Posted By Sherry Mulne, Business Directions inc,
Friday, September 30, 2011
As I sat in the Chicago airport this past Tuesday morning, it was difficult to believe Maker Faire NYC 2011 was almost two weeks ago. Earlier this month, as I eagerly awaited the event at the New York Hall of Science, I was also eagerly awaiting the birth of my seventh grandchild.
Thankfully my grandson arrived nearly on time . . . and after Maker Faire. The 17th and 18th of September were hectic enough. Thanks to the numerous sponsors and tireless volunteer teachers, we again taught close to 1000 new stitchers during this awe-inspiring event.
"Creators" of all kinds meet at Maker Faire. The come to NYC or Detroit, or San Mateo (not to mention the many mini-faires cropping up all over the country) just to learn how to make something.
This year, one of the really exciting draws was our own version of the Maker Faire robot . . . lovingly named "Asimov" by Bob Payne, Frederikka Payne's (Aurora Yarns) helpful husband. Cathe Ray (Needle in a Haystack) and Frederikka both worked on developing the chart for the robot in both needlepoint and cross-stitch. Dale Lenci (DJ Designs) had fifty canvases painted, all of which were swept up on the first day of the faire.
Frederikka also painted a large version so people could stop by our Needlearts Zone and stitch-an-inch if they wished. The Maker Faire event managers are begging to have the canvas when it's finished . . . a testament to how supportive they've been at each of the faires.
One note . . . along with a special thank you to our volunteers. This event is a great way for retailers to meet new potential customers . . . and yet only three TNNA retail companies responded out of close to a hundred in the area. This year, we especially needed help teaching needlepoint and cross-stitch. If you're a retailer, don't miss out on this opportunity. Face to face meetings are the best way to bring in new customers, and Maker Faire attracts the exact type of person you're looking for. Not attending is a true loss.
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