Over the years I have had the opportunity to meet a variety of wonderful fiber artists. From crochet, to spinning, to knitting, they all have openly shared their skill and creativity. One such artist I had the pleasure to meet many years ago is Yvonne Tate from Brooklyn, New York. She has a great love of all things fiber and is always excited to share her great wealth of knowledge and incredible talent with others. She is also running an awesome make-a-long online (sign up here). I would like to now introduce you all to her.
When did you first learn to crochet and knit? Who taught you?
My mom taught me to both knit and crochet, but don’t remember what age; well before my teens.
What influences your crochet and knitting?
Design aspects really catch my eye; people doing things differently, taking a classic and putting their spin on it, work beyond basic.
What are your favorite types of projects to make/design?
I’ll always have a soft spot for granny squares, but not sure I really have a favorite project or design.
How do you share your craft with others?
I teach, design, make gifts, promote others’ work.
What is your favorite part of teaching?
Preparing, because I tend to think outside the box and try not to teach the typical. Also, when ‘it clicks’ for the student, or something I say gives them a different perspective that makes it their own.
What fuels your fiber arts passion?
Honoring my mother; passing the knowledge down and around, sharing crochet as the first-class craft that it is, the growing number of beautiful indie yarns by more BIPOC dyers.
What do you tell beginners?
Relax, it’s supposed to be fun! Also, not to compare their work to anyone else’s. Get a good foundation: learn the rules first, then you’ll know how to bend them. That includes learning how to read international symbols, because you can use patterns in foreign languages without actually having to speak them! 😉
OK, now the big question – which do you like better? Knitting or crochet? 😉
I have been dabbling more in knitting, but crochet will always be my first love. As they say in Wakanda: Crochet #WithoutQuestion.
Where can everyone find you? What’s on the horizon?
The easiest way to find me is www.voncrobead.com; www.vcbtheblog.com, @vcbcrochet where you can also get on my mailing list. My next event will be Kings County Fiber Fest, where I’ll be collecting hats for the Second Annual Make Warm Hats for the Homeless Hat Drive.
I hope you all enjoyed getting to know Yvonne! I encourage you to check out all her wonderful designs, follow her in Instagram, and sign up for her make-a-long.