I am sure a lot of you have heard about Craftsy. I have heard about it for more than two years now and finally have the courage to test it out. In the past I have relied a lot on free stuffs on internet to learn more about sewing and knitting. I still use it a ton but I also want to learn from the experts, though it means I need to shell out some money for it. I think the investment will more than offset the knowledge that I will gain. I have signed up for two classes: Sewing with Knit with Meg McElwee and Sew the Perfect Fit taught by Lynda Maynard
I am still working on Sewing with Knit and so far so good. Her delivery is not superb but I don’t mind because public speaking is also not my cup of tea. I think she is very knowledgeable and that’s why I pay for the class. What I like about this platform is not only learning from the expert but the ability to go back and review the material long after the class is over.
Being someone who is working in a tech industry. I am really impressed by the story behind Craftsy. Wall Street Journal had an article on it a few months ago. It was started by a few guys who used to work at Ebay. They’re interested in taking learning to a new level and started by offering a few hobby-related online classes such as wine tasting, scrapbooking, quilting etc. What they quickly learned is that quilting classes were their best sellers and they have since focused on more quilting, sewing, knitting and cake decorating. I am amazed that none of these founders are avid crafters, they just have a good business sense and were able to turn crafters’ demand into something really cool. one woman said that this offering has saved her a ton of money because she now does not need to fly across the country to learn cake decorating from the master. I wish Craftsy is located here in Bay Area so I can work for them
If you are interested in learning more about it, be sure to check out Yarn Thing Podcast. Marly Bird has a one-hour interview with Craftsy founders.