If you’ve been here before, it will come as no surprise that I’m head over heels in love with Skillshare. It is the best place online for craft classes, not to mention lettering and art classes.
When Skillshare suggested we work together, I squealed with excitement and without a doubt looked beautiful doing so.
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The Best Craft Classes #imho
For the uninitiated, Skillshare is a peer learning platform where you can take classes on a vast range of subjects. The classes are taught by folks who have serious enthusiasm for their craft. This makes learning from them insanely easy and lots of fun. The other side of the Skillshare coin is that anyone with a passion and know-how for a subject can produce their own classes.
“Many of their classes are taught by rock stars in their fields” Joanna Goddard – Cup of Jo
I’ve taken quite a few online art, design and craft classes. Here are a few that I’ve taken and loved.
Mary Kate is a full-time freelance letterer who has an impressive back catalogue of clients.
In her two-hour course, she covers the basics through tools all the way to your final design.
Background information… I damaged nerves in my neck (ouch) which in turn affected my grip and my handwriting went to pot. So, I taught myself how to write again and took a lettering class.
With a little determination, some practice and Mary Kate’s First Steps of Hand Lettering class I went from wibbly wobbly chicken scratches to being asked to contribute to a lettering book for children in 2016.
“Pick something that has an application rather than just a drawing on a piece of paper. It opens up different ideas.” This quote alone has probably stuck out to me most of all.
It has helped me relate my lettering projects to the target audience and keep me focused on the end result.
Mary Kate’s book is marvellous:
Is it about time that you upped your yarn game? I love Wool & The Gang and Brit & Co, so imagine how excited I was to find out about their joint Knitting 101 class. It was about time that I ventured outside of my comfort zone and learned a new skill.
Jade, co-founder of WATG delivered the lessons with a huge smile that promised knitting wasn’t as difficult as I had imagined. Armed with the basics, I knitted that snood like a boss. Even though I wasn’t brave enough to switch up the colours on my first project.
With some stitches under my belt, I can now hold my own with a pair of knitting needles.
My biggest takeaway was the Quick Fixes video, also affectionately known (to me) as the Don’t Panic lesson. I wish I had have jumped into knitting sooner!! This class was so easy to follow and I’m a complete convert, especially because it doesn’t use as much yarn as crochet does.
Spurred on by a gift this was the latest class that I have taken. Teacher and wonder-weaver, Rachel Denbow makes sure the lessons are so easy and fun to follow. As a result, I had my first project finished overnight.
I’ve got my fingers crossed for a follow-up class, and I’m hoping that an advanced weaving techniques is already in the works. Rachel’s class has pushed me headfirst into weaving, and my project board is bursting with ideas. In just forty-five minutes I have gone from a complete novice to someone with the skills to produce my own unique and crafty woven projects. More importantly everyone one in my family will be getting something woven for birthdays and Christmas.
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