Have you ever wondered what a class was like on Craftsy?? Well here's your chance to get a class for a SUPER saving! Today ONLY, Craftsy is having a sale on a select few Crochet classes!!! These classes are on sale for $19.99 or less!
This link is my affiliate link to the Crochet: Basics and Beyond class. This class is a great way to get started or build on your current crochet skills!
The other two classes that Craftsy is offering on sale for TODAY ONLY are Freeform Crochet and Mastering Foundation Crochet Stitches!
You really don't want to miss this opportunity on growing and building your crochet skills or just a review and update of what you have! Please don't miss out on this opportunity!!
Have a great day!
I started writing patterns a while ago. I have ebbs and flows of pattern designs. I have some times when patterns just fly through my brain. If I don't write it down....POOF it's gone! There are some times when patterns are a flop and that makes me sad. Other times, patterns come out SO much better than I had originally planned!
That brings me to tell you how I go about writing patterns!
The first thing I always do is check Ravelry and Craftsy to see if there's already another pattern out there similar to what I'm wanting to do. The next thing I think about is if it's something that I would wear or my friends or family would wear what I'm designing? The next thing I do is start making my project! I write my stitches down as I go and by the end of it all, my first draft is complete!! After that, I put all of my notes down into a Google Doc. This is when I make my call for testers!! If the item has a number of sizes, I like to have at least 1 tester per size. If not, I like at least 2 testers. Once testing is complete, any and all adjustments, changes and fixes are done on the pattern! Pictures are taken and the pattern is ready!! Sometimes patterns are very well recieved. Other times, not so much. Thats OK. Don't ever give up!
If you have ever written a pattern or published one, share it in the comments!! I would love to see what my followers have come up with and I would love to support other designers!!
Have you ever visited Craftsy? Do you know what Craftsy is? Well let me tell you about a few parts of Craftsy and then give you some affiliate links to get to classes, patterns and supplies!!
Craftsy is an amazing website that allows you to purchase kits, classes and other supplies. Pattern designers around the world have patterns available to us both free and for purchase! There is amazing yarn that you can purchase through Craftsy. I have recently bought yarn through the shop and it came fast with a super deal! I love buying through Craftsy!
The pattern database is so thorough and diverse! There are patterns for hats, socks, scarves and even animal vests! You name it, it's there! Supplies such as knitting needles, crochet hooks and blocking supplies are great and have great prices.
Did you know that Craftsy offers classes? Classes from crochet techniques, knitting classes, photography classes and other amazing topics!
So now, I'd like to provide you with an affiliate link to a crochet class and tell you how they work! I have become an affiliate with Craftsy and if you purchase the class when clicking on my affiliate link I will receive compensation for your purchase! The wonderful part of the classes is that once you purchase them you can keep them in your library and review them whenever you want!
Here's the first class I'd like to tell you about! The class is the Crochet Colorwork Techniques class!! This class is taught by no other than the amazing Marly Bird! (A crochet guru and official Red Heart spokesperson!!) This class will teach you all about working chevrons, Catherine's Wheel, spirals, flowers, 3D embellishments and so much more! You'll learn many techniques and ways in how to make your crochet stand out and above all the others! Again, this link is an affiliate link and I will receive compensation if you purchase this class through my link!
Let me know what you think!!!
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Some of you may have noticed a couple of ads that are now located around the site! If not, you should take a sneak peak! They are all currently for Knit Picks! Have you seen their website? If not, oh my goodness, be prepared! It's amazingness, fabulousness and wonderfulness all rolled into one!
I have recently joined their affiliate program! YAY!!! What does that goodness mean for YOU? Well, occasionally, I'll be posting information about sales, special items and my favorite things that I find from there! Today, I just wanted to give you my affiliate link so you can go take a look around! If you click on the link that I provide and make a purchase or sign up for their email newsletter (new subscribers only), I get a small commission from it. So, without further ado, here is my affiliate link:
Take a look around, drool over the yarny goodness, see some great patterns and amazing supplies! You won't regret it! I haven't yet!
Thanks for stopping by and saying hi today! I hope to be showing more yarny goodness off soon!
Have a great day!
Silly me! I meant to add information in my post from yesterday about placing orders for Christmas! I must have clicked the wrong button before posting...oops! So, I'll add that information in there today!
Most people don't really start thinking about Christmas gifts this "early" in the year. Many crafters and artists start thinking about Christmas orders and gifts on December 26th. I usually start posting information about my customers placing orders in October. This year, let's not wait as long. I want to be able to get as many people helped as possible! I have started accepting orders now for Christmas gifts.
The cut off date for placing an order is December 1. I will not accept any orders after December 1 for Christmas gifts. If you want to order a Valentine's Day gift, that's another story. I just can't guarantee completion and delivery by Christmas if orders are placed after December 1.
How do you place an order? EASY!! I have a number of different options for placing special orders.
The first is simply sending me an email! Shoot me a message at email@example.com (simply click the envelope at the top of the page) and let me know what you're wanting, style, size and colors. If you have a picture of the item....FABULOUS!
The second option is find me on facebook at www.facebook.com/darcyscrochetcreations (or click the facebook icon at the top of the page) and shoot me a message. Again, I'll need to know what you're wanting, if there is a certain style, color and size. If you have a picture or a link to a picture...WONDERFUL!
