HOOKERS NIGHT OUT (IN) - MAY 2020
Laverne Benton - @bzyPeach
Laverne is a rising yarn artist whose preferred craft is crocheting. In the crochet community, she is known by the name BzyPeach. At around 10 yers old, she was taught how to crochet by her mother who was an avid mixed media artist, as well as her paternal grandmother who was a devoted Sunday school teacher and crafter. Crochet provides Laverne with a relaxing hobby, a vehicle for supporting charitable organizations and creative outlet which recently has become a promising business.
Peach is definitely her favorite color, but Laverne also enjoys using pastels or jewel-toned yarn when crocheting for fun. She has recently found joy in creating Amigurumi, the Japanese art of crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures. Her favorite type of yarn is Pima Cotton and her favorite stitches are Single Crochet and Half Double Crochet. In 2018 she was awarded the Bronze level President’s Volunteer Service Award for completing over 100 hours of service. The bulk of that service was crocheting items for charities such as From the Heart, a yarn community serving needs in the Greater Richmond, VA. She also donates finished goods to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Hughes Spalding Hospital and cancer patients through Grady Health Foundation. Laverne’s business is BzyPeach, LLC and was created March of 2019. Her products include handmade goods as well as custom project and yarn journals; project bags; fun wearables and accessible patterns.
Outside of the yarn arts world, Laverne holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and two Bachelor of Science degrees in Anthropology and Sociology from the University of Virginia. She is a Project Manager for one of Atlanta’s top financial institutions; a traveler; and a mother to a driven college student and a gregarious 9-year-old sprite.
Deltra Perryman - @crochetCreations4u
NY native Deltra Perryman has been crocheting since she was 8. After attending school for business management and building several successful businesses she decided to turn her passion for crochet from a hobby to a business.
Deltra is the head crochet Designer at Crochet Creations4U a handmade custom crochet company. Her designs can be found online and in boutiques in 2018. This year Deltra decided to launch a crochet bridal line which will debut at the TRose International Bridal Fashion Show 2017.
Deltra Perryman expects to become a leader in handmade fashion design and continue to create opportunities to showcase her talents as well as up and coming designers.
Courtney Whitehead - @creationsbycourtneyllc
Creations By Courtney is your destination for discovering crochet garment and accessory patterns for curating a handmade closet.
Courtney is the owner and designer of Creations By Courtney. She had a dream to be a fashion designer, which didn’t happen, but she has always been a creative person.
As an avid crocheter with a passion for garments, she is inspired to offer crochet designs to help you curate your own handmade closet of tops, cardigans, bottoms, dresses, and stylish, practical accessories that will withstand any current and future fashion trends.
The garment crochet patterns are offered in sizes Small to 5X. Each pattern has been tech edited and/or patterned tested to ensure accuracy of numbers and writing. If a pattern doesn’t specify all of the plus sizes, instructions are given on how to customize the final dimensions to fit your unique body.
Inspiration is found from runways, department stores and often nature. Courtney tends to offer several designs with a fun stitch, so it’s great for mastering the stitches as you create multiple Creations By Courtney designs.
Courtney doesn’t like seaming multiple pieces together like many other crocheters, so she strives to create seamless or mostly seamless crochet designs. She wishes to help you increase your crochet skill through the use of foundation stitches in other ways than just the first row, or extended stitches, crossing stitches and more.
Besides increasing your skill, Creations By Courtney hopes that you’ll gain confidence and feel proud while wearing or gifting the completed items. And if you’ve pondered making more colorful projects, you’ll love these crochet patterns even more.
Gregory Stitch - @gregorystitch
The Tale Of Gregory Stitch
Thomas Gregory Hamilton is an Atlanta native. From a very young age he has always shown an interest in fashion. Like any fashion enthusiast, he Indulged into this world by researching and studying designers such as Versace, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Chanel and his all time favorite Roberto Cavali. He admired how each brand told a story with clothes in their own way.
Stitch put his passion for fashion on hold for years to pursue his dance career. It wasn’t until 2011 when his mother, Linda Marie Truitt, passed that he discovered the art of crochet. It became a means of therapy to help deal with his loss. Soon Gregory began making and selling scarves and hats. From scarves and hats to making hoodies, sweaters, suits, and dresses. February 2017 Gregory Stitch had the honor to debut a collection in New York at New York Fashion Week! This past January Gregory served as a mentor and a designer for the Kaleidoscope Fashion Show by Vogue Knitting live. There he debuted his latest collection Kang/Chris which went on to be published in both Vogue Knitting and Crochet Now magazines. future is still waiting to be written.