CGOA Conference 2017 Teachers
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Talented Crochet Teachers

We've assembled a fantastic group of internationally famous crocheters who have worked in the yarn industry for many years as designers, instructors and authors to teach crochet classes at the Conference.


Lily Chin

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Lily M. Chin is an internationally famous knitter and crocheter who has worked in the yarn industry for nearly 35 years, as a designer, instructor, and author of 8 books on knitting and crochet. Her DVD's and online classes are fiercely popular. She has looks for the New York Fashion Week runway collections of designers Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, and Isaac Mizrahi, and her work has been on the backs of celebrities and super models. She was named a "Master Knitter" by Vogue Knitting.

She is regularly cited in media across the U.S., including the Late Show with David Letterman, Martha, CBS Morning News, CNN, HGTV, and more. Lily Chin has lived in New York City all her life and has been involved in some aspect of the fashion industry since age 13.


Linda Dean

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I am a self-taught crocheter that enjoys creating and designing new ways to put stitches together. I enjoy crocheting, finding it as my relaxation and rejuvenation time. I believe that the work through of a piece is just as important as the finished product; if you don’t enjoy the journey the destination isn’t as wonderful as it could be (and it may never get finished!). I have been teaching since passing the CGOA Master’s Program in 2010, and designing for publishing since 2012, and have been active with the Crochet Guild of America currently serving on the Board of Directors. I am a Craft Yarn Council Certified Instructor and teach regularly at my local yarn shop in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains just east of Sacramento, while restoring the home that my great-grandfather built with my husband and kids. Check out my journey at /


Edie Eckman

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Once upon a time, Edie Eckman owned a yarn shop. She found that she was more interested in helping customers explore their Yarny Side than in keeping shop, so she closed the store and turned her energies to enabling crocheters and knitters.

As a Professional Yarn Enabler, Edie encourages crafters to learn both the "how" and the "why" of new techniques, building self-confidence in making decisions, and leading to happier project outcomes. Find Edie at


Darla Fanton

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A Teacher and Designer for more than thirty years, Darla J. Fanton derives great joy in giving obscure crochet techniques new life for today’s fiber fanatics. She is constantly experimenting to discover what new spin she can put on traditional crochet stitches.

Her credits include designs for yarn manufacturers, numerous magazine articles, leaflets, a Tunisian Stitch Dictionary and contributions to multi-author books. Darla was honored to be included in the book, Crochet Master Class. Certified by the Craft Yarn Council of America, Darla is a popular teacher at national conferences and her local yarn shop where she is known for her patience and detailed instructions that typically include numerous step-by-step photographs.


Margaret Hubert

Teacher PhotoI started in the needle arts business in 1963, as co-owner of a small yarn shop.
later I became the needlework instructor for Bloomingdale’s in White Plains, New York.

I have written 30 + books on knitting and crocheting, Three of the most recent being CUSTOMIZE YOUR KNITTING and CUSTOMIZE YOUR CROCHET and THE GRANNY SQUARE BOOK, SECOND EDITION.

I have had many designs in knit and crochet magazine publications, and have also contributed designs to many multi-authored hard covered books.

I teach knitting and crocheting workshops all over the country and I have been teaching in my local yarn shop in Pawing, NY for the past 18 years. I have recently been inducted into the Jean Leinhauser Crochet Hall of Fame.


Jenny King

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Jenny King is Australia’s most innovative and amazingly diverse crochet designer. Crochet is her passion. She has been extremely lucky to have made her obsession her profession.

Specializing in crochet only, Jenny is a passionate teacher with 30 years experience both in Australia & USA. Jenny majored in Textiles when she graduated as a teacher in 1981.

Jenny was also a brick and mortar yarn store owner for nearly 10 years but has moved her business online so that she can continue to focus on designing and teaching internationally.

Jenny is also Australia’s most published international designer with 20 pattern books to her name. She has designs in major magazines in the UK, USA and Australia since 2001. Her beaded crochet work traveled in a crochet exhibition called "Hooked" for over 2 years throughout Australian and then USA.

Jenny is the only crochet designer to have designs published in Vogue Knitting Special Crochet Edition, Interweave Crochet magazine and Crochet! 3 years in a row.


Karen Klemp

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 A Craft Yarn Council of America (CYCA) Certified Instructor since 1997, Karen teaches at national conferences, trade shows, fiber festivals, regional retreats, and yarn shops.

She is a past president of the Crochet Guild of America, and is a CYCA Master Teacher. As a designer, her creations have been featured in numerous books, magazines, and patterns.


Melissa Leapman

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 A popular teacher and one of the most prolific American designers at work today, Melissa Leapman is the author of several bestselling knitting and crocheting books.

Her recent titles are Melissa Leapman's Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters and Designer Crochet Accessories. She's proud (and rather relieved!) that her biggest book project to date, 6000+ Pullover Possibilities, launched in February of 2017.


Susan Lowman

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Susan Lowman is a well-known crochet designer, technical editor and teacher. She enjoys experimenting with new crochet techniques and sharing her enthusiasm for crochet with her students. Susan is a patient, encouraging teacher with 11+ years of experience and in-depth, detailed class handouts.

She is a Craft Yarn Council Certified Teacher/Instructor and loves seeing the light bulb go off in her students’ heads when they "get it"! Susan has developed two online thread crochet classes with Annie’s: Learn to Crochet with Thread and Beginner’s First Doily. She has been crocheting for 40+ years and has over 200 published crochet designs in various crochet techniques.

Susan also enjoys the challenge of technical editing for various books and magazines. She owns and operates her website,, where she shares her crochet knowledge through blogging, crochet tutorials and her self-published crochet patterns.


Marty Miller

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Marty has been crocheting since she was 5 years old. She learned from her grandmother, who never used written patterns, so from an early age Marty began to design and write her own patterns. When she was 12, she taught her mother how to crochet a Granny Square.

Now she enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for crochet by teaching others in her classes at a LYC in Greensboro, NC, at the CGOA conferences, at various other conferences, and in her Craftsy class. Her designs have been published in many magazines, books, and yarn companies' publications. In addition to teaching and designing, Marty is a tech editor, and is a past president (2010) of CGOA.


Pauline Turner CANCELLED

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Pauline Turner is a pioneer of crochet. Through her journey up to today, she has encouraged people of all ages all over the world to continue with the best that traditional crochet has to offer, whilst exploring new methods of incorporate crochet with other crafts. 



Myra Wood

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Myra Wood is an internationally know fiber and bead artist who teaches a wide range of creative classes. Myra is the author of Knit in New Directions, Creative Crochet Lace and Crazy Lace – an Artistic Approach to Creative Lace Knitting, along with numerous published patterns in books and magazines. Myra's been a guest expert on numerous episodes of Knit and Crochet Now, Knitting Daily, Knitty Gritty and Uncommon Threads on PBS, HGTV and DIY Network. Myra also offers 5 different online classes through on knitting, crochet, beading and embroidery. More info at: