Catherine(right), a volunteer from UofL teaches Sobia(middle) and Jessica(left) how to knit
Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been lucky to have a few new women join Fiberworks and some past participants have been able to return. On Monday, twelve women attended class and we practiced knitting and crocheting. Because we have a limited number of sewing machines, knitting and crocheting are a great group activity that allow all of the participants to work on the same fiber art skill together. It was also a great opportunity for some of the more experienced fiber artists to assist in teaching a skill.
Hiam, a long-time member of Fiberworks, helped Amal and Eman with knitting. Asma, who has been attending Fiberworks since she moved to Louisville last year, showed everyone a simple way to cast on to a knitting needle. Nircia, who started attending Fiberworks a few weeks ago, taught a few members how to crochet circles and granny-squares, which are the basis for a lot of projects and can be joined together to form blankets and afghans. We were also lucky to have several talented volunteers who helped to instruct the one-on-one knitting and crochet lessons. It was a nice break for the sewing machines, and although their mechanical hum was missing from the art room, it certainly was not quiet! The group setting and trying to learn a new skill allowed for a lot of conversation and the use of new vocabulary.
Esperance(right), a volunteer, guides Suda(left) in making a bag.
Throughout the rest of week, attendance has been strong and we have stayed busy. We got out the sewing machines out again and worked on a variety of projects! Suda and Sobia, who are both new to the Fiberworks program learned how to use a sewing machine for the first time. Lauren, the Fiberworks Coordinator, explained the basic parts of the sewing machine, how to fill a bobbin, thread a machine, and fix common problems that might happen while they are sewing. We like to educate the women on how to troubleshoot a problem they experience with the machine so they have the knowledge and confidence to fix it. Suda and Sobia took turns on a sewing machine and each made a bag using fabric of their choice. Suda chose to make a bag with small handles and Sobia made one with a drawstring. After one participant had to leave early, Suda moved to her own machine and with guidance from Esperance, one of our volunteers, finished her bag. Sobia finished her bag and it was fabulous! She has a background in Fine Arts and it has really shined through since she has been participating in Fiberworks. We are so excited to see what other wonderful things she will create!
Sobia, learning how to sew at Americana Fiberworks