You may remember a few weeks ago I introduced you to Craftsy when I told you about some of their FREE classes. Well, today I would like to tell you more about Craftsy and how it works.
What is Craftsy?
Craftsy is a worldwide craft community that offers online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop that offers great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. Over two million members use Craftsy which isn’t really surprising because it has something for just about everyone with categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and more.
How are Craftsy Classes Created?
Craftsy classes are all well prepared and of the highest quality. A huge amount of work is put into all of the classes before filming even begins. In fact a large number of hours are spent determining the exact content that will be covered in each class, as well as the best way to demonstrate specific techniques for the camera. Instructors even work with an instructional designer in order to create an in-depth outline of each lesson. They then decide how to best prepare props, or what are referred to as “step-outs.” These are the models that show what your project should like at different steps of the project. The final classes aren’t even scripted. Instead the instructors follow their outlines on camera to help create an authentic and engaging teaching experience.
Most Craftsy classes are filmed in one of five Craftsy studios in Denver, CO. This is to make sure that every part of the production process doesn’t have any problems. They actually fly instructors in from all over the world to make the instruction videos. Each instruction video takes several days to film, and then several weeks are spent taking hours of footage and turning it into a two to three hour class experience that will be watched, rewatched, and reviewed by industry experts. The final result is an HD-quality video that takes you in-depth into specific topics in any given craft category- from cooking and fine art to sewing and knitting.
What IS the Craftsy Experience?
Craftsy classes are designed to have all the benefits of an in-person class, with none of the drawbacks. Available online and on-demand, so you can take them when you have time and at your own speed. What’s also nice is that you can retake the class as many times as you want, and the 30-second repeat feature allows you to watch the same section over and over again until you get every technique just right. Watching a Craftsy class is like having a first-row seat with some of the best instructors in the world. Even better, classes have a 100% money-back guarantee.