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 Thursday, June 8 

 

Ahead of the Curve: Designing Crescent Shawls
Objectives:
 Expanding Your Expertise

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Presented by: Melissa Leapman

Class Type: Technique (Knitting) | Level: Intermediate | Session Code: K102 

Member Price: $65 | Non-member Price: $85

Additional Fee for Materials$2 | Materials Provided: Handout
Versatile and practical, crescent shawls are the perfect year-round accessory. In this workshop, learn the secrets of bottom-up design, including a technique for super-easy, faux short rows—with no “wrapping and turning” involved!

 


Social Media on the Fly

Objectives: The Two-Way Conversation | Leveraging New Tools & Technology

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Presented by: Gale Zucker and Beverly Army Williams 

Class Type: Business | Level: All Skill Levels | Session Code: L107

Member Price: $65 | Non-member Price: $85

In this workshop, discover simple ways to determine your customers’ most-used social media platforms and learn to leverage your mobile device into a time-saving social media assistant. Connecting via social media leads to increased sales and helps you gauge what will grab customers’ attention and build your brand.


Pricing Strategies and Goals in Retail
Objective: Business Data Made Simple 

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presented by: Patty Lyons
Class Type: Business | Level: All Skill Levels | Session Code: B103
Member Price: $45 | Non-member Price: $65
In this session, you'll gain a firm grasp of retail pricing basics such as margin v.s. markup, gross profit margin, markup percentage and gross margin percentage, then discuss different pricing strategies, as well as pricing goals and how they affect your bottom line.


Tunisian Crochet from the Top

Objectives: Expanding Your Expertise

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Presented by: Sheryl Thies

Class Type: Technique (Crochet) | Level: Intermediate | Session Code: K104

Member Price: $65 | Non-member Price: $85

Top down construction offers endless possibilities for shawls. Learn a “tab” like cast on, formulas for top down shawls of different shapes, attractive color changes and stitch possibilities.  Design your own shop “special” and get your customers designing as well.


Can-Do Hairdos
Objectives: Expanding Your Expertise

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Presented by: Sandra Arthur

Class Type: Technique (Needlepoint) | Level: coming soon | Session Code: N103

Member Price: $65 | Non-member Price: $85

Additional Fee for Materials$14.50
Have fun creating selected hair styles from a fantastic ‘Pocketbook’ series book that your customers will love! Specialty threads will be used including silks from Rainbow Gallery and Planet Earth, Bella Lusso wools, and manmade fibers from Kreinik, Threadnuts plus others are used. Play with a special punch needle from Clover Mfg. and needles from Colonial Needle to create curls.


How to Select Color Palettes for Knitting and Other Fiber Arts

Objective: Expanding Your Expertise

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Presented by: Nancy Shroyer                    

Class Type: Technique (Other) | Level: All Skill Levels | Session Code: K111

Member Price: $100 | Non-member Price: $120

Additional Fee for Materials$15 | Materials Provided: Workbooks, color wheels, yarn and patterns
This class will give you a set of formulas that are easy to follow to build a color palette. We will have a life-size color wheel filled with yarn in 80 beautiful colors to knit your swatches. If you understand how to build a color palette you can guide your customers with confidence. 


Pattern Writing

Objective: Expanding Your Expertise 

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Presented by: Kate Atherley

Class Type: Technique (Knitting) | Level: Intermediate | Session Code: K103 

Member Price: $65 | Non-member Price: $85

You’ve designed a great piece, and now it’s time to write up the pattern to share. Whether you want to self-publish, use as the basis of a class, or submit to a publication, this class will show you how to write up a clear and easy-to-follow pattern that works for knitters of all levels.


Smarten Up Your Facebook Page             

Objectives: The Two-Way Conversation | Leveraging New Tools & Technology

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Presented by: Gale Zucker and Beverly Army Williams

Class Type: Business | Level: All Skill Levels | Session Code: L106

Member Price: $65 | Non-member Price: $85

Love it or dread it, Facebook is often cited as the most frequently used social media platform among customers. How can you make your page stand out on your customer’s feed? How can you use Facebook Live to build customer loyalty? In this workshop, we’ll discuss how Facebook algorithms work, and developing your Facebook persona. 

  


Twice the Fun, Half the Time
Objectives: Expanding Your Expertise
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                                        

Presented by: Patty Lyons

Member Price: $65 | Non-member Price: $85 | Session Code: K112     

Additional Fee for Materials$1
Learn the fun and time-saving technique of working any two items, in the round, two at a time! Whether socks, sleeves, or wristers, getting both pieces done at once means you’ll never suffer from “second item syndrome” again!

