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Make Paper Pajaki ChandeliersMia Semingson of Two Hands Paperie
A pajak (pronounced pie-yonk) is a traditional Polish chandelier dating back to the 18th century made of paper and rye straw. Women made them to decorate the home to bring good health and prosperity. Mia Semingson, artist, book binder, and owner of Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, Colorado, shows you how to construct two styles of pajaki (pie-yon-kee) - a traditional structure using traditional rye straws, and a more modern, geometric structure using paper straws. With the right measurements and a little math, you can make your pajak any size you wish. You'll also learn how to create a variety of festive and colorful paper decorations like fringe pom poms, paper cockades, and polish stars or hedgehog stars, as well as fun ways to combine them. There is plenty of room for creativity in this project, and Mia will give you all the skills and techniques to create your own unique paper chandeliers.
Release the Geese Mini Quilt TopSarah Bond
The flying geese pattern is a perennial quilt design favorite and that never goes out of style. Learn how to paper piece circular flying geese with award-winning quilter Sarah Bond. You'll get a lot of practice sewing large and small curves while completing a complex mini-quilt. It's composed of four identically sewn quadrants and measures up to 24 inches square. You can also use these components to design a larger quilt by combining them with other elements or negative space. Sarah loves traditional quilt forms and giving them a more modern spin. These geese may look small - but they are big fun!
Color In and Out of the GardenLorene Edwards Forkner
Every single day since 2018, writer and gardener Lorene Edwards Forkner has been on continuous quest for natural color. Encouraging you to pick up a brush and pay attention, she shares her personal daily practice of painting a grid in watercolor inspired by collections of natural elements such as flowers, shells, and rocks, as outlined in her beautiful book, Color In and Out of the Garden. Each day this month you will chase color and create gorgeous watercolor studies as you begin to see color more clearly and deeply. Lorene's unique painting process offers a chance to see the ordinary with fresh eyes and look closely with great heart.
Make a Pop-Up Flower Greeting CardBel Mills of Scrap Paper Circus
Watch paper flowers bloom right before your very eyes! In this class, Bel Mills, the book artist behind Scrap Paper Circus, will show you how to create a blooming three-dimensional flower sculpture tucked inside a colorfully collaged handmade card. Stylistically combining vintage and modern and utilizing upcycled materials, this composed art card is a timeless gift of flowers you can send through the mail. Bel will also show you how to hand make an accompanying envelope. You can't go wrong—everyone loves a pop-up!
Make an Inspirational Art PosterMaria Carluccio
Making art is one of the most powerful ways to use your voice and inspire others. If you've always felt passionate about certain causes but have been unsure about how that could translate into a visual piece, this class gives you a path to follow and an impressive tool kit of techniques. Artist, author, illustrator, and teacher Maria Carluccio guides you through the creation of two kinds of inspirational art posters, one in watercolor and one in collage, from ideation to finished artwork. Begin by making a mind map to refine your themes and ideas. If you choose to work in watercolor, Maria will take you through your initial sketch, then how to use a light table while painting, plan your color palette, and add graphite, colored pencils, and gel pens for detail. If you choose to work in collage, you'll make your own collage paper, learn Maria's process of making a paper frame as a guide, and use magazine cut outs, washi tape, stickers, and ephemera in imaginative ways. No matter what themes you choose or materials you work with, you'll be sure to create an inspirational poster you can proudly to share.
Make Upcycled T-Shirt YarnFaith Hale
Chunky, cotton, upcycled yarn is simple to make when you have access to just two things: an old T-shirt and a pair of scissors. This yarn can be used for macrame, crafting string bags à la Cobrina's knotted pantry bag class, making rag rugs - Cal Patch teaches you how to do that here - as well as a multitude of other craft projects. If you're looking to speed up the process even further, using a rotary cutter, a cutting mat and a ruler will give you yards of yarn in just minutes. The leftover fabric can be used in small sewing projects or cut into squares to make handy shop rags - all eco-friendly options.
Crafting Together: Mushroom Fairy Houses for Earth DayCBTV Live
This class was originally filmed live April 19, 2023. Creativebug instructors Courtney Cerruti and Twinkie Chan make fairy houses for Earth Day. Discover cute and fairy-friendly DIYs using terracotta pots and simple materials to create a magical scene. Add embellishments and sweet little details for your woodland wonderland. We will also show you how to adapt the design for an indoor tablescape or mantel scene.
