Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fall Knit and Crochet Show Recap!

Another great show full of great teachers, exciting classes a hopping market.  The Fall show was in Reno, Nevada this year.  The Crochet Guild of America held it's fall meetings in conjunction with the Knit and Crochet Show. So Wednesday was Professional Development Day (PDD) where crochet professionals and aspiring professionals gather for education on teaching, graphic design, proposal development, pattern writing, pattern sizing, social media, etc.  I spoke to the group about the use of social media for crochet marketing and how to work most cooperatively with a CGOA Mentor.

Let's see if I can find any PDD photos. Also, find photos and posts about the event on Twitter using the hashtag #chainlink or #knitandcrochetshow

 Here I am (at the end of the day) with Tammy Hildebrand, the CGOA Professional Development Chair.  Tammy was my CGOA Mentor and taught me everything I know! ;)
Here I am with 2012 GRAND PRIZE winner of the CGOA Design Competition, Laurinda Reddig. She is wearing the prize winning vest. It is a fully reversible double crochet intarsia technique unlike anything any of us have ever seen before. Really a sight to behold. Laurinda has a new book out, check it out on her blog by following the link in her name above. Laurinda was kind enough to invite me to her birthday party and share her chocolate cake with me! 

A note about the Design competition... You DO have to be a member of the CGOA, but you DON'T have to be present to win. Laurinda is an example of a new person who blew away the competition and jump started her career with her entry in the competition. Unpublished BEFORE the competition, she is now in deep conversation with many opportunities for future work.  START you design competition sketches NOW. The 2013 Design Competition will be held in Charlotte, NC next October.  The entry fee is minimal... just enough to cover postage to get your item shipped back to you if you don't attend the conference. There are MANY prizes.  The list of 2012 winners can be found here.Get inspired. Get it done.

1 comment:

carmelvineyard said...

Ellen, I think you just made my birthday week. You just said that the Knit and Crochet Show is coming back to North Carolina next year!! I couldn't go last year even though I only lived in Atlanta, but now I've moved to NC and hoped that it would come back!

I will definitely have to enter something next year so that I can go see it in person!! :D