Last week, I attended the CGOA Conference (aka: the Knit & Crochet Show) in San Diego, CA. The conference was a blast, as usual! There were fabulous classes from Wed night through Sat afternoon, lots of shopping on the show floor on Fri & Sat, as well as a “sneak preview” for registered conference attenders on Thur night and a celebration of crochet on Fri evening, which included the Masters Pinning Ceremony (for those who have passed the Masters program since last year’s conference), the Design Competition Awards Ceremony and the Hall of Fame celebration (for the new inductee into the Jean Leinhauser CGOA Crochet Hall of Fame). This year’s Hall of Fame winner is Lily Chin. Congratulations, Lily! You’re a HUGE force in the crochet field!
We had our grand finale Banquet and Fashion Show on Saturday night, as well. The food was delicious, the fashion show was fabulous and the attendees are some of the nicest crocheters you’ll ever meet! Ellen Gormley, the editor of Crochet! magazine, was the emcee. The evening was relaxing, exciting and inspiring! It was a great way to end the conference (although nobody wants the conference to end)!
For the past 6 months, I’ve had the pleasure of working as co-chair of the 2015 CGOA Design Competition, which was held at the CGOA Conference last week at the Town & Country Resort & Conference Center in San Diego, CA. I was amazed at the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to put on the design competition! I tip my hat to Doris Chan, who has handled the design competition for 5 years (mostly by herself)! You’ve done a fabulous job, Doris!!!
There were many hands helping in the design competition this year. First, I want to personally thank my co-chair, Bobbie Matela, for all the hard work you put into the design competition. You were a fabulous co-chair and I couldn’t have done what I did without you! Next, I’d like to thank our judging manager, Karen McKenna, the many helping hands at the conference, including (but not limited to) Edith Smith, Diane Miller and many, many more, Kaytee Sumida for loaning us so many display pieces, as well as everyone who helped “man the booth” on the show floor (there are too many of you to list, but you know who you are)! We couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!
We had 7 categories in the Design Competition this year, including 2 new categories (First Time Entrant and Young Designer).
Now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the announcement of the winners in the 2015 CGOA Design Competition! Can I get a drum roll please?
In the “First Time Entrant” category, sponsored by Susan Bates, the winners are:
3rd place – Harem Nights by Amy Curtin
2nd place – Woodland Winter Jacket by Heather Galluzzi
1st place – Emily Rose by Kayt Ross
In the “Young Designer” category, sponsored by The Marian G. Wilburn Foundation for Fiber Arts, the winner is:
1st place – Catherine Wheels Skirt by Grace Rosburg
In the “Artistic Expression” category, sponsored by Creativebug, the winners are:
3rd place – Danakil Depression by Kayt Ross
2nd place – Cobblestones by Kayt Ross
1st place – Spiral Blues by Ann Wicker
In the “Accessories” category, sponsored by Clover, the winners are:
Honorable Mention – Ombre Celtic Knot Necklace by Jennifer Ryan
3rd place – Spring Floral Pin by Jean DeMouy
2nd place – Eleanor Shawl by Kathryn White
1st place – Hearts Galore by Sandy Gold
In the “Afghans & Home Décor” category, sponsored by WEBS America’s Yarn Store, the winners are:
Honorable Mention – Shades of Teal Afghan by Kayt Ross
3rd place – Behind the Picket Fence Throw by Shari White
2nd place – The Long & Short of It by Vicki Buford
1st place – Country Gardens Pillow by Joyce Geisler
In the “Thread Crochet” category, sponsored by Bernat, the winners are:
3rd place – Blue Bird Doily by Kathryn White
2nd place – Spring Leaves Wedding Dress by Brandi Isham
1st place – Free Spirit Doily by Kathryn White
In the “Fashion” category, sponsored by Interweave Crochet / Love of Crochet, the winners are:
Honorable Mention – Lollapalooza by Julia Bryant
Honorable Mention – Blue Poppy Lace Coat & Poppy Pin by Alla Koval
Honorable Mention – Checkerboard Cardigan by Shari White
Honorable Mention – Aegean Dress by Kristin Lynn
3rd place – Velella Poncho by Shari White
2nd place – Tunica Geometrica by Susan Walsh
1st place – Legacy by Kathryn White
For “Technical Merit”, sponsored by Mary Maxim, the winner is:
Spring Leaves Wedding Dress by Brandi Isham
For “Peoples’ Choice”, sponsored by Happily Hooked Crochet Magazine, the winner is:
Spring Leaves Wedding Dress by Brandi Isham
And the “Grand Prize” winner, sponsored by Red Heart, is:
Emily Rose by Kayt Ross
Please join me in thanking all of our generous and supportive sponsors this year. And a big “CONGRATULATIONS” to all the winners in each category of the competition!
Now it’s time to get those hooks busy designing entries for next year’s CGOA Design Competition!