Black Girl Knit Club was founded in early 2019 by Sicgmone Kludje & Vea Koranteng. The duo worked together on creative projects before laying the groundwork to create their platform.
They were motivated to start the Black Girl Knit Club (BGKC) after following the social media hashtag #diversknitty, where different knitwear designers and makers were calling for more diversity within the craft community due to lack of visibility. As friends, they wanted to create a safe and inclusive space for creative black women; to come together, share stories and inspire each other through craft skills and, most importantly, develop their creativity while equipping the next generation with a new skill.
Since launching, they’ve built an incredible community of over 600 subscribers and members who attend monthly workshops and online tutorials.
In March 2022 they released their first book Conscious Crafts: Knitting – 20 Mindful Makes in which “they decipher the meditative nature of the knitting process and its empowering skills for creation, well-being and mindfulnesss.” Crafting is mindfulness made practical, and knitting is an iconic craft that has been proven to have a therapeutic impact on well-being. Sicgmone and Vea Koranteng curators 20 modern brandsranging from flowerpots to plaids and snoods, to present the the basics of knitting. Covering fundamental stitches and techniques, including casting, knitting, beading and garter stitch, Sicgmone and Vea show how these can be adapted for different projects as well as reuse used textiles in your own recycled yarn, while enjoying the restorative benefits of craftsmanship.
Included with inspiring ideas and practical advice, Conscious Craft: Knitting gives readers the simple skills to get started with this fulfilling profession, and explores how the joy of creating your unique creations can support your well-being. To do the housework photography, contemporary walkthrough illustrations and conscious mantras are carefully knit together to celebrate the art of knitting for a handmade future.
the Conscious Craft Series places mindfulness and well-being at the heart of manufacturing. “Choosing proven meditative crafts and bespoke authors, these practical, contemporary guides are an inviting introduction to reconnecting head, heart and hands.”
Overall, BGKC’s main goal is to empower women through craftsmanship. They listened to many stories, especially in the UK, where women of color and black women in particular felt that they did not fit in with their local artisan groups or yarn shops due to the striking disconnect from culture and community and that’s one of the reasons why they founded the club because representation matters.
Written by: Ella Desewu