Upcoming events

    • 22 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 1
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    Members who have taken the safety training may sign up for personal studio time as either studio rental or Space Cadets.

    Studio rental is $25 for a 3 hour block for personal work.

    Space Cadets perform chores within the 3 hour block. The chores do not take the entire time, so the rest of the time can be used for personal work.

    The chore list by day can be found here.

    To schedule safety training, please contact the studio coordinator.

    • 24 Apr 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
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    Image by Irving Amen. “Reading Black Beauty” 2005

    4th Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30pm.

    Free to all, but please RSVP

    Each month explore a different book or article(s), from scholarly to general interest, with an emphasis on thoughtful discussion.

    Image by Irving Amen. “Reading Black Beauty” 2005

    APRIL 24th

    Walter Benjamin: Traces of Craft by Ester Leslie

    Tools and Their Stories: The Spinning Wheels of Vermont Quaker Samuel Morison by Nora J. Rubinstein (Textile History Forum, 2018)

    Download the 2019 spring, summer, fall listing and any documents for the current month or email Dani Burke for PDFs of articles.

    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 13
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    In this class, we will focus on the planning and planting of a backyard dye garden. We will focus on the plants that grow easily in our region, their care and harvesting methods, among many other growing specific details. This is an informative class, with little hands on content. This class is not a how to dye class. Seed and plant sourcing will be shared with the class.

    Level:  All levels

    Materials Fee: $0

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor:  Melanie Wilder

    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11, Asheville, NC
    • 5
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    Join us for a fun afternoon, working on your own projects. This Lab with guide Judi Jetson is for Advanced Beginners and beyond. You need to bring your wool, mohair, alpaca  or silk pre-soaked in vinegar, rubber gloves, plastic bins and  dye to share.  We use a variety of techniques and equipment - low water immersion, steaming, crockpot dyeing, etc. If you like, bring magazine pages or photos with images you find appealing, and we'll dye colors to match.

    Level: Advanced Beginners

    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
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    All things indigo!

    From growing to processing to dyeing techniques--if it has to do with indigo, we will study it.

    In April we will continue to explore arashi techniques, this time involving stitching. The studio ahs a sewing machine, but feel free to bring your own or a needle and thread.

    As always feel free to bring your show & tell.



    • 29 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 1
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    Members who have taken the safety training may sign up for personal studio time as either studio rental or Space Cadets.

    Studio rental is $25 for a 3 hour block for personal work.

    Space Cadets perform chores within the 3 hour block. The chores do not take the entire time, so the rest of the time can be used for personal work.

    The chore list by day can be found here.

    To schedule safety training, please contact the studio coordinator.

    • 01 May 2019
    • 08 May 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 6
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    Process, community and collaboration will be the themes of this 2 part workshop. Starting with raw materials, we will transform plants into sheets of paper and bind them into handmade books. In the first session, we will learn the details of harvesting, cooking, and blending plant fibers into a workable pulp. Get hands-on in the vats of pulp to collectively pull sheets of paper from 3 common plant species. Working together, the group will produce shared stacks of paper for bookbinding. In session two, we will transform the handmade paper to create a series of hand stitched pamphlet books that can used for drawing and journaling, or as a reference for future paper making explorations. Participants will work together to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Everyone will take home at least 2 books, reference handouts, and the skills to make plant based paper and pamphlet books on their own.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee:  $20 for paper pulp from local plants, abaca and cotton, needle, thread, additional paper vats, felts, mould and deckles

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor:  Alyssa Sacora

    • 04 May 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 3
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    Curious about spinning? This class is designed for the new spinner, or someone who needs a refresher on the basics. Learn about the workings of a spinning wheel and tools like the niddy noddy and lazy kate. Practice the motions of drafting (pulling) fiber and spinning it into yarn. Plying and finishing yarn will also be covered, if there is time. You'll leave this class with a skein of yarn from what you've spun. All tools provided, or bring your own wheel if you have one.


    Level: Beginner
    Materials Fee: $10 for fiber and use of spinning wheels

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: Lorri Helms

    • 05 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 7
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    Class will cover polymer basics in the creation of millefiori canes. Leaf/flower design. Colors as desired. Finished work is a large button, brooch, or shawl pin.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials fee: $15 for tools, colors, oven, work surface

    Instructor: Barbara McGuire

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120


    • 06 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 1
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    Members who have taken the safety training may sign up for personal studio time as either studio rental or Space Cadets.

    Studio rental is $25 for a 3 hour block for personal work.

    Space Cadets perform chores within the 3 hour block. The chores do not take the entire time, so the rest of the time can be used for personal work.

    The chore list by day can be found here.

    To schedule safety training, please contact the studio coordinator.

    • 07 May 2019
    • 28 Apr 2020
    • 52 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11, Asheville NC

    Felter Joan Berner will be in the studio working and demonstrating her techniques.

