The 2021 Virtual Sewing & Stitchery Expo will look a little different, and we can’t wait to see you again in person. In the meantime, we want Virtual Expo to be the best experience possible for students, teachers, and vendors. We will offer three class types virtually and an opportunity to present on the Free Stage.
- 45-minute lecture/demo webinar-style classes, with up to 300 students per class. This is a traditional lecture format without hands-on learning opportunities. If you need more than 45 minutes or typically teach your class as a Two Needle, please let education manager Amy Veneziano know by email.
Two Needle — Returning in 2022
- Two Needle classes will not be offered during the Virtual Expo. They’ll be back when we’re in person again in 2022. If you are having trouble converting your Two Needle class to a One or Three Needle, please let education manager Amy Veneziano know via email.
- 2.5-hour hands-on classes. This is our most popular class format. These classes can be taught with or without sewing machines. The goal is for students to learn a new technique or complete a full project if time allows. In a virtual format, students will need all of the materials required for class in advance. Classes will be limited to 30 students with the opportunity to have up to 50, with teacher permission.
- 4-hour hands-on classes. Four Needle classes are offered on Wednesday and sometimes on Sunday. These classes are immersive learning experiences and can be taught with or without sewing machines. In a virtual format, students will need all of the materials required for class in advance. Classes will be limited to 30 students with the opportunity to have up to 50 with teacher permission.
- These lecture/demo sessions are free to attendees, who can drop into them virtually at any time during the show. This is a great opportunity to discuss specific techniques, offer a trunk show or demo, give a workroom or site tour, or show off an exciting new product. Students who take Free Stage classes can also be encouraged to sign up for your One, Three, or Four Needle classes! We recommend leaving time for a Q&A at the end.
Teachers are paid based on the Needle level and number of students in the class. The most successful teachers have a combination of classes, including One Needles, which help build recognition at Expo and can be used to encourage students to sign up for hands-on skill building in other classes.
Classes will be recorded and available to registered students for up to two weeks after the show. This is a benefit for students registered in each class during Virtual Expo only. Recorded classes will not be available for purchase after Expo concludes.
Classes are offered Wednesday through Sunday during Expo.
- Thursday through Sunday
- 9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
- 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
- 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
- 12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
- 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
- 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
- 3:00 – 3:45 p.m.
- 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
- 5:00 – 5:45 p.m.*
- * (Thursday through Saturday only)
- Thursday through Sunday
- 8:00 – 10:30 a.m.
- 11:00 – 1:30 p.m.
- 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
- 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.*
* (Thursday through Saturday only)
- 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.*
- 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
- * (Limited options Sunday morning)
How virtual will work:
We encourage you to think about which of your classes will translate well to a virtual classroom. Virtual classes are best if they require less active hands-on instruction, and when students can successfully ask questions or show a problem using a webcam. Both advanced and beginner courses can work well virtually, as long as teacher and student expectations are clear. We encourage dialogue and connection among students and the teacher.
- Classes will be taught on a webinar platform, and they will be hosted and moderated by Sewing & Stitchery Expo employees. Expo employees will be in the virtual room during class, ensuring classes open and close on time, moderating the chat area, and helping students with technical issues, if they arise, such as navigating computer controls, in order to leave the teacher free to teach. The teaching of the actual class and agenda is the teacher’s responsibility.
- Classes may be taught live or pre-recorded and self-paced, depending on teacher comfort and ability. However, teachers are required to be live and available during their appointed class time, even if the technique session was pre-recorded.
- Unlike our in-person Expo, we are unable to limit hands-on classes by machine brand. If your class requires specific notions, such as a certain foot, embroidery attachment, or needle, that is acceptable as part of the class toolkit, but brand restrictions cannot be enforced.
- Due to capacity constraints, there will be fewer classes offered virtually than during an in-person event.
- Classes will be recorded and available to registered students for up to two weeks after the show. This is a benefit for students registered in each class during Virtual Expo only. Recorded classes will not be available for purchase after Expo concludes.
- We recommend classes utilize materials students may already have on-hand or are readily available at big-box craft stores. We typically consider “basic sewing supplies” to include scissors (fabric & paper), pins, seam ripper, chalk, seam gauge, ruler, measuring tape, sewing needles, and other general items. If students need additional supplies like a sewing machine or serger, rotary cutters, cutting mats, rulers, irons, and ironing pads, please include that in the list of required materials.
- If your class requires a kit, students will purchase that kit directly from the instructor. You must provide us with a link for students to purchase their kits by Dec. 15 so that it can be included in the online store. Links may go to an online store or students may need to email you — but you are responsible for kit fulfillment. In addition, we will provide a full class list, including email addresses, to teachers with kit classes at least three weeks before the show.
- Check out these great virtual teaching tips from the Craft Industry Alliance. The Sewing & Stitchery Expo is a member of the Craft Industry Alliance.
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