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Classes For The 2020 Nashville Needlework Market

The premier wholesale trade show for counted cross stitch.

Mark your calendar!! The 2020 Nashville Needlework Market will be held Friday March 6, 2020 - Sunday March 8, 2020

This Is A Wholesale Only "Cash And Carry" And Order Writing Show

Sorry, this is NOT a consumer show. It is only ONLY open to wholesale buyers. But you won't miss out entirely since this is where your favorite store goes to find the newest and best needlework products.

       

Please contact the individual teachers to reserve your classes! 

2 Classrooms - Scroll down for more classes!

Franklin Room

2020 Nashville Classroom Franklin Room- 24 students
Classes during show hours (in blue) should not last over one 45 minute time slot.
Time Friday March 6, 2020 Saturday March 7, 2020 Sunday March 8, 2020
8:00 AM      
9:00 AM Harnessing Social Media Michelle Garrette, Bendy Stitchy with Jeannine Cheney, Acorns & Threads
10:00 AM Finishing in a Flash, The Stitchworks A Swirl of Violets, Kaye Judt, Hosted by The Craft Corner  
11:00 AM Sweetheart Etui finishing, Praiseworthy Stitches Hand-dyed Embroidery, Fiber on a Whim
12:00 PM Retailer's Q&A Forum    
1:00 PM Teacher Meet & Greet  
2:00 PM Antique Tray, Nickyscreations Drawn Thread Hem technique, Krista West, Avlea Mediterranean Folk Embroidery  Growing your Textile Business, Krista West, Avlea Mediterranean Folk Embroidery
3:00 PM Jane Austen atmosphere, Primitive Hare The Collective Stitch - a cross stitch shop event, Patty Hurwitz
4:00 PM Black Elegance Pincushion and Scissors case, Giulia Manfredini A Taste of Temari - Temari Ball Stitching by Kaye Judt, hosted by The Craft Corner   
5:00 PM How to use Flosstube to Promote your business, Theresa Venette, Shakespeare's Peddler Post Market Wrap-Up 
6:00 PM  
7:00 PM
8:00 PM
9:00 PM

 

Williamson Room

2020 Nashville Classroom Williamson Room- 24 students
Classes during show hours (in blue) should not last over one 45 minute time slot.
Time Friday March 6, 2020 Saturday March 7, 2020 Sunday March 8, 2020
8:00 AM    
9:00 AM Peyote Beading, Fern Ridge
10:00 AM Peyote Beading, Fern Ridge    
11:00 AM Peyote Beading, Fern Ridge
12:00 PM Exhibitor's Q&A Forum The Harry Potter Generation: Ideas for Reaching Young Adults, Gary Lee Sligh  
1:00 PM YouTube Analytics, KeaBee Quilting  
2:00 PM Lions and Tigers and Trims - Oh My! Linda Stolz/Erica Michaels Designs and Lois Mouriski Bear/Lady Dot Creates  
3:00 PM Trash to (Silver) Treasure! Stitching Pretty Hand-dyed Embroidery II with Kristin Rodriguez, Fiber of a Whim
4:00 PM Little Dumpling Travelbag, Thistles  
5:00 PM Photography Tips for Social Media, The Starlight Stitchery  
6:00 PM
7:00 PM
8:00 PM
9:00 PM

 

 

Friday March 6, 2020 Classes

Friday 9:00-9:45 am

SOLD OUT! 

Learning to use Social Media to Drive Business

Teachers:  Michelle Garrette, Bendy Stitchy, with Jeannine Cheney, Acorns & Threads

Class Description: Have you ever wanted to plug in to the world of YouTube and Instagram to help customers find you? Have you started looking into a presence in the social media sphere and wondered, how do I have time to do this AND run my business? Do you love the idea of harnessing social media to build sales but don't feel like it's the world for you? I have good news. There are already people out there who are experts (in the cross stitch world) on social media who are ready and waiting to help drive sales to your shop. In this class Michelle, Bendy Stitchy on YouTube and @michellebendy on Instagram, will discuss how to find your local (and not so local) stitchers who are already well established on social media and how to work together with them to open up your business to markets you never thought you would reach. Jeannine Cheney of Acorns & Threads will be on hand to corroborate Michelle's claims. We hope you will join us!

