March 3, 2016

Time to Start a New Craft? Let Craftsy Help! {GIVEAWAY!}






Did you know that March is National Craft Month!? What are you doing to celebrate? I bet you have big plans to dust off your metal stamps and make some jewelry. We certainly love that idea, but how about challenging yourself to a new craft? Knitting? Crocheting? Quilting? Woodworking? A new jewelry technique? Are you up to the challenge?


We would like to help get you started with a GIVEAWAY!

The fantastic folks at Craftsy have given me coupons to give to three lucky winners so they can hop on Craftsy.com and take any class for FREE!!

Here is how to enter:
  • Leave a comment on this blog post and let us know what craft you would like to try next and why
  • Join our social community by liking us on Facebook or Instagram
The winner will be chosen next Wednesday, March 9 and will be announced as an update to this blog post. Good luck to all who enter!

I am accepting the Craft Month challenge and taking up a new craft myself. This is a craft I swore I would never do -- knitting! Let me first say that I don't have anything against knitting. In fact, quite the opposite. I LOVE the thought of it -- it's relaxing, productive, you get to play with color -- but my lack of time has kept me from starting. Ok, let's get real here, it's my my fear of yarn hoarding that has kept me from starting! I know how I am, I will need to own every yarn I see! Ha!

Well, procrastinate-no-more, I am headed to Craftsy.com to watch one of their tons of knitting classes. Craftsy is the perfect place to learn because I can do it in my own time! Their classes are easy to follow, plus I can ask questions and get prompt answers from my instructor and the community. I also have a mad love for the Craftsy mission, culture, and business ethic.

How do I know so much about them? I am one of their instructors! I teach the class Make Your Own Wirework Findings on Craftsy.com.  I really do love this company. I would never promote, learn from, or teach for a company that I didn't believe in. Obviously I believe in online education; I love what we are doing here at Beaducation.com and I love the direction Craftsy has taken with their online classes. Yay for companies that have made it easier to be creative and learn from the comfort of your home!
Make Your Own Wirework Findings with ME!
Wanna take my class on Craftsy? This affiliate link is good for 50% the regular price! Between the giveaway opportunity and this discount, now is the time to jump in and join the Craft Month challenge!

We love hearing from our readers and seeing what you are creating. We invite you to post on our Facebook or Instagram pages and tag us so we can see what you're up to this month!

76 comments:

Erin Wyatt said...

I would love to start crochet. :)

Michelle said...

I'm all about metalsmithing. I would like to learn more about fold forming and get better at soldering!

Unknown said...

I would like to learn how to use Sculpy!

Kittie said...

Ugh. I fixed my profile.

Amber Rankin said...

I would love to learn silversmithing techniques.

Botanyflora said...

I'm becoming very fastinated with foiling. I would love to try foiling on jewelry.

Botanyflora said...

I'm becoming very fastinated with foiling. I would love to try foiling on jewelry.

K&K said...

I would like to learn more about stamped jewelry

j malcolm said...

I would love to learn how to use wire in my jewelry making. I am somewhat intimidated! Help! (smile).

Bretworth Apthorp said...

I would love to take the settings for every shape with Robert Dancing as the preview is very inspiring and I think it will help me with my jewelry making skills. Fingers crossedxx!

Mary Redman said...

I would like to learn more about working with polymer clay or metal work. So many choices.....so little time! :)

Beaver Island Jewelry said...

I would like to learn more metal work incorporating my glass beads.

PENNY SITTEN said...

Would love to learn to make stamped jewelry

Francine Perri said...

I would love to win to learn how to make earrings I have been intimidated to make them

Lori Stewart said...

I've only stated 3 of the 8 Craftsy classes I bought over President's Day weekend and have already learned several new techniques and projects in wire working. I can't wait to get to them all! The instructors make sure to show you step-by-step how to do things the right way. I've seen other DVD's where the instructor is full of themselves and only partially show you what they're doing as if they're afraid you might "steal" their techniques. Sarah Thompson, Debora Mauser, and especially Sherilyn Miller are GREAT! After these classes, I would love to learn how to set stones.

Linda T Vick said...

I love craftsy and beaduaction. Would love to learn metal enameling as well as advanced metalsmithing.

Susan A. said...

I would love to learn more about soldering for adding small elements to my stamped designs! :)

Truthtreasurer said...

I would love to learn about soldering and taken my metal stamped creations to the next level!

