4 Free Classes at Craftsy!

Mar 2, 2016 7:09:59 AM

4 class giveaway


In celebration of National Crafting Month, I’ve teamed up with four of my fellow Craftsy instructors to offer you a chance to win free seats in our classes. Whether you’d like to learn about knitting, crocheting, mixed media or acrylic paint color mixing,... we’ve got a class for you!

Craftsy is a truly great way to learn online. It’s available on-demand so you can learn when you have time,  no matter where you are or how much time you have to spare.  You can watch on your phone, your tablet or your computer.  You have lifetime access to your class - kind of similar to the idea of buying a DVD set of lessons. But beyond the videos, you get to interact with the instructors (us!!) and ask us questions or post your photos when you hit a roadblock in your learning.

Every class comes with a money-back guarantee so if you find this way of learning isn’t for you, go ahead and ask for a full refund.

I know what I wrote about Craftsy sounds like a commercial, but I really do love this way of learning.  I don't just teach on Craftsy, I'm also a student and I take a lot of classes. I'll be posting more about things I have been doing over the next month. I think my fellow instructor Edie Eckman says it best:

Reasons to learn online

Take a look at the classes we are giving away below. You can click on any class for a video preview of each class.  To enter to win, just leave a comment on the linked blog post for that instructor.  We'll announce the winners on March 14th!


tunisian crochet


First up is my class: Tunisian Crochet. It's a great class for either knitters or crocheters to expand their creativity. Tunisian is the technique where knitting and crochet meet and you can do tricks with colorwork that are truly impressive. Click here to see a 1-minute preview video of my class.  If you want to win a seat in my class, just leave a comment on this blog post!


pick the perfect stitch knitting pattern


In Pick the Perfect Stitch Pattern, Jill will help you explore how knits and purls interact to create a variety of surface fabrics; Jill uses paper stitches to help you visualize, and discover Jill’s unique Action Charts that show you exactly what to do as you knit. You will make a beautiful throw and gain knitting know how you didn’t know you were missing! Click here to see a 2-minute promo video of Jill’s Class. Want to win a seat in Jill's class?  Click here and leave a comment on her blog post.

mixed media


Interested in working with Distress Inks, Dylusions Ink Sprays and more? Learn how to use them with stencils, stamps and other products to create vibrant layered backgrounds in your art journals, scrapbook pages, and more. Click here to see a 2-minute preview video of my class. Want to win a seat in Marjie's class?   Click here and leave a comment on her blog post.


Acrylic Color Mixing Made Easy


Would you like to stop making mud? Would you like to understand color theory without the frustration? Through logical steps and demonstrations, Carol teachesyou how to mix color while showing you how to discover your colors. You will also develop your own personal palette and learn how to SEE color. Click here to see a 1-minute preview of Carol’s class.  Want to win a seat in Carol's class?   Click here and leave a comment on her blog post.

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Upcoming Classes!

May 8, 2014 6:45:58 PM

Classes with Jennifer Hansen

Have you ever been to knit/crochet conference?  

If you have - then you know how fun it is to be around other people who love to knit and/or crochet as much as you do. If you are an avid knitter or crocheter and you have never been to a conference before, well then - the discovery of a profound new pleasure is waiting for you!  

What makes attending a conference so special?

For a lot of us, we are the only knitters or crocheters that we know in our day to day life.  Maybe we've made connections on Ravelry, or attend some kind of stitch-and-bitch group from time to time. But busy schedules and limited real-world contacts can sometimes leave you feeling a bit isolated. It's not that online connections can't be meaningful, it's just that there is real power in seeing a lot of people doing what you love, all hanging out 'in the flesh' in the same place, all excited to share what they are doing and what they are learning with each other.  That is how it feels to go to a conference.  I still remember the first time I went to a conference as an attendee, it was just so cool to see people all around the hotel knitting and crocheting, talking and laughing, and thouroughly enjoying sharing the experience.

I'll be teaching at the Knit and Crochet Show in Manchester, NH, July 23 - 27 2014

and I hope you can make it there.  I am developing a new class for teaching the lucet and I am excited to be teaching it for the first time at the show.  

Here are the classes that I'll be teaching at the show:

Lovely Lucet Class

Lovely Lucet

July 23, 2014, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Want to learn an alternative to I-cord, twisted cord or crochet chain cord? Learn to use this medieval tool to create a whole new kind of corded embellishment for your projects. We will create a composite reference cord in class using several different methods, starting with the conventional turning method, then using a no-turn method, cords with multiple threads, beads, loops and more. Whether you need a cord to finish off your knit and crochet projects or just want to create your own shoelaces or macrame jewelry, this is a class for you. Sign up on show website.

Beginning Hairpin Lace

Beginning Hairpin Lace

July 24, 2014, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hairpin lace creates beautiful open fabrics that look complicated and impressive! The dirty little secret is that this technique is so simple, even a beginning crocheter can do it! I will teach you the basics of creating a hairpin lace strip and then provide a quick overview on how to join them. Take the add-on class to this workshop: Beginning Hairpin Lace: Join Workshop for a more comprehensive introduction to joins. Sign up on show website.