 

Merchandising Techniques
Objective: Business Data Made Simple 

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                        

Presented by: Oz Barron
Member Price:
$65 | Non-member Price: $85 | Session Code: B106

Slow moving yarn? Got a special buy on something? Want a new way to look at your shop? This class may be for you! We'll talk about merchandising concepts and ideas and see examples of merchandising that works, and a few that don't.

 

Friday, June 9 

 

Make the Most of Your Online Presence (Even Without a Shopping Cart)
Objectives: Leveraging New Tools & Technology

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                                     

Presented by: Gwen Bortner    

Member Price: $65 | Non-member Price: $85 | Session Code: L105

You have a website, right?! All serious businesses do! But are you maximizing the potential of this key piece of marketing real estate? Learn what pages are critical, what to ask your webmaster and the simple elements to add to engage your customers.


Tools for Successful Inventory Management
Objective: Business Data Made Simple 

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Presented by: Patty Lyons

Class Type: Business | Level: All Skill Levels | Session Code: B104

Member Price: $45 | Non-member Price: $65

Additional Fee for Materials$2 | Materials Provided: Handout and download
In this class, we’ll explore the information every retailer needs to get from their business before they can understand best buying practices, including: what your POS can and should be telling you; sales reporting; taking inventory and cycle counts; and basics of sales projections. We’ll look at the top five secrets to improving your inventory turn, and, finally, we’ll put it all together to explore strategies you can employ on the trade show floor.


Fair Isle Knitting 101

Objective: Expanding Your Expertise  

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Presented by: Nancy Shroyer

Class Type: Technique (Knitting) | Level: Intermediate | Session Code: K106

Member Price: $65 | Non-member Price: $85

Additional Fee for Materials$8 | Materials Provided: Handouts, pattern, markers and other tools
Travel back in time with me to learn about how and why the original Fair Isle knittings developed their particular techniques for this important work, how their techniques helped to make the work go faster and easier, and more about the history of Fair Isle Knitting and how it differs from other color work.


Plug 'n Play the Perfect Custom Pullover

Objective: Expanding Your Expertise   

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Presented by: Melissa Leapman

Class Type: Technique (Knitting) | Level: All Skill Levels | Session Code: K108

Member Price: $65 | Non-member Price: $85

Additional Fee for Materials$2 | Materials Provided: Complete class handout including pattern for 8 sizes in 9 different gauges
How many times have you (and your customers) knitted a beautiful sweater only to be disappointed in how it makes you look? (Been there, done that!) Feel good about what you knit and wear by choosing the best shapes and most flattering design elements to suit your particular figure. Come learn designer tricks to ensure sweater success!


Hands-on Workshop for Mobile Photography and Writing

Objectives: Leveraging New Tools & Technology

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Presented by: Gale Zucker and Beverly Army Williams

Class Type: Business | Level: All Skill Levels | Session Code: L104

Member Price: $100 | Non-member Price: $120

In this hands-on full-day workshop, you'll work in small groups for personalized attention and feedback as you: experiment with new approaches, edit photos creatively, mind map visual and written content ideas, create cohesive editorial calendars and build a list of language that reflects your aesthetic.


Yorkies Partying              

Objective: Expanding Your Expertise 

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Presented by: Sandra Arthur

Class Type: Technique (Needlepoint) | Level: Intermediate | Session Code: N102

Member Price: $100 | Non-member Price: $120

Additional Fee for Materials$12 | Materials Provided: Copying and shipping labor
These Yorkies dictate the mood of the party! Each fun Yorkie has a lovely coat created with beautiful thread painting using the wonderful Bella Lusso wool in various stitches. The colors blend for each dog giving it a unique personality. Topknots are created with bullion knots using the fantastic Colonial Tapestry Bullion Needles and fabulous threads.


Spindle Spinning for Beginners

Objective: Expanding Your Expertise 

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Presented by: Nancy Shroyer    

Class Type: Technique (Spinning) | Level: Beginner | Session Code: W101

Member Price: $65 | Non-member Price: $85

Additional Fee for Materials$8| Materials Provided: WPI tools, fiber and handouts. Spindles will be provided for use.
Learn to use a drop spindle in an easy stress-free way.  Learn about the difference between worsted vs. woolen spinning, learn to Andean ply and then finish the yarn. We will also discuss what to look for in buying spindles, and what kinds of fiber are good for beginners.


Building Your Buying Plan Open to Buy and More

Objective: Business Data Made Simple  

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Presented by: Patty Lyons

Class Type: Business | Level: All Skill Levels | Session Code: B100

Member Price: $45 | Non-member Price: $65

Additional Fee for Materials$2 | Materials Provided: Handout and download
In this extension of the “Tools for Successful Inventory Management,” we will explore the three main prongs to successful inventory control: POS Inventory sales data, sales projections, and open-to-buy strategies.


