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January 22, 2012
Introduction from the Editor:
Greetings Craftsy knitter!
Valentine’s Day is coming! Sure, it might not seem like it’s all that close, but it has a way of sneaking up. And since one of your New Year’s resolutions was to be more prepared and organized (or am I the only one who made that resolution?) we thought we’d help you out by giving you some sweet ideas for the sweet holiday! Some motivation, too: We had such a great time (and, more importantly, it seemed like you did, too) doing the North Pole Project that we decided to launch a new (but similar) contest called Project Cupid. So check out this issue of the newsletter, where we’ll be talking about sugar flowers, romantic projects, and as usual, we hear from you in our Letters to the Editor section!
Editor in Crafts
Front Page Story:
Handcrafted Sugar Flowers
Right around a week ago, Craftsy released a class that was, well, a little bit different. Rather than it dealing with sewing or knitting or crocheting or quilting or paper crafts, it was all about sugar; specifically, flowers made from the sweet stuff. Called Handcrafted Sugar Flowers
, it shows students how to create stunning and highly realistic flowers from sugar and only a few other ingredients. We had a feeling you might be interested in it since the point of it was the same as the other classes; that you can make something beautiful and fun. Turns out many of you ARE interested and signed right up for the exciting new online class.
We’ve been delighted by the response, and have enjoyed your many notes of appreciation, most of which have encouraged us to offer more in the area cooking/food decorating. Rest assured, we are definitely working on it. In fact, we even have a couple tricks---er, treats---already up our sleeve!
We encourage you to give our brand new class, Handcrafted Sugar Flowers, a shot! In fact, we’ve decided, for a limited time, to offer it for 50% off! Of course, you know that your class registration never expires. That means if you sign up now, you get the discount, and yet you can watch it whenever you want (and however many times you want). So give it a try! Sign up for Handcrafted Sugar Flowers now to get half off!
From the Blog:
In a few short weeks after we announced the North Pole Project, we had well over a hundred projects uploaded with “North Pole Project” in the title. Along with all your fellow Craftsy crafters, we marveled over your holiday-themed projects. At the close of the contest, Craftsy member Nysa turned out to have the most hearts (who could resist that adorable little felt polar bear?) and she was the first Craftsy North Pole Project winner.
Now we have a similar contest: Project Cupid. Same rules, really. Simply upload your love/Valentine’s Day-themed projects and put the words “Project Cupid” in the title. The project with the most hearts by Valentine’s Day wins, and that crafter will get a free pass to any Craftsy class of your choice!
So get crafting! Upload your Project Cupid project to Craftsy, then send your friends and family to it so they can click the heart.
To get you inspired for Project Cupid, we thought we might post some love/Valentine’s Day-themed projects already on Craftsy. Check these heartwarming projects out!
Puppy Love Dog Sweater. This Valentine’s Day don’t forget about that special someone who loves you unconditionally, is always by your side, and has those big brown eyes!
Valentine Heart Pattern. Anyone thinking ornaments are strictly for Christmas need only check this heart-within-a-heart!
Valentine Heart. This is the perfect little something to place inside a loved one's lunchbox, jacket pocket, or purse...just to let them know you care.
On The Horizon:
Upcoming Classes & Workshops
We have a range of exciting new classes and workshops on their way this month and next. Among them:
- Amigurumi: Woodland Animals
Stacey Trock shows you how easy it is to create the cutest little woodland creatures. A perfect way to dive into crochet!
- Amigurumi: Design Your Own Monster
Be creative, be cute, and even be a little scary. Master of Amigurumi, Stacey Trock, shows you how to design and make soft and cuddly monsters.
- (Jean-ius!) Reverse Engineer Your Favorite Fit
Designer, author, and teacher Kenneth D. King shows you how to recreate your most flattering fit by using your favorite trousers as a model.
- Garden Fresh: Grow Your Own Vegetables,
Fruits & Herbs
Instructed by Doug Jimerson of Better Homes & Gardens, this class will show you how to do just what the title says!
- The Couture Dress
Designer, teacher, and HGTV star, Susan Khalje comes to Craftsy to show you how to sew three versions of a gorgeous, elegant dress.
- Family Scrapbooking: A Fresh Take
with Creating Keepsakes
Honor your family and friends by making an unforgettable scrapbook thanks to Megan Hoeppner’s creative ideas and fun instruction.
Sew Retro: The Starlet Suit Jacket
Gretchen Hirsch is back with another Craftsy Sew Retro class! This time she’s going to show you how to make a suit jacket to knock ‘em dead!
Entrelac Knit Hats Workshop
Knitters looking to adopt the entrelac method to make gorgeous hats are going to love this workshop!
- …And of course, a new Craftsy Block of the Month with Amy Gibson will be posted on February 1!
Letters to the Editor:
We received more letters to the editor than ever this past week, and we loved reading all of them. Most of you were writing in to follow-up with some of the items we’ve covered in past issues. Let’s check some out!
Last week, Georgia wrote in about tatting. She’s definitely not alone! Tomi wrote this letter, also sharing her love for the craft, as well as some of our classes:
I am also a tatter and would like to share that there are a lot of free patterns on the Internet. I do both needle and shuttle tatting and the patterns work well for both. Love your site and am doing the Block of the Month and free motion quilting classes. Keep up the good work.
In the last issue, we did a follow up on the wonderful response we got this past holiday season when we asked for hats and blankets for the charities, Project Linus and Kaps For Kendall.This week, Lori writes us to share her thoughts and personal experiences with crafting for charity, and the constant need for donations.
Thanks for mentioning Project Linus in the Newsletter. I work at a Children's Hospital in St. Paul, MN in the PICU. One of my favorite things to do is to deliver a tiny blanket just for underneath the baby in fleece or cotton or larger ones up to teenage size. The families are so stressed and the kids really appreciate them. This past year I've noticed a dramatic decline in our supply delivered by our volunteer staff. Please let people know even the smallest blanket represents to them that others care and it really does matter.
Lori M., RN
Last but certainly not least is this letter from Marion, which truly touched our hearts and made our day! Okay, so it’s not a follow-up to anything in particular, but we just had to print it!
As a "used to be" crafter, I can't tell you how much I enjoy reading your columns. I am 94 years old, have gone from frosting flowers, to knitted baby things, to making cards, to …well, name the craft and I have probably "been there, done that." Fingers don't obey much anymore, but the mind enjoys others works and I just want to say your columns fill a great need, for me, as well as the crafters!
Thanks so much,
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