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The TNNA Winter Market is the perfect place for needlearts professionals to learn about the newest products and techniques in the industry! Our classes are desiged to develop and enhance your technical and business education, leaving you with new skills to take back to your business.

Check back often for updates to teacher bios and headshots!

Agata Aspinwall

I have been teaching Needlepoint for the last 6 years at The Enriched Stitch in Wilton CT, and at Lapham Community Center in New Canaan, CT. I am teaching at Destination Dallas in September 2017. I have taught many techniques classes, beginning needlepoint, beading, ribbon work and an original bling workshop at a stitching retreat.


Classes Agata Aspinwall is teaching:

  • Two Little Chickadees | Saturday, January 27 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Virginia Barney

After graduating from Boston University in 2014, Virginia Barney started a blog called “Stitch Style” as a creative outlet to share her passion for needlepoint. Her stitch guides have been published by Melissa Shirley Designs and Needlepoint.Com.

She currently works as Director of Education for Needlepoint.Com, where she is developing their selection of online classes. Jinny is a popular instructor at Needlepoint.Com, where she has taught numerous classes and private lessons as well as store-sponsored national retreats at the Grove Park Inn and the Raleigh store.

She is excited to make her TNNA teaching debut with Kirk & Bradley!

Classes Virginia Barney is teaching:

  • English Wildflower Basket | Saturday, January 28 | 7:15 a.m.- 9:15 a.m.

Gwen Bortner

Gwen Bortner has been teaching since 1986 and is a recognized name at many national venues since 2003. Beginning early in childhood, Gwen has dabbled in all of the various needle arts with knitting finally taking center stage during her college years. Gwen has nearly 30 years of experience as a business consultant, trainer and executive working in a variety of business arenas including filling the role of Interim Executive Director for TNNA. Her "super power" is the ability to share new and valuable information in accessible, easy-to-process, bite-size pieces. Gwen can be found virtually on her blog at

Classes Gwen Bortner is teaching:

  • Creating an Open-To-Buy: How Much to Spend and When to Spend | Saturday, January 27 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Mary Lou Egan

Mary Lou Egan, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, she teaches in the nationally-known shop, the Yarnery and at other shops and fiber festivals. The insight gained from teaching plus working the shop’s free knitters’ clinic has given her insight in ways to address the challenges knitters face with many designs and patterns.

Mary Lou is the author of Drop Dead Easy Knits and Wearwithall: Knits for Your Life, Her designs have appeared in Knitty, Craft Activism, and Shear Spirit. Her line of self-published patterns are sold at yarn stores nation-wide, as well as on Ravelry and Patternfish.

Classes Mary Lou Egan is teaching:

  • Short Rows Three Ways | Friday, January 26 | 8:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
  • DIY Buttons Yorkshire and Dorset Style | Saturday, January 27 | 7:15 a.m.- 9:15 a.m.

Carol Gantz

Classes Carol Gantz is teaching:

  • Hanging by a Candy Cane | Sunday, January 28 | 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Bobbi Kreb

Bobbi Kreb is the owner of a successful yarn shop in the Midwest. Bobbi has a Ph.D in organizational development but a great love for the needlework industry. 

Kim Lui has been a fiber and needle representative in the Midwest for more than a decade. She, as a voyeur in all the shops visits has great insight and knowledge of what works in the retail environment.

Classes Bobbi Kreb is teaching:

  • The Secrets of the Most Successful Needlework Shops & How to Apply Them in Your Store | Friday, January 26 | 8:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.

Janeann Sleeman

Janeann lives in Florida and teaches the basics of needlepoint, decorative stitches, and class projects. She develops her instructional materials for all levels of stitchers. She writes stitch guides for commercial designers, shops, and customer projects. She has needlepointed for 40+ years.

Upon retiring from executive leadership for the nation's largest defense contractor Janeann began teaching in shops, ANG, and EGA local guilds. She graduated from Radford College with a B.S. in Business Administration. She fosters a relaxed yet enthusiastic approach in her classes while encouraging students to apply what they have learned.

Classes Janeann Sleeman is teaching:

  • Josie - A Whimsical Birdie | Saturday, January 27 | 7:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Laura Taylor

Laura’s interest for needlearts began as a young girl sitting alongside her Grandmother crocheting, sewing, needlepointing and cross stitching. In college, Laura focused on two dimensional art and earned her degree in Graphic Design at California State University Northridge. She incorporates her design background and love for color, texture and balance into every canvas she works on. 

Laura is a passionate teacher who collaborates with students to bring out their personal best. She teaches weekly needlepoint classes at Aristeia Needlepoint in Santa Monica. Laura also teaches workshops, project classes, canvas interpretation and private lessons at needlepoint shops across the nation.

Classes Laura Taylor is teaching:

  • Pretty Partridge in a Pear Tree | Thursday, January 25 | 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Cynthia Thomas

Classes Cynthia Thomas is teaching:

  • Queen of Hearts | Friday, January 26  | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m

Meredith Willett

Involvement in the needlework industry at every level keeps Meredith’s passion for needlework constantly growing. In 1989 she opened a retail needlepoint shop in Lexington, Kentucky where she hosts and teaches needlepoint workshops and classes. She has taught for needlepoint shops, ANG and EGA chapters, TNNA, ANG national Seminars, She has donated projects and articles toNeedle Pointersand Needlepoint Now and co-wroteKnots, Fur, and Turkey Work.  Through The Meredith Collection, she distributes thousands of needlepoint designs and finishing services to retail shops throughout the US.  Meredith has dedicated her life’s work to needle art and continuation of the precious art form that was passed on from our mothers and grandmothers. 

Classes Meredith Willett is teaching:

  • Cardinal Cradle Ornament | Thursday, January 25  | 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m

Gale Zucker

Gale Zucker is a commercial & editorial photographer who happens to be a knitter. She calls upon her two decades (+) of professional photography experience and “insider knowledge” as a knitter to showcases handknits, crafts, patterns and yarn. 

Gale is the co-author/photographer of knitting books inc Shear Spirit, CraftActivism, and the bestselling Mason Dixon: Knitting Outside the Lines. Her new book is tbp Sept 2016 from Clarkson Potter. She photographs for yarn companies including Green Mountain Spinnery, Tahki Stacy Charles, and Swans Island Company and for Vogue Knitting. 

Gale teaches Photography for Knitters workshops at festivals, events and yarn shops.

Classes Gale Zucker is teaching:

  • iPhone-ogrpahy/Smartphone-ography | Thursday, January 25  | 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m
  • Simplify the Newsletter | Thursday, January 25 | 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m
  • Become #Insta-Savvy: Instagram as Community Builder | Friday, January 26 | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Beverly Army Williams

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

Classes Beverly is co-teaching with Gale Zucker:

  • Simplify the Newsletter | Thursday, January 25 | 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m
  • Become #Insta-Savvy: Instagram as Community Builder | Friday, January 26 | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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