As a gal who picks up hobbies and crafts, obsesses, and then drops them for months, I am hesitant to devote time, money, and energy to community college after-hours courses or local yarn shop tutorials. I've purchased many skeins of yarn, yards of fabric, and shakers of beads with great intentions...only to have them sit, gathering dust bunnies, in the basement.
This is where the genius behind CreativeBug
rock. They offer craft tutorials for a variety of projects (from yarn to sewing, painting to paper, quilting to jewelry, upcycling to ceramics, and even a kids section). These videos are all under 30 minutes, which makes the project seem very accessible.
You can purchase a video a la cart (if you see something you want to learn), or have a monthly subscription which allows you access to all of their content. They even have a few basic tutorial videos for free!
Every month they add new tutorials. And each teacher is warm and professional- no shaky cams or bad lighting, here! I didn't have any video trouble (one instance of buffering, for about 5 seconds, during my fifth video).
If you aren't sure whether this would be fun, I dare you to peruse their site and check out all the thousands of projects. I bookmarked about two dozen for starters.
You create a profile, and it tracks the tutorials you bookmarked, which ones you viewed, your favorites...you can even upload photos of each project that you did.
I was getting ambitious when my wrists gave out (poo), so I tried this "Finger Knitting
". Holy cats, this may be the easiest craft I've ever done. This is perfect for sitting in front of the TV, or on a flight. And it's beginner level (see the rating to the right of the video, above the description?) so it's perfect for me.
Check out my finger-knit necklace!
I highly recommend checking out CreativeBug, whether you're just starting into the craft world or a Martha-Stewart-to-be. I think a month subscription to this would also be awesome, especially in the Fall when you want to stay inside, making things, anyway.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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