This post will be divided into 3 parts. There is a proliferation on online craft classes right now so there is lots to cover.
I’m always taking a class, improving some skill or learning a new one. I love the fact that now I can take classes online and there are so many to choose from. Here’s a list of some websites I’ve found. There are pros and cons to taking an online class and the pros are obvious! You don’t have to leave your house and you save some time. I teach both online classes and in person classes and I find that students sometimes will have different reasons why they prefer to take a class online vs in person. Most of the time students will prefer an in person class because they’ve tried a skill they can’t quite master or the skill set they want to learn is complex and intimidating so it’s better to have that hands on training. Many prefer the online training because so many sites now offer lifetime access to the videos or materials needed. This allows craft students to work at their own pace. So here are my reviews. I’ve taken classes at most of these websites I’m going to review,if I haven’t I’ll note that in the post.
I am a self professed Craftsy addict! I have taken at this point 10 classes with Craftsy and love every single one. Craftsy is my number one choice for online craft classes for a few reasons. I’ll begin by saying that once you sign up for a Craftsy class you always have access to the classes. The classes are self paced but you always have access to the instructor via message board. Some of Craftsy’s unique features are
1. You can take online notes (it’s like a notebook you can write on while you are taking the class)
2. Ongoing access to the class instructor. If you only get halfway through the class and decide to pick it up at a later time you’ll still have access to your instructor.
3. All online classes come with downloadable class materials.
4. All the classes I’ve taken are very thorough. Most classes I’ve taken are between 3-6 hours long (some longer) and are in easy segments.
5. The quality is the best I’ve ever seen online. The instructors are top notch, the videos are professional and the downloadable
6. Critiques from your instructor. In some classes this can be invaluable tool for improving your skills.
7. There is always something new. Craftsy keeps adding new classes and has been adding to types of classes as well (such as fine art and photography).
Now for the good part! These are my favorite classes I’ve taken at Craftsy
Yes! You can make all types of cheese at home. This class starts with easy cheeses and moves to more complex types. Mary Karlin is an excellent teacher and explains each step and phase of the cheese making process in depth. This is one of my favorite online classes. If you want to make artisan cheese at home, this is the class to take. The class is taught Mary Karlin, author of Artisan Cheese Making at Home
If you love the look of hand applique but don’t have the time this is an excellent course. Learn time-saving techniques that help you avoid drawn-out hand appliqué processes without sacrificing quality stitching. Beth’s hand appliqué tips help you at every step, from the initial creation and organization of templates, to embellishing your quilt motifs with embroidery stitches. You’ll be making beautiful applique in no time! In this class you also get a great e-book for free.Beth’s e-book “More! Hand Applique by Machine” is a great bonus!
Do you love beautiful jewelry? If you do you can learn to make it with this extensive class taught by Aga Kruk, instructor of Wire-Wrapped Stones, Crystals & Clusters. I loved this class. It is one of the longer courses I’ve taken but I learned so much about making jewelry. You make 5 pairs of earrings using different techniques, a multi-strand necklace and a pendant. Very pretty jewelry.
These are my favorite classes I’ve taken so far but I really haven’t had a bad class at Craftsy. They also have many other features I didn’t have space to list here so please go and check Craftsy for yourself.
CraftClass with Alison Lee provides both live and downloadable video of past classes. CRAFTCAST™ LIVE are online recordings that are 90 minutes long and you can download the recording onto your computer. The recording is enhanced with some video (slides) of relavent information on your class. Each class comes with a PDF handout that includes additional information on the topic. Most of the classes are project based jewelry classes (there are a few exceptions but most are classes are jewelry). I have taken the class on Image Transfer. Most of the class was a discussion between Alison Lee and the instructor with some slides shown so you can see each technique. For this particular topic I was wishing there was video and some projects included. For me this wasn’t an effective way to learn techniques but it gave me an overview of the different transfer processes. The class covered
- Photocopy transfers
- Beeswax varnishes
- Basic monotypes
- Transfers onto polymer clay
If you love paper crafting you’ll be jolted in paper crafting heaven with this site. You can pay by the month or annually so you can have access to over 1500 video tutorials and online classes (about 4 a year). The site is always updating by adding new videos and classes. If you are new to paper crafts you will certainly gain alot of knowledge from this site. Even experienced crafters will pick up some new techniques. The site is run by a small team of experienced paper crafters. You can see the video library here. Videos cover basic techniques, projects and advanced technique. Emphasis on many classes is on using paper tools in unique ways. Many of the videos come with downloadable PDF’s. This is a great resource and I strongly recommend it.
I still have two more posts to go so stayed tune…. I have a couple of surprises!