Cosy Project is a new online learning portal and store for creatives. It boasts an extensive library of videos, patterns and supplies for those looking to learn and master new skills. Cosy Project asked me to try out their learning portal and let you all know about my experience with it. I jumped at the chance because Wendy Williams (of Flying Fish Kits) has a class on their teaching her wool appliqué techniques. I did a class with Wendy a couple of years ago and it was brilliant, only one problem – I was too busy talking and didn’t pay attention or work on my class project. I really wanted to make myself a wool appliqué project and so this looked like the perfect opportunity to jump back in where I’d fallen off.
My Experience with Cosy Project
- Immediate access to the class.
- Lifetime access to the class.
- All instructions are included with the project, including the pattern.
- You can pause, rewind and skip ahead while watching the class.
- Large range of patterns and projects.
- Unlike taking a class with the teacher at your Local Quilt Shop you can’t ask the teacher to explain something or see it from a different angle.
- I found the information about how to do some of the stitches a little limited for what I was needing.
- Price point is a little high when compared to the quality and range of classes provided by other online learning portals.
Would I recommend Cosy Project?
Maybe. Here’s why I’d be hesitant to recommend Cosy Project.
I must confess to being a bit of an online learning nerd. I’m a member of Skillshare, Creativebug and Craftsy so I wasn’t new to having things taught to me online and because of my experiences with these other platforms I came to Cosy Project with a pretty solid expectation about what I’d be shown. Unfortunately, I felt that the format of the class didn’t really lend itself to providing that much value at it’s current price point (AUD$39.95). I struggled at times to be able to fully understand how a stitch was done because of the limited camera angles and the way in which the teacher was being engaged. (Wendy is so brilliant in person when she’s teaching that I had no problems picking up the stitches while in her class. I felt like this format didn’t bring out her amazing teaching skills.) It was frustrating and ultimately lead me to purchasing Wendy’s book (something I’d been meaning to do since doing the class) so that I could have diagrams of how to do some of the stitches.
I was provided with $100 credit to access classes and patterns and in the end I only accessed the one class and didn’t access any of the patterns. For where I am in my sewing adventure there weren’t that many classes that appealed to me. I did contemplate doing a hand appliqué class because it’s a skill I’d like to be more proficient in, but based on my experience with the Wendy Williams class I decided to give it a miss. I was really excited at the prospect of learning from Chris Jurd, Michelle Marvig, Leanne Harvey, Deborah Louie and Paula Storm (all amazing Australian quilters!) but I think I’ll save my money and do a class with them in person instead as this current format for Cosy Project doesn’t suit my learning needs.
There’s an extensive range of patterns and projects available via Cosy Project, which is why I would recommend it to anyone looking for new things to try. There are some amazing patterns available (not only in quilting but in crochet, embroidery, knitting and sewing) and the only reason I didn’t take advantage of the patterns was because of time constraints. I knew that I’d just be adding patterns to my already large array of unused patterns and I didn’t want the digital clutter.
Am I happy with the embroidery hoop I’m working on inspired by this class? A big huge yes! It gave me the boost I needed to get on and give this style of creating a go. I’ve really enjoyed working on this project and learning some new skills while having fun with colour and texture. (This hoop was designed by me based on the skills and techniques covered by Wendy in her book and in the Cosy Project Working with Wool Appliqué class.)
What I Used
Class: Working with Wool Appliqué with Wendy Williams – Get 20% off when you use the code “GNOMEANGEL” until 31 March 2018. Code can be used on patterns and classes.
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