    • 09 May 2019
    • 30 May 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 6
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    In this intimate workshop you will learn the basics of using a loom and weaving cloth over the course of 4 Thursday evenings. Class 1 will focus on learning the parts of a loom and preparing it to weave (called dressing the loom). In class 2 we will begin the process of weaving! What is a shed? Shuttles and bobbins? The selvage? All this and more will be discussed. Class 3 is expanding our understanding of basic weaving structures- we will move beyond plain weave into twills, supplemental wefts, tapestry techniques, and experimental materials. The final class will offer time to finish as much as we can of our warps, cut the weaving from the loom, and develop various methods of “finishing the ends.” Intended to reveal the magic and complexity of weaving, this course will be process focused and collaborative in approach.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials fee: $40 for Loom rental, all weaving tools, yarn, handouts, books for inspiration

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

    Instructor: Danielle Burke

    • 11 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • WNC Farmer's Market

    Local Cloth FiberFeel Day

    Fiber Feel Day

    WNC Farmer's Market

    May 11, 2019

    Meet your local fiber farmer!

    Fiber and textile art enthusiasts can plunge their hands into luscious locally raised alpaca, sheep or mohair fleeces; fondle yarns and products produced from them; and learn how to incorporate more local fibers into your knitting, spinning, weaving, felting or crocheting projects. The annual fiber tailgate market has expanded with more vendors and larger space this year.  It is presented by Local Cloth Inc. will feature

    • Fiber animals

    • Locally raised raw fleeces

    • Roving, spun and dyed yarn

    • Finished textile products

    • Dye plants

    • Demonstrations in fiber preparation, weaving, spinning and knitting will be going on all day

    So come meet your local Fiber Farmer and the Artisans that create beautiful works from the raw fiber.  

    This event is designed to educate local fiber artisans and hobbyists, allow them to purchase local animal fibers and provide local resources for turning that fleece into the roving, yarn or cloth they need.

    Thank you to WNC Communities for being the Sponsor of Fiber Feel Day.

    Follow up your visit to Fiber Feel Day this year by planning to shop at the Anything Fiber Sale, an annual event in June. Check our website for more information.  

    Map and directions

    • 11 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • WNC Farmer's Market
    • 17
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    Fiber Feel Day is in its 6th year and celebrates the annual harvest of fiber from local farms.

    We will be in a new building this year, Building 13, yellow on the map. Click the map for a larger image.

    While focusing on fleece, mostly newly shorn from sheep, angora goats and rabbits, alpaca and llama, we also welcome value added products from yarn to hand sewn bags, and natural dyes. The bays at the WNC Farmer’s Market allow for a tailgate type atmosphere where if desired, vendors can pull in and set up a table and sell from in front of their cars or trucks or set up a traditional booth like a craft show.

    Vendors are encouraged to demonstrate from their booth as this is as much a community educational event as it is a venue for sales.

    Booth fees:

    10 x 20   $35

    20 x 20   $50

    Local Cloth members receive a $10 discount.


    • 11 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 5
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    Learn to direct warp your rigid heddle loom and get weaving in one day! We will be focused on learning the direct warping method for rigid heddle, threading and basic beginning weaving techniques. You will leave with a warped loom, ready for weaving!
    Note: You will need to bring a rigid heddle loom to participate in this workshop. If you do not have one, but would like to rent , please contact the instructor.

    Level: All levels welcome

    Materials Fee: $25 for yarn

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Deanna Lynch

    • 12 May 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Folk Art Center Auditorium

    As a new educational member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Local Cloth members can submit items for the annual Fiber Days Fashion Show.

    Submissions are accepted until April 5.

    • 13 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 1
    Register

    Members who have taken the safety training may sign up for personal studio time as either studio rental or Space Cadets.

    Studio rental is $25 for a 3 hour block for personal work.

    Space Cadets perform chores within the 3 hour block. The chores do not take the entire time, so the rest of the time can be used for personal work.

    The chore list by day can be found here.

    To schedule safety training, please contact the studio coordinator.

    • 18 May 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 14
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    This class assumes you already know how to create an indigo vat. We will discuss how to revive and replenish existing natural and synthetic indigo vats, with demonstrations using natural indigo thiox and fructose vats. Because we will have working vats, participants may bring something small ready to dye.

    Level:  Intermediate

    Materials Fee:  $5 for Indigo & assists, handout

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor:  Eileen Hallman

    • 19 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 9
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    Put your scraps to good use. Make functional pieces of small art out of your handmade fabric. We will investigate easy techniques to make unique bags. We will also make a key fob to make your keys easy to find.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $10 for Downloadable directions, key fob metal components, magnetic snaps, interfacing

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Joan Berner

    • 20 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 1
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    Members who have taken the safety training may sign up for personal studio time as either studio rental or Space Cadets.

    Studio rental is $25 for a 3 hour block for personal work.

