Posts by Stefanie Japel

My name is Stefanie Japel. I learned to knit over 30 years ago from my grandmother. I’ve been designing knitwear for publication since my first pattern “Postmodern Legwarmers” appeared on in 2003. Since then, I’ve written three books and my work has appeared on television, in books, magazines, and on the web. I love to teach in-person workshops, and also teach classes right here on the amazing

Meet Pattern Designer Fuzzy Mitten, Creator of Wonderful Knit Toys

Create knit toys with patterns from Fuzzy MittenFuzzy Mitten is a pattern designer who designs, knits, and writes patterns for the cutest toys you can imagine. Her "stuffies" (as she calls them) make fabulous gifts. We spoke with Fuzzy Mitten to learn about what inspires her to design, knit, and how she came upon the Craftsy crafting community. Read more »

Craftsy Knitting & Crochet Project Highlights: We’re Smitten with Mittens!

Craftsy Projects: Smitten MittensLooks like our very own Craftsy members have the cure for cold hands: knitted mittens! These projects showcase some of the cutest and comfiest mittens that our crafters have been making lately. We love their projects, and we hope you do, too. If you do, be sure to let them know by clicking on the heart and leaving them an encouraging comment. Read more »

Project Highlights: Quilts with Color!

Quilts with ColorBright colors, warm colors: they're all here in these wonderful and vivid quilting projects. From a batik quilt that use every color imaginable, to a quilt that looks exactly like stained glass, to a star block that is an explosion of color, you must see these fantastic projects from Craftsy members. Read more »

Craftsy Wedding Cakes: You May Now Kiss the Bride!

Craftsy User Wedding CakesWeddings are wonderful events filled with flowing dresses and sharp tuxes. But what else catches are eye? Wedding cakes! Here we highlighted some of our favorite cakes that are made by our very own Craftsy crafters. Read more »

Project Highlights: Super Skirts!

Skirt Projects on CraftsySkirts are one of the best garments to sew. But from a spectators' standpoint, they're also great to check out! So we invite you to check out these three Craftsy skirt projects. Read more »

Fine Feathered Trends

Free-motion Feather QuiltingOne of the most popular quilting trends today is the use of feathers. This machine quilting technique allows the quilter to create depth and dimension and terrific design without so much as anything more than a single color. Here, we highlight three impressive quilts that all use feathers in their own distinct ways. Read more »

Trend Spotting: Cork!

Cork Trends in SewingCork is in! Even sewing enthusiasts are getting into the act, using cork-themed fabric, and for more practical applications. Check out these project highlights to see what we mean. Read more »