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TNNA 2017 Summer Trade Show Class Previews: Grace Akhrem

Posted By TNNA HQ, Monday, May 15, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

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TNNA 2017 Summer Trade Show Class Previews 

Spotlight on Grace Akhrem

Grace Akhrem

The TNNA 2017 NeedleArts Summer Trade Show, taking place June 10-12, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio, is the perfect place for needlearts professionals to learn about the newest products and techniques in the industry!

Register today and choose from more than 40 classes taught by 20 industry experts, including several new to TNNA shows! Learn techniques and strategies to help you run your business and exchange ideas and best practices you can implement when you return to your shop. But hurry, once a class is sold out, it will no longer be available for selection.

Today's spotlight is on classes being taught by Grace Akhrem. Read on below for a teaser of Grace's classes and her thoughts on the importance of education for needlearts professionals.

Grace is teaching the following classes at the 2017 Summer Trade Show:

  • Converting Basic Garments to Include Short-Row Shaping | Saturday, June 10 | 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
  • Cast Ons and Bind Offs | Sunday, June 11 | 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.



We asked Grace to share her insights on needlearts and business education, as well as its value to members of our industry.

Have you taught classes at previous TNNA trade shows?

Grace: I haven't ever taught at TNNA before, but I have been teaching locally and nationally since 2004. I'm excited to teach subjects and techniques I'm truly passionate about to an audience that is inspired and motivated to learn more about their craft and their trade. I can't wait to share with you my passion and knowledge!

Why should attendees consider registering for classes at the TNNA Summer Trade Show?

GraceA little more than ten years ago, I took a few classes at TNNA when I was still working for a small yarn shop. I was excited to learn from a professional in my industry, someone whom TNNA felt knowledgeable enough to teach me.

Since taking those classes it has been a goal of mine to expand my knowledge to the point where I could someday be invited to teach at TNNA. That day is finally here. After more than a decade of learning and teaching, I feel that I have picked up so many valuable morsels of knowledge that can share with industry professionals. I have worked on my teaching style to create a comfortable environment for learning. I would love to share that knowledge and experience with TNNA attendees.

Why do you think education is an important part of attending the Summer Trade Show?

GraceI think that education is the core of our industry. Our industry as a whole has evolved greatly over the last ten years and continues to evolve.

I think it is important for the survival [of] our LYSs (Little Yarn Shops) to continually be ahead of this evolution and offer new and relevant products, knowledge and inspiration to their customers  I feel this all starts with the classes at TNNA.

Aside from education, what else are you looking forward to at the Summer Trade Show?

GraceAs every [with] every TNNA [show], I'm looking forward to seeing all my friends and sharing laughs. But I love walking the show floor, multiple times even. I love to see the new yarns and products. I love to lose myself in the colors, ideas, and inspiration.

After each show I always feel a surge of invigorating inspiration and excitement for my craft  I always look forward to that!

When preparing for your trip to the Summer Trade Show, what's the one item you can't forget to pack?

Grace: Knitting, of course! And somehow I always seem to think that I'm some kind of knitting superstar and I end up bringing like 6 to 8 projects.

I'm lucky if I can squeeze in a few rows on just one of them in between all the work I do. Nevertheless, I still pack all those projects ... it's become a little inside joke and tradition with myself. Ha!


Grace Akhrem started out her interest in the arts with drawing and painting, then moved to photography and ceramics. Knitting was a natural progression for Grace that didn't require clean-up! Grace's designs are inspired by color, texture and fashion. She loves working with vibrant and saturated colors that make her smile. Her love of color is where she draws most of her inspiration. Grace has designed for many publications including Noro, Interweave Press, Sixth & Spring books, and many more. Grace is always trying to design patterns and classes around construction and technique.

TNNA classes are categorized by objectives to help you select the class that best matches your education needs. See the objectives and listing below. Sign into Attendee Registration for the complete class presenter information, fees, and materials needed.

Business Data Made Simple Learn to effectively manage cash flow, plan your marketing, and invest in your future using data you already have.
Expanding Your Expertise Develop new skills and techniques to grow your business and increase profits.
The Two-Way Conversation Learn how to effectively engage with customers and vendors through various communications channels.
Leveraging New Tools & Technology Gain insight into the latest tools and technology, including social media, photography, software, and mobile devices.

 Discover all the exciting education opportunities at the 2017 Summer Trade Show!

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