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Upcoming Classes this Fall and Winter

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We are excited to share the list of classes I will be teaching this fall and winter. I will be teaching locally as well as in Plymouth, MA this December and in Rhode Island in January. I hope to see you there. Please see below with more information.

We are still raising funds for our Vogue Knitting Live show. We are so close to meeting our goal. We are about $1,200 away from that. We are doing a self-crowdfunding campaign to help with the cost of the show as well as funds to grow the business. We want to thank all of you for your support and we are thrilled to go!

Here is the amazing deal we are offering: whatever amount you contribute we will match it as a gift certificate to shop online at Lady Dye Yarns.  Our campaign ends Nov. 30th. Every penny counts and we would appreciate all contributions.

 

I’m offering two amazing incentives to keep it simple compared to other crowdfunding incentives.

  1. Whatever amount you donate. I’ll match that in a form of a gift certificate to shop online at Lady Dye Yarns to shop starting December 5th when all new colorways will be released. As well as a Lady Dye Yarns drawstring project bag. (My new colorways are amazing! Check out my Instagram feed. There’s something for everyone). In addition, I would do a spotlight on you for our online magazine.

OR

  1. If you do not knit but have an organization/business, I will give your company 2 months of free advertising on my website as well as a Lady Dye Yarns drawstring project bag. In addition, I would do a spotlight on your organization of business for our online magazine.

Easiest way to support me is by clicking this link which will take you to my PayPal.me account and make a donation. Once I receive notice, I will send you your gift certificate link.

PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN NOTES SECTION IN PAYPAL SO I CAN SEND GIFT CERTIFICATES

 http://paypal.me/ladydyeyarns

Plymouth Harbor Yarn Store, Plymouth, MA

170 Water Street, Suite 10, Plymouth, MA 02360

774-283-4704

Date: December 2, 2017

 

Mini Skein Yarn Dyeing Workshop (10:00 AM-12:00 PM):-Students can learn the techniques of gradient, variegated, speckled, and more as they dye their own yarn. $75.00 plus material fee $10

Mosaic knitting Workshop (1:00 PM -3:00 PM) : Students will learn the techniques of mosaic knitting.  You will need 5 skeins of worsted weight yarn with each skein ranging between 75-100 yards each. It’s recommended to bring leftover yarn from other projects. $60.00

How to Work with Colors (3:30 PM-5:30 PM): This is a class on how to work with colors especially with bright and vibrant colors.  You will need your choices of yarn in various colors to create a tubular cowl. $60.00

 

10th Annual Slater Mill Knitting Weekend

67 Roosevelt Ave., Pawtucket RI 02860

401.725.8638 | info(at)slatermill.org

Date: Saturday, January 20th

Time: 8:30-11:50 AM

 

Mosaic Knitting: Coined by Barbara G. Walker in the late 1960’s, “Mosaic knitting” may be the least known form of colorwork, yet it is a wonderful and easy way of knitting with two colors. In this class, Diane will demystify the technique, and show students how easy and satisfying it can be. It is great for beginners who haven’t yet worked in multiple colors, or for intermediates who want to add the technique to their skillset. In addition to the technique, we’ll discuss how to create Mosaic patterns, and put your own imagination for design to work.

 

Cambridge Center for Adult Education

Harvard Square, 42 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138

617.547.6789

 

Hand Dye Yarn Workshop (LAST ONE EVER) – February 3rd 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

THIS WILL BE MY LAST YARN DYEING WORKSHOP CLASS. THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO TAKE THIS CLASS! This hands-on course is an introduction to the ancient art of natural dyeing. Over one class meeting, you will learn the basic principles of fabric dyeing with natural materials like madder root, turmeric, beets, coffee, food coloring, Kool-Aid and other dyes. This class will include presentations about some of the varied approaches to natural dyeing worldwide, from the Andes to West Africa. A materials fee of $40 is payable to the instructor at the first class.

 

JP Knit & Stitch

461 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

617-942-2118

 

Open Workshop Drop-in Knitting (Every Thursday from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM): Our Thursday night Drop-In Knitting with Diane is for knitters with in need of some guidance and provides the emotional and technical support it can take to tackle a particularly tricky bit or pattern errata that’s holding you up. Drop in for an evening of instruction, whether you’re learning a new skill, starting a project, or just need some help getting to the finish line. You can also choose to sign up for multiple sessions to conquer a challenging pattern with our expert to guide you along the way. Diane of Lady Dye Yarns knows all the answers you need to finish your project!

 

Self-Crowdfunding Campaign: Lady Dye Yarns Goes to Vogue Knitting Live!

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Greetings Everyone,

If you are getting this message twice, I apologize. But it is a very important message that I need help with. Thank you for reading this long email.

