[UPDATE] Invitation to Bluprint & Craftsy Students

UPDATE 1 July 2020: Bluprint classes have been acquired by TN Marketing, which is an online platform for video classes. The announcement indicates that students will retain access to their classes, and I believe that instructors will continue to be compensated for their work. Details are forthcoming. For now, the key news is that though the Bluprint platform will be closing this summer, classes will be moved to a new platform and students will retain access. You are, of course, still more than welcome (indeed, encouraged!) to join me in my self-hosted crochet class, using the discount code, below. This code will remain until the end of July, 2020.

An email to instructors today, 1 July, from TN Marketing said: “For existing subscribers to Bluprint, and past buyers of individual classes from Bluprint/Craftsy, those customers will continue to have access to their content on the Bluprint site, at www.mybluprint.com. As noted above, this Bluprint site is expected to be open and accessible for past customers through August 2020. After that, the new TN Marketing site will migrate that customer access to our platform. Any classes they purchased, and their subscriber benefits, will be available into the future, through their online accounts.”


Last week, Bluprint announced that its parent company, NBCUniversal, will be closing down the crafty/foodie online learning platform beginning in late July. It's very difficult news for the nearly 140 people who will be losing their jobs, and for the many hundreds of instructors who created outstanding classes and were paid royalties for every class sold or minute streamed.

I have four crochet classes on the platform, and each one of them was a joy to create and film with folks who really knew their stuff and put students at the heart of every production. I'm proud of these classes, which I created with the company starting in 2014, when it was called Craftsy, before NBCUniversal acquired it.

I will not be given these classes when the platform folds, and that is fair. It's business. I own my own teaching approach, projects and skill, but I never owned the production of these classes. I'm disappointed to lose these incredible resources for students, but I am still able to teach and connect and help, and that is exactly what I'm doing.

Several weeks ago, I started to teach a crochet class on my own platform, in response to our collective experience and stress of spending far more time at home in these pandemic times. In answer to my own stress, I found I wanted to work on a project that is comforting, engaging and meaningful, and teaching crochet is all three. Making crochet is many of those things to crocheters, too.

Crochet for Challenging Times is starting out bare bones as far as class content goes, but over time it will grow into a compendium of all of my crochet knowledge. Every week or two I'm filming new lessons to add to the class. My home-based production isn't as slick as when I filmed my Craftsy/Bluprint classes in a dedicated studio with professional hair and makeup, production, videographers and editors, but crochet needn't be schmancy. I bring the same heart and approach to teaching when I film on my dining room table in fits and spurts around my son's remote schooling as I do when I'm in a big studio.

Students who enroll in my class are invited to join a private class forum, where I answer questions and they can get to know each other and show off their creations. And in coming weeks I will begin to hold occasional live office hours by video chat, so I can offer help in a way I never could for my Craftsy or Bluprint students.

I would love to welcome all of my Craftsy/Bluprint students to join me in Crochet for Challenging Times, at a discounted one-time registration fee that includes everything I mentioned above, including all the new lessons I'll be adding over time. Use the code STUDENTLOVE40 for 40% off when you sign up.

Yup, this is on the honour system; I have no good way to check that students using the code are also students of mine on Bluprint, and that's okay. If folks who haven't taken my classes before sign up with the discount, I'll be just as happy to teach them and get to know them, so please do feel free to share this offer with friends and family, or on your own blog or social media.

Tech platforms come and go, but craft is forever. I hope to continue making things with you long into the future.

Music & Craft: Mighty Creative Podcast Episode 112

Mighty Creative Podcast Episode 112: Music & Crafts

I mentioned a couple of podcast episodes ago that in the aftermath of the ukulele-is-the-patriarchy incident, my husband and I decided in a moment of madness that we'd like to start a klezmer band in our living room, yeah?

Well this week I had my first fiddle lesson. And it was amazing. (The lesson was amazing; the sounds I am producing on the violin are not amazing.)

This whole musical adventure has me thinking about craft, and how my desire to play folk music rather than classical is completely in line with my fascination with craft – these are techniques and skills passed on from person to person over generations.

Sadly (ha!) I do not include a recording of my horrible scales in this episode. But have a listen, and let me know if you see any connections between your music and your handcrafts.


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I Had 7 Minutes: Mighty Creative Podcast Episode 111

I had seven minutes of relative quiet for recording, and I tried to make the most of it. Featuring: me, playing the violin, very badly. (And some crochet for challenging times.)

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Mighty Creative Podcast Episode 110: Serenade & Feminist Rage

Mighty Creative Podcast Episode 110: Serenade & Feminist Rage

Wherein I learn to play Happy Birthday on the ukulele for a tuba duet and rekindle my commitment to dismantle the patriarchy.

Really, there are no show notes other than that. You… are gonna want to hear this one.


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Tiny Creative Joys: Mighty Ugly Podcast Episode 109

Mighty Creative Podcast Episode 109 image: Tiny Creative Joys

We're gonna be in this for a long while, dear listeners. We'll be experiencing waves of grief over a long time. So it's time to focus on tiny joys, and on how our creativity can help us create some of those joys for ourselves.

