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TNNA...We Conquered Vegas!

Posted By TNNA Editor, Monday, February 19, 2018
Dear Friends,

We just finished our three days in Las Vegas for the TNNA Winter Tradeshow. As with many of you, I questioned how the show was going to work. For months we all talked about exhibiting in a show room, would customers come and how would our members react to a new system of selling? After a fun-filled few days, I can honestly say that we had a great time. 

During the show we had a members meeting and each group segment had a meeting. Through each of the meetings, our members were asked the following questions.

Was the show the same? Was attendance fantastic? Was it difficult setting up? Did we give our members the show we want to? Is this the kind of show we want to continue to do? Do we even want a winter show?

In some cases the answers to the questions were positive and in other cases the answers negative. We received different answers depending on the segments that were asked. In all cases, the message from both wholesale and retail were exactly the same: ”This mostly hotel style show is not ideal and will work better for some than others but no matter what style of show is done, TNNA must continue to have a show.” The message was clear and loud.

As a board member, I attended our two-day meeting where all of us listed the things that we would like to see at a show and what our members really missed from our normal convention-style shows to this new hotel style show. In the end, after we listed three pages of ideas, we narrowed things down and the TNNA staff is working on heading us towards a new future. We may stay in Vegas and we may move on. The new style of show will be a hybrid show where most of the booths will be pipe/drape and there will also be hotel rooms available for those who choose a more relaxed style. They will look for a facility that allows us to have things like 'New Product', 'Sample It', a fashion show and a stronger education program. Our goal is to put on a show that will inspire creativity and get our members to come and play with us. 

One retailer stood up at the Yarn Group meeting and made the most important statement of all.

”I’ve told the vendors that I come to the show to buy. If you choose not to be there so I can see your products and buy from you then I’ll make new friends and disappoint you as much as you disappoint me by not being at the show.” 

While we all face increased show costs, travel costs and membership costs, we need to clearly understand that the history of TNNA is to wait five to 10 years without increases and then try and make up for lost time. The hit is big and it’s hard to understand. If TNNA worked like everything else in our world, we’d have small manageable increases every year or so in order to make things more manageable. This will be how things work from this point forward.

We need to remember this is our TNNA. United we stand in order to bring the creative arts to the world. We hope you’ll take the ride with us.

-Barry Klein
TNNA Board Member
 

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Knitting Trends in 2018

Posted By TNNA Editor, Thursday, February 8, 2018

By Stephanie Shiman

A friend of mine always tells me I have an uncanny knack for predicting trends. I don’t mean the over-the-top runway trends—those never cease to amaze and confound me—but the basic “this is going to be fun” type trends. So, with that in mind, let’s see what fun 2018 has in store…and if I’m way off, you can let me know at the end of the year. ;)

Much of what I think we’ll see in 2018 will come from seeds planted last year, growing and changing as the year goes on. In no particular order, here we go:

The wabi-sabi: This is a hot trend in home décor right now. Wabi-sabi is a traditional Japanese aesthetic, based on seeing the beauty in things that are imperfect and accepting the natural aging process—like patina on aged bronze. I think we’ll see this in our knitting through drop-stitches and asymmetry. Another theme of wabi-sabi is the idea of “obvious pretty” vs. “unique beauty.” I think we’re already seeing this with some rather unusual color selections, particularly in many of the “fade” garments that are popping up.  Colors we would have considered mismatched a few years ago are instead working together in a kind of opposites-attract harmony. So, embrace wabi-sabi and accept that one twisted stitch in a panel of stockinette as an element of your piece, and appreciate your garments knowing they are special or perfect because you created them.

