Crafting clearly fascinates many of us, or sites like Pinterest and Etsy wouldn’t have exploded with followers. The rub comes when we have to pick up the needles, the glue stick, the fancy electronic cutting machines and do it ourselves.
Certainly YouTube is a wealth of hands-on, how-to videos, but sorting through the poorly demonstrated to find the truly helpful requires a lot of time. Start instead with these sites for FREE and discounted lessons from people with teaching experience:
Let’s start with paper crafting, which seems to be among the easier hands-on activities. Get It Scrapped sounds narrow in scope, but names are deceiving. Owner Debbie Hodge has a wealth of design and balance lessons in her library that help you with mixed-media art on canvas as well as home décor projects. The lessons are in 3 formats: written (pdf), and downloadable video and audio. Her current FREE lesson is Photos to Page in 5 Steps (+15 go-to compositions), but check out the article library, too, for a good start on layout principles and color combinations. If you want to take it further, her paid classes are self-paced over 11 to 12 weeks, and cost less than the cover price of most craft magazines. Click here to get started.
When your craft of choice leans toward yarn or material, definitely check out the FREE mini classes at Craftsy. Currently, this site has loaded select lectures from Quiltcon 2013, so you can virtually attend a conference on quilting. but other choices include Sewing Machine Feet A to Z, Bag Making Basics, Know Your Wool and several cake-decorating tips. Yes, Craftsy also sells expanded lessons in everything from jewelry-making to spinning, weaving and home and garden. Check out its sale bucket first to see if the hobby that grabs your interest has been discounted.
If you lean toward more artsy expression, we recommend CraftArtEdu. The name sounds academic, most likely because it’s supported by professors from Miami University among others, but the site teaches the fun along with the serious. The polymer clay instructions alone will make you smile. Its catalog of online FREE classes is here.
Don’t be shy — we’d love to see your creations! Post links to your Pinterest page in the comments.
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