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What is Craftsy?

Quite often I get asked, What is Craftsy? So, when I received the write-up below, I thought I would share it with you as it’s a great overview.

To me, Craftsy is all about learning from amazing quilting teachers from all over the world that I otherwise would never have an opportunity to take classes with. I’ve taken many classes and love that I can watch them in the comfort of my own home and at my own pace. Re-watching various sections as often as I like.

There are several free classes available too. See below for two of my recommendations.

Craftsy Logo

Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns (see my pattern store here); 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.

Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Craftsy Class

Before filming even begins, hours and hours are spent determining what content will be covered in each class, and how to best teach specific techniques to the camera. Instructors work with an instructional designer to create an in-depth outline of each lesson, and decide how to best prepare props or "step-outs" that show what your project should look like at different steps. Instead of a scripted class, instructors follow their outlines on camera to create an authentic and engaging teaching experience.

Most Craftsy classes are filmed in one of five Craftsy studios in Denver, CO, assuring that every part of the production process goes off without a hitch. They fly in instructors from all over the world to spend several days filming, then spend several weeks turning hours of footage into a two to three hour class experience that has been watched, rewatched and reviewed by industry experts. The final result is an HD-quality video that takes you in-depth into specific topics in any given craft category – from cooking and fine art to sewing, quilting and knitting.

What IS the Craftsy experience?

Craftsy classes are designed to have all the benefits of an in-person class, with none of the drawbacks. Available online and on-demand, you always have world-class instructors at the tip of your fingers. You can retake the class as many times as you want, and the 30-second repeat feature allows you to watch the same section over and over again until you get every technique just right.

Watching a Craftsy class is like having a first-row seat with some of the best instructors in the world. Even better, classes have a 100% money-back guarantee.

Free Mini Classes

Try online learning today with a free mini-class from Craftsy! Choose from 23 Free Craftsy Classes ranging from drawing and painting to sewing and quilting, from knitting to cake decorating and more.

Below are two of my favourite free classes. The first one is Elizabeth Hartman’s Creative Quilt Backs. This class has inspired me to be more creative with my quilt backs. You won’t see many plain and boring quilt backings from me anymore.

Online Quilting Class

The second class is Peter Reinhart’s Perfect Pizza at Home. While I’m not much of a cook, I was fascinated by this class. It’s very detailed and I certainly learned a lot from watching it.


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This post was published on November 20th, 2013. Post topics: Free Projects, Product Reviews, Videos, Web Finds.

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