Teach at Expo

A teacher helps a student on a sewing machine during the 2020 Sewing and Stitchery Expo.

Are you interested in teaching at the 2022 Sewing & Stitchery Expo?

Topics must be of general public interest in sewing, fiber, or other textile arts. Regardless of type, classes must include demonstration of a technique or provide educational information related to the sewing/textiles industry. More information about 2022 classes, including the Teaching Application, will be available soon. To download our teaching criteria information, follow the link below.

2022 Expo Speaker Criteria

Our teachers have expertise in a variety of areas in textile and fiber arts, from garment construction to fiber dying. The most successful teachers have a combination of One, Two, and Three Needle classes, and usually teach at least once per day during Expo. Click 2022 Teaching Application below to apply!

2022 Teaching Application

Expo offers five types of learning experiences:

One Needle Classes Cartoon sewing needle and thread

One Needle Classes are a traditional lecture/demo format — the perfect class for an introduction to a new concept, tips and tricks. One Needle classes are offered twice during Expo, usually on Thursday/Saturday or Friday/Sunday.

  • 60 minutes, up to 300 students

Two Needle Classes Cartoon sewing needle and threadCartoon sewing needle and thread

You will teach a project or a specific technique, either as a lecture/demo using step-outs and in-progress samples, or as a simple hands-on project. Sewing machines/sergers are not available for Two Needle classes, but steps using a machine and/or serger may be demonstrated using the instructor’s personal machine.

    • 90 minutes, up to 50 students

Three Needle Classes Cartoon sewing needle and threadCartoon sewing needle and threadCartoon sewing needle and thread

These are our most popular classes and offer a hands-on creative experience. Three Needle classes can be taught on sewing machines or sergers (provided, rooms based on machine brand) or handwork, such as fitting, beading, handsewing, or applied technique that does not require a machine. The goal is for attendees to learn a technique or complete/ nearly complete a project within the time allowed. Three Needle classes are offered twice during Expo, usually on Thursday/Saturday or Friday/Sunday. Applications for Three Needle classes must include a list of student supplies and kit materials.

  • 2.5 hours, up to 50 students

Four Needle Classes Cartoon sewing needle and threadCartoon sewing needle and threadCartoon sewing needle and threadCartoon sewing needle and thread

These four-hour immersive learning experiences are offered on Wednesday (pre-show), with a very limited selection on Sunday. These are hands-on classes using sewing machines/sergers (provided, based on machine brand) or with a focus on drafting, handwork, beading, or other applied technique that does not require a machine. Students should learn a technique or skill and complete/nearly complete a project by the time class ends. Applications for Four Needle classes must include a list of student supplies and kit materials.

  • 4 hours, up to 50 students

Free Stage

The Free Stage is located at the back of the Vendor Floor in the Showplex Building. These lecture/demo sessions are not ticketed and are open to all Expo attendees. Speakers selected for this venue must strictly adhere to the 45-minute time limit (all other Sewing & Stitchery Expo rules & regulations apply).

Other Teaching Information

Kit Fee. If your class requires specific items for student success, teachers can provide what is needed for a fee. Costs vary with the amount and quality of product provided. While the Expo does not set a price limit on kit fees, we do ask that you consider what materials students truly need in each class and their total cost for the class. Kit fees are paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of class by the students with either cash or check.

Supply List. Students are accustomed to bringing basic sewing or crafting supplies to Expo. Please consider what they bring with them when you assemble your classes and kit fees. Our basic supplies list includes scissors (fabric & paper), pins, seam ripper, chalk, seam gauge, ruler, measuring tape, sewing needles, etc.

Classrooms. Expo spans 22 classrooms in six buildings over five days. Class sizes and schedules will depend on classroom availability and teacher preferences, as indicated on your application. We make every effort to schedule classes appropriate to room capacity and required capabilities. If you have specific scheduling needs, please include those in the teaching application.

Questions? Email us at sewexpo@wsu.edu