Total Time: 17 hours 6 mins 5 secs
Things are getting spooky over here at Creativebug Headquarters. Get inspired by the shorter days (and longer nights) and see what we have in store for October.
October Lookbook // A Craft Horror FilmCreativebug
Get in the Halloween spirit by watching the first ever "craft horror film," created right here at Creativebug and featuring our staff! Once you've watched the film, make sure to check out our behind the scenes video with Faith Hale to find out how many Creativebug projects were featured in the movie. To take the classes, visit our October Lookbook class collection. Happy Halloween!
Daily Lettering Challenge: 31 Creative Lettering Ideas with Pam GarrisonPam Garrison
Take your lettering to the next level in this super-creative daily lettering challenge, taught by artist and art journaler Pam Garrison. Every day for 31 days, you’ll learn a new way to fearlessly approach lettering. From doodled monograms to a Sumi ink alphabet, Pam will guide you through each prompt with easy-to-follow instruction and inspiring ideas for further exploration. Great for card making, journaling, and illustration, this class will help you grow your lettering skills and stretch your idea of what words can look like.
Big Stitch Hand QuiltingTara Faughnan
Color fanatics and hand-stitching aficionados will find a lot to love in Tara Faughnan's “Big Stitch” quilting class. Tara shares her techniques for picking harmonious fabric colors to sew a high-contrast bar quilt, then shows how to quilt by hand with a dazzling array of threads. The final product is a richly layered piece that can be used for a mini-quilt or pillow top – or you can go big and apply this technique to a full-size quilt. The process is playful and inspiring, suitable for both first-time quilters and more advanced stitchers.
Digitizing Sketches: Making Patterns in Photoshop and IllustratorCecelia Murphy
Ever wondered how to turn your sketchbook art into a digital pattern? Artist and surface designer, Cecelia Murphy, shows you her technique for transforming a simple sketch into a digital pattern that can be used to print on fabric, paper, or on any surface imaginable. Cecelia starts by showing you how to clean up a sketch in Photoshop, making your linework bolder so it’s ideal for digitizing. Then, working in Illustrator, Cecelia demonstrates how to make a digital trace of your drawing so you can vectorize it, which makes it a breeze to re-size, rotate, and duplicate. Use your digital motif to create a single layout or repeating pattern, working with color along the way to produce striking patterns. This class is a non-intimidating entry point for artists who are new to Photoshop and Illustrator.
Knitted FoxMegan Kreiner
This rusty-red knitted fox is super cute and just a little bit sly. Megan Kreiner – professional maker of cute critters – walks you through every step of how to knit this tiny fox, from pointy ears to bushy tail. Made up in a squishy worsted-weight yarn, this critter knits up quickly and will be adored by children of all ages. The finished fox is 7" x 5" – to make your very own, follow the video instructions alongside the PDF pattern download.
Simplicity Sewing: Sew a Winter CoatDeborah Kreiling
A coat may seem like an ambitious sewing project, but Deborah Kreiling – the Design Development Director at Simplicity Patterns – breaks it down into simple steps that you can do at home. In this class, Deborah shows how to make a fit and flared coat by Leanne Marshall, featuring all of the bells and whistles: lining, princess seams, double collar, and toggles. This coat can be made in two lengths and in a variety of fabric weights for all seasons. Deborah will be with you every step of the way, sharing expert insight from her 35 years of experience at Simplicity Pattern Company.
Cricut Crafts: Geometric Party DécorCourtney Cerruti
Learn how to take a single geometric motif and create a suite of party projects, playing with scale and color to create decorations with big impact. You can use the motif as a stencil to paint everything from a large design on a tablecloth to a small design on a planter, or you can play with quantity by stringing together dozens of paper cutouts for a photo-booth backdrop. Courtney also presents ideas for using the leftover cutouts for party favors, like a pillow box container with a decorative trim. To cut out the pieces for all of these projects, you can use a cutting machine like Cricut Explore™ to speed up the process, or you can cut out the paper and stencils by hand with an X-acto knife and cutting mat—the choice is up to you! The end result is a cohesive collection of projects that will add a glamorous touch to your next party.
The Wilton Method®: Sugar CookiesWilton Instructors
Make classic sugar cookies from scratch with the Wilton method. Not only will Emily show you how to make the dough and cut out shapes, but she also shares expert tips for decorating the cookies with royal icing. This class is perfect for anyone who wants to make professional looking cookies for holidays, Halloween, parties and special events year round.
