October Lookbook // 2021
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Goddess Sketchbook: A Daily Practice Inspired by Feminine EnergyLily Sol
Come make artwork for radiant souls. In this daily practice, Berkeley artist Lily Sol invites you to tap into feminine energy in all its forms. Over the month together, use mixed media to channel four goddesses inspired by the power and beauty of nature. In your journal, you’ll adorn your goddesses in flower crowns, jewels, and hues that make your heart sing. Lily’s playful energy makes it easy to stay present and soft-hearted, so join us for a daily dose of blossoming.
Make a Leather Bucket BagTreasure of Nikki&Mallory
Crafting a gorgeous, bohemian-inspired leather bag is well within your reach with expert guidance from designer Treasure of Nikki&Mallory. You'll cut and sew a leather bucket bag with a drawstring closure and fabric lining while learning a wide range of leatherworking skills, from sourcing leather and stitching to punching holes and adding hardware. Treasure skips no details, and you'll get to play with lots of tools and techniques. The best part - besides showing off your new bag - is that you can do all the sewing on your home sewing machine.
Sew a Christmas Tree Skirt Using EZ Quilting TemplatesLeslie Schucker
A beautiful tree can be the highlight of your holiday decor, and nothing gives your tree a perfect finish like a gorgeous tree skirt. While this project is big in size, it is surprisingly easy in technique. Expert sewist Leslie Schucker guides you through making your own colorful tree skirt using EZ Quilting templates to cut out eye-catching geometric appliques. You can sew and embellish this entire project by hand, but Leslie also shows you how to use a sewing machine to add bias tape for strength and giant ric rac for an extra touch of fun. Thick and cozy wool felt creates a high quality piece that can last for generations.
Corner to Corner Crochet: Make an Evergreen Tree PillowTian Connaughton
Corner-to-corner crochet is a technique you can use to incorporate bold, eye-catching imagery into your crocheted projects. Think of it as pixel art, where each pixel is a small square of crochet. Tian Connaughton, expert crochet designer and technical editor, guides you through the basics of corner-to-corner crochet while making a pillow with an iconic evergreen tree motif. You’ll learn how to read a corner-to-corner chart and how to turn single crochet stitches, double crochet stitches, chains, and slip stitches into squares that will make up the building blocks of your tree. Tian also shows you two different options for finishing your pillow: a permanent seam to enclose the pillow, or an extra button flap to make a removable cover. This pillow is perfect for holiday decor and gifts, but it’s also easy to switch up the colors for a year-round, rustic style.
Crochet a Lacy TopTian Connaughton
Crochet designer Tian Connaughton may also be an experienced technical editor and teacher, but she always keeps in mind how to simplify designs in order to take up as little of your precious time as possible. Crocheting a garment may seem like an epic task but Tian will surprise you by demonstrating how accessible and meditative it can truly be. With only single and double crochet stitches, you’ll be able to add this lovely T-shirt to your handmade wardrobe. Learn how to crochet ribbing and lace paneling, plus how to make a gauge swatch and block your work. Tian notes that while this top may be challenging for absolute beginners, she encourages the adventurous.
Artober: 31 Days of Spooky MonoprintsCourtney Cerruti
Making an artful image doesn't have to be difficult. With just a few unique materials, you can create a beautiful illustration without any drawing experience at all. Artist Extraordinaire Courntey Cerruti is excited to expand one of her most popular Creativebug classes into a daily practice exploring monoprinting. First made popular by Andy Warhol, these monoprints use a blotted line technique made by using a process that combines tracing with basic printmaking. The result is dotted, broken, and delicate lines that can then be colored in. There is a lot of freedom inherent in this technique - the quality of your line expresses your own style - with each inking and impression of the original image producing a unique illustration.
Creativebug Slow TV: Fabric MeditationsCreativebug Slow TV
Creativebug now offers a different type of content you can stream: artful meditation videos. You already know the soothing benefits of crafting something with your hands. In this third video in the series, you'll receive the therapeautic benefits by proxy when you watch skilled Creativebug craftspeople iron, cut, sort and stitch fabric. Find yourself a peaceful location, press play, and relax.
Jewelry Design with Scotchbonnet!: Working With a Bead LoomTracey-Renee Hubbard
Design and make beautifully beaded jewelry with Tracey-Renee Hubbard, designer and founder of the vibrant accessories brand Scotchbonnet! She guides you through the process of developing a cohesive jewelry collection, beginning with the assembly of a mood board to find your aesthetic. Then, learn how to map out a beaded design on paper and prepare a Jewel Loom to weave your beads. Finally, Tracey-Renee demonstrates how to mount your beadwork to a brass cuff or barrette and show off your stylish new creation.
Plant Talk with The Tender Gardener: How to Choose a HouseplantThe Tender Gardener
With so many to choose from, picking out a houseplant from a nursery can be overwhelming. Luckily, The Tender Gardener is here to thoughtfully guide you through selecting plants that best suit your life. No matter your space or lighting situation, the perfect plant can be found. Avid plant enthusist and gardener Lana Williams encourages you to ask yourself important questions such as the available light in your home, the time you're able to give to plant care, and whether you share your place with pets or small children, then suggests the best plants for a positive outcome.
Lucky Star Quilt Along with Keaton QuiltsJustin of Keaton Quilts
Be dazzled while you stitch along with Justin of Keaton Quilts and make a 12 block quilt top, featuring a rainbow palette of star shapes. Sewist, author, and educator Justin Stafford walks you through the Lucky Star quilt, using rulers and a rotary cutter to make an array of traditional blocks. While the quilt top is designed for intermediate quilters, once beginners have mastered the half square triangle they’ll find the video instructions thorough enough to rapidly advance their skills. Use a muted palette for a traditional throw or replicate Justin’s scheme for a vibrant stunner.