Amy Bunger of Amy's Golden Strand, Memphis Tennessee honored with TNNA's 2011 TEN Award
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Amy Bunger of Amy's Golden Strand, Memphis TN honored with TNNA's 2011 TEN Award
Amy Bunger has been in both wholesale and retail needlework for over 32 years. She's best known, however, for her unique approach to teaching, her acclaimed stitch guides, her boundless spirit, as well as her infectious laugh.
After selling her first counted thread store in Owensboro, KY (1979 — 1982), she started a second shop in Longmont CO. This was soon followed by the third, and "final store,” as she says, opening in 1984, and offering a combination of counted thread and canvas work. In the last five years or so, she's decided to dedicate the entire shop to needlepoint.
In 1993, Amy started a second career writing commercial stitch guides for painted canvas with Damarj Designs. This endeavor quickly lead to teaching nationally for retail shops, guilds, seminars, trade shows, manufacturers and individuals.
With the help of her husband, the Bungers started a wholesale needle arts supply business in 1999. This was the beginning of Amy's first venture into publishing a new type of educational program. Inspired by the idea of creating a series of portable, "a' la carte,” mini-books that could be easily carried along with any current project, she developed the three-volume set of Amy's Cookbook for Stitchers.
During the eight years it took to complete the 24 chapter "Cookbook,” Amy wrote countless articles for Needlepointers and Needlepoint Now. In 2004, she also started the Home Study guides, essentially a series of needlepoint classes in a box. Just two years later, she ventured into a new dimension in education in her Pet Project Videos, with 6 canvas-work, instructional DVDs available, and one on the way.
The American Needlepoint Guild recognized Amy's accomplishments in her compilation of educational books, guides and videos by bestowing upon her ANG Literary Award in the Fall of 2009.
Having retired from travel teaching in the last two years, Amy now teaches only in the Memphis area. People come from all over the world to attend classes on needlepoint.
She says she finds immense satisfaction in teaching other guide writers, teachers and shop owners. "To be able to share my experience and ideas with other people in the business or wanting to start a business has been very exciting,” she explains.
Amy's excitement continues to engage and inspire countless people — both consumers and other professionals — from around the world. Her giving spirit, creative talents and gifts, as well as the poise she radiates, makes her a well-deserving recipient of this prestigious award.
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 http://www.tnna.org/.