SMARTS AND CRAFTS
Online courses for DIY enthusiasts
Even though we’re well past our schoolgirl years (farewell, wool knee socks), there’s something about fall that makes us hungry for a classroom setting.
Luckily, we’ve found a cool way to learn something new: Craftsy, a recently launched community for taking and administering online crafting courses.
Kind of like a hybrid between HGTV, The Food Network and your local continuing-ed center, Craftsy enables aspiring or advanced crafters (quilters, knitters, bakers and the like) to take HD-quality video courses on their own schedules and with acclaimed instructors.
Always wished you could wrap presents better? Try Paper Arts with Alton DuLaney ($10 for 12 classes). Want to give your cakes more pop? Sign up for Jacqueline Butler’s Sugar Flowers tutorial ($40 for 11 classes). Crazy for crochet? Learn the lost art of shuttle tatting from Marilee Rockley ($40 for 12 classes).
All courses come with supporting materials like patterns and lists of supplies, and once you’ve paid and enrolled, the videos are yours forever (meaning you can watch a particular lesson as many times as necessary to nail the technique).
You can even email instructors with relevant questions and upload photos of your finished projects to community boards. After all, doesn’t everyone deserve to see the fruits of your artisan bread-making endeavors?