Call for Instructors for Creative Spark 2024 LIVE Events

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Join us and be part of Creative Spark Virtual, LIVE events! In 2024, we will focus on Quilting, Color & Design, Art Quilting and Embroidery.  We are looking for creative instructors for four virtual, live events in 2024. This is a great opportunity to reach consumers who do not travel to live events but would love to learn from you. 

How To Apply: 

Please complete the submission form for the events you would like to participate in. You do not need to be a C&T author or Creative Spark Instructor but should be a skilled teaching instructor. 

Bag Making Event Submission Form: Due May 5th, 2024.

We will be taking submissions for the 2025 Events in the summer of 2024. Please fill out this form if you would like to be notified when applications are being accepted.

Interest Form for future Event Submissions



Bag Envy: Learn the Secrets of Bag Making

Friday, October 4, 2024 starting at 11 am PT

This event is all about bag making ... one of the hottest trends in sewing.  Below are ideas, but you are not limited to this. Present what you are excited about!

  • Interfacing
  • Substrates - fabric, pleather, leather, kraft-tex, cork, and more
  • Zippers
  • Pockets
  • Design your own
  • Straps
  • Best Practices
  • Creating a collection
  • Making bags to sell
  • Tools, notions recommendations
  • Quilted Bags
  • Hardware - Rivets, snaps and closures
  • Embellishments
  • Waterproofing techniques
  • Tips & Tricks
  • Types of bags
  • Bag Inserts


Apply to share your best bag practices by May 5th! 



What are Creative Spark LIVE Events?

They are virtual events. As an instructor you can present live demonstrations, lectures, PowerPoint presentations, or pre-recordings of techniques during the keynote, followed by some Q&A. 

What makes our events different from many out there? 

  • the caliber of instructors
  • the number of instructors per event
  • the interactive and engaging quality, it's a meeting, not a webinar 


2024 will be our third year offering LIVE events. The feedback from attendees has been off-the-charts positive, and they all want more live events. Our events allow folks to choose which breakout room sessions to watch LIVE while being able to watch the other sessions’ recordings later. Recordings are not sold after the event date. 

Want to see previous and current event lineups? Check out a sample of our previous events with just a click.

Why partner with C&T and Creative Spark? 

From marketing to hosting, we manage everything. You get exposed to our list of over 205,000 consumers who are avid fans of all things quilting and embroidery. 

2024 Themes and Dates (Times are always Pacific Time)

Ideas for possible presentations and topics are at the end of this document. Or teach what you know folks love! For two-day events, you would need to teach on one day only.

  • Quilter’s Color Mixer: All about color and design in quilting, Saturday, February 3rd @ 9 am
  • Layered + Stitched: An Art Quilt Experience: A Collaboration with Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), Fri/Sat, May 17th & 18th @ 9 am     
  • Embroidery Extravaganza: Slow and Hand Stitching Crafts, Thursday, August 8th @ 1 PM    
  • Bag Envy: Learn the Secrets of Bag Making: Tips, techniques and strategies of bag making. Friday, October 4th @ 11am
  • Quilt Fusion: Piecing, Quilting, Design, Color, Techniques, and more, Friday, November 15th @ 9 am    


Compensation

Instructors have two ways to earn compensation from our events. First, we pay a flat fee for your time. Second, we pay an affiliate fee of 15% of the retail price for every student who signs up using your link. 

  • $250 for 45 minutes, $300 for 60 minutes
  • $150 for participating in a 60-minute panel (for events with panels)
  • 15% affiliate fee for any signup


How To Apply: 

We have four events planned for 2024. Please complete the submission forms for the events you would like to participate in. You do not need to be a C&T author or Creative Spark Instructor but should be a skilled teaching instructor.


Please fill out this Google Form. Deadlines are below: 

  • Application deadline for Quilter’s Color Mixer is November 10th
  • Application deadline for other events is December 10th.
  • We will confirm instructors by December 20th.


If you have questions, please direct them to Sophie Scardaci (Creative Spark Program Manager)




Description of Each Event and Topic Ideas

This list of ideas are suggestion and not meant to limit what is offered. We want your great topics and ideas. 


Quilter's Color Mixer 2024

Saturday, February 3rd, 9 am PT

This event is all about Color and Design for quilters. Anything goes, and color is everyone's favorite subject. Below are ideas, but you are not limited to this. Present what you are excited about!

  • Color and composition; Understanding design ratios; Negative space
  • Color evolution - how do I break out of a color rut?
  • Color, value, and contrast (or focusing on one of those) 
  • Creating dimension and movement with color and value
  • Using color tools; How to use the color wheel effectively
  • How to pair fabric like an expert; Quilt around a selected fabric
  • Color or palette-specific session (B&W fabrics, Ombrés); Seasonal palettes; Color Trends
  • How to use patterned fabrics for success; How do you use big prints
  • Fabric Design
  • Improvisational design
  • Scrap Quilting: Color and Design


Layered & Stitched: An Art Quilt Experience

Friday, May 17th AND Saturday, May 18th, 9 am PT

This is a collaboration between Creative Spark and Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA)

You would teach for one day only. This event is all about Art Quilts. It's a big subject and will need two days. 

  • All things Art Quilting


Embroidery Extravaganza 2024 

Thursday, August 8th, 1 pm PT

Back by popular demand, this event is all about slow stitching and can include (but is not limited to) the following topics:

  • Traditional Embroidery (stitch combinations, free-form tips, variegated thread, fabric choices/stabilizers)
  • Cross Stitch
  • Sashiko (beginning or advanced)
  • Visible Mending
  • Quilting (Crazy Quilting or Big Stitch)
  • Crewel
  • Punch Needle Embroidery
  • Advanced Stitches or Techniques (thread painting, stumpwork/3-D
  • Designing Motifs/Samplers, Small Projects, Landscape Embroidery
  • Other Cultural Embroidery Styles


Quilt Fusion 2024

Friday, November 15th at 9 am PT

Topics can be about anything to do with quilting, EXCEPT art quilting.

Color Theory, Color Strategies, Color Anything: Folks love color. Here are some ideas:

  • Color Value 
  • Shop from Your Stash
  • Modern Quilt Color Palettes


Design

  • Big Prints, Small Cuts
  • DIY Samplers
  • Success for Quilting Plans to Compliment Your Quilt Top
  • Improv
  • Quilted Clothing
  • Better Backings


Technique

  • Accurate Piecing
  • Curves
  • Big Stitch Quilting
  • Intensive Block Motif (Focus on one Motif…FG, HST, Sq in a Sq, etc.)
  • Machine Applique
  • Tools You Can’t Live Without and How to Use Them
  • Foundation Piecing (focus on Freezer Paper, Paper Piecing, etc.)


If you have questions, please direct them to Sophie Scardaci (Creative Spark Program Manager)