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What is Fiber Arts Boston?

Fiber Arts Boston Resource and Innovation Center (FABRIC) is a volunteer run community space for just about any fiber art project you can think of. Our users encompass all levels of experience – from very beginners to people running handmade businesses.

At FABRIC we strive to serve a wide range of people by offering:

Become a member to use equipment in our studio such as sewing machines, sergers, looms, our long arm quilting machine, an embroidery machine, and other specialized tools. Members can also borrow books and equipment to take home from our circulating collection!

We also welcome visitors who want to browse our book collection, ask questions, sit and work on their knitting, crochet, or another self contained project to come in and enjoy our space free of charge.

What are fiber arts?

Fiber arts are any art form involving fibers! The list is extensive, and below are the more common types:


Knitting & Crochet Fiber processing Weaving Felting


Sewing/Tayloring Quilting Dyeing Bookbinding
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We have a flexible space for collaborative and independent work, allowing for a variety of events and studio work days.

Relevant links:

Board of Trustees

Current members on the Board of Trustees:

Catelyn Johnson – President
Talia Lefton – Vice President
Diadem Washburn – Secretary
Ngan Vo – Treasurer
Corinne Coveney – General Member

We are still actively recruiting for Board of Trustee positions.

If you think you’re interested, please send an email to answering the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in being a Trustee for FABRIC?
  • What skills do you bring to the role?
  • What skills do you hope to gain from the role?
  • What do you understand to be the role of the trustee?
  • What’s your favorite fiber art medium?

Thank you for your time and consideration, we hope to hear from you.

Next Board Meeting

Notice Posted: 05/11/18

Notice of the 12th meeting of Fiber Arts Boston Resource & Innovation Center Board of Trustees

The Board of FABRIC will be meeting at 5 pm on Saturday, May 12th at FABRIC, 38 Wareham St, Boston 02118. (FABRIC’s entrance is off of Malden St., to the left of the glass door that has the building’s address on it. If you’re using a GPS we recommend putting in 105 Malden St to find the parking lot that our door opens out onto.)

Current and prospective members of the FABRIC Board are invited to participate.

Meeting Agenda:

Report/summary from the president.

Old Business

  1. Dec-Mar financials
  2. Set meeting date to finish birthday party planning
  3. discussion & approval of class proposal form

New Business

  1. Vote on key for Ariel
  2. Sunday rotation
  3. Discussion of membership model re-vamp


Past Meeting Minutes

Board Meeting minutes for 10/27/15

Board Meeting minutes for 12/8/15

Board Meeting minutes for 3/8/16

Board Meeting minutes for 4/19/16

Board Meeting minutes for 8/6/16 meeting was cancelled

Board Meeting minutes for 5/9/17

Board Meeting minutes for 7/11/17


Volunteer Staff

Want to join our volunteer staff? Email !

Catelyn Johnson
Masters in Library Science from Wayne State University, took many classes at the University of Iowa Center for the Book while in undergrad. Favorite hobbies: crocheting, reading, video games.


Talia Lefton
taliapic Bachelor of Arts in Fiber Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design 2011. Since graduating Talia has been working as a studio assistant for local fiber artists, creating installations and sculpture from mixed fiber media. Fiber arts include: weaving, sewing, felting, knitting.  Can also be found: spending time in the woods and daydreaming.


Diadem Washburn
Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Maine. Started her fiber journey when her mom left the sewing machine on a table in the bedroom. Fiber arts include: Quilting, knitting, garment making, sewing, nalbinding, and spinning. Can also be found: chasing children, cats, a husband, and spending time outdoors.


Ngan Vo
Bachelor of Arts in Fibers from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. As an avid cosplayer her repertoire ranges from surface design to needlework and clothing construction.  She also enjoys making origami and going on food adventures.




Catelyn Johnson
Teaches: crochet, bookbinding

Website: http://doilian.com


Talia Lefton
Teaches: Weaving, Knitting, Sewing, and Felting.

Specializes in 3D works and mixed media.

Instagram: amalgamforest


Diadem Washburn
Teaches: Quilting, Free Motion Quilting, Applique, Garment Construction, and General Sewing.

Specializes in Free Motion Quilting and improvisation.
Instagram: blackoppsskipper
Facebook: Snow Fiber Art


Rachel Oswald
Teaches: Embroidery and Tapestry
Specializes in vibrant weavings and maximalist stitchings.
Instagram: schweave
Facebook: Schweave


Fiber Arts Boston values diverse voices and backgrounds. We are always looking for more teachers and guest speakers. If you would like to teach, please send us an e-mail at  to let us know who you are, what you want to teach and a little bit of your experience. If you would like to see something not listed here, please send us your class suggestions.


Contact Us

We are located in Shepherd and Maudsleigh Studio in West Newton, MA

Mailing address: 27 Dunstan St, West Newton, MA 02465

Parking is available on the left side of the building. If lot is filling up please leave a few spaces open for Shepherd and Maudsleigh Studio members and look for parking on Watertown St. (One block away and no meters or ticketing.)




Fiber Arts Boston Resource and Innovation Center (FABRIC) is a non-profit makerspace and tool library. Our mission is to preserve fiber arts for the future through educational classes, a fiber arts library, and the promotion of fiber artists. FABRIC’s goal is to provide a community work space with an abundant resource library of: equipment, books, patterns, and tools. In this space we cultivate collaboration, sharing knowledge, encouragement, community support, creativity, and artistic evolution.


Lost or damaged books or tools (policy coming soon!)
Seniors, students, and other discount rates
Using the longarm (policy coming soon!)