Bella Knitting http://BellaKnitting.com/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 20:36:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://BellaKnitting.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/cropped-icon-1-32x32.jpg Bella Knitting http://BellaKnitting.com/ 32 32 Reduce. Reuse. Regenerate – Recycled materials take center stage in the PUMA RE:COLLECTION https://BellaKnitting.com/reduce-reuse-regenerate-recycled-materials-take-center-stage-in-the-puma-recollection/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 14:20:58 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/reduce-reuse-regenerate-recycled-materials-take-center-stage-in-the-puma-recollection/



HERZOGENAURACH, Germany – September 15, 2022 – Sports company PUMA shows how recycled materials can create a unique look with RE:COLLECTION, a range of products for Sportstyle, Running & Training and Motorsport that are made with recycled cotton and polyester .

Depending on the style, RE:COLLECTION pieces contain between 20% and 100% recycled materials, creating a look of perfect imperfection in neutral colors. Cutting waste is used to reinforce the upper of RE:COLLECTION lifestyle shoes.

For the fall/winter season, RE:COLLECTION includes performance products for running and training such as the PWRFrame TR, a high performance training shoe designed for forefoot support and featuring at minus 30% recycled material in the upper. Among other RE:COLLECTION training products, the tights are made with at least 70% recycled materials but retain the performance features such as the moisture-wicking properties of PUMA’s dryCELL technology.

As part of its Forever Better sustainability strategy, PUMA has set ambitious goals for using materials from more sustainable sources and increasing the amount of recycled content in its products. By 2025, 75% of the polyester used in PUMA apparel and accessories will come from recycled sources.

RE:COLLECTION products will be available during the Fall/Winter 2022 season in PUMA stores and on PUMA.com.

Posted: September 16, 2022

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Self-defense instructor in Birmingham offers protection to runners https://BellaKnitting.com/self-defense-instructor-in-birmingham-offers-protection-to-runners/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 19:22:09 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/self-defense-instructor-in-birmingham-offers-protection-to-runners/

Birmingham businesswoman Lora Whitehead started running at 20 and has spent her entire adult life pursuing this passion.

If you’re a runner, you understand how tight-knit the running community is in Alabama.

It’s no surprise, then, that women across the state are now having conversations about how best to protect themselves after the recent murder of Memphis mother and teacher Eliza Fletcher.

“I’m from Birmingham and graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham,” Whitehead said. “I have been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for six and a half years. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a self-defense/combat martial art that includes grapples, ground sparring, submission grapples, and throws. most every fight will end on the ground, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu takes the fight to the ground and can help you control the outcome of a fight, neutralize your opponent, and get through it. 2016 and I was immediately hooked.

And since then, Whitehead has tried to help other women, especially runners, prepare for any type of attack.

“My main advice is to always practice situational awareness: look up, look at the people around you, and make frequent eye contact,” she explained. “Trust and commitment are big deterrents. In every class I’ve taught in the past, almost every student is shocked by how quickly a random violent attack can happen. Another tip is to have a GPS watch or run with your phone and share your location with someone you trust. I constantly share mine with two of my best friends, one of whom is also a runner. As a morning runner myself, I also wear bone conduction headphones.These sit on the outside of the ear and let me be able to hear vehicles or foot traffic around me. would be to encourage female runners to enroll in some type of martial arts training, not just one or two self-defense classes, but several weeks or even months of regular training.”

And luckily for women in Alabama, those classes are available this fall.

“Anyone who wants to try a jiu-jitsu class would be welcome at our school, Heroes Martial Arts Academy, at our Trussville or Vestavia Hills locations,” Whitehead offered. “I have been training under Coach Chris Mize and his team for almost 7 years, and they truly are like second family to me. The level of expertise and knowledge that Coach Mize possesses is without doubt. previous, and even 1-2 courses would greatly benefit someone without prior training.”

Whitehead says it’s important to educate the community that blaming the victim isn’t helpful. For example, some critics said that Eliza Fletcher shouldn’t have run alone in the dark.

“These kinds of comments upset me,” Whitehead lamented. “I find it shameful that people are willing to blame the predatory behavior of an abuser on an innocent victim. worrying about their safety to the point of overthinking every little detail of something like a run, a walk, or even walking to their vehicle when leaving a store.”

Even though Fletcher’s murder took place in another state, Whitehead said the death of a runner affects all runners.

“The outpouring of concern and attention I’ve witnessed from the local running community has been exceptional,” Whitehouse said. “I have quite a few runner friends on social media and recently scrolled to find friends sharing virtual events such as ‘Finish Eliza’s Run’, as well as others sharing heartfelt messages about how when a runner is taken from us, it impacts us all. Some of these messages have been incredibly moving and inspiring to see. It has been such a heartbreaking case, and it is one of those situations that reverberates throughout the whole running community and get runners thinking, ‘That could be me.'”

