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TNNA 2017 Summer Trade Show Class Previews: Jill Wolcott

Posted By TNNA Editor, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Updated: Friday, May 12, 2017

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TNNA 2017 Summer Trade Show Class Previews 

Spotlight on Jill Wolcott

Jill Wolcott

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 Jill Wolcott. Read on below for a teaser of Jill's classes and her thoughts on the importance of education for needlearts professionals.

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

  • Basic Garment Grading for Designers | Saturday, June 10 | 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Using Color Trends to Entice and Entrance | Sunday, June 11 | 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m



We asked Jill 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?

Jill:  I’ve taught before at TNNA, and it is always fun to spark interest among peers. I love finding out what designers and shop owners/workers are doing and how they are looking to grow.

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

JillUsing Color Trends to Entice and Entrance: Shop Owners spend a fair amount of time choosing yarn, then put it onto shelves or into other displays. I taught product development classes at a fashion college for more than 15 years, and color is the thing customers respond to first.  Yes, people buy the core colors, but you need to entice them with the fashion and accent colors. Creative displays are an opportunity to show how different colors will punch up that hand painted yarn, or make the perfect foil for a bit of trim, or ________!  There is color information available at no or low cost, which I will introduce, along with ideas for creating enticing displays featuring great seasonable or exciting colors.

Basic Garment Grading for Designers: For every designer or tech editor wanting to offer patterns in more than one size. Take this class to get rooted in the theory of grading you need to understand the applications. I provide useful tools and handouts and will walk you through the basic principles and concepts. I am tying this into a larger program of online grading classes which will build on the content of this class. Grading as a concept isn’t hard; application is a puzzle with a lot of pieces. Let me get you grounded so you can move ahead with building your skills and confidence.

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

JillI’ve been taking classes myself recently, and sometimes I don’t get what I thought I would get, but there is always that little gem, or sometimes a huge "ah ha” that makes something click. I love providing that moment, and know that it is what can carry a shop or designer forward in a really positive way.

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

JillI come to interact with colleagues, friends, and to meet new people. I love seeing what is new, getting my own interest sparked, and all the interaction with people who understand what I do.

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

Jill: I keep an umbrella and a corkscrew in my suitcase, but the really important item that I can’t forget is my mini French press and favorite coffee. There are too many early hours at TNNA (and really, anywhere) for me, a non-morning person, to face without the comfort of that elixir first thing!  

Jill Wolcott is a teacher and designer with expertise to lead you where you want to go as a knitter/designer. Find her blog, newsletter and fab things to knit on her website

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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