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Craftsy – What a way to learn!

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Craftsy – What a way to learn!

I have to admit I’m having a blast over at Craftsy – my Machine Embroidered Quilt class just went live last week and it’s been a ton of fun chatting with the students.  If you’ve never heard of Craftsy, let me take a minute to tell you about their learning platform.

Craftsy produces long-form, in-depth classes that students can re-watch and access at any time of day or night. Students can also use the platform to ask questions in the videos and receive feedback from both their instructor and fellow students. Students can upload photos of their progress and finished projects.  The platform is extremely interactive, you can even make notes in the video! Once you purchase a class, you can access it forever. The camera work is top-shelf so you get to see exactly what’s going on – in close detail.

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When Craftsy contacted me about teaching, I immediately thought of the questions I get here on the blog from many blog followers. The number one question has been, “How do you do continuous embroidery?”  I most certainly wanted to attack that embroidery challenge in my class.  So I designed the Hourglass quilt. It’s a combination of a few of my favorite things: gray and aqua fabrics, quilting with an embroidery machine and simplifying complicated tasks for embroiderers. I’ll tell you, Craftsy is the perfect partner to showcase that combo for you.

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After coming up with the concept, it was time to digitize the designs, test the designs and redigitize! Ugh – that’s often the hardest part. The fun part was completing the quilt. Well, I thought that was fun part until I met the Craftsy crew – Jarrod Sumpter, Adam Speas and James Clark.

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They flew to my humble video studio to tape for three days in July. What a professional crew!  They set up all that equipment in just a few short hours and then it was off to the races.

Here’s what the floor of my sewing room looked like while I prepared for the taping.  Each plastic bag is labeled for an individual video segment – there are nine videos, over 2 hours of video!

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My goal was to be as comprehensive as possible and make it fun. Here’s what a couple of students have said:

Wonderful Class!
This is a great class. It is very clear and easy to follow. It teaches not only machine embroidered quilting, but gives precise instructions on continuous embroidery. This is a must take class for anyone with an embroidery machine. – ddregno

Great Class!
Very detailed and new for me approaches to using an embroidery machine for applique and quilting. Best instructions yet for continuous hooping and proper alignment. Also really like the quilting/embroidery design, more modern and interesting than the standard florals, etc. – candycb

I love this class and cannot wait to make one of these quilts. I have to finish a baby quilt first…then comes the fun with this one. – kmprshnin

The class includes six embroidery designs to make the Hourglass quilt

(for 5″ x 7″ and 7″ x 12″ hoops) and video instruction on single layer appliqué, double layer appliqué, continuous embroidery and continuous appliqué. You’ll also find a bonus 30+ minute tips and techniques video in the class.

I hope you’ll join me over in the Machine Embroidered Quilt class on Craftsy.

Click here to take advantage of my instructor discount and sign up with immediate access.

This week’s assignment:

Let me know what you think about Craftsy and you could win a $50.00 gift certificate to spend on the Designs in Machine Embroidery website.

The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question:

Have you ever attended an embroidery event.  If yes, what did you like best about the experience and why?  Post a comment for a chance to win a Stipple Bridge Club.

The winner is:  Dolly D.
“I have not had the chance to attend your stitching event. I am hoping you will be coming back to the western PA area real soon. Looks like lots of fun!”


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  • Diane Crane

    This class sounds like it would be a lot of fun as well as extremely informative. And I love your film crew! 🙂

  • Rhonda Sanford

    I love Craftsy and the ability to watch the lesson videos over and over again…You can’t go wrong…

  • Pamela Wall

    I have taken a number of Craftsy classes and have enjoyed the process. They are so well done and executed that it is just like learning live without the time constraint. I like being able to watch a lesson several times. I prefer to watch once just as a preview, the again while I am working with the program. It is especially important to me that the authors/presenters will also take questions/comments. Thank you for joining the offerings. It is such a cost effective way to learn for those of us who cannot attend major seminars!

  • gina button

    Wow that is a beautiful quilt! I do ha e a janome embroidery machine so I do know some stuff but not alot i do like learning about what all I can do with it. Thank you!

  • Dolly D.