Whitehead said while some people don’t like to talk about it, women should also be trained in the use of a firearm and consider running with it.

“I realize that’s not always popular opinion, but my advice is that if you’re comfortable with being armed and you’ve practiced often and well, then it’s a good idea. That’s his option. If one isn’t comfortable with that option, however, I would strongly advise enrolling in martial arts classes or, at the very least, wearing pepper spray and to be ready to race,” said Whitehead.

“I know how easy it is to be left out while you’re running or how complacent we can be in a familiar area,” she added. “I also know that many runners, myself included, often run alone. This aspect makes them more sensitive, I would say. I believe that people these days who are constantly on their phone or not paying attention to what is happening around them are just as easily targeted.Violence also tends to be random in nature and can happen so quickly that there is little, if any, time to react.

If you want to take some self-defense jiu-jitsu training with Whitehead, she can arrange the classes at the Heroes Martial Arts Academy. In the past, the money raised went to the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Trailblazer Challenge.

“My best friend and I participated as a fundraising/hike team for the Make-A-Wish Trailblaze Challenge,” Whitehead said. “Make-A-Wish Alabama invites people to participate in the Trailblaze Challenge to raise money to grant wishes for seriously ill children here in Alabama. Heroes Academy and I hosted a self-defense class as part of my fundraiser this year On an incredibly impressive note, my best friend completed the 26.3 mile hike on the Pinhoti Trail at 36 weeks pregnant last year!

“I have met some amazing people through this organization and look forward to participating again in 2023. I greatly admire the work they do for the children here in this state, and it was a joy to see this what a wish means to a child,” Whitehead added. “I know times are tough right now for almost everyone, but I’d like everyone reading this to donate $1 to Make-A-Wish Alabama. They do life-changing work and full of hope for children here in Alabama!”

Whitehead pointed out that each of us can become a victim.

“I would like to remind every woman who reads this article to be vigilant and to be aware and understand that we do not live in an ideal world,” she advised. “There are predators walking free all the time when they should never be allowed to, so I implore you all to seek proper training and be prepared to defend yourself.”

To contact Heroes Martial Arts Academy or arrange training, email info@heroesmma.com.

To connect with the author of this story or to comment, email news@1819news.com.

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Banks refrain from opening LC for importing RMG commodities https://BellaKnitting.com/banks-refrain-from-opening-lc-for-importing-rmg-commodities/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 11:14:37 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/banks-refrain-from-opening-lc-for-importing-rmg-commodities/

Most commercial banks avoid opening letters of credit (LC) under EDF, UPAS and deferred payment systems for the scarcity of the dollar, which, according to the spinners, could lead to the suspension of the production of basic raw materials for clothing.

The Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) revealed on Sunday such a situation with the national spinning mills – a vital upstream link to the country’s main export industry, ready-made garments.

The association of textile spinners said that local spinners could continue their production activities for the next three months only with the existing raw materials they have in stock.

BTMA in a letter, signed by its chairman Mohammad Ali Khokon, to Bangladesh Bank on the day said it could not import needed raw materials like cotton, polyester staple fiber (PSF) and staple fiber of viscose (VSF) to nourish ready-to-wear. garment exporters (RMG) although they (textile millers) have already received orders.

Falling commodity inventories amid commercial banks’ reluctance to open LCs could severely hamper textile and garment production and exports, Khokon said in the letter.

Textile factories must have raw material stocks for at least 4-5 months for uninterrupted production and export activities, he said, explaining that it also takes three to four months to obtain raw materials. first imports.

Thus, factories have to import raw materials like cotton, PSF and VSF on a regular basis, the BTMA leader told Bangladesh Bank, adding, “According to the information we have, the factories may continue to produce for the next three months with their existing raw materials. stock of materials.”

The association feared that the operations of many spinning mills would come to a screeching halt if commercial banks did not open LC for imports of raw materials, which would lead to unavailability of yarn.

Production in the textile mill value chain – weaving, knitting, dyeing, printing and finishing – would be affected if there is no yarn supply from the mills, the letter says.

The disruption of production would not only aggravate the current dollar crisis, but would also affect export earnings, warns the association and also fears unemployment for many workers.

BTMA has requested the central bank to take necessary action and instruct commercial banks accordingly regarding the opening of LC under Export Development Fund (EDF), UPAS (Usance Payable at Sight) and Deferred Schemes .

Under the UPAS letter of credit, the exporter will receive payment at sight if the documents comply with the credit. The importer will have to pay interest, stamping fee and other fees according to LC terms for using this letter of credit, according to the exporters.

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Artists celebrate craftsmanship at the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival | Community News https://BellaKnitting.com/artists-celebrate-craftsmanship-at-the-pittsburgh-creative-arts-festival-community-news/ Sun, 04 Sep 2022 04:15:00 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/artists-celebrate-craftsmanship-at-the-pittsburgh-creative-arts-festival-community-news/

Fiber artists drank colorful hand-dyed yarns, snapped knitting needles and flipped through quilt patterns at the annual Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival, held Aug. 25-27 at the Double Tree by Hilton at Green Tree.

