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Craftsy: What Is It?

As many of you know, I love all things considered crafty. I may not be able to do them well, but I love learning new things, and new techniques to crafts that I already do. One site that I constantly drool over is Craftsy. It’s a great place for any of the crafts or arts that people love to do: sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, photography, cake decorating, bag making, and it even has supplies for sale! What’s not to love?

I currently have enrolled in three classes and have five on my wishlist (feel free to follow me as well!) and can’t wait to check out some of the free classes in the downtime I have.

In light of the holidays coming up, and the HUGE push that people have to give handmade gifts, here’s a little behind the scenes look at what Craftsy is. Enjoy! 

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.

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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 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 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.

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.



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K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy

Friday 29th of November 2013

Definitely headed to check out Craftsy! Thanks for sharing.

Natasha Nicholes

Friday 29th of November 2013

Yes! And if you're a bit wary, check out their free classes. Right now they have all of their sewing classes on sale for $19.99 and below ( I believe)

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