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Expanding the Art and Community of Crochet

The Evening of Excellence at the Crochet Guild of America Chain Link conference in Portland, Oregon, last week was a celebration of the Design Competition winners, the graduates of the Master Crocheters program, and the winners of the Guild Challenge, which was to see how many sets of chemo caps each guild contributed. A set of caps included one each for a man, a woman, and a child. So cool!

After all the awards, everyone (except me) settled back for a presentation about how we might grow the crochet community by…wait for it…appealing to people who don’t crochet! I talked about how we can use family connections, art, and collaboration, to broaden the appeal and appreciation of crochet.

Now you can see the evening’s ceremonies and speech for yourself, because it was live-streamed on Facebook. I come in sometime after minute 58.


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Doily Posters at IOLI

Doily Posters at IOLI

Nineteen of the Doily Heritage Posters from the Celebrate Doilies exhibit are on display at the 65th Annual Convention of the International Organization of Lace (IOLI) in San Antonio, Texas, through Friday of this week.

As advertised, the posters tell about doily crocheters of the past and present, who are mostly from Texas. “Are there really that many stories to tell about doilies?” you may ask. When I first started collecting the stories, I wondered about that, too.

Doily Posters at IOLI

Soon I realized that doily stories are people stories, and there are more of those stories than we can collect in a lifetime. Doily stories are about families. Doily stories are about thrift and creativity. Doily stories are about mystery and mysterious connections.

If you can, go see these stories at the IOLI Convention display room, at the

El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel
110 Lexington Avenue
San Antonio, Texas

Thursday, July 26 and Friday, July 27
11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Many thanks to display coordinator and fiber Renaissance woman Pat Tittizer, who worked hard on several aspects of the IOLI convention, and provided these photos.

For more information about the IOLI, please visit www.internationalorganizationoflace.org.

Doily Posters at IOLI

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