Brief descriptions and
contact information for the various trade and consumer organizations
related to our industry.
AMERICAN SEWING GUILD/ASG (consumer)
ASG has a mission of advancing sewing as an Art-and-Life skill.
It has more than 20,000 enthusiastic members in 138 chapters and
more than 1,000 neighborhood groups spread throughout the U.S. Many
chapters actively partner with local sewing retailers to promote
community sewing events and education. ASG members are among the
most passionate sewers you will meet and if you don’t yet have a
chapter in your community, it is well worth your effort to help get
one started. To learn more about ASG, become a member, or learn how
to start a group in your community, visit the website.
Barbara Cortez, Chapter Development Coordinator
For information about advertising opportunities in ASG’s
publication, Notions, call Publisher/Ad Director Betty Watts
at 803-736-2379 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CANADIAN CRAFT AND HOBBY ASSOCIATION/CCHA (trade)
CCHA was established in 1978 and is committed to serving and
engaging Canada’s creative industry on all levels, engaging all
participants, suppliers, retailers/purchasers, designers, educators
and consumers, with energy and excitement. As a non-profit
organization, the mandate is to help our members succeed and help
promote crafting in Canada on all levels. The association brings
together many different types of crafting and business structures
who share common goals and common business challenges. The CCHA is
here to help pool resources of its members, offer time saving
solutions, explore the needs of its members, and fill those needs in
a cost effective and productive manner. The association is also an
advocate for the industry to government and media. The CCHA hosts
trade shows, other business related events, and issues regular
newsletters for members.
Although CCHA has a Canadian industry focus, U.S. companies may
become members of the association providing they have either a)
a licensed Canadian craft related business, which means that they
have a warehouse and/or employ full-time staff in Canada or b) they
sell their products through a Canadian distributor.
633419 Hwy 10 N, Mono Plaza, PO Box 101, Orangeville, Ontario,
CERAMIC ARTIST GUILD (consumer)
This new virtual based organization has been established to help
keep the "craft" of ceramics alive and staying strong. It
is intended to become the central focal point for all who enjoy the
art of slip-cast ceramics as well as other ceramic medias. The focus
will be towards all forms of slip-cast ceramics.
Tricia McKiernan, Executive Director
32 Broadway, Ste. 1114
New York, NY 10004-1612
Phone: 212-791-3400, ext. 15
CRAFT & HOBBY ASSOCIATION/CHA (trade)
CHA is a not-for-profit trade organization consisting of
thousands of member companies engaged in the manufacture,
distribution and retail sales of products in the nearly $30 billion
U.S. craft and hobby industry. With members from over 64 different
countries, CHA truly is an international organization. The
Association offers a broad range of member services, including
market research, education, as well as operates award-winning trade
show events, the CHA Winter and CHA Summer Shows that attract
industry professionals from all over the world.
E. 54th St.
P.O. Box 348
Elmood Park, NJ 07407
Phone: 201- 835-1200
For information about CHA trade shows visit www.chashow.org.
CRAFT YARN COUNCIL/CYC (trade)
The CYC represents the leading manufacturers, publishers, and consultants to the hand knitting yarn
industry. It promotes crocheting, knitting and crafting with yarn to consumers through innovative educational and promotional programs.
At its website, CYCA provides helpful information for new knitters and crocheters and industry standards
(www.YarnStandards.com) to improve pattern writing and consumers' experiences with these crafts. In addition, CYCA works closely with its retail partners to support the yarn category and is a strong proponent of
Warm Up America!, the industry charity.
469 Hospital Dr., Ste. E, Gastonia, NC 28054
CRAFTERS HOME (retail)
Crafters Home is the largest group of independent scrapbook and
paper craft retailers in the world, with nearly 150 independently
owned retail stores in 40 states and 7 countries. Visit www.craftershome.com.
CROCHET GUILD OF AMERICA/CGOA (consumer)
Be part of an organization that shares your love of crochet.
Great resources just for you! The Crochet Guild of America (CGOA)
invites you to join and receive member benefits such as 6 issues of
Crochet! magazine, ability to enroll in the Masters program,
discounted education at Chain Link, password to online patterns and
information, member message board and more! Sign up today at www.Crochet.org
INTERNATIONAL ART MATERIALS ASSOCIATION/NAMTA (trade)
The International Art Materials Association (NAMTA) is the
largest trade association dedicated exclusively to the art materials
industry. NAMTA members include retailers, manufacturers,
distributors and importers all over the world, working toward a
common goal of promoting the art materials industry.
INTERNATIONAL DECORATIVE ARTISANS LEAGUE
Founded in 1984, the Stencil Artisans League,
Inc. was comprised of a group of artists and manufacturers sharing
their enthusiasm for the art of stenciling. In 2008, the association
unveiled its new name: International Decorative Artisans League (IDAL),
which better represents the expansive range of media and techniques
practiced by its membership. IDAL is a non-profit 501(c)(3)
organization. The membership reflects a highly diverse international
group of practitioners of the decorative arts. IDAL’s members,
however, remain dedicated to one sole purpose: to explore, promote,
and teach the unlimited possibilities of the ever-widening range of
materials available to creative persons. IDAL embraces, welcomes,
and supports everyone from hobbyists to independent artisans to
large-scale finishing companies and manufacturers through education,
skill enhancement, networking, and professional support. In addition
to ongoing educational and training activities in worldwide and
online chapters, IDAL sponsors an annual Convention and Exposition.
