Daily Painting Challenge: 31 Animals with August WrenJennifer Orkin Lewis
Jennifer Orkin Lewis (also known as August Wren on Instagram) is a champion of daily painting practice, devoting half an hour each day to creating the loose and colorful paintings for which she’s known. In this month-long series, Jennifer applies her signature style to one of her favorite subjects: animals! Working from photo references (included in a PDF with the class), Jennifer shows how to simplify and stylize your animal paintings to make them your own. Each day, Jennifer shows her approach to painting critters of all shapes and sizes – from farm animals to deep sea creatures – providing opportunity for all skill levels to practice.
Sewing Essentials: The Gemma TopRae Hoekstra
Kicky and classic, this sleeveless top from Made By Rae has you covered for warm-weather wearing. Video instructions are included for the classic tank and a ruffle-bottom variation which uses elastic thread to create even gathers. The class includes a downloadable pattern, which features nine women’s sizes (XXS – XL3) and two bust size variations. Each version shown here features a double-rolled hem and bias-tape finished neck and armholes. The Gemma top stitches up quickly and will be a favorite addition to your sewing repertoire.
Innovative Book StructuresFaith Hale
Prepare to be wowed by the exciting structures taught by book binder, Faith Hale, including flag books, floating panel books, and storage books. These innovative structures spark the imagination and stretch the possibilities of what we think a book can be. This class is perfect for any paper arts appreciator who wants to learn some new tricks. All three structures can be easily completed using basic bookbinding tools and papers.
Freezer Paper PiecingTara Faughnan
Colorful quilter Tara Faughnan shares her technique for piecing geometric quilts with freezer paper templates. This technique creates super precise points and makes piecing a breeze – and best of all, the templates can be used over and over again. Along the way, Tara shares her knowledge of choosing fabrics based on color value and interaction, and then goes on to show how to create your own templates. After that, it’s time to piece! Tara demonstrates how to make a diamond-themed mini quilt, but this technique can be applied to quilts of all shapes and sizes.
Sewing with Simplicity: Pro Garment Sewing TechniquesDeborah Kreiling
Even more advanced sewists struggle with trickier techniques like inserting gathered sleeves, applying neckline facings, and finishing shaped hemlines. In this class, Deborah Kreiling of Simplicity shares a variety of professional garment sewing techniques that will help you sew your own wardrobe. Whether you’re constructing a v-neck knit-jersey top or a tailored woven blouse, Deb’s awesome tips and tricks will help you tackle any sewing pattern without feeling intimidated.
Embroidery Embellished SkirtRebecca Ringquist
Add beautiful hand embroidery to enrich a store bought or handmade garment. Rebecca shows you how to test shapes for design and composition before committing to the embroidery. Thick yarn adds dimension, which is then filled in with a satin stitch for extra texture.
Playing with WatercolorLindsay Stripling
In this 3-part series, artist and teacher Lindsay Stripling teaches you core watercolor techniques, and then encourages you to use your creativity to make the medium your own. Throughout this series, you will learn watercolor essentials like mixing colors and handling brushes, and then move on to more advanced techniques like adding depth with glazing, working “wet into wet,” playing with light and dark, and creating textures with masking fluid and salt. This comprehensive course is the perfect skill-builder for those who want to push their artistic limits.
Sketchbook ExplorationsLisa Congdon
The habit of keeping a sketchbook is an important exercise, whether you are deepening your artistic practice or starting a brand new one. In this series, Lisa Congdon delves into her personal practice, sharing techniques that she employs in her own mixed media sketchbook. Best of all, you won’t be limited to one medium. Lisa explores ways to incorporate pen, watercolor, collage, brush pens, and more, allowing you to play with techniques that go beyond your comfort zone. As Lisa tells you “Just let go of the fear and dive in.”
Eat Your Fruits & Veggies Crochet-AlongTwinkie 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.
How to Knit DishclothsWendy Bernard
A dishcloth knitted with pure linen transforms an ordinary rag into a luxurious textile. Wendy Bernard demonstrates how to work with linen yarn to create a washcloth with an i-cord loop for hanging. The linen fiber resists mildew, is great for scrubbing, and gets softer with every use. This quick knitting project is a fun way to try out new stitch patterns—several of which are included in the PDF. Make a stack to give as a gift, or keep them for your own daily use.
Creating Color Palettes with Anna Maria HornerAnna Maria Horner
Anna Maria Horner is a master with color. In this class, she shows you how to switch up traditional color conventions in order to develop your own stunning palettes. Beginning with a traditional color wheel, Anna demonstrates how each color interacts with one another depending on its position in the wheel. Then, using paint chips, she walks you through a color swap exercise where you will learn how to mix and match hues. Anna explains how to apply this information to printed fabrics, demonstrating how scale and proportion can be used to create new and interesting patchwork combinations. This class is ideal for anyone who wants to understand how to work intuitively with color and print.
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.
Make Tissue Paper PompomsCourtney Cerruti
Paper pompoms bring a colorful and textured floral touch to any celebration, especially weddings and parties. Courtney demonstrates how to create a gorgeous, oversized pompom from tissue paper, and also gives ideas for customizing color, shape and size.
DIY Traveler's JournalFaith Hale
Create a gorgeous leather-bound traveler’s journal to take on all of your adventures. Perfect for drawing, sketching or writing, this easily customizable notebook is simple to construct and sturdy enough to take on travels. Bookbinder, Faith Hale, demonstrates how to create pamphlet-stitch booklets to insert in your notebook, and how to work with thick leather to create a durable cover. You’ll also learn how to add an elastic closure and give the leather cover a professional finish without the investment of leatherworking tools. Best of all, when you fill up your journal pages, you can easily add new booklets to your leather cover and keep on journaling.
Weaving for BeginnersAnnabel Wrigley
Learn the basics of making one-of-a-kind woven tapestries with Annabel Wrigley. This course goes beyond simple warp-and-weft weaving, teaching you how to add long, dramatic fringe, color-blocked shapes, fluffy clouds of wool roving, and loads of texture and color. Best of all, Annabel teaches you how to mix and match all of these techniques so that you can design a unique tapestry of your own in any size you like.
Painting on Cookies and CakesWilton Instructors
Cake decorating meets surface design in this comprehensive course for culinary artists. Using icing gel colors, buttercream, decorator brushes and palette knives, long-time Wilton instructor, Robin Mueller, shows how to turn a variety of cake-and-cookie canvases into edible works of art. Best of all, the techniques shown in this series are approachable for all levels, and the cookies can be made in advance for easy entertaining.
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