I wrote this blog when I had just returned from TNNA’s Winter Trade Show in
Long Beach CA, and have to admit, I’m still reeling a bit.
You would think by now, having attended over a decade of west coast shows, I
wouldn’t experience jet lag. Perhaps it isn’t jet lag, but an overdose of
fibers and patterns, glitters and beads, sparkling threads and slick new
needles. . . not to mention brainstorming, planning, evaluating, listening and
And now, nearly 3 weeks later, I’m still sorting through all the information
Friday evening started off with the most well attended Sample-IT!
ever, followed by a dazzling Needlepoint Showcase ablaze with spectacular
finished products, as well as a Teacher Meet & Greet. The Yarn Group
Fashion Show was emceed again by Doreen Connors from Soho Publishing and Kathy
Morrow from The Yarn Studio, Minturn CO. Bartha Visual, the company who takes
care of our audio visual, created a new stage layout that added interest as well
as enabled the large audience to more easily view all the models.
It seemed to me, time evaporated once the show floor opened. But even before
that, the activity was intense. While others were taking classes (the TIPs
program was again a success), the Retail Council members were meeting . . .
discussing how to make TNNA even more valuable to the retail members. Just for
a teaser, we’re developing a new business educational program to be piloted in
June . . . so stay tuned for more information about all that.
All the Special Interest Groups met, of course on Sunday night. The Yarn
Group is also in a process of developing a Traveling Fashion/Trunk Show.
Specifics of the program are being determined and will be unveiled within the
next few months.
The Mini Sessions on the show floor were well attended, and I personally
gathered at least half a dozen names of people who want to host a PiPN intern.
Since I’ve returned, we’ve already received two more Host applications. I’ll be
posting all of the names soon on TNNAPiPNBlog.com.
I know there was business going on . . . retailers buying, wholesalers
connecting with designers, publishers talking with writers, teachers connecting
with retailers, even wholesalers doing deals with other wholesalers. It was
difficult to see what was hot and what wasn’t . . . but considering the economy,
our specialty needlearts industry is holding it’s own, and, in my estimation,
ready to leap forward.