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New Releases // Lookbook
Easy Dyed Play Silks and CapesMelissa Lang Lytle
Play silks are inspiring, open-ended toys that children can transform into almost anything with their creativity and imaginations, like a red and orange silks for lava and blue silks for water, or wearing them as magical capes or carriers for dolls. Melissa Lang Lytle of Hex House Crowns is a fiber artist and handwork teacher, and she will guide you through the very accessible process of dyeing play silks using RIT dye. Start with a dreamy ombre rainbow pattern and then try a whimsical, heart-shaped tie dye. With Melisssa's tips, you can also dye wool felt in the same dye bath as your silks in order to maximize your dye as well as color-match your materials. Children can heop with certain parts of the dyeing, and everyone will enjoy the exciting reveal of the finished silks.
Flower Pounding on PaperCourtney Cerruti
Crafting with nature is a lovely way to spend time looking at and appreciating the flowers and plants around you. In this class, artist and educator Courtney Cerruti shows you how to make vibrant botanical prints by hammering or "pounding" flowers onto paper. You'll also learn how to shift the color of plant pigments by toning them with acidic or alkaline solutions, as well as fun ways to enhance your prints with watercolor. Using simple materials and a simple technique, you can create beautiful floral art with a hammer and blooms.
Little Artists: A Course for Parent and ChildAbby Houston
As a professional artist, art therapist and mother of three, Abby Houston knows how important it is to promote imaginative play. Join Abby and her nine-year-old Violet as they work on four projects exploring the basic art elements of line, shape, form, and color. Abby offers suggestions for an art box of materials that your kids can have regular access to, how to be flexible and receptive to your child's unique process, and how to make cleanup fun. Whether they work collaboratively or independently, this is the first step in building a nurturing creative practice for your kids.
Sustainable Play: Upcycled Alphabet Daily PracticeSuzy Ultman
Artists of all ages: gather your empty cereal and cracker boxes and get ready for a joyful month of sketching, painting, and play with illustrator, toy maker, and storyteller Suzy Ultman. In this daily practice, you'll turn cardboard from food packaging into a cute and colorful set of painted alphabet letters. Each day, you'll create a new letter, starting with cutting out your shapes using Suzy's PDF templates. If you prefer not to cut cardboard, you can also use the templates as coloring pages. Suzy will guide you through painting specific designs for each letter, but she'll also talk about different ways to imagine your own letters and make them unique. The most important tool here is your imagination, and you can also work with craft paint, paint pens, markers, colored pencils, pom poms, googly eyes, and all your favorite materials. Use your finished letters as flash cards, personalized tags for gifts, banners that spell words or names, and so much more.
Release the Geese Mini Quilt TopSarah Bond
The flying geese pattern is a perennial quilt design favorite and that never goes out of style. Learn how to paper piece circular flying geese with award-winning quilter Sarah Bond. You'll get a lot of practice sewing large and small curves while completing a complex mini-quilt. It's composed of four identically sewn quadrants and measures up to 24 inches square. You can also use these components to design a larger quilt by combining them with other elements or negative space. Sarah loves traditional quilt forms and giving them a more modern spin. These geese may look small - but they are big fun!
Make Paper Pajaki ChandeliersMia Semingson of Two Hands Paperie
A pajak (pronounced pie-yonk) is a traditional Polish chandelier dating back to the 18th century made of paper and rye straw. Women made them to decorate the home to bring good health and prosperity. Mia Semingson, artist, book binder, and owner of Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, Colorado, shows you how to construct two styles of pajaki (pie-yon-kee) - a traditional structure using traditional rye straws, and a more modern, geometric structure using paper straws. With the right measurements and a little math, you can make your pajak any size you wish. You'll also learn how to create a variety of festive and colorful paper decorations like fringe pom poms, paper cockades, and polish stars or hedgehog stars, as well as fun ways to combine them. There is plenty of room for creativity in this project, and Mia will give you all the skills and techniques to create your own unique paper chandeliers.
Make a Pop-Up Flower Greeting CardBel Mills of Scrap Paper Circus
Watch paper flowers bloom right before your very eyes! In this class, Bel Mills, the book artist behind Scrap Paper Circus, will show you how to create a blooming three-dimensional flower sculpture tucked inside a colorfully collaged handmade card. Stylistically combining vintage and modern and utilizing upcycled materials, this composed art card is a timeless gift of flowers you can send through the mail. Bel will also show you how to hand make an accompanying envelope. You can't go wrong—everyone loves a pop-up!
