Want to buy gifts this holiday season that are ethically produced, locally made, and handcrafted? Looking for presents to please the special people your life and make an impact on the lives of others? If so, check out Americana Fiberworks! We have a variety of beautiful, practical, and reasonably priced fiber arts products that are handmade by local refugee and immigrant women. Each purchase supports not only the Fiberworks program, which provides a space for the women to learn new skills, practice English, and build a new social support network, but it also supports an individual woman and her family as they integrate into the Louisville community.
You can purchase Fiberworks products in a variety of ways:
Visit our store in Americana Community Center at 4801 Southside Drive.
Find us on Etsy under “ACC Fiberworks.”
Browse our products at the Fourth Presbyterian Church Holiday Craft Fair at 3016 Preston Highway from 9am-3pm on December 6th.
Come see us at Kaviar Forge and Gallery at 1718 Frankfort Avenue. Americana Fiberworks will be featured during the Black Friday Frankfort Avenue Trolley Hop on November 28th to celebrate the beginning of this exciting new partnership! (https://www.facebook.com/events/534427350035590/?fref=ts)
Here is just a sampling of the products that we have available:
Tote bags ($18-$25)
Tie-dyed T-shirts ($12-$20)
Dyed fabric squares ($7-$15)
Crocheted hats ($5-$10)
Coil mat or wall hanging ($40-$50)
Tie-dyed totes ($8)
Hand-dyed silk scarves ($15)
These are just some of the items we have for sale. Be sure to visit us to see all of the handmade gifts we have available! If you have any questions, please contact Justine Brunett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Then we need you! If you have visited the Americana Fiberworks room recently, you might have noticed several sewing machines busily whirring, many swaths of fabric covering the table, and numerous women eagerly showing off the beautiful bags, clothes, and other crafts they have made. You would have noticed, in other words, that Fiberworks is growing! The increasing vibrancy of Fiberworks is fantastic, but it also means that there are more young children romping around the art room as their mothers sew. We are looking for volunteers to provide childcare during the Fiberworks sessions (Mondays and Fridays between 12:30 and 3:30pm, and Saturdays 10:00am to 1:00pm). If you could come in for any amount of time on any of those days to watch the children, we would really appreciate it! Contact email@example.com if you are interested in helping out.
The contents of the Fiberworks store—beautifully hand-made purses, scarves, fabric squares, belts, hats, pillows, blankets, and more—have been packed into crates and loaded into cars. Why? Because tomorrow is the twenty-fourth annual Americana World Festival, and Americana Fiberworks will have a booth there! The Americana World Festival yearly showcases Louisville’s rich diversity through live music, entertainment, and food. Additionally, there are fun activities for kids, a variety of community vendors sharing about the services they offer, AND Americana Fiberworks products for sale. Please stop by the Iroquois Amphitheater between 11am and 9pm to check out the amazing craftsmanship of the Fiberworks artists and celebrate the incredible diversity present right here in Louisville. Hope to see you there!
This week, like most weeks lately, has been busy for Fiberworks. We started off the week with another new participant. Saleha is our fourth new participant this month and we aren’t even halfway through March! It is great to see Fiberworks growing at such a great pace. Saleha is from Dijbouti and moved to Louisville five months ago. She is in ESL with a few of the other women who participate in the group and Asma encouraged her to join Fiberworks!
Pillow cases have been a huge project this week! It all started when Hanan made a new set of pillowcases for her daughters’ bed a few weeks ago. Since then, I think every participant has made at least one new pillowcase for their home. Amal even made zippered pillow covers for the throw pillows on her couch using some upholstery samples we received as a donation. Pillowcases are a great sewing project for beginners, so if you are thinking about learning to sew and want a simple, fool-proof project, that is what I would suggest.
Possibly the biggest highlight of the week was celebrating Eman’s 40th Birthday! We enjoyed some delicious sugar cookies from Nord’s Bakery and sang Happy Birthday to her. Did you know that the Happy Birthday song was written by two sisters right here in Louisville? Celebrating Eman’s Birthday was certainly a sweet way to end the week, check out the photos below of some of the delicious cookies from Nord’s!
We took a break from sewing today to work on a very special project. Last December, Americana Fiberworks was approached by Louisville Metro Services Office for Women to participate in Denim Day, a day dedicated to raise awareness about sexual violence. Our Fiberworks artists are making unique hand-painted and stamped denim patches that will be available the week of Denim Day. The proceeds from donation collected for the patches will support Americana Fiberworks and The Center for Women and Families.
Denim Day began in 1999 when an Italian court said that a women could not have been raped because her jeans were too tight and she must have helped the man attacking her to take them off. Women working in the Italian government were angered by this decision and wore jeans to work to protest the decision and show support for the victim. They wanted to show the court that rape is never a woman’s fault.
Denim Day is now a day of advocacy and activism around the world. Louisville will be celebrating Denim Day on March 27th this year. Show your support for survivors of sexual violence by wearing denim on March 27th!
Today, two of our newest members, Sobia and Amal made patches using old jeans that the group received through a donation. They drew their own designs and carved out rubber blocks to make stamps. They then stamped onto the denim patches or hand painted different designs.
We will continue to work on this project over the next week. If you or someone you know would like more info about Denim Day or would like to get denim patches for yourself or a group you are involved with contact Lauren Humpert by calling 502-366-7813 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Americana Fiberworks will be at the Louisville Metro Services Building (810 Barret Avenue, Louisville, KY) on Wednesday, March 27th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM with Denim Day Patches if you would like to get one. The patches are free but donations will be collected that will support the Center for Women and Families and Americana Fiberworks!
Even though our site has been inactive, Fiberworks has been busier than ever! In December, Lauren joined Americana’s team as the new Fiberworks Coordinator. Since then, we’ve been busy organizing the classroom space, setting up a new store, recruiting new members, and practicing the fiber arts.
Fiberworks classes are now held Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 1pm-3pm in the Art Room at Americana Community Center
We hope you’ll check back here often to see what Americana Fiberworks is up to. A few upcoming events that we are excited about are Denim Day, visiting guest artists, working on a group quilting project, and the Buy Local First Fair. This spring will be full for the Americana Fiberworks and we are excited to share it with you.
If you would like to get involved with Americana Fiberworks, please call Lauren at 502-366-7813 or e-mail her at email@example.com.