I know lots of you have heard me talk about Craftsy on the podcast and the blog. Some of you may be on the fence about taking an online course but I really hope you try one of the free classes and see if you like the format. I love how friendly and informative the instructions are given, the support you get from the teachers and of course sharing photos of your finished pieces with other students in the course. You can watch it virtually anywhere using your laptop, iPad, iPhone or computer and you never lose access! I love being able to rewind and play specific clips back if I’m trying to get a certain technique down or understand a tricky step in the process.
Some of my absolute favorite classes that I’ve taken:
- Tara Rebman- Quilt-As-You-Go: Patchwork Bags
- Kimberly Einmo: Magical Jelly Roll Quilts
- Free Motion Quilting with Feathers
What is Craftsy?
Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and more.
Why should I take a class online?
Online education isn’t just for schools and universities anymore. Craftsy courses provide you the convenience of a world-class instructor in your home, whenever you want to learn. Online education, no matter what subject, is a great alternative to in-person classes for a number of reasons.
With many online learning opportunities being on-demand, you are able to learn at your own pace, anytime. Online learning is a fantastic alternative to in-store craft classes for people with busy schedules or who have difficulty leaving the house. It also allows you to watch a troubling section over-and-over again, so you can see exactly how a technique is carried out, or refer back to your class for relevant concepts before beginning any new projects.