Partners in Learning

Craftsy and The Great Courses have joined forces to bring you handy, helpful, and accessible lessons in anything and everything creative. Whether you are starting a new hobby or you are a seasoned pro with a craft-based business, you'll gain expert secrets from the masters for sewing, cake decorating, painting, knitting, and so much more.

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Sketching People, Places, and Landscapes

Sketching People, Places, and Landscapes

Taught By Multiple Professors

Whether you’re sketching castles on the cliffs, chateaus in the countryside, or churches in your city, Sketching People, Places, and Landscapes, led by four accomplished artists, is essential to elevating your drawing to the next level.

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Simple & Stunning Watercolor Techniques

Expand your repertoire of advanced watercolor painting techniques to infuse your work with interest and excitement.

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Realistic Watercolors Step by Step

Create lifelike watercolors without a lifetime of practice! Use easy-to-replicate techniques to achieve results you're proud to say you painted.

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Improve Your Paintings: Luminous Watercolor Mixing

Mix the glowing, harmonious watercolors you want, every time. Learn how using fundamental techniques and a limited palette of just six pigments.

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Painting With Watercolors

Color your world with watercolors! Join expert Kateri Ewing in this comprehensive beginner’s class as she helps you navigate all the basics. You'll explore a range of tools and supplies, essential techniques, plus hands-on demonstrations and so much more.

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Hand Embroidery

Hand Embroidery

Kat McTee

Love working with your hands? Give embroidery a try! In this comprehensive beginner’s class, expert Kat McTee walks you through the basics from choosing fabrics and floss to hooping up and crafting 19 beautiful stitches. Learn to create a gorgeous sampler as you master a range of key techniques, including how to work with letters, numbers and finished garments, finish flat embroidery and more.

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Cake Decorating

Cake Decorating

Jenny McCoy

Ready to sweeten up your skills? Explore the sugar art of cake decorating with Jenny McCoy as your expert guide. In this comprehensive beginner's class, you'll learn how to bake and construct a variety of one-tiered frosted cakes with professional-quality results. Along the way, discover essential tools, materials and techniques, including fondant and buttercream, sugar flowers, piping, hand modeling and much more.

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Beginner Serging

Gain confidence using your serger with sewing instructor Amy Alan. If you know the basics of serging, you'll now discover how versatile your machine is! Begin with an overview of serger threading and maintenance. Then, learn how to create nine different types of basic stitches and create a serger stitch book you can reference again and again. For those tricky serger slip-ups, Amy will show you how to troubleshoot common issues like poor tension, skipped stitches, fabric rippling and more. Now that you've refined your serging skills, put them to the test with three fun skill-building projects. Make an exposed zipper bag, an ombré ruffled apron and a striped knit scarf! To finish class, add versatility to your serger with blind hem, elasticator and gathering feet.

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Underneath It All

Alongside fashionista Linda Lee, you'll learn essential skills for making and sewing fine garment interiors: choose interfacings, underlinings, interlinings, facings and linings, and install them perfectly in your garments. Bring stunning structure and a lifetime of longevity to your fabric with interfacings. Underline entire garments to reduce wrinkles and give beautiful body to limp fabrics. Interline your outerwear to protect your fabric and add warmth and comfort to the garment. Flawlessly finish raw edges on exposed areas of your garments with facings. Plus, you'll learn how to sew linings for both pants and skirts, and Linda will even share how to draft and sew your own tailored jacket lining.

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Knit Faster with Continental Knitting

Does your knitting sometimes get cut short by tired, achy hands? Do you want to knit faster and more efficiently? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions, join instructor and designer Lorilee Beltman and learn a different style of knitting that ditches strain for speed! By making the most of your hand motions with smaller, quicker movements, and giving every finger a job to do, you'll rejuvenate your knitting and approach any project with a newfound zeal. Lorilee will show you how to keep even tension as you work increases, decreases and more, and you'll learn how you might apply Continental knitting to a variety of techniques, from cables to colorwork. Whether you're new to knitting or a seasoned English-style veteran, you'll wonder where Continental knitting has been all your life. And, if you're left-handed, well, get ready to fall in love.

