Pauline Turner was born and has lived, taught, and owned a craft/education business in Lancashire all of her life. Although crochet was the last of the 41 crafts she taught, she is often referred to as a pioneer of crochet.
Her determination in the 1980’s to remove the ‘granny’ stigma attached to crochet, and with the background of knowledge from all her other crafts, Pauline set out to introduce crochet in many innovatory ways. Educational establishments, publishers and craft associations clamoured for her services after she left her full-time post as a lecturer, inviting her to numerous locations ranging from Alaska to New Zealand, Russia to the North Americas, where she taught and demonstrated crochet.
Crochet Design was started in 1985 and since then she has become:
- Founder of the International Diploma in Crochet distance learning course
- First editor and Life member of the Knitting and Crochet Guild
- Crochet Guild of America’s board member as an International Liaison Officer from the start of the Guild
- Honorary Licentiate of the City and Guilds
- Inducted into the American crochet guild’s Hall of Fame
Despite her achievements Pauline loves to be involved in showing the physically impaired, the emotionally stressed, and those in need, how to crochet. Her only regret is there are insufficient hours in the day to do all she would like to do.