Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Crochet classes are being held on Tuesday nights from 5:30pm - 8:30pm at The Americana Community Center. Make friends and learn how to crochet household items and accessories out of household items and accessories! You would never guess, but the purses above are made out of crocheted plastic grocery bags.

Learn with us and watch us grow! Our participants are not only learning about crafting, but the possibilities of the internet, as well. This week we've added video to the blog. We'll be posting informational videos about Fiberworks and the fiber crafts we create. This also serves as a valuable learning tool for our ESL students. Thanks to The Kentucky Foundation for Women for helping us with this project.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Dancillla's Embroidery

Dancilla creates beautiful freehand embroidery in her free time. These gorgeous squares are to be included in our spring group project - a quilt art wall hanging. This piece will we done in time to be raffled off at World Fest in June, so stay tuned for future updates.

Dancilla is from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

New Year : New Blog

New Year : New Blog

This is the first Fiberworks post for 2012!  Welcome to our new blog!  Here you can keep up with our program and where you can find our products.

Americana Fiberworks is a women’s arts and educational group designed to support the positive integration of refugee and immigrant women into the Louisville community using a common interest in the fiber arts. Participants help one another develop confidence, skills, and resources necessary to identify and pursue goals for themselves and their families as they adapt to their new home in Louisville.

Fiberworks’ program members focus on:

Increasing literacy skills
Developing talents in fiber arts
Fostering a supportive social network
Promoting the microenterprise goals of the group

The women in our Fiberworks program sell their art at community events to supplement their families’ incomes.  Fiberworks goods can be found at many local arts festivals. Fiberworks is also proud to partner with 21C Museum Hotel, who showcase tissue-box covers made by the women in the Fiberworks program in all their guest rooms and also sells the covers in their gift shop. Procedes from these sales provide the Fiberworks artists with additional income and increased self-confidence.

Volunteers are a valuable part of the Fiberworks program! 

act as an English language practice partner
assist with arts projects
care for children during the sessions

Have a fiber arts skill you’d like to share? Or would you like to donate supplies for the women to use? To get involved please contact Programs Director Suzanne Steiger at 502-366-7813 or e-mail her at suzanne@americanacc.org.

Or visit the center! Sit in on a session, meet the artists, and browse through our new products.

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