The fade: The “Find Your Fade” shawl by Andrea Mowry has begun a huge movement in mixing and matching colors and assembling them together in ways that are entirely unique. 6369 projects have been knit as I write this article, and all so varied. In the description she says this is “YOUR shawl,” channeling Elizabeth Zimmerman’s attitude of making everything one’s own. I think the “make-it-your-own” aspect of this garment is part of what makes it so appealing. Who doesn’t love shopping for yarn and planning colors? In fact, for me, dreaming of what I will knit is almost as enjoyable as knitting it. I think we’ll be seeing many more projects like this—giant shawls (“shlankets”: shawl+blanket) with singular color combinations melding one into the other using various “fade” techniques to truly make it a one-of-a-kind piece.

The neutrals and texture: On the flip side of the color mash-ups, I’m expecting much in the way of neutrals this year. Lots of grays, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up with a pale, pale pink in the neutrals palette. These won’t be boring knits. Rather the neutral yarns will allow highly-textured stitch patterns to step into the foreground. I think we’ll see a lot of knit-purl textures, lesser-used ribbings, and asymmetrical cables. I predict interesting hems and edgings as well. This will be the year to break out all your Barbara Walker books and try new things with your needles.

The big cozy:  Another popular trend in home and fashion is moving towards comfortable and cozy—hygge and more recently, cosagach. These trends, which appreciate feelings of well-being, translate perfectly into knitting. Over-sized ponchos, enveloping shawls, loose-fitting open-front cardigans, worsted weight shrugs…these garments are less about the details and more about comfort. Conveniently enough they’re mostly one-size-fits-all garments, making it less important to get the perfect gauge and perfect fit. That fact alone makes big, cozy knits much more accessible to the beginning knitter. These garments will help shop owners and teachers promote larger, more involved projects with confidence that the knitter will succeed.

So, the take-away:

     Asymmetry, dropped stitches

     Mismatched colors and even bases (gasp!)

     Cozy, one-size-fits-all shrugs and ponchos

     Giant, enveloping shawls (not for the short attention span!)

     Heathered and tonal neutrals for highlighting stitch patterns

     Speckles continue in hand-dyed yarns, but I predict more muted and universally appealing (it seems you either love them, or hate them)

     Gradients and ombre yarns will stay popular—particularly when used for colorwork, such as fair isle knitting

     Tassels, tassels, and pom-poms on top of tassels !!

     And, as Pantone says, ultra-violet…who doesn’t love purple?!

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Talking Business with Gale Zucker and Beverly Army Williams

Posted By TNNA Editor, Wednesday, February 7, 2018

TNNANews recently sat down 2018 Winter Market Teachers Gale Zucker and Beverly Army Williams for an in-depth Q&A about their courses, which were a big hit among attendees. One attendee even raved, “Fantastic class! [I] learned both practical tools and theory. [...] This is the best class I have taken at TNNA to date.” Read on for what these two awesome ladies had to say!

TNNA: At the 2018 Winter Market, you really cemented yourselves as the go-to teachers for business acumen. What drives you to teach courses together?

Gale and Beverly (G&B): We both believe in the partnership of beautiful words and dynamic images to create a compelling online presence. We’ve learned over the last five years of teaching workshops together that our styles and knowledge complement each other, so when we co-teach, we can offer workshops that are more rich than one of us teaching alone. Plus, we have fun together!

TNNA: For members who were unable to attend Winter Market, what are a few key takeaways from each of your courses – “Simplify the Newsletter” (Thursday, 1/25) and “Become #Insta-Savvy: Instagram as Community Builder” (Friday, 1/26)?

G&B: In a word: consistency. Here’s how we’d break it down for the two classes more specifically…

For “Simplify the Newsletter,” a newsletter doesn’t have to be long; it doesn’t have to be a burden; but it must be consistent with the aesthetic of your business. It’s important to create content that you enjoy creating. We demonstrated and covered ideas for different types of stories and how to use images to grab your audience. Students left ready to put into place the plans they created in class.

With “Become #Insta-Savvy,” students left with a strong understanding of how to use Instagram for business and how to create a consistent presence. We reviewed the channels of Instagram (feed, stories and live), and examined what kind of content to put into each. We also dove deep into hashtags and how to create community using them. Participants were excited to explore creating strong, cohesive images.