    I am not familiar with Craftsy classes but this sounds like a great idea. I enjoy learning anything and everything from your embroidery knowledge and creativity!

  • Evelyn McGavin

    I love Craftsy. Although I haved signed up for several classes, I have not had the time to finish one. That is the wonderful part! I can go over the lessons whenever I do find the time and I can repeat them as many times as I want. I am thrilled that Eileen will be teaching a class. Can’t wait! I urge others to see if this is a good fit for them.

  • Nancy

    I was unfamiliar with Craftsy until today. I plan to sign up for the class. Thanks!

  • Sherrie Lilly

    A couple of years ago I attended a Stitching Sisters event in Carlsbad, CA. Learned alot about placement and have been practicing it ever since. Love your applique embroidery.

  • eileenroche

    Thanks for your kind words! Hope to see you again at an event.

  • Kay

    Craftsy is quite possibly the greatest invention for Machine Embroidery since the PAL! (and yes, I do know that Craftsy probably came first!)

    I’m thrilled to learn that Craftsy is now offering Machine Embroidery classes featuring Eileen! 🙂 I usually sign up for the free classes, but I DEFINITELY will pay to take this one!

  • Paula Roney

    Craftsy is a great learning opportunity. I started by trying a free block of the month and found it very well done. I like the ability to access the classes whenever you wish – it works no matter what your schedule may be. Yea Crafty!!!

  • Clem

    I have signed up for several classes and have watched them, taken notes and reviewed reviewed reviewed….I love the fact that you have a class here. I have an embroidery machine and still have not tried continuous embroidery. I went to one of your classes a while ago and would love to take another one….

  • Tina S

    I haven’t taken a class yet, but I hope to in the near future. Love that quilt patter and the colors.

  • Debbie St.Germain

    I haven’t been able to take classes since I got my new machine, online classes would be a nice way for me to learn, since I can’t get out as much I would like to. I think it is a great idea for those who are home bound or live in areas where they can’t get to classes.


  • Marilyn

    Oh my, every time I see a new Craftsy class, I can’t wait to sign up! So far…I’m two classes behind–signed up and haven’t taken them. But when school starts, I promise I will. (Hmm, it sounds as though I have school-age children who will be gone. Nope. But it is a good time, nevertheless, to start new projects.)

  • Edie

    I am a diehard night owl and Craftsy is always there when Ithe house is quiet and my mind is ready to learn. Hourglass quilt is up next!

  • Connie Angeline

    Amazing,you’ve just read my mind! I want to make a quilted throw, several in fact.
    I’m signing up now. Thanks again.

  • Elaine

    I have learned so much from Craftsy. I love their online classes and their website!! The instructors are very knowledgeable, professional, and thorough. I have never been disappointed with a class!!

  • Jean

    I have not taken a Craftsy course yet but plan to do so this fall.

  • Donna G.

    I love Craftsy! I’ve taken a couple of classes, and I’m so glad to see this one added! Craftsy’s a great way to learn, and it also provides follow-up and reinforcement of the lessons.

  • Nancy Owens

    First I love Eileen’s classes, I have taken many of your classes at shows or Sitiching Sisters. Second, I love Craftsy.
    I have taken 4 classes to date, and I love being able to go back anytime I want to practice again and again. So, combinine my 1st and 2nd favorite ways of learning machine embroidery is Great!

  • Sharon Aiken

    I’ve only taken one Craftsy class so far, but really enjoyed it. Hope to take more in the future.

  • Mary Haggenmaker

    I have ordered the class and am now waiting…impatiently.. for it to get to me.

  • Sandra Bassett

    I signed up for the free Craftsy Block of the Month course at the beginning of the year and have been hooked ever since. As new courses become available, I check them out and so far have signed up for 4 more. Well worth the time and money for these excellent classes. I certainly plan on signing up for the machine embroidery class too.

  • Barbara Rowlan Wong

    I’d never heard of Craftsy until tonight. Sounds like an idea way to learn. The idea of being able to access the classes any time and often is my kind of class. Mug of hot chocolate and slippers along with my embroidery machine makes me happy!!