As most of you know, I applied to Vogue Knitting Live late last week and heard back from them a couple of days ago. I’m really excited to be able to go there. Going to Vogue Knitting Live for me is not only about showcasing my work but an accumulation of how far I’ve progressed since my first show I did back in 2014 as well as highlighting the vision I have for my business. Which is not only selling yarn but introducing my new social media platform focusing on increasing diversity in the crafting industry and bring political and social justice issues to the forefront of “Craftism.”

We know there’s a lack of diversity in the crafting industry not just yarn, but sewing, quilting, weaving, etc. and it’s been too “passive progressive” in this industry. I want to see more people who look like the diversity country that we are. I’m using my journalism and political science degrees to launch something truly amazing. And being a woman of color in this industry, selling yarn is important as it’s my hope to encourage more people of color to start businesses in the industry.

I’m working with a strong advisory board and business coaches to make this happen. It was my intention anyway to do a crowdfunding campaign with one of the major crowdfunding platforms to raise money for building and launching my new social media platform but I am now also raising funds to  go to Vogue Knitting Live. 

HOWEVER, I want to make a personal appeal with all of you that’s different and more direct and I want to make this very simple. Furthermore, for the past three days, I have been self-crowdfunding and I raised enough for my booth space. This show is huge and also very expensive and I would like to continue to raise additional funds.

It’s unfortunate that many women own businesses have had to do multiple crowdfunding campaigns to raise money for their companies. And the number business owned by women of color fare no better. In an article in the Boston Globe, statistics show that:

  • In 2016, only 9 percent of the $71.7 billion in US venture capital funding went to companies with female founders, according to data prepared for The Boston Globe by the research firm PitchBook. That was down from 13 percent in 2015, which had been the highest level in years.
  • The numbers in Boston are marginally better: Last year, about 13 percent of Boston-area VC money went to firms with at least one woman founder, according to PitchBook data, though that, too, was a decline, from 18 percent in 2015.
  • Of the 530 venture capital deals in the Boston area in 2016, only 71 involved companies with at least one female founder. Those deals represented $800 million of the more than $6 billion invested.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2017/07/31/funding-for-women-entrepreneurs-slackens-despite-concerns-about-bias/jd5Sbxs7sMgRbfbmSQsWgI/story.html

I’m putting out my own crowdfunding campaign to support my company to go to Vogue Knitting Live, which cost $3500 and to support the cost of build my social media platform which is $2,000. This amount is small compared to the statistics I just shared, but this is actually the need for my business now to move forward in the direction I need to take to grow.

I’m offering two amazing incentives to keep it simple compared to other crowdfunding incentives.

  1. Whatever amount you donate. I’ll match that in a form of a gift certificate to shop online at Lady Dye Yarns to shop starting December 5th when all new colorways will be released. As well as a Lady Dye Yarns drawstring project bag. (My new colorways are amazing! Check out my Instagram feed. There’s something for everyone). In addition, I would do a spotlight on you for our online magazine.

OR

  1. If you do not knit but have an organization/business, I will give your company 2 months of free advertising on my website as well as a Lady Dye Yarns drawstring project bag. In addition, I would do a spotlight on your organization of business for our online magazine.

Easiest way to support me is by clicking this link which will take you to my PayPal.me account and make a donation. Once I receive notice, I will send you your gift certificate link.

 http://paypal.me/ladydyeyarns

I truly appreciate everyone’s support over the years. Starting a business is no easy tasks. You have ups and downs, successful shows and not so successful shows. It takes a couple of years to find your footing in what your ultimate vision and business model are. I am very happy that after a short time of going through what every start up business goes through, I have found my footing.

Thanks for your support.

Best,

Diane Ivey aka Lady Dye

 

Diane L. Ivey

Founder & CEO 

Lady Dye Yarns, LLC

PoliCraft Podcast Episode 1 with Jess Pease!

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Hi Everyone,

As we continue to work on our new social media platform, we wanted to post our podcast online to share with all of you now.

As many of you know, I am not shy about discussing politics and diversity in the crafting industry. I decided to launch PoliCraft because it’s important to me as a women of color to have my voice heard and to let other diverse people out there know we exist and should be part of the crafting community too. Each week on Tuesday, I will post a new episode.

I was joined by Jessica “Jess” Pease this past Friday evening at JP Knit & Stitch located at 461 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 during the Greater Boston Yarn Crawl. Jess is a knitter, mother, feminist, progressive, and just a phenomenal woman.

Enjoy!

I Met Pirates in the Caribbean

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It’s been awhile since I last wrote a blog post but I wanted to share with you some photos from my amazing trip to the Caribbean in late April. I had a remarkable opportunity through Sheep Ahoy Travel to be the instructor for 14 fabulous women. I taught them how to make seamed socks from a great Purl SOHO pattern, mosaic knitting, colorwork, and cables.

