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 kay.com 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'...


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