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Education Corner: Q&A with Mary Lou Egan

Posted By TNNA HQ, Thursday, November 16, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Education Corner: Q&A with Mary Lou Egan

As a new teacher to TNNA, Mary Lou Egan will be teaching Short Rows Three Ways at the TNNA Winter Market on Friday, January 26, 2018 in Las Vegas. Learn more about Mary Lou’s class and why she thinks education is a vital part of the Winter Market here.

TNNA: Have you taught classes at previous TNNA trade shows? If not, what inspired you to teach now?

Mary Lou: I have not. I've attended many TNNA Summer Shows, and taken some classes, but never got around to applying to teach. Gale Zucker, my Drop Dead Easy Knits co-author encouraged me to apply after I had so much fun being her 'assistant' when she taught iphone photography in Columbus 2017,

Can you tell us a little more about the class you'll be teaching?

I'm teaching two classes. The first is Short Rows Three Ways. In this class participants learn (at least) three ways to make and keep track of short rows. Yarn shop customers are often afraid of using short rows. This class using techniques so you can help those reluctant customers overcome their fears. We explore techniques by making a little stuffed two-color ball, catnip optional, but provided! The second class is DIY Buttons Yorkshire and Dorset Style. These 19th century buttons are made by weaving with yarn and a tapestry needle over a framework. You don’t need to be able to sew or have any special skills to make distinctive buttons to match your sweater or jacket perfectly. The techniques are a fun class to draw in students during the warmer weather.

Why should attendees consider registering for your class(es) at the TNNA Winter Market?
For fun! Also, to learn some techniques to bring back to customers. Both classes have handouts to bring home and use.

Why do you think education is an important part of attending the Winter Market?

Learning new skills and meeting new people are the best parts of classes. Having the opportunity to get to know others in the field in a fun setting is so useful.

Aside from education, what else are you looking forward to at the Winter Market?
The new format is really intriguing. It sounds as though there will be lots of opportunity to meet, hang out and share idea.

When preparing for your trip to the Winter Market, what's the one item you can't forget to pack?

My interchangeable needle sets - there is so much yarn to swatch, I like to have the right tools at hand. I have both metal and bamboo, because you never know what you'll need.

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