March is National Craft Month and what better way to celebrate than with free classes!
There are some great places online to learn different crafts and the ins and outs of the craft business. Here are a few of my favorite sites for free classes:
This is hands down my new favorite website. As stated on the CreativeLive website,
CreativeLive empowers you to unleash your potential by bringing the world’s greatest experts directly to you, live. Featuring workshops in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, crafting, and software training, CreativeLive unlocks previously closed doors by making dynamic education accessible to everyone.
CreativeLive offers both craft classes and craft business classes, and if you catch them at the right time they are 100% free. Each week, the Upcoming Classes list is updated to show which classes are being offered for free for the week and/or month. You can also check the On Air Now link to see what is being streamed for free right now.
I've watched so many of the classes. They are all really wonderful. Some of my favorite classes and instructors are:
How to Make a Living Selling What You Make - Megan Auman *
How to Build a Business While Learning Your Craft - Megan Auman (Really any of her classes. She is a great teacher!)
Build A Successful Creative Blog - April Bowles-Olin *
Start a Handmade Business - Kari Chapin
Monetize Your Craft - Vickie Howell *
Build a Stand-Out Business - Tara Gentile
I have also bought a few of the classes after watching the free classes. The classes with the * are the ones I own. The others are on my wish list. The advantage of buying the classes is you get free workbooks and downloads and you can watch the classes whenever you want. With work and life, it is pretty difficult to watch the entire free class at one time. Some of them are hours long.
The only downside is the classes can be quite pricey, but if you wait a bit you will most likely find the class you want is on sale. The site offers sales throughout the year.
Craftsy is unique that it offers 100% craft classes. They have over 1,000 classes to choose from that range from crochet and knitting to sewing and embroidery to cooking and painting.
The majority of Craftsy's classes cost a fee ($9.99–$180.00), although they seem to always be offering some sort of sale. They also have plenty of free mini-classes. Some of the topics for their free classes are:
- Paper Craft
I'm looking at a few of the crochet classes. I especially want to learn how to crochet cables. I also want to learn to make pretzels. Weird? I know!
YouTube is always a great resource for free craft classes.
- Crochet for Absolute Beginners
- Cast On Knit
- Weaving for Beginners
- Beginners Sewing Course
- Hand Embroidery for Beginners
I learned how to crochet a bobble stitch and weave on a loom thanks to YouTube videos. I am such a visual learner, so these online classes are so helpful for me.
I hope one or more of these classes has sparked your interest.