The third option is the Special Order link at the very top of the page! There is a form for you to fill out with all of the information needed.
Please note that I do require a minimum of a non-refundable 50% deposit down on all special ordered items to guarantee your spot in my calendar. I will ALWAYS send at least two pictures of the finished item prior to mailing it or delivering to make sure you love your order!
I would also like to point out that I do NOT take special orders for the very large items such as blankets as these do take A LOT of time and I don't want to end up being late on a project.
If you'd like to see how much an item costs, please do not hesitate to ask! I can give you a price for items based on a number of options: number of colors, sizing, difficulty of the pattern and what type of an item you're looking for. For example a poncho for a large adult made with 5 colors is going to cost more than a poncho with two colors for a child. I do ask that my customers and potential customers remember that not only are you paying for my supplies to create your beautiful crochet gem but also the time that it takes to make the item.
Last but not least (of course!) If you don't want to wait on a special order item, you can ALWAYS check out my Etsy store! This is where I post "ready to ship" items (aside from the special order items) that you can purchase and have mailed to you right away! This is where I put the items that I make from the super special and fabulous yarn and items that I just think are gorgeous! You can click on over to that store here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DJCrochetCreations?ref=hdr_shop_menu
Thanks for stopping by and hopefully I can help you out for your Christmas ( or ANY holiday) gifts for your loved ones!
Have a fabulous and yarntastic day!
Have you ever entered projects in a contest? I enter at least 3 projects per year in our county fair and try to send projects to the great Iowa State Fair!
Competitive crochet can be a great way to get your name out in the local community. It's also a great way to show your community that crochet isn't just grandma's afghans! Crochet can be anything from hats and mittens to slippers and jewelry! Don't be afraid to put your work out there. Even if you don't place, the judges will give you advice and tips on how to improve your work and how to get ribbons next year! I've gotten a TON of advice and help from the Iowa State Fair judges! By taking their advice, I got a second place ribbon this year!!
Enjoy the competitions and use them to learn and grow as an artist!
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WOW! I didn't realize it's been a YEAR since I've put some information on here! I am going to be making some BIG changes with my business over the next couple of months so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for BIG announcements!
Now on to something new and fun!
Have you ever seen an item in a shop and thought, "I'd really like that in a different color!" Well, I have recently started adding special order listings to my Etsy store! I realized that not everyone likes the yarns or colors that I make items in! I'm starting out slow with putting some special order listings for HATS! Yes, unfortunately winter IS coming and what better way to get ready than with a personalized hat! You can order a hat for yourself, your kids, your husband and yes, even for your mother-in-law!
Head on over to my Etsy store to see all the great additions that have been listed in the last year and place your order today!
See you soon!
Thanks for stopping by!
A dear friend of mine introduced me to an amazing company called the Green Beans Coffee Company and this absolutely fantastic and patriotic program they have. It's called Cup of Joe for a Joe. You can go to their website and purchase as many cups of coffee as you'd like and this company will send it (or them) to a random soldier! It could be ANY soldier on ANY base ANYWHERE around the world! I have been sending cups of coffee to soldiers when I have a couple extra bucks to spare! I have gotten messages from soldiers all over the world thanking me. I tell ya, they LOVE it! It's such a simple, easy and comforting way to send your appreciation and gratitude to someone who is protecting your freedoms and rights.
Why am I telling you about this? Because I'm giving YOU a chance to help out!
For every pattern that is purchased between today (7/17/15) and 11:59 PM CST on Monday (7/20/15) I will donate a cup of coffee through the Green Beans Coffee Company!!
If you fabulous crocheters buy 100 patterns, I'll be sending 100 cups of coffee!!!
To make matters sweeter, You can get your patterns for 40% off!! Just use the code BlogHop when you put the patterns of your choice in your cart!
So let's send some comfort and thanks to our troops by purchasing a discounted crochet pattern! Here is my store: http://www.ravelry.com/stores/darcys-crochet-creations
Click on the picture for a link to the Green Beans Coffee Company website if you're interested in donating more coffee!
One thing I absolutely LOVE about the crochet community is how close and supportive we all are for our fellow artists. If someone has a question, there are many people willing to help. If someone needs a pattern tested, there's a line of crocheters ready to help the designer. The other part of that is what this event is all about. Helping our fellow crocheters with bringing their best to their current and to new customers! All of the artists in this blog-hop event have a number of specials to offer for YOU! It could be a sale on finished, ready to ship items or it could be a sale on patterns! It could be BOTH! All I know is, you really need to check out these other crochet sites and artists to see what I'm talking about!
This event will run from July 6th to July 24th!!
Here is a list of their business name and a link so you can hop on over to next! Just click on each shop's logo to be taken to their shop/site!
The first link is to the mastermind herself, the genius behind this awesome event:
Deborah Ziegler and her business is From Grammy's Heart.
Now for what Darcy's Crochet Creations is adding to the Blog Hop love! I am going to be offering 20% off all of my ready to ship items from my Etsy store as well as 40% off all patterns in my Ravelry store! Click each picture to be taken to the shops!
I love to crochet for my family, my friends and for others. I find my peace from a crazy day or just to relax and get my creative side going when I pick up a hook and yarn. This blog is my favorite pattern links, favorite projects I've completed and just some general crochet fun!