful tips!

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