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CGOA Hall of Fame

CGOA is proud to announce the following candidates for the Jean Leinhauser CGOA Crochet Hall of Fame.

Karen Ballard

Karen has had a lifelong interest in textile art, having learned the basics of crochet from her Great Aunt Laurene when she was just seven years old. But, with exception of a handful of classes and making things for friends and relatives, she wasn't very active in textile art until she retired from a professional computing career in 2006. That year she joined the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) and later gained professional status in the CGOA based on having taught her own original designs at a local yarn store. Karen also attained CGOA's certification as a Master of Advanced Crochet Stitches and Techniques. In addition to her written work on textile history, Karen is focusing on furthering her design talents, especially threadwork and beadwork. It is her dream to create the ideal studio/museum/library to house collections, store supplies and support textile and beadwork creation.


Nancy Nehring

Nancy is a nationally recognized author, designer and teacher in the needle arts field. She is the author of several books, including The Lacy Knitting of Mary Schiffmann50 Heirloom Buttons to Make, and Embellishing with Beads. Numerous needle art magazines, including, ThreadsPieceWork, and Crochet! Magazine have carried her work. She has designed for DMC, Coats and Clark, and Dynamic Resources Group, among others. Her Irish Crochet Doll Dress was awarded first place in crochet in the 2003 PieceWork Needleworker of the Year contest.


Pauline Turner

Pauline started in the craft as the International Liaison Officer of CGOA, and held that position for 10 years. She is a founding member, and now honorary member, of the Knitting and Crochet Guild started in the United Kingdom. She is also the founder of the International Diploma in Crochet distance learning course which has successfully continued for over 30 years. Pauline has been awarded Licentiateship of City and Guilds of London Institute for work carried out on their crochet courses, which equates to an honorary degree. In addition, she has written several books, been involved in TV and radio interviews in many countries, and had numerous extensive interviews for global magazines. Pauline has been acclaimed a 'pioneer of crochet' due to her many innovating contributions inputs to crochet worldwide.


Christine Wertheim & Margaret Wertheim

Margaret and Christine Wertheim were instrumental in launching the very successful Coral Reef project which brought awareness to the beauty and versatility of crochet, not only to crocheters but also to the public at large. They engaged crafters in community-based art which is still being exhibited in many and varied venues both in the U.S. and Internationally. “The Crochet Coral Reef is a woolly celebration of the intersection of higher geometry and feminine handicraft, and a testimony to the disappearing wonders of the marine world.  Sponsored by the Wertheim’s Institute for Figuring, the reef project created and curated by the Wertheims, is one of the largest science + art projects and has had over 10,000 participants worldwide!”

Not only did their efforts bring amazement to seasoned crocheters, but they created an ever-expanding awareness of crochet to the community at-large, including scientists, mathematicians, environmental enthusiasts and art aficionados. Together, they have brought incredible world-wide awareness to crochet, it’s depth of versatility and its ability to tell an important story as the only handcraft that can successfully replicate hyperbolic space.



Please select one person to be inducted into the Crochet Guild of America Hall of Fame for 2018. 

This person/s should represent the best in terms of innovation, mentoring, and the promotion of the Crochet Guild of America and knowledge of the fine art and craft of crochet!  

Please note that you may only vote once so please be sure of your selection. 

The deadline to cast your vote is March 31st.