TNNA: Can you share some of your favorite digital tools or resources for business owners who are active in social media or email marketing?

G&B: Our favorite digital tool to recommend is simple: your iPhone! (Or any smartphone, really.) There is an amazing level of work you can do just using apps alongside consistent planning and effort. The best tool isn’t digital it’s your curiosity and willingness to experiment.

TNNA: Aside from the education and working with peers during your classes, what was your favorite thing about this year’s Winter Market?

G&B: Meeting Elvis at the cocktail hour was a blast! We really loved when the Market was open and the whole hotel turned into a village of vendors. It was so friendly and laid back. The classes felt more relaxed without the frenzy of a large convention center. Las Vegas is all about fantasy, and the Winter Market was a fantasy for stitchers!

TNNA: In 280 characters or less, share your best advice for someone starting a new business or venturing into a new digital marketing space with an existing business.

G&B: Consistency. You don’t have to use every social media platform available. Experiment and find out where your audience is. Use the platforms you enjoy using at a frequency that you can be comfortable with. Be true to your aesthetic! And don’t you step on my blue suede shoes! (Tweet This)

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Beverly Army Williams is a writer and writing teacher, teaching at Westfield State University. Her writing appears in Knitty.com, Interweave Crochet, and Project 333 among other places. She co-edits MotherShould.com. She has been co-teaching with Gale Zucker about the partnership of beautiful words and dynamic images since 2013.

Gale Zucker is an award-winning commercial & editorial photographer. She also happens to be a lifelong knitter and maker. Gale mashes these passions to create lifestyle fashion photography in the knitwear and handmade world. Gale brings her love of the storytelling style of photography.  Her clients include yarn companies, book publishers, designers, magazines, and ready-to-wear clothing manufacturers and shops. Gale is the co-author/photographer of the books Drop Dead Easy Knits, Craft Activism and Shear Spirit, all from Clarkson-Potter. She also teaches workshops on photography for social media, and marketing, for indie businesses and makers.

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Business Corner: Capitalize on Pantone's Color of the Year!

Posted By TNNA Editor, Thursday, January 25, 2018

Business Corner: Capitalize on Pantone's Color of the Year!

 

Look at what my amazing hubby brought back for me from Amsterdam!!!!! When I found out he was going there for a business trip, I jokingly told him he simply had to stop by @stephen.and.penelope to check it out. Well, he secretly DID and picked out these two glorious skeins of @uschitita single ply yarn and an adorable project bag!!!! I couldn’t have chosen better for myself, and I’m so excited to have some of her yarn in my stash finally. Colors are Feather and Sugared Violets. 😍😍😍 #purpleisthenewblack #pantone2018 #ultraviolet #pantonecoloroftheyear . Ok now I’m going to go finish our holiday preparations. Hope y’all are having a great start to your week! . . . #uschitita #yarn #stephenandpenelope #christmastree #happyholidays #yay #knit #indiedyers #indiedyersofinstagram #indiedyersrock #knitting #knittingaddict #knittersofinstagram #knittersgonnaknit #knittersoftheworld #knitting_inspiration #acolorstory #purple #speckles #specklesaresohotrightnow

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According to Pantone, it is officially the year of Ultra Violet. Incorporate this bold purple into your business plan this year to catch the eyes of customers. Click through for a roundup of inspiring articles!

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Vogue Knitting LIVE NYC 2018

Posted By TNNA Editor, Thursday, January 25, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Vogue Knitting LIVE NYC 2018

By Joy Macdonell

 

Vogue Knitting LIVE, brings together thousands of knitting enthusiasts for a weekend filled with fashion, fiber, and education. Everything knitters love about the magazine is experienced at a show. Vogue Knitting LIVE features master-level hand-knitting classes, a high-end shopping experience, knit-couture fashion shows, and interactive art installations that engage and inspire knitters of every level.

