Crochet Earring by Joanne Negro

“My name is Joanne Nigro. I’ve lived in Brooklyn for about 60 years.  I am presently a resident of Canarsie, but lived in Bensonhurst before I was married.  I have three grown children, and five grandchildren.”

We are so excited to have this Brooklyn veteran as a featured vendor at our Holiday Market this Sunday!

We chatted with Joanne about her life and her crocheted creations: 

GP: How did you start your crocheting business?

Joanne: I am a NYC middle school math teacher. I recently retired and found that not having to plan lessons, grade papers, etc. left me with a lot of time on my hands.  I’ve knit and crochet since I was 8 years old and always enjoyed creating gifts for family and friends.  So I decided to try to combine my love of crochet with my desire to create in order to start a business.


GP: What is special about your creations? 

Joanne: I use very fine thread that is imported from Turkey, Paraguay and England.  I find the colors more varied than what I can purchase in the United States.  And the threads seem softer to the touch. The beads are hand strung by me and crocheted right into the pattern.  This takes a lot of time.  Some of the more complicated pieces take over 6 hours to complete.

GP: Are you excited to sell your work in Greenpoint?

Joanne: Greenpoint is an up and coming, very trendy neighborhood.  I think the residents will appreciate my work in ways that would not happen elsewhere.

See Joanne’s many beautiful creations on her Etsy Shop.

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