Hairpin Lace Join Workshop

Beginning Hairpin Lace: Join Workshop

July 24, 2014, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Do you know how to make a hairpin lace strip but just need help understanding how to join them? Join  me to learn the basic categories of hairpin lace joins, and create a pretty little bag using strips created as homework (or created in the optional “Beginning Hairpin Lace” morning workshop). Sign up on show website.

 Rebellious Hairpin Lace

 Rebellious Hairpin Lace

July 25, 2014, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Everything you learned is wrong!  Well, not really, but if you’ve learned hairpin lace before and worked a few projects with it, chances are you’ve learned the standard way of doing it.  In this class, we will turn those ideas AROUND. First we will explore alternate ways of creating a hairpin lace strip – going way beyond working a sole single crochet stitch in each loop.  Then we will explore very innovative ways of joining strips to create new and unexpected fabrics with the strips you’ve created as homework.  Your handouts will include a mini-reference for creating these new stitch types and a mini-project for you to tackle with the skills you will learn in this class. Sign up on show website.

Beyond Basic Broomstick Lace

Beyond Basic Broomstick Lace

July 25, 2014, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Are you already familiar with the basics of broomstick lace?  In this class, we explore non-traditional stitch patterning, borrowing from hairpin lace the art of working broomstick loops in fresh new ways to create stunning, airy fabrics that are very quick to work up.  We will work on a stitch sampler in the class to practice technique fundamentals, and also explore mixing broomstick lace with traditional crochet stitches to learn how to use broomstick as an embellishment technique. Sign up on show website.

Can't Make the Conference?

If you can't make the conference, I offer a couple of classes you can take any time and any where you'd like, via Craftsy.

The great thing about online classes is that you can take them when they fit into your schedule and you can watch and participate in them anywhere you have an internet connection.

Both of my classes are suitable for any beginning crocheter or knitter who has done a little bit of crochet. I will teach you the rest! (Need a beginner, beginner class? Take Vickie Howell's Crochet Lab)

Currently on Craftsy:

Broomstick Lace On Craftsy

Learn Broomstick Lace

Broomstick Lace is fast, beautiful and any beginning crocheter or knitter who has done a little bit of crochet can learn! 

Take the class for hours of instruction - you can set the schedule and the pace to suit your lifestyle.

My Broomstick Lace Class is especially suitable for knitters wanting to incorporate crochet into their work. Read my blog post to learn why.


Learn Tunisian Crochet

Tunisian Crochet is a hybrid of knitting and standard crochet and it provides opportunities for colorwork that aren't available in knit or crochet alone. 

You don't need to be an advanced crocheter to learn this technique - any beginning crocheter or knitter who has done a little bit of crochet can learn! My class Tunisian Crochet: Revolutions in Color and Style is available online and provides hours of instruction - you can set the schedule and the pace to suit your lifestyle. 

Tunisian Crochet Class
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Happenings at Stitches West 2014

Feb 26, 2014 1:23:00 PM

Stitch Diva Studios at Stitches West 2014


We really enjoyed visiting with everyone at Stitches West.  For those of you who missed us, I'll post some highlights here on the blog and don't miss our sale.  

We've got limited quanties of some items that we offered at deep discount at the show - Great for those who weren't able to make it to Santa Clara, CA last weekend.


Stitch Swappers at Stitches West


Stitch Marker Swappers!  Here I am at the booth with a couple of very excited Stitch Marker Swappers.

All the swappers at the show wore some form of identification and traded stitch markers with each other as well as other vendors.

Fast Friends


Bromance!  Okay, I know 'bromance' is technically a term for two guys who become fast friends, but these 2 women became best friends in the booth!

They didn't know each other before they saw my Broomstick Lace demo together but afterwards they ended up helping each other choose yarn for my Craftsy Broomstick class which they decided to take together.

Who says that crochet doesn't change lives?

Larisa at Stitches West


 Larisa Snydal from Offhand Designs was at the booth helping knitters and crocheters choose their perfect bag or clutch.

Tool Pron - needles, wool trees, hooks, lucets


Tool Pr0n!  We had handmade hooks and needles, hairpin lace looms, Hamanaka hooks, Lucets and Wool Trees on hand for knitters and crocheters to try.

I also did a lot of demostrations and taught a number of folks how to use the lucet.

Buying Pearl


Pearl!  Our Pearl was discounted to $7 so was a big mover at the booth.  Although a number of colors sold out, we've got some good stock of the remaining colors if you are looking for a bag or more.

Rebel Cardi


Rebel Cardi!  We had quite a few crocheters stop by to model their Rebel Cardis (learn to make your own in my Craftsy class).

You can make any size cardi with a cone of Cotton Tape yarn, and we have some select colors on sale right now.

