CGOA Celebrates 20 Years, Part B: Where Are They Now?
So many had so much to say about why they love CGOA and what their long-time membership has meant to them, that I divided the post into 2 parts. Enjoy Part B.
|Chunghie Lee: Woman with Wig|
|Carol Moore at Fiber Arts Cafe|
Since 2011, Carol has owned the Fiber Arts Cafe where she offers many techniques such as crochet, knitting, cross stitch, needlepoint and embroidery.
Having lived in Alaska for 42 years, Delma still only tolerates winter in order to get to the incredible summers in which the sun shines 20 hours a day. "I have a standing rule not to take any trips outside of Alaska in the summer," Delma explains; "but Chain Link is the exception to that rule!"
A proud charter member of CGOA, Delma is enjoying retirement and recently became a great-grandmother! She does still continue to design crochet patterns. "Going to the conferences gave me the confidence to try my hand at designing. But more important is the opportunity to spend a week each year submerged in crochet with people who are as hooked as I am! I now have crochet friends from across the US, Canada, England and Australia.
Jean has this to say about her long-time membership in the Guild: “To say that CGOA is important in my life is an understatement. It has opened up a whole new world of crocheting for me as I am somewhat addicted to it. I have met some really nice people and have made close friends in Ireland because of this hobby. I have been going to Ireland each year since 1994 when I read about Maire Treaner’s Summer School sessions on Clones Lace in Victoria magazine. However, it was through the CGOA sponsored trip to Ireland and Wales in 2000 that I met Kathie Earle who has become a very good friend. Don and I plan to return there this year to celebrate 20 years with Kathie and her husband.
In 2001, Nancy co-founded the CGOA Hook Collectors' interest group and she maintains a lovely collection of each CGOA commemorative hooks on her website. Nancy served as the Co-Chair of the CGOA Education committee during 2002 and coordinated the selection of teachers for the Chain Link crochet conference.
As for her experience with CGOA all these years, Nancy says, "Over the years, CGOA has promoted high-end crochet. Without CGOA, I don't think crochet garments would have taken their place next to knit garments. Crochet would still be afghans and potholders."
"I'm amazingly proud of what CGOA has accomplished in the past 20 years. There is no talk of crochet being 'dying art' anymore. Crochet is everywhere! We have only scratched the surface of the potential of crochet!
I've remained active on the local level, with the Northern Illinois Chapter of CGOA. For the past two years, I have led the Chapter Study Group which meets weekly at a local Barnes & Noble. The study group's goal is to devote time to the study of particular crochet techniques, but it has grown to be much more. Chapter members get to know each other better; members who miss a monthly chapter meeting can drop in to visit friends; it's a do-it-in-public event; it's a great excuse to get out of the house, and it's something to look forward to in the middle of the work week. We learn a lot, and we have a lot of fun also."
|Annie Potter with Deborah Hamburg & Gwen|
Annie is a prolific crochet designer who started Annie’s Attic in 1974, a family business, with just a small ad in Woman’s Day magazine. The overwhelming response to that ad led to great success for Annie for over 20 years. In 1997 she sold the business to DRG which recently re-branded its products under the name Annies. Although semi-retired, Miss Annie continues to create new designs and patterns with the same love for the craft and standards as she always has, and remains the primary creative force behind Annie Potter Presents. Today, management of the day-to-day business operations remains a family affair.