Crafty and Techy

What’s better than a grade-A crafter with excellent craftsmanship and ingenuity? Said grade-A crafter who also knows how to shoot great photos and work wonders with the web!

Here is a small collection of some of my favorite craft sites with excellent user-submitted tutorials, forums, podcasts, and other fancy fancies. Although not marketed towards eco and vegan crafting, there are plenty of projects in every category certain to suit your needs and desires. (You could make an account at each site, or just wait until Google and Facebook take over the world and unite your accounts. My money is on that..)

Cookies, awesome mini screen printing machines (what!), toys, decor, and so much more. This is the place to go if you’re one of those who always has trouble thinking of ideas for husbands, dads, brothers, and the other lovable men in your life. Fear not, there are plenty of crafts for everyone, but I mention the men because this site has been a particular life saver around holidays and birthdays for me! Wonderful well-rounded haven for craft goodness.

MakeZine’s project section, MakeProjects is tech geekery at its DIY best! My Dad is a software engineer and his love of science and gadgets has trickled down to me. There are some incredibly easy micro, robo, electro, and other-o projects over there, including some traditional crafts.

If traditional craftmania is your thing, MakeZine has a sister site, CraftZine. Equally abundant in tutorials with a dash of geekery sprinkled throughout crocheting, jewelry, and crucial Martha references.

Cut Out + Keep, along with its tutorials, also releases a monthly magazine, Snippets. “Snippets is the free online magazine from Cut Out + Keep featuring the best in indie & DIY. Exploring the worlds of music, fashion, art & craft, our writers cover the things they love and we’re always on the hunt for new contributors.Vegan search results to save you some clicks!

For those who are fiber-inclined. Ravelry is yarn central and I am never disappointed when I’m hunting down hat patterns. Surely we can skip over the wool disclaimer here. There are oodles of crocheting, knitting, weaving, and other luxurious projects available. An account is required to use the site, but it’s very useful because you can create a “notebook” of your own projects and supplies, create a queue of future projects you would like to complete, compose a blog, and send messages and friend requests to other users. Ravelry fosters a cohesive online “knitting circle” dynamic. It’s not your average click-and-view tutorial site and requires a bit of flitting around to see everything that it has to offer, but some users love the social aspect of it.

Where to start…


~ by Katherine Cota MacDonald on September 25, 2011.

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