I was on a MacBook Pro for nearly four years. I had to be pulled over to The Dark Side kicking and screaming (and literally tried to bribe my IT dude with a chocolate cake to put BootCamp on the MBP to run Windows). Then I was Windows-free for years, and then during my layoff had my poor, sweet, trusty MBP ripped out of my fingers. I’m still grieving, honestly. I can’t afford to replace it, and I have considered the iPad. It’s still too spendy for me right now, but I think it’s a good alternative (you know, if i don’t want the USB ports, Flash, or a CD-ROM drive). I found a cool new app from Technical Made Easy called HandiCraft 1.0. According to the press release, it provides [you, the user with] over 150 patterns with full instruction, HD video lessons and 500  pages of content for Quilting, Knitting, Crochet and Embroidery.

[image from Technical Made Easy]

Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice! I’m completely down with those HD instructions as the quality of some of the YouTube vids is sketchy.

The interface is adorable in that it looks like the Adobe CS4 suite icons. Unfortunately, I don’t see an iPhone or iTouch app for it yet, and it’s a large download at 466mb. But at only $4.99, it’s worth a download for me, because you don’t need to be on wifi/3G to watch the video instructions and I’m one of those people who needs a video to assist me in remembering how to do things like SSK and KFB. Augh.

4 thoughts on “New iPad app – HandiCraft 1.0

  1. I have to admit I’m leery about the usefulness of apps (and books) about multiple crafts under one cover for anyone but a beginner. I’ve found that if you’re the least bit interested in any of the topics/techniques involved, you probably know more than what the publication can offer. So even at this low price, I’m not sure the content is worth it.

    That being said, I haven’t seen HandiCraft in real life. I don’t even own an iPad. So if someone wants to send me a copy of HandiCraft to review — oh, and an iPad to run it on — I’d be open to having my mind changed. 😉

  2. I’m completely with you, Donna. I also quilt and do embroidery, so I’m interested to see how the quality is on those apps. But since I don’t have an iPad, I won’t find out anytime soon! 😉

  3. I have used it and a few people in our knitting group own it. We were actually surprised at how well it was done. The instructional piece is geared towards the beginner but most of the patterns are definately advanced. The seasoned crafters may sub there nose at it, but I welcome it, I think it is great to keep these hobbies alive and in the news.

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