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April Lookbook // 2017
Daily Lettering Challenge: 30 Days of Lettering with SakuraMichaela Yee
Want to learn how to letter like a pro? Hone your skills by starting a daily practice with Michaela Yee of Sakura. Michaela is a lettering artist and pen guru, and in this inventive daily challenge, she expertly demonstrates how to use a variety of Sakura pens and paints – including favorites like Microns, Koi Brush Pens and Gelly Rolls. Throughout the month, Michaela shares several styles of brush-lettered and block alphabets, perfect for making custom cards, frame-worthy quotes, and more. You’ll also learn which pens are best to use on glass, metal, wood and other unconventional surfaces. Each day, you’ll gradually build your skills, inspiring you to keep lettering even when the month is over.
Mastering Chocolate at HomeMark Tilling
Working with chocolate is an art unto itself, and there’s no better person to learn from than master chocolatier, Mark Tilling. The first step in any chocolate making project is learning how to temper chocolate. This process perfects the crystallization structure, ensuring that, when cooled, your chocolate will be glossy and have a great snap. The tempering process can make or break your chocolate creation, so it’s important to temper it correctly for successful results. In the first part of this class, Mark teaches how to melt chocolate in a microwave or double boiler and how to troubleshoot common mistakes along the way. Once you understand how to temper chocolate, making your own chocolate bars is a quick next step. Mark shows you how to use a bar mold and delicious mix-ins, like dried fruits and popping candies, to create custom bars featuring dark, milk, and white chocolates. In addition to showing how to combine flavors, Mark also demonstrates how to color and marble chocolate, and work with cocoa butter gold coloring to paint your darkest bars. Once you understand the fundamentals of working with chocolate, you’ll have a basis upon which to expand your skills.
Embroidered Leather CuffsElke Bergeron
Leather designer Elke Bergeron shows you how to dye, paint and embroider super trendy leather cuffs. These eye-catching bracelets are a great way to learn how to work with leather and get familiar with leather working tools. Elke provides ideas for customizing these simple cuffs with leather dyes and embroidered designs so you can whip up a batch of unique designs.
Quilt Block Oven MittAshley Nickels
Wondering what to do with your leftover quilt blocks? Make an adorably unique oven mitt! Using Anna Maria Horner's Whippersnapper block, Ashley Nickels shows how to take any quilt block and turn it into a one-of-a-kind patchwork oven mitt. You’ll begin by creating two mini quilts, then cut out pattern pieces using the provided template. Add bias tape to finish the edges and create a hanging loop, then sew together for a cute and functional kitchen accessory.
How to Make ZinesCourtney Cerruti
Zines are DIY booklets (“zine” is short for magazine) – perfect for showcasing your artwork and sharing with friends. Zine enthusiast, Courtney Cerruti, shows you how to make four simple zine structures using copy paper and a photocopier, including 8 or 16-page books made from a single sheet, an accordion book, and a pamphlet stitch book. Courtney fills her zines with found photos and doodles, but you can feature anything that sparks your imagination. Drawing from her own collection of zines, Courtney shows examples of each structure to get you inspired.
Crocheted Summer BagEdie Eckman
This quintessential summer bag is made using several crochet stitch patterns that come together to form a textural sampler. Whether you choose a cheerful summery color or a nautical neutral, this bag will become your go-to everyday tote. And best of all, the size of the bag can be made smaller or larger simply by choosing a lighter weight or bulkier weight yarn -- no pattern adjustments required.
Creative DoodlingPam Garrison
Stretch your creative muscles and join Pam Garrison in this fun four-part celebration of doodling. In Pam’s classes, mistakes are embraced and you are encouraged to think outside of the box as you play with your designs and develop an expanded visual vocabulary. The great thing about doodling is that anyone can do it, nearly anywhere! If you already doodle while on the phone, in meetings or in the margins of your notebook, Pam’s class will help you take your creative doodling practice even further.
Colorful Abstract PaintingCourtney Cerruti
You don’t need to consider yourself a painter to create this colorful work of art. Courtney introduces you to a bold way of applying color to a canvas that results in this bright, abstract field of color. Courtney talks you through how to create a cohesive palette, then evaluate and build your work of art until you determine that it’s ready to grace your walls with its confident swaths of color.
Mitered Knitting: Make a PillowEdie Eckman
Edie Eckman provides a perfect primer for mitered knitting, showing you how to creatively combine picked up stitches and decreases to create connected squares. You will learn how to work two different decreases and cast-ons to create two very different Garter stitch designs. At the end, you’ll seam together the front and back using Mattress stitch in order to create your pillowcase sampler.
Hand-Stitched Appliqué QuiltsCarolyn Friedlander
Return to slow, thoughtful hand stitching with this pretty skill-building class by Carolyn Friedlander. With a nod to the symmetry and style of Hawaiian quilting, you will create your appliqué piece like a paper snowflake and arrange it on your fabric background. Carolyn teaches you how to baste your appliqué piece by hand, how to stitch inside and outside curves and points, and how to efficiently remove basting stitches. This technique is perfect for making individual blocks or larger designs for show-stopping quilts.
Hand Sew Springtime Bunny and Carrot SoftiesKata Golda
In this class, Alison shares her method for hand-stitching a sweet little bunny with a companion carrot softie. Only a few stitches are required to complete these adorable dolls – satin stitch, running stitch, and blanket stitch – and Alison shares tips for how to work the stitches successfully. Templates are provided to make a large and small bunny, both of which are sewn exactly the same way. Have fun stitching up a little springtime bunny family, and don’t forget to sew a carrot or two for them to munch on while you’re at it.
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