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June 12, 2016

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Needle Felting Owl with Woolbuddy (N101T)

  Technique (Other)
Start: 7:45 a.m.
End: 9:45 a.m.
Room: 203B
Mbr: $45.00
Non: $65.00
Max: 32
Presenter: Jackie Huang
Sponsor: Woolbuddy

In this two-hour class, you'll learn how to make a Woolbuddy owl. The owner and creator of Woolbuddy, Jackie Huang, will be teaching this class. He'll walk you through the whole process of needle felting technique and show you how to use felting tools and how felting works. You’ll practice by making your own owl from building the basic shape, adding colors and body parts, to finalizing the details. Each student will get two felting needles and enough color wool to have fun for two hours. (You’re welcome to bring your own project to the class as well!)

Technique: Needle Felting
Skill Level: For All Skill Levels
Supplies: We'll provide all the supplies.
Material Fee: None.
Homework: None.

Photography for Needlework, Next Step (N102B)

  Business
Start: 7:45 a.m.
End: 9:45 a.m.
Room: 204A
Mbr: $45.00
Non: $65.00
Max: 20
Presenter: Kellie Nuss
Sponsor: TNNA

Photography is a major call to action for your customers. In this class, Kellie will go beyond the basics and walk you gently into the technology and science of photography. She’ll define and demystify shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. White balance and some basic lighting set-ups will also be included. Come and increase your confidence in photography so that you can show off your work and your business in the best possible visual way.

Business
Skill Level: Intermediate
Supplies: Students should bring a pen or pencil to take notes.
Material Fee: None.
Homework: Before class, email one or two images you’d like to have critiqued or would like help with to kellienuss@gmail.com.

Build a Super Selling Staff (N103B)

  Business
Start: 7:45 a.m.
End: 9:45 a.m.
Room: 204B
Mbr: $45.00
Non: $65.00
Max: 40
Presenter: Patty Lyons
Sponsor: TNNA

Whether you have a staff of one or one hundred, customer-service training is one of the most important—yet most often overlooked—tools in small retail. We all know great word of mouth is vital in order to thrive not just survive in the “age of the customer.” Learn the best practices for a wildly successful staff, and also learn the best tools for damage control in emergencies. You’ll learn the top dos and don’ts in retail customer service. Learn the secret to under-promising and over-delivering, and watch your sales soar!

Business
Skill Level: For All Skill Levels
Supplies: Students should bring a pen or pencil to take notes.
Material Fee: None.
Homework: None.

Newsletter Necessities: Maximizing Your #1 Marketing Tool (N104B)

  Business
Start: 7:45 a.m.
End: 9:45 a.m.
Room: 204C
Mbr: $45.00
Non: $65.00
Max: 40
Presenter: Gwen Bortner
Sponsor: TNNA

In a world ruled by mobile devices, an effective newsletter is the very best marketing tool. Whether you send out a newsletter regularly, occasionally, or never; there are all sorts of tips and tricks to learn to make the process easier and more effective. Discover the one tool ignored by most industry professionals, two methods for getting more sign-ups, and three formats that can be easily implemented. Customers are the lifeblood of your business, and your newsletter is your link to them. Make sure that link is strong!

Business
Skill Level: For All Skill Levels
Supplies: Students should bring a pen or pencil to take notes.
Material Fee: None.
Homework: If you currently have a newsletter, please note the frequency of delivery, your list count, and the percentage of opens.

Get Your Pink On! (N105T)

  Technique (Needlepoint)
Start: 7:45 a.m.
End: 9:45 a.m.
Room: 205
Mbr: $45.00
Non: $65.00
Max: 4
Presenter: Cynthia Thomas
Sponsors: TNNA, JP Needlepoint, Rainbow Gallery, Sundance Designs, Lee's Needle Arts/Colonial Needle, The DMC Corp., Planet Earth Fiber, Caron Collection, Renaissance Designs, and Access Commodities

This 13-mesh JP Needlepoint design would make a great class during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a portion of the proceeds from the canvas and stitch guide will go to support breast cancer research. You’ll start in the center with a sequin rosette. Next you’ll create diagonal, vertical, and horizontal trellises using beads, which you’ll fill in with Rhodes, Pavilions, and other stitches. The blank leaves would be the perfect place to add a name, and there’s a “pink ribbon” darning pattern. You’ll create the outer leaves with pattern couching, couched cords, beaded circles, and more trellis patterns.

Technique: Needlepoint
Skill Level: Intermediate
Supplies: Students should bring 15x15-inch stretcher bars, tacks or staples to attach canvas, the usual stitching supplies, and light and magnification if needed.
Material Fee: $10.00 (Please pay instructor onsite; correct change is appreciated.)
Homework: None.