Embroidered Botanical Pattern WeightsRebecca Ringquist
Pattern weights are handy little tools that keep pattern pieces in place to make sure you're cutting your fabric as accurately as possible. Artist Rebecca Ringquist created her own Dropcloth sampler after sewing more and wanting a lovely version of this essential tool. This embroidery sampler includes four botanical patterned panels to be embroidered by hand and then when they've been completed, Rebecca demonstrates how to sew them and fill them up. Faster to adjust than pins, weights won't bunch the fabric or leave pin holes in your textiles and are just so pretty to boot.
Altered Books the Sequel: A Daily PracticeCreativebug
Whether you have an established sketchbook practice or are looking for a creative jumpstart, making art in a book is an exciting and intriguing source of artful exploration. Join artists Courtney Cerruti and Faith Hale as they revisit their favorite Creativebug collaboration: the Altered Book Daily Challenge, in this jam-packed “sequel”. And if you haven’t seen their first class, have no fear- Courtney and Faith cover the basics, while giving you 30+ brand new prompts.
Knit Headbands: Three WaysFaith Hale
When it comes to knit projects, headbands are relatively quick to knit and are, as Faith's mom calls her when she's being helpful, "useful as well as decorative." In this in-depth class, Creativebug staff artist Faith Hale knits three headbands, one in a rib stitch finished with a twist, one featuring honeycomb cables, and a delicate lace pattern that ties in the back. Along the way you'll learn special techniques like seaming, working an i-cord, a provisional cast-on, and reading a lace chart. Whether to rescue a bad hair day or provide a touch of extra warmth, knitting these headbands are a quick way to learn new skills and the results are sweet and stylish.
Make Confetti Dangle Earrings with Polymer ClayFaheema Chaudhury
Bring the party with you when you wear these vibrant, playfull earrings made by you. Jewelry designer Faheema Chaudhury of Unicorn Crafts walks you through every step of this satisfying process by first creating a slab with multiple colors, then vutting, baking, and assembling your earrings. Her love of color and fun is infections, and this project is fabulous fun whether you're a beginner or have worked with polymer clay for years.
Hand Sew A ShirtCal Patch
Learn to stitch a shirt, sew seams, finish necklines and hem edges with just your hands, a needle, and thread. Hand-sewing clothing might seem like a wild idea, but you might actually save time since you can take your project on-the-go without being tethered to your sewing machine. Clothing designer and author Cal Patch teaches you four basic stitches, four kinds of seaming techniques, and four ways to finish edges including applying bias tape. You'll sew one sampler shirt that includes every technique or pick and choose your favorites. This class is perfect for people who may feel intimidated by the sewing machine but are curious about stitching their own garments. Take your slow-fashion wardrobe to the next level.
Pickle Dish Quilt BlockSarah Bond
Award-winning quilter Sarah Bond comes from a long line of quilters. She loves traditional quilt patterns with wonderful curves and twists that provide the eye with motion and interest. One of her favorites is the Pickle Dish. Sarah shows you four variations of a traditional Pickle Dish block: Sliced Pickles, Pickle Wedges, Pickled Geese, and Diced Pickles. Learn the basics of foundation paper piecing and how to sew large and small curved seams so that you can put together perfect Pickle Dish quilts. By playing with different arrangements of the blocks, you can create a more contemporary or more traditional look, and no matter which design you choose, you'll have so much fun seeing the connected arcs of your quilt grow and flow together.
Chicken Scratch Sampler Book: An Embroidery Daily PracticeBlair Stocker
Join designer, author, and modern quilter Blair Stocker of Wise Craft Handmade for a month of exploring the art of chicken scratch embroidery. Chicken scratch is a charming form of cross stitch that is worked on gingham fabric and creates an optical illusion of a beautiful lace overlay. Blair teaches you the foundations of chicken scratch, such as selecting your gingham fabric and using a paper template to mark your fabric, plus essential stitches like the smyrna cross and the snowflake stitch. Throughout the month, play with different designs, various combinations of stitches, and multiple colors. As you stitch inside your gingham squares, discover how much freedom you have to get creative. At the end of month, Blair shows you how to sew together your chicken scratch fabric pages and assemble a sample book that you can use as a record of all the new techniques you learned as well as a reference for future projects like aprons, tea towels, quilts, pillows, and whatever else you can imagine.
Sarah Bond: A Legacy of Quilt MakingCBTV
Quilter Sarah Bond has a special, deep relationship to quilting. After learning how to quilt nearly 40 years ago, she discovered an extensive family heritage of quilting, specifically from her foremothers Jane Arthur Bond, Ruth Clement Bond, and Louvinia Clarkson. Learn how she was inspired by the work of her foremothers and how it contributed to the evolution of her intricate, colorful style.
