You know I would never try to talk someone into doing something they didn’t want to do .. nor would I want to talk anyone into spending money they didn’t need to spend. I’m really serious! But, I do want to share a couple of things.
The first thing I want to talk about are the classes at Craftsy. Every website I seem to land on has an ad for Craftsy. This is not a paid promotion. I pay to take my classes there and don’t get a dime in return. But, I’m so impressed with their classes. So far, I’ve taken the Rigid Heddle class with Angela Tong. She is an amazing instructor. I wrote on her before that I took classes at The Yarn Barn in Lawrence, Kansas when I bought my loom and though I cannot remember the instructor’s name, she was good. I just didn’t remember much of what I learned because I didn’t use it much before packing the loom away to move. I had written to several folks in the Dallas area about taking classes before it dawned on me to check Craftsy.
With their classes, once you pay for them, you can access them forever. You can make notes along the video stream so that when you want to go back to your notes, there’s a little notation on the feed and you know right where there was a spot you wanted to re-visit. If you haven’t taken any of Crafty’s classes, you really ought to at least check it out.
I’ve made our own pizza for years but took Peter Reinhart’s Perfect Pizza at Home class, which is free. Oh, my! I learned so much in that class. It has totally changed our pizza for the better. Even though I’m 100% pleased with my breadmaking, I think I’m going to take his Artisan Breadmaking class. I’ve been a fan of his for years.
The Craftsy videos are really first class. I have felt like I was right there in a classroom, and getting one on one attention.
The second part of this post is for those of you thinking weaving might be fun. If you think weaving would not be fun . . don’t read any farther.
Weaving is so much fun! I can’t believe I left my loom packed away for so long. I have the Schacht 25″ Flip loom and I have the floor stand but if you’ve noticed, most of the things I’ve made so far have been narrow enough to use the 15″ Cricket. Don’t tell Vince, but I’m thinking about getting one. It’s so darned cute! And it’s so portable. I know . . I never go anywhere but you never know when I might just get on my RTV and ride way back in the woods and spend my day weaving a little project!
When you think that the Cricket loom is $169, if you already have a bunch of sock yarn, you can make scarves and wraps up to 15″ wide and use up that yarn and have gifts for everyone you know. See .. it’s actually going to save you money. If you don’t quite understand my thinking, that’s ok . . Vince doesn’t understand it either.
I have a project in mind and if it turns out like I think it’s going to turn out, you’re all going to be ordering yourself a loom!