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So Crafty 101: Share Your Crafty Powers

33362676_150c3362fbWhen you love something, you just can’t help but teach others about it.

Squidoo’s So Crafty Magazine is all about teaching people how to make awesome crafts — with yarn, paper, needle, thread, found objects, and so much more. If you can fashion materials into something beautiful and new, it’s a project perfect for So Crafty.

But with so many people getting into new crafts every day, we need to teach people all the basics, and we would love our crew of crafty lensmasters to be the instructors they turn to with the utmost trust. If you want to teach others about your favorite craft, we’re calling on you to begin at the beginning — starting newbies off slow and then perhaps helping them build expertise throughout the year. If you’re interested in becoming a teacher, with lenses featured prominently in So Crafty Magazine, take a look at our latest quest Squidoo Craft Club Quest. We’re looking for writers who offer step-by-step instructions, great photos, tools, resources, even your own videos (if you can) — teach in the best way you know how. If you’re not already a Craft Club member, it’s easy to join. Just go here: http://bdkz.squidoo.com/all-about-squidoo-quest-clubs.

Show a new knitter how to cast on, and start making a potholder. Explain about the tools you need to create a fabulous fairy village. Let someone new to sewing feel confident, not fearful, when they approach a sewing machine. Describe what you need to do, no matter what your favorite craft, so that a child could understand. Don’t assume a reader already knows something. When in doubt, explain. In essence, roll your middle-school art and Home Ec teachers into one and have fun!

We’ll contact the writers of great lenses about becoming ambassadors for their craft or crafts and regular contributors to the magazine, with plenty of support and guidance from the magazine team. We’re always here to help as a sounding board and helpful hand for writers. We’re here to do our best to make your work shine even brighter (it’s all the glitter, you know!) We can’t wait to see all you teachers in action (and to learn a few new things ourselves, too!)

With your help, 2014 will be an absolutely beautiful year!

Photo Credit: y-a-n via Compfight cc

Stephanie Mangino is Squidoo's Food & Crafts Editor. A former print editor/reporter and radio anchor, reporter and news director, she loves research, writing, reading, great food and inspiring ideas.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/jennabee25 jennabee25

    I will be doing this. Now to choose a technique to teach……

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/terilass terilass

    This is exciting. I am hoping to learn a few new crafts and maybe share a few as well.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Larkabout Larkabout

    I would love to learn to crochet. I have the hooks, yarn, and even an instruction book. A video would be great as I just don’t seem to get it from the book. Anyone? I would also love to learn what I can do with my saved wine corks (an embarrassing large amount but some were given by friends). This is going to be great.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/favored1 favored1

    There are so many wonderful crafters here this should be a snap to find people.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/kinworm kinworm

    This is very exciting. I love lots of crafts. Only problem is choosing one to write about :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/pitlock pitlock

    How cool love this idea!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Snakesmum Snakesmum

    Hopefully, I’ll be able to learn more about beading – just need to get the techniques! :-)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/veryirie veryirie

    This sounds like something right up my alley. How exciting!!!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/sohabb sohabb
  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/kiwinana71 kiwinana71

    I already have a lens “needlecraft-superior” that has many crafts on it,and it’s in the So-Crafty magazine. I wrote it 2 years ago, so far it has had 9 likes in 2 years, you have a great idea here, but I would like to see more views of what I already have in the magazine before I venture further with more lens, as I feel this lens is of good value to crafts, if not please let me know how to improve it.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/earthybirthymama earthybirthymama

    I just finished up a series of lenses a few days ago and the third one hopefully will be done this week. What a great idea. Here’s a link the the ones I’ve finished http://crafting.squidoo.com/pottery-96786
    http://crafting.squidoo.com/pottery-part-2

    Looking forward to checking out the Lenses of Other folks :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/getmoreinfo getmoreinfo

    Crafts are fun.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Sholland10 Sholland10

    I would love to learn about some crafts. My grandmother used to knit and crotchet and my mother did cross-stitch. I didn’t learn either and would love to. :-)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/DownToEarthLiving DownToEarthLiving

    I love this quest. Looking forward to putting a lens together on a project I recently finished.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/grammieo grammieo

    Crafts crafts and more crafts, I need to keep my hands busy! Great ideas will be coming I’m sure…….

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/jennifer-lawyer jennifer-lawyer

    What a great incentive to reconnect with our creative sides in 2014! Now only to choose…

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/StephanieMangino11 StephanieMangino11

    We’re so glad to see so much excitement! I can’t wait to see what comes in!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/StephenJParkin StephenJParkin

    There are certainly a whole host of talented crafters already on Squidoo from what I have seen. This should do extremely well.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Merrci Merrci

    I would like to be on the ‘learn-ee’ list. There are so many wonderful crafting ideas I would enjoy knowing more about!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/artyfax artyfax

    I have written how-to lenses in the past but sadly do not have the spare time at the moment

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/penny-richens penny-richens

    I will be using this. I don’t have a lot of crafts I feel confident writing about, but I sure would like to learn more about a few.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ethelayopradan ethelayopradan

      hi dilid mjnthrhhhhhhhhur

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/southernskystudio southernskystudio

    Like so many other crafty ladies, I do so many different things, it would be difficult to pick just one!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/MaryMorgan MaryMorgan

    I’m afraid I haven’t got any crafts to write about – YET!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/cambajewelry cambajewelry

    I just posted tips on how to make fabulous beaded forms! Hope you like it! http://www.squidoo.com/my-beading-obsession

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/SoundFinance SoundFinance

    I’m not sure I’ll have the time…but will consider giving it a go! I’d certainly like to learn about crafts from others.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/teriann teriann

    Oh Yeah! Just what I was looking for…thank you squidoo for your ever continued support to us.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/DeniseMcGill DeniseMcGill

    I am very excited about this too. The consinsus of opinion is that it is hard to choose just one technique to teach. Can we jump into more than one?

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ruthi Ruthi aka abitosunshine

    I could do how not to use a glue gun lenses! Seriously, I really look forward to some of these So Crafty articles to turn my crafty side back on this year.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/jolove85 jolove85

    It’s interesting, I look forward to new lenses about crafts!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/graceonline Kathryn Grace

    This looks like fun, and a good resource base for Squidoo crafters. I’m looking forward to making a lens. Thank you!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/sierradawn sierradawn

    I love crafts, so will be looking forward to reading all of the exciting new lenses!

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