2020 Conference Educators
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Scheduled Educators – 2020 CGOA Chain Link Conference

The 2020 CGOA Conference will be held July 22-25 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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

2020 Scheduled Educators Bio’s

Bonnie BarkerBonnie Barker is a crochet designer, author, and teacher who has published well over 100 patterns in books, magazines and with major yarn companies. She is also the host and teacher on the Bonnie Bay Crochet YouTube channel where she teaches hundreds of thousands of crocheters worldwide the joy of taking their crochet skills to the next level. Bonnie is best known for her Aran Isle / Celtic cable crochet techniques, is hopelessly in love with crocheted cables and discovering new ways to improve them. She is a retired teacher with many years of teaching experience as both a home educator and a public school educator. 
Vashti BrahaVashti has taught sold-out crochet classes to adventurous students for over seven years. Using extensive testing, she has pioneered several new developments in crochet techniques; in fact, her class topics often presage crochet industry trends. She loves to research crochet methods deeply, then share them in carefully distilled steps that newer crocheters can also grasp. Vashti's classes feature trunk shows of crocheted examples and detailed class handouts in color. Actual comments from class evaluations: -This was a fun class - such an interesting concept - teacher was awesome! -I am addicted to the new technique that we learned! Great class. -I have learned more than I ever imagined possible in 3 hours. Vashti is an amazing teacher, so generous and very, very talented in the teaching department. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Vashti designs and publishes from the Florida Sun Coast. Her signature designs at DesigningVashti.com have a breezy drape, starry magic, and buttery stretch. Over a hundred of her popular Crochet Inspirations newsletters investigate the hows, whys, and what-ifs. Vashti also writes for CGOA's Masters Programs; CGOA's mission closely resonates with her own. Currently, her larger projects include a Tunisian lace book, and another Masters Program for CGOA.
Lily ChinLily M. Chin is an internationally famous knitter and crocheter who has worked in the yarn industry for more than 30 years, as a designer, instructor, and author of books on knitting and crochet. Author of 7 books, including the very popular “Tips and Tricks” for both Knit and Crochet from Potter Craft, Lily teaches extensively around the world. She now has instructional DVD’s out, distributed by Interweave Press, on Join-As-You-Go Crochet, Mosaic Crochet, Crochet Tips and Tricks and circular 2-color Tunisian. Her online classes (Knitted Short Rows, Crochet Stitch Sampler) are available at anniescatalogue.com She has created 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.
Edie EckmanEdie Eckman is a popular author, designer, blogger and editor. She teaches around the country and is the author of a number of best-selling crochet titles including The Crochet Answer Book, Around the Corner Crochet Borders, and Every Which Way Crochet Borders. Her comfortable and encouraging teaching style empowers students to gain the skills they need to confidently and enthusiastically take on any crocheting challenge. She is on a mission to make pattern instructions and techniques as clear as possible to the greatest number of crocheters possible. She also serves as a Master Teacher for the Craft Yarn Council's Certified Instructors Program, helping train others to become knitting and crochet teachers. She is a lifelong learner, and considers her students the best teachers ever. Find her on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Ravelry, and at www.edieeckman.com.
Andee GravesAndee Graves is a crochet designer, writer, teacher and artist living in the mountains of Colorado with her family and an evolving menagerie of 4-legged friends. She combines a life-long passion for crocheting, sewing, and crafting with a strong interest in mathematics and medical science. She is endlessly intrigued by the "magic" of creating fabric or an object from nothing but hook and string, and invites you to join her in a class to expand your own crochet and crafting journey. Andee has taught crochet, needle felting and injury prevention classes to students of all ages. She is a certified by the Craft Yarn Council as a Crochet Instructor. Her teaching has included classes and private lessons at her local yarn shop and schools, as well as at national festivals and conferences. She loves the versatility of crochet and enjoys designing projects that are entertaining to work up. She is passionate about passing on the crochet techniques that she has learned and teaching others the love of working with yarn and hook. She has been a member of the Crochet Guild of America since 2008 and is currently serving on the National Board of Directors. Andee has been writing about crochet techniques, designing, and healthy crafting practices for her blog “Mamas2Hands.com” and other publications since 2009. Her articles and designs have been published in Interweave Crochet, Crochet World, Crochet! Magazine, ILikeCrochet.com, and RedHeart.com. Her independent pattern line M2H Designs was launched in Fall 2010.