Location:  2nd Floor Franklin Classroom

Class Price: $15

To Register: Contact Michelle at bendystitchy@gmail.com

Friday 9:00-11:45am

Casanova Pin/Necklace

Teachers: Pat Cherry and Peggy Tipton, Fern Ridge Collections

Class Description: Pat and Peggy will teach the pin (the pin back will have a loop for a chain of their choice) and then offer a beaded chain kit separately. This class is for the beginner as well as the skilled beader. The class will include all materials to finish a Casanova pin. The kit includes two-needle peyote instructions, chart, Delica beads, Swarovski crystals, Czech crystals, specialty beads, findings, needles and nymo thread. Hopefully all students will finish their pin/necklace for their shop model, or at least come close to finishing.

Class Price: $40 pin kit. Optional beaded chain kit $6.

Class Duration: 2.45 hours.

Location: 2nd Floor Williamson Room

To Register: fernridgecollections@gmail.com

Friday 10:00-10:45am

Finishing in a Flash

Teachers:  Cindy Morrill, The Stitchworks,Inc.

Class Description:  In this class we will be finishing a piece in a new style of frame with all the materials and frame included. Please bring a 5 x 5 piece of stitched cross stitch or a 4 x 4 piece of blank cross stitch fabric and a small ruler. Finishing is expensive and so is framing so in this class I will show you a new option that makes finishing so much quicker. Several models will be shown and instructions on how to do it. Come and enjoy finishing in a flash! We will also show finishing of the new table runners.

Location: 2nd Floor Franklin Classroom 

Class Price: $25

To Register: mail@stitchworks.com or 918-697-6106

 

Friday 11:00-11:45am

Sweetheart Etui finishing

Teachers: Pam & Susan, Praiseworthy Stitches

Class Description: A finishing class with a small kit (one of our new designs for Nashville 2020). Students will get a practice piece to finish as well as the actual kit so they can make their first attempt without worrying about messing up. We will have these kits available for them to purchase for their shop as well.

Location: 2nd Floor Franklin Classroom 

Class Price: $20.

To Register: Email Praiseworthy Stitches.

  

Friday 12:00 noon-12:45 pm

Retailer's Q&A Forum

  

Moderators: Cathe Ray (Needle in a Haystack), Karen Owen (Cross Stitch Cupboard), and Teresa Kogut (Teresa Kogut's Creative Whims) and Stephanie Webb (Lindy Stitches) will be there to help share from a designer's perspective!

Class Description: Store owners are encouraged to attend this FREE forum to gather and discuss questions with other Retailers in our Industry. Questions or topics may be posted here anonymously. Your questions will help the moderators guide the meeting. Helpful opinions and experiences wanted! The Retailer's Q&A Forum will take place at 12 noon and the sandwich cart will be outside, so grab a snack or sandwich and plan to attend with your fellow retailers!

Location: Meets on the 2nd floor in the Franklin Room. No need to Register for the workshop. Just show up!

Class Price: FREE

Friday 12:00 noon-12:45 pm

Exhibitor's Q&A Forum

Moderators:  Cathy (Hands On Design), Beth (Summer House Stitche Workes), Tracy (Ink Circles), and Lindy Legener (The Silver Needle—so we have a retailer's input!)

Take a "setup" break Friday at noon to gather with fellow exhibitors and discuss topics important to our industry!  Questions or topics may be posted here anonymously. Your questions will help the moderators guide the conversation. Wanted: Helpful opinions and experiences! The Exhibitor's Q&A will take place Friday at 12 noon and the sandwich cart will be outside, so grab a snack and plan to network with other exhibitors.

Location: Meets on the second floor in the Williamson Room. No need to register for this workshop. Just show up!

Class Price: FREE.

Friday 1:00 pm- 1:45 pm

Teacher's Meet & Greet (right after the Retailer's Meeting on Friday)

Teachers will be on hand to showcase their future teaching projects and speak with you one-on-one prior to the rush of Market. This is a great way to get a jump start for your store's calendar of events!

