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Don't Miss the Upcoming TNNA Member Meeting By TNNA Editor Is your calendar still bare from January 31–February 3? What are you waiting for?! Join your fellow needlearts enthusiasts at the 2019 Winter NeedleArts Market ( #TNNAWinter19 ) for education and networking in Portland. As a bonus, you'll also be able to attend Sunday morning's TNNA Member Meeting , which will begin promptly at 9:30 am in the Deschutes and Metolius River Ballroom of the Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Washington Square. Unsure What Happens at Member Meetings? TNNA member meetings take place twice a year in conjunction with the Winter Market and Summer Trade Show . Each ...
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How to Produce Marketing-Quality Videos Using Only Your Smartphone By Leanne Pressly of Stitchcraft Marketing At Stitchcraft Marketing, we’ve taught a lot about how important video is to reaching an audience and really engaging your customer to build trust. Video can be a perfect tool because it’s moving and dynamic. And now, more than ever before, you can produce your own high-quality videos with your smartphone. Recently we spoke with Heidi Gustad on Episode 40 of our Business of Craft podcast. Heidi owns the website and blog Hands Occupied , and we couldn’t help but notice that her videos were fantastic examples of how to do it right. In ...
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Teacher Corner: Beverly Army Williams and Gale Zucker Happy New Year to TNNA! With the new year, comes increased excited for the next Winter Market. As Portland is just around the corner, we sat down with the leaders of not one but two of our Winter Market workshops, Gale Zucker and Beverly Army Williams, to share their story and what they're excited about experiencing in Portland later this month. Tell us a bit about you and your relationship with teaching... and TNNA, of course! Gale:  I live in a quirky old beach community on the coast of Connecticut, about 100 miles from New York City and not far from New Haven. I've been with TNNA for about a ...
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#NeedleStoresoftheWorld: Pingora Yarns Happy holidays from #NeedleStoresoftheWorld! For our last feature of 2018, we head to Wyoming’s Pingora Yarns , located at the base of the Wind River Mountains. Describe what Pingora Yarns does best. “Pingora” is a Shoshone term meaning high, rocky and inaccessible peak. By choosing Pingora Yarns as the store’s name, its owners strive to provide the highest quality fibers. What makes Pingora Yarns unique? Pingora Yarns specializes in yarns from the intermountain west of Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Montana, Idaho and Utah. We also carry local handspun fibers from Fremont County. The store is dedicated to ...
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5 Organizations to Better Your Business (and Community) in 2019 With 2019 right around the corner, you may be brainstorming ways your business can help give back. We've rounded up some great nonprofits and organizations that support the arts, small businesses and those in need that your business may want to get involved with. The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. This organization provides grant opportunities, connects ...
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Create an Effective B2B Drip Marketing Campaign By Sandi Rosner for Stitchcraft Marketing A drip marketing campaign can be an effective tool to turn prospects into customers. But what is drip marketing? How can it best be deployed by manufacturers, wholesalers and business service providers? In this article, we’ll explain the process and value of drip marketing, show you an example of a drip marketing campaign, and talk about how to use this tool as part of your overall B2B marketing plan. What is Drip Marketing? A drip marketing campaign is a series of strategically timed emails that are delivered to your customers and/or prospects to guide ...
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From Our Shelf: 2018 TNNA Book Club Picks Take a look back at our TNNA Book Club picks from 2018 and choose one you haven't read yet to cozy up with to end the year. Keep an eye out for more great reading suggestions in 2019 via the  TNNANews  newsletter. S titch Stories: Personal Places, Spaces and Traces in Textile Art by Cas Holmes Slow Knitting  by Hannah Thiessen The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting by Alanna Okun The Creativity Cure by psychiatrist Carrie Baron, MD and hand surgeon Alton Barron, MD Big Magic: Creating Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love ) Spin ...
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Vickie Howell and Lisa Loeb's Holiday DIY on Hallmark Channel Photo via @VickieHowell on Instagram ICYMI: Former TNNA Blog contributor and singer Lisa Loeb collaborated on a simple holiday DIY for everyone to enjoy this season... and gift to friends! Originally featured on the Hallmark Channel's weekday "Home & Family" on Dec. 5, the Knitted Wine Sleeve how-to and segment are up in full on the show's website. If you're looking for something to include in your store's holiday newsletter or a project to enjoy while watching Hallmark's holiday movies, this might be just what the doctor ordered! As a bonus for new customers or those still learning ...
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5 Things to Do in Portland During #TNNAWinter19 Photo Credit: Thomas Hawk Flickr via Compfight cc As you’re planning your trip to Portland for the 2019 Winter NeedleArts Market , be sure to check out some local business stops in- between your education. We've rounded up some incredible hot spots for you to hit up alongside any new (or old) connections you make at the market. Share where you go on Instagram using the official event hashtag, #TNNAWinter19 ! 1. Little Beast Brewing Have beer lovers in your group? Stop by this local brewery's beer garden to taste test some unique flavors, including a brew made from 1,000 pounds of Oregon strawberries. ...
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By: TNNA Editor Travel to Prospect Park, Pennsylvania with this latest #NeedleStoresoftheWorld feature as we get to know Finely the Knitting Corner . Describe what Finely does best. Owner Cathy Finley founded Finely the Knitting Corner out of a small idea that somehow grew into a successful, close-knit—no pun intended!—business & community with every stitch. After 14 years at a location in Swarthmore, her team began to outgrow the space and made the big move to Prospect Park thanks to great support from their community of knitters. Finely is open five nights a week until 8pm and offers two classes every day. What makes Finely unique? ...
