Now Bluprint, (formerly Craftsy), is an online educational hub for learning about all things craft-related, from sewing, to cooking, to painting, to micro-torching, and more.
Why We Love Them: The material covered through these classes teach you professional techniques not easily found via other channels like YouTube. The experience and advice provided by experts in their fields is well worth the class price. Their classes are made with top-notch production quality and are taught by expert professionals in each industry.
How it Works: They sell classes as well as kits and materials which can be purchased for a class or separately. You may choose to buy individual classes or sign up for their unlimited class plan (billed monthly or yearly) where you will have access to all classes as well as additional free patterns and classes only available to Unlimited Members. If you buy an individual class you will have access to it forever and can bookmark items to find them quickly at a later time. Once purchased you will have access to downloadable class materials and Q&A with the instructors and other students. Teachers are typically quick to respond to any questions. Bonus: Material(s) can often be found for less than you purchase them for at other places, especially if they are running a sale at the time. Classes and materials can be expensive if purchased at full price, but still less than what you might pay elsewhere. The Unlimited plan is higher priced if you are outside of the US.
Tips & Tricks: Bluprint offers a number of free classes on just about any subject, which is a great way to get started and see if you like taking their courses. Most of the FREE classes are actually pretty fabulous. They also offer a variety of free patterns as well. A few times a year most of their classes go on an extreme sale and you can purchase them at a stellar rate ~$9.99/ea (depending on the class). If you add classes to your wish-list and sign up for e-mail offers they will notify you when these go on sale. This also applies to DVDs. When your internet connection is down or slow classes are unavailable or can take a while to load. This can be frustrating, especially if you had time set aside to work on your project and the classes are not available. A way to mitigate this is to buy a DVD copy of your class which is often offered at a discounted rate if you have purchased the online class.
- Top notch quality classes
- Teachers are experts in their field
- Purchased classes are available forever
- Great Q&A and class forums
- Supplies when discounted are very good deals
- Can make notes and bookmarks in classes
- Full price classes and supplies are pricey
- Internet downtime can ruin class availability