On September 1, 2011, The National NeedleArts Association will welcome the Spinning and Weaving Association (SWA) into the organization as a new Product Segment group.
TNNA's Product Segment Groups, including the Yarn Group, Needlepoint Group and Counted Thread & Cross-stitch Group, are special interest groups focusing on areas of concern to each particular needlearts category. Any TNNA wholesalers, retailer, teacher, publisher or others serving a particular faction may opt to pay a small additional fee to become a member of on or more of these groups.
With the addition of the Spinning and Weaving Association, TNNA expands its membe r base, and its position within the specialty needlearts industry. "By including the SWA, TNNA is better able to serve all our members, and the industry at large," commented Board President Matt Bryant of Prism Arts, Inc.
As noted by Dave Van Stralen, SWA's President, "This move brings new members to TNNA and expanded benefits for SWA members. In addition, it brings spinning and weaving into the mainstream. . . SWA currently has 150 manufacturers, distributors, shops, teachers and supporters."
SWA was formed in 2001 and incorporated in 2006. SWA mission is to promote and grow the hand spinning and weaving industry.