July 2007 CGOA National Conference

I was inspired to do my first web page at a Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) conference several years ago. I have since created around a hundred web pages about crafts around the world (which are linked to my home page). It was during Kim Werker‘s “How to Use the Web to Build Your Business” session on Professional Day at the recent CGOA Conference in New Hampshire that I decided to start a blog. When my hotel roommate, Karen Whooley, offered to get me started and Robert Chapman helped me put it online, there was no turning back. So here I go!

Although I never look forward to the flight, it is GREAT FUN to be surrounded by people who are so excited about crochet! This time, I decided to make a real effort to meet new people and hopefully, to remember their names (I’m awful at that). I recognized Christy McMahon’s tapestry crochet bag from the photos she posted in my Yahoo Tapestry Crochet Group on the web. It was wonderful to put a face with a name!

Me and Christy McMahon (with our tapestry
crocheted bags) in the hotel lobby.

Although I was tempted to escape to my room after class, I forced myself to get out there and mingle! I am a social person, but when in a new place, I often retreat to the security of my room. Anyway, this time I fought the urge and on the very first night I had “drinks and dinner” with some very big shots in the industry. Not being much of a drinker, I asked for “something sweet.” And – that’s how I was introduced to my very first martini. A bright red battery-powered “ice cube” made it glow.

Marty Miller, me, and Kim Werker unwind at the CGOA Conference.

I hone my skills every time I teach. I used a bead spinner to string size 8 beads from Fire Mountain Gems onto Aunt Lydia’s Fashion Crochet size 3 crochet cotton before class because I knew it would take too much time for everyone to do it during class. I also knew that bead tapestry crochet is best taught with large beads and that black thread should be avoided (too difficult to see), but I did not realize that clear beads on white thread was not a good choice because it is also difficult to see. Although several students liked the look, one of them was so frustrated, she left the all-day Bead Tapestry Crochet Bag class early. Even though I tried to give her another ball of thread with colored beads, she had reached her limit.

Delma Myers, a “lefty”, chose colors that coordinated with her hair and outfit.

Katie Morrissey crochets the handle of
a bag that has her own original motif.

Katie Morrissey and B. J. Licko-Keel designed their own motifs, so they needed more beads of one color. B. J. shared the “Russian join” and “sewn splice” techniques that she used to pass beads from one thread to another, quite a time saver!

B. J. Licko-Keel shows the class how to do a “Russian join.”

I was nervous about the sold-out Bead Tapestry Crochet Bracelet class before it started because I knew the project could not be finished in class, but none of the 30 students seemed to mind. I suppose it was because after bead tapestry crocheting 4 or 5 rounds with size 6 beads from Fire Mountain Gems and Aunt Lydia’s Fashion Crochet size 3 crochet cotton , they were comfortable with the technique and the motif was relatively easy.

Bead Tapestry Crochet Tube Bracelet Class at the Summer Conference.

The Felted Tapestry Crochet Basket was the easiest project because a loose stitch was used – and no beads. The basket was crocheted with Lion Wool in class, then I explained how to felt it at home in the washing machine.

The felted basket was a good introduction to the technique.

These three tapestry crochet classes will be offered again at the Fall CGOA Conference in Oakland, CA. I hope to see you there – and I promise not to have any kits with clear beads on white thread!

21 Responses to “July 2007 CGOA National Conference”

  1. Kim says:

    Carol, I’m so excited for you! Your blog looks fantastic, and your photos are so great. Welcome to the blogosphere!

  2. Judy Grivas says:

    I love the blog, Carol – great pics, too. It’s a wonderful way to spread the word and show your love for Tapestry Crochet!

  3. Yvonne says:

    Carol ROCKS!!!

    I finally got to meet her and had the pleasure of being an angel, too. I love her work; she’s a great person and teacher!

    I finished my bag from class, but no pix yet…

  4. vashti says:

    Hi Carol!
    Congratulations on your new blog. I enjoyed my visit and will be back. Great photos! Whets my appetite for your classes too. Are you using your glo-cube? That ended up being the best-tasting drink I had at the conference and is probably designed for big kids (Jolly Rancher candies were my favorite candy as a kid).

  5. Yuliazmi says:

    Nice blog. Thanks for sharing about tapestry crochet. I found your website last year and learn to make one.
    I make a spiral basket like yours with bird pattern of your bag. Then i started to make “kopiah” (moslem hat) for my husband with my own motif. Unfortunately I run out my yarn which hard to find again, it still WIP until now.

    Thanks again for spreading tapestry … i have picture of my first project at
    hope you’ll like it


  6. Thanks so much for your comments! Your basket is wonderful, Yuliazmi! I’m thrilled that my blog is reaching around the world. Isn’t the internet great!