Mosaic Knitting: Color Knitting the Easy Way
Objectives: Expanding Your Expertise

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Presented by: Melissa    Leapman

Class Type: Technique (Knitting) | Level: Intermediate | Session Code: K107

Member Price: $65 | Non-member Price: $85

Additional Fee for Materials$2 | Materials Provided: Full-color handout
Do you and your customers like the look of intricate color work but hate the thought of all those bobbins and tangled up yarns?  In this workshop, learn the ins and outs of this deceptively easy technique.


The Best Kept Secrets of the Most Successful Shops - and How to Take Them Home
Objective: Business Data Made Simple 
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Presented by: Bobbi Kreb

Class Type: Business | Level: All Skill Levels |Session Code: B105

Member Price: $65 | Non-member Price: $85

Learn the best-kept secrets of successful needlework shops and how to make them work in your shop. Spend three hours learning the secrets and developing a plan for implementing successful changes in your shop.

 

 

Saturday, June 10

 

Converting Basic Garments to Include Short-Row Shaping

Time: 7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Objective: Expanding Your Expertise 

Presented by: Grace Akhrem

Class Type: Technique (Knitting)| Level: Intermediate | Session Code: K101

Member Price: $45 | Non-member Price: $65

Additional Fee for Materials$3 | Materials Provided: Worksheets
Join this session to discuss and learn how to convert a basic garment pattern to include short-row shaping in the shoulder and neckline to create a clean edge rather than a jagged edge, which makes things easier and neater for seaming.


iPhone/Smartphone-ography for Your Business

Objectives: Leveraging New Tools & Technology

Time: 7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Presented by: Gale Zucker

Class Type: Business | Level: All Skill Levels | Session Code: L101

Member Price: $45 | Non-member Price: $65

Unleash the power and creativity of your iPhone/smartphone camera in this fun- and useful- hands-on workshop, which will include creating signature imagery, shooting and editing practice, and other helpful tips.


It's Blooming
Objectives: Expanding Your Expertise

Time: 7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Presented by: Cynthia Thomas Class Type: Technique (Needlepoint) | Session Code: N100

Intermediate

Member Price: $45 | Non-member Price: $65

Brighten up your day with this fun Mary Engelbreit canvas from Painted Pony. We’ll create the petals using overstitched ribbon embroidery, mock rushing with Flair, attach sequins and beads to the center and make the leaves and stem using single loop embellishment. The pot is created with Sparkle Rays, floss sequins and beads.


Managing Cash Flow
Objective: Business Data Made Simple 

Time: 7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Presented by: Patty Lyons

Class Type: Business | Level: All Skill Levels | Session Code: B102

Member Price: $45 | Non-member Price: $65

Additional Fee for Materials$2 | Materials Provided: Downloadable workbooks
This session will focus on looking at sales history as a way to set your cash flow budget, and how the difference between accrual accounting and cash drawer accounting is the difference between profitability and cash on hand.


Newsletter Necessities: Maximizing Your #1 Marketing Tool
Objectives: Leveraging New Tools & Technology

Time: 7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Presented by: Gwen Bortner

Class Type: Business | Level: All Skill Levels | Session Code: L102

Member Price: $45 | Non-member Price: $65

Learn an assortment of tips and tricks to learn to make the process of creating and delivering your newsletter easier and more effective. Whether you send out a newsletter regularly, occasionally or never, there are all sorts of tips and tricks to learn to make the process easier and more effective.


YouTube for Shops
Objectives: Leveraging New Tools & Technology

Time: 7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Presented by: Tara Swiger

Class Type: Business | Level: All Skill Levels | Session Code: L103

Member Price: $45 | Non-member Price: $65

In this workshop, you'll learn how YouTube could help you get found, you’ll decide if it's the right tool for you, and you'll learn how to use to rank higher in searches and bring in new customers.


Basic Garment Grading for Designers
Objectives: Expanding Your Expertise    
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Presented by: Jill Wolcott            

Class Type: Technique (Knitting) | Level: Intermediate | Session Code: K100

Member Price: $45 | Non-member Price: $65

Additional Fee for Materials$15 | Materials Provided: Handouts and digital files
Know the rules of basic garment grading and how to apply them to your designs so that you can confidently grade your garments into multiple sizes.


   

Witchy Pumpkin
Objectives: Expanding Your Expertise

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Presented by: Cynthia    Thomas

Class Type: Technique (Needlepoint) | Level:  Intermediate | Session Code: N101

Member Price: $45 | Non-member Price: $65

Brenda Stofft created this witchy pumpkin just for this class.  We’ll bring it to life with a variety of stitches, threads and embellishments.  Create flowers from beads, attach sequins and even add a fancy aqua plume.  

