Going It on Your Own with Online Teaching

If you have considered teaching online independent of the large craft platforms, here are some things I have learned that might be worth thinking about.

Best Practices for Vetting Craft Instructors

In the absence of a national platform for assessing craft teachers and class experience, show owners and event organizers are on their own for vetting instructors. Some best practices are emerging, especially as students’ expectations rise and professional teachers raise standards.

Pay Cuts for Michaels Teachers Put a Damper on an Already Frustrating Job

Over 1 million people took a class at a Michaels store last year. Michaels is the nation’s largest art and craft retailer and customers can take classes in painting, drawing, scrapbooking, cake decorating, knitting, and crochet at their local stores. But what is it like to teach those classes?

Lessons in Layers: Sewing and Social Justice

The Social Justice Sewing Academy merges the social justice conversation with sewing. It helps build students up and allows them to thrive in a positive setting.

Tips for Instructors at Craft Conferences

Teaching at conferences can be a great way to build a national teaching resume. Expert Ashley Nickels shares her tips for making the experience successful.

Changes to Interweave Yarn Fest Contract Shift Financial Risk and Promotional Burden from Show Organizers to Teachers

#FairFiberWage was a trending topic on Twitter last week after fiber arts teacher Abby Franquemont published a piece on Medium entitled, What Does It Cost to Hire Top Talent in the Fiber Arts? I’m Glad You Asked. The conversation was spurred by the latest contract offered by F+W Media to Interweave Yarn Fest teachers. We explore what the contract looks like now and what the implications are for teachers at this show.

How to Pitch an Online Class

Teaching on a platform like Craftsy, Creativebug or CreativeLive is a way to reach existing customers in a new way and find a new and larger audience for your work.

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