New Interweave Yarn Fest Instructor Contracts

Yarn Fest LogoWe apologize for the communication around Interweave Yarn Fest. We are listening. We have made several mistakes during this process and we want to do our best to make it right. Effective immediately, we are offering all instructors a $1,000 honorarium for travel, hotel, and lodging. This honorarium should provide each instructor the funds to pay for their travel expenses for the days they’ll be teaching. In addition, we will be increasing the per student fee we pay each instructor. Lastly, we are removing some portions of the contract that are unnecessary and too restrictive to the instructor. The new contracts will be sent to the instructors by Wednesday September 21st, 2016. We hope this change in policy will properly indicate our respect and admiration for the instructors and the yarn community.

Last month, I returned to Interweave and F+W after over three years. I left the business based on some of the very concerns that have been voiced over the past few weeks. I was as distraught as anyone to see some of the decisions that were made. I came back to Interweave because I believe that we can reinvigorate the Interweave brand and business by being a partner within the communities we serve. I assure you that we will be transparent and act with the long-term interest of the community. Give us a chance to surprise you with our integrity and commitment to all of you.

John Bolton
Interweave GM
F+W Media, LLC
john.bolton@fwcommunity.com

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Hello daily knitters! I'm the editor of Knitting Daily. I've been obsessed with knitting for about ten years now and my favorite projects are sweaters. I like the occasional smaller project, but there's nothing like yards of stockinette with a well-placed cable or a subtle stitch pattern here and there. I crochet a bit now and then—especially when I need to produce a baby blanket in time for the baby shower. I've been in publishing for 20 years and I'm finally exactly where I want to be: at the crossroads of knitting and communication. I live in Spokane, Washington and when I'm not knitting I enjoy gardening, snuggling with my dogs, swimming, reading, and playing in the snow in the winter. But, really, I'm pretty much always knitting!

One thought on “New Interweave Yarn Fest Instructor Contracts

  1. After reading Abby Frankquemont’s blog elsewhere, which then lead me to this post, I was drawn to comment. This means more than may be apparent. I rarely, if ever comment, especially when I am not directly impacted. I have values that I live by, which include not copying patterns for, or from friends. I have done this in the past, when I was first getting into this area of craft interests. Once I became aware of the difficulties the designers and other related professionals have getting fair value for their work, I changed my behavior.

    This post authored for the benefit of the Instructors for Yarn Fest, has moved me with respect for the capacity for change among all of us.What a joy to witness those who work so hard, speaking up and getting results for their integrity! May this be a trend for change across the realm of fiber interests. The point behind all of the money conversation, appears to not be about making profit. It truly seems to just be about breaking even and making a living. I doubt any our fine and talented Instructors are buying golf clubs and paying for tee-time anywhere with their profits from teaching gigs.

    I suggest a moment of reverence here for the Shepherds and Shepherdesses without whom this world of fiber arts would not exist. I can bet the “profits” of their labors are not of the monetary nature. I am certain the publishing industry struggles to break even with the challenges the internet has created for their businesses, as well. Then there are all the wonderful craftspersons who create the tools of the trade, the heart-thumping colors, authors of books and myriad of publications, the incredible/creative designs we are drawn to make, and whomever else I may have neglected to include. My hat is off to all of you. Thank you for your dedication, love for your work and perseverance, in spite of the meager compensation.

    I hope this brings a reality check to those of us on the consumer end of the spectrum, that we may more gladly hand over our hard-earned dollars in trade for this hard work. This is the modern barter system. It has limitations; most importantly, having heart-felt meaning when exchanging money for goods and services. Ah, the value of words.

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