More than 15,000 have
gotten into the "Zone" — TNNA's Award-winning "Needlearts
Zone," that is!
Maker Faire is known as
the World's Largest Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Festival. Sponsored by Make
magazine, the Faires take place all over the country as two-day,
family-friendly events to make, create, learn, invent, craft, recycle, think,
play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music,
science and technology.
Did you know that TNNA has had a presence at the last
THIRTEEN Maker Faires?
"We estimate that we have taught more than 15,000 men,
women and children how to knit, crochet, needlepoint, cross-stitch and
spin," says Frederikka Payne, Chair of TNNA's Maker Faire committee.
"And that’s out of at least 850,000 people who have been exposed to the
needle arts by our being at Maker Faire."
It's received so much attention from Maker Faire attendees,
staff and editorial sponsors, in fact, that it has garnered 12 ribbons (seven
blue and five red) for exhibit design and education.
The NeedleArts Zone shares the Maker Faire venues with hundreds
of other creative companies, ranging from those as large as Martha Stewart, to
small group of Girls Scouts selling bottle cap necklaces, to independent
artisans. From high tech to low tech, the array of exhibits is nearly
TNNA encourages members to donate time, talent and treasure,
if possible, to this wonderful program. Supply-wise, drop spindles are in
particular demand, as are needlepoint canvases (small, simple designs), yarn, crochet
hooks and knitting needles. Counted-thread designers with simple, kid-pleasing
pattern themes (animals, for instance) looking for added exposure can
definitely get it here, along with the committee's undying gratitude!
We're also always actively looking for enthusiastic
volunteers. Get a free entry ticket for the entire weekend event, just for
sharing four hours of your time and wisdom with Maker Faire attendees. The 2014
events at which the TNNA Zone will exhibit include:
Interested in donating and/or teaching? Drop Frederikka a
line at firstname.lastname@example.org or give
her a call at 650-728-2730.
In addition, there are "Mini-Maker Faires" held
throughout the year across the nation and the world. TNNA members are
encouraged to learn more about the Mini-Maker Faires in their market area for
potential hands-on demonstrations and other opportunities. Not only are you
spreading the love of needlearts to a receptive audience, but can potentially
do some great networking and marketing for your own business. Learn more at MakerFaire.com/mini, and check out the frequently updated Maker Faire calendar to find an upcoming
event near you.
As a membership organization, TNNA offers you, the needlearts professional, the opportunity to take an active role in shaping our industry. The association's structure has been created to enable people from all the needlearts disciplines to come together, voice their needs, opinions and concerns . . . and help mold a successful future.