Total Time: 21 hours 2 mins 39 secs
This August, be your best creative self. Enjoy the dog days of summer by taking your art outside, working with what you’ve got, and embracing imperfection and kookiness along the way. Fall will be here before you know it, so soak up every glorious second of summer.
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Check out our all-new August releases alongside seasonal favorites: Living a More Creative Life: 30 Ways in 30 Days with Courtney Cerruti - Starts August 1 * Watercolor Painting in the Garden with Yao Cheng - Coming August 9 * Crocheted Corn with Twinkie Chan - Coming August 16  * Art Journaling with Gelatos with Mou Saha - Coming August 23 * Sew a Needlepoint Tote with Anna Maria Horner - Coming August 30 * Sew a Backpack * Raw Edge Applique Quilting * 
Basic Line Drawing * Trace a T-Shirt, Make a Wardrobe * Knit Pompom Socks * Improvisational Patchwork for Beginners * The Wilton Method of Cake Decorating
Knitted Pom Pom Socks
Wendy Bernard
Here's a fun, portable project for intermediate knitters – create multicolored footie socks with Wendy Bernard. This project is great for learning the basics of sock knitting. You will learn how to expertly turn a heel and shape a gusset, and then you’ll see how to graft the toe stitches together with Kitchener stitch. Wendy provides a written pattern with three different size options, and she also demonstrates how to make perfect pom poms to attach to the heels.


· How to turn a sock heel and pick up stitches for the gusset

· How to shape the heel gusset and the toe

· How to use Kitchener stitch to graft the toe stitches together

· How to make a yarn pom pom using a pom pom maker
Living a More Creative Life: 30 Ways in 30 Days
Courtney Cerruti
So many of us are on a quest to incorporate creativity into our lives, but short on time and resources, we’re not sure how to begin. For inspiration and sage advice, we turn to artist and explorer, Courtney Cerruti, who incorporates art into everything she does and finds beauty in even the most mundane moments. This series is perfect for aspiring artists, crafters who are in a rut, and anyone who suspects that a creative habit would be good for their soul - your eyes will be opened to new creative possibilities that are easy to practice every day. No matter your skill level, we hope you’ll show up, bring a playful attitude and a willingness to try new things.
Watercolor Painting in the Garden
Yao Cheng
Yao Cheng’s rich, energetic style of painting truly comes to life when she paints outdoors. In this plein-air style class, she shares her approach to going outside to paint from life – a skill that will add new dimension to your watercolor practice. Learn how Yao works quickly to combat ever-changing light, and how she simplifies a landscape or a rose in bloom to capture the feeling of the focal point with efficient and bold brush strokes. Join Yao as she paints in various locations at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, celebrating the beauty and simplicity of nature in all its forms. 
Art Journaling with Gelatos
Mou Saha
Mou Saha loves to make mixed media art with gelatos (and no, we’re not talking about ice cream). Gelatos are watercolor sticks that come in chapstick-like tubes, perfect for creating richly layered art journal pages. Mou begins this class by showing how to create a vibrant background using collage and stamps, then she creates patterns and depth with gelatos and stencils to build unexpected designs. Create a focal point on each page with drawings and add text layers with paint or a brush tip marker. By the end of this class, you’ll have the skills you need to create fanciful pages bursting with color and texture. 
Sew a Needlepoint Tote
Anna Maria Horner
So often, needlepoint treasures find their way into thrift stores or the back of the closet, never to see the light of day. In this class, Anna Maria Horner shows you how to give needlepoint tapestries new life by turning them into beautiful, functional tote bags. Anna Maria leads you through each step, from blocking and trimming your needlepoint to adding accent fabric, boxed corners and decorative pompoms. For those who want to make their own needlepoint from scratch, learn how with this excellent needlepoint sampler class taught by Anna Maria herself.
 
Crocheted Corn
Twinkie Chan
Is there anything cuter than a crocheted ear of corn? Whip up this seasonal favorite taught by renowned yarn foodie, Twinkie Chan. The nubbly texture of the corn kernels is made from a combination of single, half-double, and half-triple stitches, and when finished, the corn will be 7 inches long. If you’re hooked on making crocheted veggies, learn how to make other delicious (in)edibles in Twinkie’s Eat Your Fruits and Veggies Crochet-Along!
Eat Your Fruits & Veggies Crochet-Along
Twinkie Chan
Get your daily dose of Vitamin Yarn with Twinkie Chan’s newest food-themed creations: crocheted fruits and veggies! Thes nine delicious (in)edible designs are perfect for those days when you want to feel healthy, but don’t necessarily want to eat healthy. 