Amanda Pawley from Pawley Studios

Amanda Pawley of Pawley Studios had her own booth at the show with all of her gorgeous mugs and yarn bowls on display.

Watch our site for some new creations from her pottery wheel.


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Visit us at Stitches West!

Feb 4, 2014 11:25:53 AM

Stitches West Coupon

We're getting ready to be at Stitches West later this month and we hope to see you there!

Swing by our booth for hands-on help and demonstrations of:

Tunisian Crochet 
Hairpin Lace
Broomstick Lace
- and the Lucet!  

Not only will we be demonstrating the basics, but we'll have tools on hand for you to practice the techniques yourself.


In addition to learning experiences, you will find some great show-only deals in the booth on:

Offhand Designs bags (Larisa the owner/designer of Offhand Designs will be there to help you select your bag!)
Wool Trees & Lucets
- & more....  but you are just going to have to visit us to see... 

Download the coupon pdf for $3 off Market Admission and don't forget to stop by and say 'hi' to us in Booth #1032.


Wear a garment that you created based on one of our patterns, and we'll give you a free download pattern! ($7 value)

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Endless Broomstick Lace Cardi Shawl

This post is long overdue. My Beyond Basic Broomstick Lace class on Craftsy has been out for a few months now, and one of the most common questions I get in the class is "What are you wearing?" and "Do you have a pattern for that?".  

Below is a rundown of what I am wearing in each lesson and a link to where you can obtain the pattern and/or kit for the project to make your own version of each project.

Up above in Lesson 1 (Introduction) you can see me wearing the Endless Broomstick Lace Cardi Shawl.  This totally versatile garment can be worn a ton of different ways. I am wearing it backwards and upside down with a shawl pin in the back!  It is a great project to make either during or after you complete the class.

Casual Glamour Capelet

In Lesson 2 where I introduce the basics of Broomstick Lace, you can see me wearing the Casual Glamour Capelet - a knitted design worked from the top down.  On the mannequin next to me is the Hourglass Jacket - a broomstick lace, seamless jacket also made from the top down.

Bullseye Tank

In Lesson 3 we talk about how to measure yourself for the Rebel Cardi project and how to choose which size to make. I'm wearing the Bullseye Tank just for the occasion. I'm also wearing my very favorite pair of earrings - I'm always getting stopped and complimented on them. They are made by Zoa Chimerum - visit them online!

Tunisian Crochet Multi Garment

In Lesson 4 we start to learn some non-traditional broomstick lace stitches and how to create your swatch for the project. I've got the crazy eyes in this photo because I'm really serious about swatching! I'm wearing the Tunisian Crochet Multi Garment which is the class project for the Tunisian Crochet class that I teach on Craftsy.

Tunisian Crochet Chainmaille Cowl

In Lesson 5 I demonstrate the blocking techniques that I use to create a properly fitted garment and I give all sorts of tips and tricks for getting project gauge.  I'm wearing the Chainmaille Cowl which is a free pattern download on the Stitchdiva site and a great first project for learning to do Tunisian Crochet in the round.

Throat Adornments Crochet

In Lesson 6 I'm wearing a necklace from the Crochet Throat Adornments pattern called Crochet Throat Cuff.  The crazy eyes are back in this photo because I'm trying to ensure your success as you crochet the upper bodice of the Rebel Cardi project that we are creating in the class.

Decidedly Different Scarves - Tunisian Scarf

In Lesson 7 I'm wearing a Tunisian Crochet Scarf called Falling Layers that is available in our More Decidedly Different Scarves collection.  In this lesson, I walk you through the steps of creating the lower back bodice and give some other crochet tips for decreasing or increasing evenly to reach a desired stitch count.

Asymmetric Poncho Redux Tunisian Crochet

In Lesson 8 I show how to create the cardi's collar and I am wearing the Asymmetric Redux project as an oversized scarf. This project is a great first project when learning Tunisian Crochet since it is fast and simple.

Wraps Organica Hairpin Lace Wrap

In Lesson 9 we work on the Bottom Hem of the Rebel Cardi. I'm wearing Vapor - a Hairpin Lace design included in the Wraps Organica pattern.

Endless Broomstick Cardi Shawl

In Lesson 10, I wear a different sample of the  Endless Broomstick Lace Cardi Shawl in Lesson 10 of the class where we learn to work Broomstick Lace in the round.  This time I am wearing the cardi right side up and right-ways round - finishing it with a pennanular shawl pin (my favorite type!).

Rebel Cardi and Andalusia

In the final lesson, Lesson 11, I talk about using Broomstick Lace for edgings, insertions and present the bonus wristlet and hat projects that we create in the class - Velutinous Lace wristlets and hats.  I show how Broomstick Lace has been applied as an edging the the very striking Andalusia Hairpin Lace project. And of course, I am wearing the Rebel Cardi, which is the project we make together in the class - fastening it in the front with my favorite Penannular Shawl Pin.

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