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Improve Your Crochet

Join author and renowned instructor Edie Eckman as she shares techniques for improving the look and quality of your crochet. Begin by learning how to create and maintain control over your fabric and prevent a too-tight foundation chain. Then, get comfortable reading and following patterns and find out how to decipher pattern speak! Confidently measure gauge in stitches, rows, stitch patterns and in the round, and learn how it helps you achieve stunning results. Then, find out how to pick up stitches evenly and work with decorative borders while keeping edges flat—even around corners and curves! Finally, refine your work and explore finishing techniques for professional-looking crochet. Plus, get tips on joining new yarns, changing colors, weaving in ends and more. No matter how long you've been crocheting, you're sure to pick up new tricks!

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Cut to It: Strategies for Smarter Quilting

Join pattern designer Debbie Caffrey and discover her efficient techniques for using a rotary cutter and streamlining your cutting process. Set up an ergonomic workspace and position your hands correctly to keep your ruler in place and your fingers safe. Discover speedy tips for cutting strips, four-patches, diamonds, and chevrons. Next, use quarter-square, half-square, and Tri-Recs rulers to quickly create perfect half- and quarter-square triangles, flying geese, trapezoids, and more. Transform squares into Delectable Mountain and split nine-patch blocks, and create perfect half-square triangles with a bias-strip pieced method. Plus, get charts you can use to adapt these units to any size project. Learn clever cutting techniques for pre-cuts and yardage and finish your new favorite quilt sooner.

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40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know

The secret is in the details! Join instructor Gail Yellen as she shares her best sewing tips and tricks to establish and refine your skills. With Gail's key finishing techniques, you'll make garments that drape and hang beautifully. Learn to sew more efficiently, successfully, and creatively as you create professional stitches, bindings, buttonholes, and zippers that will transform your garments from homemade to stylish. You'll learn insider's tips for making set-in and flat-constructed sleeves that fit beautifully and add an elegant line to the shoulder.

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Fitting Solo: From Measurements to Muslin

Discover how to measure yourself on your own with expert sewing instructor Linda Lee's easy-to-follow techniques. Start by finding the correct pattern size for your body and taking accurate measurements. Then, make basic pattern adjustments and evaluate fit using muslins. From there, you'll lengthen, shorten, narrow or widen a top pattern while keeping the seams correctly aligned. Once your adjustments are made, you'll create a fitting muslin, mark alterations and apply them to your pattern. Stretch your skills as you fit a pair of pants by changing width, knee placement, and both stride and total length. Ensure your pants will be comfortable and flattering by making adjustments to your muslin and pattern. Plus, see how to apply the same fitting process to a skirt pattern. For essential finishing touches, learn a waistband alteration trick and make final adjustments for your specific shape.

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Essential Techniques Every Knitter Should Know

Become a more informed, confident, and proficient knitter. Discover what techniques to use when, how to execute them perfectly, and why they're the best choice. Learn essential knitting techniques no knitter should be without. Join knitwear designer and author Sally Melville and find out how to create perfect gauge swatches for work that fits flawlessly.

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Crochet: Basics & Beyond

Learn the stitches, tools, and techniques you need to get started with crochet! Join author and popular blogger Kim Werker as she provides step-by-step instruction for getting started—from selecting the right yarn and deciphering tricky yarn labels to properly holding your hook and working yarn.

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Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine

Finishing a bed-size quilt doesn't have to be a king-size chore. In this course, award-winning quilter Ann Petersen shows you five easy, large-scale quilting techniques. You'll learn how to finish any quilt beautifully with the same sewing machine you've always used. Basic quilters will enjoy Ann's helpful, easy-to-follow instructions, while more advanced quilters will pick up dozens of tips and tricks for whole-quilt finishing, splitting your block or batting, quilting blocks as-you-go or adding borders to a central medallion.

