Susan B. Anderson is a well known person in the knitting world. I was first introduced to her through the Knitter’s Life List book and really got to see her personality in the the Start-up Library: Knitting on Craftsy. She’s a really wonderful and creative person, she comes up with SO MANY PATTERNS! I finally stumbled upon her blog and I highly encourage everyone to check it out!
It’s really hard finding good toy patterns in knitting. Anna Hrachovec provides these much needed patterns prolifically. Check her out and take a look at her patterns!
Janet Granger is an embroidery and cross-stitch enthusiast. She produces lovey projects on a regular basics. Her style is very classic, a lot of her projects have an old feel to them, as if they were made during a different time. It’s really interesting and I highly recommend checking her out!
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!
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!
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!