Online Craft Classes

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Online craft classes allow individuals to study exactly the type of art they are interested in (photo courtesy of episgirl on flickr).

Online education is not limited to colleges and universities, as mentioned in my previous article. As the internet grows each day, so do the possibilities for individuals to expand their education at their own pace. Recently, the world of crafting has expanded to include online social media-esque sites such as Etsy and Pinterest. But, what website could someone go to attend an online craft class while remaining in the comfort of their own home? The answer: Craftsy.com

Available Classes

The Craftsy website is broken down into twelve different categories of craft classes. Each category lists the available classes, the instructor (and their biography), a brief lesson plan of what will be covered, the cost, the materials needed, and review from other students.

Cake Decorating

  1. Intro to Modeling Chocolate
  2. How to State a Cake Business
  3. Classic Sugar Flowers

Crocheting

  1. Crochet: Beyond Rectangles
  2. Shoot It!

Food Craft

  1. Perfect Pizza at Home
  2. Artisan Bread Making

Holiday

  1. The Costume Box
  2. Fab Felt Holiday Crafts

Home & Garden

  1. Garden Fresh
  2. Drab To Fab Furniture Upcycling

Jewelry

  1. Metalsmithing at Home
  2. Epoxy Clay Artistry

Knitting

  1. Mittens and Gloves Galore
  2. Brilliant Knit Beads

Paper Arts

  1. Paper Crafts
  2. Family Scrapbooking

Quilting

  1. Design It, Quilt It
  2. The Arts of Cloth Dying

Sewing

  1. The Classic Tailored Shirt
  2. Bag-Making Basics: Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch
  3. Jean-ius!

Spinning

  1. Know Your Wool
  2. Spinning Dyed Fibers

Weaving

  1. Know Your Wool
  2. Bead & Tapestry Cuffs

Each class category, when selected, provides brief descriptions of classes available to prospective students. For example, after selecting the ‘Sewing’ category, students can choose from courses in ‘Pant Construction Techniques’ and ‘Design Your Own Handbag’ to ‘Design & Sew and A-Line Skirt’ to ‘Sewing Machine 911’.

Cost

Classes begin at $14.99 and increase from there. Some courses are free, while others can reach the $49.99 price range.

Perks

Once purchased, the class material can be revisited over and over again. So, if at any point in your craft-heavy weekend you forget a step, simply return to the online course platform and replay the lesson plan. It’s just that easy!

Workshops

Craftsy also launched a series of user-friendly workshops designed to introduce crafters to various aspects of project-making. If a specific craft is desired, you can visit the workshop page to find, and purchase, instructions to complete one particular project. For example, a current Craftsy workshop is titled ‘Nelson the Owl’ and for only $7.99 instructor Stacey Trock will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create an intermediate-level crocheted owl.

Blog

Not looking to take a class? Craftsy also updates their daily blog with short entries that focus on simple tasks, tutorials, and crafting information. A recent article discusses how to insert a perfect zipper every time and a day before a posting on canine-inspired cakes was made.

Ashley Benson is a distance education professional with five years of experience in the for-profit sector. She has worked coast-to-coast within the United States as an academic advisor, an adjunct teaching assistant and, most recently, a campus Registrar. Through formal education and industry experience, Ashley practices staying informed on the current events and changes within higher education and the students involved.

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