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CGOA Conference 2017 Special Events and Activities
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What's Going On at the 2017 Chain Link - CGOA Conference?




Our top-notch teachers will: Instruct, inform, improve.

You will walk away with: Techniques, tips and tools-of-the-trade.

Our Conference instructors are world-renowned experts in their fields – take a class at the CGOA Conference to learn a new technique or renew your love of crochet.  We have classes for the novice through the seasoned crocheter – make the most of your conference experience by taking a class (or two, or three…)

Shopping/Show Floor

Shop ‘til you drop in our exhibitors’ booths – overflowing with the products to pump-up- your projects!  Find fibers, yarns, tools, patterns, kits, books, CDs, threads, buttons…if it’s knit- and crochet-related you’ll find it on the show floor!  CGOA members get in for FREE!

Fashion Show
 Please use this form to enter a garment in the CGOA Member Fashion Show held Saturday evening July 29th. there is no fee for individual CGOA members to enter. You must be attending conference to enter, no mail in items will be accepted. Limit: TWO garments or ONE ensemble per person.
Make two copies of each form (one garment per form – must be easily readable):
1)  Attach one copy to your garment and bring to the registration desk no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday,
     July 27th. Make sure to keep a copy for yourself
2)  Please plan to pick up your garment at the end of the banquet on Saturday evening.
 How to keep your garment from being rejected: Garments without forms or with unreadable forms will be rejected. Garment description must be complete. Garments without sewn in labels will be rejected (each garment must have a sewn in label identifying who to return it to). Forms and garments need to be turned in on time. You must be attending the conference.

Demos & Book Signings

Our Market Place will be action-packed in 2017.  Be inspired by out-of-the-box Demos or have your favorite book personally signed by the author.  Watch for more details as they unfold – we’ve got some cool tricks up our sleeve to make this year’s Conference the most memorable yet!

CGOA Design Competition Display

Visit the 2017 CGOA Design Competition display and cast a ballot for the People’s Choice Award.  The winner will be announced at the Excellence in Crochet Celebration/Awards event on Friday evening.

Red Heart Crochet Lounge  Marlborough 2nd Floor  

The Lounge will be open throughout the Conference – a great spot to sit and crochet, catch-up with old friends or get to know someone new!  The Lounge will open at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 27th.  It is located on the 2nd floor in the Marlborough Room.

Buddy Program

First time crochet focused attendees are paired with seasoned conference goers in an effort to make the “newbies” feel welcomed and involved, as well as give the “buddies” a chance to share all of the wisdom and knowledge they have gathered.  During Conference, there will be a Buddy Breakfast on Saturday morning. 

Ball Winding Station

The Northern Illinois Chapter will sponsor a DIY ball-winding station near the CGOA membership booth. Bring those new skeins and leave ready to start your projects.