>Never in my life have I seen so much stellar crochet all in one place. I am talking about the CGOA National Conference this past week in Buffalo, NY, and in particular about the 2009 CGOA Crochet Design Contest. I had the gut-wrenching experience of taking part in the judging. We had four hours to examine all one hundred entries and come up with this short list. We could have been there for days.
I’m posting the winner list now, but plan to write more about some of the high points and hopefully have a mess of images soon.
Grand Prize ($1000 from Coats & Clark)
“Crochet Confection Evening Gown”, designed by Renee Barnes
“Wedding Gown”, designed by Paula Bennett
First Prize ($300 from Coats & Clark) “Flamenco Dancer Dress”, Patricia Williams
Second Prize ($200 from the Boye Needle Company) “Ocean Fiesta Dress”, Andrea Graciarena
Third Prize ($100 from DRG’s Crochet Magazine) “Sophisticated Spring”, Paula Bennett
Baby Dress Set by Carol Carlile
Short-sleeved Jacket with shawl collar by Margaret Hubert
Wedding Dress by Paula Bennett
Double-breasted Jacket by Mary Jane Hall
Bruges Lacy Dress by Hyacinth Thomas
Corset Top by Tracie Barrett
Playing the Angles Cardigan by Deborah Burger
CATEGORY: Home Decor
First Prize ($300 from Coats & Clark) Doily by Ferosa Harold
Second Prize ($200 from Interweave Crochet) Freeform Pillow by Shelby Lynn Allaho
Third Prize ($100 from DRG’s Crochet Magazine) Victori Africana Footstool by Rhonda Davis
Tamara’s Trail Throw by Tamara Gonzales
Avalon Doily by Kathryn White
Irish Lace Mat by Kathie Earle Doily by Ferosa Harold
First Prize ($300 from Coats & Clark) Spring Handbag by Jerry Rigdon, freeform bag
Second Prize ($200 from Boye) Black and White Headpiece and bag by Kathie Earle, DMC cotton #80
Third Prize ($100 from DRG’s Crochet Magazine) Butterfly Necklace by Sonja Hood, done in wire and glass
Evening Clutch Bag by Diane Moyer
Silk, Silver and Lace Purse by Julia Bryan
Beaded Evening Bag by Sonja Hood
Freeform Hat with Earflaps by Leslie Nelle-Urinyi
CATEGORY: Crochet as Art
First Prize ($300 from Coats & Clark) Heartrock Hotel by Gwen Blakley Kinsler
Second Prize ($200 from Interweave Crochet) The Harvest by Carol Ventura
Third Prize ($100 from Martingale & Co) Pop Top Bowl by Denise Royal
Crochet on a Rock with a Twist of Lime, Gwen Blakley Kinsler
Crochet Cabernet, Andera Van Benschoten
Prayer Flags by Martha Furman Kosro
>This contest is a definite asset to CGOA. It's a great idea, generates so much interest and I hope the tradition continues. Thanks for volunteering your time!
>Thank you all for judging the contest, and I am proud to have been chosen as one of the winners!
>Thank YOU, TurquoizeBlue! Your Home Decor prize winner was majorly cool!
>Thanks for your post, Doris! I was so excited that you liked my entry…now should I send that chocolate via UPS or FedEx? 😉
>Thank you, Doris, for all your hard work and participation in judging the CGOA Contest. I am honored to have been chosen first prize winner in the ART category.What a thrill for me to hear about winning after my depressing week of not being able to come to the conference at the last minute due to my Mom's open heart surgery! It was a hard decision to ditch the conference, but the right one. I can send you a photo of my winning "Heartrock Hotel."
>It's great to know my Double Breasted Jacket got honorable mention, Doris! This is the first I have heard of it! Thanks!Mary Jane
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