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Handheld Router Techniques & Tips

Discover the best applications for your handheld router with professional woodworker and renowned author Paul Anthony. Start with how to set up your router. Get crucial safety and lighting tips. Then, learn to create perfect profiled edges with no tearout. Get confident flush-trimming cabinet face frames, solid wood edgings, splines, and plugs. Quickly cut accurate dados, joint short pieces for a dead-straight edge, easily create slots for biscuit joinery, and more. Use your router to make loose-tenon joints, through-mortises in thick stock, and precise hinge mortises. Achieve perfect circles and arcs with a simple trammel. Create identically shaped parts with template routing. Plus, make a variety of jigs that boost your efficiency and accuracy. Learn how to use a handheld router like a pro.

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Shop Essentials

Shop Essentials

Dale Barnard

Take your shop and your projects to the next level alongside expert woodworker Dale Barnard. Start with how to make a table saw sled so you can achieve perfectly square crosscuts safely, easily, and consistently. Build a sliding tall fence for your table saw to assist in rip cuts, create raised panels, or make grooves in the ends of long boards. Construct squaring jigs of any size to help you assemble boxes, doors, bookshelves, and more with confidence. Build custom straightedge jigs for your power saw or router to trim down doors or create rabbet joints. Make clamping cauls to easily glue together segments of milled wood for smooth tabletops and more. Plus, create a versatile shop stool that will come in handy again and again. Make your shop and your results more professional with these essential builds.

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What People Are Saying

  • Fantastic, well presented, some new and some refreshed to me tricks of the trade. Entertaining and informative. I highly recommend. —Morris, Boston, MA
  • Being a self-taught knitter, I found this course to be easy to follow with great tips and explanations of the trade, including when NOT to use shortcuts. —Glojz, Denver, CO
  • I cannot put this away. It is exactly what I needed as I am getting to the stage that I need teaching and coaching. —MOliver, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Professors

  • Kateri Ewing

    Kateri Ewing, Watercolor Expert


    For watercolorist Kateri Ewing, painting is all about capturing the awe she feels for the natural world. In preparation for painting, Kateri regularly walks and photographs the woods, meadows and waterways in two of her favorite places near her home in western New York state: Wyoming County and Knox Farm State Park. Kateri's passion for painting and drawing is infused in her teaching, and sharing her techniques with students of all ages is her favorite thing about being an artist. Kateri's original watercolors are currently represented by Meibohm Fine Arts.

  • Kat McTee

    Kat McTee, Embroidery Expert


    Lifelong artist and maker Kat McTee resides in Austin, Texas. She teaches embroidery, surface design, silkscreening and color theory to students at the Austin Museum of Art School, Dougherty Art Center, Studio 1408 and The Stitch Lab. Her textile work has been exhibited at the Houston International Quilt Show, Minnesota State Quilt Forum, Rockport Center for the Arts, and Textures Gallery in San Antonio. Kat is a graduate of the Surface Design program at the Southwest School of Art & Craft.

  • Jenny McCoy

    Jenny McCoy, Cake Decorating Expert


    As a pastry chef with more than 10 years of experience in some of the country's finest kitchens, Jenny McCoy has learned to transform classic techniques into inventive and exceptional desserts, many of which you'll find in her book, Desserts for Every Season. Jenny's philosophy on baking is simple: By combining the best ingredients available and a personal creative touch, anyone can expand their repertoire to create expertly refined recipes and original pastries with ease. A truly approachable expert, Jenny's detailed lessons are both inviting and inspiring.

  • Amy Alan

    Amy Alan, Sewing Expert


    Amy teaches sewing at Modern Domestic in Portland, Ore. and blogs at Really Handmade. She started crafting as a small child and has always made an effort to turn the everyday into art!

  • Linda Lee

    Linda Lee, Sewing Expert


    Linda Lee has loved fabric for as long as she can remember, so it's no surprise that she's spent her career working in fashion and interior design. She’s the owner of The Sewing Workshop Pattern Collection, where adventurous sewers can find patterns for distinctive garments created with innovative techniques. She has written several sewing books and contributed to magazines including Threads and Sew News. Linda has also appeared as the sewing expert for segments on HGTV's Today at Home and Our Home, as well as Sew It All, It's Sew Easy and Sewing With Nancy.

