Here is my scarf!
How did yours go? Do you feel like you learned anything? This was pretty much old news for me, but I feel like I was able to get back into the swing of things, so I’m glad I did this quest. Quest #2 will be up tomorrow! Quest #1 was modified midway through. You can see the modification here: https://whereisnovember.wixsite.com/website/post/knitting-quest-1-garter-scarf-revised
For anyone who wants to learn hand embroidery, Sublime Stitching provides lovely tutorials. As far as I can tell, there aren’t any advanced techniques, but for anyone who wants to learn the basics for free, this is the place to learn.
Sarah’s Hand Embroidery Tutorials isn’t as well constructed as Namaste Embroidery, however, she offers many more tutorials! She is clearly very passionate about embroidery and that adds a charm to her picture tutorials and her blog. I highly recommend checking her out!
Hand Embroidery Stitch Tutorials
This is a two-for-the-price-of-one post! There is a guild for all you machine knitters out there and as an added bonus they have regular challenges!
The guild offers an online journal, workshops, challenges, access to a Yahoo group, help line, and guild days! The membership details are as follows:
Adults: £18 per year
pro rata 1st Apr-31st Jul £18, 1st Aug-30th Nov £12, 1st Dec-31st Mar £6
Full time Students: half price
Non-UK residents – Europe: £18 + £7 (sterling) per year or pro rata
Non-UK residents – outside Europe: £18 + £11.50 (sterling) per year or pro rata
Check them out!
The Craft Yarn Council is for crocheters and knitters to get a teaching certification. Some of the guilds offer these as well, but Michaels and Joanns only accept people who have passed this specific certification. There is a discount if you belong to the Knitters Guild Association or the Crocheters Guild. Other than that there are free videos that will teach you basic knitting and crocheting techniques. The cost of the certification is $85 or $75 if you are a member of one of the above guilds.
Well looky what I found! A large weaving guild! This one definitely seems more chic and fashion oriented than the others, but still looks like a nice guild nonetheless. While this is called a “handweavers” guild, there also seems to be a focus on handspinning and dyeing too. The weaving in this case also refers to basketweaving. With membership you get four issues and online access to a magazine, discounts on the eshop, access to education and grants, as well as the ability to apply for a certificate of excellence. Cost of membership ranges from $25-$119 for individuals and $50-$119 for organizations.
Write On Calligraphers is a guild for calligraphy enthusiasts. Much like it’s distant crafting relatives, the calligraphers’ guild offers classes/workshops with it’s membership, as well as, a newsletter and an online library. Membership is a modest $25 regardless of where you are.
I feel that yarn spinners are often neglected when we talk about yarn arts. Turns out, like printmaking and weaving, it is incredibly hard to find an overarching guild for these folk. Surprisngly, Interweave is the place to a guild near you. Spinners can find guilds based on state or country!
Interweave Spinning Guilds Directory: U.S. and International
Much like weaving, printmakers don’t appear to have an overarching guild covering everyone by country. These guilds are much more regionally focused. Check out the link below to find one near you!
This guild is similar to the Knitting Guild Association, in that, a lot of the benefits comes from the ability to take the certification programs and correspondence classes. The primary offerings seems to be the certifications, the webinar classes, and the classes by mail. Membership runs about $45 per year for US residents, $57 for Canada and Mexico Residents, and $65 for international residents. A lifetime membership is $2,000 for US residents and 2,200 for everyone else.