Linda A. said...

wanna brush up on wire skillz

Bonnie Kyles said...

I want to improve on my stone setting skills and I'm also interested in PMC.

Nancy Dickman said...

I would like to learn how to make Lampwork Beads!

Chris said...

I would like to learn wire wrapping and how to use power tools.

The Mind of the Insomniac said...

I really, really, really want to learn how to bezel-set unusual stones of various unusual shapes! That would be da BOMB! :)

1Techie said...

Would love to start knitting...or crocheting...or even tatting! I love Craftsy classes - even enrolled in the tatting one, but with a rambunctious 4 year old running around, knitting or crochet needles are a dangerous thing. Maybe if they have an arm knitting one...then both my son and I can do it together..(or make the biggest knot you've ever seen)

Denise said...

I would love to expand my skills with metal clay.

Dragonothe said...

I want to learn about enameling and fold forming. I've been dabbling in it but I need more "training"!

Chris said...

Interested in learning more about patinas.

Bonnie Wolsey-Dickinson said...

I am very interested in silversmithing and jewelry creation.

mnppartain said...

I want to try prong setting or any metal working jewelry class.

Gayle said...

I would love to expand my jewelry making by learning about soldering!

Tam said...

Knitting or crocheting!

Athena's Armoury said...

I would totally love to further my metalsmithing techniques with that bezel setting class or take Barbara's advanced enameling class. I originally learned from Barbara in her shop in FL and she's amazing!

Dale Marie Harmon said...

The classes from the featured artist/teacher here look great, but I would like to get better at wire wrapping techniques (I'm an utter failure at wire wrapping - can't even make wire loops the same size two times in a row.). Wire Wrapped briolettes are beyond me. *sigh*

Robin Hudson said...

I really need to learn crochet and knitting, you know, for the zombie apocalypse.

pennykitz said...

I am so attracted to Parchment. It is so delicate and intricate. It looks like lovely lace. So I want to learn the art of Parchment.

LuniLadi said...

I've been wanting to do some fiber art for the longest time but jumping in to try to make an art quilt is really intimidating and so I would love to try some fabric embellishment.... the Stupendous Stitching class seems like a great place to start!!
I do some metalsmithing but foldforming or granulation would be something new to try also. Thanks so much for the opportunity to try new things!

Terry VH said...

A class on metal forming and fabrication would be wonderful. I have started on some techniques but wanting to learn more!

Julia said...

Would love to learn metal forming. Just learning how to make jewelry and this seems like something that would be so cool to learn.

Judy Winkler said...

I enjoy making jewelry. I especially like metal. I would like to be more proficient in soldering and fold forming.

Sharion Carpenter said...

I love trying new ways of making jewelry. I especially like wireweaving and have finished the Craftsy lessons by Sarah Thompson. I would like to try my hand at metalsmithing now.

Scrappin' Playground of Dreams said...

I would like to learn metal stamping and wire wrapping.

Kristie Hall said...

I currently make jewelry (hand stamped jewelry and also beaded), but I would LOVE to learn more about photography!! It's really been the downfall of my business, because my poor image quality means less sales. I would enjoy learning photography for personal reasons as well!

KayzKreationz said...

I'm trying to learn how to quilt. I've done a few pieces with help from a friend, but I'd like to learn how to do more.

Gerald Holt said...

I am new to beadwork and I have had to slow my roll because I want to do it all! But on a lighter note I want learn metalwork and how to incorporate it into my beadwork. I look forward to being in a class with some of you!

KANANIGIRL said...

I would love to continue improving with Metal Smithing, but I also love the free classes on Craftsy!

Teresa D. said...

I love Craftsy! So many things I still want to learn. I think stone setting or Metal Fabrication. That would be exciting and I can use some FIRE! Thanks Everyone

Enchanting Accents said...

I think it would be easier for us all if I just answered what I was not interested in learning next. But, I will narrow it down to a general media. Metal, gemstones, hot flames. I really want to start working more with metal soon in all different ways. Craftsy has a few classes that I have been dying to take. So, who knows, this might just be my lucky chance.
The reason why I want to work with metals so much is because that is what is calling my name right now, my whole being and essence is being called by all different types of stones and metals. And, that just fuels me and keeps me healthy.

Els Hoebrechts said...

I love trying new ways of making jewelry: wire weaving, metal smithing, bezel setting, art clay, soldering...
Thanks, Els from Bruges (Belgium)

KeelzDragonz said...

