Diane Ivey interviews Lindsay Vega from Five Borough Yarns
What is a Rebel with a Cause 2020?
The Rebel with a Cause Project is a media source to bring together individuals in the crafting community to a platform specifically to engage us all in the upcoming election. We believe RWC can bring institutional and sustainable changes in our crafting community through the podcast tour, Be The Change, and the online media platform.
Why is RWC Important to the Crafting Community?
For the last nine months we have had an ongoing conversation about diversity and inclusion in the crafting community. We have heard from many voices from all aspects of the online community. I believe that it’s important to continue to move the conversation forward towards greater changes within the system. I want to utilize my professional background and knowledge to talk to people from different communities across this country face-to-face and online through my Rebel with a Cause (RWC) 2020 project.
19TH AMENDMENT CENTENNIAL COLLABORATION
COST: $19 CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP: As many of you know, I am planning a year long tour called “Be the Change.” It will be a relaunch of my podcast and my goal is to travel across the country to different yarn store communities to have an open discussion on race, diversity, inclusion, and current events in politics. The cost for my team to come can be expensive for a lot of yarn stores so I have come up with an idea to raise money for this tour to support the cost of yarn stores. We are calling this the 19th Amendment Centennial Collaboration. Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the right for women to vote. Romi Hill is designing something very special to commemorate this anniversary and I will be dyeing the yarn to go with the design which will be 300 yards of our superwash single ply mini skeins. We will have the colors from the Women’s Suffrage Movement represented. The cost of this collaboration will be $19 and ALL of the money will go towards the cost for this tour in order to lower the cost for yarn stores. We have 500 slots open and we hope that you can share with your network and sign up as well. Please click link in bio to sign up. THESE WILL BE MAILED OUT last week November
COST: $65 CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP: For this club, you will decide which you want. November Club is Lord of the Rings vs. Game of Thrones which will be mailed out November 1st (deadline will be October 7th) Choose one… your package will be based on that theme. The yarn colorway inspiration will be based on movies and series. In those clubs you’ll receive: @ladydyeyarns- a skein of yarn from Lady Dye Yarns; @mrsumakes- stitch markers based on the theme of that month; @crochetluna – a button; @beantownteaspices- artisan tea.
COST: $60 CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP: These Kits ship out October 30th. Lady Dye Yarns and Corrado Lark have a collaborated together to bring you a fun shawl kit. In the kit you will receive. PentaBat Knitting Pattern; Three Skeins of Lady Dye Yarn (fingering)colorways are: Kiev, Joker, Georgia Pecan; Project Bag. WE LOVE COLLABORATIONS
COST: $40.00 CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP: These Kits ship out December 5th. My 40th birthday is in December and 40 is a big milestone and I would like to put a surprise kit together for all those who sign up. The package theme is Winter Wonderland. There will definitely be bright, sparkly, and “blingy” items in this package! Yarn will be include as well as a pattern. Everything else is a surprise!
COST: $250 CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP: This package will include 25 items that are selected from BIPOC and LGBTQ businesses in the crafting industry. Diane (Lady Dye Yarns) has compiled a list of her favorite crafts from BIPOC and LGBTQ business for this package. This holiday season, she is putting a kit that you will receive the last week in November. Each day you will open a package and receive a handcrafted item ranging from stitch markers, project bags, yarn, buttons, organic lotions, patterns, and so much more! On Dec. 13th and 25th will be yarn from Lady Dye Yarn. Dec. 13th (which is Diane’s birthday) will be a sock blank and Dec. 25th will be mini-skein bundles. Space is very limited! Sign Ups end October 31st.
COST: $225.00 CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP: Nubian Queen Kit-celebrating diversity and black excellence in the crafting community and across the world! This amazing sweater was designed by Sylvia Watts-Cherry. We feel very lucky and blessed to do this exclusive collaboration with her. These kits include the yarn and pattern to make this phenomenal sweater. WE ARE LIMITED. We ONLY have 150 kits and we ARE ONLY PREORDERING 50 KITS before Vogue Knitting Live NYC. The rest of the kits will be sold at the show next year January. ALL PREORDERS SHIP OUT NOVEMBER 15th
We want to thank everyone for tuning in to our Instagram Live
I was able to audio record it. It may not be the best but I do believe you can hear it well. We will work to make sure we audio record in the future.
Here are the links to the articles that Claudia mentioned in the video as well. Thank you all so much for tuning in!
Here are the articles, the ones by Asam Ahmad are worth a read for sure.
If you would like to contribute to my Rebel with a Cause 2020 Crowdfunding Campaign. Please CLICK HERE to learn more
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
Civic 101 information with material related to the state you are in regarding primaries
Diane L. Ivey aka Lady Dye
I had the wonderful afternoon Tuesday to sit down with my dear friend Willa and we had a wonderful time talking about crafting, politics, hot mess crafting on Ravelry and so much more. If you are at work or working out, plug in your head phones a listen in! Next week I will be interviewing my friend Carla Cornejo!
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.