Paint Expressive Portraits in Acrylic
Intermediate | 1 hour 35 min
Paint Expressive Portraits in Acrylic
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Greyscale Portrait
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Color Portrait
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Knit Headbands: Three Ways
Faith 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 Clay
Faheema 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 Shirt
Cal 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 Block
Sarah 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 Practice
Blair 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 Making
CBTV
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
Craft Yourself a Love Note
Dawn 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.
Crochet an Amigurumi Pencil
Vincent Green-Hite
If you're looking for the perfect gift for a teacher, artist, office worker, or student, you'll surely earn an A+ with this cute and cuddly crocheted pencil. Crochet designer Vincent Green-Hite of Knot Bad teaches you the foundations of making a three dimensional doll, which is a Japanese artform called amigurumi. Learn the the magic ring, how to work in the round, how to increase and decrease stitches to form shapes, how to change yarn colors, and how to properly stuff a crocheted toy. With just a basic single crochet stitch and all the skills you'll practice in this class, you'll have the freedom create a whole world of happy amigurumi characters.
Crochet an Amigurumi Turtle
Vincent Green-Hite
Crochet an adorable turtle with Amigurumi designer Vincent Green-Hite of Knot Bad. Amigurumi is the Japanese artform of making crocheted or knitted dolls, and Vincent teaches you how simple stitches and shapes can come together to create a more complex-looking project. You'll learn how to make a magic ring, work the single crochet stitch, increase, and invisible decrease. Plus, you'll get all of Vincent's tips for sewing a toy together and stuffing it smoothly. After embroidering the finishing touches like eyelashes, blush, and a big smile, you'll be able to shellebrate with your new turtle friend.
Crochet an Amigurumi Shooting Star
Vincent Green-Hite
Your crochet skills will be nothing short of stellar after this class with Amigurumi designer Vincent Green-Hite of Knot Bad. Amigurumi is the Japanese art form of crocheting or knitting dolls, and Vincent teaches you how to crochet an astronomically adorable shooting star. He goes over the foundations of Amigurumi like making a magic ring, working the single crochet stitch, increasing, and decreasing, and you'll see how combining basic shapes - balls, cones, and tubes - can result in super fun characters. You'll also get all of Vincent's tips for sewing, stuffing, and embroidering facial features, and your finished shooting star doll will be a cuddly reminder that your ability to crochet is out of this world.
Crochet an Amigurumi Rocketship
Vincent Green-Hite
Your dreams of traveling to space will finally come true. Crochet designer Vincent Green-Hite of Knot Bad teaches you how to make your own rocketship. While small in size, this plushie has big personality. Vincent specializes in Amigurumi, the Japanese artform of crocheted or knitted dolls. He guides you through Amigurumi basics like making a magic ring, working the single crochet stitch, crocheting in the round, increasing, invisbly decreasing, and seaming all of your rocketship parts together. Not only will you learn the skills to make endless kinds of stuffed toys, your happy rocketship will also inspire imaginative adventures to all who see it.
Crochet an Amigurumi Potted Cactus
Vincent Green-Hite
You don't need a green thumb to keep this cactus happy. Crochet a smiling cactus and its pot with amigurumi designer Vincent Green-Hite of Knot Bad. Vincent specializes in Amigurumi, which is the Japanes artform of crocheting or knitting dolls. In this class, learn Amigurumi basics such as making a magic circle, working in the round to create 3D shapes, increasing, decreasing, seaming, and stuffing. You'll also work in front loops, back loops, crochet tiny flowers, and use a latch technique for adding soft, yarny cactus needles that are friendly for all fingers. This project is a great way to practice lots of different crochet techniques, plus a potted cactus is the perfect gift for your favorite plant lovers.
Amigurumi Techniques: Finish Off a 3D Project
Vincent Green-Hite
Finishing a three dimensional crocheted project like a stuffed toy requires different techniques than finishing a flat project. Amigurumi designer Vincent Green-Hite of Knot Bad will share his method for ensuring that your crocheted toys stay together and that all your yarn ends remain neatly tucked away.
Amigurumi Techniques: Change Colors in the Round
Vincent Green-Hite
If you've tried to change colors while crocheting in the round, only to encounter a color transition that looks like a jagged staircase rather than a smooth stripe, amigurumi designer Vincent Green-Hite of Knot Bad show you his technique for the smoothest color change possible. You'll be able to apply this technique not just to amigurumi objects, but any crochet project that uses multiple colors of yarn.
Amigurumi Techniques: Stuffing 101
Vincent Green-Hite
A common question that amigurumi designer Vincent Green-Hite of Knot Bad gets is: how do you avoid lumpy stuffing in a crocheted toy? Patience is key, and in this class Vincent shares his tip for a making a smooth, stuffed project.
Embroidered Heart Ornaments
Rebecca Ringquist
Rebecca Ringquist, the artist behind Dropcloth Samplers, has whipped up a sweet embroidery project composed of four heart panels for you to embroider by hand. Once completed, they can be sewn up into four festive holiday ornaments and embellished with a bell. Rebecca leads you though the back stitch, running stitch, and satin stitch, but you can choose your own stitches to suit your own taste. Finish your ornament off by adding a customized message of love on the backside and then stuff them into a huggable heart or leave it flat to send to all the Valentine's in your life.
