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Scheduled Educators – 2018 CGOA Chain Link Conference


The 2018 CGOA Conference will be held July 25-28 in Portland, Oregon.

July 25 – 28 Education (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat)


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.


2018 Scheduled Educators Bio’s

Bonnie Barker

Bonnie has been crocheting for over 47 years, and teaching for half of this time. She has taught large groups over the years including at scout group meetings (GEMS), in public schools, at Michael's, and currently at her local yarn store, Knit Locally. Bonnie hosts a growing YouTube channel, has authored three cable crochet books (two with Interweave, one newly independently published), and seven crochet leaflets with Leisure Arts, and has been published in numerous crochet magazines. She is a trained music educator (B.M.E.) as well as a certified Craft Yarn Council of America crochet instructor. She loves spending time with her growing family in Gaithersburg, Maryland.


Vashti Braha

Vashti is a published designer, a past CGOA Director (2005-2008), and past participate in the Chain Link fashion show. She has been teaching crochet professionally since 2004. In 2010, she opened the crochet yarns and patterns site, and launched Crochet Inspirations, a popular newsletter. Vashti’s professional crochet focus is on stitch innovations and new directions for crochet techniques. She’s especially known for her breezy Florida-style interpretations of Tunisian Crochet Lace, and Slip Stitch crochet.


Lily Chin

Lily has been involved in the fashion industry since age 13. She was inducted into the Crochet Hall of Fame in 2015 and named a Master Knitter by Vogue Knitting. In 2002, Lily was named the fastest crocheter in the world. She has taught worldwide, designed for magazines and yarn companies, authored books, and has online classes and several DVD’s. Lily had her own line of yarns and patterns from 2005-2008. A New York City native, Lily splits her time between the big apple & Los Angeles. Her experience includes working for designers from Ralph Lauren to Diane von Furstenberg to Vera Wang. Her work has been worn by supermodels and celebrities and she has appeared on television and in print from the Late Show with David Letterman to CNN, to the NY Times and the Washington Post. She is most proud of her teaching skills, using state-of-the-art tech equipment in class so that all can see.


Linda Dean

Linda is a self-taught crocheter who enjoys creating and designing new ways to put stitches together. She loves crocheting, finding it as her relaxation and rejuvenation time. She believes that working through a piece is just as important as the finished product, and if you don’t enjoy the journey the destination isn’t as wonderful as it could be (and it may never get finished!). Linda has been teaching since becoming a CGOA Master in 2010. She has been designing for published works since 2012 and has been active with the Crochet Guild of America, where she is currently serving on the Board of Directors. Linda is a Craft Yarn Council Certified Instructor and teaches regularly at her local yarn shop in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, just east of Sacramento. In her personal time, she is restoring the home that her great-grandfather built with her husband and kids. Check out Linda’s journey at


Edie Eckman

Edie wants to empower you to love every aspect of crochet. As a teacher, designer, and technical editor, Edie is on a mission to help everyone gain the skills they need to confidently and enthusiastically take on any crochet or knitting challenge, and to ensure that patterns are clear to the greatest number of crocheters as possible. She is the author of a number of best-selling books, including The Crochet Answer Book and Around the Corner Crochet Borers. She teaches online at and Find her at


Darla Fanton

A Teacher and Designer for more than 30 years, Darla 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. Darla’s 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.


Margret Hubert

Margret started in the needle arts business in 1963 as a co-owner of a small yarn shop. When the shop closed 12 years later, she became the needlework instructor at Bloomingdale’s in White Plains, New York. Since that time, Margret has written 31 books with the most recent being One Piece Knits. Her designs have been featured in many knit and crochet publications such as Belle Armoire magazine, and has even had her work featured in several multi-authored books. Margret has been teaching at her local yarn shop in Pawing, New York for 18 years but still finds time to teach crocheting and knitting workshops all over the country. Her passion is combining knitting and crochet in free form designs. Margret has recently earned the honor of being inducted into the Jean Leinhauser Crochet Hall of Fame.


Melissa Leapman

Melissa is one of the most widely-published American crochet and knit designers. She’s worked with leading ready-to-wear design houses in New York City, and has had top yarn companies commission her to create designs. Melissa is the author of several bestselling knit and crochet books, including Cables Untangled. Recently she published her largest and most important book to date, 6000+ Pullover Possibilities. Melissa has been a featured guest on numerous television shows, is the host of several Leisure Arts knitting and crocheting DVDs, and has written many crochet and knit leaflets for Leisure Arts and Annie's. She teaches at every major knitting and crochet event, including STITCHES, as well as at nearly every TNNA industry trade show for the past 12 years. Additionally, she has appeared at hundreds of yarn shops and local guild events across the country. To keep up with Melissa and her designs “like” her page on Facebook and join her fan group on (Melissa Leapman Rocks).


Susan Lowman

Susan 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 12+ 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, magazines and designers. On her website,, she shares her crochet knowledge through blogging, crochet tutorials and her self-published crochet patterns.


Bonnie Meltzer

Bonnie has been and continues to be a crochet innovator in materials, form and content. In her early career, several creative crochet books showcased Meltzer’s large highly textured work made from yarn, cords and ribbons. Recently, she made a 16-foot outdoor crocheted and painted wood mural for Art in Rural Communities (organized by Corvallis Art Center). Her works were in the 2015 Lake Oswego Arts Festival and the images of her crocheted artworks were on the cover of the program and posters. She participated in two CGOA traveling exhibitions “Chain Reaction” and “The Rhythm of Crochet”. Meltzer has taught art including crochet to adults and children. No matter the subject or their ability level, her goal is to help students find their individual voices and produce artworks that are visually engaging and technically proficient. To find out more about Bonnie, visit


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 Schiffmann, 50 Heirloom Buttons to Make, and Embellishing with Beads. Numerous needle art magazines including Threads, PieceWork, and Crochet! 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 innovatory inputs to crochet worldwide.


Karen Whooley

Karen is an award-winning, internationally known crochet designer, author, and instructor. She develops patterns and teaches classes for crocheters who want simplicity and elegance wrapped up in adventure. Karen is the author of A Garden of Shawls, Crochet Rocks Socks, and 18 other books as well as many patterns published in books and magazines.Her classes, both online and live, are some of the most sought after in the crochet genre. Crochet is her passion and she wants to take that passion and inspire her students in any way she can. Most importantly, Karen wants to bring each student self-confidence and enable her students to take what they have learned so that they can happily create whatever spurs their own crochet passion. Find Karen at


Myra Wood

Myra is an internationally known fiber artist, teacher and author. She teaches a wide range of classes in crochet, knitting, beading and embroidery, specializing in all things creative. She also teaches online for Myra has appeared on numerous episodes of Knitting Daily, Knit and Crochet Today, Knitty Gritty and Uncommon Threads for PBS, DIY & HGTV networks along with publishing numerous patterns in books and magazines. She's also written three books: Knit in New Direction, Creative Crochet Lace, and Crazy Lace. Myra has been crafting since she was young and enjoys any opportunity to inspire others creatively. See more at