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Avery MacGuinness creates unique dresses from books https://BellaKnitting.com/avery-macguinness-creates-unique-dresses-from-books/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 15:53:43 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/avery-macguinness-creates-unique-dresses-from-books/

Avery MacGuinness. Photo by Angie Gray

While studying fashion at school, 15-year-old Avery MacGuinness sewed an elegant and durable dress from the pages of a classic novel.

How to make fantasy a reality? For Avery MacGuinness, just try again and again until you succeed. Combining fantasy, imagination and skill, MacGuinness fashioned two long dresses from book pages. Inspired by the slender silhouettes and grandeur of the novel vanity lounge and executed with tenacity and skill, his tireless efforts paid off.

A sophomore at Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington, MacGuinness majored in technical theater and worked as an assistant costume designer in the school’s costume department, sewing and helping with other tasks. “[Cab Calloway] focuses a lot on academics, but there’s a lot of arts incorporated into these things,” she says, “especially with tech theater, because you learn from the experience. It’s really fun.”

However, MacGuiness’ artistic pursuits began long before high school. When she was about 4 years old, she lived briefly with her grandparents. “Virtually everyone on my dad’s side can draw. everybody has always made art,” she says. His father and grandfather taught him to draw. Around 5 or 6 years old, she became interested in fashion. It started with fashion sketches, then duct tape dresses for her dolls. In fourth grade, her school offered a fashion class. “It had a very big influence on me,” she says. “I started sewing and trying to do things for myself and for others.”

Born into a creative family and with an affinity for the arts, Avery MacGuiness, a sophomore at Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington, finds her footing in costume and fashion design.

When MacGuinness saw a picture on Pinterest of a miniature dress fashioned from book pages, she was inspired. “I was home due to COVID in January, so I decided to make one myself,” she says. “It was kind of an accident,” she adds with a laugh.

She created the first dress from linen sheets and pages of vanity lounge, the famous 19th century novel by William Makepeace Thackeray. The story emerged in monthly installments from 1847 to 1848 and was published in book form thereafter. Once she started the process, she decided, “I might as well do the silhouette that would have been there when vanity lounge was written.” This period saw full skirts, sumptuous fabrics and elaborate head coverings. “I did a book cap and everything too,” she says.

The dress became Cinderella’s costume in Cab Calloway’s production of In the woods. It took MacGuinness three days (and three long nights, she points out) of painstaking stitching and gluing.

“The dress became Cinderella’s costume in Cab Calloway’s production of In the woods. It took MacGuinness three days (and three long nights, she points out) of painstaking stitching and gluing.

She didn’t stop there, but instead decided to create another, even more extravagant “book dress”. This time his process was simpler. Instead of using linen sheets as a base, MacGuinness used a strappy dress from the 1950s. “It was made of crinoline. … There was a liner in it, so it was good to give it a fuller effect. I also bought a hoop skirt to make it more voluptuous,” she says. She also planned the construction of the bodice with designs and patterns. “I measured and checked that everything was fine, and [that] it was the right silhouette.… I also had to add a lot more detail,” she explains. The pages came from a collection of free books from her high school because, MacGuinness says, she wanted the dress to be made from recycled materials. She also chose the ones with the most faded and yellowed pages for a gradient. “I wanted there to be a kind of fade into more yellow pages at the bottom,” she explains.

Throughout the process, MacGuinness honed his skills through trial and error. “I went through a bunch of different methods,” she says. She first tried to sew the pages by hand, but her punch holes tore and the pages slipped. “Then I tried Elmer’s glue, which wasn’t great at all,” she laughs. Fabric glue was no better. Finally, MacGuinness found success with a gun and about 200 tubes of hot glue.

MacGuiness’ artistic interests include painting, ceramics, knitting and crocheting. She also performed in musicals and learned to play the guitar. At 15, she already knows she wants to pursue a career in styling. “I want to work in a magazine or something like that. And if that doesn’t work…a traveling tattoo artist. Or something like that.”

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Artists celebrate craftsmanship at the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival | Life & Culture https://BellaKnitting.com/artists-celebrate-craftsmanship-at-the-pittsburgh-creative-arts-festival-life-culture/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 04:15:00 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/artists-celebrate-craftsmanship-at-the-pittsburgh-creative-arts-festival-life-culture/

Fiber artists drank colorful hand-dyed yarns, snapped knitting needles and flipped through quilt patterns at the annual Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival, held Aug. 25-27 at the Double Tree by Hilton at Green Tree.

For nearly two decades, the festival has brought professionals and enthusiasts from across the country to Pittsburgh to celebrate the fiber arts. This year is Laura Regan’s second time hosting the event, having bought the festival from Barbara Grossman in 2020.