 
Crocheted Lemon
Twinkie Chan
Learn how to make this sweet and zesty crocheted lemon from renowned yarn foodie, Twinkie Chan. This lemon can be made in a flash with simple single crochet and slip stitches. Originally designed for the Craft Yarn Council as a “stress ball” for National Stress Awareness Month, this lemon is the perfect thing to squeeze when you’re having a rough day. If you find yourself hooked on making crocheted fruit, learn how to make other delicious (in)edibles in Twinkie’s Eat Your Fruits and Veggies Crochet-Along!

 
How to Make a Backpack
Nicole Mallalieu
Pro bag maker and pattern designer, Nicole Mallalieu, shows you how to make a simple yet sturdy backpack for everyday use. You will learn a plethora of techniques, like how to use interfacing to add structure, add a lining with pockets, attach hardware and make straps from scratch. Plus you'll learn tips for reducing bulk in seams, making invisible marks with a hera marker, and other professional finishing techniques. All of these design details come together to give the bag a clean, polished look. This sporty, lightweight bag is a great project for a beginning sewist who has an eye for detail or a more advanced sewist who wants to brush up on his or her skills.
Learn Raw Edge Appliqué Quilting
Sue Nickels
Learn all about raw edge machine appliqué with quilting expert, Sue Nickels. In this class, Sue shares her signature technique for assembling a vibrant, floral appliqué quilt top. Each piece of appliqué uses just a bit of fusible web to keep it in place, and is then secured permanently with machine blanket stitching. You will learn how to stitch inner and outer points as well as curves and circles, complex units, and bias stems. This class will teach you everything you need to know to work any machine-appliqué pattern, large or small.
Basic Line Drawing
Lisa Congdon
Learn basic stylized line drawing from one of today’s most sought-after artists. In this four-part course, Lisa covers the basics of line drawing, showing you how to build beautiful patterned drawings and integrate line drawing into your repertoire. Lisa shows you where to begin and the principles of composition before moving onto basic geometrics and patterns. Then she shows you how to use line work to decorate vintage photos, and finally, how to create a block-lettered alphabet. Whether you are just learning how to draw, or you want to deepen a regular creative practice, this class will fuel your imagination and show you how to create infinite designs from simple shapes. 
Sew a Kids' Backpack
Annabel Wrigley
In this class, Annabel teaches young sewists how to make a stylish backpack with a few pops of neon – perfect for heading back to school. With a few measurements and some basic sewing supplies, you’ll be able to cut and stitch this backpack over the course of a weekend. This is a great skill-builder class for sewists who want to learn some new techniques, like making pattern pieces from freezer paper, sewing and attaching straps, and assembling a lined bag.
Improvisational Patchwork for Beginners
Heather Jones
Learning how to improvise block construction is a cornerstone of modern quilting. Heather Jones teaches three ways to experiment with improvisational piecing: with a log-cabin block, a stacked-coin block, and with a wonky cross block. This method of creating patchwork is perfect for mixing colorful fabric scraps, allowing you to forget about perfect measurements and straight lines, and learn to play with your creative intuition. At the end, you’ll understand how to combine blocks to produce one-of-a-kind, organic quilts – no “pattern” required.
The Wilton Method of Cake Decorating
Wilton Instructors
Want to learn how to bake and decorate cakes but not sure where to start? In this 4-week foundation course, you'll learn a little bit of everything--baking tips, buttercream basics, and an introduction to fondant and royal icing--straight from the pros at the Wilton Test Kitchen. The course begins with a lesson on baking the perfect chocolate cake as well as proper techniques for torting and icing layer cakes. After that, we move on to easy cake decorating techniques, such as applying buttercream with a decorating bag, creating a beautiful two-tiered fondant cake, and making gorgeous drop flowers from royal icing. This information-rich course is perfect for beginner bakers, giving you the core techniques that will get you started on your cake decorating journey.
Trace a T-shirt, Make a Wardrobe
Improv Sewing
Want to make a custom-fit wardrobe? Instead of using traditional patterns, the Improv Sewing team sews a wardrobe from a single set of pattern pieces made by tracing a well-fitting t-shirt. Sacrifice that favorite tee (the one with a little stain on it) for a closet full of favorite tops, tunics and dresses!