On January 12-14, 2018 knitters gathered at the 7th Vogue Knitting Live show at the New York Marriott Marquis right near Time Square. Knitters filled the hotel with 2 full floors dedicated to shopping, demonstrations, and fashion shows. Classes began on Friday, January 11th and ran throughout the weekend on a third floor.

This wintery, east-coast, fiber event is filled with fashion! A Special Event Stage is featured in the marketplace where leading yarn companies show their newest patterns down the center aisle runway to the “ohhs” and “ahhs” of the crowd. Full knitted samples can be found in almost every booth with opportunities to try on knitted garments and even get fitted!

Shopping in the marketplace is an experience like no other. Everywhere you look, there is something to see! Favorite YouTubers and Instagram fiber friends fill the aisles. Attendees wear new patterns in color combinations that inspire Ravelry ques! Everyone is quick to give compliments and Finished Objects (FO) are examined for construction tips and tricks. There were over 160 amazing booths at VKL 2018 along with the familiar yarn tasting stations, ball winding stations, and beginner stations.

Book signings and demonstrations are great places to gather and chat with fiber folks who fit into your tribe. Authors and Instructors are thrilled to meet everyone. Autographs, hugs, and cheer fill the marketplace with laughter and good spirits. The absolute must-have for your knitting library was completely revised and updated VOGUE KNITTING: THE ULTIMATE KNITTING BOOK by Vogue Knitting and released the opening day of the show!

Artist installations are found all over the hotel. Visitors are encouraged to meet the artists and interact and engage with fiber in a new and novel way. There are plenty of chairs and tables for relaxing, catching up on class homework, or gathering with a knitting group.

This year Kristy Glass of Kristy Glass Knits on YouTube.com, led a group of knitters to an impromptu subway storm to take-over a full car on the subway! Stephen Be joined the ride where they sang, laughed, knitted, and made new friends.

2018 fiber shows are off to a good start! This year should be a good one for those of us on a fiber journey. Indie dyers, designers, bloggers, and podcasters are taking center stage at fiber shows and engaging knitters in fun and exciting activities that make attending a show a real event!

More East Coast Shows to put on the calendar:

March 22-25, 2018 – Stitches United Connecticut Convention Center

April 6,7,8 2018 – Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival

May 5 & 6, 2018 – Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

May 31 – June 4, 2018 – Camp Stitches Destination Vermont

September 8 & 9, 2018 – Endless Mountains Fiber Festival

October 20 & 21, 2018 – 2018 New York Sheep & Wool Festival

Knitter’s Review has a comprehensive 2018 Knitting & Fiber Events resource on their website

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What Shops Should Tell Customers During Dye Disasters

Posted By TNNA Editor, Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Updated: Friday, January 5, 2018

What Shops Should Tell Customers During Dye Disasters

By Shannon Herrick, dyer and social media maven for Frabjous Fibers 

You’ve spent the last 11 weeks knitting your masterpiece of color work, and painstakingly woven in all the ends. It’s time to plop it in a warm sink full of water and your favorite wool wash, which smells of deep woods and sunshine, so you can block it out into the perfect size and shape. To your horror, the water is quickly stained turquoise and the white, negative space which used to make all the other colors pop, is now dulled with dye re-adhering to the knitted fabric. This process, usually irreversible, is wildly frustrating, especially when, moments ago, your shawl was perfect.

Why did this happen? What could have been done? What can you do now?

Many factors can affect colorfastness after the manufacturer has set dye. In certain cases, it may not have been colorfast to begin with, whether commercially dyed by a large manufacturer, or hand dyed by a small, indie dye house, mistakes can happen with dye lots. For the purposes of this article, let us assume that the dyer did everything right, and when the yarn left the dye facility, it had been dyed and processed perfectly well. Maybe you’ve even used the same dyer’s yarn many times with no problem. But, your 10-color shawl is now a mess. So, what gives?

