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The TNNA 2018 NeedleArts Summer Trade Show is the perfect place for needlearts professionals to learn about the newest products and techniques in the industry! Our classes are designed to develop and enhance your technical and business education, leaving you with new skills to take back to your business.

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Grace Akhrem

Grace Akhrem, a Los Angeles native, has always been artistic and crafty.  She started out drawing, then painting, then moved on to photography and ceramics. Knitting and crochet was a natural progression for Grace that didn’t require any clean-up. 

Grace’s designs are inspired by color, yarn, texture and fashion.  She loves working with vibrant and saturated colors that make you want to smile.  Her love of color is where she draws most of her inspiration… although sometimes she just listens to what the yarn is telling her it wants to be.

Grace’s main goal as a designer is to designs patterns that she would like to wear herself and she thinks others would as well. Grace focuses on construction and technique in all of her designs.  She is known for two major design elements in her patterns, short-rows of all kinds and her uniquely designed bind off and stitch patterns.  Although she does mostly focus on the short-row technique her designs can range from beginner to advanced and everything in between.

Classes Grace Akhrem is teaching:

  • 10 Things Every Knitter Should Know  | Wednesday, June 13 | 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
  • Cast Ons and Bind Offs | Thursday, June 14 | 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Melissa Leapman

One of the most prolific designers and teachers at work in the US, Melissa Leapman is the bestselling author of several knitting and crocheting books. Her next book, 6000+ Pullover Possibilities is due out in February of 2017.

Classes Melissa Leapman is teaching:

  • Chart Smart | Wednesday, June 13 |12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Crochet for Cowards | Wednesday, June 13 | 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Patty Lyons

Patty is a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the 'why' not just the 'how' in her pursuit of training the 'mindful knitter.' Patty teaches nationally at guilds and knitting shows around the country, and her popular classes can also be found online and on DVD at Interweave, Annie's and Craftsy. 

Patty's designs and articles have been published by various yarn companies and books and magazines including: Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knitter’s Magazine, and Creative Knitting, where she also writes a knitter’s advice column, “Patty’s Purls of Wisdom.”

For more about Patty, visit


Classes Patty Lyons is teaching:

  • Pricing Strategies & Goals in Retail | Wednesday, June 13 | 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Build a Super Selling Staff | Wednesday, June 13 | 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Tools for Successful Inventory Management | Thursday, June 14 | 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Secrets to Yarn Substitution | Thursday, June 14 | 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Building Your Buying Plan – Open to Buy and More | Friday, June 15 | 7:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
  • Managing Cash Flow | Saturday, June 16 | 7:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

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