Crochet Guild Australia is the brainchild of passionate crocheters from NSW and QLD.
For over two years this desire has been becoming a reality! More passionate crocheters joined the effort who were willing to put their time and work into this huge undertaking. Now here we are.
Amazingly we launched in November 2019, very soon the benefits will grow beyond what we can offer today, meanwhile our foundation members have received a beautiful free pin saying 'We made this happen'. We know there are many more people who love crochet and are excited for a Guild that is definitively Australian.
Have you ever dreamed of a Guild in Australia?
JennY KING - President
Jenny’s earliest publicity cited her as having a terrier dog’s determination in the book ‘Crochet for Fun and Profit’ by Darla Simms in 2000.
Jenny’s 50 year crochet history has seen her: crochet commercially, own a yarn store, self publish 13 pattern books, write 7 more, design for magazines and books globally, teach all over the world, appear on TV teaching crochet in USA , winning International Crochet Awards and being in an Australian crochet exhibition called “Hooked” with her beaded crochet designs. Jenny has had a diploma of teaching since 1981 and is a certified crochet teacher with the Craft Yarn Council of America. She is also a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) since 2001.
She has developed and trademarked her revolutionary design concept called Get Squared® And Kids Squared®. This novel designs concept has never been done before.
After teaching at the CGOA conferences since 2000 and the Stitches and DFW Fiberfest events in USA Jenny was determined to bring some of that magic to Australia. She is delighted to say that, thanks to this wonderful committee, her dream has been realised and now Australia has its very own Crochet Guild.
LYNLEY BUCKLEY - VICE PRESIDENT
Lynda Tomkins - Treasurer
Lynda learned to crochet from her mother when she was a youngster growing up in Central Queensland. It remained a hobby for her as she pursued a career in accounting until 2014 when she decided a change was needed and crocheting and yarn became her focus.
Since then Lynda has been running Crochet Australia where she gets to play with yarn and crochet tools every day and drools over the many new patterns. She also teaches crochet and runs regular crochet workshops. Lynda also been conducting workshops at various craft events and is involved with the knitting and crochet committee of the Queensland Country Women’s Association. She likes to crochet everything and has recently been turning her hand to designing garments.
Lynda has a passion for passing on the skill of crochet to ensure this skill never dies.
Michele Bake - Secretary
Michele’s lifelong love affair with crochet started 45yrs ago when she first picked up hook and yarn. Self-taught with the help of a much loved and worn copy of Mon Tricot’s 500 Motifs, Michele loves creating baby blankets, lap rugs and doilies in bright, vivid colours.
Michele’s crochet career is often interrupted by the 450 cow dairy farm she and husband, Jason own. Michele and Jason have 3 beautiful (just about) grown daughters who help work the farm. Michele and Jason are passionate about sharing the world of dairy and agriculture with school children, hosting farm visits from students pre-school age through to university students.
Michele’s family and business has given her the opportunity to work with several committees in various capacities and she has experience in bringing conferences to life from conception to close, including being a keynote speaker.
In her spare time, Michele is studying Mental Health at TAFE, loves riding her motorbike (newly minted P plater) and has just started teacher training through the Guild.
Michele hopes to share her love of crochet with anyone who will listen….
LyNDALL REEVE - Membership officer
Lyndall originally taught herself to crochet from books and with help from friends and has been crocheting for over 20 years.
She trained and received her Craft Yarn Council of America’s Crochet teacher certificate in 2010 and has been teaching and demystifying crochet pattern reading for her students ever since.
Lyndall has worked alongside Jenny King from Jenny King Designs and Prudence Mapstone at craft shows around the country, has taught at Yarn Glorious Yarn in Brisbane, and at retreats in Nundle NSW and on the Sunshine Coast QLD. Locally in her home-town of Murwillumbah NSW she has also taught at Jabiru Art & Picture Framing, Tied with String Studio, CWA Hall and more recently at Mill and Make.
