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Reading & Understanding Crochet Patterns with Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby - A NEW Craftsy Crochet Class and Giveaway
You've got your yarn, your hooks, and are ready to sit down and start creating that beautiful piece from the pattern you just purchased. You turn to page 44 and start looking at the pattern... what the heck is HDC? What direction am I supposed to be working? There's something that looks like Egyptian hieroglyphics on the next page... what have I done? GAH!!
Fear not intrepid crocheter! Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby and Craftsy are here to give you all the answers to finding, reading, and understanding crochet patterns.
Yep, Shannon and the folks at Craftsy have been working on another FAB crochet class and this one is all about Reading & Understanding Crochet Patterns. In fact that's what its called, "Reading & Understanding Crochet Patterns" (direct and to the point!).
This course was created to teach new crocheters all the skills you need to read and successfully navigate crochet patterns. This will also be a FAB reference tool for the "I've been reading crochet patterns for fourty years" experienced stitchers. Regardless of your skill level you'll be learning tons about the in's and out's of crochet pattern reading and you'll be able to keep the class as an instant reference tool anytime you need it!
You will learn by watching Shannon complete each stitch, while at the same time seeing the stitch's name, abbreviation, and chart symbols on your screen, so you'll recognize them in multiple formats... That's just the start!
You get to apply what you are learning right away by making the "Modern Sampler Scarf" pattern that comes with the course. Shannon helps you with reading the written pattern AND the chart and how it all translates into actual stitches and rows. Before you know it you'll be piecing together your own sampler scarf with stitches so true they must have been blessed by a Pink Fairy Armadillo (which incidentally is a real animal… GAH!). I'll be there with you every step of the way!
When you’ve completed the entire course, you'll be shocked by how easily you can read through crochet patterns and get to stitching more and more advanced pieces. Don’t worry about forgetting any of the tips and techniques because the BEST part of all Craftsy classes is you can watch them whenever, and wherever you like and you can watch them as often as you like since your purchase never expires! Have a few minutes to watch a segment? Need to go back and see one of our tips & tricks again? Want to watch that technique one more time to get it juuuuust right? You can do ALL that with a Craftsy class because you own it forever!
GIVEAWAY OF MY CRAFTSY CLASS!
To celebrate the release of this new class the FAB folks at Craftsy are giving away a free enrollment to Reading & Understanding Crochet Patterns with Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby to one lucky person. To enter, click on the special link below and be whisked away to register for a chance to win my new class on Craftsy for free!
Yes I said FREE!
The winner will be chosen at random the morning of April 18, 2016 so You need to register to win before it launches April 18th! What are you waiting for? You did read that we're giving this away right? Enter Now! Yes, now… stop reading and enter… We'll wait right here while you enter to win.
ADDED BONUS: As a Craftsy student you have exclusive access to me personally in our virtual Craftsy classroom. If you have questions or want to show off your FAB stitches, you will always know where to find me. I'll be right there to help out and celebrate with you!
We also have a lot of fun in my classes... I mean a LOT of fun… So click that button and get your entries in today!
See you in the Craftsy classroom!
Week 2 Giveaway: Craftsy Class, Ottlite, and Eucalan Wash
Week 1 of National Craft month was a huge success and we're continuing the party this week with an even bigger giveaway for you.
For Week 2 of National Craft Month you can enter to win:
That's a LOT of swag my friends! Here's the full rundown.
Crochet Toolkit from Craftsy.com
This class is a FAB fav topic of ours: Tips and tricks to take your crochet from good to great! In this course, Shannon takes you step-by-step through the process of how to make solid and lace fabrics, brush up your math skills, and he teaches you how to keep those edges clean and tidy for a professional appearance. Dreaming of smooth, drapey fabric? Find out how linked stitches can close the gaps and make it happen. Then, add some "wow" techniques to your toolkit, such as crochet I-cord. Yup… two types of crochet cords including attached cords for edges!
Everything you learn here you'll be able to apply right away! You get techniques and stitches we use in real life, every day.