When the pandemic hit, Grossman decided to retire, after 17 years at the helm of the festival. Regan, who for years was a salesman and freelance knitting, crocheting and dyeing instructor at Creative Arts Fest, couldn’t let the festival shrink to a ball of yarn.

“There’s a lot of…sheep and wool parties in Ohio, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York. There was nothing in that area, and it’s a crochet market really huge,” Regan said. “I just didn’t want to see it go. I just think our industry as a whole would have had a gap. I didn’t want the fiber community to miss this festival.”

The large fiber arts community turned out in droves. People from as far away as Kentucky and beyond, and as close as Canonsburg, settled in and chatted with other vendors and attendees about their wares and experiences creating with yarn.

“I didn’t expect it to be like this – it’s unbelievable. Nirvana,” said Linda Listing, who hand-dyes yarn and creates artwork at her studio, Ursula’s Alcove, in Canonsburg.

Listing’s passion for fiber arts began years ago when she was an assistant naturalist.

“We taught children how to make natural dyes. I was like, I could do it,” she said.

So she did. Although she’s been a fiber artist — yarn hand-dyed with natural ingredients like tarragon and lemon balm from her garden — for about 20 years, this was her first Creative Arts Fest.

“I just didn’t know it was here,” she said as she surveyed the scene. “Weaving is my passion. I hope to inspire people to weave.

People walked in and out of the Yarns Bits and Bobs truck, a Pittsburgh-area yarn truck (think food trucks filled with soft skeins of colorful materials instead) that debuted at the festival alongside Yarnbyrds.

Fewer than 20 wire trucks exist nationwide.

“North of Pittsburgh, there’s nowhere to buy yarn,” said Julie Pasquarelli, owner of YBB. “I want to fill that need.”

Yarns Bits and Bobs parks at various locations north of Steel City, selling trade fibers from the Shop on Wheels.

As festival-goers eyed the wares outside, Keri Fosbrink stood inside, crocheting at her stand as people browsed her display of yarn in varying degrees of sweetness.

“I do all the dying. Every skein that is here with me is dyed by me. I’m a one-woman show,” said Fosbrink, whose husband encouraged her to open Youghiogheny Yarns in Connellsville almost seven years ago.

While Fosbrink’s business is a one-man show, the artist enjoys hosting classes in his studio and connecting with other fiber enthusiasts at shows and festivals (this was his sixth time at the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Fest ).

It’s “the people,” Fosbrink said. “The face-to-face interaction, being able to talk to them, discuss their plans.”

Conversations – sharing stories, knowledge and role models – are the common thread that connects vendors, teachers and attendees.

Tony Lipsey, a rising crochet star who won his fiber arts crown when his first book, The Tunisian Crochet Handbook: A Beginner’s Guide, was released in November 2021, graciously chatted, signed autographs and posed for photos with fans.

“I learned from my mother when I was a teenager,” said Lipsey, whose mother, Gwen Jones (“I’m a proud mom,” Jones smiles) also attended the festival. “In my early twenties, I just needed a hobby. I picked up crocheting and never really quit.

Lipsey founded TL Yarn Crafts in 2013, and its online classes, patterns, and clothing have grown. In 2017, the effervescent Lipsey quit her day job for a career in crochet.

“It’s the perfect time to be a craftsman,” she said. “The pandemic has slowed us down. 2020 has been a very exciting year to be a crocheter. It’s…become a very creative process again.

Creativity abounded at the SACK (Supporting A Community with Kindness) table, where the nonprofit’s founder, Stacy Wiener, knitted alongside volunteers and festival attendees.

SACK donates soap, packaged in hand-crocheted or knitted soap bags, to local food pantries, homeless shelters, veteran clinics and other social service organizations. Since its inception in 2017, Wiener estimates that over 250,000 bags of soap have been donated worldwide.

“We’re all about dignity,” Wiener said, noting that food stamps don’t cover the cost of toiletries. “The need is there, no matter where the people are. We have volunteers all over the world.

And fiber arts exist all over the world. People from different cities and states gathered in classrooms to showcase their skills. Classes included everything from traditional knitting and crocheting to color theory, English paper drilling and wine glass painting.

“We have polymer clay, we have weaving, macrame,” Regan said. “Usually an artist puts their fingers in a little bit of everything, so this festival offers, from a class point of view, a lot more.

There’s a lot more to come too. The next Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival is already scheduled for August 2023, at the same location.

Until then, fiber vendors, teachers, and artists will hone and develop their crafts, and encourage anyone who wants to “do” to pick up yarn and needles and start creating.

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Artists celebrate craftsmanship at the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival | New https://BellaKnitting.com/artists-celebrate-craftsmanship-at-the-pittsburgh-creative-arts-festival-new/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 04:15:00 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/artists-celebrate-craftsmanship-at-the-pittsburgh-creative-arts-festival-new/

Fiber artists drank colorful hand-dyed yarns, snapped knitting needles and flipped through quilt patterns at the annual Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival, held Aug. 25-27 at the Double Tree by Hilton at Green Tree.

