Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Taking a course with Craftsy : Know Your Wool

Craftsy describe themselves as " a community of passionate crafters featuring online classes about all your favorite crafts including quilting, sewing & cake decorating." I became a craftsy member to download a free crochet pattern from them, but until now have never taken any of their courses.

I have so much wool, even now as I type there are balls of wool all over the sofa as I am midway through a project (or ten!). But I must admit, most of the wool I own has been donated to me from people who have finished projects or people who wish to help me out in my little Cottage industry The Flower Mill.

Some of my own wooly work at The Flower Mill

This morning I signed up to a free class called 'Know Your Wool' led by Deborah Robson - click the link at the end of this post to get started! - and I thought I would let you know how I am finding it so far;

Getting started

Getting started was really easy. It took me less than a minute to "buy" the course. (It was completely free, but you still have to add it to your cart and process the order). The course is made up of detailed videos that I can watch as many times as I'd like. They never expire and are easily accessed once logged onto my Craftsy account. There was a short introductory Craftsy video about getting the most out of their learning resourses which again took only one minute. Then I was in...

The Course

This information is lifted directly from the Craftsy website. To view it at its original source please click on the text.

My thoughts...

I have only watched the first session and I am finding it really helpful. After just the first ten minutes, I had already realised how I have no idea about the content of different wools or the sheep that they come from or the way the wools are processed to achieve their different textures and looks. I was lapping up Deborah's vast knowledge. 

So far, I have found Deborah Robson's teaching extremely clear to follow and absolutely brimming full with her life-long learnt, specialist information on wool. I am excited to learn from her as she explains everything very thoroughly without waffling on or entering the realms of patronising.

Deborah's thorough book on wool types

The only thing I would say is that I am wondering if it will get more targeted at knitters (as opposed to crocheters and other wool based artisans) as the course goes on, but I don't think that will get in the way of me learning about making the right choices of which wools to use for various projects.

On the whole, I would highly recommend that you give this a go!

To sign up with Craftsy for free click here or to read about this particular course click here. Enjoy!

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