CGOA Chain Link Conference 2019

Double Tree Hilton in Manchester, NH – July 2019

Putting up the Yarn Bomb

Well, after 5 years since the last time the CGOA (that’s the “Crochet Guild of America”) was in NH, they have returned and we were so excited to set up the yarny decorations that would greet everyone as they arrived at the hotel for the upcoming Chain Link conference.

Many Hands Make Light Work

I had a great crew of helpers to install all the pieces – we put some around trees, benches, flower pots and flag poles outside. One even made it on to a garbage can.

Catherine, Carol and Pat working together
Kathryn and Jocelyn adorning a flag pole
Jan resting for a moment (she helped take everything down on Sunday)

More Yarn Bombing Indoors

The hotel has been newly renovated providing many perfect spots for crocheted projects so we added squares to the chairs in the cafe/restaurant. **A special thank you to Carol M. and Kim R. on the hotel staff who approved our project and supported our efforts!**

Andrea’s (on right) chapter crocheted many purple squares
This was a bar stool – I loved turning one of my mandala designs into a square!
This was a great ‘statement’ piece right near the front desk made with Red Heart’s Ombre yarn
Carlotta had fun helping
The FREE pattern for this project can be found here

Then we headed upstairs and added some crochet finesse to the stair railings, couches and bathrooms . . .

The glass railings were the perfect canvas for this crochet art of hearts and circles. Each circle had crochet-themed messages to welcome the attendees – Be on the lookout for this pattern, too!
The mandalas looked fantastic on the glass and you could also see them from the restaurant below!

Mandalas All Around

If you have visited this blog before, you know that I love to crochet mandalas. Well, I had a great time creating all of the mandalas we incorporated into the Yarn Bomb decorations. I think there were about 20 in all -here are some of my favorites:

The patterns for these and many other mandalas from the Yarn Bomb project will be posted on this blog!
This mandala was a huge hit – It is made with Red Heart’s Reflective yarn which shines back at you like magic when you use a flash!
The check-in desk the afternoon before everything began!

A big thank you goes out to all of my helpers – those who helped carry, hang and crochet pieces – it was a terrific team effort and everyone LOVED the decorations – yay!


Pat Heinrich, Carol Morrison, Kathryn Hande, Carlotta Craig, The Ryan Family

The Creative Crochet Guild of Long Island, NY – Chrissy Feeley, Andrea Giattini, Joyce Gorski, Melinda Hetner, Cathy Mead, Marguerita Ulrich

So much more teamwork and fun happened during the conference – read the next blog post to see more photos –

Thank you for stopping by –


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8 thoughts on “CGOA Chain Link Conference 2019

  1. Such talent showcased in the yarn bombing, and what fun everyone had. Thank you for making this happen. Hopefully, CGOA will return to Manchester in the near future. Nancy

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