2010 Design Competition Winners!

Friday, July 9, 2010

All photos copyright 2010 Doris Chan. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

Grand Prize $1000 (Coats & Clark)

Category: Small Wonders: “Kyoto Coat”, Shelby Allaho
Child’s Japanese Kimono inspired coat in orange, brown and pink wool with a crazy quilt style sash and delicate ruffled skirt.

CATEGORY: Special Occasion
First Prize $300 (Coats & Clark)
“Bridal Fantasy”; Patricia Williams
Dress took four and a half months to complete. 100 percent Japanese silk was used for the design which was worked using various stitches into the modern take of Irish Crochet. Buttons are all hand made, done with glass beads.

Second Prize $200 (Caron)
People’s Choice $200 (Caron)
“City Nights”; Willena Nanton
The dress is a combination of Caron Country merino will blend with Red Heart acrylic and the neckline is made with Nashua Grand Opera (wool, viscose, metallic, polyester) yarns. The dress uses tapestry crochet to show the city skyline at the bottom and the top is made with various designs using single and tapestry crochet.

Third Prize $100 (Leisure Arts)
“Weightless Tunisian Stole”; Vashti Braha
When I think of this stole, I remember the first time I wore it. It was a special night, breezy and cool, and I felt beautiful. The Tunisian stitch pattern is my own combination of eyelet, slip, and twisted Tunisian stitches. I have not found this kind of eyelet lace used anywhere else so I've named it “Wicker Stitch". I like that the return rows settle into enough of a diagonal grain that the fabric acquires more stretch than the usual Tunisian stitch pattern. Yarn is a 75% kid mohair and 25% silk lightweight yarn called Ovation by S.R. Kertzer.

First Prize $300 (Caron)
“Co-Tri-Mo Sweater”; Carole Schumann
Colorful triangular motifs were used to build this design. Part of the fun is selecting several colorways and arranging the colors as you go. A clever crochet trim worked down the front of the sweater simulates a cardigan style, with beads added as faux buttons to complete the look.

Second Prize $200 (Interweave)
“Fantasy in Purple and Lime”; Margaret Hubert
Short sleeve fun cardigan in a specialty rayon yarn in vibrant colors. Some free form embellishments spice it up. While not really special occasion, it can go from day into evening. The yarn inspired this design.

Third Prize $100 (Leisure Arts)
“Corktown Cropped Cardigan”; Sandra Van Burkleo
This mixed media cardigan was my response to a terrible woman who announced (in a knit design class) that crochet was only good for TRIM. So this cardigan has KNITTED trim. With pockets.

CATEGORY: Small Wonders (Baby, Kid Stuff)
First Prize $300 (DRG)
“Flower Boxes Play Mat; Deb Burger
The bright primary colors and thick felted texture make this an ideal "floor play" mat or playpen mat. The blanket is crocheted from a filet chart, then flowers embroidered with wool yarn and then it is all felted together. Pre-shrunk by the felting, the blanket is machine wash-and-dryable... easy on Mon, fun and safe for baby.

Second Prize $200 (Leisure Arts)
“Reversible Antique Brooch Baby Blanket”; Tanis Galik
This baby blanket is created in Coats&Clark Red Heart Soft yarn in Seafoam and Off-White using Interlocking Crochet Antique Brooch stitches. One side has seafoam background with off-white antique brooches; the other side has an off-white background with seafoam antique brooches. Tanis Galik's book Interlocking Crochet will be out this November. It contains 10 single-design stitches and 70 double-design stitches, plus 10 new Interlocking Crochet projects. Tanis can be reached at www.InterlockingCrochet.com.

Third Prize $100 (Boye)
“Baby Bubble Throw”; Shari White
The throw was done in Bernat Baby Sport: Baby White, Baby Denim Marl and Baby Blue. The bubbles were created by using a sc cluster and cables used to accentuate the throw.

CATEGORY: Accessories
First Prize $300 (Caron)
“Jewels of the Sea”; Shelby Allaho
A freeform crochet necklace inspired by shells found on the beach in Kuwait. Scrumbles and felt cut-outs are embellished with embroidery and arranged to showcase the seashells.

