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Touching the Youth, the Needlearts lovers of tomorrow

Posted By TNNA Staff, Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Updated: Thursday, August 25, 2011

Happiness is being in the Needlearts Stitch Zone
Ada Lai shows a young boy how to crochet!
Ada Lai shows a young boy
how to crochet!
Recently TNNA sponsored an award-winning Needlearts Stitch Zone at the San Mateo Maker Faire event. We were there last year, and taught more than 1000 new fiber enthusiasts. The theme was "recycling” and so we incorporated yarn made of grocery bags into the kids programming and the display.

This year, the theme of the event was "children,” so we were even more tuned in to the kids. Again, we spent time knitting, crocheting and stitching (needlepoint) with the kids on our oversized needles, hooks and canvas.  And, again, we estimate we taught over 1000 new stitchers . . . this time, even more appeared to be under the age of 12.

Now you might think, ok . . . these kids really aren’t going to go home and knit or crochet . . . but we also know most of the fiber lovers of today first learned when they were younger than 12. So, today’s play will eventually turn into tomorrow’s passion. We also know, many of the parents who were watching will go home and get out their old projects, left unfinished years ago and just waiting for the moment they’ll be picked up again.

Recently, Jules Kliot (Lacis and the Museum of Lace) sent me some picture of an event at the Exploratorium in San Francisco in early July. They demonstrated lace making to young and old . . . These picture really tell the story. Even the young ones were enthralled, and obviously were able to pick up the techniques themselves.

If you have pictures of young stitchers, send them to us so we can show the world the stitchers of tomorrow. (Of course, get their parents’ permission first!)

Even the young ones are able to pick up this lace making technique.  
The children were enthralled with the lace making demonstration by Lacis at the Exploratorium in SanFrancisco
Even the young ones are
able to pick up this
lace making technique.
  
The children were enthralled
with the lace making
demonstration by Lacis
at the Exploratorium
in San Francisco

Tags:  crochet  cross-stitch  exploratorium  knitting  lace making  Lace museum  lacis  maker faire  Marketing Needlearts  needlearts  needlearts stitch zone  needlepoint  Needlework News  TNNA  TNNA Youth Outreach 

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