I’m a huge proponent of DIY education. You can learn so much on your own though the wonders of the internet and the library. Most of the projects featured on my site were self-taught or self-designed or discovered through these means. I’ve complied a lot of my favorite resources below – ones I’ve found especially helpful. It’s a work in progress!
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Fonts and Symbols
Some collected fonts for cross stitching and knitting, and different ways you can ‘translate’ text.
- Skillshare: A fee based site where you can take classes online – many of the classes are design/art related. What I like about this site is that the classes are relatively inexpensive (~$20), and they’re all project based, so by the end you have something deliverable to show. I find it really inspirational to browse other peoples’ projects (you can see my projects here). And, if you sign up for a class using my referral link, you can get $10 off.
- Yarnbombing: This class motivated me to put up my first official yarnbomb – it was short & sweet, had just the right amount of info to get you started, and Jessie was really wonderful answering all the questions I had.
- Basic Geometric Shapes: Illustrate a Series of Icons or Badges: I’m not finished with this course, but all the lessons were really well put together, and the extra resources/materials that Dominic assembled to go along with the lessons are amazing.
- Lynda: A subscription site with tons of resources for teaching yourself all kinds of software. I heard about it because it was subsidized through my work, but I thought it was wonderful. All the courses offered are video lessons, and I used it to help teach myself some basic Illustrator and Flash. There’s all kind of stuff outside the Adobe Creative Suite, too.
- Adobe Illustrator CS6 Classroom in a Book: These types books are available for all the Adobe products, and I found them really helpful filling in the gaps of what I learned on Lynda and picked up myself. They walk you through a variety of projects step-by-step and I found it useful to learn about the workflow of how you might use the software. Many libraries have them as online resources, so I would check your local library first.
Fonts and Symbols
- Knitted Letters: Has some great knitted font charts in the back.
- Designing Tessellations: This is by far the most incredible book on tessellations I’ve ever come across. It’s geared towards quilters, but extremely thorough and methodical. It goes through every possible type of symmetry with lots of examples, and gives really good information about designing tessellations in general. It’s phenomenal. One of these days, I plan on working my way through the book, type by type. I may have already started…
- Origami Tessellations: Awe-Inspiring Geometric Designs
- Marvelous Modular Origami
- Modular Origami Polyhedra
- Skillshare Class by Jessie Hemmons (ishknits): I took this class and it was great, as I said above. This class motivated me to put up my first official yarnbomb – it was short & sweet, had just the right amount of info to get you started, and Jessie was really wonderful answering all the questions I had.