• Pam Reed, Olde Colonial Designs

• Pam Lewis and Susan Rohm, Praiseworthy Stitches

• Nicoletta Farrauto, Nikyscreations

• Jill Machado and Krista West, Avlea Mediterranean Folk Embroidery

• Donna Olson, Satin Stitches

• Ferdinand Kronemeijer and Liez Gottschall, Thistles

• Giulia Manfredini, Giulia Punti Antichi

• Kathleen Littleton, Cross Stitch Antiques

• Rebecca Nolan, Lucy Beam

• Cathy Lyon, White Lyon Needleart, Stitching Pretty

• Cindy Morrill, The Stitchworks, Inc.

• Patty Hurwitz, The Collective Stitch

• Janis Note, Noteworthy Needle

•Kaye Judt, Craft Corner LLC

Location: Meets on the 2nd floor in the Franklin Room. No need to Register. Just show up!

Price: FREE

Friday 1:00-1:45pm

Youtube Analytics

Teachers: Kea, KeaBee Quilting

Class Description: A Quilting and Flosstube tutorial and channel guide to reading analytics charts and reports on the Youtube platform. KeaBee has been an operating small YouTube channel since 2017 and have been through a lot of the new changes on the platform. With well over 20,000 subscribers, Tech-guy (Nathan) has become very versed in regulations, reporting, channel growth, and promoting Flosstube and/or Tutorials to specific audiences. In this class we will share our love of the social media based learning, growing, and sharing atmosphere. You will learn how to read the Youtube analytics tab in your studio, such as audience attention span, target audience, demographics, and ad revenue potential. You'll learn how to use this information to promote your videos, make your videos even more desirable, and connect directly to your specific audience. We do not want to portray to be experts, but have learned to adapt with this ever changing journey through various social media vehicles that is invaluable to Market attendees. We want to inspire you to create and pass down your works of art for generations to come. 

Location:  2nd Floor Williamson Classroom

Class Price: $0

To Register:  keabeequilting@gmail.com


Friday 2:00-2:45 pm

Antique Tray

Teachers: Nikyscreations

Class Description: A stitching set with accessories and stitching tools, covered with a beautiful French fabric.

Location:  2nd Floor Franklin Classroom

Class Price: $30

To Register: Email Nikyscreations

    

Friday 2:00-2:45 pm

SOLD OUT!

Lions and Tigers and Trims - Oh My!

Teachers: Linda Stolz, Erica Michaels Designs and Lois Mouriski Bear, Lady Dot Creates

Class Description: Join Linda and Lois for a fun-filled class that will take the mystery out of using a variety of trims in needlework finishing. Learn dos and don’ts for velveteen, twill tape, chenille, ribbons, rick rack and lace - all in an exclusive Erica Michaels “snippet-trim-roll” design, which also debuts a new color palette from Lady Dot. Kit includes linen, floss and finishing materials to make your shop model - plus sole rights to the pattern to sell in your shop.

Location:  2nd Floor Williamson Classroom

Class Price: $35

To Register: emstitch@charter.net

       

Friday 3:00-3:45 pm

Jane Austen atmosphere

Teachers: Isabella Abbiati, The Primitive Hare 

Class Description: Bring to life an ancient stitched project.

Location:  2nd Floor Franklin Classroom

Class Price: $30

To Register: email ilfiloincantato@hotmail.com

    

Friday 3:00-3:45 pm

Trash to (Silver) Treasure!

Teachers: Michelle Arsenault

Class Description: An introduction to Precious Metal Clay, which is created of silver particles reclaimed from old electronics, fine silver bits suspended in an organic matter, that can be manipulated to all ends of the imagination! This event is a great chance to learn, create and recycle! This is not something you will be able to take directly to your customers, but a chance for you to be the student and experience what bringing Michelle into your classroom will be like for your customers! Make a pair of earrings, a crafty scissor fob, a magnetic brooch, a whimsical charm or two ... the possibilities are endless!

