Total Time: 15 hours 47 secs
This year, let's focus on getting our creativity in shape! We have loads of classes to push your artistic limits, plus excellent ideas for self-care projects (think: yoga mat bag sewing patterns and DIY facial toners). No matter your area of interest, we hope you'll put Creativebug at the top of your resolution list and make this your most creative year yet.
Daily Painting Challenge: 31 Painted Patterns with Lisa CongdonLisa Congdon
Join us for a month-long creative journey with artist and illustrator, Lisa Congdon. In this 31-day painting challenge, Lisa shares her love of designing colorful patterns and painting with gouache. Each day you will learn how to paint a new pattern, including traditional designs, botanicals, geometric shapes and motifs made from everyday objects. Challenge yourself to draw inspiration from the world around you, working alongside Lisa as you hone your daily painting practice. Be sure to share your paintings in the student gallery and post them on Instagram #cbpatternaday.
Cricut Crafts: Easy Monogrammed Cosmetic BagAmber of Damask Love
It's super easy to whip up a custom monogrammed cosmetic bag with your Cricut Maker. Amber from Damask Love shows you how to design your own monogram and cut it out in vinyl on your Cricut Maker, plus you'll learn how you can use the Maker to cut out all of your fabric pattern pieces. Once the elements are cut out, Amber shows you how to install the zipper, box the corners, and assemble the bag. The glittery vinyl monogram goes on last as a special finishing touch.
Sashiko SewingLisa Solomon
Learn how one stitch can provide you with inspiration for a lifetime of creative practice. Using the running stitch as a base, mixed media artist Lisa Solomon shows you the Japanese tradition of sashiko stitching as well as a plethora of ideas for creative and practical use. You’ll learn how to work with traditional patterns (or make your own designs based on a grid layout) to make decorative pieces or mend and patch garments. No matter the method you choose, you’ll find that sashiko is a great way to slow down and stitch with intention, creating beauty from simplicity.
Acrylic Ink Painting: Playing with Light and ShadowMissy Dunaway
Learn how to translate photos into gestural paintings that capture the memory of the moment better than a photograph. Painter, Fullbright fellow and world traveler, Missy Dunaway, will walk you through her process of painting with acrylic inks in Moleskine journals. In this class, she uses an impressionistic approach to create a daylight landscape, adding shadowy details for interest. You’ll learn how to create your very own original painting in layers, mixing color on the page and using evocative brushwork to bring the painting to life.
Pattern Drafting with KnitsCal Patch
Working with knits can often be intimidating, but in this 2-part course, you’ll learn tips and tricks to help make stretchy fabrics your new go-to textile. Cal Patch shows just how simple it is to construct knitted garments on a home-sewing machine – no serger or overlock machine required. Not only will you learn how to adapt the patterns from her original Pattern Drafting course to work with knits, but you’ll also see how easy it is to design your own wardrobe, including custom tanks, jersey dresses, zip-up hoodies, and more.
Sew a Yoga Mat BagAshley Nickels
Sewer and quilter Ashley Nickels shows you how to create a stylish, functional carrier bag for your yoga mat. Learn how to cut out the pattern pieces, add handles, and attach D-ring hardware to hold the mat in place. Best of all, this yoga mat bag features a zippered pocket - an essential for stashing your keys and phone while you're on the mat.
Crochet Hat FormulaCal Patch
Using basic crochet stitches, Cal Patch shows you how to work in the round and make a hat in any size you like. This customizable hat is the perfect way to practice new skills, like increasing and slipstitching. With this one formula, you can go on to crochet hats in different sizes, yarn weights and colors for all of your loved ones.
Arm Knitting: Make a Throw PillowAnne Weil
Arm knitting is a simple process that yields luxurious results. Using super bulky yarn, knit designer Anne Weil shows you how to create a color-blocked pillow cover. As a finishing touch, you will also learn how to sew a simple pillow lining. This plush pillow can be made in a day and enjoyed year round.
Magic Ball Color PlayBrandon Mably
This stash-busting class will inspire you to use your imagination when selecting yarn colors and embrace surprises when doing colorwork. Brandon Mably shows you how to make a “magic ball” by tying together lengths of light and dark yarn into a multi-colored ball. Brandon demonstrates how the yarn ball works up and shares his innovative Fair Isle technique in which he weaves in loose ends as he works. This class results in a swatch, but you can apply this technique to any of your knitting projects.
Hudson Valley Winter SocksJill Draper
These top-down, worsted-weight socks will keep your toes warm all winter. You’ll learn alongside Jill Draper, who shows you how to knit a short row heel and toe, as well as a ribbed cuff. If you have been curious about knitting your own pair of socks but have never taken the plunge, this workshop is for you.
Living a More Creative Life: 30 Ways in 30 DaysCourtney 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.
Homemade ApothecaryAmy Karol
Make your own lip balm, facial oil, deodorant, and more, by looking no further than your pantry or local health food store. Amy expertly demystifies the ingredients you need and offers recipes and ratios that result in delicious smelling, high-quality beauty products that will leave your skin and body radiant.
Handmade SoapLindsey Stone
In one great smelling afternoon, you can learn the basics of cold process soap making and make enough soap for everyone on your holiday list. Lindsey from Clean Getaway Soap demystifies the process and walks you through a batch of soap from start to finish. Along the way you’ll learn how to safely mix soap, add color and scent, and finish with stamps and gift wrap. Download the recipe to follow along.
Journal of Family LifeAmy Karol
Capture and elevate the small, everyday moments of family life with this workshop. Amy offers her trademark no-stress approach to creating a customized family journal to preserve family photos, jot down milestones, and record special stories. Amy's philosophy is that documenting memories should never be stressful, time-consuming or precious. In this class, she shares her quick and easy approach.
Rosy Quilt DesignKaffe Fassett
This quilt pattern works off of a simple structure, but lends itself beautifully to a color and composition class with Kaffe Fasset. Watch as he mocks up a layout on his trademark design wall, working with prints in different scales to achieve a version of his classic pattern in a leafy, misty spring mood. Kaffe talks about adding depth through different fabric choices and introducing clarity with calm fabrics alongside classic Kaffe Fassett prints.
Rosy Quilt TopLiza Lucy
Expert quilt designers Kaffe Kassett and Liza Lucy walk you through every step of making the eye-popping Rosy Quilt top. Using vibrant large and small-scale prints, the version shown here is a modern take on the very first design Kaffe and Liza ever created together. Kaffe provides wonderful insights on how the colors and prints work together, while Liza teaches the basics of cutting and piecing the patchwork. Perfect for beginning quilters and anyone wanting to try patchwork for the first time.
DIY Year PlannerFaith Hale
We all know a planner is a very personal thing – it will go with you everywhere for the next year, and it has to work for you. Why not learn how to make a customizable text block planner completely from scratch? Pro bookbinder, Faith Hale, makes it super easy, showing you every step of how to combine blank sheets, printable graph paper, calendar pages, or bullet-style pages for a layout that makes your day-to-day easier to organize. You’ll learn how to make a hardback case using chipboard and book cloth, and you’ll also pick up some foundational bookbinding terms and techniques along the way.
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