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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Honeycomb Knitting Patterns: What’s all the Buzz About?

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Knitting |

Have you noticed the recent knitting trend that involves a textured stitch that looks like a beehive? Check out these honeycomb stitch patterns and knit up something textured and cozy when the freezing temperatures hit.

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Classic Concept: 6 Tips for Black and White Photography

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Photography |

Black and white photography helps us to focus on the building blocks of our art. Without color, we need to look more closely at composition, tone, contrast and quality of light. Try shooting in black and white if you are a beginner, or just for a whole new experience in photography. Use these tips to get you started!

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Bright Lights, Big City Inspiration: Urban Sketching Tutorial

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Drawing |

Urban sketching might seem intimidating at first, but there's a whole world of subject matter out there just waiting to inspire you. In this post, we'll explore a number of different ways to approach sketching in the city, from subject matter to style.

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How to Make Ghostly, Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Cards

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Paper Crafts |

There's just something magical about anything that glows in the dark, don't you think? These handmade Halloween cards are fun when the lights are on, but they reveal a ghostly glow when the lights are turned low.

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Cold Connections: How to Rivet Jewelry for Design and Structure

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Jewelry Making |

Riveting is a great skill to add to your repertoire. Knowing this will help you creatively solve problems with design ideas, think outside the box and even just add a little extra design flair to your pieces. Learn how to quickly and correctly rivet two pieces of metal together for jewelry making!

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7 Sewing Safety Tips: How to Avoid Injuries

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Quilting, Sewing |

We've asked Craftsy sewing and quilting instructors about their worst sewing room mishaps, as a reminder to take it slow and stay safe while sewing! From iron burns to cuts and slices, these pros are sharing their stories to help remind all of us to be careful while sewing.

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Make an Impression: How to Use Transfer Paper for Illustrations

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Drawing | Comments

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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