Second Prize $200 (Interweave)
“Tree Hat”; Leslie Nelle-Urinyi
The Tree Hat is a one of a kind piece created for the 2010 International Freeform Crochet Guild's online show and book, "Somewhere in My World". Yarns used: Patons Classic Wool and Berrocco's Softtwist and some minor amounts of metallic/mohair yarn. Hat is primarily crochet except for the "tree limbs" which were made using pipe cleaners inserted in knitted I cords. Top of hat started with a crochet piece with "tree trunks" that was then felted. Landscape crochet using various colors and stitches were added to form the body of the hat with a reverse sc edging. "Tree Limbs" were then inserted in felted "tree trunks"; various size leaves were then sewn to the "tree limbs". Some crochet corkscrews and a couple of vintage lucite teardrop beads were added. Stitches used, sc, hdc, dc, bobble and some surface crochet. Various size hooks used.

Third Prize $100 (Coats & Clark)
“Peony Blossom Shawlette”; Deb Burger
Light and airy Mohair/silk blend, and shoulder warming shape make this a perfect accessory for spring evenings. Peony blossoms decorate the edge, adding elegance.

First Prize $300 (Coats & Clark)
“Hinterland”; Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby
This piece was created using a modern sensibility along with a combination of traditional filet crochet techniques and the archetypal look of the grand creations from the past. The pattern is very organic in its construction as each stitch is determined by the stitch it is building upon in the row below using the "if, then" logic process. These techniques from the past and modern interpretations of the traditional art of crochet merge to create this gorgeously patterned heirloom afghan. This afghan is worked from the center out, and the logic process used in the patterning ensures the smooth lay of the piece.

Second Prize $200 (Boye)
“Locomotive Afghan”; Susan Lowman
Ten colors of Red Heart Supersaver were used for this afghan. It was made in intarsia method of color changes and is worked entirely in sc stitches.

Third Prize $100 (Leisure Arts)
Technical Merit $150 (KJ Hay)
“Reversible Native American Afghan”; Tanis Galik
This afghan is created in black and red acrylic yarn using numerous Interlocking Crochet stitches. One side has a predominately black background with four designs in red; the other side has a predominately red background with four different designs in black. Tanis Galik's book Interlocking Crochet will be out this November. It contains 10 single-design stitches and 70 double-design stitches, plus 10 new Interlocking Crochet projects. Tanis can be reached at www.InterlockingCrochet.com.

First Prize $300 (Coats & Clark)
Evening Bag; Kathie Earle
Evening bag worked in No/ 40 DMC crochet thread with steel hook. Approx 600 plastic rings incorporated into the design and each ring covered with single crochet as the work progressed. Grape and Vine leaf motifs in traditional Irish crochet technique.

Second Prize $200 (Coats & Clark)
“Victorian Tea Gown”; Cynthia Mallett
The Victorian Tea Gown consists of a beaded bodice with leg-of-mutton sleeves and a laced back. The gathered skirt features a scalloped lace design on the front panel and hem. Both pieces are heavily beaded and made with a light green cotton thread.

Third Prize $100 (Boye)
Technical Merit $150 (KJ Hay)
“Rose Infinity”; Kathryn A. White
Doily done in size 20 thread in cream, pink and green. Design has a spiral effect and measures about 18 inches across.

Honorable Mentions
“The Flowers are Alive; Daisy and Black-eyed Susan”; Elaine Brown
This is my idea of what flowers would look like if they were alive and looked like people. Daisy appeared in my mind fully formed. I knew I had to bring her to life. So this is my vision of what I saw in my mind. I also had to make her a friend so Black Eyed Susan was born. Susan is my favorite summer flower.

“Waterlilly”; Kathie Earle
Contemporary table centre worked in traditional Irish technique, using Coats Patons no/ 100 thread and no/ 10 for padding.

“Pop Top Bottle Top Purse”; Denise Royal
Purse is made from pop tops, bottle tops, corn yarn and recycled fabric.

“Free Spirit Tote”; Lindsey Stephens
The Free Spirit Tote will quickly become one of your favorite projects. The majority of the bag is done in single crochet with variations such as slip stitch embroidery, back loop only stitches, and frequent color changes to make it anything but boring. The Free Spirit Tote is nice and roomy, with button loops that go around the sides of the top to cinch in the opening and keep contents secure. Pattern is available for purchase at www.PoetryinYarn.com.

