It’s no secret that I’ve been a huge Craftsy fan for as long as I can remember the site existing. I’ve been buying quilting fabric from there for years to satisfy my addiction to making more and more bed coverings (mostly for LARP!) as well as other bits and pieces.
Then a few years ago they introduced video classes that you could watch at your own pace. Now, I’ve always wanted to be able to draw. So I took a few of their drawing classes when they were on offer. I still can’t really draw, but I can definitely draw better than I could before I took the classes.
A few months ago I noticed that they had a free view weekend so I took a look at the site to see what was on offer for sewing.
Well. I binged on the couture sewing technique videos. There’s one on finishing techniques, another on decorative seams, , one on edge finishing… you get the idea. I learned so much in that weekend that I’d never even thought of before. The Creative Embellishments video was so full of inspiration that I pondered killing my character in order to be able to have an excuse to make a whole new outfit. I know, I know. I’m terrible.
Last month it was announced that Craftsy was splitting itself into two websites. Craftsy is remaining their supply shop, while Bluprint is the home of their video lesson range. And to celebrate they’re giving away a 7 day FREE trial on Bluprint. No commitment required.
Honestly, you should give it a go. This weekend. I cannot give enough of a personal reccomendation here. I took out Craftsy Unlimited membership a while back (which is now Bluprint) and I’ve learned so many different things (I also watch all the quilting videos too…).
There’s even woodworking videos. I’ve not had the confidence to give them a go yet, but someday I might. I have dreams of making beautiful things for LARP out of the benches and boxes video that they’ve got on there. It can’t be too hard… can it? (The answer is yes – it’s always harder than you think it’s going to be.)
I’ll try and get some posts up over the next few weeks showing where I’ve put the techniques I learned into practice in garb I’ve made for LARP – but for now I’d love you to take a look. Even if you’ve been sewing for years. I’m pretty sure you’ll learn something new. The quality of my sewing (especially my hand sewing) really went up after I spent time going over and reviewing all the things I should know for kit making. And now I have even better, more durable kit as a result! Win-win all round!