Allison Hoffman Allison Hoffman started writing and designing patterns on her website, craftyiscool.com, in 2007. She has since designed for magazines, art exhibits, television shows, and movies. Her work has been featured on Netflix, The Martha Stewart Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Today Show, Glee, Yo Gabba Gabba, Conan, and more. She can usually be found next to her yarn wall, crocheting and watching true-crime TV shows. She is the author of AmiguruME, AmiguruME Pets, and AmiguruME Eats, from Sterling Publishing, and the author of an upcoming Golden Girls-themed crochet book and kit from Quarto Publishing.
Melissa Leapman With over 1000 designs in print, Melissa Leapman is one of the most widely-published American crochet and knit designers at work today. Leapman is the author of several bestselling knit and crochet books, including Cables Untangled, Mastering Color Knitting, and Knitting the Perfect Fit (all published by Random House). She's is the author of The Knit Stitch Pattern Handbook (Random House/Potter Craft, 2013), a comprehensive knitting stitch dictionary which includes favorite patterns gathered over her more than 25 years in the industry. It’s the go to book for professionals and lay persons alike. Two crochet books launched in 2016: Melissa Leapman’s Indispensible Stitch Collection for Crocheters and Designer Crochet Accessories. In February of 2017, her largest and most important work to date, 6000+ Pullover Possibilities was released. This book offers interchangeable sweater pieces to allow the reader to knit customized women’s sweaters in nearly any gauge and in nearly every size. In December of 2018, Storey Publishing released Leapman's most recent book, Knitting Modular Shawls, Wraps, and Stoles, a fantastic plug and play concept design book. She attends at least 30 fiber arts events each year, including her popular annual knit and crochet cruise.
Nancy NehringNancy Nehring 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, her Rockabilly Swing Dress was awarded grand prize in the 2019 CGOA Design Contest and she was inducted into the CGOA Hall of Fame in 2019.
Laurinda ReddigLaurinda Reddig enjoys experimenting with unusual crochet techniques and building community through her passion for crochet. She uses skills learned over 35 years of crocheting to develop new twists on standard techniques, break them down and teach them through her designs, books and classes. Her second book, Reversible Color Crochet: A New Technique (Interweave 2014), teaches the reversible intarsia technique she developed. She began publishing her designs after winning awards at the CGOA’s annual Design Competition in 2011. Her innovative designs and articles have since been published in several books and various magazines, including Interweave Crochet, Crochet!, and Vogue Crochet. She is currently running and designing for Ficstitches Yarns, a quarterly crochet Kit Club, and ReCrochetions Retreats. This year she designed her 20th shawl pattern the for the Rose City Yarn Crawl ‘s annual Mystery Crochet Along. When not crocheting, she is busy raising two creative children and sharing her love of hand crafts with them. Learn more about Laurinda and her work at www.ReCrochetions.com and www.FicstitchesYarns.com.
Jennifer RyanJennifer E Ryan is an award-winning published crochet designer who has many years of teaching experience with all ages in a wide variety of art and academic settings. Her crochet designs can be seen in several crochet publications and on her blog, “Celtic Knot Crochet”. Jennifer's specialty is combining Celtic Knots with crochet and she was excited to travel to Ireland with Annie’s and Craftours as the celebrity instructor in 2016. She also enjoys all of the creative possibilities there are with large scale "yarn graffiti". In July 2014 and 2019 she designed and implemented the yarn bomb projects in honor of CGOA's 20th and 25th anniversaries during our conferences in Manchester, NH. At last year's conference you may have watched her perform during the "Friday Night Singalong" or attended one of her sold out classes. You can see all of her work at www.celticknotcrochet.com.
Karen WhooleyKaren Whooley 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 Pineapple Passion, Coastal Crochet, and 20 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 http://www.KarenWhooley.com