The List of Celebrities at CHA Winter…


ELMWOOD PARK, NJ (November 24, 2009) — The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is pleased to announce that internationally recognized celebrities including Wyland, Deborah Norville, Vanna White and Kathy Ireland will be attending the CHA 2010 Winter Convention & Trade Show in Anaheim, California held from January 24 – 27, 2010 discussing their passion for crafting and various craft product lines.

Wyland is one of the most celebrated and recognized artists and in our time, and has captured the attention of the world with his spectacular marine life paintings and landmark Whaling Wall murals. With half a million collectors in over 30 countries, he has done more than any other artist to raise awareness of the beauty of life on this blue planet. His equally successful Wyland Foundation, in partnership with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Ocean Institute of Dana Point, Calif, is actively engaged in teaching millions of students around the nation about conservation of oceans, rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands. His latest project, FOCUS (Forests, Oceans, Climate and Us) brings together the U.S. Forest Service, NOAA, the Wyland Foundation, and numerous non-profits to teach young people about forests and ocean – and how these two irreplaceable resources hold the key to the future of water supplies, climate, and global health. Come by and meet Wyland during his appearance on Sunday, January 24, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Fredrix Artist Canvas/Tara Materials booth #2131.


Deborah Norville, avid knitter, author, Emmy award-winning television journalist and host of Inside Edition, will be appearing at the Premier Yarns booth to discuss her yarn line—Serenity, from the Deborah Norville Collection. Stop by to meet Deborah in person and see each of these four yarns (and receive free samples). Deborah will be appearing in the Premier Yarns booth #4117 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm on Sunday, January 24, 2010.


As the co-host of Wheel of Fortune since 1982, Vanna White is one of the best known celebrities in the world and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Wheel of Fortune remains one of the top 3 syndicated shows with over 10 million viewers each week. Vanna is an avid crocheter who loves to give handmade gifts to those she loves. Vanna has been the Lion Brand Yarn Company’s spokesperson for 15 years. She collaborated with Lion Brand on several books inspired by her yarns with Lion Brand—Vanna’s Choice, Vanna’s Choice Baby and Vanna’s Glamour. To date Lion Brand and Vanna White have donated over $450,000 to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital from the proceeds of these yarns. Vanna White will host the Lion Brand Yarn Fashion Shows held on Monday, January 25, 2010 at 12 pm and 1 pm in the Lion Brand Yarn Booth #4001.


“It’s an honor to exhibit at The CHA Show as we introduce kathy ireland Home® by Belagio Enterprises and our Design It Yourself craft and home décor trim line. Please join us at Booth # 3813 3:00-4:00 Sunday, January 24th. Partnering with Belagio Enterprises combines our love for crafting, scrapbooking and sharing. The collection includes; ribbons, tassels, beaded trims, braids, rick rack, rhinestones, appliqués, quilt, and scrapbooking trims. These beautiful colors are inspired by our Style Guides™ from global travels,” says Kathy Ireland.

Kathy Ireland; Chief Designer and CEO of kathy ireland Worldwide® (kiWW), whose mission is “…finding solutions for families, especially busy moms.”TM The Associated Press names Kathy, “a best friend to working mothers.” UCLA celebrates Kathy as one of the top ten women’s health advocates in America. kiWW has five Good Housekeeping Seals, and numerous design awards. Forbes and the Wall Street Journal report kiWW® as a 1.4 billion dollar design empire. Please join Kathy as she builds craft projects at the kathy ireland Home® by Belagio Enterprises booth #3813 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm on Sunday, January 24.


To learn more about the upcoming CHA 2009 Winter Convention & Trade Show, including exhibitor registration, travel discounts, and other important information, visit


The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is a not-for-profit organization consisting of thousands of member companies engaged in the manufacture, distribution and retail sales of products in the near $30 billion U.S. craft and hobby industry. 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.

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