Michelle will walk you through the entire process of transforming reclaimed silver clay (PMC) into a beautiful solid silver piece of jewelry. Beginners are most definitely welcome! Bring a friend (or two) and learn a bit of alchemy while having just so much fun in the process! No prior experience necessary. All tools and materials (there are many styles/choices of different molds) needed will be available for this event. Finishing of the clay to silver process will be shown, but actually completed later in Michelle's home studio. Arrangements will be made in class for you to receive your finished pieces. You will be able to complete 2 to 3 pieces/charms.

Location: 2nd Floor Williamson Room 

Class Price: $50

To Register: micheleink@aol.com

Friday 4:00-4:45 pm

Black Elegance Pincushion and Scissor case

Teachers: Giulia Manfredini of Giulia Punti Antichi   

Class Description: Giulia will be teaching this pincushion & scissors case created with very easy stitches (cross stitch, Smyrna Stitch and pulled Eyelet Stitch) worked with hand dyed cotton thread on a beautiful Italian 30 ct linen. We will learn how to create this model out of a single piece of linen fabric for the front and a small piece of finishing fabric for the back. Exquisite black cotton lace decorates the pillow on both sides. This model will be a great idea for shop owners willing to use leftover fabrics and threads to make kits for a short and fun class. Class participants will receive chartpack, stitching (linen, hand dyed cotton thread) and finishing materials (finishing cotton, fusible interfacing, black lace, black cording), plus one pin with marble beads. Kits are limited in number and only the students of this class will be sure to receive the kit. Black Daisy Scissor are not included.

Location: 2nd Floor Franklin Classroom

Class Price: $30

To Register: Book for your class seat and kit at info@puntiantichi.com

 

Friday 4:00-4:45pm

Little dumpling travelbag

Teachers: Liezbeth

Class Description:  With this cute little circular cross-stitch we make a small bag to store a needlecase and small scissor when travelling. In this workshop you can probably do some stitching but the main focus is on how to finish this cross-stitch into the little bag. We will supply a full kit to make a shop model and a clear description with photos to remember how to recreate a class in your own shop.

Location:  2nd floor Williamson Classroom

Class Price: $25

To Register: thistles@thistles.nl

 

Friday 5:00-5:45pm

How to use FlossTube to Promote Your Business

Teachers: Theresa Venette, Shakespeare's Peddler

Class Description: Stitchers, designers, and shop owners have been using YouTube to promote needlework. Putting videos online is not only free, but it opens your business up to huge opportunities. Help stitchers get to know you and promote your business and products by making regular FlossTube videos. Theresa Venette, of Shakespeare’s Peddler, has been doing videos since 2017 and has over 7,000 subscribers to her channel. She’s seen business blossom as needleworkers get to know her. During this brief lecture, Theresa will not only talk about how you might get started, but she’ll also give ideas for what makes an effective video. Ask all of the questions you want — Theresa will provide a hand-out and answer questions any time you’ve got them.

Location: 2nd floor Franklin Classroom

Class Price: FREE

To Register: Email xspeddler@yahoo.com

 

Friday 5:00-5:45pm

Photography Tips for Social Media

Teachers: Amanda Turk and Pamela Shigeoka, The Starlight Stitchery

Class Description: Entice customers on social media with professional-looking photographs of your products... without hiring a professional. Learn techniques to help make your images pop without breaking the bank. Class will include lighting, staging with backgrounds and props, and editing tips. Bring a camera to try out a few images!

Location: 2nd floor Williamson Classroom

Class Price: $15

Registration Link

 

 

Saturday March 7, 2020 Classes

Saturday 10:00-10:45 am

A Swirl of Violets - Surface Embroidery

Teachers: Kaye Judt

Sponsor: Craft Corner, LLC

Class Description: Welcome spring while embroidering this fun stitchery. Let Kaye Judt, National Academy of Needlearts certified teacher of surface embroidery, share her love of surface embroidery with you in this quick and easy piece.

Location: 2nd floor, Franklin Classroom.

Kit cost: $25 payable through PayPal invoice when reservations are made. The kit includes cotton fabric, floss, embroidery hoop, pattern, and needles. Students should bring small scissors to cut thread.