Color In and Out of the GardenLorene Edwards Forkner
Every single day since 2018, writer and gardener Lorene Edwards Forkner has been on continuous quest for natural color. Encouraging you to pick up a brush and pay attention, she shares her personal daily practice of painting a grid in watercolor inspired by collections of natural elements such as flowers, shells, and rocks, as outlined in her beautiful book, Color In and Out of the Garden. Each day this month you will chase color and create gorgeous watercolor studies as you begin to see color more clearly and deeply. Lorene's unique painting process offers a chance to see the ordinary with fresh eyes and look closely with great heart.
Make an Inspirational Art PosterMaria Carluccio
Making art is one of the most powerful ways to use your voice and inspire others. If you've always felt passionate about certain causes but have been unsure about how that could translate into a visual piece, this class gives you a path to follow and an impressive tool kit of techniques. Artist, author, illustrator, and teacher Maria Carluccio guides you through the creation of two kinds of inspirational art posters, one in watercolor and one in collage, from ideation to finished artwork. Begin by making a mind map to refine your themes and ideas. If you choose to work in watercolor, Maria will take you through your initial sketch, then how to use a light table while painting, plan your color palette, and add graphite, colored pencils, and gel pens for detail. If you choose to work in collage, you'll make your own collage paper, learn Maria's process of making a paper frame as a guide, and use magazine cut outs, washi tape, stickers, and ephemera in imaginative ways. No matter what themes you choose or materials you work with, you'll be sure to create an inspirational poster you can proudly to share.
Make Upcycled T-Shirt YarnFaith Hale
Chunky, cotton, upcycled yarn is simple to make when you have access to just two things: an old T-shirt and a pair of scissors. This yarn can be used for macrame, crafting string bags à la Cobrina's knotted pantry bag class, making rag rugs - Cal Patch teaches you how to do that here - as well as a multitude of other craft projects. If you're looking to speed up the process even further, using a rotary cutter, a cutting mat and a ruler will give you yards of yarn in just minutes. The leftover fabric can be used in small sewing projects or cut into squares to make handy shop rags - all eco-friendly options.
Crafting Together: Mushroom Fairy Houses for Earth DayCBTV Live
This class was originally filmed live April 19, 2023. Creativebug instructors Courtney Cerruti and Twinkie Chan make fairy houses for Earth Day. Discover cute and fairy-friendly DIYs using terracotta pots and simple materials to create a magical scene. Add embellishments and sweet little details for your woodland wonderland. We will also show you how to adapt the design for an indoor tablescape or mantel scene.
Embroidered Botanical Pattern WeightsRebecca Ringquist
Pattern weights are handy little tools that keep pattern pieces in place to make sure you're cutting your fabric as accurately as possible. Artist Rebecca Ringquist created her own Dropcloth sampler after sewing more and wanting a lovely version of this essential tool. This embroidery sampler includes four botanical patterned panels to be embroidered by hand and then when they've been completed, Rebecca demonstrates how to sew them and fill them up. Faster to adjust than pins, weights won't bunch the fabric or leave pin holes in your textiles and are just so pretty to boot.
Altered Books the Sequel: A Daily PracticeCreativebug
Whether you have an established sketchbook practice or are looking for a creative jumpstart, making art in a book is an exciting and intriguing source of artful exploration. Join artists Courtney Cerruti and Faith Hale as they revisit their favorite Creativebug collaboration: the Altered Book Daily Challenge, in this jam-packed “sequel”. And if you haven’t seen their first class, have no fear- Courtney and Faith cover the basics, while giving you 30+ brand new prompts.
Knit Headbands: Three WaysFaith Hale
When it comes to knit projects, headbands are relatively quick to knit and are, as Faith's mom calls her when she's being helpful, "useful as well as decorative." In this in-depth class, Creativebug staff artist Faith Hale knits three headbands, one in a rib stitch finished with a twist, one featuring honeycomb cables, and a delicate lace pattern that ties in the back. Along the way you'll learn special techniques like seaming, working an i-cord, a provisional cast-on, and reading a lace chart. Whether to rescue a bad hair day or provide a touch of extra warmth, knitting these headbands are a quick way to learn new skills and the results are sweet and stylish.
Make Confetti Dangle Earrings with Polymer ClayFaheema Chaudhury
Bring the party with you when you wear these vibrant, playfull earrings made by you. Jewelry designer Faheema Chaudhury of Unicorn Crafts walks you through every step of this satisfying process by first creating a slab with multiple colors, then vutting, baking, and assembling your earrings. Her love of color and fun is infections, and this project is fabulous fun whether you're a beginner or have worked with polymer clay for years.
