:CGOA 2011 Design Competition Winners

Thursday, September 22, 2011

CGOA is pleased to announce the winners of our 2011 Design Competition. First, a big thank you to our wonderful judges:

Marcy Smith, editor of Interweave Crochet magazine
Kathleen Sams, ambassador for Coats&Clark
Drew Emborsky, the Crochet Dude.

All entries were evaluated equally in a blind judging across a range of qualities including: design appeal, use of stitches, color, selection of materials, workmanship, finishing, appearance and functionality as indicated.

We had more entries than ever this year, submitted by a number of very talented designers. Please check the CGOA blog (cgoanow.blogspot.com) within the next week or so for a link to a flickr pool so you can see photos of all the fabulous entries!


Due to time constraints while at Chain Link, we are unable to post photos of winning entries today. We hope to get this done Friday or Saturday morning at the latest. We apologize for the delay, but we thought it important to let everyone know who all the winners are as quickly as possible!

$1,000 Grand Prize Winner sponsored in Crochet Partners and Interweave Press: #29, So Many Motifs, So Little Time by Diane Halpern of Pittsburgh, PA

Here’s praise from the judges:

Marcy Smith said: “Deliciously vintage garment that’s ripped from the runway.”

From Drew Emborsky: “Amazing blend of freeform and on-trend fashion . . . Exquisite!!!”

And Kathleen Sams sums it up: “Beautiful use of freeform suitable for all. Runway fashion at its best.”

Fanciful Fashion (sponsored by Tulip Co, makers of exceptional tools including Etimo cushion grip crochet hooks and Carry T): fancy adult garments and accessories, including gowns, dresses and evening wear.

First Place, $300: #09, Modern Victorian Black Crochet Dress by Victoria Johnsen Carrington of Windsor Heights, IA

Second Place, $200: #38, Queen of Fall by Linda Skuja of Riga, Latvia

Third Place: $100: #94, Flower Princess by Willena Nanton of New Rochelle, NY

Fashion (sponsored by Tahki Stacy Charles, bringing you fine yarn lines Tahki, S Charles, Filatura Di Crosa and Loop-d-Loop): for women or men, including sweaters, tops, jackets and skirts.

First Place, $300: #60, Rasta Rose Jacket by Tammy Hildebrand, of Kernersville, NC

Second Place, $200: #70, Spa Tunic by Susan Lowman of Prescott Valley, AZ

Third Place: $100: #39, Stonecrop by Stephanie Hatfield of Gilbertsville, KY

Accessories (sponsored by WEBS, America’s Yarn Store): including shawls, socks, scarves, hats, bags, belts and jewelry.

First Place, $300: #43, Birds N Blossoms Shawl by Kathryn White of Apache Junction, AZ

Second Place, $200: #69, Lucy Shawl by Sandy Gold of Frederick, MD

Third Place: $100: #108, Poptastic Purse by Janice Lonnroth of LaGrange, IL

Small Wonders (sponsored by Boye and the Crochet Dude brand of crochet tools and accessories): anything small scale, including baby items, toys, amigurumi and small décor items.

First Place, $300: #81, Hope, the Christmas Angel, by Susan Pendleton of Kerrville, TX

Second Place, $200: #12, Baby Cardigan by Sherri Hondorp of Poughquag, NY

Third Place: $100: #102, Vegetable Garden Playmat by Laurinda Reddig of Camas, WA

Afghans (sponsored by Caron International and BuyCaron.com): any and all afghans, throws, blankets and bed or sofa covers.

First Place, $300: #103, Mystery Machine Afghan by Laurinda Reddig of Camas, WA

Second Place, $200: #50, Happy Hexagons Throw by Shari White of Rockaway, NJ

Third Place: $100: #52, Wild Irish Roses Throw by Shari White of Rockaway, NJ

Thread Crochet (sponsored by FaveCrafts/Prime Publishing, offering diverse crochet e-newsletters, e-books and patterns at FaveCrafts.com): anything made with crochet thread, including doilies, décor and accessories.

First Place, $300: #84, Christening Dress by Carol Booth of Teaticket, MA

Second Place, $200: #46, Irish Mystique Doily by Kathryn White of Apache Junction, AZ

Third Place: $100: #48, Chantilly Doily by Kathryn White of Apache Junction, AZ

Artistic Expressions (sponsored by Leisure Arts, bring you the art of everyday living): designs more artistic rather than functional in nature, including free-form and mixed media pieces, hangings, sculpture and wearable art.

First Place, $300: #113, Patricia’s Tree of Life by Patricia Williams of Ozone Park, NY

Second Place, $200: #66, Split Infinitive by Lori Carlson of Hillsborough, NC

Third Place: $100: #26, Lady of Marrakesh by Julia Bryant of Toronto, Canada

DesigningVashti $100 Special Technique Award for outstanding use of alternate crochet techniques and construction (including Tunisian, Broomstick and Hairpin): #108, Poptastic Purse by Janice Lonnroth of LaGrange, IL

Crochet Liberation Front $100 Peoples’ Choice Award (to be chosen on site by attendee voting; winner will be announced at end of conference)
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