OUR EVER-EVOLVING LIST SHOWCASING CRAFTIVISTS
AND MISSION-DRIVEN FOLKS IN THE FIBER COMMUNITY.

KARIDA COLLINS | NEIGHBORHOOD FIBER CO.

Image courtesy http://weaverknits.blogspot.com

Image courtesy http://weaverknits.blogspot.com

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Baltimore-based craftswoman Karida Collins makes brilliantly colored wools named for neighborhoods in the city.

Karida thought she would probably be a lawyer or a diplomat. That’s not what happened. A self-described “accidental artist” and a knitter who began dying yarn without really knowing how, Karida has built a yarn store/dye studio/neighborhood hub/thriving store in Baltimore, MD. Her business grew with vision, fearlessness and massive amounts of hard work and determination. Not afraid to seek mentors, ask for advice, build her business plan as she went, Karida is a true heroine-entrepreneur who now employs, teaches, and serves her community. She weaves her commitment to social justice into her work. Proceeds from specially dyed yarns benefit local non-profits and national causes. Most recently, she created the beautiful colorway, Sanctuary City. All profits from the sale of Sanctuary City will be split between two organizations. Raices provides free and low-cost legal service to immigrant children, families, and refugees. The International Refugee Assistance Project(IRAP) mobilizes direct aid, litigation, and advocacy to work on behalf of refugees and displaced persons. 

Karida is exemplary. She’s a loving mother, navigating the challenging waters of work/baby balance. She’s built a thriving, multifaceted business from scratch. She’s created a fiber arts education resource and a brick and mortar store in the age of online retail. Because “ Everything is politics, even yarn.”, her business is a social justice engine for good. With her online store and presence at many fiber festivals, Neighborhood Fiber Co. is a much-loved vendor to the world-wide fiber community.

NFC now occupies a former firehouse in Baltimore’s burgeoning Bromo Arts District. It’s on our map of MUST VISIT yarn stores!

To learn more, there are wonderful articles and interviews with Karida, linked here:

https://mycity4her.com/karida-collins-owner-of-neighborhood-fiber-co-spins-success/

http://www.bmoreart.com/2015/10/in-the-studio-interview-with-karida-collins-of-neighborhood-fiber-co.html

http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/working/2017/04/working_how_does_yarn_dyer_karida_collins_of_neighborhood_fiber_co_work.html

http://www.yarnstoriespodcast.com/?tag=baltimore

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