Thursday, February 23, 2006

Events and Paris Show

I usually post information relating to craft shows and activities in the UK, but for once I have update on stuff happening slightly closer to home.

The Fete de L'aiguille is a celebration of all things needle-y, from knitting to emboridery to patchwork. The fair runs from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th March just outside Paris, in the Parc Floral, Vincennes.

Check out the official website for more about the show.

Also, the excellent Marie Claire Idées magazine runs regular creative 'ateliers' in Paris, where for a couple of hours in a café you can learn brooch making, how to sew bags, kids stuff, etc. Good to know for those in Paris for a long weekend and would like to spend time doing something creative. Find out more about the workshops and get programme details.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

'Stitch 'n Bitch' Under Fire

The name 'Stitch and Bitch' is under attack as cease and desist orders have been issued by New York company, Sew Fast Sew Easy Inc. The company is claiming rights to the wording 'Stitch and Bitch' as company creator, Elissa Meyrich claims she owns the rights to the phrase and wants knitting circles to stop using it. As a result, knitting groups are being forced to change their names, replacing Stitch and Bitch with SNB or other alternatives.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper reports that "Meyrich says she coined the name in 1997 and that groups are infringing the trademark she secured for Stitch'N'Bitch café©".

The article continues: "...many knitters are furious and refuse to comply, saying the phrase dates from the Second World War and Miss Meyrich has no rights."

However, knitting communities may still win on a technicality. A post on knitting blog lissa suggests that Debbie Stoller, founder of the worldwide Stitch n Bitch movement may own the rights to 'Stitch 'n Bitch' (with an 'n') and that Meyrich has 'Stitch and Bitch'...

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Time just flew...

Omigod, I've had no time to update this blog. many apologies. To make up for it, here's a peek into a particularly inspirational Parisian universe - a site dedicated to individual artists and all the fabulous things they make. Not just reserved for knitters, also many inspiring artefacts for those who sew and generally just love making things, especially the funky things for kids. Knitting updates to come soon.