The National Needlearts Association (TNNA) is a professional organization comprised of members in the needlepoint, knitting and cross-stitch industries, both retail and wholesale. It sponsors two major shows each year, one in January/February and the other in June. Years ago both were held in New York City. As labor costs rose there (and since many of the retailers are women from smaller towns, fear about the city), the industry decided to hold its markets elsewhere in the country. California was a relatively inexpensive and non-threatening venue for the winter west-coast market. To accommodate East Coasters, and perhaps because the managing company was in Columbus, a summer market was developed in the mid-west (It used to be in Chicago). A primarily cross-stitch cash-and-carry market developed in March in Nashville. Several side cash-and-carry needlepoint markets developed, among them a market in March/April in Dallas; a market in May in Sturebridge Village, MA; and a market in the Northwest in the spring. A more universal cash-and-carry market was developed in Phoenix. The TNNA took this over in approximately 2008. They moved it to St Charles, MO in 2009 and held it there for another year and then moved it to Linthicum, MD next-door to the BWI airport where it was held for 2011 and 2012 and perhaps 2013, location to be named later.
As I was exiting the luggage claim area of BWI, I passed this mural (this is only a part of it):
I'd love to know more about it because it appears to be Oriental in derivation. I don't know why it's in Baltimore, but it is quite attractive and appealing.
When I go to cash-and-carry markets, I pack in my suitcase a broken-down cardboard box. I've been doing this for years before the airlines started charging for checking suitcases. I usually ship my box of price lists and some canvases home. I can only imagine what the TSA people think when they see this cardboard box taped (so the flaps don't take up too much space) in my suitcase on the way to a market. I also pack a roll of package tape. This time I used the package tape to secure the rolls of larger canvases that I packed in plastic in my suitcase which I checked. I used the box for price lists and the smaller canvases and other items I had purchased (I'll photograph them next week after they arrive).
Here are some of the canvases I purchased in Baltimore. The first few are from Melissa Shirley.
This is a wonderful jar with peach motif on 18 mesh.
Another Elizabeth Turner design is this flip-flop design on 10mesh canvas:
And, finally, a stocking design from Strictly Christmas.
I've been studying the AT stitched model to see how to put this together. I'll try to have mine done for a photograph on Saturday. Here are the other canvases available. The skulls seem to add a macabre touch.
Of course, my trip home was an adventure. The auxiliary power on the plane was on the blink so it wouldn't start the engines. The plane was too large for the small ("they" said) generators to start the engines, so we had to wait for a larger generator to arrive from United Airlines before we could take off one hour late. Delta had re-written my ticket after I booked it whereby I only had 55 minutes in Atlanta. Silly! So naturally my plane home had taken off as I was landing. Philosophically, I went to the gate for the next flight to Melbourne and the kindly man put me in first class. I later discovered that the flight was full, so I was especially lucky. I used the 4 hours waiting to start stitching on my next canvas which I'll show you next week.