For nearly two decades, the festival has brought professionals and enthusiasts from across the country to Pittsburgh to celebrate the fiber arts. This year is Laura Regan’s second time hosting the event, having bought the festival from Barbara Grossman in 2020.

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San Antonio knitting instructor cooks up X-rated patterns https://BellaKnitting.com/san-antonio-knitting-instructor-cooks-up-x-rated-patterns/ Wed, 31 Aug 2022 09:15:22 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/san-antonio-knitting-instructor-cooks-up-x-rated-patterns/ It all started with the woman’s sock surrounded by penises.

In the mid-2000s, San Antonio knitting instructor Wendy Moreland joked online with knitter friends about creating a sock pattern that reflected their group’s personality. So the sassy Gen-Xer concocted this X-rated design: a subtle yet subversive “girly sock” with a red waffle-knit pattern that looked innocent enough – that is, until you you approach the back spot the row of phalluses not quite hidden.

The racy pattern was such a hit with her fellow knitters that Moreland concocted an anklet version. Next, she designed a companion “masculine” sock, a monochromatic design that looked like tree bark with knots that, on closer inspection, were random vulvae.

The two NSFW patterns remain Moreland’s most popular on crochet and knitting pattern site ravelry.com, where she markets the free ‘Penis Cakewaffle Anklet’ and the $6 ‘Naughty Pine’ as well as her yarn patterns plus family for berets, mittens and ponchos.

“I like things that twist a little to the side, (with) an edge,” said Moreland, whose knitting lessons at Couture Yarnivore near Castle Hills are far tamer than the risque creations she makes in the House.

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Many of these provocative pieces blast convention with a well-sewn F-bomb and middle-finger attitude, whether speaking truth to power, speaking up for emotional and mental well-being, or simply, well, talking dirty.

“It’s fun to do something beautiful and then have something slightly secular,” said Haley Pierson-Cox, the Vermont seamstress behind books like “Improper Cross-Stitch,” ” Feminist Stitches” and “Bob Ross Cross Stitch”. “It’s kind of a mood lifter, but it also has a message that can spread in a visual medium, that can reach a lot more people than if I wrote, say, a college essay about why I think patriarchy needs to be re-examined.”

Floral embroidery with an edgy twist by embroidery artist Emily Evans. The former San Antonio resident creates various designs, both traditional and NSFW, and sells them through her Etsy store, EmilyEvansEmbroidery.

Courtesy of Emily Evans

Pierson-Cox said subversive needlework has been around since angry little girls created grumpy stitch samplers, though she traces more modern cheeky embroidery back to the feminist ‘riot grrrl’ punk movement of the early 1990s. 1990.

“At that point, DIY started to intersect strongly with feminism,” she said. “When that happened, some of the most fun and playful things you can do with very traditional crafts started to come out. Some of them are unexpected things and some of them have very strong messages. .

These unexpected designs often give the traditional a risky edge. Take some examples on Etsy. The Global Designer Market offers hundreds of subversive mottos, patterns and sexually graphic products that break the mold of the everyday embroidery hoop.

Wendy Moreland holds a pillow with a cheeky twist on the home decor motto, "Live love laugh." The San Antonio knitting instructor also does her share of NSFW cross stitch and knitting designs.

Wendy Moreland holds a pillow with a cheeky twist on the home decor motto, “Live, Love, Laugh”. The San Antonio knitting instructor also does her share of NSFW cross stitch and knitting designs.

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Here are some examples we can share: a sarcastic version of “Home Sweet Home” that reads: “This is not a brothel. This is a whore house;” a most profane WWJD model that reads: “Whenever I get in trouble, I just think, ‘What would Jesus do?’ Then I pretend to be dead and disappear for three days,” and one of Moreland’s favorites, the home decor staple “Live, Laugh, Love” redone on a small bedside pillow that tells the place “Live, Love, Lube”.

“People think these are ‘feminine’ crafts,” Moreland said. “And the whole ‘feminine’ thing has been the culture pretending we don’t have anything that isn’t clean and perfect and sleek and civilized, like people thinking women don’t know about swearing.

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“You can talk like a sailor and be nice,” she said, “but you can (also come across) super polite and nice and be a Karen.”

Then there are those quick-witted seams in the wake of the #MeToo movement, feminist creations that tear apart patriarchy and toxic masculinity, and long-held stereotypes that women who knit are shy or submissive.

Case in point: Pierson-Cox’s “Feminist Stitches” patterns, which include “Don’t Tell Me to Smile” and “Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History.”

“You can do so many things without causing problems,” she said. “Or I guess you can cause good trouble without causing drama.”

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Pierson-Cox noted that many women do naughty needlework as a creative outlet for anger, anxiety, and depression. (“I’m autistic and also anxious and depressed,” she said.)

