BeIntertwined

A sewing cooperative of refugee women in Knoxville, TN.

Knoxville, Tennessee · 381 Sales

BeIntertwined

A sewing cooperative of refugee women in Knoxville, TN.

Knoxville, Tennessee 381 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(91)

Announcement   *Please note that if you are ordering for Mother's Day, the deadline for ordering is May 5th.*
Intertwined is a sewing cooperative of refugee women living in Knoxville, TN.
Using nearly all-donated fabric allows for:
+Lower costs, so nearly all profits support their families
+A positive impact on our environment
+A unique look for every item!

Sign up for our monthly email newsletter to learn more about our ladies and our program, coupon codes, current needs and more:
http://eepurl.com/Ap7in

New product and coupon code announcements:
www.facebook.com/IntertwinedKnoxville

Announcement

Last updated on Apr 26, 2017

*Please note that if you are ordering for Mother's Day, the deadline for ordering is May 5th.*
Intertwined is a sewing cooperative of refugee women living in Knoxville, TN.
Using nearly all-donated fabric allows for:
+Lower costs, so nearly all profits support their families
+A positive impact on our environment
+A unique look for every item!

Sign up for our monthly email newsletter to learn more about our ladies and our program, coupon codes, current needs and more:
http://eepurl.com/Ap7in

New product and coupon code announcements:
www.facebook.com/IntertwinedKnoxville

Intertwined

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Intertwined

Composition Notebook Cover
$16.00
Double-Handed Oven Mitt: Refugee-Made
$22.00
Floral Patchwork Pillow Cover: Refugee-Made
$39.00
Adult Cloth Napkin Set of 4: Refugee-Made
$12.00
Small Exotic Stuffed Camel: Refugee-Made
$18.00
Large Exotic Stuffed Camel: Refugee Made
$30.00
The Original Pet Pocket Pal
$10.00
Pennant Banner-Celebrations & Special Occasions
$22.00
Boy Plaid Patchwork Pillow Cover: Refugee-Made
$39.00
Girly Patchwork Pillow Cover: Refugee-Made
$39.00
Kids Cloth Napkin Set of 4: Refugee-Made
$10.00
Owl Plushie: Refugee-Made
$12.00
Princess Headband: Refugee-Made
$10.00
Floral Bookmarks
$6.00
Patchwork Bibs
$11.00

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(91)
hudkatie

hudkatie on Feb 23, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

These bibs are so adorable! They are great quality and are made with durable fabric. My expectations have been exceeded!

lwade08

lwade08 on Feb 15, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful headband. My niece loved it and calls it her dragon cape!

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About

"Drop by drop, we make an ocean."

The refugee women of Intertwined have learned this phrase, and it epitomizes their transition into American life...
Little by little, they learn more English.
Little by little, they learn how to manage their finances.
Little by little, they build on their sewing skills and creativity.

And as they learn and sew, they are processing their life's journey.

Where they've been:
Each woman and her family comes from a war-torn country in the Middle East or East Africa. Many are political refugees whose family has aided Americans.

What they've been through:
Many of the women have hard stories of the life they came from. One has been widowed by violence; many left their home countries because of safety concerns for their children.

Where they are now:
These families have been placed in Knoxville, TN by the US State Department, and have been here for varying amounts of time. Many of their husbands cannot find work, are underemployed, or cannot work because of a disability. The women come to our non-profit offices three times a week to sew and have classes in English, finances, and creativity. Our offices are a safe place where the ladies can connect with each other in an environment that respects their home cultures, while they learn about their new one. They also sew at home to complete items for this shop and their booth at the local farmers' market.

What the future may hold:
The women of Intertwined are hardworking, kind, and beautiful souls. They want Intertwined to be a business that continues to grow to support their families.

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Shop members

  • Ladies of Intertwined

    Owner, Designer, Artisan

    Intertwined was formed in 2011 by six courageous refugee women living in Knoxville, TN. The co-op provides income for each woman, but also furthers their education in English, business, finances, and design.

  • "Deborah"

    Artisan

    Deborah is a committed mother and grandmother. Changes in her life include the loss of her husband and oldest son. She processes her feelings and ideas through her incredible camel creations and is a listening ear for many of the other ladies.

  • "Izzie"

    Artisan

    Izzie is a founding member of Intertwined providing leadership and persevering through challenges. She is the mother of two with her family becoming citizens in 2015. She experiments at home making clothes and trying new ways to sew and design.

  • "Bonnie"

    Artisan

    Bonnie is a soft spoken mother of two. Previous sewing experience makes her quick and precise in all her work. She loves being with anyone who has time to sit and drink tea. She likes to joke around and makes everyone smile with her casual wit.

  • "Holly"

    Artisan

    Holly is the newest member of Intertwined. After losing her husband in war, she lives with her sister Bonnie and is rebuilding her life. She is a gifted artisan and her friends at Intertwined are helping her to heal and be able to smile again.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 1, 2014
Thank you for supporting refugee women and their families living in Knoxville, TN! Displaced by war, violence, and threats on their lives, these women are starting anew in America. Your purchases help them earn money while learning English, math, and how to navigate a new culture. We are passionate about advocating for these beautiful women.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Intertwined accepts PayPal and direct checkout.
Shipping
Items are made to order; please allow 2-3 weeks to receive your purchase.
Refunds and Exchanges
All purchases are final. If you have a problem with your order, please notify us right away and we will work out a solution.
Additional policies and FAQs
Intertwined accepts custom orders. Please allow 2-3 weeks depending on the order, and all custom orders require 50% payment up front, the other 50% to be paid upon completion of the item(s).