The most exciting place she has travelled for crochet, is to America twice for the Annual Conference of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA). During these events, she attends as many classes as possible to expand her crochet skills and knowledge.
She has studied under such professionals as Myra Wood, Melissa Leapman, Edie Eckman, Lily Chin, Robyn Chachula, Mary Beth Temple, Darla Fanton, Sharon Silverman, Marty Miller and Laurinda Redding.
Lyndall brings many years of experience volunteering and on committees, holding various positions. Lyndall has previously been employed in the positions of secretary, office manager, pay clerk, book-keeper and she currently fills all these positions in her family’s businesses, one of these is a cane farm.
I cannot imagine my life without crochet it is such an amazing stress reliever, I love the sense of comradery and joy that the crochet community brings to my life and all the wonderful friendships that I have made.
ALISON PHILLIPS - COMMITTEE MEMBER
SAMANTHA MacNALLY - COMMITTEE MEMBER
CLAIRE PULLEN - COMMITTEE MEMBER
PETRA CREUTZIGER - COMMITTEE MEMBER
KATHLEEN HANSEN - COMMITTEE MEMBER
RACHAEL CECIL - COMMITTEE MEMBER AND TRAINEE MEMBERSHIP OFFICER
Rachael has a broad range of skills to bring to the Crochet Guild, she had an extensive career in Customs and recently moved into a very rewarding career in the Disability Sector looking after a large portfolio of disability accommodation across Sydney.
Rachael also enjoys volunteering and has volunteered in some capacity for many of her adult years. The most recent being the founding President of a local netball club, as well as child loss organisations holding various positions.
Rachael started her love of Crochet since she was 9 yrs old where she would dabble in basic granny squares for some years. Many years on she has expanded her knowledge and would like to tackle more complexed projects as well as gain her crochet teaching accreditation.
Whether a beginner or advanced crocheter, Rachael would like to bring people together to enjoy the love of crocheting for many years to come. Her overall dream is to one day open her own yarn store.
Sandi Owen - "Let the Sunshine in" Sub Committee Volunteer
My interest in Crochet goes back to my childhood. My grandmother crocheted the altar cloths and vestments for both the Church of England and the Catholic Church in Coogee NSW. Her work was so fine and really beautiful. Unfortunately she passed away before passing her knowledge along to me.
This craft of crochet will not die out with the sharing of knowledge and the splendid works so many people are doing.
Rachel Devitt - Tech Team Sub Committee Volunteer
Rachel has been obsessed with Crochet since the age of 8. She taught herself at the age of 6 and 2 years later her Nan saw her struggling with tight stitches and gave her a few pointers. Suddenly knitting was out, crochet was in! Until 2014 Rachel had resisted the pull of Social Media and had only ever worked patterns from books. In 2014 she joined Social Media sites and made the Sophie's Universe. With renewed zeal for crochet her WIP pile quickly grew from 4-6 items to 25-30.
Rachel brings to the Guild over 20 years’ experience in Customer Service, experience in event planning, training, marketing and a passion for Australian yarn crafts and crochet in particular.
She believes crochet and the community that gathers around it are incredible for mental health and wellness. Rachel has worked in libraries for 15+ years and cares deeply about providing education and learning opportunities for all ages.
Mel richards - Tech Team sub Commitee Volunteer
Mel has over 15 years’ experience in Customer and Community information services. A full-time librarian by day, she also runs two of her own small hobby craft businesses in addition to being a committee member of the Guild. She is a qualified Trainer and Assessor and teaches technology, runs readers advisory research and teen and children’s events.
Mel loves crochet, especially large and challenging projects and continues to learn new techniques every day. As well as a crocheter, she is an artist, a jewellery designer, eco candle and soap maker, festival stall holder and a billion other craft things. She is passionate about visual art, festival and market stalls, many different creative outlets, social media involvement and skill sharing.
She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in advertising on social media and outreach to the Guild.