How To Prosper in the Changing LYS World (N106B)

  Business
Start: 7:45 a.m.
End: 9:45 a.m.
Room: 206
Mbr: $45.00
Non: $65.00
Max: 20
Presenter: Larry Hart
Sponsor: TNNA

In the changing LYS world, learn how to attract and keep a diverse clientele of all ages, races, and genders. The focus is on creating a welcoming, customer-centered business that will set your shop apart from chain stores, discounters, and Internet shopping. It’s not the yarn you sell—it’s the people who buy the yarn, needles, books, and classes who are most important. You’ll also learn how to use your email lists to survey existing customers and social media to discover what these folks really want. It isn’t as daunting a task as you might think, and it can be really fun.

Business
Skill Level: For All Skill Levels
Supplies: Students should bring a pen and paper to take notes.
Material Fee: None.
Homework: a list of the challenges you believe your shop and other local yarn stores need to overcome to grow and prosper in the years ahead.

Rigid Heddle Weaving—An Asset to Your Yarn Shop (N107T)

  Technique (Weaving)
Start: 7:45 a.m.
End: 9:45 a.m.
Room: 207A
Mbr: $45.00
Non: $65.00
Max: 24
Presenter: Deborah Jarchow
Sponsors: TNNA, Foxglove Fiberarts Supply, Trendsetter Yarn, Hiya Hiya

The addition of weaving can increase yarn sales for your shop—it will also offer new ways for your customers to expand their fiber skills. In this workshop you’ll learn how to put a warp onto the looms, try a little weaving, and hear strategies for increasing yarn sales.

Technique: Weaving
Skill Level: For All Skill Levels
Supplies: Students should bring scissors, two brown paper grocery bags, and a tube from inside a paper towel roll.
Material Fee: $4.00 (Please pay instructor onsite; correct change is appreciated.)
Homework: None.

Sam and Betsy, The Artists Collection (N109T)

  Technique (Needlepoint)
Start: 7:45 a.m.
End: 9:45 a.m.
Room: 208B
Mbr: $45.00
Non: $65.00
Max: 15
Presenter: Janeann Sleeman
Sponsor: The Artists Collection

This patriotic canvas by Mile High Princess salutes our nation's 250th birthday. American icons Sam and Betsy are resplendent in their red, white, and blue finery. You’ll learn how to apply Kreinik's kid leather to Sam's hat, Painters Threads single loop for Betsy's hair, and Ric-Rac for her top. You’ll use WireLace 1mm thread for the firecracker fuses, DMC Memory Thread for the perfect cording, and Sundance Designs sequins and beads for special effects. You’ll also use Planet Earth 6-ply threads, Rainbow Gallery's Entice, ThreadworX threads, and tiny stars from the collection. Your customers will love this whimsical, patriotic design.

Technique: Needlepoint
Skill Level: For All Skill Levels
Supplies: Students should bring 10x12-inch stretcher bars; tacks; size 20, 22, and 24 Chenille needles; size 10 Bohin beading needles; scissors; and other normal stitching supplies.
Material Fee: $15.00 (Please pay instructor onsite; correct change is appreciated.)
Homework: None.

Knitting Techniques that Simply Amaze (N110T)

  Technique (Knitting)
Start: 7:45 a.m.
End: 9:45 a.m.
Room: 209A
Mbr: $45.00
Non: $65.00
Max: 25
Presenter: Jill Wolcott
Sponsor: TNNA

Learn four techniques you can share with your customers and students. These aren’t difficult, but they can amaze—and they will change your approach to various knitting projects. Everyone should have these in their toolbox, and now it’s time to add them to yours!

Technique: Knitting
Skill Level: For All Skill Levels
Supplies: Students should bring two colors of worsted-weight wool (or wool blend) in light colors (make sure they’re the exact same weight); two sets of appropriately sized needles for your knitting style, usually between size 5 (3.75mm) and size 7 (4.5mm); and one set of smaller sized needles (two sizes smaller).
Material Fee: $10.00 (Please pay instructor onsite; correct change is appreciated.)
Homework: None.

Crochet Confidence (N111T)

  Technique (Crochet)
Start: 7:45 a.m.
End: 9:45 a.m.
Room: 209B
Mbr: $45.00
Non: $65.00
Max: 28
Presenter: Edie Eckman
Sponsor: TNNA

You've got basic crochet stitches down pat, but you and your customers still have questions: How do I tell the right side from the wrong side? Why are my edges crooked? How do I decrease? How do I securely weave in the ends? How do I read a pattern? Now's the time to clear up the confusion. No matter your level of crochet experience, if you have questions, this is the class for you. You may even find answers to questions you didn't know you had. Create a crochet-friendly shop where all staff can help with crochet questions.

Technique: Crochet
Skill Level: For All Skill Levels
Supplies: Students should bring smooth, light-colored worsted-weight or DK-weight yarn and hooks in various sizes appropriate for the yarn.
Material Fee: None.
Homework: There’s no homework, but come with questions.

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