February 22, 2011
Basha and I just got back from the TNNA in Nashville. The Trade Show was timed just perfectly to avoid the huge snow storm from the week before so¬†we enjoyed beautiful Spring weather while were there.
When we first learned the show was going to be held in hotel rooms, we were skeptical. Instead of having the show in a convention center showroom, the event was held in a large Embassy Suites hotel with individual suites acting as the exhibitor booths. All of the suites opened into a nine-story atrium with a huge skylight for the ceiling. Banners advertising¬†each company hung from the ivy covered balconies. Three glass elevators provided the best views of the trade show and a really convenient ride to the upper floors.¬†The atmosphere was warm and intimate. We were pleasantly surprised at the unusual format.
The TNNA Nashville featured mostly cross-stitch work and accessories. Lots of over-dyed floss in all kinds of textures and types were in abundance. We found things¬†we really needed that until the show we didn’t even know existed. Scissor fobs and “orts” holders. The latter is a thing where you can put your little pieces of thread or yarn that’s too little to use.¬†It¬†stays near your work space until you get a chance to throw the pieces into the garbage. Who knew¬†there was a name¬†for those things? Much less, little containers for them? We learn something new every day.