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TNNA's Needlearts Zone at Maker Faire

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 overwhelming.

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 2015 events at which the TNNA Zone will exhibit include:

  • Maker Faire Bay Area: May 16 & 17 at San Mateo Event Center, San Mateo, CA
  • Maker Faire Detroit: July 25 & 26 at The Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI
  • World Maker Faire New York: September 26 & 27 at Mechanical Shadow Theatre, NY

Interested in donating and/or teaching? Drop Frederikka a line at 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, and check out the frequently updated Maker Faire calendar to find an upcoming event near you.

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