TNNA Markets to 'Makers'
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Posted by: Jane Miller
For Immediate Release
October 30, 2012
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TNNA Markets to ‘Makers’
The National NeedleArts Association spreads
the fiber enthusiasm at the New York Maker Faire.
ZANESVILLE, OH — The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) recently
exhibited at the Maker Faire New York,
also known as the "World Maker Faire.” The two-day Faire, which took place at the New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, N.Y.,
is said to have attracted more than 55,000 attendees. Produced by MAKE Magazine and O'Reilly Media, the
Faire is described as "part playground, part science fair, part welding shop,
part county fair and 100 percent unique.”
"New York was great,” notes Frederikka Payne, owner
of Aurora Yarns in Moss Beach, Calif., who has helped coordinate the TNNA booth
at Maker Faire events in New York, Detroit and San Mateo, Calif., for the last
four years. "We have a
regular classroom where we’ve been two years running. Since it was pouring rain
the first day we — along with all the indoor Makers — were slammed. The rain
let up on Sunday, but even at closing time we had a full house.”
Despite the inclement weather keeping all the kids who
attended for Education Day in close quarters indoors, Payne says the volunteer
teachers and students were all having fun. She estimates nearly 1,000 attendees
tried their hand at least one
needlearts project during the event. Many people learned several!
"One of the fun things is watching the volunteer teachers
learn new needlearts from one another during the occasional slow moments,” she
adds. "Lots of people who already do needlearts wander in to see what we’re
doing. Many of them give us their names as potential volunteers for next year.
Some of them even just sit down and start teaching.”
Payne is appreciative of all TNNA members who have volunteered
their time and/or supplies for this and other Maker Faire events. There are too
many to name, she notes, but two in particular went above and beyond the call
at this year’s New York Faire: The Yarn Co.’s Amy Tyszkiewicz, Manhattan, and Michelle
Cook-Lopez, third-generation owner of Cook’s Arts & Craft Shoppe in
"If not for Amy volunteering both days, our fledgling
teaching of spinning would have been non-existent on Sunday,” Payne points out,
"and Michelle not only taught all day Sunday. but helped tear down and pack up
In addition, Bryson Distributing "came through with a huge number of knitting needles so I
could breathe easy,” she adds.
"We believe that these events showcase TNNA members’ passion
for and dedication to growing and expanding the future of the needlearts
industry,” says TNNA Executive Director Patty Parrish. "People who attend these
events are looking to explore different skills and ideas, and many of them see
creative possibilities open up to them with a simple crochet hook and some
yarn, or a needle and canvas.”
"Mini Faires” (not sponsored by MAKE Magazine and O’Reilly Media) are cropping up around the
country, and Payne says it would be fantastic if TNNA members want to pick up
the torch at a local venue. The next Maker Faire at which TNNA will officially exhibit
takes place in May 2013 in San Mateo, Calif. Donations and volunteers are always
welcome, Payne says.
"Our biggest need right now is
at least 10 yds. of 12-point needlepoint canvas so our painter volunteer can
create a canvas of the Maker Faire robot logo from DJ Designs,” she says. "The logo was
charted by Debbie Rowley and Cathe Ray, and DJ Designs donated canvases last
year. They were such a hit last year.
"Other needlepoint canvases that are small and simple
are always needed,” Payne continues. "At TNNA’s Baltimore NeedleArts Market,
several vendors brought me a wonderful selection of small canvases, perfect for
teaching, and we can always use more.”
Simple cross-stitch charts — especially those with subject
matter like cars, trains and dinosaurs would be welcome. "You would be amazed
at the number of 6- to 12-year-old boys we teach,” Payne says.
Any type of light to medium-colored smooth yarns, DK
to bulky weights, are on Payne’s teaching wish list — solid or multi-color
doesn’t matter, but she does ask that they are wound as balls. Hooks, needles
and yarn often go home with the students, so a replenishment in a variety of
styles and sizes are always in demand.
Hand-dyed, specialty, and novelty yarns, specialty
needles and hooks and other tools are great additions for volunteer gift bags,
as are needlepoint and cross-stitch books, charts, canvases and specialty
To volunteer, donate or for more information, please contact
Payne at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone at 415-279-2092.
TNNA is a non-profit trade organization
established in 1974 and is dedicated to the advancement and promotion of needle
arts, through trade shows, educational seminars, special events, public
relations and professional programs that continue to meet the needs of the
industry. For more information, visit www.tnna.org.