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On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (12/22/14) my guest will be Beth Casey from Lorna’s Laces and Dave Van Stralen from Louet North America. Beth and Dave are joining me on the show to talk about TNNA… The National NeedleArts Association.
 
In case you’re not familiar with TNNA, it was established in 1975, and it serves as an international trade organization representing retailers, manufacturers, distributors, designers, manufacturers’ representatives, publishers, teachers and wholesalers of products and supplies for the specialty needlearts market.
 
These businesses create and market hand painted needlepoint canvases, hand-dyed and specialty crochet and knitting yarns, embroidery, needlepoint and cross-stitch materials, kits, furniture, notions, gifts, books, publications, accessories, tools and more.
 
Beth, Dave, and I are going to be talking about the upcoming show in Phoenix, AZ in January as well as all the other great things TNNA has to offer. I hope you’ll join us for what should be a fun and informative show.
 
About Beth Casey…
The owner and creative force behind Lorna’s Laces and Mrs. Crosby, Beth Casey is an artist's artist. She and her crew provide the yarn community with beautiful colors, fabulous yarns and generous smiles. Always on the lookout for inspiration and ideas, Beth is constantly dreaming up something new, from colorways to yarns, to partnering with local yarn stores to bring innovative products to stitchers everywhere. She lives in Chicago where she shares her life with her husband and a dog named Sam.
 
Abou Dave Van Stralen…
Working in the Fiber Arts industry for the past 20 years.  All of this time working for Louet North America, a family business.  Took on President of Louet North America in 2008. Attended TNNA shows since 2000. Member of Spinning and Weaving association from 2000-2011 holding different positions on committees and eventually Chairman 2010-2011. Helped transition the Spinning and Weaving association to become a Product segment group of TNNA in 2011. Spinning and Weaving Group Chair 2011-2013. TNNA director at large 2014-2017. TNNA VP 2014/15
Direct download: FH_73_TNNA.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (12/15/14) my guest will be Tina Newton. Tina considers herself foremost, a colorist and dyer. She is also the owner of Blue Moon Fiber Arts which will be 14 years old this year. She brings to the yarn world a wealth of fiber knowledge that she has collected through her experiences running Blue Moon and her successful sock club, The Rockin’ Sock Club.
 
As she describes it, her fiber love affair began as soon as she sat down in front of a spinning wheel with a handful of wool. Soon after, she began dyeing her own roving and discovered not only a talent but a red hot passion. She then began translating her color inspiration and theory from her own handspun onto mill spun yarns, Blue Moon Fiber Arts was born and her world exploded.
 
Tina has a fertile imagination and the practical creativity to support it, her energy is contagious and inspiring. Community has always been an important factor Tina’s life and work. Whether through events, yarn or teaching she loves sharing her vision and working with others to spread the love of fiber, yarn, knitting, spinning, and dyeing.
 
Tina is someone that I’m pretty fond of. And I can’t wait to have her on the show. I hope you’ll join us.
Direct download: FH_72_TinaNewton.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (12/08/14) my guest will be designer Kyle Kunnecke. Kyle spent his childhood as the creative kid who wouldn’t sit still. As an adult, he's always working on multiple projects, including designing knitwear patterns, creating products for his shop, teaching, and helping others find ways to use the fiber arts as tools to combat depression, anxiety, and feelings of isolation.
 
His passion for using creativity to help others began in high school. While living in Phoenix, AZ in 1989, he was involved in peer educational theater; teaching about issues such as teen pregnancy, date rape, prejudice, homophobia, HIV/AIDS and peer pressure. Realizing the value of connecting the arts with education, Kyle continues to use his work as a mechanism for change.

In 2003, after moving to Los Angeles, he learned to knit from his former theater director, and began to contemplate the ways the craft might be used to share information and unite communities. As the years progressed, he worked to increase his knowledge, starting a website, blog, and attending the first Men’s West Cost Knitting Retreat.  In 2009, he organized a worldwide project receiving more than 200 squares from over 50 knitters and crocheters to make a blanket for a knitter who was battling testicular cancer in Holland.

In 2010, Kyle moved to San Francisco to pursue work in HIV prevention and public health, and also began releasing knitwear patterns. Original designs can be seen published in numerous knitting and fiber arts magazines, in books, and under the Kyle William label on his website www.kylewilliam.com.

In 2013, he curated Good Deeds, Volume One: Hats as a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Connections; a Palo Alto, CA based nonprofit that helps folks touched by breast or ovarian cancer. The collection of 15 knit and crochet patterns includes information about the organization as well as facts and resources related to breast cancer. 
 
Kyle believes creativity has the power to heal, and that when we share our story with others, the world becomes a better place. I think is a pretty remarkable guy. I hope you’ll join us for what I know will be an inspirational show.
Direct download: FH_71_KyleKunnecke.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT