Fractal Danger

Aug 21, 16 Fractal Danger

Posted by in Misc Knitting

Winter is finally here!  I have decided to knit myself a scarf/shawl named Fractal Danger by Martina Behm.  I recently purchased an Australian Merino/Silk sport weight yarn in light grey.  The yarn is really soft and yummy! The pattern is so easy that I’ve decided to knit the garter rows using Continental Method as I need more practise in that method.  I’m a self-taught English Method knitter and have been learning the Continental Method using a class on Craftsy: Knit Faster With Continental Knitting with Lorilee Beltman.  Lorilee is a wonderful teacher and I’m learning heaps! I’m hoping I can finish this before it gets too warm to use it and also get better with Continental knitting.  I can knit but still struggling with purl and everything else.  Will get there one day :)....

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Craftsy’s Photographing Flowers with Harold Davis

Mar 02, 16 Craftsy’s Photographing Flowers with Harold Davis

Posted by in All Posts, Photography

Wow I can not believe it’s been ~14 months since my last post!  I have been crafting but it has taken a back seat to my studying which I completed in December 2015.  Hopefully I now have more time for crafting this year :). I have set myself some life goals and one of them is to improve my manual photography skills especially in macro photography.  I am a BIG fan of Craftsy so naturally I looked for a suitable photography class there.  There are a lot of wonderful photography classes with two classes on Flower Photography.  I couldn’t decide so I went with Photographing Flowers with Harold Davis  based on reviews. I am enjoying the lessons I have done so far.  I’m currently at Lesson 5 and have gained enough knowledge to have a go in taking close up pics of some flowers in my garden.  Here are my attempts:     These photos were scaled down and saved at a lower resolution for my blog because of my slow Internet speed.  These photos look so much better at the original size and higher resolution!  The details are amazing when  you zoom in especially the first photo.  When you zoom in the original, you could see the fur (is that the right word?) on the outside of the pink hibiscus bud! I should add that our 5 1/2 year old Sony DSLR camera died on us this week so we had to buy a new DSLR camera.  We went with Canon EOS 760D with a kit 18-135mm kit lens.  I am slowly familiarising myself with the camera and I’m loving it!!...

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What is Craftsy?

Oct 26, 13 What is Craftsy?

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I first discovered Craftsy in July 2012 through a friend who shared a link to a free Short Rows Knitting Class.  I have not learnt this technique so I enrolled in the class.  Carol Feller is a fantastic teacher.  She explains and shows you how to do short rows using several easy methods.  I was able to watch and learn in my own time which is usually when the kids are napping or asleep at night.  I have been hooked on Craftsy classes ever since :).   What is Craftsy? Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes 24/7.  It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and more.   Why should I take a class online? Online education is not just for schools and universities any more.  Craftsy courses provide you the convenience of a world-class instructor in your home, whenever you want to learn. Online education, no matter what subject, is a great alternative to in-person classes for a number of reasons. With many online learning opportunities being on-demand, you are able to learn at your own pace, any time. Online learning is a fantastic alternative to in-store craft classes for people with busy schedules or who have difficulty leaving the house. It also allows you to watch a troubling section over-and-over again, so you can see exactly how a technique is carried out, or refer back to your class for relevant concepts before beginning any new projects.   Interested in trying Craftsy but do not want to enrol in a paid class.  Why not check out Craftsy by enrolling in one of the Free Craftsy Classes today.  You will not regret it :).  I am enrolled in all Craftsy’s free classes but have not...

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Pieced Hexies Craftsy Course Review

Sep 23, 13 Pieced Hexies Craftsy Course Review

Posted by in All Posts, Quilting

Recently Craftsy celebrated 2 million members by having a sale on everything.  I knew straight away what I wanted to enrol in: Pieced Hexies Beyond English Paper Piecing with Mickey Depre.  You can find this quilting Craftsy class here:     I really enjoyed this class.  Mickey Depre is a great teacher and her classes are well structured.  I was surprised at the length of each lesson but I was not disappointed.  Besides there’s not much to learn about English Paper Piecing :).  I learnt a few tips that I did not know when I started my hexie quilt in my teens which is still a WIP that mum took over.  These tips will come in handy for my second attempt at hexies :). Mickey goes through all the basics for English Paper Piecing in one lesson which is great as I have not done hand sewing in 20+ years.  She goes through how to piece her 2 hexie designs and how to get the designs perfect. The Craftsy course may not be long time wise compared to other Craftsy courses but when it comes with 2 bonus patterns and with the sale discount I felt it was worth the cost.  I am very happy with the class and glad I took it. Here is my first project for the class.  I have not sewn them together yet as I wasn’t sure which design I want.  I chose these 3 as I was after a floral design. I could not decide so I asked hubby and my girls which they liked best.  They all chose the bottom design so I will be hand sewing it tonight.  Looking forward to trying the other design in the Craftsy course and seeing whether I can come up with some of my own :)....

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My First Quilt Sandwich

Jul 24, 13 My First Quilt Sandwich

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Being a newbie quilter, I watched a lot of YouTube videos as well as Camille Roskelley’s Craftsy Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple Class course and Leah Day’s Craftsy Free Motion Quilting a Sampler course on how to prepare and baste a quilt sandwich.  LOL hope I am using the right terms for it :). This was a slow process as I had to do it over 3 stages using my dining table.  Hopefully I did it right.  I used 100% cotton batting for this quilt. Now to quilt it.  Thinking I might use the walking foot and “stitch in the ditch” as I do not have enough practice with FMQ. The quilt top was made using a layer cake of CHERRY ON TOP by Keiki, white quilting fabric and backing fabric as borders on the very top and bottom of the quilt top.  This quilt will be for my 6yo DD.  She chose the layer cake as she loves anything cupcake/baking related.  She also chose the backing fabric as it reminded her of My Little Pony (the colours). Edit: After I basted my quilt top, I enrolled in Ann Petersen’s Craftsy Beyond Basic Machine Quilting course. She also shows a great way to baste your quilt top using spray...

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My first Quilt Top – Piece of Cake 3

Jul 17, 13 My first Quilt Top – Piece of Cake 3

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I love Craftsy and mainly enrolled in their knitting courses.  This year I decided to treat myself to a Quilting Craftsy course.  I bought/enrolled in Camille Roskelley’s Craftsy Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple Class course and I have not regretted it.  The course is well structured and easy to follow. Camille makes it look easy and fun.  She also offers a lot of great tips which has been a great help to me – a newbie to quilting!  I am so excited that Camille will be teaching/doing another Craftsy course.  Hopefully it will be out in time for Christmas. The great thing about Craftsy is that you can watch the course again and again.  Very helpful with my first attempt of Camille’s Piece of Cake 3 quilt pattern.  Below is my first finished quilt top EVER!  So excited :). Sorry for the bad photo.  I have not figured out a great way to take a nice photo of a big item yet.  Will take more and better photos once I have quilted it. The quilt top was made using a layer cake of CHERRY ON TOP by Keiki, white quilting fabric and backing fabric as borders on the very top and bottom of the quilt top.  This quilt will be for my 6yo DD.  She chose the layer cake as she loves anything cupcake/baking related.  She also chose the backing fabric as it reminded her of My Little Pony (the...

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