I LOVE Chain Maille and I am very interested in adding Wire Jewelry to my creations! I am just starting my at home jewelry business and I want to fly!!!

Diana Bowen said...

I make chain and beaded jewelry and would love to learn how to solder. It's the next step for me though I'm a bit intimidated by it--I'm dying to learn how to set stones in bezels for rings, pendants and beads.

Beth Van Bebber said...

I love Beaducation and Craftsy living overseas they are indispensable resources for a crafter! I'd love to learn more about metal stamping, metal clay, and using my Silhouette machine. Thanks!

Lori said...

I'm a metalsmith and want to learn Keum Boo.

Becky Carpenter said...

Make Your Own Wirework Findings is the class I would like to take! That way the jewelry I make would be 100% made by me!!!

Yifatiii said...

I would love to learn more silversmithing techniques!
Why? Because I love it :)

Oneday Designs said...

I would love to learn about wire working especially since I want to make wire and cabochons pendants.

Carole said...

I would like to try stamping into metal. I want to make charms to use in my jewelry.

Dionne Siegrist said...

I would love to try making some filagree charms.

Nancy Keatley said...

I am very interested in beading and designing and creating my own jewelry. I would also like to learn more about Quilling and Tatting. A couple of old fashioned crafts. Would you have classes for these crafts?

Best contact: collienancy@yahoo.com

Sue Crawford said...

I am interested in learning soldering and cold connections.

Thank you,
Sue
TheBeadedPathway

Diane (Dewdrop Designs) said...

I would love to win a craftsy class, I have quite a few on my wish list already!

Donna Donato said...

I would love to do wireworking in jewelry!!!! I love craftsy Class's

Donna Donato said...

I would love to do wireworking in jewelry!!!! I love craftsy Class's

Katelyn said...

I have loved all of my Craftsy classes. I would love to learn more about photographing my handmade items and also learn more about knitting. I love expanding my skills!

Debbie Surma said...

I am always looking for new learning opportunities. I love Craftsy. It is an affordable way to learn new techniques and skills. I would like to learn more about wire weaving and water-coloring. Some day I would like to explore woodworking too...

Donna Vogel said...

I love jewelry making. Just started wire weaving, and I'd like to learn riveting (LOVE movement in my pieces) & bezel making. THanks for this opportunity!!!! Fingers crossed!! :)

Bopshi" said...

I love the free videos on Bead education. I do a lot of wire wrapping and would like to learn how to make prongs to hold a stone in. And how to make clay beads.
Thank you Faye Liquete owner of Bopshi's Treasures.

Loverbear said...

I would love to try enameling. I love the swirling and blending of the colors of glass. I have always loved color and crafting and have tried a lot of different crafts, just not enameling. Toni LoCicero, owner of Studio 67

Colleen said...

I would love to learn how wire wrapping or metal smithing. I love Craftsy classes!!

Marlene said...

I would like to try a course in mixed media, 3D wire wrapping or a Thai cooking course.
There are so many interesting courses!

Joann Maduro said...

I would like to learn how to work with clay. I remember going to camp when I was young and learning how to make beads to make a bracelet. I enjoyed it and would like to learn at this point in my life how to professionally work with clay to make beads, flowers and unique and 1 of a kind cabochon to make professional jewelry.

Joann Maduro said...

I would like to learn how to work with clay. I remember going to camp when I was young and learning how to make beads to make a bracelet. I enjoyed it and would like to learn at this point in my life how to professionally work with clay to make beads, flowers and unique and 1 of a kind cabochon to make professional jewelry.

J Ciraolo said...

I Love Craftsy and Beaducation what a perfect fit! I really enjoy the wire work and can't get enough!

Renee Johnston said...

Love to expand my riveting skills & combine metal & leatherwork.

Jewelsbyjanis said...

I would love to incorporate more soldering in my work, but I'm a bit intimidated to try. I would love to actually take a class and learn how to solder correctly!

Patience Pontious said...

I am a jewelry maker that aspires to become a competent metalsmith too. I love to learn new things related to my interests and doing wire wrapping, using seed beads for embroidery and earrings, using cabochons, turquoise and other precious and semi- precious stones and Swarovski crystals to made up scale jewelry. I need to learn more about soldering, bezel making, and other related work. I love your educational work and would be very happy to win something that would move my skills to a new level. thanks

S.D. Nelson said...

I would like to learn how to do free-form wire & repeat the same pattern twice.