Saturday, August 8, 2009

Grand Prize Winner CGOA Annual Design Contest!

So, I turned on my Computer Thursday evening to check my email. The first thing I saw was several posts had been put on Facebook, congratulating me. For what? Seems I won the Grand Prize in the Crochet Guild of America's annual design contest! I wasn't sure when the judging was taking place, so it took me by surprise, to say the least! Several folks have wanted to see pics, so I decided to blog about it and share.

Some people have asked how long I worked on my entry and did I design it specifically for the contest. I had actually entered the contest last year, but didn't win anything. Fortunately, Jean Lienhauser (who was last year's judge) agreed to give me a personal critique on my entry, which was very helpful. Before I left the conference, I had a good working concept of the next year's entry and actually bought all of the yarns for this dress before I left the market there.

The elements on the bodice were made from Berroco yarns, Seduce, Bonsai and Lumina and Prism Custom Dyed Yarns with a half-skein of Impressions in the Dune colorway, with a couple of other yarns thrown in for good measure (sorry, couldn't find the other yarn labels). The skirt is made of three skeins of Alpaca with a Twist's Fino, a 70% baby alpaca, 30% silk laceweight yarn. Yum!


I am told that Kimberly McClinden modeled my design when the winning entries were announced. It is my understanding that she WORE this dress! I also heard via Mary Beth Temple's podcast, Getting Loopy, that Mary Beth used double-sided tape to ensure that Kim would not have any embarrassing mishaps on the catwalk, if you know what I mean.



I hope everyone enjoys the pics. I would like to first thank the Good Lord for giving me the ability and the inspiration to create, my Mom for putting a hook in my hands all those years ago, and my husband for getting my entry in the mail in time to meet the deadline!!! Have a great weekend everyone and check out the links above for info on a couple of my designing associates, and of course, don't forget to visit me often at www.crochetrenee.com








8 comments:

daftsonographer said...

Way to go! Love ya girl! Dea

Crochet Renee' said...

Thanks Dea!

Mary Jane said...

Congratulations, Renee! I am SO happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wish I could have been there :)

His Doorkeeper said...

Congratulations on all your creative ability! Now I would love to see you in that dress some Sunday!!

What's up next???

Crochet Renee' said...

What's up next? Good question...trying to figure out how to top this!

Kimberly said...

Congratulations Renee'!! It was a pleasure to wear your beautiful dress - I did try to stick it in my suitcase to bring home!

Kimberly McAlindin

Crochet Renee' said...

Thanks so much, Kimberly! I can't wait to see some pics of you modeling it! I have been on cloud 9 since Thursday night. I keep checking but haven't found any images yes....patience is often not one of my virtues!

KB Crochet said...

Awsome piece of work. Love the dress.