Teaching a class

My LYS want me to teach a class on the teddy bear I designed. Almost finished writing the pattern.

The class will be about two hours over 2 days. Should I do this for free? Get paid? If so, how much? Sale the pattern? If so how much?

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AKQGuy's picture

NEVER give away your time. Unfortunately money makes the human world go around. If I've written a pattern out and have been asked for a class I include it in the class but still charge for my time to recoup money for the time I've put into prepping the goods. As for how much, I would point you to the LYS and see what they normally charge and find out if they have a fee scale you shoul follow.

knittingman's picture

Would the yarn shop give you yarn for free? Probably not. You shouldn't give them your time for free either.
Now, if they give you yarn for free, then I'd think about it. Hell, just do it if they're giving you yarn. That's better than money anyway!

Knit Haappens's picture

I have two friends here in Phoenix who teach classes on an adjunct basis. They do not receive compensation for the occasional class they teach, however, they can purchase yarn and other supplies from the shop at 5% over cost. Both agree that the discount is ample remuneration.


Tom Hart's picture

Charge a lot. I can't begin to imagine how you figured out how to make those bears. If people want to know bad enough they can pay you for it. You've got other things to do, right?

All the best, Tom

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Quinton has said it best. I've also charged a slight fee for my original pattern as part of the class costs but most shops normally pay a percentage of the class fee to the teacher. Talk it over with your LYS owner and see what develops. Another point is to say whether you wish to limit the number of people in the class...keep it to a number you feel comfortable teaching.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

I might be late in responding but wanted to give my two cents.

"Almost finished writing the pattern."
OK. You are writing a pattern. This isn't a beginner course that could be free. I had to pay for mine years ago and don't remember. Even JoAnn's craft store charges intro classes for knit, crochet, etc.

"The class will be about two hours over 2 days. Should I do this for free? Get paid? If so, how much? Sale the pattern? If so how much?"
2 days, yeah you need to charge. No do not do for free. Yes, get paid. Charge at least the same amount of what a local craft store charges. Only sale the pattern if this is the normal thing to do. If they are not going to finish by day 2, then sale the pattern. Or, have the price of the pattern included in your fee.

Follow your heart on what you should do. Remember if you charge, the person(s) that don't catch on or follow might request more of your time or free follow up? I would definitely say this is not a beginner class.

Hopes that makes sense?

Tallguy's picture

I too want to jump in here. While it is very flattering to be asked to teach a class, you should not do it for free! It will then be so very hard to try and get any payment in the future. I know. So you should not feel bad about charging for your time and expertise. You are worth it. You don't HAVE to teach this class, you know. You could be doing something else more entertaining and much more satisfying than this. So make it worth your time and experience and skill.

It has been my experience that when someone gets anything for free, they value it that much as well. If you think you are worth nothing, then you can charge nothing. But I think, seeing your work so far, that you are worth a bit more than that!! Be good to yourself, for no one else will. This is my opinion only, given freely, and may be worth about that much too!

michaelpthompson's picture

I knew a fellow once who led a successful seminar series, so successful that he could have afforded to give it away for free. So he let people attend at no charge, and found that they didn't get anywhere near as much benefit out of it as when they had paid. People value what they pay for, pay closer attention, and benefit more because of it. So at least for the good of the people who attend your class, you should charge.

I'm also a musician, and we get asked to play for free a lot. After all, it's music and we enjoy it, why should they pay us? But just because you enjoy your job doesn't mean you shouldn't be paid. There's a lot of preparation that goes into teaching a class like you're doing, and people benefit from your expertise and the things you have learned. Don't cheapen that by doing it for free.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

Tom Hart's picture

I've got to agree. I recently took a meditation class that I paid an enormous amount of money for (for me) and because I paid so g#d#mn much money for it, I've never missed a day of practicing it. The result is that I'm getting pretty good at it and feel like I got my money's worth.

scottly's picture

Because I would get every bit as much out of it as I put in, I would do it for free.

daveballarat's picture

A great discussion, well done to all contributors.
I agree with all sides of the argument so cannot give determination and for this my apologies.
I am teaching 11 little girls how to knit every Friday. They love it. I have 4 assistants who are passionate ...although we all knit differently, English, Continental and Turkish styles ... Even so ... The kids are successful. It is a school environment so no charge but passion is instilled, it is such a pleasure to be the instigator. So 'free' is good but really they pay enormous school fees anyway. The pleasure is in their success.
For someone who has taken years to delevop knitting skills and then design skills recognition is deserved in some way. Often free goods are unappreciated, so ... In my view you need remuneration.
I'd love to be able to participate in your class as you are imparting wonderful things, unfortunately I am a continent away. I wish you lots of success and hope you take the design aspect of your knitting to even greater heights ... Publishing :)


Tom Hart's picture

Kids are a different story. Well done! That was nice to read about...

docs1's picture

Our local Weavers and Spinners Guild offers classes at a standard rate and pays a standard rate to the teachers. A lot of the teachers are members and some have a lot more expertise than I do, but more and more I realize that a specific area I could teach as well as someone else. It does not matter how experienced you are. A nominal fee establishes the fact that you have made an effort, organized, and set up time to do this.