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 Cherie, the Super Stylish Sewist!

Meet Pattern Designer Cherie Cherie is one awesome indie sewing designer! Her designs are big hits with Craftsy users, and we're so impressed with how she's able to create super-functional items that are ultra-hip. Here, we sat down to learn more about her what's behind her designs and her pattern studio, StudioCherie. Read more »

In the Jewelry World, Natural Stones Rock!

Natural Stone JewelryWho needs diamonds, rubies, or emeralds to make elegant, lovely, and gorgeous jewelry? As this post shows, jewelery makers everywhere are showcasing the beauty and character of natural, non-precious stones in their work, and we love it! We think you will, too. Read more »

Craftsy Pattern Designer, Lisa Clarke,
Talks Polymer Clay and Fiber Art

Lisa Clark Accessory DesignerCraftsy designer Lisa Clarke's Polka Dot Cottage pattern store is a popular destination for those who work with polymer clay and fiber art, and who are seeking inventive patterns. Here, we meet Lisa and find out what inspires her, how she came to work with both fiber and polymer clay, and which techniques she prefers. Read more »

Free Video Tip: How To Use the Blazer and Max Flame Micro Torches

Meet the Blazer and Max Flame Micro TorchesHere's a helpful primer on both the Blazer and Max Flame micro torches! Kate Richbourg shows you how to fill them, turn them on, adjust the flame, turn them off, and more. She also explains which torch is appropriate according to the size of your jewelry projects. Read more »

In the Cake World, It’s Piping Hot!

Elegant Piping Cake DesignsElegant piping is hot! For cake designers, this technique creates fantastic decorations, lends wonderful details, and can make something look nothing less than prize-winning. Read more »

Meet Lauren Kitchens, Cake Expert and Craftsy Instructor

Lauren KitchensLauren Kitchen is a superstar in the cake world with her own successful cake business, a thriving teaching career, and appearances on the Food Network. Learn where and when her first cake business started, why she's in love with modeling chocolate, and how she envisions herself in her 70s. Read more »

Free Video Tip: How to Make Modeling Chocolate

How to make modeling chocolateA whole new world of cake design and decoration awaits you when you use modeling chocolate. Cake expert, Lauren Kitchens, shows you how to make your own modeling chocolate. All it takes is two ingredients, and a few steps. This free video tip tells and shows you all you need to know! Read more »

Free Video Tip: How To Use a Wavy Tool
to Create Textured Cake Designs

How to use a wavy tool to create textured cake designsDon't go spending lots of money on a hard-to-find cake decorating/modeling chocolate tool: Food Network Challenge star and Craftsy instructor, Lauren Kitchens, will show you how to make one of her own design. It's fast, easy, and highly effective. In this free trip, she doesn't just show you how to make it; but how to use it, too! Read more »

Celebrate Spinning and Weaving Week

Spinning and Weaving Week Spinning and Weaving Week, a celebration of making yarn and weaving cloth, is recognized each year during the first full week of October. If spinning or weaving has been on your bucket list, Craftsy has a course for you. Read more »