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Our Multi-Craftual Instructors Are Majorly Inspiring

When there are so many crafts and so little time, how do you choose just one? You don’t have to, and a few of our instructors prove it!

Meet three Craftsy instructors who’ve expanded their crafting horizons

 Crocheter Jennifer Hansen’s new muse: wire work jewelry

Craftsy Instructor Jennifer Hansen

Settling into her studio this season, crochet instructor Jennifer Hansen decided to experiment — not with her hooks but with wires, pliers and jigs. "I've dabbled with jewelry over the years, but always wanted more time (and skills) to learn to make the things I really want to wear." She already had a piece of wirework jewelry in mind: a wearable row counter that she could use while crocheting and knitting.

To bring her big idea to life, Jennifer took Essential Wirework Techniques on Craftsy and started gathering her tools, which she says was the hardest part. "The biggest challenge was figuring out exactly what I needed. Especially with wire working, there are so many gauges of wire, so many times of it and different hammers and pliers and accessories." Although she was a bit intimidated, she pressed on and created the piece she’d envisioned:

Jennifer Hansens Wirework Abacus Row Counter

While Jennifer isn’t abandoning fiber arts anytime soon, she likes how jewelry fires up different creative centers: "It felt great to express myself in an entirely different way — and the jewelry I created is also a tool that can help me when I knit or crochet!"


Lee Chappell Monroe is moving from the quilt studio to the kitchen

Craftsy Instructor Lee Chappell Monroe

For quilting instructor Lee Chappell Monroe, cooking has always been a means to an end — after all, everyone has to eat! But after enrolling in Ellie Kriger's new Craftsy class, Lee is spending more time experimenting in her kitchen. "I decided to try the class figuring that I would learn a few things. I took a full page of notes within just a few minutes!" she says.

The class has even encouraged Lee to look at cooking less as a chore and more as a craft. Now, she looks for opportunities to learn new skills, not just make tonight's dinner. "When I teach quilting, I encourage my students to build an arsenal of skills, and then they can break the rules and make it their own, or even develop their own techniques," Lee says. "I've tried to take the same approach with cooking."

Healthy Chicken and Veggie Dinner

Quilting skills — especially cutting! — have come in handy in Lee's transition to the kitchen, but the two crafts are definitely different. "Messing up in the kitchen is less stressful. It's easy to toss cooking that goes really terribly or just eat something that's not quite right," she says. "With quilting and a lot of other crafts, learning to fix mistakes is the next level." Soon enough, we're sure Lee will be solving common kitchen problems as easily as skipped stitches.


Knitter Donna Druchunas swapped her needles for a paintbrush

Craftsy Instructor Donna Druchunas

"Multi-craftual" best describes knitting instructor Donna Druchunas. "I've never been the kind of person who does the same thing every day," she says. And while knitting is Donna's main area of expertise, she’s also an artist exploring sketching and watercolor painting.

There are lots of similarities between the two crafts: Both are about patterns, textures and colors, for starters, but more importantly, Donna says, "Knitting and painting are both about story telling. A picture is worth a thousand words, as they say."

Donna Druchunas Watercolor FlowersThere are lots of similarities between the two crafts: Both are about patterns, textures and colors, for starters, but more importantly, Donna says, "Knitting and painting are both about story telling. A picture is worth a thousand words, as they say."

Donna still knits a lot, but she thinks it's OK to take a break from one craft and start another, as long as she never stops learning or making. "For me, as long as I'm making something, I'm happy."

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4 Comments

Judy P

Knowing lots of crafts is wonderful. I started stringing beads to make necklaces. Grew very bored, started making earrings, then dabbled in wire jewelry, but still not satisfied, so I started doing bead embroidery in bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. Did that for quite a while, and then when I was in a big crafter’s fair a good distance from my home, I was staying with a friend and she got me interested in quilting, so now I do mainly quilting, wool applique, and sewing for my grandkids.

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Jen

I just want to say that, in my view, I get way too many blog postings from Craftsy in my bloglovin feed and for this reason I tend to mark them as “read” even when I haven’t read them. I am leaning towards unsubscribing.

The bloglovin feed page is even more crowded since it was redesigned and frankly, I really don’t want to see postings about everything or about every single Craftsy promotion. I would only like to see a few well selected articles about my specific area – sewing techniques. An occasion promotion would be okay, but it’s really a lot (too much) advertising right now.

Craftsy does not seem to offer limitations on blog postings, and everything is under one blog heading. I realize that there are a lot of people that love cake decorating, but it’s just not my thing. Isn’t there a way to limit what’s in our feed? I feel like I’m being bombarded sometimes.

Thanks for considering this issue.

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yarnovermatter

Hi Jen, I’m not with Craftsy, just another easily overwhelmed member. 😉
I don’t know if this is a new feature or not, but when I was clicking around the new site, I noticed in my “Account Settings” — the drop-down menu beside my (non)-avatar — there’s a category for Email preferences. I was able to request a change to only “one promotional email a week”, down from my previous (unbeknown to me) setting of “all promotional emails.” If you’re really sick of the promos, there’s even an option for “no promotional emails”, and it appears that you can switch your preferences any time. Hope this helps. 🙂

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Nikki Reynolds

I really enjoy learning more about he Craftsy instructors. I hope you do more articles exploring instructor interests and experiences, for more of the instructors. It gives one a sense of the sources and expressions of a person’s creativity.

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