Hand Sew A ShirtCal Patch
Learn to stitch a shirt, sew seams, finish necklines and hem edges with just your hands, a needle, and thread. Hand-sewing clothing might seem like a wild idea, but you might actually save time since you can take your project on-the-go without being tethered to your sewing machine. Clothing designer and author Cal Patch teaches you four basic stitches, four kinds of seaming techniques, and four ways to finish edges including applying bias tape. You'll sew one sampler shirt that includes every technique or pick and choose your favorites. This class is perfect for people who may feel intimidated by the sewing machine but are curious about stitching their own garments. Take your slow-fashion wardrobe to the next level.
Pickle Dish Quilt BlockSarah Bond
Award-winning quilter Sarah Bond comes from a long line of quilters. She loves traditional quilt patterns with wonderful curves and twists that provide the eye with motion and interest. One of her favorites is the Pickle Dish. Sarah shows you four variations of a traditional Pickle Dish block: Sliced Pickles, Pickle Wedges, Pickled Geese, and Diced Pickles. Learn the basics of foundation paper piecing and how to sew large and small curved seams so that you can put together perfect Pickle Dish quilts. By playing with different arrangements of the blocks, you can create a more contemporary or more traditional look, and no matter which design you choose, you'll have so much fun seeing the connected arcs of your quilt grow and flow together.
Chicken Scratch Sampler Book: An Embroidery Daily PracticeBlair Stocker
Join designer, author, and modern quilter Blair Stocker of Wise Craft Handmade for a month of exploring the art of chicken scratch embroidery. Chicken scratch is a charming form of cross stitch that is worked on gingham fabric and creates an optical illusion of a beautiful lace overlay. Blair teaches you the foundations of chicken scratch, such as selecting your gingham fabric and using a paper template to mark your fabric, plus essential stitches like the smyrna cross and the snowflake stitch. Throughout the month, play with different designs, various combinations of stitches, and multiple colors. As you stitch inside your gingham squares, discover how much freedom you have to get creative. At the end of month, Blair shows you how to sew together your chicken scratch fabric pages and assemble a sample book that you can use as a record of all the new techniques you learned as well as a reference for future projects like aprons, tea towels, quilts, pillows, and whatever else you can imagine.
Sarah Bond: A Legacy of Quilt MakingCBTV
Quilter Sarah Bond has a special, deep relationship to quilting. After learning how to quilt nearly 40 years ago, she discovered an extensive family heritage of quilting, specifically from her foremothers Jane Arthur Bond, Ruth Clement Bond, and Louvinia Clarkson. Learn how she was inspired by the work of her foremothers and how it contributed to the evolution of her intricate, colorful style.
Stay tuned for quilting classes from Sarah Bond releasing later this year. You can also find Sarah on instagram here.
Stay tuned for quilting classes from Sarah Bond releasing later this year. You can also find Sarah on instagram here.
Craft Yourself a Love NoteDawn M. Cardona
Take the time to tell yourself something sweet and craft youself a love note. Artist and Children's book illustrator Dawn M. Cardona has chosen "Stretch and Grow" as her message, a phrase that her father used to say to her and her brother almost every single morning growing up. Dawn encourages you to choose your own inspirational words and leads you through some paper piecing, a great stash buster for all your lovely paper scraps. The result is a special artwork that will remind you of your uplifting message every day.
Take the time to tell yourself something sweet and craft youself a love note. Artist and Children's book illustrator Dawn M. Cardona has chosen "Stretch and Grow" as her message, a phrase that her father used to say to her and her brother almost every single morning growing up. Dawn encourages you to choose your own inspirational words and leads you through some paper piecing, a great stash buster for all your lovely paper scraps. The result is a special artwork that will remind you of your uplifting message every day.Learn how to:
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Paper cutter
- Craft needle or awl
- Craft knife or X-Acto
- Cutting mat
- Paint brush
- White gouache
- Water cup with water
- Slow and fast-drying glue, such as Yes Paste or PVA Glue
- Gelli plate and brayer
- Various papers, such as vintage, found, cardstock, and painted (see Dawn's Make Painted Papers for Art Making)
- Bristol paper, 9" x 12", 2 sheets
- Printed letters in preferred font - regular printer paper works fine
- Wet paper towel (optional)
- Silicone spatula (optional)
- Cut details using scissors
- Work with the grainline of paper
- Use adhesive for collage
Browse members' projects from this class and share your own work! Learn how to take great photos here.
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44 users recommended this class to a friend
I really enjoyed listening to the presenter's voice. I loved realizing where I made mistakes in the past, and learning new techniques to be better.
May 16, 2023
Corina Koch MacLeod
Cal communicates sewing concepts in a clear and encouraging manner. She uses many delightful word pictures to help you to visualize and remember the steps and shapes of the stitch patterns. Her voice is meditative, making the learning experience a lot like a meditative practice. A great class!
May 12, 2023