  7. Bobbie Mills says:

    Carol, I’m so glad you started this blog. What fun to see the photos of everyone’s projects. I took your bead tapestry crochet bracelet class at the conference and it was wonderful. You did an outstanding job teaching. You’re instructions were easy to understand and you were soooo patient. Hopefully we can get you to Texas for an upcoming Fiber Fest event. I definitely want to take your other tapestry crochet classes.

  8. Anu says:

    Thanks for this.

    I work in isolation & find your work, social consciousness & enterprise so inspiring.

    I have so much to learn about tapestry crochet technique and it’s good to see the people, the work & general doings of others who create this kind of crochet.

    I’ve created a link to you from my blog: http://goldilocksandthe4bears.blogspot.com/

    I hope it helps with overall networking.


  9. Donna says:

    Welcome to blogging, Carol! I love seeing so many good photos.

  10. Eric says:

    This is exactly what I expected to find out after reading the title July 2007 CGOA Conference. Thanks for informative article

  11. Noreen Crone-Findlay says:

    Carol, I absolutely love your bag with the face in profile. That is just stunning.
    I really enjoyed reading about your classes – it’s so neat to be able to ‘visit’ them and see the wonderful things that you and your workshop participants created. Wishing you the greatest of continued successes with your work in tapestry crochet- it’s gorgeous and I am grateful that you are bringing it to the world!
    Thank you thank you!
    🙂 Noreen

  12. Kim says:

    Wow, impressive blog page. Its so complex and detailed. Great work, love all the photos, especially the close-ups of process.

  13. MRS. POLLY BARDHAN says:






    I AM WAITING FOR YOUR REPLY. MY E-MAIL ID IS polly.krish@gmail.com.


  14. Please look at https://www.e-offinger.net/cgoa/mbrjoin.cfm to join the Crochet Guild of America. You may also join our Yahoo group for free at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TapestryCrochet/

  15. malligashivram says:

    hi carrol i have learnt a lot from your website it is very informative tapestry crochet i am doing is not as good as i wish it to be i cant do the left handed version any other ideas please let me know thanking you greatly malliga

  16. Instead of switching hands, have you tried turning the piece and inserting the hook from the back? I demonstrate it in my free flat tapestry crochet tutorial video on my http://www.tapestrycrochet.com web page.

  17. malligashivram says:

    thanks carol for your kind and helpful reply I am practicing it i think it will improve i love tapestry crochet and i am improving with your help thank you for your knowledge now my free times are never wasted god bless you

  18. Donna says:

    I am sure this is not the correct place to complain, however there doesn”t seem to be a place for comments on your site. I just received my much awaited book “Tapestry Crochet”. I had all intentions of purchasing two other books of yours, but after looking through this book I will not waste any more money. I have been crocheting for over 35 years and did not need basic lessons. The projects in this book are tacky, ethnic and very animal oriented. I love learning techniques, styles, textures and any interesting old crochet projects that I can refine into modern useful items. I feel I am a master of most crochet stitches and was looking forward to learning a new style that I could play with. I wasted my money on a book that is obviously written for a novice. I would recomend that you advertise this as such.
    very unsatisfied in DE

  19. I’m so sorry that my first Tapestry Crochet book did not challenge you. My “More Tapestry Crochet” book introduces more advanced concepts and projects and my “Bead & Felted Tapestry Crochet” is even more advanced. Both contain the basics that you already know, but the Bead & Felted book is mostly projects. My home page at http://www.tapestrycrochet.com/ has links to the projects in each book and reviews of the books.

  20. Inge Van hove says:


    I just met you on this website and I think you’re a wonderful person!

    Living in Peru, some women working with sheep asked me to think about designing finished products with the wool of their cute sheep so they could sell the products in Lima or on internet.

    So far I was more thinking about crochating little animals like lamas or sheep in the amigurumi style but after visiting your blog I got inspired differently.

    Before, living in Afrika (in different countries) I started a nature friendly project with women associations crochating with plastc bags,you can find a little book about the experience and cutting technic looking up in Google with my name (Inge Van hove).

    Now I am going to continue admiring you through your blog. I hope you ‘ll have the time to send me an answer,



  21. Inge Van hove says:

    I’m sorry , with “answer” I mean if you could give me some advice about what kind of produkts would be appropriate to those women thinking about TIME-BENEFIT-SUCCESSFULL-EASY TO SELL produkts.

    Personnally I never bought or sold anything on internet, maybe you can give me advice about that as well?

    Thanks ahead,


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