Stay tuned for quilting classes from Sarah Bond releasing later this year. You can also find Sarah on instagram here.
Stay tuned for quilting classes from Sarah Bond releasing later this year. You can also find Sarah on instagram here.
Craft Yourself a Love NoteDawn M. Cardona
Take the time to tell yourself something sweet and craft youself a love note. Artist and Children's book illustrator Dawn M. Cardona has chosen "Stretch and Grow" as her message, a phrase that her father used to say to her and her brother almost every single morning growing up. Dawn encourages you to choose your own inspirational words and leads you through some paper piecing, a great stash buster for all your lovely paper scraps. The result is a special artwork that will remind you of your uplifting message every day.
Crochet an Amigurumi PencilVincent Green-Hite
If you're looking for the perfect gift for a teacher, artist, office worker, or student, you'll surely earn an A+ with this cute and cuddly crocheted pencil. Crochet designer Vincent Green-Hite of Knot Bad teaches you the foundations of making a three dimensional doll, which is a Japanese artform called amigurumi. Learn the the magic ring, how to work in the round, how to increase and decrease stitches to form shapes, how to change yarn colors, and how to properly stuff a crocheted toy. With just a basic single crochet stitch and all the skills you'll practice in this class, you'll have the freedom create a whole world of happy amigurumi characters.
Crochet an Amigurumi TurtleVincent Green-Hite
Crochet an adorable turtle with Amigurumi designer Vincent Green-Hite of Knot Bad. Amigurumi is the Japanese artform of making crocheted or knitted dolls, and Vincent teaches you how simple stitches and shapes can come together to create a more complex-looking project. You'll learn how to make a magic ring, work the single crochet stitch, increase, and invisible decrease. Plus, you'll get all of Vincent's tips for sewing a toy together and stuffing it smoothly. After embroidering the finishing touches like eyelashes, blush, and a big smile, you'll be able to shellebrate with your new turtle friend.
Crochet an Amigurumi Shooting StarVincent Green-Hite
Your crochet skills will be nothing short of stellar after this class with Amigurumi designer Vincent Green-Hite of Knot Bad. Amigurumi is the Japanese art form of crocheting or knitting dolls, and Vincent teaches you how to crochet an astronomically adorable shooting star. He goes over the foundations of Amigurumi like making a magic ring, working the single crochet stitch, increasing, and decreasing, and you'll see how combining basic shapes - balls, cones, and tubes - can result in super fun characters. You'll also get all of Vincent's tips for sewing, stuffing, and embroidering facial features, and your finished shooting star doll will be a cuddly reminder that your ability to crochet is out of this world.
Crochet an Amigurumi RocketshipVincent Green-Hite
Your dreams of traveling to space will finally come true. Crochet designer Vincent Green-Hite of Knot Bad teaches you how to make your own rocketship. While small in size, this plushie has big personality. Vincent specializes in Amigurumi, the Japanese artform of crocheted or knitted dolls. He guides you through Amigurumi basics like making a magic ring, working the single crochet stitch, crocheting in the round, increasing, invisbly decreasing, and seaming all of your rocketship parts together. Not only will you learn the skills to make endless kinds of stuffed toys, your happy rocketship will also inspire imaginative adventures to all who see it.
Crochet an Amigurumi Potted CactusVincent Green-Hite
You don't need a green thumb to keep this cactus happy. Crochet a smiling cactus and its pot with amigurumi designer Vincent Green-Hite of Knot Bad. Vincent specializes in Amigurumi, which is the Japanes artform of crocheting or knitting dolls. In this class, learn Amigurumi basics such as making a magic circle, working in the round to create 3D shapes, increasing, decreasing, seaming, and stuffing. You'll also work in front loops, back loops, crochet tiny flowers, and use a latch technique for adding soft, yarny cactus needles that are friendly for all fingers. This project is a great way to practice lots of different crochet techniques, plus a potted cactus is the perfect gift for your favorite plant lovers.
Amigurumi Techniques: Finish Off a 3D ProjectVincent Green-Hite
Finishing a three dimensional crocheted project like a stuffed toy requires different techniques than finishing a flat project. Amigurumi designer Vincent Green-Hite of Knot Bad will share his method for ensuring that your crocheted toys stay together and that all your yarn ends remain neatly tucked away.
Finishing a three dimensional crocheted project like a stuffed toy requires different techniques than finishing a flat project. Amigurumi designer Vincent Green-Hite of Knot Bad will share his method for ensuring that your crocheted toys stay together and that all your yarn ends remain neatly tucked away.Learn how to:
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Finish a 3D crocheted project
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