I have a yarn dyeing work coming up next week and I hope you take the time to sign up for it!

I am offering a hand-dyed yarn workshop in Jamaica Plain, MA.
July 16th, 17th, and 23rd from 10:00-5:00 PM. 

This one-day dyeing intensive will introduce you into the world of dyeing fiber through immersion, hot pour, painting, top dye and batching. We will dye yarn with eco-friendly supplies from the grocery store including fruits, vegetables, seasonings, food coloring, even Kool-Aid. In addition, we will do some acidic dyes.

 

  • Photo by Shelley Leahy

 

 

 

Podcast with Judy Scott-Hammerquist

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Podcast with Judy Scott-Hammerquist

It’s been awhile since I last connected with all of you. The beginning of 2016 has been a very busy year for me. I wanted to slow down a little bit for the month of May and focus on interviewing more people for my podcast and to get ready to launch my online magazine this fall.

I had a remarkable opportunity to interview another dear friend of my from my knitting circle. I hope you enjoy this podcast.

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Second Podcast Episode: Interview with Barbara Siletsky

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By Diane Ivey
CEO of Lady Dye Yarns, LLC

Episode #2: INTERVIEW WITH BARBARA SILETSKY

Episode #1: MOVING FORWARD WITH DIVERSE REPRESENTATION IN THE YARN INDUSTRY

I had the opportunity to sit down this past Sunday with an incredible woman and friends, Barbara Siletsky. I met Barbara ten years ago when I moved to Boston and I joined her knitting group. This podcast episode is “straight-talk” conversation with a fun and caring woman about her experience growing up in Boston as a young Jewish girl and what the “knitting scene” was like. We discussed Barbara’s hope for future generations when it comes to diversity in our world since she has a smart and wonderful granddaughter, Jordan, who is bi-racial. Barbara always keeps it real and that’s why I love hanging out with her!

As we continue the discussion about diversity in the yarn industry, I wanedt to take the time to interview someone who

1. Has been knitting for a long time and who could offer their own perspective on knitting.

2. Provide personal stories and experiences

3. Give wisdom is us “young folk” about the future

I had the honor to interview Barbara. We hope you enjoy!

 

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It’s the Holiday Season…Let’s have a Sale!

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Are you ready for amazing news from Lady Dye! Here we go…

50% OFF SOCK YARN

CODE: ladydye15

1. We have launch our Podcast! Check out the FIRST EPISODE HERE!

After much thought, I believe it’s important for me to address the issue of diversity in the yarn industry and one way I will be doing that is through podcasting. That is correct we have launched our podcast titled “Lady Dye: The Yarn Vibe.”

2. Introducing our new TAGS which will be EXCLUSIVELY sold online at ladydyeyarns.com. We are offering our TAGS in worsted (45 yards) and fingering weight (50 yards)

FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY, our TAG Bundles are on sale for 20% OFF! Our TAG Bundle includes 11 colorway TAGs in a set (495 yards or 550 yards). Click here for WORSTED and FINGERING to order.

Tag Collage Coupon

3. Please join us in Brooklyn, NY for the Bust Holiday Craftacular at the Brooklyn Expo Center from December 19th and 20th from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. We are thrilled to showcase our yarns in NYC! For more information on the Bust Holiday Craftacular CLICK HERE.

 

Podcasting! Moving Forward with Diverse Representation in the Yarn Industry

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By Diane Ivey
CEO of Lady Dye Yarns, LLC

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Lady Dye: The Yarn Vibe
PODCAST EPISODE #1

A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog post regarding the lack of diversity in the yarn industry. I was inspired by Viola Davis’ Emmy winning award speech for which she discussed the lack of roles for women of color in the film industry.

Her words of inspiration allowed me to reflect on my own experience as a minority business owner in the yarn industry. When I wrote the blog post, I wanted to share my opinions and feelings on what was going on in the industry. Since then, I have received many compliments and words of encouragement from so many people regarding what I wrote. But the biggest question that many people had for me is, “What will you do next?”

After much thought, I believe it’s important for me to address the issue of diversity in the yarn industry and one way I will be doing that is through podcasting. That is correct we have launched our podcast titled “Lady Dye: The Yarn Vibe”

This podcast is not to “complain” or focus on the “negative” aspects of diversity in the yarn industry, but to have:
1. An honest discussion about the current representation of diversity in our industry
2. To highlight diverse populations of people from designers, dyers, bloggers, and knitters.
3. And finally, sharing the rich cultural history of textiles from around the world and the impact it has had in our present industry.

I am so honored to have as the first guest, McKenzie Mullen.