Craft artist and mental health advocate Emily Evans fell in love with embroidery about three years ago in San Antonio after undergoing rehabilitation for a suicide attempt and a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. Some of his early pieces reflect his personal battles with anxiety and depression, while much of his later work features faceless portraits of friends and families, abstract landscapes, and even artistic homages to Scooby- Doo.

Wendy Moreland shows off a pair of socks she designed that feature male and female genitalia subtly woven into the pattern.  The San Antonio knitting instructor also does her share of NSFW cross stitch and knitting designs.

Wendy Moreland shows off a pair of socks she designed that feature male and female genitalia subtly woven into the pattern. The San Antonio knitting instructor also does her share of NSFW cross stitch and knitting designs.

Robin Jerstad / Contributor

“I think that’s a lot of healing for people who want to do something with their hands that isn’t destructive,” said Evans, who currently lives in California.

But Pierson-Cox pointed out that most of this sewing is about having fun making a traditionally clean and healthy craft a little (or a lot) dirty.

It would explain why Moreland’s next NSFW project will be a cross-stitch piece with the closest equivalents of the F-word in every language, or why Evans’ favorite embroidery work juxtaposes classic floral designs with swear words. Because nothing brings a smile in the sewing community like a hoop of flowers that says, “Shut it (expletive).”

“(The) kind of ‘wine hour’ stuff? I don’t resonate with that,” Evans said. “I’m very rude, so I wanted that to come out in my art. We’re not all Betsy Ross sewing the American flag.

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Handmade craftsmanship makes people happy all over the world https://BellaKnitting.com/handmade-craftsmanship-makes-people-happy-all-over-the-world/ Mon, 29 Aug 2022 19:08:18 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/handmade-craftsmanship-makes-people-happy-all-over-the-world/

Since the end of World War II, Japan has earned an excellent international reputation for its quality craftsmanship or monozukuri based on the Kaizen continuous improvement philosophy. However, nowadays companies must also provide value-added products that meet the latest market requirements. As a manufacturer of handicrafts, could you tell us what is for you the essence of monozukuri?

This question covers a really broad topic, so it’s hard to fully answer. From the perspective of the craft industry we are in, we want many people to be able to enjoy crafting (monozukuri). Our company operates under the business philosophy of “making people happy all over the world through handmade crafts”. We want to make people around the world happy and enrich their lives not only with tools and materials to enjoy handmade crafts, but also with information on how to make and enjoy handmade crafts and workshops where people can experience artisanal craftsmanship. We believe that handmade craftsmanship has the power to make people happy and enrich their lives.

Chinese or Korean alternatives exist for these small, everyday products like stationery and crafts, but Japanese manufacturers such as Mitsubishi’s Uniball pens are some of the best-selling pens in the world. other small components that are appreciated all over the world, for example in your company. craftsmanship. Why do you think Japan was able to overcome this tough regional price competition and succeed?

As far as our company is concerned, we are manufacturers, but we strive to have as much contact as possible with end users and listen to their voices. For example, we participate in many local events where many consumers gather to hear directly from our customers, and we use their feedback in the development of our products and various services. In addition, when we place advertisements in magazines, we include the telephone number and email address of our customer service center to ensure that the voice of our customers is heard as much as possible. These efforts require a lot of resources, but they lead to further improvements in our products and services. In my opinion, including in the stationery industry, a sincere attitude towards customer feedback will make our products and services appreciated by many customers.

Japan’s population is the oldest in the world, with 28% already over the age of 65, and it is also decreasing due to the fertility rate which is currently 1.37. This creates two problems, the first being the shrinking domestic market, and the second is that there are fewer talented graduates to hire. What challenges or opportunities does this issue present for your business?

One of the challenges Japan faces is population decline, which may lead to a decrease in the size of the handicraft market. However, the number of people who love handmade crafts is not so large compared to the total population, and we believe that there is still room to convey the joy of handmade products, we so let’s not see that as a major problem for us. In terms of recruitment, it is clear that the competition for employment is becoming more and more intense every year, so we believe that we must actively communicate about our company, our objectives and our corporate culture through advertisements in the magazines, our website, SNS and other means.

In our research, we found that in the United States, over 90% of craft users are women over the age of 65, but it’s still a big business worth over of $4 billion. What steps are you taking to attract a more diverse audience and increase your market value?

There are three important strategies here, one of them is to attract young people. We try to make our designs and products more appealing to them and use more social media such as Instagram to improve the look of our products in a way that will appeal to a younger generation. We also hope to foster the development of channels different from conventional craft stores, such as general merchandise stores, bookstores, pharmacies and home centers, to increase opportunities for direct contact with our products.

Secondly, we would like to expand the scope of crafts we work on, develop and sell DIY-related products as well as existing categories, so that as many people as possible can enjoy handmade products.

