Help TNNA kick off the 2019 Summer Show with our special events! Join us starting on June 20 for an exciting array of events. Connect with old friends and meet new ones all while getting a sneak peek at some of the amazing products that our exhibitors will have at the show!

Diversity and Inclusion Town Hall | Wednesday, June 19 | 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Join your fellow TNNA Members for our first Diversity and Inclusion Town Hall on Wednesday, June 19 from 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. A panel of members from across the needlearts community will come together to share stories, provide ideas, and engage in a constructive conversation on how to make sure all members of our community feel welcome. This will include sharing personal stories where members have faced bias or exclusion, and then discuss how every member of this industry, including retailers, wholesalers, designers, customers, etc., can work together to address these issues. We’re hoping to foster a sense of inclusion and belonging by appropriately welcoming individuals of culturally diverse backgrounds. Panelists include: 

  • Moderator: Stacey Trock, Stacey Trock Consulting
  • Meghan Fernandes, Pom Pom Publishing, LLC
  • Lucinda Iglesias, Mont Tricot
  • Yvonne Opstedahl, Mockingbird Moon Yarn, LLC
  • Dennis Rinkenberger, The Yarn Guys
  • Board Sponsor: Courtney Kelley, Kelbourne Woolens, LLC 
We look forward to an open, engaging and respectful discussion, that will support ongoing conversation throughout the Summer Trade Show. Additional onsite opportunities for conversation, as well as participation opportunities for members who cannot join in person will be announced shortly.

We want to hear your thoughts! Click here if you have additional resources to contribute to help continue to move this initiative forward.

Retailers' Luncheon | Thursday, June 20 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Universal Yarn 

When you want to increase customer engagement and loyalty, who you gonna call? A fiberarts teacher! Good teachers can enhance your credibility, arm your customers with confidence, and increase your sales, but only if you utilize them in smart ways. Whether you’re hiring a nationally known superstar, or sourcing from your local talent pool, the right teacher can be a huge asset. Learn how to find both local and out-of-town teachers, how to set class policies that work, and how to manage the logistics of bringing in nationally-known teachers. Get tips on marketing classes for best results. You'll leave class with a checklist and action plan for hiring your next teacher(s). Teachers include:
  • Edie Eckman
  • Gwen Bortner
  • Grace Akhrem

Discover What’s New | Thursday, June 20

The trade show features a Discover What’s New area outside the show floor where exhibiting companies have an opportunity to display their NEWEST and HOTTEST products. Walk around and be sure to vote on the BEST NEW PRODUCT and help your favorite company earn a free booth at the next Summer Trade Show!

New Members Meeting | Thursday, June 20 | 5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Join fellow new members to learn more about year-round TNNA events and opportunities!

Fashion Show | Thursday, June 20 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Fashion Show will be the highlight of the Thursday evening activities. Don’t miss this opportunity to show off your garments or accessories on the Fashion Show runway, giving your company pre-show recognition, as participants get excited to view the upcoming styles. A garment may be anything from a single sweater to a head-to-toe ensemble.

Opening Reception | Thursday, June 20 | 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The TNNA Summer Show officially kicks off Thursday evening with the Opening Reception! Strike up a conversation with old and new friends while you enjoy drinks and snacks.

Sample IT! | Thursday, June 20 | 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

This is your chance to visit different booths and get excited about the products, order and go home with product in hand so you can stitch a model or display the product in your store!


As of June 18, 2019.

Refreshment Break | Friday, June 21 | 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Gather together on Friday morning in the TNNA Booth for an opportunity to network and share ideas with fellow attendees while enjoying light refreshments.

Happy Hour | Friday, June 21 & Saturday, June 22 | 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Bryson Distributing, Knitter's Pride and Universal Yarn 

TNNA Dine-Around Cleveland | Friday, June 21 | 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

New this year, TNNA has partnered with Destination Cleveland to offer a Dine-Around Cleveland event. If you would like to participate, stop by the Destination Cleveland info desk during one of the times below to find out more about the various restaurants to choose from, select your preference, and continue your networking long into Friday evening. The restaurants were carefully chosen to represent a range of the best cuisine Downtown Cleveland has to offer. You are responsible for the cost of your dinner.

Dine-Around Sign-Up Schedule: 
Wednesday, June 19 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 20 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, June 21 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

*Destination Cleveland info desk is located near TNNA registration in the Exhibit Hall A Foyer

TNNA Meet & Mingle | Saturday, June 22 | 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

After the festivities conclude at the convention center, the networking and fun continues at the Hilton Downtown Cleveland. Enjoy an evening of food, drinks and networking in Eliot’s Lounge located on the second floor of the Hilton. Eliot’s is a welcoming and unique space with views of the city, eclectic artwork and lounge style seating. All are welcome to attend. You are responsible for the cost of your food and drinks.

TNNA Member Meeting | Sunday, June 23 | 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

There will not be product segment meetings at the Summer Trade Show. This meeting will be your opportunity to network with other members and learn more about the year-round benefits of TNNA membership. 


Have ideas for fun social and networking events? Let us know! Send your ideas to We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Summer Show, June 19-23, 2019 in Cleveland, OH!