Fiber With A Cause was created by Karen Baker after a childhood hobby for crochet arose over 5 years ago into a creative business. Since she has added the arts of knitting and weaving to her artistry. After meeting so many fiber artists who desire to pursue their passion fulltime, she decided to design Fiber With A Cause – technique training labs and workshops to encourage and drive those dreams.
FWAC will be able to facilitate intermediate level fiber arts labs that will offer artists the ability to learn and expand their fiber techniques with affordable classes. All of our Master Teachers have over 15 – 20 years experience in their craft and run fulltime fiber art businesses. Our focus will be on crochet, knitting, and weaving. Students will complete custom wearable products in each lab. At the end of the fiber labs, FWAC can showcase and market the students’ wearable works in a summer fiber market.
OUR MISSION is to advance and expand the fiber arts practice, skill, heritage, and education by building a sustainable and scalable fiber arts craft economy of women entrepreneurs in the DC Metropolitan area. OUR IMPACT. FWAC labs, partners, and community collaborate to teach women fiber artists how to design products that produce a profit. FWAC equips these artists with the knowledge, resources, and skills necessary to permanently transitions a passion into a business.
“Overall employment of craft and fine artists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026. Craft and fine artists held about 53,400 jobs in 2016. About half were self-employed. Craft and fine artists improve their skills through practice and repetition.” Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016.
FWAC Workshops – April 29 – October 28, 2018
Sunday, April 29 and May 6 – 2pm – 4pm | Crochet Wearables Lab with Tierra Buggs | Intermediate Level | $100.00 | Limited 12 slots available | Register Here
This lab, students will learn the skill of changing size and form by increasing, decreasing and alternating stitches. Students will also learn the details of how to read a crochet pattern effectively. Bring hooks but yan can be chosen from Artspace stash donation.
Tierra Buggs is a Certified Crochet Instructor through the Craft Yarn Council. She has been working as a fiber and textile artist since 2003. She began her studies at Morgan State University, obtaining a B.A. in Graphic Design and Fine Art. Toward the end of her college career, she returned to a favorite childhood craft, crocheting. She traveled to Bali in 2006 for an extensive Indonesian textile tour. While visiting Bali, she took classes in palm leaf basket weaving, batik, and Balinese dance. In 2009, she started her company Tenacious Tapestries, LLC, a traditional arts education, and preservation company.
Supply List: The crochet hook sizes that are great to bring are sizes G/8, H/8, I/9, and I/10. Bring a small bag/basket to keep the yarn from the floor.
Homework: Be sure to come with your supplies purchased and your yarn wound into balls before the start of class.
Sunday, June 3 and 10 – 1 pm – 5 pm | Inkle Weaving Lab with Rachel Dickerson | Advanced Beginner| Have your own inkle loom | $90 (loom NOT included) | Limited – 10 slots available | Register Here
This lab will help you learn how to make beautiful warp face bands that can be turned into bookmarks, belts, bag straps, etc. You will be guided through making a simple band by making heddles for the loom, following a draft, warping the inkle loom, weaving a tight even band with even selvages, and finishing your final product.
Rachel Dickerson is the founder and current artistic director of New Community ArtSpace. She has been a weaver for nearly 20 years. At the request of a childhood mentor and after graduating from Guilford College in 1999, Rachel dedicated three years to creating a vision and establishing a community-based art program called New Community ArtSpace in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC. Rachel brings a passion for integrating art into our everyday experiences through community-based art programming, public art projects, and arts real estate.
Sunday, October 21 and 28 – 2pm – 4pm | Mitered Knitting Lab with Laura Barker | Intermediate Level | $110.00 | Limited 12 slots available | Register Here
This lab will explore innovations in knitting. Mitered entrelac is an exciting new technique that takes two or more tiers of entrelac around corners by picking up stitches for tight and tiny transitions between block.
Laura is a life-long knitter and former engineer and math teacher. She enjoys combining the best of her experience in her favorite career, knitting design, and education. Her designs feature innovative construction with clear instruction. She is the author of Mitered Entrelac, Knitting Entrelac Around the Corner, and has published patterns in Knitter’s Magazine, Knitty, Knit EdgeMagazine, and on Ravelry. Laura has taught at LYSs and yarn events in DC, MD, WV, CT, and GA,
Homework: Be sure to come with your supplies purchased and your yarn wound into balls before the start of class. If you want to use the yarn donated from Artspace, you must arrive 30 minutes early to wind it.
Want to take all three labs? Get the discounted price of $275 and take all three labs. | Register Here.
Summer Fiber Market – July 22nd | 1pm – 5pm | No fee for students’ who have completed a lab.