February 12, 2016
by Rebekah Fox
Because I’ve been doing such a wide variety of crafts lately to fill my online stores, I’ve been finding myself on YouTube more and more, trying to find helpful sewing, quilting, knitting, and watercolor tips. I thought it would be a fun idea to share what I’ve been watching.
Anna Mason, Watercolor with Wow. Anna Mason is a self-taught watercolorist from England who has an eye for botanical watercolor art. Her art is really breathtaking and I really like the way she explains the consistency of paint (buttery, creamy, milky, watery. . .) and how to approach hue and tone. I’ve read many how-to watercolor books and none of them explained color mixing and tone evaluation like Mason. I recently bought her Craftsy class. Superbly done. I like to take out my tablet and watch her before I go off to sleep, her voice is so calming!
Jenny Doan, Missouri Star Quilt Company. Missouri Star Quilt Company is based in Hamilton, Missouri and is quite the company! They have an expansive number of stores in the store, covering most of main street. There’s a store for basic fabrics (the old JCPenney building), modern, seasonal, and lots of more. They even opened a “guy’s lounge” so the husbands can wait for their wives to get done with the quilt shopping! They have a huge presence on YouTube, covering quilt topics every Friday. I just used their Binding on a Machine and Baby Quilt tutorials this past week. I really enjoy watching Jenny. She is a “shoot from the hip” sort of person and I like that kind of spirit in crafting. I learned about MSQ from. . .
Vanessa Brown, The Crafty Gemini and Crafty Gemini Creates. Vanessa has two channels on YouTube. She started out with The Crafty Gemini several years ago, showing different kinds of crafts and homemaking skills, like soap and bread making; gardening and carpentry. She then began to veer more towards quilting. Her videos are very exact and to the point, which I appreciate a lot when I am in the middle of a project and just want to get to the next step. Almost all her projects are quick and simple but she also gives out technique videos (such as free motion quilting) which I always love to sit back and watch. Last year she teamed up with Jenny from Missouri Star Quilt Company and started Crafty Gemini Creates. It’s another YouTube channel that stars Vanessa and filmed in Hamilton, Missouri under the guidance of MSQ. Different location and team, same quality.
Steve Mitchell, The Mind of Watercolor. If I ever had the chance to take a watercolor class I would want Steve Mitchell as my instructor. His love for watercolor is infectious and his personality is great. Watercolor has the reputation of having a mind of its own and Mitchell likes to dig deep and figure out the mind of watercolor by observation and years of experience. He likes to test things, especially new watercolor paints and supplies; probably comes from his graphic design background. His reviews and recommendations (Sepia is king!) are what I really look for when viewing. One of his favorite subjects to paint are birds, just like yours truly. So when I get an alert on my phone that a new Steve Mitchell Bird Painting tutorial is up, I have to stop everything to watch it.
Steve Ramsey, Woodworking for Mere Mortals. I can’t help but smile when I think of his videos. His sense of humor, especially in his ads, matches mine and I am always looking forward to a new one every week. Steve is based in California and creates videos that involve woodworking from the very basic (how to use a table saw) to advance projects (how to make a Murphy bed). Almost every project he does he makes for his own family and home which I think is brilliant. It really captures the troubleshooting aspect of carpentry. Like the time he was building a privacy gate for the side of his house and things weren’t as even as they could be. He showed you what you could do in situations like his, which I can imagine comes up a lot in the real world.
Jenni and Devon, Tiny Paper Foxes. As you can tell from the creation of the Art and Needlework Podcast, I am a podcast listener/watcher. Podcasts have been becoming very popular over the last year and there’s new ones popping up all the time. The podcast I always try to catch up on is Tiny Paper Foxes. The hosts, Jenni and Devon, are a young, married couple living in New York City who are really (and I mean really) into knitting and spinning. Jenni started the podcast back in November 2015 and Devon slowly made is way to the front of the camera in late December, to talk about his makes and share is spinning yarn journey. They discuss topics like knitting in public, knitting on the subway, other podcasters, knit meetups (such as VKL), spinning, wips, fos, -alongs such as Craftfor20, Tiny Paper Foxes Ravelry Group, and their other woolly ventures. Always a pleasant podcast to watch.
So these YouTubers are my current favorites! Do you have someone to share?