Third, in order to increase the opportunities for people to come into contact with handmade crafts, as I mentioned earlier, we exhibit at many events where many consumers gather, not only in Japan, but also in the United States, Europe and Asia. We exhibit at many events in our industry because we are able to share the joy of handmade through the opportunity for people to come into direct contact with handmade crafts. We are also introducing many how-to videos and recipes virtually on our website and SNS.

Traditional craftsmanship is a very old technology that has been around for centuries and revolves around simple craft processes that have remained unchanged for many years. However, in today’s modern world, younger generations are looking for digitization and a way to interact with even old technologies such as sewing with digital tools like an iPhone, for example. What is the relationship between digitization and craft tools? Is it possible to integrate it into your products?

Kinda out of the question, but when fast fashion became popular, many people predicted that the handmade industry would face a tough environment as more and more people would buy cheap fast fashion clothes instead. than making their own clothes, accessories and accessories. other fashion items. However, as a result, there was not so much impact, and after environmental and labor issues were discussed, more people became aware of the importance of embroidering and decorating fast fashion items. , to repair worn or torn clothes and to use them with care. for a long time, and many people started making new handmade items. Many people have also started to take up new crafts.

It is true that digitization is needed in various areas, and we actively promote digitization in our internal business processes, but there are also many people who are engaged in digital detox, where they walk away from digital tools for a time. We believe that digital and handmade crafts will co-exist and thrive even as new digitization efforts are made.

For many B2C companies, e-commerce has grown significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Could you tell us more about this and which of your products became the most popular at this time?

Due to the initial shortage of masks caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus infection, many people started making their own masks, leading many people to continue making handmade masks today . Later, as lockdowns and states of emergency were declared around the world, people spent more time at home and the number of users of video streaming services increased, but likewise the number of people making crafts that they can enjoy at home has also increased. .

Regarding places to buy, the publication of closures and declarations of emergency forced retailers to close or shorten their hours, which increased the number of people using e-commerce sites, and the cottage industry as a whole has seen its market expand.

One of the products in demand during the Corona disaster was the sewing-related products needed to make masks.

You constantly launch new products, such as desktop needle threader, “QUICK” Yo-Yo Makers, Wonder Pins, Wonder Clips and so on. Could you tell us about the uniqueness of some products that you have released recently and that you would like to highlight?

Although it is not a new product, we can cite as an example the “Armure” series of knitting hooks, which are popular in the world market. In addition, the desktop needle threader is also one of our best-selling products. It is a very practical product in which you can simply put the needle inside, press the button and the thread will pass through the eye of the needle. This is particularly useful for the elderly, the main consumers in this industry, since it is particularly difficult for them to manually thread the thread through the needle.


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As for the Wonder Clips, we have developed their hardness based on our research, according to the female grip. The pressure needed to pull the fabric together is consistent with the average woman’s grip. It has been less than ten years since we launched this product, but it is also one of the best sellers.


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Additionally, new products, such as the Wonder Pins, a curved pin that easily grabs and holds fabric for sewing, have also become popular as unique products.

You have been in Los Angeles, USA since 1983 and now have thousands of products available in the US market. Could you tell us about your plans to increase your sales in this market and what other countries are you focusing on to expand your business?

We will continue to improve the quality of our products and services by exhibiting at many events where many consumers gather and communicating with as many customers as possible, including local specialty stores.

As for the countries we focus on, we already sell our products to the United States, Europe, Asia and other parts of the world, but there are still countries that we are not yet in. entered, so we are looking for reliable partners through online communication to determine the best time for our entry.

Imagine coming back on the last day of your presidency and interviewing you again. What goals and accomplishments would you like to have achieved by then?

At the start of this interview, I talked about our corporate philosophy, which was formulated by myself and other volunteer members of our company based on our corporate credo, “Good Products, good people, good company”, which expresses the wishes and ideas of our founder, Toshio Okada. Our purpose is to make people around the world happy and enrich their lives through the handmade products and services we provide. We don’t have a specific numerical goal, but we will make as many people in the world as possible happy through handmade craftsmanship. This is the future I would like to pursue.

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Man arrested after brutal murder of riding school instructor is being held under mental health law https://BellaKnitting.com/man-arrested-after-brutal-murder-of-riding-school-instructor-is-being-held-under-mental-health-law/ Fri, 26 Aug 2022 16:13:34 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/man-arrested-after-brutal-murder-of-riding-school-instructor-is-being-held-under-mental-health-law/

A murder suspect arrested after a 71-year-old woman was stabbed to death in a quiet Welsh village has been held under mental health law.

Police marched the man, 55, down the street in his underwear only after the tragic death of Wendy Buckney-Morgan, 71, on Tuesday.

Ms Buckney-Morgan was found in a pool of blood after complaining about loud music coming from a neighbour’s house – as members of the community lashed out at the tragedy.

Neighbors say police were called to report anti-social behavior in Clydach, near Swansea, but failed to act.