  • Lorilee Beltman

    Lorilee Beltman, Knitting Expert


    Lorilee Beltman is a Craft Yarn Council certified instructor and a TNNA designer and teacher who has taught at national events around the country since 2009. It was once Lorilee opened her own knitting business, City Knitting, that she realized her passion for spreading knowledge and helping knitters past their roadblocks. You can find some of her articles in respected magazines such as Twist Collective and Interweave Knits.

  • Edie Eckman

    Edie Eckman, Crochet Expert


    Edie Eckman is a teacher, designer and author of bestselling crochet books, including Around the Corner Crochet Borders, The Crochet Answer Book and Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs. Edie's classes are infused with her desire for pattern instructions to be understandable and accessible for all crocheters. Her articles and designs have appeared in a variety of publications, including Interweave Crochet, Knitters and Knit 'n Style.

  • Debbie Caffrey

    Debbie Caffrey, Quilting Expert


    Debbie Caffrey has been teaching quilting nationwide since 1983. She's taught at events such as International Quilt Festival (Houston, Rosemont and Long Beach), Minnesota Quilters Conference, The Road to California and many more. Debbie is the self-published author of 14 books on quilting, the designer of dozens of quilt patterns and more than 250 mystery quilt patterns. She has also contributed many articles to publications such as Traditional Quiltworks magazine, as well as appearing on both HGTV's Simply Quilts and QNNtv.com's Quilter's Coffee.

  • Gail Yellen

    Gail Yellen, Sewing Expert


    Gail Yellen is an independent pattern designer, author and an active member of the American Sewing Guild. She's been drawn to sewing since childhood, when one of her most treasured belongings was the dress her grandmother made for her first day of kindergarten.

  • Sally Melville

    Sally Melville, Knitting Expert


    In more than 50 years of knitting and 35 years of teaching, Sally Melville has taken hundreds of finished garments off her needles and taught hundreds of different classes. Today, she is the author of seven knitting books including Sally Melville Styles, The Knitting Experience series and Knitting Pattern Essentials. Her gift for making knitting simple, useful and fun has long made Sally a beloved instructor. Sally is dedicated to helping knitters make pieces they'll be proud to show the world!

  • Kim Werker

    Kim Werker, Crochet Expert


    Kim Werker is a writer, editor, instructor and maker who has tapped into the immense power of the internet through blogging, teaching and running the online magazine-turned-social-media-network Crochet Me. Aside from her Web-based endeavors, Kim was also the editor for Interweave Crochet from 2006 to 2008. You might recognize her from her multiple books, including Make It Mighty Ugly, a project about shrugging off the negative internal voices that hamper individual creativity.

  • Ann Petersen

    Ann Petersen, Quilting Expert


    Ann Petersen has been sewing quilts since her childhood, and her work has been featured in numerous books, magazine and exhibitions. Ann’s quilts have won multiple awards, including first place at both the Houston International Quilt Festival and the American Quilter's Society Show in Paducah, Kentucky. She teaches quilting classes on Craftsy and around the US.

  • Paul Anthony

    Paul Anthony, Woodworking Expert


    Paul Anthony has been working with wood for most of his life, and ran his own custom woodworking business for 20 years. He’s written close to 200 magazine articles for all the major woodworking magazines, as well as three books, including Smart Workshop Solutions and The Complete Illustrated Guide to Tablesaws. During his career, Paul has taught classes at woodworking shows across the country and at a variety of schools. He is also the senior editor at Woodcraft Magazine.

  • Dale Barnard

    Dale Barnard, Woodworking Expert


    Dale Barnard has been named one of the top woodworkers in the country by Popular Woodworking magazine. During his expansive career, he has worked in the fields of carpentry, home building, cabinetry, architectural millwork, antique repair and craftsmen furniture. His work has been featured on HGTV's Modern Masters. Dale also owns and operates the Barnard Woodworking School out of his shop in Paoli, Indiana.