  • Kathy Dahl

    Not all of us have the larger hoop. Offer something for smaller hoops

    • eileenroche

      The designs included with this Crafty course come in two sizes: 7″ x 12″ and 5″ x 7″. If you have a 5″ x 7″ sewing field, you can do this class.

  • Bonnie Gray

    Love the concept! The fact you can take it over and over is great!

  • Shirley R

    I received an email from Craftsy yesterday and was excited to see that you will be teaching this machine-embroidered quilt class. I will be signing up for this one as I am extremely interested in, and love to combine, quilting with machine embroidery. I have signed up for another Craftsy class but have not had time to take it yet, but I know I can start this at any time. Somehow I believe your class will take precedence! LOL! This will be exciting.

  • Martine

    I signed up for the free Craftsy Block of the Month course at the beginning of the year and love the concept. Your class sounds like great fun! Am on vacation right now but will sign up as soon as we’re home again.

  • Wanda H Leffingwell

    The Craftsy Class is just what I need. I need to learn more about Quilting!

  • Lori Woodward

    Having been to several of your workshops in Salisbury/Ocean City MD I know that you are a great teacher! This would be a wonderful way to learn from you without travel expenses!

  • Joan Davidson

    I just signed up for your class. Have not had a chance to view it yet, but will do so soon. I really enjoy your products/designs. Always a hit.

  • Donna

    When I got the email about the craftsy class I went over and looked and immediately signed up. So far I watched the intro and am now collecting the course materials needed before I begin the quilt. It’s like being at a retreat because others are going through it with me BUT its better because I get to rewind and listen again and again if I need to.

    • eileenroche

      And you get to chat with the other students! Just like a retreat. Craftsy is really a great teaching/learning platform. Thanks for joining the class!

  • Jan in SoDak

    I am a Craftsy-aholic! Living in the middle of nowhere, quality classes are difficult to come by – Craftsy has solved that problem by delivering high quality, accessible crafting classes. I can’t wait to try the machine embroidery class – I am looking forward to learning how to multi-hoop!

  • Barbara

    I’m ready to jump in! The idea of Craftsy was very appealing, but now that I see a beautiful project from an artist I trust, I’ll be signing up next week!

  • LJ

    I LOVE Craftsy. I have quite a list of classes I’ve purchased. I have not been disappointed in any one of them. I would recommend Craftsy to everyone. They also have a fantastic “Pattern” division so you should check that out. They also have a free BOM class and you can join anytime. Ooops! Guess you didn’t need an article on Crafsty – just a comment. 🙂 BTW, I purchased your “The Machine Embroidered Quilt” and can’t wait to view and begin!

  • Betsy

    I signed up for your Craftsy class a few days ago and watched the entire class the same day. I’m very excited to have this machine embroidery class available to me “forever” so that I can re-watch it as needed. The quilt is beautiful and I’m anxious to try your project. I hope you will consider doing other Craftsy classes.

  • Rosalyn

    I have never heard of Crafty but love the idea. I want take your class and learn the different skills.

  • patty sack

    I LOVE Craftsy! I have taken 2 crocket classes (one which was Tunisian) and a Knit Shawls class. I think it is a great way to learn something new if you can’t get a hands on classs!

  • Belinda Briggs

    I have taken several Craftsy classes. It’s so nice to be able to start the class and press pause when life calls, returning to it when I have a free moment! I just can’t find the time to get into a traditional classroom!

    I’ve just signed up for your Machine Embroidered Quilt class! I am SO excited to have a structured Machine Embroidery class! I would love to see one for digitizing!

  • Bev Morrow

    Craftsy is great! I haven’t yet completely finished any of the classes that I have purchased but that is the great part. Lots of information and lots of time to go over it!

  • Pat Janowiak

    Love Craftsy. Have made a skirt, started a quilt, made croissants, have a to do list! Looking forward to working up to your quilt! So glad you joined the teachers on something that lets me work at my leisure!

  • Kathy M

    I’ve taken 1 Craftsy class and loved it. Am really looking forward to signing up for this one!!

