The Consumer Product Safety Commission has just announced that yarn will be exempt from the rigorous lead testing and certification requirements required for children’s products under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). Many crocheters, handcrafters, and others in the fiber-arts industry had been very worried about the effects widespread testing requirements would have had on manufacturers at many points in the yarn/fiber distribution chain.
Thanks to various Chain Link attendees who submitted photos they took at Chain Link directly to CGOA/Offinger. We are happy to announce these photos will be available for viewing on or before September 1. Check here for links to the photo collections when they are available.
At Chain Link in Buffalo, the CGOA Board of Directors proudly unveiled their newest project - which will benefit all new and renewing members this year. Most of the 2009 Board members contributed a pattern to Across The Board Crochet, a pattern booklet that will be available on-line (for free) when you join or renew your membership to CGOA! Six patterns, all designed by the CGOA Board - Carol Alexander, Amy Shelton, Vashti Braha, Drew Emborsky, Marty Miller, and Lorraine Lucas. As Carol said in her introduction, these are some of our favorite patterns to design. We had fun making this booklet for you, and hope you have fun making the patterns! Marty Miller Vice President, CGOA Board of Directors Editor, Across the Board Crochet
Many CGOA members and Chain Link attendees have posted on their blog about their experiences at Chain Link 2009. We would love to read your thoughts! Please post a comment with a link to your blog post(s) about Chain Link 2009.
Congratulations to all the winners of CGOA's 2009 Design Contest! GRAND PRIZE Crochet Confection Evening Gown by Renee Barnes of Bruno, AR, Fashion Category $1,000 donated by Coats and Clark
Fashion Category First Place: Flamenco Dancer Dress by Patricia Williams of Ozone Park, NY $300 donated by Coats and Clark Second Place: Blue Dress by Andrea Graciarena of Belmont, CA $200 donated by Boye Needle Company Third Place: Green Evening Dress by Paula Bennett of Torrance, CA $100 donated by DRG, Crochet! Honorable Mention: Baby Dress Set by Carol Carlile of Windfall, IN Honorable Mention: Short-Sleeved Jacket with Shawl Collar by Margaret Hubert of Pawling, NY Honorable Mention: Wedding Dress by Paula Bennett of Torrance, CA Honorable Mention: Double Breasted Jacket by Mary Jane Hall of Beavercreek, OH Honorable Mention: Bruges Lacy Dress by Hyacinth Thomas of Jamaica, NY Honorable Mention: Corset Top by Tracie Barrett of Riverview, FL Honorable Mention: Playing the Angles Jacket by Deborah Erbach Burger of Brevard, NC
Home Decor Category First Place: Doily by Ferosa Harold of Mausica Arima, Trinidad & Tobago $300 donated by Coats and Clark Second Place: Freeform Pillow by Shelby Lynn Allaho of Eugene, OR $200 donated by Interweave Third Place: Victori Africana Footstool by Rhonda Davis of Atlanta, GA $100 donated by DRG, Crochet! Honorable Mention: Tamara's Trail Throw by Tamara Gonzales of Wichita, KS Honorable Mention: Avalon Doily by Kathryn White of Gig Harbor, WA Honorable Mention: Irish Lace Mat by Kathie Earle of Rathangian, Ireland Honorable Mention: oily by Ferosa Harold of Mausica Arima, Trinidad & Tobago
Accessories Category First Place: Spring Handbag by Jerry Rigdon of Dallas, TX $300 donated by Coats and Clark Second Place: Headpiece and Bag by Kathie Earle of Rathangian, Ireland $200 donated by Boye Needle Company Third Place: Butterfly Necklace by Sonja Hood of Toronto, ON, Canada $100 donated by DRG, Crochet! Honorable Mention: Evening Clutch Bag by Diane Moyer of Orange, CT Honorable Mention: Silk, Silver and Lace Purse by Julia Bryant of Toronto, ON, Canada Honorable Mention: Beaded Evening Bag by Sonja Hood of Toronto, ON, Canada Honorable Mention: Freeform Hat with Earflaps by Leslie Nelle-Urinyi of W. Milford, NJ
Crochet As Art Category First Place: Heartrock Hotel by Gwen Blakley-Kinsler of Rolling Meadows, IL $300 donated by Coats and Clark Second Place: The Harvest by Carol Ventura of Cookeville, TN $200 donated by Interweave Third Place: Pop Top Bowl by Denise Royal of Richardson, TX $100 donated by Martingale & Company Honorable Mention: Crochet On a Rock with a Twist of Lime by Gwen Blakley-Kinsler of Rolling Meadows, IL Honorable Mention: Crochet Cabernet by Andrea Vanbenschoten of Wharton, NJ Honorable Mention: Prayer Flags by Martha Furman Kojro of Rolla, MO
Special thanks to our judges:
Contest Chair: Cari Clement of Caron International Contest Co-Chair and Designer Doris Chan Last Year's Judge Jean Leinhauser Brett Bara of Coats and Clark and Crochet Today Michele Maks of DRG and Crochet World
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