Sew a Pendleton ClutchFancy Tiger
Wondering what to do with a precious swath of Pendleton fabric? This striking woolen clutch from Fancy Tiger is the perfect answer. Sturdy canvas gives support and a solid lining fabric contrasts prettily with the bold jacquard fabric. Choose between two options for a closure: a simple toggle or a two-button leather wrap.
Halloween Pumpkin CarvingCourtney Cerruti
Sometimes you want more than a toothy jack-o-lantern welcoming Halloween guests to your front porch or dining room table. Courtney shows you how to borrow techniques from printmaking to create fanciful carved designs – in addition to some quick, non-carving ideas. You’ll have plenty of ideas for adding elegant silhouettes, glitter and geometric designs to your Halloween décor.
Fair Isle Knit HatKristin Nicholas
Kristin teaches Fair Isle — a traditional color work technique where two colors are knit in one row to create a geometric pattern. Although it looks complicated, it's actually very easy to follow Kristin's step by ste instruction and the chart to make this colorful hat. You'll learn how to do an elastic cast on, knit a garter stitch band in rows, and join the knitting to work the hat in rounds. A chart is used to build the colorwork pattern, decreases shape the top of the hat and duplicate stitches add a bit more color. Pattern included - a $6 value!
Wagga Star QuiltKathy Doughty
This handsome quilt is a fresh take the quintessential Australian quilt – which was a utilitarian quilt born on the outback from repurposed wool suiting. Kathy shows you her modern approach, using flying geese blocks with added applique. This quilt makes a bold, graphic statement but the project has a lot of flexibility so it can be reworked in many different arrangements.
Cricut Crafts: Make Halloween Shadow PuppetsCourtney Cerruti
In this class, Courtney creates Halloween shadow puppets using the Cricut Explore cutting machine. These spooky Victorian silhouettes are fun to make and even more fun to put into action. Courtney shares tips for using different types of materials, like card stock and wood veneer, and how to add your own decorative flare using paint or ribbons.
Halloween Party DécorCourtney Cerruti
This class is jam-packed with six different Halloween craft projects that range from gothic and bookish to add a slightly sinister note to an adult cocktail party to paper decorations and Halloween surprise balls that will enliven any kids’ party. Use these ideas as a jumping-off point to customize your own Halloween decorations.
Crocheted SlothTwinkie Chan
Crochet designer Twinkie Chan teaches you how to use simple crochet stitches to create your very own loveable, huggable sloth pal. Every bit of this toy is worked in the round, and Twinkie demonstrates how to whipstitch it all together and hand-sew a super cute face. Best of all, you’ll stuff the toy as you go, so you’ll be snuggling your sloth in no time at all.
Last-Minute Halloween Costume: Felt BeardsCourtney Cerruti
Looking for a quick DIY Halloween costume? Courtney Cerruti can help! In this class, she teaches how to make a burly beard out of felt and hot glue. Simply trace and cut out the basic beard shape, then create textures in the fabric by layering felt pieces in a contrasting color. At the very end, you'll attach a string and your beard is ready to wear! Perfect for the little (and big) lumberjacks, pirates, and wannabe hipsters in your life.
Screen Printing for BeginnersHilary Williams
If you’re brand new to screen printing, this three-part course is the perfect place to start. Screen-printing pro Hilary Williams shows you how to create stencils using tracing paper and use them to make simple prints on paper. Once you’ve gotten the feel for pulling consistent prints, she shows you the ins and outs of printing on fabric. At the end of this course, you’ll know how to set up a screen printing studio, clean and care for your tools, and create successful prints on paper and fabric using any artwork you please.
DIY Halloween MasksCourtney Cerruti
If you don’t feel like creating an entire costume – or if you want to give your costume that final DIY touch – add one of these masks. Courtney shows you how to add embellishments to totally transform basic store-bought masks. A plush tawny owl, a bead-encrusted masquerade piece, and a striking constellation complete the set.
Cricut Crafts: Make Halloween Cupcake ToppersCourtney Cerruti
These playful silhouettes add the perfect bit of spook to your Halloween cupcakes and other baked goods. Courtney Cerruti shows you how to use the Cricut Explore to create shapes that you can turn into cake toppers or other festive decorations, such as garlands, confetti, gift toppers, and much more.
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