One hidden potential culprit is the fact that certain fragrances have the ability and tendency to pull dye from fabric or yarn. This means that your favorite eucalyptus scented wool soak might actually be a threat to the richly and/or multi-colored knits you’ve poured your heart and skill into. It may only affect certain colors, usually saturated hues and especially reds and turquoises, so it may be perfectly safe for the colorways of some knits and not others. The pH of your water could also be a factor that may compromise the integrity of the dye’s adherence. Temperature of the water, hardness or softness and added chemicals in treated city water…all these factors may be different from the water used when the yarn was dyed and could affect the chemistry.

So, what could you have done differently to prevent an unwelcome bleeding and blending of colors in your finished piece? Firstly, everyone’s favorite friend, the Gauge Swatch, can serve two purposes, especially with colorwork. Soak your swatch before you soak your actual piece of knitwear. Soak it in plain, hand-warm water first, and if the colors stay put, try soaking it again with that lavender garden wool wash and see if the color still holds. If you’re good, you’re good. If it bleeds only with the latter, than you know you need to use unscented wool wash or plain water for this particular item whenever you block or wash. If you don’t have a gauge swatch, you can either make one with your leftovers (recommended), or find the most obscure corner of your piece to do a test soak.

Now that you know to do a test next time, what can you do about the piece that’s ruined? There are a few products on the market, like color run removers and dye stain removers, but most people say they don’t work very well or at all with wool knits. Your best bet is to follow the steps above to prevent further bleeding in subsequent washings. For single-color bleeders, you could try to set the dye yourself with common household vinegar, but in order for that to work, you must also introduce heat. Vinegar alone in your blocking bath will not set dye, a commonly perpetuated myth and misunderstanding of the chemistry involved in using vinegar as a mordant.

In order to try dye-setting at home, you want to use a pot you can sacrifice from culinary use. Cover your yarn or knitted piece with water and add a generous glug of white vinegar. Bring slowly to a simmer over low heat and hold it there for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the item to cool in the water (to prevent felting in non-super wash items, and for safety’s sake…I mean, why bother handling simmering-hot fabric or yarn?), and then squeeze the excess water out and block/hang as normal.

Even the most well-dyed yarns from practiced and skilled dyers may bleed on occasion, due to either the saturation and richness of particular color families, or because of external factors affecting the chemistry of the dye process after the fact. Take care with the treasures you create, and always test before you wash. In this way, you should be able to enjoy your knits for years to come!

 

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Reveling in Ravelry

Posted By TNNA Editor, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Updated: Monday, December 11, 2017

Reveling in Ravelry

By Anita M. Wheeless

According to Urban Dictionary, ravelry (n.) is a "term derived from revelry and ravel; a knitting or crocheting party or celebration."¹ That's our kind of party! If you’re not one of the nearly 7 million registered members, what are you waiting for? You don’t need an invitation to join this party. In fact, signing up is free and opens a veritable treasure trove of all things fiber.

Celebrating its 10th year of existence, husband-and-wife team Casey and Jessie Forbes started Ravelry in 2007. Jessie, a knitter, wanted a one-stop resource, where knitters could go for yarn and pattern information. She thought there had to be an easier way to find inspiration and information than constantly searching knitting blogs. Co-founder Casey describes Ravelry as “a community site, organizational tool, and research tool (pattern and yarn database and discovery) for knitters and crocheters.”² In reality, it’s all this and so much more.

Imagine a place where thousands of people who are as passionate about the fiber arts as you are gather to share inspiration, projects, techniques, suggestions, etc. This same place allows you to keep track of all your downloaded patterns, catalog all the fiber arts books you own, store photos and notes of all your projects (past, present and future!) …and connect you to a world-wide community of other people who like to knit, weave, spin, crochet and collect yarn as much as you do!

