I am a Craftsy fan. I love learning, experimenting, and playing. And I love classes: The structure propels me into action while introducing me to new materials and techniques.
Craftsy classes are professionally made videos, available any time of day or night, so that I can watch whenever it’s convenient, and as many times as I’d like. There are class forums for asking questions, sharing project photos, and interacting with the teacher and other students.
But don’t take my word for how fun, informative, and inspiring these classes are, you can try before you buy: Watch free online classes, and see for yourself.
Ready to give it a go? TinyPrints is having a Thanksgiving sale!
Create and Craft
DIY crafts, supplies, and 24/7 Craft TV.
Something new! Double your crafting output, double the fun by watching Craft TV while stitching. You can watch on your TV, PC/Mac, tablet, or phone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. How’s that for inspiration?
In addition to crafty programming, Create and Craft has popular large-company embroidery kits and patterns. Dimensions, Janlynn, Bucilla . . . stockings, ornaments, quilt tops . . . yanno.
They also carry basic embroidery supplies: DMC threads (floss and pearl), mostly-white fabrics, needles, lights and magnifiers, etc.
You’ll find a wide variety of craft magazines and books here, as well as digital media. These are the publishers of Piecework magazine and Cloth, Paper, Scissors—to name two of my favorites! You can find back issues and collections of magazines on cd. If you’re a knitter or crocheter, there’s tons here for you. Embroiderers, yes, there are patterns and books for you, too.
Remember how we were talking about filet embroidery recently? It’s generally stitched on a handmade net. Want to try your hand at netting? Here are simple bookmarks that use the technique—and you know we’re still collecting bookmarks for Stitching for Literacy, right?
I’ve taken several classes here and have been pleased. If your schedule is super flexible, you can catch classes live and for free. If you aren’t free to watch while they’re running for free, or if you want the freedom of watching at your convenience or over and over, then buying the classes is the way to go.
The free option can be useful for checking out a class and deciding whether you’d like to own it or not.
Want to take better photographs of your embroidery? Check out the craft photography classes. Also of interest might be the craft & maker classes. See these and more offerings in the class catalog.
Annie’s offers patterns and supplies for crochet, knitting, plastic canvas, beading, card making, and more. They also offer online classes. If you’ve taken any, please let us know what you think.
Start holiday crafting with yarn–or thread?–crafts.
Hello, Funk and Weber fans! My name is Monica Bradford and in addition to being a devoted crafter I’m also an Independent Thirty-One consultant. I’ve been using Thirty-One products to organize my life for years, so Jen has invited me to share ideas for organizing your sewing supplies!
I’ve come up with my top 10 favorite Thirty-One products for organizing your sewing!
For those that can’t watch the video right now (I know, your boss might not like you watching a video during working hours) here’s a quick overview of my top 10!
Uptown Mini Pouch – great for a on-the-go sewing kit to toss in your purse!
Oh-Snap Bin – hang it on your chair for the supplies you need in easy reach.
Mini Zipper Pouch – organize your bits and pieces.
Zipper Pouch – store a smaller project and supplies in one place. (Psst! This bag is on special this month!!)
Creative Caddy – use the pockets to store your tools and supplies.
Hang-It-Up Pocket – great for keeping multiple projects organized.
Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote – when you sewing on-the-go this bag is a must have.
Soft Utility Tote – perfect for taking those larger projects out and about. (Psst! This bag is on special this month!!)
Deluxe Utility Tote – when you are heading out on a sewing retreat this bag will hold it all!
Who’s ready to get their sewing supplies organized?!! Jen is hosting a very special blog party just for you! Head to mythirtyone.com/monicabradford and click “My Scheduled Parties”. Then select “Funk and Weber Designs” before you shop. This party will be open Nov 1-13, 2015.
Because I adore all of Jen’s readers I have a very special offer for you! Anyone that places an order of $35 or more on Jen’s blog party by November 13th will be entered in a drawing to win a FREE Zipper Pouch from me!
Get crafty now so you can relax this Christmas: The Creative Christmas Bundle contains 15 crafty offerings from 15 crafty designers—including moi!
Note: This is the same Bundle that we sold in November 2014; this is not a new Bundle. If you bought one in November, get it out! If you missed it in November, grab it now because it’s going away after the 13th. Having it earlier in the year gives us more time to make good use of it—and dog knows I need the extra time!
Participants and Projects
Lisa Harris – Santa’s Helpers Workshop – quick, inexpensive gifts
Ten paper-based holiday gift projects which can be combined with embroidery in countless ways.
Melissa Shanhun – December Scrapbook Album Template/Sketch Kit with Digital Supplies, inspiration, and tutorials (Melissa is a PhotoShop Elements superstar)
Jen Wright – 12-Day Advent Envelope Project Tutorial with Bonus Advent Cards
Kristie Sloan – Art Journaling Basics online class
Beth Soler – Cricut Cut Files/phone tutorial
Carole Cassel – Calendar Making Class
Alison Day – December Daily Cut Files and video
Margareta Carlsson – Digital pack of holiday pocket page cards and photo overlays, everything both for digital scrapbooking and as printable pdf files for hybrid scrapbooking
I can think of loads of ways to add embroidery to these projects. I especially love the wreath project and can envision it as a display for stitched ornaments.
