The best DIY videos of 2014!

Since our première new years even 2013, we have been on the look out for the greatest DIY videos on the web. One year later we are proud to say that we have found, categorized and described over 200 videos! This video compilation shows just a fraction of them all. You can watch these and all the other videos right here on Crafters University. 2015 promises to contain even more epic DIY videos, so subscribe to our site in the form on the left, you don’t want to miss what the future have in store!

The video creators, on order of appearance:
Stan Winston School
Pasquale San Bruno
Stan Winston School
Indy Mogul
Nicole Zavi
Grant Thompson
Sea Lemon
Bruce Cheaney
Jo Nakashima
Evil Mad Scientist
IEEE Spectrum
Cornell Creative Machines Lab

How to sew many layers of leather together

Leather is a great crafting material. It is so tough, it can withstand years of wear and tear without looking bad or failing. But this toughness can become a problem when many layers of leather needs to be sewn together. If you want all edges to be folded in for a neat look, and connected to other pieces of leather, you can find your self trying to push a needle through 8 layers of leather at once, or even more! This is very hard to do, unless you already have a hole through them all. This is what you can do with a awl haft, and Bruce Cheaney has made this tutorial video on how this is done. In this particular video he is making a saddle, but this technique can be used for any thick leather parts. Even if you only want to make a purse, this will be an extremely handy technique to know and use!

Self learning robots!

In engineering today, we usually think about how to control every little thing. But some tasks can be so complex to figure out that manual programming is nearly impossible. That’s when self learning systems can become a huge advantage. Instead of controlling every little line of code, you allow the system to try different movements, saving the one that kind of works, then try new movements based on that. By the trial and error method, the robot will find the best locomotion technique for its own shape, whether it is walking, jumping, rolling or moves that no human have ever thought about before! This is very similar to how evolution works and it can be used for robots as well, as demonstrated in this video from IEEE Spectrum. You loose detailed control, your robot might not choose the solution you think is the right one, and at the end you will probably have no idea how the program actually work, but the robot moves! This is the very frontier of robot development!

Crochet basic: The chain stitch

If you have never tried crochet ever, it may feel a bit intimidating to ask for help. What if they think your silly or stupid? Usually, people who like crochet want others to try it and they would love to introduce you to it. They would never laugh at you or ridicule you for not knowing the basics. But if you still want to know the absolute basics of crochet, just to feel a bit informed, then CROCHET GEEK is here to help. In this video they will teach you how to make the absolutely simplest of crochet stitches, the chain stitch. This is used in nearly every crochet project and without a doubt the best place to begin learning! And if your left-handed, don’t worry, they made a video for that to and you can find it below.

Make a dead pen alive super easy!

We have all been there, lending a pen, trying to write, and no ink emerges. We try rubbing it violently against other paper, even paper towels, and if we are lucky, it works. But sometimes it just wont write! What if there was a way to reinvigorate a pen, for cheap and super simple, that works every time? To good to be true? Just watch this super video from CrazyRussianHacker and be amazed how easy and reliable it can be done with a simple lighter!