For more info about this class including a promo video where Shannon tells you all about it, click on the button below.
Ottlite Mini LED Flip Light
We LOVE our OttLite lamps. Shannon has two in his study and Jason uses them in his photo studio to get clear photos with clean white light. We know you'll love this clip on LED light from OttLite!
With OttLite you’ll see more clearly and comfortably, which makes everything you love to do – from sewing and scrapbooking to reading and computer work to crafts and crossword puzzles – easier and more enjoyable. It’s like natural daylight indoors! Click here to learn more.
Gift Set from Eucalan
We can't say enough good things about Eucalan. Their product is tailor made for crochet and knitting handcrafter... although quilters and sewers swear by this cleaning product as well. This set of 5 bottles of Eucalan is neatly packaged in a clear re-usable zip bag in each of their scents: Natural, Grapefruit, Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Jasmine.
Check out their Washing Basics page HERE for tips on using their product.
How to Enter The Week 2 Giveaway!
There are a few ways to enter this giveaway. You earn entries by visiting our Facebook page, our sponsors Facebook pages; and earn daily entries by tweeting a message.
Click the button below to register with Rafflecopter for this giveaway and good luck to you all!
GRAND PRIZE RULES
Did we neglect to tell you there's a Grand Prize Giveaway including an Ottlite Desk Lamp, Full sized bottles of Eucalan, and a FULL GARMENT'S AMOUNT OF YARN? Well now you know!
To enter the Grand Prize you'll need to post a photo, video, or other proof that you have purchased the Shibaguyz' new book, Crochet Geometry. Post a pic of you starting your favorite pattern... do a video review of the book... take a picture of your favorite pattern and post it on Pinterest… or take a book selfie with you and your copy of Crochet Geometry.
Don't have your copy of Crochet Geometry yet? Just go to CrochetGeometry.com by clicking on the button below and you'll see a video and more photos from the book as well as links for where you can buy your book online!
Introducing our FAB sponsors for our 2016 National Craft Month celebration!
It's that time again...a fortuitous alignment in the stars has brought forth again National Craft Month. We have put together a FAB month of FAB fun to celebrate! Celebrating with us are a few companies we do a lot of work with who have so generously agreed to be sponsors for our weekly giveaways.
Read on, visit our sponsor sites, and support them as they support our design studios and National Craft Month.
"Years and years as a freelancer and then as an editor gave me ideas as to what pattern production could and should be…" - Michele Maks, executive editor, mainly crochet
Take an industry-savvy professional with a reputation for being delightfully impish, put her in the wilds of Maine with a desire to create something new and important in the fiber industry, and you might just get something really FAB like the new Mainly Crochet by Michele Maks.
Come along and listen in while we chat with Michele and discover just exactly what this creation of hers is all about.
Here we are nearing the end of another FAB International Crochet Month at Shibaguyz Designz. As many of you know, we are busily working on our next pattern book of crochet designs for Lark (WOOHOO!!) but we’ve still made time for some fun with y’all in the form of new crochet patterns and, now, a giveaway!
This week, the folks at Annie’s have donated a one-year subscription to Crochet! Magazine for our giveaway… WOOHOO!! If you’ve been following along with Shibaguyz Designz, you know Crochet! Magazine was the first US magazine to publish one of our designs. Since that first issue in November 2010, we have been thrilled to have 27 designs published in Crochet! Magazine and we have been honored with four cover features.
Annie's and Crochet! Magazine are icons in the fiber industry and we are thrilled to be able to offer this prize to you this week.
We’re going to make this one simple with the help of our friends at Rafflecopter. Beginning March 18th, enter below by answering our question of the week in the comments section to this post and we’ll pick a winner on March 24th at 12am sharp! Remember, you get bonus entries for sharing on Twitter and for liking our pages on Facebook and Twitter! Oh… and you can enter daily… the more entries, the better your odds. No… we won't make a joke about the odds being in your favor… nope… not gonna do it…
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