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Brief descriptions and contact information for the various trade and consumer organizations related to our industry.

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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
Phone: 951-689-1073

For information about advertising opportunities in ASG’s publication, Notions, call Publisher/Ad Director Betty Watts at 803-736-2379 or email


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, L9W 2Z5
Phone: 519-940-5969
Fax: 519-941-0492


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
Fax: 212-791-0333


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.

319 E. 54th St.
P.O. Box 348
Elmood Park, NJ 07407
Phone: 201- 835-1200

For information about CHA trade shows visit


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 ( 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
Phone 800-662-9999


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


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


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.

Phone: 704/892-6244
Fax: 704/892-6247


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:
Phone: 740-452-4551


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 and necessary.

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 October.

Pat Koziol, Executive Director
Phone: 973-283-9088
Fax: 973-838-7124
Consumer site:

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 non-profit membership 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
Phone: 630-842-3717


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 and join in the fun!


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, ext. 115


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
Phone: 503-685-6160
Fax: 503-685-6160


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
Phone: 800-889-8662


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



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



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