What is Craftsy?
Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and more.
Why should I take a class online?
Online education isn’t just for schools and universities anymore. Craftsy courses provide you the convenience of a world-class instructor in your home, whenever you want to learn. Online education, no matter what subject, is a great alternative to in-person classes for a number of reasons.
With many online learning opportunities being on-demand, you are able to learn at your own pace, anytime. Online learning is a fantastic alternative to in-store craft classes for people with busy schedules or who have difficulty leaving the house. It also allows you to watch a troubling section over-and-over again, so you can see exactly how a technique is carried out, or refer back to your class for relevant concepts before beginning any new projects.
I am sure that you have seen ads for Craftsy online courses all over the Internet. Well, are they any good?! I have been very impressed with the cake decorating class that I am part of the way through! I chose Vintage Cakes, Modern Methods and the video is excellent for talking you through every single detail, and the printouts and extra help are also great. It’s well worth the small price for the classes, and they often have special offers!
One way to see if it is something you would like is to try one of their FREE classes! Yes, that’s right, FREE! There a quite a few to choose from – if you are into knitting, sewing or crocheting, you can choose from:
- Know Your Wool: Do you wonder where your yarn comes from? Learn about different types of wool and the individual characteristics of each.
- Or Creative Quilt Backs: Make the back of your quilt just as interesting as the front! Oh, Fransson! blog author Elizabeth Hartman walks you through everything you need to know to make beautiful quilt backs.
- Or even Sewing Machine 911: Give your sewing machine some TLC with the help of this free course. Learn to clean and maintain your sewing machine with tips and tricks taught in this class!
But for those of you interested in cake decorating, why not try one of these?!
- The Hand-Painted Cake: Elevate your cake with Erin Schaefgen’s freehand painting techniques. Create beautiful and edible works of art with Erin’s tips and tricks.
- Modern Buttercream: Learn to use buttercream like a pro! Discover the tricks and tips to construct and create a beautifully finished buttercream cake.
Trying one of these FREE classes is a great way to see if the other classes are for you!
Beautiful Red Roses!
I came across this link recently and thought that it was a really great step-by-step tutorial on making a simple cake look stunning by covering it with beautiful red roses.
The website is in Italian, but the pictures are so good that it would be easy enough to follow even if you don’t speak a word!
With some practice, it is a technique that I am sure could be used on many, many other cakes.
For advice on getting a lovely deep red colour for your red roses, have a look at the tips and tricks page.
Learn Online With Craftsy!
I have discovered a new website called Craftsy! It is a fantastic resource for people to learn all sorts of crafts online in the comfort of their own home, online. One of the great sections of this site is the fabulous cake decorating courses.
I have started watching one on “Vintage Cakes – Modern Methods” and will be able to write a bit more about it when I have finished. But what I do like so far is the easy to follow, step-by-step modules that you can follow at your own pace. There are also great downloadable sheets for templates, ingredients, tools and ideas that you can use to create your own cake.
The instructors are well known and experienced cake decorators (such as Colette Peters. You can read an interview with her here!). They explain everything very clearly, and it’s so easy to follow when you can see the various techniques demonstrated.
If you are still not convinced, you can sign up to try one of the free mini classes such as the one on “Modern Buttercream”. I am sure that once you have tried this class, you will be excited to try some of the other ones!
If cake decorating isn’t your thing, or if you know someone else who would appreciate a gift of an online class in another “Crafty” area, such as sewing, knitting, quilting, weaving, woodworking, you can click on the link below and choose a class as a gift!
If you do decide to try one of the Craftsy Online Cake Decorating Classes, let me know how you get on, and send me a photo of your finished project! We can feature it here on How To Ice A Cake!