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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Make an Impression: How to Use Transfer Paper for Illustrations

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Drawing |

Transfer paper is a great tool for any illustrator! It can be helpful in all sorts of illustration projects, from easily tracing and transferring tricky imagery such as lettering or architectural structures to transferring a finished sketch to your final working surface. Learn how to use it and even make your own version with this tutorial.

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Woodworking Mistakes to Avoid When Designing Pieces

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Woodworking |

Let's take a look at potential woodworking mistakes – and opportunities – in designing and developing pieces. These design issues are especially important in woodworking and many relate particularly to the wood itself. In an earlier post, I offered woodworking advice, urging woodworkers to take the effort, risk and time to actively design, so now let's look deeper.

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You Won’t Believe it’s Not Butter: How to Make Olive Oil Cake

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Food & Cooking |

Chances are, when you envision olive oil in a food and cooking setting, it's drizzled over citrus-kissed vegetables or slices of freshly baked bread. But prepare to become a believer: this "liquid gold" is a beautiful addition to desserts as well. Here's how to make a delicious, heart healthy olive oil cake!

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How Properly Cook Mushrooms For Maximum Flavor

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Food & Cooking, Gardening | Comments

When cooked properly, mushrooms have a deep flavor, almost meat-like flavor. They can rich, caramelized and intense. Learn how to prepare them correctly in your own dishes for an ingredient and flavor that's hard to resist.

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Make Easy Half-Square Triangles Without Squaring Them Up

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Quilting |

Have you ever wondered how you can make accurate and easy half-square triangles without the agony of squaring them up? This five-step tutorial is the answer to many of your questions and can teach you how to make stunning quilts with ease and efficiency.

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On the Flip Side: How to Choose the Best Lining Fabric

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Sewing |

An interesting lining adds a bit of zing to your handmade garment, but can do so much more! Knowing how to choose the best lining fabric for your piece is essential for quality, comfort and style. Learn about these fabrics and make your next trip to the store a breeze!

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Hey, Four Eyes! Tips for Drawing People Wearing Eyeglasses

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Drawing |

It can be tricky drawing a portrait when your subject wears glasses. These four simple steps will help you draw realistic eyeglasses so they appear as though they're sitting on your subject's face.

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