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Craftsy Review – Joining Crochet Motifs

on June 30, 2013

**Disclaimer – This review is based upon the class materials PDF and the introduction only of the Craftsy Class, which is to what I had access.  

Last week I was at the TNNA summer show in Columbus, Ohio (TNNA stands for The National Needlearts Association), and I had a chance to talk to Edie Eckman, who was one of the teachers at the show.  I had the pleasure of first meeting Edie at Stitches Midwest in 2011, and then again at the CGOA conference that same year in Greensboro, NC.  Edie and I were talking about what we’ve been up to lately and she said she had a new Craftsy class coming out.  I let her know that I would love the chance to review it; hence the reason for this post.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Edie Eckman, maybe some of these book titles will ring a bell:

  • The Crochet Answer Book
  • Around the Corner Crochet Borders
  • Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs
  • Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs

The last title on the list is one of her most recent books, and Edie’s new Craftsy class not only works to supplement the skills shown in the book, but it also works as a stand-alone class.

The title of this class, Joining Crochet Motifs with Edie Eckman, tells you exactly what the class is about.  Students who take the class are given access to a 17 page PDF file containing 6 different crochet motif patterns, along with instructions on how to join those motifs 11 different ways.  Patterns include both written directions along with stitch diagrams, and there are instructions included if the student wants to make the blanket shown in class.

Edie has a very comfortable style in presenting her topic, and within in the introduction alone she provides several great tips to improve crochet skills, including a Standing DC, an invisible join technique, and a clear explanation of how stitch diagrams work.

While I was unable to view the class pass the introduction, I would suggest the following for any student taking this online class.  Print the PDF file, and then watch the Introduction lesson that Edie gives.  Then you need to start crocheting up your squares so you have something to join as you follow along in class learning the 11 joining techniques that Edie will present. You probably don’t have to crochet everything all at once, but you should have the squares for particular lessons done so that you can stitch along.

Motifs are becoming present more and more within crochet designs.  It’s not just for home decor, but is showing up in accessories and garments in some stunning ways.  Taking this class could help improve your crochet skills so that you are able to take your stitching to the next level and an attempt something you wouldn’t have six months ago.

One final reason why I recommend this class – I’m a big believer in taking classes to improve skills.  I’ve been very lucky to live in an area of the Midwest where national shows come and I’m able to take classes from nationally recognized teachers. I’ve also had the means to travel elsewhere in the country and take advantage of classes taught there.  However, I realize that not everyone has that same access, and so people who would like to take classes locally can’t, because designers aren’t coming to their area.  This is where online class platforms like Craftsy and Annie’s are fantastic, along with downloadable classes from Interweave.  All three of these platforms allow you to take classes with nationally known teachers and designers from the comfort of your own home, and that is a fantastic learning opportunity of which to take advantage.  I have taken classes on all three platforms and have enjoyed all of them.

A quick note about Craftsy classes – If you have never taken a Craftsy class, you need to know some basics of how the platform works.  First of all, once you buy a class, you have access to it from whatever media platform you use to access the internet, and that access does not expire.  You could buy a class today and take it in parts over the next three years if you’d like; you can make the class fit your schedule.  Next, within the class platform there is a way to interact not only with Edie but also other crocheters taking the class.  This can be helpful when a stitcher needs a little more info on a topic brought up within the class video.  In addition, the majority of the classes have additional material provided to the students in the form of written instructions and patterns.  Finally, if you are not happy with your class, Craftsy will refund your money within the first 30 days.

The class, Joining Crochet Motifs with Edie Eckman, can be found here: http://www.craftsy.com/class/joining-crochet-motifs/304 and sells for $39.99

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