Classes

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Daily Making Jumpstart

Daily Making Jumpstart: 14-days of tips and projects to help you start a daily creative habit. Registration is now open! http://www.camp.kimwerker.com

The Jumpstart is a 14-day guided adventure in forming (or reinvigorating) a stress-free daily art- or craft-making practice. Whether you want to take on a full year of daily making, commit to a 100-days project, or even just use this guided adventure as a two-week trial to see how it goes, this course will help get you started. Click here for more info and to register!

 

Crochet: Basics & Beyond

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In this online class at Craftsy, go at your own pace to learn all the basics of crochet. I cover the stitches, tools and techniques you need to get started with crochet, from selecting the right yarn and deciphering yarn labels to properly holding your hook and working yarn. You’ll learn the basic chain stitch along with single,half-double, double and treble crochet, and the slip stitch. Then you’ll move on to learn how to work in rows, and how to keep your crochet on track and troubleshoot rows gone wrong. You’ll also learn three different ways to get started working in the round, and you’ll become comfortable reading patterns. Finally, combine your new skills to create a charming granny square blanket you’ll be proud to display or give. Craftsy has an amazing online classroom that allows you to re-watch the same 30 seconds of video over and over again if you need to really see something, and you can speed up or slow down the video at any time, too. I check in on my class regularly to answer questions – as with all Craftsy classes, access to the teacher is included. Click here for up to half off the class price!

Next Steps in Crochet

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In the follow-up to my first, beginner, Craftsy class, build on your basic crochet skills to make classic fabrics like shells and ripples (AKA chevrons or zigzags), textured fabrics like bobbles and popcorns, and learn the basic concepts behind cables and lace, including how to make post stitches and why math is important (and not scary). I spend a fair bit of time in class outlining how sweaters are constructed, so you’ll feel comfortable and confident choosing your first sweater pattern to follow. I’ve even included a simple baby-sweater pattern in the class materials so you can get your feet wet with my hand to hold if you want it. Along those lines, I also cover basic seaming and edging techniques, how to make buttonholes, and how to block your projects so your finished items look fabulous. Craftsy has an amazing online classroom that allows you to re-watch the same 30 seconds of video over and over again if you need to really see something, and you can speed up or slow down the video at any time, too. I check in on my class regularly to answer questions – as with all Craftsy classes, access to the teacher is included. Click here for up to half off the class price!

 

Crochet in the Round: Basics and Beyond

Learn all about crocheted circles, hats and pillows in my class Crochet in the Round: Basics & Beyond!

I designed five projects for this class that’s all about circles and things you make from them. Not only will you get all five patterns with your class registration, I’ll also teach you how to make each one. There’s a basic hat (which, with a bit of imagination, could be made into a million different hats), a beret, a mandala, a floor pouf and a pillow. In class, we’ll explore finding a good rhythm when working round after round of increases, what to do if your circle starts to warp or ruffle, and what to consider when you crochet projects that will be stuffed. As with all Craftsy classes, you’ll be able to slow down any parts of the video you want to see in more detail, you’ll be able to put sections onto a 30-second repeat so you can easily watch them again and again till you get it, and I’ll check in regularly to answer any questions you have as you go. The links here are for half off the class price!

Embrace the Ugly: How to Break Through What’s Holding You Back in Business

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You’ve got a problem. We all do. Every single one of us is walking around certain that if other people knew about shortcoming X, Y, or Z, they’d think less of us. And that negative thinking is a major hurdle on the road to real success in business.

Embrace the Ugly: How to Break Through What’s Holding You Back in Business is all about shedding light on the stuff you don’t want to say out loud and transforming your negative thoughts into creative catalysts that benefit your business.

In this class you’ll learn about the concept of Mighty Ugly, a framework that celebrates the benefits of failure. Through interactive lessons, you’ll identify and embrace the ugly parts of your business – you’ll get help addressing what holds you back so you can shift “the problem”, and resolve it. You’ll learn tools that will help you:

  • Overcome self-doubt as an entrepreneur
  • Abolish professional perfectionism
  • Dismiss your fear of failure
  • Eliminate irksome business blocks
  • Conquer procrastination

You’ll do exercises that will keep you creative even as you struggle with balancing your books, promoting your work, managing social media, or whatever else holds you back.

Embrace the Ugly: How to Break Through What’s Holding You Back in Business will empower you to confront the most personally challenging aspects of being a working creative. You’ll identify the problems that are unique to you and learn universal skills you can use to embrace and, ultimately, overcome them.