At Chain Link in Minneapolis in July 2011, CGOA held the inaugural CGOA Crochet Hall of Fame event at the Textile Center of Minneapolis. The grand event celebrated the induction of Jean Leinhauser, the first Hall-of-Famer, into this auspicious soon-to-be cadre of crocheters.
Unfortunately, soon after Jean had been told she was to be honored, she lost her battle against illness. The event still celebrated Jean's life with her dear friends Bobbie Matela, Susan Sullivan and Rita Weiss sharing stories, history and photos of their associations with Jean and her prominence in the world of crochet.
The CGOA Board of Directors voted to rename the recognition to the Jean Leinhauser CGOA Crochet Hall of Fame. Jean's memory will be forever linked with this honor.
The Hall of Fame Award Winners:
2011 - Jean Leinhauser
2012 - Margaret Hubert
2013 - Rita Weiss
2014 - Gwen Blakley Kinsler
2015 - Lily Chin
We look forward to the next Hall of Fame Award Winner in 2016. Nominations will be posted on this page as soon as they are announced.