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Fashion Report: Winter NeedleArts Trends By Heather Zoppetti, TNNA Yarn Group Chair As I write this report, we’ve just had our first snow in Philadelphia, the streets are decorated for the holidays, and my partner and I are getting ready to travel for Thanksgiving. I’m currently bundled up in knitwear and sipping a hot cup of coffee. In the world of needlearts fashion, here’s what I see being hot this season: tweed, fringe, hoodies  and knitwear. Tweed Tweed is subtle and sophisticated. You’ll see it pop up in all manner of fabrics, fashion and, of course, yarns. As a yarn, tweed is classic and rustic. It’s flecked with nubs of color that add ...
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How to Participate in Warm Up America This Winter If you're looking for ways to get involved and help those in need this holiday season, look no further than Warm Up America! Through the foundation, you have the opportunity to make a difference as an individual or with a group by helping knit or crochet sections and sharing them with the foundation to be joined together to create afghans, caps and other items. Warm Up America! distributes the finished pieces to tens of thousands of people around the country. Here are some more tips for getting involved.  How to get a group going Ask for volunteers. This can be as informal as talking to a neighbor or ...
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How to Make the Most Out of Small Business Saturday By Leanne Pressly When it comes to marketing your small crafting business, one of the best things to take advantage of during the holiday season is Small Business Saturday. Taking place the Saturday after Thanksgiving, it’s scheduled directly between Black Friday and Cyber Monday to shine a spotlight on small independent business that can’t (and shouldn’t!) compete with big box retailers. This year, Small Business Saturday is scheduled for November 24, and given the large spending each holiday season usually generates, you can’t afford to miss out. Originally created by American Express as a shopping ...
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6 Fun FREE Things to do in Portland By Heather  Zoppetti We’re headed to Portland, Oregon, for the 2019 NeedleArts Winter Market and we could not be more thrilled! Exploring a new place is always fun and I especially love to explore alongside my TNNA peers. To help aid your discovery, I’ve rounded up six free — and fun! — things you can expect to find when you join us in January. Powell’s City of Books ( website )   Do you love books? Powell’s, located in the Pearl District, is the largest independent bookstore and a definite must see. They have both new and used books, gifts and a café. The Pearl District is also a fun area to walk ...
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#NeedleStoresoftheWorld: Harps & Thistles Yarn Emporium The brick-and-mortar features continue! With this latest #NeedleStoresoftheWorld installment, we head to Ohio and discover its Cuyahoga Falls gem, Harps & Thistles Yarn Emporium . Describe what Harps & Thistles does best. Owner Cindy Michael founded Harps & Thistles as a boutique yarn shop and gathering place that strives to build a sense of community for knitters and crocheters in Northeast Ohio. What makes Harps & Thistles unique? I like to keep my customers engaged! Our monthly PJ Parties are well attended with 25-40 people handcrafting and socializing at each event. ...
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Autumn is here. From my desk in the mid-Atlantic, leaves are falling, the air is crisp, and everything is coming up pumpkin spice. At the  TNNA Summer NeedleArts Trade Show  in Cleveland, vendors showed off their fall and winter goods, allowing retailers to get a jumpstart on stocking their shelves. Did you attend the show? If not, it is a great opportunity to preview upcoming trends and to get a front row seat to everything NEW! Here, I’ll share some trends I noticed while walking the trade show floor. Simplicity is trending, and it’s been happening for some time. People are trying to return to a more minimal lifestyle, which is a consumer trend ...
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Spindles of the World

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By Robin Goatey Making fiber tools and bringing ancient tool forms back to life for the Fiber Tribe is always full of interesting surprises. A seeming random conversation in-person at a festival or via Instagram DM – or email – can lead to a research thread that very often leads one to the archives of the British Museum online , early Smithsonian Anthropology reports or Norse Grave Goods inventories from the Oseberg Ship Burial. All with the intention of finding lost or especially misidentified early fiber tools. The “ring distaff,” in particular, was misidentified as a “stirring stick,” and Kim Caulfield in her research on distaffs and spindles has ...
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Where in the world are all the needlearts stores? Right here! For an all-new #NeedleStoresoftheWorld highlight, we head to Georgia and learn about Thomasville’s Fuzzy Goat .   Describe what Fuzzy Goat does best. Owner Cadence Kidwell has built Fuzzy Goat as a welcoming destination for local (and non-local) makers to get cozy. The shop has free Wi-Fi and is decorated as a lodge, inviting its community to come, gather, and make.   What makes Fuzzy Goat unique? Fuzzy Goat’s eclectic, lodge vibe is one-of-a-kind and its luxuriously appealing yarns are sourced from independent U.S. vendors, with an emphasis on the Southern ...
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By: Weaver Nancy of The Woolery Despite the current popularity of the blending board and the fascination that fiber photographers have been showing for colorful rolags, I still see relatively few spinners actually spinning woolen; most spinners are spinning with a worsted or at best semi-worsted draw. Now, I will be the first to admit that at heart I am a worsted spinner myself, and it stretches my comfort zone some substantially to spin woolen for long periods of time; still, generations of spinners have been spinning miles of yarn a lot faster when they spin woolen with a long draw. For a contest where the goal is yards (and yards and yards), it makes ...
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By: Angela Smith of  Purl & Loop As a creative small business founder and owner, I am always searching for ways to connect and be part of a creative business tribe. This is challenging in my business’s physical geographical area (Houston, TX) as I often find artists/creative types and business folks separately, but rarely do I find a combination of both. When I do, they are pulled in a million directions just like me and finding time to connect and bounce ideas off of one another is virtually impossible. Yet, when I attend conferences, such as TNNA, I am surrounded by people who are trying to be successful in a small creative business or who are just ...
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