Cara Vincens – Printable Christmas Cards
Connie Hanks – Printable Advent Calendar w/activity list
Gina Zee – Upcycled Christmas Workshop
Mary Moseley – Photo Gifts for the Holidays
Janet Carr – Be Jolly digital scrapbooking kit
Karen Fitting – Flower Calendar with Bonus Tutorial on tips for using Artisan beyond scrapbooking
All of these projects are digital downloads available immediately when you purchase. Many include bonuses and coupons, as well.
What is this stuff?
This Bundle contains all sorts of craft goodies, including classes; project tutorials; printable cards; printable calendars; family activities, digital files and embellishments—oh, and a couple of cheery, counted cross-stitch patterns!
I’m in this class!
You know what cross-stitch patterns are. That’s what we do here—and don’t worry; that’s not going to change.
You may also know what art journaling is. I started an embroidery journal some time ago but set it aside and haven’t gotten back to it. I plan to use it in this class.
I’m sure you also have a sense of what the calendar-making classes and projects are about, as well as Santa’s Workshop (making quick, crafty gifts), upcycling, and printable Christmas cards.
But what are “cut files,” “digital and hybrid scrapbooking kits,” and “overlays”? Are they of any use to embroiderers?
Of course! There aren’t many things that can’t be used with embroidery.
Cut files contain motifs that can be printed, transferred to fabric, and used as embroidery patterns. Some of the larger motifs can be used to make frame windows for ornaments, cards, bookmarks, and doo-dads. Cut the windows out of Ultrasuede or felt or handmade paper or something else, and sandwich embroidery between the window and a backing.
Scrapbook Layouts and Kits
Digital scrapbooking kits contain layouts that scrappers use to set up pages of pictures, embellishments, and journaling in fun, attractive ways. Embroiderers can embroider the layouts, using partial crescent stitches as photo corners to attach photos to the fabric. We can use the layouts to record and show off images of our embroidery projects. We can print the kit embellishments on paper or fabric and stitch them partially or entirely.
The red tree and text is an overlay image from Margareta Carlsson which I added to my own background and embroidery images. Cool, eh?
Overlays are digital images that can be layered over other digital images, adding decorative motifs and words, blending the whole into a more complex and interesting image. We can add overlays to pictures of our embroidery for cards, other printables, and to share on social media.
The Christmas In July Bundle
This barely scratches the surface of what’s included in this Creative Christmas Bundle. Head over to the Scrapbook Bundles website for more info and to grab your Christmas in July bundle. You have just three days to scoop up this deal: The sale runs through July 13th.
Treat yourself with this Bundle O’ Fun, then treat family and friends with Creative Christmas cards, gifts, calendars, and more.
Want to see my favorite project so far from the Bundle? Check it out.
How would you marry some of these digital and paper projects with embroidery?
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As much as I prefer to shun trends and bandwagons like Christmas In July (“everybody’s doing it” is, for me, a strong reason to not do it), I can’t deny that now might be a good time to give a thought to the holiday that looms just five months away, especially if you hope to have a handmade holiday.
To help you get started, if you haven’t already, you should check out the July–December “Get It All Done” Holiday Checklist. I think it’s billiant—and I am in no way responsible for its existence. It includes a month-by-month checklist of things we can do to knock out the fun, crafty things we always want to do but rarely find the time to do once November and December roll around.
In addition to being a great reminder tool, the checklist has some great ideas, like picking up stocking stuffers during school-supply sales in August and September and making gifts from garden and farmer’s market goodies that are available now.
And then it’s time to get started stitching and crafting. Stitching, especially, because stitching is slow work.
If you’re new to stitching on dark fabrics, or if you’re new to stitching on linen or other evenweave fabrics, or if you’re a scrapper who’s new to embroidery altogether, don’t sweat it! I’ve put together some resources to get you going on the two cross stitch pieces included in the Bundle.
Not sure how to handle isolated stitches?
Yeah, those can be tricky, but I can help; I’ve experimented with different solutions, including a fairly nutty one. Check out our Isolated Stitches tutorial, which is just after the French knot tutorial.
Now you frame the things or sew them into a tote or on a jacket. Very soon, we’ll have a DIY Framing class available.
Psst, experienced stitchers! That is the part for you. Up there. That link. Click it. This bundle is full of paper crafting, digital scrapbooking, and non-needleworky things, but they can work well with embroidery, and it might be a fun way to expand your crafty horizons.
If you have any questions about the patterns or stitching them, I’m here to help. Give me a shout at mail AT funkandweber DOT com.
My current planner system: lists and notes on scrap paper. I don’t throw them out until everything is done, transferred, or otherwise attended to.
It seems a lot of us are list makers and a lot of us are conservationists, recycling many little bits of scrap paper to make these lists. Yay, us! Surely these lists are the key to our planning and organization; we just need to learn how to control them and use them better. Let’s figure this out, okay?
Congrats, Tiffany! I will be in touch and so will Cara.
Practically Perfect Planner Class
Nope, this isn’t for me. I want two of the elements on this page but not the other three. Good to know!
February 9 to March 22, 2015
You’re all winners in my book, but, I’m sorry, not everyone gets a free spot in the class. You can still sign up for it, though, and there’s a little time left to get the Early Bird price—a very little time, so head over there now. The regular price for the class is $47, but for the rest of today it’s $35.
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