Draft and Sew a Banded Collar Dress and Button-Down Tunic
Sanae Ishida
You can never have enough clothing that feels as comfy as pajamas but still looks stylish. When you draft your own patterns, your clothes will fit and feel even better. Author, illustrator, and designer Sanae Ishida teaches you how to take your torso and sleeve slopers that you can make in her sloper classes and make adjustments to draft a pattern for the banded collar dress from her book Sewing Love. After drafting, you'll move on to constructing the dress while learning how to add pockets, sew gathers for the back skirt, and make a neck bias binding for the split neckline. For a fun variation and second piece of clothing, see how a few small changes in the drafting process can transform your dress pattern into tunic pattern. The tunic includes a button placket, with Sanae demonstrating how to sew buttonholes and buttons. Build so many drafting and sewing skills in this robust class, and find yourself with not only two beautifully finished garments but also the knowledge of how to design many more of your own.
Draft and Sew a Sleeve Sloper and Muslin
Sanae Ishida
In the clothing design and sewing world, drafting sleeves can seem intimidating. Author, illustrator, and designer Sanae Ishida thought it was intimidating too before researching many different methods in order to develop a simpler, easier way. The foundation of drafting a sleeve is a sloper, also known as a "block," which is a 2D version of your 3D shape. Sanae teaches you how to draft a sleeve sloper by taking your arm measurements, transferring them to Swedish tracing paper, making the slopers, and checking the fit of the slopers by sewing a muslin. To create a finished garment, you will also need front and torso slopers, which can be made in her Torso Sloper class. With a finished sleeve sloper, you can design short sleeves, long sleeves, puff sleeves, bell sleeves - all different lengths and shapes to build your dream wardrobe.
Draft and Sew a Torso Sloper and Muslin
Sanae Ishida
Sewing your own clothing is incredibly empowering and even more so when you've designed a clothing pattern customized to your unique body. The foundation of drafting patterns is a sloper, also known as a "block," which is a 2D version of your 3D shape. Author, illustrator, and designer Sanae Ishida teaches you how to draft your own front and back upper body slopers by taking your measurements, transferring them to Swedish tracing paper, making the slopers, and checking the fit of the slopers by sewing a muslin. She also demonstrates how to create an optional bust dart. Once you've completed your upper body slopers, you'll have the tools you need to draft patterns for shirts, coats, and dresses.
Abstract Art Making: A Daily Practice
Abby Houston
Restore your creative energy with Portland, Oregon artist and educator Abby Houston! This daily practice leads you on an abstract painting journey that offers a beautiful reset for all creative practices.  One of the tricky parts of art making can be knowing where to start, so Abby takes you through her toolbox of techniques: layering messy marks, adding fine details and personal motifs, all while exploring emerging themes. Working in several sketchbook spreads simultaneously, this daily exploration exposes the magic of being open to transforming mistakes into thoughtfully layered creativity.

Celebrate the last day of the daily practice by joining Abby on January 31, 1pm PT / 4pm ET. Click here to register for this live zoom session.
Crochet a Wild Animal Rug
Twinkie Chan
Take your crochet skills on a wild adventure and decorate your home with a menagerie of cozy, crocheted animal rugs. Crochet designer and author Twinkie Chan teaches how to make three different animals, all worked in rows and mainly in half double crochet. You'll use big yarn and a large hook, so these big projects go a bit faster than you might think. Start with the bear, which is the most basic pattern, and see how increasing and decreasing your stitch count can create shapes. The tiger rug is a very similar pattern with the fun addition of color changes, lots of eye-catching applique, and discovering how to create a curved tail. For the crocodile rug, you'll incorporate lumpy bumpy popcorn stitches which create extra fun texture - plus lots of pointy claws and pointy teeth. With modular construction, it's easy to experiment with your own patterns, shapes, and colors to create tons of different animals from real life or your imagination.
Take your crochet skills on a wild adventure and decorate your home with a menagerie of cozy, crocheted animal rugs. Crochet designer and author Twinkie Chan teaches how to make three different animals, all worked in rows and mainly in half double crochet. You'll use big yarn and a large hook, so these big projects go a bit faster than you might think. Start with the bear, which is the most basic pattern, and see how increasing and decreasing your stitch count can create shapes. The tiger rug is a very similar pattern with the fun addition of color changes, lots of eye-catching applique, and discovering how to create a curved tail. For the crocodile rug, you'll incorporate lumpy bumpy popcorn stitches which create extra fun texture - plus lots of pointy claws and pointy teeth. With modular construction, it's easy to experiment with your own patterns, shapes, and colors to create tons of different animals from real life or your imagination.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • M13/9.0mm crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle large enough for chunky yarn
  • Sewing needle
  • Straight pins (optional)
  • Yarn For Bear:
    • 5 skeins Lion brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Flax (Brown)
    • 1 skein (10 yards) Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Black (Black)
    • 1 skein (10 yards) Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Fisherman (Cream)
    • Cream and black sewing thread to match your yarn
  • Yarn For Tiger:
    • 5 skeins Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Pumpkin (Orange)
    • 1 skein Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Black (Black)
    • 1 skein (70 yards) Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Fisherman (Cream)
    • Cream and black sewing thread to match your yarn
  • Yarn For Crocodile:
    • 7 skeins Lion Brand Wool Ease thick & Quick in Grass (Green)
    • 1 ball (just 2-3 yards) Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Black (Black)
    • 1 skein (50 yards) Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Fisherman (Cream)
    • Cream sewing thread to match your yarn
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Learn how to:
  • Crochet a bear, tiger and crocodile rug
  • Half double crochet, single crochet
  • Increase and decrease to make a curved edge
  • Whip stitch with yarn and thread
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Class Reviews
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Deborah Butler
Very interesting class. So informative.
January 6, 2023
Allison Dawrant
Excellent instruction and inspiring. thanks Sharon!
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Jinx walker
I hope to become as fearless as you. Thank you for the inspiration.
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