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BS in Allied Health from Ohio State University 1988


  • 2017 - Barbara Marshal Award for Artistic Achievement

  • 2009- Awarded Fellow Membership International Guild of Miniature Artisans

  • 2003- Awarded Artisan Membership International Guild of Miniature Artisans

Work in Permanent Museum Collections

  • National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, Kansas City, MO

  • Museum Center, Collection of Kathleen Savage Browning, Maysville, KY


Bugknits by Althea Crome: Extreme Knitting for Hobbyists, Artists and Knitters.  Blurb Press.  2009. 

Group Exhibitions and Shows

  • Miniature Masterworks Exhibit, Kansas City, MO. Sept 15-17, 2017

  • Wee#Resist, D. Thomas Fine Miniatures in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY (June 18th – September 15th, 2017).

  • Pocket Museum, Houston Museum of Contemporary Craft. Houston, TX (Jan 20th – March 18th, 2017.

  • Enough to Swear By, Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY (Oct 28th – Dec 4th, 2016.

  • The Miniature, Grunwald Gallery of Art, Bloomington, IN (August 2015-October 2015). Co-curated by Althea Crome and Betsy Stirratt as well as exhibited work.  

  • Knitting to Heal, Bloomington, IN (October 2012 – March 2013). Collaboration with artist Yara Cluver to create one of 23 tree cozies as a fundraiser for Middleway house.

  • Brain Extravaganza, Bloomington, IN (April 21-October 19, 2012). Collaboration with artist Yara Cluver to create a sculptural brain for this community-based project headed by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

  • SOCKS: Between You and Your Shoes, Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada (April 2010-Oct 2011). Curated by Elizabeth Semmelhack. More information at:

  • Size Does Matter: The Art of Miniatures from Dollhouses to Coraline, Monroe County History Center; Bloomington, IN (2009-2010).  A large exhibition of my work was included with other miniatures.

  • Outside The Box, Cheongju International Craft Biennale Juried Show, Cheongju, South Korea (September 23 to November 1, 2009).  Curated by Sang Woo Nam. Select pieces on display and work and bio were included in the catalog Titled “Dissolving Views.”

  • Considering Color: Postmodern Classical II,  Onassis Cultural Center, New York, NY (April 21-June 1 2008).  Curated by Select Pieces on display and a photo of my 1:12 scale gloves and my bio were included in the catalog.

  • Walk the path of Yin Yang, Arts Week Collaborative Project, Bloomington, IN (March 6-30, 2007).  Collaborated with artists Yara Cluver. 

  • Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting, Traveling Art Exhibit. Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY (Jan 25-June 17 2007), Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN (April 25-August 24, 2008) and Scottsdale Museum Of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ (2008 Sep 20 - Feb 1, 2009).   Select Pieces on display and photographs and bio were included in the catalogue.

  • Pocketsize; Our Fascination with the Miniature, Post Picasso Gallery on Line Art Exhibit 2005

  • Knitknit, Sundown Salon at Fritz Haeg Studios, Hollywood, CA.  2004.  Select pieces on display and photographs and bio included in the catalogue.  More at:

  • Knitknit Book Launch for issue #3, Hosted by Printed Matter, New York, NY (Winter 2004)

Lectures and Presentations

  • The Art In Life: Knitting:  Panelist in the The Art In Life series. This series in an on-line presentation that explores the artistic creativity, innovation, challenges and aesthetic decisions of practices that usually aren’t considered fine art. March 31, 2022

  • 80 Stitches to the Inch: The Microscopic World of Althea Crome. Meet the Expert Series Artist in Residence, National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, Kansas City, MO, September, 2019

  • Presentation and Demonstration by Althea Crome. Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, Maysville, Kentucky. May, 2019.

  • Presentation and Demonstration by Althea Crome. Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, Maysville, Kentucky. October, 2015.

  • Presentation and Demonstration by Althea Crome. Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, Maysville, Kentucky. April, 2014.

