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Join us Aug 2017 – Warm Up America Squares & Chain Link Recap

Time & Place

Sunday, Aug 27, 2017, 1:30-3:30
Fabric Place Basement, Natick, MA

Program – Warm Up America Squares & CGOA Chain Link Conference Recap

Warm Up America Challenge

The CGOA’s Warm Up America Challenge is complete! While we didn’t win the prize for the most blocks made, we did help CGOA make an impressive number of blocks for charity.

It is time for us to assemble the blocks we made for the Challenge. We’ve selected HugCrafters as our charity and will be assembling blankets for Spaulding Rehab. We will be making lapghans for folks in wheel chairs.

HugCrafters’ guideline is to make wool-free blankets that are approximately 3′ x 4′. Square is OK, but this rectangular size is more practical. 20 of our WUA blocks will make a 3′ square blanket, 25 blocks will make a 3′ x 4′ blanket.

Mary will bring the blocks we’ve been collecting so anyone who wants to help assemble blankets can pick thru and choose their colors. She will also bring some black acrylic yarn to share for assembly. If you have made any additional blocks, or have acrylic yarn of any color you’d like to donate to the project, please bring to the meeting.

CGOA Chain Link Conference Recap

Karen, Mary, Barbara, and Melissa went to the CGOA Chain Link conference this year in Illinois. Karen, Mary, and Melissa will be on hand to share some tidbits and exciting news from our travels. We came home with lots of ideas to help grow our membership and make our meetings more fun and interesting, but we’ll need everyone’s help to choose and implement these ideas.

Please Bring (optional)

  • Additional crocheted blocks, if you have them.
  • If you’d like, any color of acrylic yarn you’d like to donate to the project. This yarn will be used for joining, boarders, or filling in additional blocks to make complete blankets.
  • Any other completed charity items you’ve been working on.


All are welcome. RSVP to fishnetcrocheters@gmail.com if you plan to attend. Please do not call the shop.


CGOA Chain Link 2017 Conference

This display, entitled The Crochet Queen Bee by Gina Rose Gallina was just amazing! At full human height, it took up an entire corner of the crochet lounge. The entire dress, wig, flowers, bees, etc. were all crocheted.


A few of us Fishnet Crocheters went to the CGOA Chain Link Conference in Illinois this year.

Every year design competition entries are set out for all attendees to see. This year, the display was in the crochet lounge.

We took a field trip to Kinokuniya Books, a Japanese bookstore in the Chicago area to check out their selection of Japanese crochet books.


There are several design award categories and winners are chosen by experienced judges. But there is also a vote open to all attendees for the people’s choice favorite.

We took classes, crocheted in public, met other crochet enthusiasts. We saw items entered into the design competition and attended a crochet fashion show.

We also brought home a lot of new ideas for our crochet chapter.


Enjoy some photos from the conference design competition and crochet displays.

It’s a great place to see new techniques and materials. The item on the left was crocheted entirely of wire.






This free form crocheted wall hanging may have been the people’s choice winner.

August 2015 Agenda – Conference Report

Time & Place

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 1:30-3:30 pm
Fabric Place Basement, Natick, MA

We will be in the “back room” so you might need to ask a staff person where to go, if it’s not obvious when you first walk in. In the winter it can be a bit cool, but in the summer it should be pleasant!


Members who went to the CGOA Conference in San Diego this July will report on what it was like! Check out the CGOA Blog for updates on award winners.


Save your Warmer Winters donations until September but feel free to bring your Oddball Baby Blankets to pass.


All are welcome. RSVP to fishnetcrocheters@gmail.com if you plan to attend. Please do not call the shop.

Registration is open for the Knit & Crochet Show! 

The Knit & Crochet Show will be in San Diego, CA this year.
More information:

CGOA Chain Link Conference (Manchester, NH)

A large contingent of Fishnets attended the annual CGOA Chain Link conference. We are so fortunate that the conference comes to Manchester, NH so often. We attend classes, shop the market, and generally have a good time together.

This year, 2 of our members had items on display in vendor booths.


Yarn bombing is all the rage:

And the design competition is always inspiring!

Wearing our finest crochet!

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And hobnobbing with the incomparable Doris Chan!


July 7-10: Chain Link Conference

The Annual CGOA Chain Link Conference, held in Manchester, NH, was attended by many, many Fishnet Crocheters. In addition to attending events, shopping at the market, Fishnets took many classes including Venetian Lace, Fair Isle Crochet, Tunisian Crochet, Intermeshing, Finishing Techniques, Broomstick Lace, and many, many more.

Our Chapter President showed us all how to have a good time:


Fishnets spent a few relaxing moments together:

And then headed off to class with Lily Chin:

The banquet was great fun:


And the fashion show was a delight to watch:


Dona Cerulee Prepares for Chain Link

Dona Cerulee once again is preparing to attend the CGOA annual Chain Link Conference.  In order to help Dona remain with her group, Fishnet Crocheter Marcia crocheted a special ‘snuggly’ for Dona to ride in and a small fishnet bag for her yarn and hooks.  This year, Dona is being joined by other blue lobsters who have decided that crocheting  with the Fishnet Crocheters is just too much fun to miss!


Dona Cerulee Attends Chain Link 2009 in August

Dona traveled to Buffalo, NY for the Crochet Guild of America’s 15th annual Chain Link Conference.  Buffalo rolled out the welcome mats for attendees.

Even the painted Buffalo standing watch in the Convention Center lobby offered a cheerful greeting.

The first night, there was a full moon over the city:

Dona was eager to get started in on classes — and especially enjoyed learning about Celtic Lace.

Chain Link Conference, Manchester, NH (2008)

Over the past weekend, several Fishnet Crocheters attended the annual CGOA Chain Link Conference. First up, Professional Development Day, where Rita Weiss and Jein Leinhauser gave a marvelous presentation on publishing.

Classes that Fishnet Crocheters attended included Needle Tatting, Crochet 101, Half Double Happiness, Pushmi-Pullyu, Mosaic Crochet, Hairpin Lace, Crochet Beaded Ropes, the Savvy Single Crochet, and many more. Here are some pictures of the group learning, having fun, and crocheting.