The Crochet Guild of America Is Really Awesome!By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 8 Comments
Did you know that crochet has a professional organization? Don’t be surprised! Crochet is a really big deal! The most recent public data from the Craft and Hobby Association estimates that of the 62.5 million U.S. crafters, 14.7 million crocheted at least once in 2012. That’s almost a quarter of all crafters! Furthermore, the U.S. Census states there were approximately 313.9 million people in the country that same year. That brings our crochet data to another level. That means that almost 5% of THE POPULATION crocheted in 2012. You’re in good company.
Speaking of good company, back to my original point – The Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) is really awesome! Don’t let the word “Guild” intimidate you. They’re a really down to earth bunch of people who love crochet just like you. And they’re not just a professional organization, they’re also a way to connect with local chapters that meet regularly not only in the U.S. but also in Canada, Mexico, and online. Okay, Aussies, I want you to be next! 😀 Seriously!
Why would someone want to join? Well, when thinking about really digging into a hobby, there are many ways to enjoy it and to keep growing within that hobby. Think of Rachel. She just started off as a woman with a 3.25 MM hook and a love of yarn and has built this wonderful business and Crochet Spot community around her craft. While Rachel is not a member of the CGOA, the CGOA can connect members with professional mentors within the craft who can help with learning about different aspects of the industry. You can become a contract crocheter for designers, a crochet designer, or a technical editor. There are formalized mentoring programs for each of these areas that are free with a CGOA membership.
I have been a proud CGOA member since 2011 and I’ve loved having the discounts on crochet goodies, connecting with important designers in the industry, and even starting the first Mexican chapter, Ganchitos Mexico City! I have been working on becoming a crochet master through their educational program. I am looking forward to beginning the formalized mentorship program and also attending a conference someday. It’s a great organization and you should check it out!
So what about you? Have you ever thought of joining a professional organization for crochet? Specifically to Aussies – what do you think of the CGOA? To all international readers – is there a professional crafting or crochet organization in your home country? Please leave your comments below!