Disappointing News – Castle Wall Workshop Cancelled

UPDATE 9 Sep 2014
Mickey Depre is offering a Castle Wall Workshop again, starting immediately. Instead of requiring students to buy the Inklingo Castle Wall shape collection ($25 download), quilters are required to buy acrylic templates ($20 plus Priority postage), available from her website. It is no longer an Inklingo class.

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Unfortunately, I just found out from a third party that Mickey Depre will not be doing a Castle Wall workshop.

She decided to cancel a few days after receiving this email, without discussing it with me first.

I am very disappointed.

This email is not edited in any way.

Date: Thu, 04 Sep 2014 10:01:37 -0400
To: Mickey Depre <mickey@mdquilts.com>
From: Linda Franz <linda@lindafranz.com>
Subject: Castle Wall Workshop

Hi Mickey,

A quilter told me about your Castle Wall Workshop.  Congratulations.  I am pleased that you decided to go ahead.  I hope it will be a great class for you.

I knew that at one point you were planning a power point presentation about Inklingo to include in your lecture, but I did not know you had decided to teach a workshop.  It looked as if you had mixed feelings about recommending Inklingo because you don’t mention it on Facebook when you post your Castle Wall blocks or write about the advantages of Inklingo on your blog.  This is a pleasant surprise.

Kits are a great idea for classes, so I am glad you decided on that approach.  In an email on March 21, I asked if you were planning to do kits but I had not heard anything more since then, other than one message with a quick question about a Canon printer.

However, I noticed that the Castle Wall shape collection ($25.00) is not mentioned in the class materials online.  I hope that is just an oversight.

Every shape collection stipulates “For Personal Use Only” and it is explicit in the EULA.  That means when there are kits for each student, it is necessary for each student to buy the related shape collection.  That has been the policy for teachers from the beginning.  It is also a good way for you to earn as an affiliate, especially if the students are new to Inklingo, because you earn 30% of the shape collection PLUS everything they buy in the next 60 days.

In situations where teachers do not want to require quilters to pay for a shape collection to take a class with a kit, they use kits printed with the free shape collection.  Most teachers are affiliates (or the shop is), so they prefer to include a paid shape collection in the class requirements anyway.  I think most quilters are going to want the Castle Wall shape collection or they would not be taking an Inklingo class from you, so it should not be an issue, but it should be clear in the requirements, just the same way that you require all quilters to have your book for the Pieced Hexie workshop.

The good news is that if you think some students might hesitate to take the class if they have to buy the shape collection, you could provide an alternative kit.  Let them know that their kit will be printed with the free Diamond-Triangle-Square shape collection instead of Castle Wall, but that they will learn the same stitching and pressing techniques and Inklingo tips used for Castle Wall.  One teacher does that with the Patchwork of the Crosses shape collection ($30).  Everyone has to buy the POTC book ($19.95) but the hexagon shape collection is optional.  Most quilters end up buying it anyway after she has demonstrated the advantages of having the lines printed on the fabric and they have worked with the free shapes in the kit.

I hope this is not a major misunderstanding.  No other teacher has assumed she could sell Inklingo kits without requiring the students to buy the shape collection.  However, after our misunderstanding last winter about the Castle Wall shape collections being exclusively for you, it would be a good idea to touch base.  I don’t want to interfere with your class, but I would like to avoid any possible misunderstandings.  Some businesses require teachers to be certified or take expensive courses before they can teach.  I have deliberately rejected that approach, but I am willing to help with lesson plans and suggestions when asked.  If I know what you are planning, it is possible for me to promote your workshops too.

By the way, I heard from a quilter this summer who mentioned that you were doing Castle Wall “too.”  She had no idea that you were using Inklingo to make the blocks, but mentioned that you sold the paper pieces.  She just thought it was a coincidence that we were both making Castle Wall blocks this year.  She wrote to me when she saw your blocks on Facebook, assuming I would be interested in seeing them.  She had no idea you were an affiliate.

Speaking of affiliate earnings, I will be mailing a check for $87.72 tomorrow.  I am sorry it is not more.  Once you start teaching, the next ones should be bigger.

I am pleased that you decided to go ahead with an Inklingo workshop.  I hope it will be a simple matter to include the shape collection in the supply list but if you have any questions or would like to discuss the workshop, please let me know.

I hope you are enjoying your travels jeepin` around.  Good luck!

Linda  & Monkey
http://lindafranz.com/

That is the only contact I had with Mickey before she announced on Facebook that she had cancelled the workshop.

I am sorry this has happened.

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11 thoughts on “Disappointing News – Castle Wall Workshop Cancelled”

  1. Mickey would you teach a class on pieced hexies and let people use your templates and the patterns in your book and not expect them to purchase them? I am just surprised that you as a designer and author do not see that the students should pay for Inklingo.

  2. Two messages were posted to Twitter early this morning. I had no idea what they were about. They were reactions to what she saw your Facebook page.

  3. Hi Lisa, I agree. I was stunned when I got up this morning and saw what had been posted on Facebook and Twitter in the middle of the night. I hope you have a wonderful day with as much time to sew as your heart desires. Thank you for writing.

  4. I’m saddened at the public way this business misunderstanding was handled. It looks very unprofessional to those of us that shouldn’t be included in this discussion.

  5. Hi Mickey,
    My first pieced hexagon collections were in 2006 and 2007 (Inklingo # 1 and Inklingo # 3) The Inklingo 300 Pieced Hexagon PDF collected them together.
    Many (most?) of your designs are unique to you and not possible with Inklingo and others are traditional old designs. Mine use Inklingo shapes, not the unusual shapes you use in yours, and I do not recommend EPP. Pieced Hexagons have been around for generations (Candied Hexagons, and several others), so no one claims to have invented them.
    By the way, I had no idea that when you mentioned “kit” last February that you meant you were going to print fabric for each student, regardless of whether they bought the shape collection. (Kits are often needles, thread, handouts, etc.) I asked for clarification in March and never heard anything more until a quilter wrote to me about your workshop last Thursday.
    Kits ARE a great idea, but it violates the EULA to print shapes for someone who does not buy the related shape collection. Luckily, there are easy ways to accommodate that, as I outlined in my email last Thursday and, I have the right to make exceptions—but I’ve lost interest after all this drama.
    I am very sorry you are so upset. I hope the rest of your day goes better than it has so far.
    Thank you for letting me explain.

  6. And I was never selling kits to anyone other than students in class so that they could actually experience Inklingo.

    But this is a moot point.

    Shall we discuss the Pieced Hexagons collection?

  7. Seems you left out that you knew about my teaching a workshop and the structure as I stated in January and again acknowledged the workshop in March.

    I will teach the Castle Wall workshop just using a different method. I do love the Inklingo program but I don’t understand why since day one you have done nothing but undermine my On The Road project. You even blasted all your blogs before I even posted my second.

    You indicated that I was not mentioning Inklingo when posting my blocks on MY facebook when that is what I did everytime someone inquired.

    Funny I thought teaching a class on Inklingo and giving students the opportunity to understand the program and make a block would actually be good business for you.

    My bad.

  8. I just read the “shame on you” comment on Facebook. You wouldn’t sell Mickey Depre’s book and say it was your own. Having her sell kits using Inklingo and not directing the buyers/users to you and your product is no different.

    I have a friend (money is no problem for her, she lives some distance away) that says, “you buy the pattern and let me use it or send me a copy, or I’ll just copy yours.” Makes me grind my teeth.

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