January 25, 2023
Join us March 24-26 at the first ever Tufting Convention, a Tufting Event in Philadelphia!
Tuft the World is thrilled to be presenting three days of exciting programming in Philadelphia, PA. Join us for demos, workshops, lectures, an open repair booth and more!
Your 3-day pass gives you access to three full days of tufting fun, education and networking! Join us at the Asian Arts Initiative on March 24 and 25 and at Tuft the World's new Education Space in the Bok Building on March 26 for more tufting, on-site shopping, product-testing, and the reception of our juried show of tufted artwork.
Demos & Workshops, Speakers, and Lectures!
Tuft the World staff will teach both beginner workshops as well as long awaited advanced workshop. We'll be hosting three lectures: Tonya D. Lee on Color Theory, Tim Eads and Tiernan Alexander on the past, present and future of Tuft the World, and Tiernan Alexander on the History of Rug Making. We'll have a panel discussion on starting a rug making business, and various demonstrations, including presentations by guest artists Trish Andersen and AJ Peterson. TuftCon will also boast an open repair booth for your technical needs and questions! The weekend will be a great environment for networking and connecting with fellow creatives, be sure to join us the first night for welcome drinks and mingling.
First and foremost, the making part of this big tufting event - demos and workshops! Get ready to learn everything you’ve ever wanted to learn about tufting!
There will be workshops for both beginner and advanced. *Workshops are limited and not guaranteed, please limit 1 workshop per ticket.
Additionally, you will have a number of demos to choose from. Demonstrations do not have limited space, so you can attend as many as you like.
We are also excited to share some lectures with you:
Tuft the World will also present a juried exhibition as part of TuftCon! The exhibition will be on view at the Bok Building, with an opening reception on the final day of TuftCon Sunday March 26, 2023. This is also a sneak peek into our new education space! Tuft the World is excited to have a dedicated space to offer beginner and advanced tufting workshops, in addition to all kinds of fiber arts classes. We look forward to hosting the juried exhibition here and can't wait to share this new additional Tuft the World location with you!
Here are the important dates to remember if you’re interested in submitting to the exhibition:
Submission deadline: Monday, February 13, 2023
Selected artists notified: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Artwork drop-off: Monday, March 13, 2023
Exhibition Dates: March 26- April 30, 2023
Opening Reception: Sunday, March 26, 2023 (TuftCon ticket required *unless you are a selected artists)
Apply to the Exhibition here! (Deadline is February 13, 2023)
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The first option is a common pricing method for handmade items, which is to add up the cost of your materials, plus an hourly labor rate, to give you the total cost to make the rug (you can think of this as the wholesale price). You choose your hourly rate, but we don’t think you should pay yourself less than $25 an hour.
Then you should add a markup! The markup gives you some wiggle room to be able to sell your items at a shop that might take a cut, or to pay yourself for the time you spend selling it.
This method gives you a clear breakdown of what everything costs in the process. But it also requires you to know all those things!
The second option is to just set a rate per square foot.
You can see in the spreadsheet that something between $50-75/square foot ends up giving you the same price as breaking everything down. This of course will change, based on your cost for labor (starting rate at $25 an hour, you deserve it, don't go lower than that!) and materials (wool is a lot more $$$ than acrylic and that should come through in the price)
To calculate how much yarn you might use in a rug, you can see our help center article here.
The spreadsheet should print on a single page, landscape. The excel sheet has all the formulas, so you can just enter numbers and it will add it all up for you!
Google sheets link (view only, but then you can make a copy and edit it)
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