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Catching up on what’s been happening with TNNA

Posted By TNNA Staff, Thursday, June 23, 2011
Updated: Monday, August 22, 2011

I’m really not sure where to begin. Perhaps starting now and counting backwards . . . but isn’t that what they ask you to do when you go under a sedative for surgery. . . count backwards. Let’s see how far I get before you all go to sleep . . . because I really could go on and on.

Since TNNA’s NeedleArts Market closed on the 13th of June, there’s been a constant stream of "happenings.”
Beginning tomorrow, we’re looking towards the Detroit Maker Faire, coming up on the 30th and 31st of July. If you’re in the Detroit area, look for our upcoming email about TNNA’s Needlearts Zone . . . This will be our second year there, and we’re going to need lots of volunteers to help teach again. These events are getting bigger and bigger, and draw in lots of new, enthusiastic stitchers. We don’t have the sign up sheet posted yet, but will soon. If you want more information, or want to be on the list . . . send us an email a tnnamaker@gmail.com.

In the meantime, we’ve said good-bye to some of our PiPN interns, and hello to a new one. (Check out the TNNAPiPNblog.com to see what the interns have had to say so far.) We’ve seen the PiPN Summer Scholar class come to a close and more of our interns head off to their individual host sites. So far, we’ve heard back from several, including Elli McHugh interning with Be Sweet and Kimberly Esasky who’s with Vogue Knitting. BTW, Kim’s looking for fiber artists in the Los Angeles area who are interested in exhibiting at the Vogue Live event there in September of this year.

I’m in the process of returning the beautiful hand-embroidered (crewel) gown created by Renee LaCoste, winner of TNNA’s Best of Show Award in Hand NeedleArts, as well as the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association’s award winning boards. Funny how packaging things up and sending them off seems to take forever . . . even though I’m saving lots of money by using TNNA’s UPS service!

I’m also following up with Dave Krebs, and determining a date for the upcoming CBC Webinar for our "Being Number Smart in the Needlearts” class. We’re hoping to have our first webinar on July 11th at 4 pm EST, and the second on the 13th at the same time. We’ll be sending out reminder notices to those who attended the class at the show. I’m also about to start knitting him a tie . . . Seems he’s really into ties (did you notice the one he wore at the show?) . . . anyone have a good pattern?

We’re also beginning to work seriously on the Yarn Resource Catalog. Thanks to the generosity of the Yarn Group members who supported the Great Wall by sending in samples and additional skeins. With all the yarn provided, we’ll have enough to create several Catalogs to be made available to the textile and fashion professors across the country.

I think there were several other things that happened between the 13th and now, but I can’t quite remember them all. I do know, right after the show, I slept for an entire day.

The days prior to that, were filled with lots of excitement and activity. The June show this year really was a new world. The streets of TNNA were lined with great new products, new people, and old friends. The new Fashion Show (going online soon, I promise), the new Great Wall and Discover What’s New area all added to the fun. Attendance was up, spirits were high, and everyone could feel it.

So now that we’ve counted backwards to zero, I guess it is time to take a rest. Oh, except things are already in the works for Baltimore . . .

Tags:  Needlearts Show information  The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA)  TNNA Youth Outreach 

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