South Wales Police previously said the 55-year-old was suspected of murder. The force revealed on Friday that he had been transferred to the care of the health services and was still on police bail while the police investigation continues.

Wendy Buckney-Morgan was found in a pool of blood by police around 8.20am on Tuesday in Clydach, near Swansea. A 55-year-old man has been arrested in his murder

A murder suspect arrested after a 71-year-old woman was stabbed to death in a quiet Welsh village has been held under mental health law. Police marched the man, 55, down the street in his boxers after the tragic death of Wendy Buckney-Morgan, 71, on Tuesday

“We are dealing with a very sad and tragic incident,” Detective Chief Inspector Matt Davies said Friday.

“The family continues to be supported by dedicated family liaisons and I urge people to refrain from speculating on social media at this very difficult time for all concerned.”

The Buckney family paid tribute after his death, saying they were heartbroken by their sudden and tragic loss.

“As a family, we are devastated that our beloved sister, aunt and friend has been taken so tragically,” the family said in a statement.

“Our family is broken and will be missed forever. Please respect our privacy and our wishes to grieve in private at this devastating time.

South Wales Police previously said the 55-year-old was suspected of murder.  The force revealed on Friday that he had been transferred to the care of the health services and was still on police bail while the police investigation continues.

South Wales Police previously said the 55-year-old was suspected of murder. The force revealed on Friday that he had been transferred to the care of the health services and was still on police bail while the police investigation continues.

Neighbors say police were called to report anti-social behavior in Clydach, near Swansea, but failed to act

Neighbors say police were called to report anti-social behavior in Clydach, near Swansea, but failed to act

Ms Buckney-Morgan was found in a pool of blood by police around 8.20am on Tuesday at a property in Tanycoed Road, Clydach, Swansea.

Paramedics attempted to revive Ms Buckney-Morgan, who founded a popular riding school, but she could not be saved.

His death stunned the village of Clydach, near Swansea, with neighbors visibly upset by the tragedy.

A former student of the horse lover paid tribute to him on Friday.

Ryan Farr, 24, told Wales News: ‘Police came three times but said there was nothing they could do.

A shocked villager, speaking after the tragedy on Tuesday, said: ‘Wendy was a very popular member of the local community, she comes from a large family and is very well known.

Ms Buckney-Morgan founded Penyfedw Equestrian Center with stables about three miles from her home and still kept horses. She also owned cats and dogs.

Police marched the 55-year-old man down the street in his boxers

Ms Buckney-Morgan was found in a pool of blood by police around 8.20am on Tuesday at a property in Tanycoed Road, Clydach, Swansea.  Paramedics tried to revive Ms Buckney-Morgan, who founded a popular riding school, but she could not be saved

Ms Buckney-Morgan was found in a pool of blood by police around 8.20am on Tuesday at a property in Tanycoed Road, Clydach, Swansea. Paramedics tried to revive Ms Buckney-Morgan, who founded a popular riding school, but she could not be saved

Police cordoned off the area on Tuesday while medical examiners examined the crime scene for evidence

Police cordoned off the area on Tuesday while medical examiners examined the crime scene for evidence

Tory Councilor Brigitte Rowlands said: ‘Everyone is really saddened by what happened. It’s an awful feeling that this can happen in such a nice village.

“We will have to wait and see what the investigation brings.”

Another neighbor said: ‘She always seemed like a lovely lady and we can’t believe that happened here. It’s so shocking.

It’s the second murder to shock the village – with the other less than a mile away.

Three generations of a family – Mandy Power, 34, her daughters Katie, 10, and Emily, eight, and her mother Doris Dawson, 80 – were brutally killed in their own home in 1999. Their killer David Morris died in prison last year.

Village councilor Matthew Bailey said: ‘This is yet another terrible and tragic situation that has rocked our village.

A murder investigation has been opened after a 71-year-old woman was found dead at a property in Clydach, Wales on Tuesday morning.

A murder investigation has been opened after a 71-year-old woman was found dead at a property in Clydach, Wales on Tuesday morning.

South Wales Police say a 55-year-old man is suspected of murder

South Wales Police say a 55-year-old man is suspected of murder

Residents left flowers at the scene where Wendy Buckney-Morgan, 71, was found dead on Tuesday

Residents left flowers at the scene where Wendy Buckney-Morgan, 71, was found dead on Tuesday

“Our sincere condolences go out to the family of the victim and I am sure the community will give them all the support they can in the weeks and months to come.

“As things become clearer, I’m sure there will be questions to ask and answer, and to see if this situation could have been avoided in any way.

“It’s good to see South Wales Police make a quick arrest, although these horrific situations happen all too often.”

Acting Detective Superintendent Mark Lewis said on Tuesday: “Obviously this incident is going to shock the close-knit community of Clydach.

“I want to assure the community that an early arrest has been made and that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.

“There will always be an active police presence in the area as we progress with our investigations and seek to reassure the community.”

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