While other internet applications have sprouted up over the years and, no doubt, will continue to do so, Ravelry, to me as a knitter, is still the best single site to use …whether I’m looking for a project to try, or looking to connect with people, including my customers.

I find that one of the most interesting features is the ability to upload the book titles you own and, when searching for a pattern, if it’s in one of your own books, the search will let you know. This is extremely useful. I have so many books, many by the same author. It’s difficult for me to remember exactly which book any given project might be found.

If I wanted to knit up Elizabeth Zimmerman’s famous “Baby Surprise Jacket,” for instance, but can’t remember which book I own that has this pattern in it, all I have to do is a quick search in my Ravelry library.

What pops up? Two books with the pattern: “Knitting Workshop” and “The Opinionated Knitter.” I didn’t even remember I owned both! Another useful feature is the ability to see and connect with others who have worked from the same pattern.

Here’s an example: years ago, while I was working from a pattern for an entrelac sweater for my niece, I ran into a few trouble spots. I looked up the pattern on Ravelry and found others who had also knit this sweater. I read their notes, looked closely at the photos they had uploaded and, finally, I messaged them, through Ravelry. They kindly wrote back with tips and strategies for workarounds. This is an amazing feature.

You can also contact the designers, themselves. And, if you are a designer, you can feature your patterns for free or for sale. 

As a member of the Ravelry community, you can start a group to discuss just about anything … or join a group who is discussing the particular things you like to knit, from fans of Dr. Seuss to Dr. Who and everyone in between, there’s a group for you on Ravelry!

There are so many incredible things that Ravelry can do, it’s worth your while to check out these sites for more in-depth descriptions. 

http://craftindustryalliance.org/raverly-at-10-how-the-knitting-social-network-has-inspired-and-impacted-yarntrepreneurs/

https://www.acknitwear.co.uk/blog/2016/4/28/how-to-keep-track-of-your-knitting-or-getting-the-most-out-of-ravelry

https://www.acknitwear.co.uk/blog/2017/1/24/using-ravelry-part-2

http://stitchcraftmarketing.com/evolution-ravelry-part-1/

http://stitchcraftmarketing.com/evolution-ravelry-part-2/

Sources

¹https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=ravelry

*As of September, 2017, Ravelry has over 7,000,000 registered users https://www.practicalecommerce.com/105-leading-social-networks-worldwide

²http://discuss.bootstrapped.fm/t/hi-im-casey-forbes-from-ravelry-com/218


About Anita M. Wheeless

Anita Mumm Wheeless has been a member of TNNA since 2012, and has been certified as a knitting instructor by the Craft Yarn Council. A former newspaper writer/editor, she designs knitting patterns for toys and novelties. Leisure Arts published her book, “Storybook Dolls to Knit” in 2011. Her patterns are also featured on Knitty.com, Knitpicks.com and Craftstylish.com. You can find her on Ravelry.com and Love Knitting. She maintains a website: Thepatternbox.com and a blog: mummble-jummble2.blogspot.com. Connect with Anita on Twitter @AnitaPatternBox or by email: anita@thepatternbox.com.

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Education Corner: Q&A With Agata Aspinwall

Posted By TNNA Editor, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Updated: Monday, December 11, 2017

Education Corner: Q&A With Agata Aspinwall

As a new teacher, Agata Aspinwall will be instructing attendees this winter on needlepoint during "Two Little Chickadees." Agata's class will be held at the TNNA Winter Market on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. If you want to sign up, register for the Winter Market here, then click below to hear Agata's thoughts on needlepoint. here

TNNA: Have you taught classes at previous TNNA trade shows? If not, what inspired you to teach now?

Agata: This will be my first time teaching at a TNNA trade show. I enjoy teaching needlepoint and share my love for this art form.

TNNA: Can you tell us a little more about the class you'll be teaching?

Agata: I'm teaching a class called Little Chickadees, which is a study in circles and curves, which are one of the hardest stitching to do on a grid.

