Tutorial: Chainless Foundation

Crochet Basics

Differences Between Chain Foundation and Chainless Foundation (1:26)
Starting a Chainless Foundation (4:36)
Single Crochet Chainless Foundation (5:38)
Half Double Crochet Chainless Foundation (11:30)
Double Crochet Chainless Foundation (13:35)

(Please note that the later stitches are demonstrated a little faster than the single crochet chainless foundation. This tutorial was filmed with the assumption that you are watching through the entire tutorial and only skipping to those sections for reference.)

Tutorial: Crochet Basics

Crochet Tools (1:11)
Types of Stitches (4:14)
      Chain Stitch (4:49)
      Slip Stitch (5:48)
      Single Crochet (6:35)
      Half Double Crochet (7:59)
      Double Crochet (8:57)
      Treble Crochet (10:19)
Difference Between US and UK Terms (11:12)
How to Create Stitches (12:29)
      Creating Chain Stitches (12:29)
      Creating Single Crochet Stitches (15:55)
      Creating Half Double Crochet Stitches (28:49)       
      Creating Double Crochet Stitches (36:26)
      Creating Treble Crochet Stitches (44:00)
      Creating Slip Stitches (48:47)
How to Crochet In the Round (Granny Square) (51:57)
Keeping Track of Your Edge Stitches (16:31 24:31 28:49 33:52 35:52 )

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment on the video on YouTube!

Making A Podcast

Things to Talk About

  • Cameras and other equipment
  • Video Editing
  • Windows Movie Maker
  • iMovie
  • Posting on Youtube

Getting Started


  • Get to know your camera
  • Samsung Galaxy S3
  • Nikon COOLPIX P600 16.1 MP Wi-Fi CMOS Digital Camera with 60x Zoom NIKKOR Lens and Full HD 1080p Video Black – about $300
  • Setting up your camera
  • Tripod
  • Cell phone hold attachment – $10 – $20
  • Stack of books or boxes

Setting up your environment

  • Table, desk, bed, couch – have surfaces nearby to keep your projects on
  • Be comfortable!


  • if you don’t know, do some quick test shots with light shining from the right, center, and left
  • Steady natural light is optimal if you don’t have photo/video lighting equipment
  • LimoStudio – Photography Photo Portrait Studio 600W Day Light Umbrella Continuous Lighting Kit – about $60 on Amazon
  • Normal lamps/lights tend to make things yellow
    • try LED “Daylight” bulbs
  • Artificial lighting placement – personally arranged to minimize strong nose shadows
  • Camera position directly in front of you or slightly above looking down

Getting to Know Your Camera

  • Know how long you can film at one time
  • Stand alone cameras sometimes have a 20 min or 30 min limit for a single shot
  • Phone depends on how much storage space you have available
  • Familiarize yourself with whether your camera has a fixed focus or an automatic re-focus
  • Practice looking into the lens

Optional things to have at the start

  • Show notes
  • Microphone


  • Film your episode


  • Import your video to your computer or tablet with the editing software
  • Import your video into your editing software
  • Import any other digital elements to your video – photos, title cards, music, etc
  • Use royalty free music – Copyrighted music can be flagged by users and YouTube’s content ID which can result in your video being taken down due to copyright disputes
    • Music that came with your computer/software
    • Incompetech.com music by Kevin Macleod
  • Titles
    • Can be done using the templates available in your software
    • Create your own image using Adobe Photoshop or similar image software
  • Edit your podcast together
    • Clipping video together
    • Transitions
    • Adding titles or subtitles
  • Export your video
    • Export to video file on local hard drive
    • Export to YouTube directly


  • Upload to YouTube
  • Edit YouTube information
  • Title
  • Downbar information
  • Tags
  • Annotations

Section Guide

  • Cameras and Setting Up Your Camera 6:05
  • Lighting 14:32
  • Get to Know Your Camera 23:22
  • Show Notes, External Microphones,  And Filming 26:09
  • Desktop Recording 30:57
  • Import Video 32:30
  • Windows Movie Maker 36:34
  • Making a Title Slide/End Slide 43:13
  • Editing on Windows Movie Maker 50:54
  • Uploading to YouTube 1:13:52
  • Editing in iMovie 1:30:14


Image Editing



Royalty Free Music



Interactive End Slates



Finished Example Videos

Windows Movie Maker  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvLPA5sTDVk


iMovie – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyJlIQjtOkM


My brother’s video game things (Thanks for the microphone and desktop capture software tip!) –





Autumn Scrap Garland How To

I have a tutorial for you today!

Sort of. I mean, it’s really easy to pull off and it looks pretty cool, so I thought I’d share how I made some autumn scrap garlands for decorating things.

Here’s what you need:



-Scrap fabric
-Thick Yarn
-A large workspace

That’s it, folks. I used a long thick cut of yarn as my base for the garland because that’s what I had. The one you’re seeing in these photos is the one that I made for my cubicle at work, which measures a total of 4 yards (12 feet), but you can make them at any length you need. The ones on my windows that you’ll see in the final photos are about 4 feet long.

For fabric, I chose whatever I had on hand that looks autumn-ish. Yellow, orange, brown, black, red, little bit of green… Those kinds of colors. You can choose whatever colors you want or have for whatever season or holiday you like. If you don’t have a ton of scrap fabric like I do, you can get remnants or fabric quarters for pretty cheap at most fabric and craft stores. And if you have trouble matching colors, check out jelly rolls. At my local Jo-Anns’ a jelly roll costs about $10 and has a variety of matching/complimentary 2.5″ strips of fabric. I’ve used them for quilts, but they’d be great for a project like this.



Cut a bunch of strips of fabric about 5″ long and 1″ or 1.5″ wide. Mine range from 4″ to 5.5″. You don’t have to cut them evenly at all. Some of my pieces are weird shapes because my fabric scraps did not all have square edges. There’s some triangles and trapezoids and half-circles in there. 

I started with the fabric I had the least amount of so that I knew I could space it out evenly. I started tying scraps to the yarn about a foot apart. These are tied using a basic square knot. Once I had my first groups of scraps tied on, I started tying pieces halfway between each piece to slowly fill in the garland.



And just keep tying scraps to your yarn until you like how full the garland is. You can leave them spaced a little or scrunch them all up close so that you don’t see the yarn at all. 

Once you like how it looks, hang it up however you like! I mentioned before that I tied some loops about 6″ from the ends. For my window garlands, I used these loops to hook the garland up on some Command hooks on my walls. For my cubicle, I used T-pins to pin the yarn to my cubicle wall, which were easily hidden by the scraps. 

Here’s what the finished product looks like on my bedroom windows:

Well, that’s not quite my windows look like right now because of Halloween, but these look just as cool over some of that creepy Halloween fabric. And everyone who’s stumble across me putting these up has said that they’re really cool, so if you want something a little different to decorate for this autumn, give this a try.