Yep, the internet is wide… And it’s sometimes hard to find good resources, especially if you’re looking for something specific on a craft you’re still pretty new at. While I most certainly can’t say I’ve found every notable craft website that’s worth a visit on the web, here is a short list of the ones I use on a regular basis, you might want to check them out 🙂
Needle work (crochet, knitting)
What it does : Ravelry has a lot of uses, but the most prominent feature of the website is its a colossal pattern database that records knitting and crochet patterns found in a variety of sources. Some patterns are available for free download, some can be bought online, some of them refer you to a book or a magazine, etc. The database is easy to navigate, you can filter your search by project type, yarn weight, yardage, difficulty level, etc. You can build up a profile, save your favorites, showcase your projects and connect with the community. It’s a must for every knitter.
What it does : It’s an impressive weaving chart database where you’ll find different patterns you can use on different kinds of loom, depending on the number of shafts you have.
What it does : They offer online video classes you can take on practically any subject; cooking, weaving, painting, knitting, sewing, cake decorating, etc. Classes aren’t free, but they are given by real professionals in their fields and come with downloadable course material and lifetime access. You can buy your class materials directly from the website and take your classes at your leisure, on your own schedule. One of the perks : they do have some free mini-classes you can try to see if you like it 🙂
What it does : You can find on YouTube a multitude of knitting, crochet, sewing, weaving or spinning tutorials, including tutorials from reliable sources like New stitch a day, The Crochet Crowd, Purl Soho and Expression Fiber Arts.
Online yarn and patterns stores