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Jean Leinhauser was trained as a journalist, and began her professional needlework career as Design Director for the Boye Needle Company, where she developed new products and publications. She left Boye to found Leisure Arts, which became the country's largest independent needlework book publisher. Later she founded the American School of Needlework (ASN Publishing).  She was Editor and Publisher of CROCHET! magazine for two years, and created and wrote the internet newsletter TALKING CROCHET! 

She  is highly respected by all crochet and knit enthusiasts and serves as the co-chairman of the Standards Committee of the Craft Yarn Council of America.  She was instrumental in getting all manufacturers and publishers in the United States to work with a standard set of guidelines.

She is co-owner with Rita Weiss of Crochet Partners, a crochet internet discussion group with thousands of members located all over the world, and of Creative Partners, which specializes in creating needlework books.

Jean lives in San Diego with her Portuguese Water Dog Alice, 46 rose bushes and enough yarn to stock a store. Despite her work in crochet, she claims knitting is her first and best love.

Rita Weiss is an author, designer and teacher whose name has become a household word in the fields of knitting, crochet, quilting and cross stitch.  As founder and head of the Dover Publications needlework division for many years, Rita became known as an expert in thread crochet and quilting. 

As Executive Vice President of the American School of Needlework she produced publications including knitting, crocheting, quilting, embroidery as well as many other needle arts. She served as president of the International Quilting Association, currently is the chairman of the Craft Yarn Council of America’s Crochet Marketing Committee and is the president of the Crochet Guild of America.

The author of more than 50 books in the needle arts, she has taught and lectured both in the United States and in Europe and is often called upon to judge competitions. 

Rita, who has been married for many years to a man who has never objected to finding yarn in his soup, lives in Escondido California.  She is the mother of three daughters, mother-in-law of three magnificent sons and the grandmother of  four boys and one delightful little girl.

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