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July Lookbook // 2018
Daily Portrait Challenge: 31 Days of FacesCharlotte Hamilton
Join artist and illustrator, Charlotte Hamilton, in a month of exploring portraiture. Starting with quick sketches, you’ll learn the proportions of the face and create portraits in just a few minutes. As you move through the month, you’ll build observational skills while working from photos and discover how to use markers and colored pencils to create fun layers of color. Charlotte dives deeper into painted portraits later in the month, using colorful inks and paints to bring faces to life. By the end of this comprehensive series, you’ll understand how combine all of your skills to create master portraits of friends and family.
Sewing Essentials: The Isla Dress and TopRae Hoekstra
Known for her carefully crafted sewing patterns that stitch up into dressy-casual garments, Rae Hoekstra of the Made By Rae pattern line brings us a gorgeous sewing class based on her Isla pattern. This playful design for knit fabrics works just as easily as a top as it does a mid-length dress, and both variations feature simply shaped cap sleeves. Rae shares special techniques that make working with knits a breeze, such as using knit clips and shirring with elastic thread.
Crocheted Beanbag Frog with Lily PadsMegan Kreiner
Whip up a set of crocheted frogs and lily pads with crocheter of all things cute, Megan Kreiner. These froggies and lily pads come together in a flash with a combination of single, half-double, and double crochet stitches. Once you’ve made your pieces, Megan shows you how to whipstitch them together and fill them with beans. The finished frogs and lily pads are the perfect gift for an amphibian-loving child, and Megan shows you how to use them to play a beanbag toss game for the whole family.
Cricut Crafts: Print-Then-Cut Flair PinsAmber of Damask Love
Spruce up your denim jacket with DIY flair pins! Amber of Damask Love shows how easy it is to whip up a batch of pins using any artwork in the Cricut Design Space and your Cricut Maker. The “print-then-cut” feature and knife blade tool make it super easy to cut precise shapes from basswood, and then Amber shows you how to paint and assemble your pins.
One Color T-shirt PrintingHilary Williams
After you know how to burn a screen, watch Hilary screen print a hand-drawn design onto different size tee-shirts. Learn how to mark registration to print on different sizes, and see how to pull textile ink back and forth to work in into fabric, which behaves differently than paper. You’ll be printing your own textiles in no time.
Sew a Boho BagNicole Mallalieu
With its trademark slouchy silhouette, this boho bag will become your go-to everyday purse. Nicole Mallalieu is known for her professionally finished bags, and in this class she walks you through every step of sewing this classic fashion staple. Nicole shares pro tips for accurately cutting the pattern pieces, as well as useful tricks for finishing seams perfectly, sewing curves, and sewing through multiple layers – all on a home sewing machine. You'll learn how to construct a lining, add a pocket and zipper, as well as how to construct an adjustable strap and attach it to the bag with hardware. In the process of making your boho bag, you'll learn loads of essential bag making skills, which will come in handy for future projects.
Creative SketchbookingPam Garrison
Learn how to develop a unique, intuitive artistic style with Pam Garrison. In this four-part journey, Pam shares her approach to using "action and reaction" to create artwork in a sketchbook. Learn how to draw and doodle using your dominant and non-dominant hands and create backgrounds with collage and abstract brush strokes. You will continue to build on your backgrounds throughout the course, allowing each action to be inspired by your last. This class is truly an inspiration for anyone who feels they lack creativity, as Pam encourages everyone to find the artist within.
How to Cut a Mat and Frame Your ArtworkHilary Williams
Having your artwork and photos professionally framed can be pricey—especially if you have several pieces to frame. In this class, Hilary Williams shows how to professionally mat and frame your artwork at home for a fraction of the price. You will learn how to mount and back artwork of any size and add a dust cover to finish it off. Whether you’re an artist with a collection of pieces that need to be framed, or you simply want to frame your favorite family photos, this class will show you exactly how simple it is to get a professional look at home.
Knit the Imposter's ShawlFancy Tiger
Jaime and Amber from Fancy Tiger Crafts show you how to make one of their most sought-after knitting projects: The Imposter’s Shawl. This triangular shawl got its name because the basket weave stitches and scalloped edging appear to be woven and crocheted – but, in fact, it’s all cleverly knitted. The shawl begins with a single stitch that grows quickly with strategically placed increases. The scalloped edge is added at the end, and then the whole shawl is blocked to perfection.
Create Personalized DishesCourtney Cerruti
In this short and sweet Valentine’s class, Courtney teaches you how to make personalized dishware using plain ceramic pieces and porcelain pens. Courtney demonstrates how to adorn mugs and plates with Valentine’s motifs—hearts, arrows, X’s and O’s—in a way that’s sweet (but not too sweet). In fact, these lovely personalized dishes are sure to become year-round favorites for your loved ones. Once you have adorned your ceramics, you’ll simply bake them in the oven to set the ink and then they’re ready to wrap up and give to your sweetheart.
Cricut Crafts: Make Stenciled VasesCourtney Cerruti
Upcycle old vases or bottles with this fun, quick Cricut project. Courtney demonstrates how to use the Cricut Explore to create a floral stencil, and then she spray-paints the pattern onto a glass vase. Drop in a votive or add some water with your favorite fresh flowers and you will have a lovely new table decoration.
Sewing Drawstring BagsAshley Nickels
Drawstring bags are a charming way to present a gift, and they couldn't be easier to make. Ashley Nickels adds a twist to this beginner sewing project by showing you how to finish the inside with French seams, and instead of twine or rope, she shows how to use selvedge trim to create your own drawstring. This customizable bag can be sewn in any size desired.
Driftwood MobileDiana Fayt
This porcelain driftwood mobile catches the breeze beautifully. Concentric circle and square shapes rolled on cotton results in a soft, organic quality. Diana shows you how to create the charms and the mobile after you fire the clay to its required temperature.
Gaga for Granny SquaresCal Patch
Granny squares are a must for any crochet repertoire. Whether you choose to make your grannies multi-colored for a vintage look or a solid for a more modern take, Cal shows you how to crochet these classics. She also teaches different ways to join the squares for different projects so you’ll be a granny square evangelist in no time.
Flying Gosling Baby QuiltAnna Maria Horner
Anna Maria Horner puts a fresh spin on the traditional Flying Geese design with this baby quilt. Anna Maria uses the no-waste method to create her Flying Gosling blocks, explaining how to choose light and dark fabrics to add depth to each block. She also shows you how to improvise your layout on a design wall, add bright wool tassels around the edges, and hand-tie the quilt to finish.
How to Sew NapkinsLiana Allday
In this class, Liana Allday shares three different ways to make and finish cloth napkins. Learn how to make playful fringed-edge napkins, faux rolled-hem farmhouse napkins, and classic mitered corner napkins. Whether you’re throwing an extravagant dinner party or making a batch to give as a gift, Liana shares how easy it is to select fabrics that will cater to your occasion. These napkins require minimal sewing, making them the perfect skill-building project for beginners.
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