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Sewing Blog

Fix-it Friday: Shifty Shoulder Pads

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Have you ever returned from the dry cleaners with your newly cleaned tailored jacket only to discover that the shoulder pads shifted and bunched up inside the lining? Join me, Sewing Category Manager here at Craftsy, to learn some tips for securely attaching shoulder pads while still giving them the right amount of mobility. Read more »
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Cake Decorating Blog

Make Your Peonies Pop! Learn to Color Sugar Flowers

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Learn to color sugar flowers.This free video lesson gives you a quick, but enlightening look at how Nicholas Lodge (instructor of the online class Classic Sugar Flowers) colors the petals and stems of his sugar flowers. Coloring your sugar flowers is an essential step in creating the realism you're aiming for. And it's not just achieved with a flat brush. Watch how the steam adds a subtle but critical gloss to the gum paste. Read more »

Cake Decorating Blog

Creative Cake Pops

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Cake PopsCheck out the latest trend in cakes and cake decorating: cake pops! Like lollipops, these are utensil free ways to enjoy a sweet bite. Sugar artists have also used them as a fun new opportunity for their cake decorating craft, as seen in these Craftsy projects! Read more »

Cake Decorating Blog

Fix “Fatal” Sugar Flower Mistakes!

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How to fix a sugar flower mistakeNicholas Lodge (instructor of Classic Sugar Flowers, an online class here on Craftsy) is considered to be one of the best sugar flower artists in the world. It would seem as if his work is flawless and perfect. But that's because Nicholas has the secrets for fixing his mistakes, and repairing his sugar flowers so that no one would ever know there was a break or damage in the first place. Creating a gum paste glue, invisible seams, color matching, he shows you how to do it all in this free video lesson! Read more »
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Social Media Tips for Indie Designers & Makers, Pt 4: Instagram

By Craftsy
Instagram tips for indie designersFor the final installment of our series on Social Media Tips for Indie Designers, we'll take a look at Instagram. Similar to Pinterest, Instagram is a good opportunity to visually represent your brand, your personality, and your taste, and color those photos with descriptions that help fans and followers feel a connection to your aesthetic. Should you be on Instagram? Read more »

Cake Decorating Blog

How to Use Floral Tape in Sugar Flower Construction

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How to use floral tape in sugar flower construction.Realistic sugar flowers may be made of sugar paste, but the floral tape that cake decorating expert, Nicholas Lodge (instructor of the online class Classic Sugar Flowers) uses, is completely real. In this free video lesson, he shows you how to cut down floral tape so you can wrap wire, create buds, and do so much more. Read more »

Cake Decorating Blog

Maker Monday: Meet Nicholas Lodge, Sugar Flowers Expert, Instructor

By Craftsy
Craftsy Instructor Nicholas LodgeSugar paste expert, Nicholas Lodge, instructs the online class Classic Sugar Flowers. But here in this free video, he tells us about his favorite cake decorating moments, the best way to start the craft of creating flowers from gum paste, his time training as a florist, and how many different types of sugar paste flowers he'll have made in his career, or at least in the next couple years. Read more »

Quilting Blog

How to Hand Quilt: A Free Video Tip

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How to hand quilt.Sarah Fielke is here to tell you about the wonderful world of hand quilting. Most people believe it's too time-consuming, tedious, or difficult to do, but as Sarah explains, all it takes is some fundamental knowledge and a little practice. In this free video tip the instructor of the online Craftsy class, Big Techniques from Small Scraps, tells you the few simple items you'll need, and the basic stitch you'll need to hand quilt correctly. From start to finish, this makes a fun, valuable primer. Give it a try! Read more »