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A Library of Resources
Being by nature a curator of information, I am collecting links on this page of useful resources that I use. It will be a work in progress as I add to it from time to time, so please check back!!
My number one resource is books. I may spend all day on a computer as part of my job, but I have a huge collection of crafting and DIY books. I can spend hours flipping through pages of pattern and idea books, planning out my next project. Books can be pricey, so don't forget to check your local library as well as my favorite books store, Amazon.
Living in rural New Mexico has it challenges, one being the scarcity of craft classes. If I want to learn anything new, I either find a friend or go online. It seems I am constantly searching for classes or tutorials that teach me how to make new crafts or take the crafts I know to a new level. I am collecting my favorites and listing them on this page, not only for my use, but also for others.
Ravelry is free and if you love yarn crafts, it is a great place to hang out online. Lots of talented people sharing their expertise. Many free patterns and also patterns and supplies for sale.
I like to design my own patterns and I am always looking for resources for unique stitch patterns. I found this free library of stitch patterns with charts-FreeKnitStitches.com-and plan to make frequent use of it.
Knit Picks is one of my favorite sites for yarn and knitting tools. I've been very pleased with everything I've purchased from them. Their yarn is wonderful and reasonably priced. They also have a free library of tutorials where you can learn knitting and crochet techniques. They have something for everyone, whether you are a beginner or an experienced yarnista.
Bluprint offers a variety of online creative classes--quilting, sewing, spinning, cooking, gardening, jewelry making, knitting, crochet, weaving, photography, woodworking--a nice variety of classes for crafting with yarn and fiber or just about anything else. I took their Pattern Writing for Knitters and loved it. The nice part about taking one of the Bluprint classes is that once you purchase it, it is always available to you for review. You have video plus handouts to refer to anytime. They also sell patterns made by independent designers and have a class on how to photograph your products, which I like because they are helping small businesses. Their classes cover a range of topics-sewing, quilting, baking, knitting and more. Some of the classes are free, plus they sell patterns and supplies.They are beginning to get a collection of classes specific to the holidays and hopefully, will have more soon. You can sign up for free and purchases classes as a one-off or sign up for an annual membership and get 3 free classes each quarter to add to your forever library.