To Register: Email lisa@tattingcorner.com to reserve space. Maximum participants: 12.

 

Saturday 11:00-11:45 am

Hand-dyed Embroidery 1

Teachers: Kristin Rodriguez, Fiber on a Whim

Class Description:  Want to attract embroidery customers with products you already carry? Embroidery is huge right now and all that is needed is fabric, thread, a needle and a hoop. Learn a few simple embroidery stitches that will allow you to create a free-form floral embroidery.

This workshop will include hand-dyed cross stitch fabrics, hand-dyed threads, and 3-4 basic embroidery stitches.

The afternoon workshop, Hand -dyed Embroidery II, will include hand-dyed fabrics (no count but with different textures), hand-dyed threads, and 3-4 different embroidery stitches. Feel free to take one class or both. If you take both, you will work with different fabrics and learn different stitches.

Location:  2nd floor Franklin Classroom

Class Price: $15

To Register: www.fiberonawhim.com/classes

    

Saturday 12:00 noon-12:45pm

The Harry Potter Generation: Ideas for Reaching Young Adults

Teachers:  Gary Lee Sligh

Class Description: Gary Lee Sligh taught and worked as an administrator in a community college for twenty-five years, and upon retirement, has worked as a wizard in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Gary will share insights into cultural trends and topics that drive young adults today. Some of these ideas could be turned into strategies for getting young adults interested in fiber arts and other handmade creations.

Location: 2nd Floor Williamson Classroom

Class Price: Free!

To Register: No need to register, just show up.

Saturday 2:00-2:45 pm

Drawn Thread Hem technique

Teachers: Krista West, Avlea Mediterranean Folk Embroidery

Class Description:  Come learn a new hem technique that makes any counted thread embroidery look polished and historical. Krista West of Avlea Mediterranean Folk Embroidery will guide students through from proper set up to removing threads to the anchor stitch. (Photo below shows a drawn thread hem on a finished embroidery. For the class, we'll be working on a plain piece of fabric so stitchers can try out the technique before they do it on a finished embroidery).

Location: Meets on the second floor in the Williamson Room.

Class Price: Free (includes fabric, needle and thread).

Class Size: Limited to 15 students.

To Register: Either email kristamwest@gmail.com or just show up.

  
                                                                

Saturday 3:00-3:45pm

The Collective Stitch - a cross stitch shop event

Teachers:  Patty Hurwitz

Class Description: Come and learn about a cross stitch shop promotional event that runs June-August.

Location: 2nd Floor Franklin Classroom

Class Price: Free!

To Register: pattytsv@gmail.com or phone 785-223-1276.

Saturday 3:00-3:45 pm

Hand-dyed Embroidery II

Teachers: Kristin Rodriguez, Fiber on a Whim

Class Description:  Want to attract embroidery customers with products you already carry? Embroidery is huge right now and all that is needed is fabric, thread, a needle and a hoop. Learn a few simple embroidery stitches that will allow you to create a free-form floral embroidery.

This workshop will include hand-dyed fabrics (no count but with different textures), hand-dyed threads, and 3-4 basic embroidery stitches.

The morning workshop, Hand-dyed Embroidery 1, will include hand-dyed cross stitch fabrics, hand-dyed threads, and 3-4 basic embroidery stitches. Feel free to take one class or both. If you take both, you will work with different fabrics and learn different stitches.

Location:  2nd floor Franklin Classroom

Class Price: $15

To Register: www.fiberonawhim.com/classes

  

Saturday 4:00-4:45 pm

A Taste of Temari - Temari Ball Stitching

Teachers: Kaye Judt

Sponsor: Craft Corner, LLC

Class Description: Try this easy-to-do and addictive Japanese art of the Temari. While you embroider on one you'll be thinking of the next! The prewrapped and divided balls help to make this a quick project.

Location: 2nd floor, Franklin Classroom. Kit includes Temari ball, all threads, needle, and pattern. Students should bring small scissors to cut thread.

Kit cost: $35 payable through PayPal invoice when reservations are made. 

To Register: Email lisa@tattingcorner.com to reserve. Maximum participants: 12.

