The NeedleArts Zone
We teach knitting, crochet, needlepoint, cross-stitch, spinning and weaving. We do not charge for lessons or supplies. Students of all ages are welcome and take home their learning supplies along with How To instruction sheets to continue learning.
What inspired you to make this project?:
This was originally an educational outreach program of The National Needlearts Association (TNNA), geared toward expanding the number of people doing needlearts. I volunteered to run it after about 3 years, to save money by not sending paid staff. After 9 years in Bay Area and 8 years in Detroit and New York, it was decided they could not afford to continue the program. Four of us formed a non-profit corporation (not a 501(c)3 yet, but that is our goal) to continue the program, as we have volunteered and dedicated a great deal of time to it over the years and LOVE Maker Faire! We also love sharing our passion and knowledge of needlearts and watching the excited faces of our students as they "get it". We have taught at least 32,000 people in 26 Maker Faires from all over the US, Canada, and other countries and can't wait to add to those numbers.