It’s the perfect double play: Baseball and the Needlearts
Across the country and now, around the world, Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball are holding Stitch N' Pitch events every season in conjunction with TNNA. Fans sit together in a special section of the stadium to work on their crochet, cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting or needlepoint projects, cheer on their favorite team, and celebrate the needlearts.
"TNNA sees Stitch N' Pitch as the embodiment of one of our association goals — encouraging passion and education of the needlearts among the public,” notes TNNA Executive Director Patty Parrish. "Our members see it as a win-win, because it shines a positive light on their businesses in the local media and in the community. Sure, it’s a fun night out, but the contacts made and the lessons learned all during a simple baseball game can have a lasting effect on the fans, who often become customers."
Since its beginnings in 2006, Stitch N' Pitch has attracted national attention, steadily growing in popularity each year. It has recently begun raising funds and awareness for another TNNA cause, the Helping Hands Foundation Inc., which supports the NeedleArts Mentoring ProgramSM.