 

Sunday, June 11

 

Three Surprising Factors That Are Seriously Damaging Your Business
Objective: Business Data Made Simple | The Two-Way Conversation
Time: 7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Presented by: Gwen Bortner
Class Type: Business | Level: All Skill Levels | Session Code: B110
Member Price: $45 | Non-member Price: $65    
Learn about three major elements that are hurting your business, discover why each has a negative impact and alternatives with positive results and stop reinforcing the bad behaviors of consumers.


Using Color Trends to Entice and Entrance
Objective: Business Data Made Simple 

Time: 7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Presented by: Jill Wolcott

Class Type: Technique (Other) | Level: All Skill Levels | Session Code: B107

Member Price: $45 | Non-member Price: $65

We all know the 2017 color of the year, but do you know how to make that knowledge work in your shop and designs? A colorful presentation followed by color exercises and small and large group discussions.


Become a Video Whiz: Create Videos to Build Your Business

Objectives: Leveraging New Tools & Technology

Time: 7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Presented by: Zontee Hou                         

Class Type: Business | Level: All Skill Levels | Session Code: L100           

Member Price: $45 | Non-member Price: $65    

Video can be a great way to tell your brand story, engage with your customers, provide useful information, and showcase your expertise or product; this session will focus on scripting, storyboarding and editing your videos.


Creating Exclusive Products for Your Shop

Objective: Business Data Made Simple 

Time: 7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Presented by: Stacey Trock         

Class Type: Business | Level: All Skill Levels | Session Code: B101

Member Price: $45 | Non-member Price: $65    

When you implement the methods we discuss in this class, customers keep returning to see what’s new at (only!) your store and you will see higher overall sales as you carefully craft products specifically for your target market.

 

Fill Your Classes
Objective: Business Data Made Simple | The Two-Way Conversation

Time: 7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Presented by: Tara Swiger

Class Type: Business | Level: All Skill Levels | Session Code: B108         

Member Price: $45 | Non-member Price: $65    

In this workshop, we'll cover the entire process of class management, from class creation (how to make sure you are offering classes your customers really want) to filling the class with eager students, and bringing them back class after class.


Small Looms, Big Payout

Objective:Expanding Your Expertise

Time: 7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Presented by: Liz Gipson

Class Type: Technique (Weaving) | Level: Beginner | Session Code: W100 

Member Price: $45 | Non-member Price: $65

Additional Fee for Materials$5 | Materials Provided: Handout
Small looms are a great way to sell those odd balls, create kits, and get customers that say they have "too much yarn" to make a purchase. Learn the types of looms available at market and how they will fit into your retail mix.


Moving Miters
Objectives: Expanding Your Expertise

Time: 7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.                   

Presented by: Barry Klein            

Member Price: $45 | Non-member Price: $65 | Session Code: E100
There are many ways to make miters and may ways to make them link together and move. In addition, there are different yarns that will do different things to create the look and treatment that you’re after. In this class we’ll examine the different ways to incorporate all of the details to accomplish our goal of creating many different styles of miters. Please bring an assortment of needles with you and I’ll make sure you have yarns to enjoy.

    


Cast Ons and Bind Offs
Objectives: Expanding Your Expertise 
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Presented by: Grace Akhrem

Class Type: Technique (Knitting) | Level: Intermediate | Session Code: K105

Member Price: $65 | Non-member Price: $85

Additional Fee for Materials$3 | Materials Provided: Worksheets
Go beyond what you know and learn six CO and BO techniques to keep in your arsenal of techniques for any project. After this class, you will be able to bring your shop samples to the next level and give them that clean finishing touch that takes them from homemade to artfully-made.


Create Content by the Numbers

Objective: Business Data Made Simple | Leveraging New Tools & Technology

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Presented by: Zontee Hou          

Class Type: Business | Level: All Skill Levels | Session Code: B109     

Member Price: $45 | Non-member Price: $65    

In this session, we explore the key metrics that you need to understand and track in order to create better content. Find out what to measure in order to plan, publish, and track your content more effectively.

 

Strategies for Handling Difficult Customers and Your Online Presence

Objective: The Two-Way Conversation

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Presented by: Stacey Trock         

Class Type: Business | Level: All Skill Levels | Session Code: L108

Member Price: $45 | Non-member Price: $65

In this class, we will discuss two crucial components of managing challenging customers: confronting and appeasing difficult persons in your shop and monitoring and replying to shop reviews online.


 

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