Jean Leinhauser, who passed away in June, was of the driving forces in our industry and one of crochet’s biggest champions. Because of this, the CGOA Crochet Hall of Fame will forever bear her name, keeping Jean’s achievements as inspiration to others. (Note that the HOF logo is being updated to include her name at the top.)
Jean Leinhauser CGOA Crochet Hall of Fame video
August 16, 2011 by Cari
Susan Sullivan and her team at Leisure Arts put together this video in celebration of Jean’s life so I wanted to share it with you.
I will never forget Jean’s combination of wit, smarts and creative (aka constructive) criticism when judging the entries in the crochet Design Competition at Chain Link, the way she could hone in on the best submission right away. I would love to have been a party to her thought process.
I was lucky enough to talk with Jean just before her passing when I mistakenly called her, thinking I was calling Rita (Weiss), Jean’s long-time friend and business partner. Jean had just had surgery that finally left her pain free and she sure sounded it! She was thrilled to hear of her “win” as the Hall of Fame’s first inductee and was already giving a lot of thought to her acceptance speech. She was upbeat and hard at work on 14 book contracts she and Rita had just committed to. This is when she seemed happiest – promoting crochet, CGOA and anyone and anything crochet – and knit. When describing her time at Chain Link (with both CGOA and TKGA members), she said, “These are my people.” I know just how she felt…..