Craftsy, an online tutorial site based in Denver, CO, earns high marks from adventurous DIY knitters, quilters, and creators of all stripes. Now, Craftsy for iPad brings the breadth and depth of knowledge available online to the iPad.
Craftsy for iPad is a natural marriage. Whatever you’re creating, chances are good you do it away from a computer terminal. Whether you prefer to spend time in a sewing room, knitting on the couch, or learning new techniques in the kitchen, now you can bring the Craftsy class to wherever you like to create.
In the past handcrafts were taught from generation to generation. Now, when many crafty people want to pick up a new skill they don’t have a mom, uncle, or grandmother living in the same house to teach them how to quilt, knit, or make a sugar orchid for their daughter’s wedding cake.
The success of stores such as Michaels and the Hobby Lobby proves that people still enjoy making things, but spare time to devote to projects is increasingly precious. It’s hard to find time to attend a guild meeting or work a cooking class into an already packed schedule, and while online discussion groups and sites like the Ravelry build community and foster idea sharing, sometimes a knitter/quilter/baker/papermaker needs more structure to learn a new skill. That’s where Craftsy for iPad comes in.
After registering with the site (or logging in with Facebook), the user can watch an intro video hosted by Emily Lawrence, VP of Lifestyle Content at Craftsy. The tutorial hits the apps’s high points: users can watch the video whenever and wherever they like, ask the instructor questions, post photos when you get stuck, and download course materials.
The app’s current offerings include courses on knitting, crochet, sewing, and quilting as well as jewelry making, metalwork, cake decorating, and more. Brilliant Knit Beads? Yes, please.
While there are a number of free classes to get a user going, most of the classes charge an individual fee ranging from $14.99 – $39.99, which is equal to or less than taking a class at a local craft, sewing, or yarn store. Each class offers a brief explanatory video syllabus that describes what the student will learn in the tutorial.
At present there were more titles than I could count but here is a selection of classes that caught my eye:
- Artisan Bread Making
- Project Upcycle
- Inspired Modern Quilts
- Shoot It: A Photography Primer
- Metalsmithing at Home
- Sizing Knitwear Patterns
It’s easier to commit to a class on ones own schedule, and because the classes never expire, there isn’t a time limit on when or how many times a student can watch the videoos.
Download Craftsy for iPad for free from the App Store.
What I liked: Not only does Craftsy for iPad offer users a beautiful UI, but its user experience is also top-notch. This app has the potential to fill an important niche in the handcrafts world.
What I didn’t like: Nothing! I’d love to take practically every one of the classes offered.
To buy or not to buy: Any iPad owner who enjoys making and doing will love Craftsy for iPad. The app is free to download and there are plenty of free mini-classes to try before committing to a longer, more expensive project, and Craftsy even offers users a money-back guarantee.
- App Name: Craftsy for iPad
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Education
- Developer: Sympoz Inc
- Price: Free, class cost varies