Contact: Penny Sitler Email:
HOBBY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION/HMA (trade)
The mission of the Hobby Manufacturers Association is to
stimulate the growth of the model hobby industry and to offer unique
benefits to members and affiliated companies, including providing
industry statistics, and legislative information when appropriate
HMA's objective is to promote the general interests of all
persons engaged in the buying, distributing, manufacturing, or
selling of model hobby merchandise including but not limited to
model railroads, die cast models, and radio control hobbies thus
providing an arena in which its members can achieve greater
individual growth under a collective organization. To achieve this
end, HMA will conceive, develop and implement programs to foster the
model hobby industry expansion and will pursue enhanced member
benefits via economies of scale.
HMA sponsors an annual trade/consumer event in Rosemont, IL in
Pat Koziol, Executive Director
Consumer site: www.myhobbyfun.com
Quilt Trade Association (trade)
Established in 2010, Quilt Trade Association is an international
trade organization that is managed by a board of directors of quilt
shop owners and quilt industry supplier. QTA focuses on energizing
and revitalizing independent brick and mortar shops.
As the only
organization in the quilt industry serving brick-and-mortar quilt
shops and suppliers (e.g. fabric companies, distributors,
manufacturers, publishers, designers et. al.), QTA exists for the
sole purpose of energizing and vitalizing the quilt industry. Our
non-profit nature dictates that we deliver altruistic sharing of
impartial information, plus programs and services that help the
quilt business community as a whole.
QTA provides networking and educational opportunities to quilt
shop owners and suppliers to collectively address the challenges of
the quilt business community, for today and the future.
Joyce Keane, Executive Director
THE KNITTING GUILD ASSOCIATION/TKGA (consumer)
Great opportunities for fun and learning. Belong to an
organization of knitters like yourself! The Knitting Guild
Association (TKGA) invites you to join and receive member benefits
such as four issues of Cast On magazine, ability to enroll in
correspondence courses and the Master Knitter Program, discounted
education at TKGA-sponsored shows, password to online patterns and
articles, and more! You’ll be in good company – TKGA currently
serves 10,000+ knitting members. Sign up today at www.TKGA.com
and join in the fun!
SOCIETY OF DECORATIVE PAINTERS/SDP (consumer)
The Society of Decorative Painters is a membership organization
with 18,000+ members throughout the United States, Canada, Japan,
and 42 other countries. It has more than 300 affiliated chapters
that actively promote decorative painting through community service
projects and other painting-related activities. SDP publishes the
industry’s leading decorative painting magazine, The Decorative
Painter; which is published quarterly and is a benefit of
membership. The organization also hosts an annual international
decorative painting conference and expo. Annual U.S. membership is
$40 for individuals and $70 for business members and is open to
anyone who enjoys painting or is part of the arts and crafts
industry.(Contact SDP for international membership rates.) SDP’s
membership year runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.
Phone: Matt Clagg, SDP Communications Coordinator 316-269-9300,
SIERRA PACIFIC CRAFTS/SPC (retail)
SPC is a cooperative organization of successful, independently
owned craft stores. The mission of our organization is to maximize
the success of member stores and our vendor partners through
cooperative strategies in marketing, purchasing, education,
networking, and fellowship.
25589 SW Canyon Creek Rd., Ste.400, Wilsonville, OR 97070
THE NATIONAL NEEDLE ARTS ASSOCIATION/TNNA (trade)
Established in 1975, TNNA is an international trade organization
representing retailers, manufacturers, distributors, designers,
manufacturers' representatives, publishers, teachers, and
wholesalers of products and supplies for the specialty needlearts
market. These businesses create and market hand-painted needlepoint
canvases; hand-dyed and specialty crochet and knitting yarns;
embroidery, needlepoint and cross-stitch materials; kits; furniture;
notions; gifts; books; publications; accessories; tools; and more.
TNNA's trade shows offer a wide variety of classes in techniques and
business for the needlearts professional. (proof of business
required, membership not required).
Contact: Patty Parrish
TOY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION/TIA (trade)
Toy Industry Association™, Inc. (TIA) is the not-for-profit
trade association for producers and importers of toys and youth
entertainment products sold in North America. TIA’s more than 550
toy manufacturers and importers account for approximately 85% of the
annual U.S. domestic toy market of $21.6B. Visit www.toyassociation.org.
VACUUM DEALERS TRADE ASSOCIATION/VDTA (trade)
SEWING DEALERS TRADE ASSOCIATION/(trade)
VDTA/SDTA is the Association dedicated to supporting independent
vacuum cleaner and sewing machine retailers around the world.
Members are independent retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers.
There are more than 18,000 independent vacuum cleaner and sewing
machine retailers throughout North America. Visit www.vdta.com.