 


Sunday March 8, 2020 Classes

 

Sunday 2:00-2:45pm

Growing your textile business 

Teachers: Krista West, Avlea Mediterranean Folk Embroidery

Class Description: While most of you know her as the designer behind the new Avlea Mediterranean Folk Embroidery, Krista West also owns Krista West Vestments. Krista started her church tailoring business in 1995 with $100 and an industrial sewing machine and now owns the largest custom tailoring business for Greek Orthodox church vestments in the US with over 2000 clients. Come join her lively and engaging presentation on the various ways she grew her business over the years and continues to grow it today. This presentation will be filled with a lot of practical advice and suggestions for identifying your market, building community among your clients, being choosey about social media, and how to keep your cash flow healthy.

Location: Meets on the second floor in the Franklin Room.

Class Price: Free!

To Register: Sign up at kristamwest@gmail.com or just show up.

 

Sunday 5:00pm-5:45 pm

After Market Wrap-Up

 

Moderators:  Pat Young (Stitches Unlimited), Beth Seal (Summer House Stitche Workes)  Pam Brazell (3 Stitches), and Pam Lewis and Susan Rohm (Praiseworthy Stitches).

A post-show Wrap Up! Everyone is welcome. Exhibitors and Retailers! After Market let's sit, relax, and talk a little bit about everything we've seen and heard at Market. You have all the Nashville Exclusives, now what? An hour after the Market ends, stop by the After Market Wrap-Up.  Questions and Topics for this meeting can be posted here anonymously.  Your questions will help the moderators guide the meeting. Before we say goodbye, join your fellow needleworkers for an exchange of creative ideas to help strengthen your business. You never know what little tidbit or conversation will spark an idea!

Location: Meets on the second floor in the Franklin Room. Limited to 20 attendees. No need to register for this meeting. Just show up!

Class Price: FREE.


Cost To Rent The Classrooms

Franklin Room or Williamson Room:  $50/hour (or Free)

We will advertise the classes to buyers, but stores will be asked to contact the instructor directly with questions about the class, and to sign up and pay for the class. The instructor will set the price for the class and can sell merchandise in the class. The only charge to the instructor will be the hourly rate for the classroom.

Free use of the classroom. We want to encourage classes that help store owners improve their business skills. For example, maybe you (or your spouse) could teach a short class on bookkeeping, computers, social media, taxes, radio advertising, etc. The room will be available for free for these types of classes. You would still be allowed to charge a fee to attend the class.

After show hours use of the class room. Some classes need extra time to finish up. We also have had requests from buyers that they would like a time and place to get together and visit with other business owners, to relax, and do some stitching. Again this year we are planning on having one of the classrooms (or both, if needed) open after show hours as an informal get-together location. If your class needs extra time to finish, you can use the classroom after show hours for free.

Classes during show hours should last no longer than 45 minutes. Please keep your class to 45 minutes to allow 15 minutes for clean up and move out before the next class starts.

Ideas For Classes

Besides the satisfaction of helping other business owners, teaching or sponsoring a class is a great way to gain exposure for your business.

  • Finishing classes (advance homework ok)
  • Social Media
  • Business Classes (newsletter, teaching, time management, etc.)
  • Technique Classes
  • Previews of new designs and a start on a class model
  • We would like to have classes of interest to exhibitors to attend on Thursday afternoon. This would be a great opportunity to share ideas on marketing, packaging, etc.

You do not need to be an exhibitor to teach a class. We would love to have more classes taught by store owners. Also, while we ask that the classes are sponsored by either an exhibitor or a retail store, the instructor can be with another company.

 

If you have any questions

Free free to contact us if you have any questions about the show.

Megan Chriswisser at Needlework Retailer at 800-561-5380 or info@needleworkretailer.com

Larry Johnson or Beth Johnson at Yarn Tree at 800-247-3952 or info@yarntree.com

 


Needlework Retailer,117 Alexander Avenue, Ames, Iowa 50010. Phone: 800-561-5380 or 515-232-6507. Fax 515-232-0789. email info@needleworkretailer.com

For advertising information call Megan Chriswisser at 1-800-561-5380.

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