Thursday, April 26, 2012

Free Pattern

Check out our new market bags crocheted out of grocery bags! We take common leftover plastic shopping bags and recycle them into "yarn". Then we use the plastic "yarn" and crochet it into market bags!

To celebrate the beginning of Farmer's Market season, we are offering this bag as a FREE PATTERN!

Included in this pattern is a photo tutorial showing how to make your own "yarn" out of plastic shopping bags.

What a great way to help save the planet! Thanks to student Maria Castro from Mexico for showing us how.

And special congratulations to her for receiving her United States citizenship!

Great Job, Maria!!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Help!

Do you love working with children? Do you want to join a supportive network of women who are working to improve their English skills and artistic abilities?

Then become a volunteer at Americana Community Center and help watch children while their mothers improve their English while working on fiber arts projects that supplement their income!

Americana Community Center’s Fiberworks program is designed to support the positive integration of refugee and immigrant women into the Louisville community by learning and sharing artistic skills, expanding literacy skills, exploring US culture, and developing social networks. Women in the program meet three times a week to learn and practice English while working on a fiber project. Americana Fiberworks classes teach English in the context of fiber arts—mostly sewing and crocheting. Participants gain practical skills, learn English, and sell the products they make.

To fully utilize the program, the women must be able to focus their attention on what they are learning, creating the need for childcare providers during the meetings. Fiberworks meets every Tuesday, Thursdays, and Saturday from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. If you are interested in becoming a childcare provider for our Fiberworks Program please email Rachel Slaughter at rachel@americanacc.org or call (502) 366-7813