Tiny Creative Joys: Mighty Ugly Podcast Episode 109
Supermoon over Vancouver, BC, Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Show Notes


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Mighty Creative Podcast Episode 108: Time Is Warped

Mighty Creative Podcast Episode 108: Time Is Warped

Time is so weird right now. It's movings so slowly, and so distantly, so fluidly. There are no good words for it, really, but I think we can all agree we're living in a Twilight Zone.

In “normal” life, I talk with folks a lot about finding and making time for creativity and creative projects in our daily lives.

But when time is all screwed up, and when we may feel inclined to think we have way more of it on our hands than we actually do, does the challenge of fitting in creative projects go away?

It sure doesn't.

Have a listen for some more on this, and for some ideas for fitting creativity into your quarantine time. (Hint: I'll be doing the 100 Day Project. Maybe you, too?)


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Mighty Creative Podcast Episode 107: Dispatch from Quarantine

Mighty Creative Podcast Episode 107: Dispatch from Quarantine

We're nine days into self-quarantine because the last person we saw before going into self-isolation last Monday called a few days later to tell us he'd been exposed. In many ways, this isn't any different an experience than what we'd been expecting, except we can't go shopping for groceries and the like. Which, at this point, actually seems like a massive difference. My kingdom for a change of scenery beyond what we get walking the dog.

I'm keeping the podcast going outside of my initial plan to release an eight-episode first season. I don't yet have a predictable schedule to work with for recording and editing, and my brain is half mush these days. So at the very least, what I'll send into your ears is what we have today: some musings on quarantine and updates on how I and our community are working to keep creative folks connected and making stuff, and maybe a bit of birdsong I recorded in the woods by my house a few days ago. It's a sound that brings peace to me, and maybe to you, too.

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Mighty Creative Podcast Episode 106: How Creativity Will Help Us Weather This Crisis

Mighty Creative episode 106 main image

My friend Erin has been keeping me sane these last few days that have felt like centuries.

She's a new friend. We've only known each other for a few months. But meeting her felt like we were always meant to be friends, and we started texting each other daily pretty much from the start. So in these days when I'm thinking about all the folks whose friendships I've taken for granted and whom I haven't spoken with in ages, I'm also taking solace in the habit Erin and I made from the start of just checking in on each other every day.

When I had to miss posting a new episode of the pod last week, for reasons that aren't even worth going into now, seven days and three hundred years later, I knew that my next episode had to break form.

I needed to ask my new friend, who's a legit, bonafide psychiatrist, to come on the show and talk about how creativity is a tool that will serve us well in this overwhelming, mind-boggling time.

Dr. Erin Griffiths is a holistic psychiatrist whose practice is entirely online. Our conversation made me feel better. A whole lot better. I hope it'll help you feel better, too.

We talked about brain chemistry and how making things makes us feel better. We talked about how we need to be creative in more than what we make right now, but also in how we decide to live and stay connected. We talked about what to do if we're feeling so overwhelmed that we feel we can't do or make much of anything.

Find a video of our unedited conversation over in the Podcast forum; look for Episode 106. And hit reply to let me know what you want from this podcast in the coming weeks. My listening habits are already changing, and I suspect yours are or will soon, too. Let me know where you want Mighty Creative to fit in, if there are topics you want me to cover, if you prefer heavy stuff or light stuff or what.

Finally, this podcast and our online community are made possible by Supporting Members. A major perk these folks have enjoyed for over a year is regularly scheduled video chats with me by Zoom. We all decided this week that these chats should be something all community members can take advantage of, so as of next week, all members of our forums can find times each week to hang out face-to-face online with other folks who love to make stuff. I hope you'll join us.

Music: “I Dunno (Grapes of Wrath Mix)” by spinningmerkaba. 2017 – Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0).

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Mighty Creative Podcast Episode 105: Creating in a Time of Uncertainty

Creating in a Time of Uncertainty – Mighty Creative Podcast, with Kim Werker

An exploration of how our creative hobbies and interests can help to keep us grounded during times of uncertainty.

Show Notes

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Mighty Creative Podcast Episode 104: How to Make Yourself a Stress-Free Creative Habit

Mighty Creative Podcast Episode 104: How to Make Yourself a Stress-Free Creative Habit

I tried so many creative challenges and failed at every single one. In this week's podcast, hear about what I changed in my approach that finally led me not only to succeed at finishing a challenge, but that enabled me to establish a daily creative practice that didn't stress me out but made – and continues to make – me so happy.

Show Notes

  • Each episode this season begins with a short clip of a maker or artist talking about a recent project they were obsessed with. I recorded all of these in April of 2019 at Camp Thundercraft, a retreat for creative businesspeople held each spring and hosted by the folks behind Urban Craft Uprising. I'm very excited to be going back to teach two classes at the 2020 retreat coming up.
  • This week, we hear from macrame artist Katie George. This is the La Croix project she mentions. 😍 right?
  • In the pod I list four things you can do to set yourself up to succeed at forming or maintaining a healthy creative practice and habit.
  • Plus a bonus you can (I mean, should if I'm gonna get all prescriptive about it) apply to the beginning stages of doing or making anything new.
  • Here's a direct link to the group Alice formed that's just for folks working on a daily project or creative habit. Joining our online community is free!
  • If you'd like more help identifying what you need and want from a creative habit so you can design one that's easy and natural to keep, the Year of Making ebook will help. And be sure to subscribe to my newsletter so you hear about workshops as soon as I announce them.

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