I am so happy to report that The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) Trade Show was incredible! We met great designers, yarn shop owners, and companies with an amazing passion for creating new and beautiful yarn.
One of the most breathtaking parts of the show was the Crochet Fantasy exhibit. Crocheters from around the world made crocheted pieces of coral or other sea life to be displayed in one cohesive piece. This exhibit was unlike anything I had ever seen before and I am excited to share these photos from the exhibit so you can enjoy.
Isn’t it just incredible? To think that all of these coral pieces were created by yarn and crochet hooks by people all over the world is just a humbling experience. The coral really comes to life and speaks volumes about the beauty of our craft. Crocheting is truly an art form.
This seahorse is one of my favorite little creatures in this display. Crocheted with sparkly yarn, he looks to be glistening underwater.
I kind of fell in love with this little shrimp peeking up over the top of some coral. He was crocheted with some shiny and fuzzy yarn which gives him quite the personality.
The nautilus is a curious creature, a type of mollusk actually. The crochet artist perfectly captured the unique look of this sea creature with it’s spiral shell right down to the curly tentacles.
Variegated yarn gives this blue fish a variety of scales. He reminds me of my favorite book growing up, The Rainbow Fish. I think it would be a lot of fun to crochet a fish like this and watch how the variegated yarn makes scales.
Here’s something a little different – felt. This felted green fish has a unique look next to the crocheted coral piece. He almost looks smooth with see-through fins and beaded eyes.
Ok, this little guy is my favorite. I’ve nicknamed him macaroni because I’m not entirely sure what he is, but I love him.
I’ll be uploading even more of these photos to our Facebook page today so don’t miss out on the other photos! I urge you to like, comment, and share your favorites from this exhibit so that others may see the beauty and art in our craft.
We saw so much yarn, it was hard to pick favorites! Of course, after seeing so much yarn, we saw some trends emerging and continuing in the yarn world.
Neon Yarn - This type of yarn is in full swing these days. We love the bright and bold edge it gives to knit and crochet pieces. We saw a lot of samples that paired a neon yarn with a neutral cream toned yarn to soften the look and we loved the results. This neon yarn is from Universal Yarn and neon mohair yarn from Be Sweet.
Ruffles – There is a trend of using a ruffle type yarn and I love it! it’s more of a way to knit and crochet ribbons of fabric into your designs. Here is a sample from Mondial Yarns and some more ruffle ribbon from Universal Yarn
Sparkles & Sequins – Bling, bling, bling! Yarn is starting to show off a little glimmer and shine this year and I can’t wait to see what people create with this kind of yarn. Here is the Boheme Yarn from Fiesta Yarns and Razetti Sequin yarn from Universal Yarn!