McKenzie Mullen has spent the last two years working and teaching at yarn/fabric stores and has recently migrated from Oakland, California to Boston, Massachusetts. Her passions are knitting and sewing garments to create a long-lasting handmade wardrobe. She identifies as fat-positive, latina, queer, and femme and is currently in grad school to decolonize archives.

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The Lack of Diversity in the Yarn Industry

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Yarn Industry Should take notes from Viola Davis’s Speech

By Diane Ivey

This past Sunday, I was spending a relaxing evening knitting and drinking wine while preparing for my week. I haven’t watched television in a long time so I could focus on MY BUSINESS. Because of that, I missed the Emmy Awards but when I looked on social media all I could see were tweets and Facebook posts about the phenomenal actress Viola Davis and her acceptance speech for taking home the Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama series…and for being the first African-American woman to be acknowledged! We love you Viola Davis!

Davis began with a quote from Harriet Tubman. “In my mind, I see a line. And over that line I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line but I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line.” Davis then said, “The only thing that separates women of color from everyone else is opportunity…You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there,” Davis said. (Watch Viola Davis’s full speech HERE.)

I was profoundly moved. Now, many people will agree and others will say that all women have had struggles in any industry and are still trying to fight their way through the glass ceiling. That may be true but put race on top of gender, and there is a whole other story to tell.

Look at the yarn industry. YES, I said it! The yarn industry has hundreds and thousands of yarn companies that make gorgeous yarn. I know this because 1).I am a yarn business owner, and 2) I have amazing yarn from other companies in my yarn stash. The yarn industry also has amazing knitwear designers, really cool magazines, and wonderful social networking websites. We love you Ravelry!

  • Now, I want you to tell me OR just name three minority owned businesses out of the hundreds of thousands of yarn companies (commercial and indie dyers) that have a national audience.
  • Name three minority knitwear designers that have been asked to teach, speak, or show at The National NeedleArts Association Trade Show, any of the Stitches Conferences, your local conferences or knitting Guild meetings. Anyone?
  • Show me five knitting magazines or books from this past year that have a diverse representation of minorities or men on their covers and inside their magazines.
  • Show me the number of articles that have been written in the last five years about minorities in the knitting community?

Do you get it? For most of you who knit and understand the knitting community, you wouldn’t be able to complete this list because there is an EXTREME lack of diversity in the yarn industry.  And here is the usual response I get after bringing up that point: Well minorities do not knit….

As a knitter and African-American woman business owner in the yarn industry, I know many minorities that knit and I know some minority knitwear designers who I have met at shows – and I know there are more.  Yet I have yet to find a yarn company or indie dyer in addition to myself who has attended a local or national show. In fact, between my attendance at the The National NeedleArts Association trade show in 2014 and the recent Stitches Conference, I was the only African-American business owner at these two shows. Why is this? I am sure there are other minority business owners out there. And I am not just talking about African-Americans. Yes, I am black but I know Latinos, Asians, and Africans who knit or crochet. Why are we not represented well in the knitting community?

As whole, I believe the yarn industry needs to do a better job at addressing the lack of diversity in our community especially among knitwear designers, speakers, and images in magazines, and by reaching out to minority-owned yarn stores and dyers. We live in a diverse society and social media has changed the way that we communicate and connect. Since knitting magazines started out way back in the early 20th century, white men and women of grace those pages of magazines during a time where race and racism was extremely prevalent. Yes, it has changed slightly over the years but the racial disparity of the past continues to reflect what we see in the present. There are systematic racial issues that the yarn industry needs to address.

I can go on Ravelry, Instagram or Facebook and see diverse groups of people who have similar interests and I follow them online. I should also be able to see a representation of people from all backgrounds at conferences as speakers, teachers, owners, and designers. They are out there but individuals at the top of the yarn industry need to make the effort to want to make these changes. Attitude does reflect leadership.

And just because you see people in the knitting community who look like you and who have the same interests, it does not mean that there isn’t room for improvement. I feel that the lack of diversity in the industry is also because those who see themselves represented turn a blind eye.

I said on a recent Facebook post that I see Ms. Tubman’s quote that Davis eloquently repeated. I see the line in the yarn industry as there are many white women represented in every aspect of the industry while minorities and men are left out.  I ask myself “what am I trying to do in becoming a national brand?” Yes, it is a huge undertaking and I believe in my product. I believe it is unique and different. I am speaking to urban knitters and crafters. I am here to stay and crossing the race line will be hard and arduous but I am in it for the long haul. WHEN I CROSS THAT LINE, I WILL BRING WITH ME OTHER PEOPLE WHO REPRESENT THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW!

How can the yarn industry address the lack of diversity in our industry? Please join the discussion on Lady Dye Yarns Ravelry PAGE or Facebook PAGE

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Cover of Vogue magazines in the last year.

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Here are magazine covers from a several knitting magazines in the past year

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