Technical Merit $150 (KJ Hay)
“Rose Infinity”; Kathryn A. White

Technical Merit $150 (KJ Hay)
“Reversible Native American Afghan”; Tanis Galik

People’s Choice $200 (Caron)

“City Nights”; Willena Nanton


  1. No photos? That's disappointing.

  2. Tina, no photos yet because there just isn't time at the conference to get the photos downloaded off a camera and then uploaded here.

    We did have an "official" volunteer amateur photographer this year, plus I took as many pictures as I could.

    I will also be getting a copy of the slide show with the photos of the winners that I'll post as soon as I can.

    So photos will be coming as soon as we can get them here! We know everybody who wasn't able to make it to the conference wants to see everything. In fact, I have pictures of not just the winning entries, but ALL the entries for everyone to drool over!

    Amy Shelton, CGOA Treasurer

  3. Doris Chan's blog has pictures up.

  4. Congrats to all the winners. If you would like to see a front view of my pop top purse you can find it on my ravelry page along with the freeform bed scarf I entered. http://www.ravelry.com/projects/wickedcrochetlady
    Denise Royal

  5. Major thanks to the posse, including Amy Shelton, Leslie Urinyi, Diane Moyer, Tammy Hildebrand, Gwen Kinsler, Vashti Braha, Kimberly McAlindin, Cari Clement, Ellen Gormley, KJ Hay. Thanks to our brilliant judges Bobbie Matela, Jean Leinhauser and Edie Eckman. Thanks to Rita Weiss for securing all that sponsorship money.

    We are already thinking about next year. Bigger, funner, better, even more prizes. So start planning your design creations for the 2011 competition.

  6. Congrats not only to the winners but to everyone who took the time to enter.

    You are all winners in my book... you crochet!

  7. Just uploaded to CGOA Flickr pool identification images (not beauty shots, sorry) of ALL entries. Awesome gathering. My personal thanks and congrats to all who participated!

  8. Are there plans to eventually publish any of the designs from the 2010 Design Competition? The ones I would LOVE to have are: Rose Infinity by Kathryn A. White (this one is my ABSOLUTE favorite!!); Reversible Antique Brooch Baby Blanket (second favorite) by Tanis Galik; Hinterland by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby (third favorite); Baby Bubble Throw by Shari White; Reversible Native American Afghan by Tanis Galik; and Evening Bag by Kathie Earle.



  9. It would be up to each individual designer whether they wanted to independently publish their design or sell it for inclusion in a magazine or book.

  10. Where can we get patterns for the winners designs? I love the spiral rose doily!!

  11. Heidi, please see my comment above. It is up to each designer whether they choose to publish a pattern for their design.

  12. “Hinterland”; Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby - I would like to know if and when this pattern is published. I think it would be awesome in thread crochet for a table cover.

  13. how can we get ahold of the people we want a pattern from or find out if they will share? Would patterns not be something for the guild to consider as I am sure it would help the show and the disigners. Thanks for your help on how to reach the disigners for pattersn, Barbara Morelock, canocat55@gmail.com


  14. There are several ways you could try to contact a designer. You can log on to the Members-Only section of the CGOA website to see if they have allowed contact information to be published there. You can try a Google search on their name, possibly with the word crochet included as well, or even the name of their design. Many of these designers have their own websites or blogs, and you may find contact information there. If none of that works, you can send an email to Offinger and ask if they'll pass your contact information along to the designer.

    If someone were to ask a designer to share and the designer were to decline, please do not get upset at the designer. The designer may be planning to publish the pattern on their own (but just not yet), to submit it to a magazine or book, to include it in a book proposal the designer is shopping around, or it may have been accepted for publication but the designer isn't free to say that yet.

    As far as CGOA publishing the patterns, there are a couple issues with that. First, selling patterns on the website can affect our non-profit status (which we definitely don't want to lose). We are investigating the possibility of being able to sell patterns in the future, though.

    Another point with selling the patterns: CGOA would have to purchase rights to those patterns from the designers. Even if we purchased only the winning designs, that would be quite a lot of money. Until we resolve the issue regarding selling patterns, that wouldn't be a good use of CGOA funds. It would be fabulous to have patterns available for these fabulous designs, wouldn't it?


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