TNNA: Why should attendees consider registering for your class(es) at the TNNA Winter Market?

Agata: This piece is adorable but besides that, it is a great piece to bring back to your shop and teach. It is on the small side so it is a quick, fun stitch.

TNNA: Why do you think education is an important part of attending the Winter Market?

Agata: Education is such an important part of the Winter Market, because it gets people together to learn about new things going on in the needlepoint world and to make connections with other buyers and sellers.

TNNA: Aside from education, what else are you looking forward to at the Winter Market?

Agata: At Winter Market I'm always looking to see the new designs and designers and to get ideas to bring back to shop, The Enriched Stitch in Wilton Connecticut, it is always fun to see what is happening in other parts of the country.  Also it is a great way to network with people in the industry.

TNNA: When preparing for your trip to the Winter Market, what's the one item you can't forget to pack?

Agata: The most important item to a needlepointer is their peepers!!! 


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Education Corner: Q&A With Gwen Bortner

Posted By TNNA Editor, Thursday, November 30, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Education Corner: Q&A with Gwen Bortner

As a veteran teacher to TNNA, Gwen Bortner will be teaching The Cash Must Flow: Creating Cash Flow Projections at the TNNA Winter Market on Sunday, January 28, 2018 in Las Vegas. Learn more about Gwen’s class and why she thinks financial knowledge in this industry is a must. And if you want to take Gwen's classes at the Winter Market, sign up here

TNNA: Have you taught classes at previous TNNA trade shows? If not, what inspired you to teach now?

Gwen: Yes -- every show for the last 10 years!!

TNNA: Can you tell us a little more about the class you'll be teaching?

Gwen: As I spend more time consulting within the industry I am find more commonalities with areas of struggle. All three topics were developed based on questions and issues that consistently arise with my clients. If they are struggling, I am sure others are as well.

TNNA: Why should attendees consider registering for your class(es) at the TNNA Winter Market?

Gwen: Dealing with cash flow, issues around buying/selling a business are always hot topics for the independent business owner. Business/Finance classes aimed specifically at the craft enthusiast business are nearly impossible to find. So all the information will be not only generally applicable to all business, but also tailored to the businesses served by TNNA.

TNNA: Why do you think education is an important part of attending the Winter Market?

Gwen: Because I believe so strongly in the value of education, I always consider industry focused learning opportunities to be one of the most important reasons to attend any market. However, the new format with alternative class times also makes it possible for vendors and attendees to schedule a class or two into their schedule.

TNNA: Aside from education, what else are you looking forward to at the Winter Market?

Gwen: I am really looking forward to the new format and to see how the various participants leverage the various options for showcasing their goods. I also think it will provide even more opportunities to network which is another key aspect to attending the show.

TNNA: When preparing for your trip to the Winter Market, what's the one item you can't forget to pack?

Gwen: Comfortable shoes are ALWAYS a must and of course my materials for my classes. I also think a good method for carrying paper, notes and other similar items is critical.

 


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The Sheep and Wool Festival 2017 in Pictures

Posted By TNNA Editor, Thursday, November 16, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Sheep and Wool Festival 2017 in Pictures

 Photos by Stephanie Shiman

The New York State Sheep and Wool Festival at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, New York, has been around since 1980, and is the yarn lovers dream. The fair consists of dozens of vendors, various fiber classes and workshops, as well as farm animals. This year, the fair saw more than 30,000 people. Frabjous Fibers' Stephanie Shiman experienced the festival firsthand and documented it with photos. 

   

   

   

    


About Stephanie Shiman

Stephanie Shiman (www.frabjousfibers.comstarted frabjous fibers and Wonderland Yarns in 2004 with a box of yarn stashed under her dining room table.  Now, with a team of a dozen or so creative people, FF&WY hand-dyes fabulous yarns and fibers that make their way to LYS all over the world.

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