New Products, New Exhibitors, New Programs Illustrate Strength of the Specialty Needlearts Industr
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Products, New Exhibitors, New Programs Illustrate Strength of the Specialty
— The National
NeedleArts Association’s Winter Trade Show in Long Beach CA this past weekend
was a testimony to the innovation and creative spirit of our members and our
With twenty-three new exhibitors and a New Product Display boasting
one hundred-sixty-eight new items from over one hundred companies, it was
evident TNNA’s members continue to see, and seek opportunities within this
Friday evening hosted a "biggest ever” Sample-IT!, the Teacher Meet & Greet, as
well as the new Needlepoint Group Showcase, complete with an array of finely
finished products. The Yarn Group
Fashion Show, emceed by Doreen Connors of SOHO Publishing and Kathy Morrow of
The Yarn Studio, capped off the evening.
Spirited, new models, strutting along a new diamond runway, showed off
the sparkling new yarns and spring/summer knit and crochet patterns from over 65
of TNNA’s foremost designers.
educational curriculum continues to develop, embracing different venues to
better serve our members. Both the TIPs program and on-floor mini-sessions,
initiated in Columbus last June, were again well received. The Retail Council is currently in the
process of creating a totally new approach to providing members with the
knowledge they need to better manage their businesses.
the Special Interest Group meetings on Sunday evening, as well as the Annual
Meeting, India Wood of Hart Business Resources announced a new Business
Innovation Award being offered by her company in partnership with TNNA.
Annual Meeting started off with a short video highlighting the Top Stories of
TNNA 2009 – 2010, starting out with Stitch N’ Pitches achievement of setting a
new Guinness Book of World Records for the most crocheters stitching at the same
time at Citi Park NY during the past summer.
The entire video will be posted on TNNA.org.
PiPN Internship program also announced the addition of Mississippi State
University as a second hub. University
of Akron in Akron OH had been the only college in the PiPN Scholar program. MSU, through Dr. Phyllis Miller, offers a
complete needlearts class as part of their Textiles curriculum.
TNNA trade shows are changing. Although
Columbus will still host the Summer Needlearts Market on the 11th of
June, this fall’s Needlecraft Market is moving to Baltimore MD, and will take
place August 13-14. Next January’s trade
show is slated for Phoenix AZ from the 21st through the
Although both exhibitor and attendee numbers were nearly exactly the
same as last year, activity was up and many vendors expressed satisfaction with
show sales. Exhibitors also noted they
were happy to be able to connect with other vendors to develop new products or
For more information and discussion on TNNA’s new programs, check out
our TNNAblog.com or log onto TNNA.org.
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.