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Rebel with a Cause 2020

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 Image credit: Rosie the Riveter (Modern)

By Diane Ivey

I hope that you all can join me in September for the launch of my new project, Rebel with a Cause 2020 which will be a media outlet focusing on providing, media, data, events, and for crafters to connect with each other involved in politics for the 2020 election and beyond. The official launch will be in September with the new website and we have a crafting club out now that will be part of the launch and we hope that you all will sign up for it.

The club is called Badass Craftivism Club.  We also launched a new IG handle: @rebelwithacause2020 (please follow). I want to add that the money from the September Badass Craftivism Club will go to pay the other businesses providing items in the club but the rest of the money is being used to actually pay people to be guest writers and freelance photographers for this project. I plan to use this money as seed money to get it started and during the summer work on other revenue streams to keep this project going.

We have one year and five months until the 2020 election AND in 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement. So much has happened since November of 2016. Many of us have been engaged in politics and had to “tune out” at certain points because it became too much. When I think back to November 2016, the #pussyhat movement was a REACTION to what happened and I want to use Rebel with a Cause 2020 as being PROACTIVE and “tuning in.”

I would like to put one of my degrees to use and support the craftivism community. I truly believe come late September, after we enjoy our summer and get through Labor Day weekend, we need to start tuning in to what’s going on and really being proactive in this process. Since 2016, many of us have marched, call our representatives and so much more. We have to keep this going. I hope you can join me in the project and keep the #resistance going strong! #rebelwithacause

The September Badass Craftivism Club will include:

@ladydyeyarns variegated colorway with colors representing the Women’s Suffrage Movement
@mrsumakes– stitch markers based on the theme of that   month
@crochetluna – a button
@beantownteaspices– artisan tea
AND
Civic 101 information with material related to the state you   are in regarding primaries

PLEASE SIGN UP AND JOIN US FOR THIS CLUB

Best,

Diane  L. Ivey aka Lady Dye

Perspective

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I know that it has been awhile since I have made a blog post on my website. I have been making several post via Instagram. I wanted to share with you some things that I have been thinking about since early April.

As most of you know, the crafting industry has been reckoning with the issue of racism and discrimination in the industry since January.  This isn’t the first time I have had this discussion with everyone about the lack of diversity in the crafting community but in early January there was an incident  (and Click Here for a summary) in our online community that went viral making it’s way to some major publications including Vox and The New Yorker as examples.

Since then, many people have shared via Instagram personal experiences dealing with racism, providing resources for people to learn about their own biases, and more. For me personally, I have seen Lady Dye Yarns grow extraordinarily in the last several months. I believe this is due to the discussion we have been having in the community. We are grateful for that but we also know it is important to have great customer service. We had over 800+ orders since January and we have been engaging in conversations via Instagram on racism and diversity. I also had many other requests for collaborations, etc. We really needed to slow it down.  We had orders that got mixed up and that did not sit well with me as I want people to be satisfied.

So, we closed our online shop for yarn, t-shirt, and buttons orders early this month. More info about our next shop update coming next week. The reason why we closed the shop for a little bit, is 1) to catch up on orders but 2) we need to slow it down and get a little more perspective on how I want this company to run since we have had this discussion.

I have found myself in the last several months spending more time educating people on the inequalities in this industry and what ACTIONS we should take to improve it. In return, I have been shown gratitude from online orders and support. But there’s something that I realized that is equally important. Although many of use are having this conversation via Instagram, there are many people who are not on Instagram who do not know what’s going on or heard a little bit about it but do not know the work that people have been doing since then.

Therefore, I want people to understand this:“It is much easier to have a conversation with someone on Instagram whether it is nice, constructive, or just outright bullying. It’s much harder to actually have a conversation face-to-face with people and to talk about the issues. It feels like the same people are talking to each other online and we need to take this message beyond Instagram.”

If you go into Instagram and look at how much time you spend on it, you will find you spend quite a bit of time. How do we take this conversation on racism and diversity from Instagram and into our communities? Some people will say that people should get on Instagram but many people do not want to be attached to Instagram the way some of us are now. Furthermore, Instagram connects us with other crafters around the world which is a stepping stone to the larger conversation of where change should  happen not only on the industry leadership level but locally within the communities.

Two weeks ago, I was very fortunate to hear Tim Wise speak. Tim Wise is an anti-racist speaker. He is acclaimed and supported in the black community for the work he has done around anti-racism for the past 25 years. It was a conference I attended at Harvard on Diversity. I have added the youtube video of the conference below. Time Wise speaks around 2:00.16 in the video. I highly recommend listening to what he has to say.

I just want people to stop and listen to what’s going on in their community. If you are part of knitting and crochet group, ask people if they know what’s going on around our discussion on racism and inclusion. If they are not, engage in conversation. For many of us on Instagram, we are aware of what’s going on. Now it seems like we are talking to ourselves and not the larger community as a whole. As much as we think there are tons of crafters on Instagram, I promise your for every 1 person on Instagram, there are 5 that are not. I think it’s important to spread the message to a broader audience. I believe one way is to talk with your local knitting group if you do not have a local knitting group, consider hosting a forum at your local library opening it up to anyone to come who wants to engage in this conversation. Or ask a yarn store to host a talk about it.

In addition, make sure you pace yourself and take time for yourself. There’s still a lot more work to do and it’s okay to step away from social media a little bit for self-care.

ALSO! Sign up for the FUNKADELIC 10! We have 33 slots left!

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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