  • Lila Smith

    I would like to learn more on continuous embroidery and digitizing. “Digitizing” scares me period, I need 3 or 4 hours more each day. Don’t know how I managed to have time for work and then to do “my thing” afterwards. Thanks. Lila Smith

  • Toni

    Eileen, I signed up for your Craftsy class yesterday and have already begun to stitch. For some reason or other (ha-ha!) I have become a more visual learner recently, and the Craftsy format is just perfect!

  • Mary Sheets

    I love the fact that you can watch the class over and over again in the comfort of your own home. It give me the confidence I need to try something new.

  • Margaret Brantley

    I like Craftsy very much. The classes are structured in such a great way that they can be viewed at any time, as many times as one wants. Class material can also be downloaded. A great concept!

  • Becky

    I love Craftsy. I really like the fact that you can watch over and over again and take notes on the video when there’s a technique you want to remember. I’m glad to see you join as an instructor. I can’t wait to take your class.

  • Anne Marie Reilly

    This website sounds like it would be fun and very informative. Thanks for making us aware of it.

  • Susan Burns

    Craftsy has opened up a whole new way to explore classes and projects in the comfort of your own home. It is perfect for a handicaped person such as myself who often cannot go to a class, but who has the same desire to create and learn as other people. Being able to revisit the classes when you want is great! I revisit in the middle of the night when sleep is elusive, so even then I can feel part of the creative world. Thanks so much!

  • JodieT

    I am now taking Craftsy classes. They are great. My machine has been in shop along with my serger to be cleaned SINCE June. They just called yesterday afternoon to tell me it was ready. TWO months and I am not happy! I have purchased all your magna hoops for my Pfaff machine but am considering selling because of the service problems I have. There is only one dealer in Arkansas. I will look into your class. I am sure it is great.

  • Vicky Isliefson

    I haven’t taken a Craftsy class yet, but this might be the one that tempts me to take the plunge.

  • Mary

    I am taking Craftsy classes and really like them. Your class is what I want to do.

  • Ruth Wildermuth

    I am not much of a designer, but I manage just about 1 quilt a week. I am thinking about making a quilt with lots of designs in 44″ blocks. Enjoy you segments on design placement.

  • Cheryl Wrighgt

    I love Craftsy! I have enrolled in several classes. There are so many features that I love about this format of online classes. You can make video notes for yourself about something the instructor has said and it places the note at whatever point you are in watching. So cool. And you have great interaction with your classmates. I love it!

  • Doreen

    I like Craftsy. I’ve signed up for a few classes but have had time to take them yet.

  • Karen

    I like Craftsy. Have done classes but no time now so they are on hold.

  • Lisa varberg

    I am like a hungry bear out of hibernation when it comes to embroidery. I love to watch and learn anything about machine embroidery. This class seems to be perfect for anyone. Most places dont have a place where you can take a class and learn. This portable and perfect thank you.

  • Weida Shurtleff

    Hello Eileen,
    My name is Weida Shurtleff. I am taking your class called: The Machine Embroidered Quilt from Crafty. I have really enjoyed your class. Thank you for showing me a new way to quilt. Embroidery is my favorite. I have several embroidery machine. One of my favorite machine is BMP9 from Baby Lock.
    I really like to try new things.
    I have been waiting for my Magna-Hoop order #393361 I ordered on 8-23-2012. I paid for 2-3 day shipping. Would you be able to help me with this. Thanks again. Weida

  • Natalia Martinez

    I already sign up for your class. This is my class # 18. I am a Home Economics retired teacher and a fan of Cratsy. I visit always your blog and i love it. I didn’t become a member because i am always so afraid to talk and write English ( I am Spanish speaking) but i can understand and read it well.I know I am going to enjoy this course. Blessings for you from Puerto Rico.

  • Donna Gauthier

    Do you have these classes on line or do they come via disk?

  • Bernadette

    I’m just beginning to quilt, and Craftsy has been a great resource! Congratulations on making this video lesson for them!

  • Cynthia O'Leary

    I am so happy that I found the Craftsy classes, I am currently enrolled in 10 so far. This helps me out in being able to go at my own pace and go over at anytime. Due to my epilepsy I need to review things over and over and this is a great help. I will continue to purchase more.