It was a very quick trip to Indianapolis for the TNNA wholesale market. We left Friday morning and stopped in Terre Haute, IN for the night. The market show floor opened at 10 a.m. on Saturday, so we had plenty of time to find our way around the convention center and view the displays outside the show floor. We saw several shop owners and visited with Louise, the designer of Cherished Stitches while waiting for the doors to open.
This market has, historically, been primarily yarn and needlepoint. TNNA (our trade association) has done extensive surveys and research to find ways to adapt to the changing markets and economy and that will mean fewer shows per year. Next year is planned to have only two shows. The idea is to consolidate and have all segments show at the same venue. This is very controversial for the smaller segment of the needlework industry, but the attendance at the segment shows has gone down on both the vendor and attendee sides. Hopefully, the shops will appreciate that there are fewer shows.
That being said, I do not envy the shops and the work it takes to attend market. I was there, mainly this trip, to see the booth layouts on the convention floor. Of course I placed orders for future prizes on TSV! The problem was making the decisions! Walking in, the first thing I see are the newest Mill Hill kits. However, you must have a plan and it does not start with the first booth you see. For those of you familiar with my personality, you know shiny and sparkly will capture my eye and distract me from any plan. Fortunately (or not) Marilyn kept me on track. She attended as a shop rather than a vendor - so no PTP fabric booth this show.
For the needlepoint enthusiasts, this show was spectacular. The canvases were so gorgeous. We visited with Patti Mann for quite some time. I did not realize she is in Wichita, KS. She has adapted some Lizzie Kate designs to painted canvas. www.pattimann.com Below is an image of one - now why would I choose this one?
The thread company booths were sprinkled around - Caron, Brown Paper Packages, Rainbow Gallery, Kreinik, Treenway Silks, DMC, etc., etc. There were a limited number of cross stitch designers in attendance - I placed an order with Fireside Originals www.firesideoriginals.com as she was the only booth officially listed under Counted Thread in the flier for the show. Now, there were several on hand, but they were under various other categories. We also visited with Paula and Wayne of Doodlin' Around Design. They are the makers of the lap stitch frames www.doodlinarounddesign.com. It is always a pleasure to visit with them and see what new things are taking shape such as the Doodlin Box and the Mini Needle Keeper Tray.
As always, it was very energizing and inspiring to walk the show floor and see all the products. The creativity is amazing and the projects on display are beautiful. I am sure you will be seeing items appear soon as my orders arrive. Below is a picture sent by Milk + Honey who produce these wonderful lotion bars. www.milkandhoneysoap.com - on the website they show a sleeping cats soap bar.