Sunday, July 20, 2014

Crochet Basics: Slip Knot & Chain Stitch

The next video in my new How to Crochet Video Series is now live!  In this tutorial I show you how I like to hold the crochet hook and yarn and my suggestions on how you can get comfortable with this. Keep in mind everyone crochets a little differently and you need to work out what works best for you, feels comfortable and still gets the job done.  No matter what anyone tells you, there is no right or wrong way to hold your project.  Do what works for you... and have fun!

I will also teach you a foolproof way to make your slip knot, complete with a slow motion view of what I'm doing. I hope that helps!  Let me know what you think of the slow motion clips. I'm curious to hear if they help you or not.  I'd like to know for future videos. So leave me a comment letting me know your thoughts, please.

You'll also learn how to create chain stitches. Chain stitches are the foundation of pretty much every crochet project. This chain is what will hold all the rest of the stitches you make to complete a project. Although it is simple to do this is something you should practice before tackling your first project.  I say that only because you want to get to a point where your chain stitches are even and not too tight or too loose.  Once you have that down you'll be able to move on to the next video in the series where I'll show you two basic crochet stitches that are the basis of a gazillion different projects you can start on right away!

Go get some yarn and a crochet hook and start practicing these two. I'll let you know when Video #3 is ready for ya!

Here is Video #2- How to make a Slip Knot & Chain Stitch

How to Crochet Video Playlist

p.s.- Remember the Craftsy Flash Sale ends tonight! Over 150 online craft classes are on sale. This would be the perfect time to sign up for a few crochet classes that will help elevate your projects now that you are getting started! Check these out...

Happy hooking!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Craftsy's Creative Escape Flash Sale


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Craftsy is having another fun sale and this time select online classes are up to 50% off! It's a flash sale so it ends tomorrow, Sunday, July 20th at 11:59pm MT. 

Click here to view the complete list of classes on sale!

If you've been eyeing a class or two this is the perfect time to snag it up!  There over 150 classes on sale! The subject areas include things like sewing, quilting, cake decorating, woodworking, crochet, knitting, free motion quilting, cooking, baking, weaving, mixed media techniques, painting, photography, etc. They have a class for pretty much anything to get you started on a new hobby or project and a ton of advanced technique classes to help you perfect your craft!

Click here to view the complete list of classes on sale!

I know it can be overwhelming to decide which ones to spend your money on. I recommend reading the course reviews for each class to see what other students are saying or check out a few that I have taken myself and personally recommend below. 

I really enjoyed this class with Mimi Dietrich because she shares some fabulous new ways to finish the edges and binding on your quilts but the techniques covered in the class can be used for a ton of other different projects as well. This is just an overall great class to have access to so you can go back to it when you're working on a new project or want to try a different finishing technique.  Since your access to Craftsy courses never expires this is a great resource to have for whenever you need a refresher or are feeling brave to try something new. 

Stacey Trock is awesome! I'm pretty new to her work but she is an author, instructor and amigurumi (crocheted stuffed animal) designer.  She has a fun, laid back approach to teaching and makes some fun, quirky jokes throughout the course. I love her sense of humor and she is super knowledgeable in crochet and shares some fun ways to do things that I'd never tried before. If you want to try your hand at making some adorable little stuffed animals give this class a try! You will learn a ton! It also comes with four patterns for animals you can make and she walks you through how to make each one while teaching you new techniques that you can carry in to your future projects.

Mexican food is a favorite in my house and I learned so much from this class! I make all my corn tortillas from scratch now. They are so easy to make and my kids love to help.  I also like to whip up some the dishes I learned to make in this course when I have company coming over. Everyone can serve themselves and I can lay out vegetarian and gluten free options easily.  Definitely recommend this course!

Hope that helps! Go pick out a class or two and enjoy your weekend with immediate access to it! Remember the sale ends on Sunday, July 20th at 11:59 MT.

Click to view the sale!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bar Stool Makeover Video Tutorial

I recently had the opportunity to work on a fun new home decor project for Sherwin Williams. Specifically for their new Sherwin Williams Latino website. The website is completely in Spanish so as you can imagine the video tutorial I made is in Spanish as well. If you don't speak Spanish, I included English captions for you to follow along easily. Even if you don't read the captions I think the instructions are clear enough that you could recreate this project yourself just from the visuals.

In my step-by-step video tutorial I show you how I give new life to these old bar stools I got at a garage sale for $1.00 each.  I knew what fabric I wanted to use from my stash to create the removable seat covers but was not sure of the paint that would match it nicely. Then I discovered the Sherwin Williams ColorSnap App (available for iPhone and Android).  With this mobile app I was able to take a picture of my fabric, pick out a color I loved and click on it. Then the mobile app quickly told me what the Sherwin Williams paint equivalent of that same color was.  Ta-dah! No guess work needed! I went by my local Sherwin Williams store, picked up my paint and got straight to work. Super easy!

For those of you that sew home decor projects and are looking for ways to match paint colors to drapery, cushion covers and other printed fabrics be sure to download that ColorSnap App and check it out! I think it's a fab tool to use and can see myself using it for a lot of different projects. 

harmony paint and primer sherwin williams
The Sherwin Williams Harmony paint and primer I used for this project.
I chose to work with Sherwin Williams' Harmony line of paints because it is a zero VOC formula and is GreenGuard® Indoor Air Quality Certified. {Yay!}

In this video tutorial I walk you through everything- prepping the bar stools, sanding, priming, painting, upholstering the new bar stool and creating a new removable seat cushion cover for it! Click here to watch the video tutorial or you can view it right on this page below. 

Do you have bar stools or chairs in your home that need a makeover? Hope you'll give this project a try!

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