At TAC you can learn the basics of machine knitting from Lindsay Degen (of Degen) or make marbled hankies with Ilana Kohn. Knit-accessory superstar Erin Considine teaches courses on making coiled baskets and fiber jewelry. Rachel Rose — of hand-painted silk-top fame — will teach you to make the very thing she’s known best for in her silk-painting class. Of course, taking instruction from familiar, celebrated names is not only more motivation to pay close attention, it's also sure to provide some truly solid how-tos.
Multi-session classes will cost you between $150 and $300; single classes run around $75. If you think about it, that's comparable to some of the goods you’d buy from these design upstarts anyway. Instead, you’ll come away from the courses with a new killer skill to boot. Talk about a crafting win-win.