I’m Yvonne, although you may know me from the web by Virtual Vonne / Vonne / Von or Designs by Von / BklynVonne Designs.
My free patterns will ALWAYS be available here and / or at my website / blog, but due to the EU tax changes as of January 1st 2015, I will no longer be making my patterns for sale available to any area affected by this change. I am sorry for the inconvenience.
Mom taught me both how to knit and crochet, but crochet stuck and is my true love! I have since ‘remembered’ how to knit, occasionally crossing over to the dark side to make a scarf ;)
My crochet journey has been on and off, picking it back up after Mom passed and I found her stash. I now have a respectable stash of my own :)
In an effort to compile and organize the crochet related info I found online, Von’s Crochet Cyberspace was born in June 2000. Before it’s current iteration of Vonne’s Crochet & Beading, it grew to over 500 members worldwide, for which I’m thankful and grateful. The new group is: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/voncrobead/
I joined the New York City Crochet Guild in 2001. In addition to conducting monthly charity drives at VCC Hats for the Homeless, Warming Families, Binky Patrol, Project Linus, The Ships Project, and co-managed Crochet Paradise. I also began designing…yet another direction to wander off into…
The following year with the NYCCG, I served as First Vice President, co-managed the Yahoo! group and wrote an occasional yarn store review for the newsletter. They also participated in their first Knit-Out & Crochet Too Event in Union Square Park; I taught at the crochet tent and wore a fellow member’s garment in my modeling debut! I also joined the Crochet Guild of America, a perk of which was a subscription to Crochet! magazine.
In 2003, I left the NYCCG to focus more on teaching, designing and publishing. In celebration of National Crochet Week in March, I made an in-store appearance at The Yarn Tree, where I taught and demonstrated various methods of crochet (available on DVD). I wrote several articles published in Chain Link, the CGOA’s newsletter, an insert of Crochet! for members. I attended my first Chain Link Conference and met Gwen Blakley Kinsler who founded the CGOA and others who were as crazy for crochet as me…even a few men, like the late William Elmore. I taught again at the Knit-Out & Crochet Event; this time as a CYCA Certified Crochet Teacher. Several of my fellow NYCCG’ers were part of the first class conducted at FIT by Arnetta Kenney. Later that year I assisted in her Crochet for Pleasure class. I even had my first real interview during a yarn sale event at Seaport Yarn.
The next year was even busier: I taught everywhere I could…the Brooklyn Public Library, Police Athletic League, Knit-A-Way, even repeated my in-store appearance at The Yarn Tree and the Knit-Out and Crochet event. I wrote more articles for the Chain Link newsletter and to further my crochet education, was fortunate enough to be mentored by the CGOA as an Associate Professional. I even got a chance to model my own garment at the conference fashion show!
I rejoined the NYCCG in 2005. In celebration of National Crochet Month in March, with the help of fellow NYCCG’ers, I hosted classes and demonstrations (also available on DVD) at Knit-A-Way, where I taught and hosted a former Crochet Meetup. At this year’s Chain Link Conference, I debuted my first published pattern, Tess’ Capelet for Tess’ Designer Yarns http://tessdesigneryarns.com/; the garment was live and on display at their market booth. I taught again at the Knit-Out & Crochet event, and later that year had the pleasure of substituting for Arnetta during one of her Crochet for Pleasure classes.
In 2006, other opportunities came along. I sold a design to Caron Yarns, which was displayed at the CHA and TNNA trade shows. I began selling my items at Habana Outpost’s open-air market, introduced to me and encouraged by eco-friendly designer and former student Lopeti Etu. I attended Chain Link again, primarily for Professional Day. At this year’s Knit-Out & Crochet event I was a spectator, hanging out at the NYCCG’s tent and helping with the Caps to the Capital effort, to which I contributed over 100 hats. As a group, the NYCCG and friends of the guild did well over 3,000!
As networking has its benefits, I taught for DC 37 and at Gumbo, both of which were by referrals from fellow crocheters.
In 2007, I taught again for DC 37 and back at Gumbo.
In 2008, I spent more time designing than teaching; even managed to squeeze in some beading, too!
Now, I’m trying to divide my time between teaching, designing, beading and a combination of the three :)**