Report from CGOA – Design competition Part 1

This year I attended the Fall 2013 Crochet Guild of America Knitting and Crochet Conference held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Concord, North Carolina.  One of the highlights of the CGOA conference was the Design Competition. Talented crochet artists exhibited their designs for judging with four winners in of the six cateogories; Accessories, Afghans and Home Décor, Small Accessories, Fashion, Thread Crochet and Artisitic Expressions. There was one Grand Prize Winner over all the entries in the competition.

Entries in the CGOA Design Competition were judged based on a range of criteria that included design appeal, workmanship, use of stitches, finishing, selection of materials used in the design, color choices and the appearance and functionality as indicated on the entry.

All entries were the original work of the entrant and were not previously entered in a competition or the patterns published. Award winners for the Grand Prize, Accessories Category, Afghans and Home Décor Category and Small Accessories Category are listed below. The full listing can also be found on the CGOA Blog at

Grand Prize Winner – “Mille Fleurs Dress” designed by Dot Drake. This was one of the most amazing crochet designs that I have ever seen! The $1000 grand prize award was sponsored by Crochetville and


Category winners received $300 for First Place, $200 for Second Place an $100 for Third Place.

Accessories Category (sponsored by WEBS, America’s Yarn Store). Items in this category include larger accessories that are not fitted, such as shawls, capes and wraps.

First Place – “Dragon Wing” by Joyce Lewis. This item also won the Technical Merit Award             (sponsored by Designing Vashti ) for outstanding use of Tunisian crochet techniques.


Second Place – “Windowpane Wrap” by Apil Garwood.


Third Place –    “Josephine’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamcape” by Maxine Pike.


Honorable Mention – “Fiji Flowers on Flowers” by Linda Dean.



Afghans and Home Décor Category (sponsored by Red Heart). Items in this category include all types of afghans,throws, blankets and bed or sofa coverings. Any décor items not created in thread are also included.

First Place – “Simple Pleasures” by Julia Bryant from Canada.


Second Place – “Octie: Flower to Octagon Blanket” by Jessie Rayot.



Third Place – Alpine Lodge” by Sue Solakian



Honorable Mention – “Granny’s Tree of Love” by Deborah Bagley


Small Accessories Category (sponsored by Tulip Company). Items in this category include any type of small or handheld accessory, such as socks, belts, hats, scarves, cowls and jewelry.
First Prize – “Fair Isle Love Beanie” by Deja Jetmir


Second Prize – “Purple Cascade” by Jean DeMouy


Third Prize – “Is That a Platypus Scarf?” by Laurinda Reddig


Honorable Mention – “Rainbow Crochet Carryall” by Cynthia Fiebig


More details on the CGOA 2013 Design Competition and inspiring photos of the entries can be found on the Crochet Guild of America Website at

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