  • Purls of Inspiration by Althea Crome. Bartholomew County Library, Columbus Indiana, Lecture and presentation Sept 15th, 2009

  • Stepping outside the Dollhouse, Taking Miniatures Above and Beyond. International Guild of Miniature Artisans, Castine Maine Lecture and presentation. June  6th, 2009

  • Purls of Wisdom. Role Model Workshop, National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington DC.  May 9th, 2009

  • Coraline World Premier Artist Demonstration.  Laika Studios, Portland Oregon.  February 5th, 2009

  • Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting Presentation by Althea Crome. Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana. Dates: April 25, May 9, June 28, July 26, August 16, August, 23 2008.

  • Lecture and Presentation by Althea Crome. Mass Ave Knitting Shop, Indianapolis, Indiana. June 28, 2008.

  • Lecture and Presentation by Althea Crome. Windy City Knitting Guild, Indianapolis, Indiana. May 31, 2008

  • Presentation by Althea Crome. Kentucky Gateway Museum Center. Mayseville, Kentucky.  April 9, 2008.

Appearances in Books and Catalogues

Appearances in Television, Movies and Radio

Appearances in Magazines and Newspapers

  • How an Indiana Artist Made Big Career out of Teeny Sweaters and Elfin Gloves, Indianapolis Star, Business Section, November 12, 2017

  • Miniatura, June 2017

  • Miniature Collector, June 2017

  • In The Spotlight, Althea Crome. Knit Today.   Issue 66, November 2011.  Interview and photographs Page 10.

  • Knit, Big Knits, Small Knits, Bugknits! Issue 44, Christmas 2011. Interview pp 42-46

  • Marché: Crochet and Knit Zakka. Volume 11, 2011. Japan. pp 28-29. 

  • Keitodama: Let’s Knit Series. Summer Issue 150 – 2011. Japan pp 52-55

  • Paula. “XXXS” Julio 2009. p 55

  • Informed Source; Althea Crome, Surface Design Journal: Creative Exploration of Fiber and Fabric. Patricia Malarcher, ed. Surface Design Association. Summer of 2009. Photographs of my work and bio pp 48-49

  • Althea Knits for Coraline, Miniature Collector Magazine, Mary Kaliski. July 2009. p 31

  • Little Yarn, Indianapolis Monthly, Susan Brackny. March 2009. p 26

  • Beeindruckend, 1 ZU 12 International.  Number 45, Jan/Feb 2009. Page 52

  • Miniature Miracles XXXS, Women in The Arts.  by Ruth Miller, Spring 2009 Photographs and bio pp 20-21.

  • The Handmade Tale, Wired. February 2009 page 51

  • From Mending Lungs to Knitting Whimsy, AARC Times.  Volume 33, Issue 1. January 2009.  pp 52-53

  • Vogue Knitting.  Winter 2009.

  • Nano-Knitting, Indiana Daily Student, Melissa Sokolski, Nov 13, 2008

  • Knit and Purl with Bugknits, Dolls House & Miniature Scene, Deb Weissler, September 2008.

  • Knitting For a Bug's Life, Metro, UK, Gavin Bernard, October 30, 2007

  • Through the Looking Glass, Interweave Knits, an excerpt from Sabrina Gschwandtner’s Knitknit: Profiles and Projects from Knitting’s New Wave,” Fall 2007.  pp. 8-10

  • Knit Bits; Nano-knitting, Vogue Knitting, Michelle Wiener, p. 20, Vol23, no. 3, Holiday 2005

  • Adventures in Cyberspace, Textile Fiber Forum, Jenny Dowde on Althea Merback, Vol. 24, Issue 4, No. 80. Australia, 2005. pp 19-20

  • Bugknits, Miniature Collector. Mary Kaliski. April 2004.  pp 22-29

  • Althea Merback Knits Miniatures, Knitknit Issue #3, Emily Spivak, Issue #3, New York, NY, January 2004. pp16-17

  • IGMA-International guild of Miniature Artisans.  Brochure 2004-color photos.

  • Bugknits; Althea Merback’s Passion for a Challenge, Dollhouse Miniatures,  Amy Wagner, article, photos and patterns, pp24-30, Vol XIII,  issue 1, Cleveland Ohio, Spring 2003

  • Althea Merback, Miniature Knitter, Oasis Guild News Letter 3.2. Tel Aviv, Israel; March of 2002         

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