    Space Cadets perform chores within the 3 hour block. The chores do not take the entire time, so the rest of the time can be used for personal work.

    The chore list by day can be found here.

    To schedule safety training, please contact the studio coordinator.

    • 22 May 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
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    4th Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30pm.

    Free to all, but please RSVP

    Each month explore a different book or article(s), from scholarly to general interest, with an emphasis on thoughtful discussion.

    Image by Irving Amen. “Reading Black Beauty” 2005

    MAY 22

    Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years: Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times by Elizabeth Wayland Barber


    Download the 2019 spring, summer, fall listing and any documents for this month or email Dani Burke for PDFs of articles.

    • 27 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 1
    Register

    Members who have taken the safety training may sign up for personal studio time as either studio rental or Space Cadets.

    Studio rental is $25 for a 3 hour block for personal work.

    Space Cadets perform chores within the 3 hour block. The chores do not take the entire time, so the rest of the time can be used for personal work.

    The chore list by day can be found here.

    To schedule safety training, please contact the studio coordinator.

    • 01 Jun 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Warren Wilson College DeVries Gym

     June 1, 2019

    Anything Fiber Sale will return to the DeVries Gym at Warren Wilson College the 1st weekend in June.

    Registration will open April 1, 2019. See Seller Guidelines for more info.

    Email  if you have questions.





    • 01 Jun 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • DeVries Gym, Warren Wilson College
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    Seller Registration Information – Anything Fiber Sale 2019 – June 1, 9:30am – 1pm

    Back at Warren Wilson!

    We are returning to Warren Wilson College, in their DeVries Gymnasium. Warren Wilson has a beautiful campus and is well known for their community service and farm programs.

    Sponsored by Local Cloth!

    Nice Threads Fiber Studio/Leslie Owens has spent many years developing a successful event. This community is thankful for the hard work that has been put into this event, one which everyone looks forward to each year. Local Cloth has been helping sponsor the Anything Fiber Sale for the past few years, and now handles all registration, communication, and procedures for the actual event. It's still the same sale, and will run much the same as past years. Melanie Wilder, Local Cloth Treasurer will be handling all questions, registration, and coordinating logistics for the event. She Supervises the Fiber Arts program at Warren Wilson College, therefore is able to help coordinating the event at this location easily. Please feel free to email with any questions.

    Seller Information:       Registration Opens April 1

    The seller space size is 10’ x 10’. We will have plenty of 6ft tables to rent as an option. Our selling space fee is $30 per space, with tables for rent for an additional $10.

    See the sellers Guidelines for more information.

    • 02 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 14
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    Does the act of scouring wool perplex you? Does your wool felt or not get clean enough? Do you know how to get rid of dirty tips or VM? Do you want to know if your wool is even worth processing? How about what soap to use? Did you know not all soaps are created equal and can actually harm your wool? Do you want to know how to keep locks in order so your wool combing is easier?
    In this class you will get hands on lessons in what sound wool is and how to quickly assess wool. In the mini-lab you will test soaps to see if they are the correct soap for scouring wool. Then we get our hands dirty and your wools clean! I will show you a quick and easy way to scour your wool to cut your scouring time in half. All wools provided.

    Level: Beginner

    Materials Fee: $20 for Wools to scour, Soaps, pH papers, Handout, Spin Dryer

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor:  Mary Pavis Egbert

    • 08 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 09 Jun 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 13
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    How Can I Spin it, What Can I Make-

    Using Hand Cards, Drum Carder and a Hair Comb!   

    Curious continuing spinners, gain inspiration and skill at making the yarn you have in mind from the fiber raised and grown in your own backyard. What gives a yarn personality? Prepare (carding, drum carding, combing or not at all!) and spin lovely natural sheep shades, hand dyed locks of wool or work with the lovely solid top and space dyed rovings that you have brought from home! Make a custom blend of alpaca, angora, wool and/or mohair to design your own "local cloth". Start beyond the basics to delve into production techniques from color inspirations. Touch on spinning methods, wheel set ups, plying ideas and lessons in consistency.

    Level: Intermediate

    Materials fee:  $20 for Wool, washed, and in several sheepy colors/textures and vegetable dyed solid and rainbow experiments, some angora goat and rabbit hair, several pairs of hand cards, drum carder, card stock/tape, a drum carder

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

    Instructor: Martha Owen

    • 13 Jun 2019
    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
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    Don’t know what to do with that beautiful piece of hand-dyed fabric? Maybe you have a vintage table runner that needs a new life. How about that partial skein of yarn that isn’t enough for a project, but is too beautiful to toss? Discover the art doll as a means of creative expression for textile and fiber lovers. In this class we will learn the basics of constructing a stump doll. We will explore design principles, sources of inspiration, and methods for adapting various materials to create a beautiful one-of-a-kind figure. These figures will be constructed primarily of cloth, but mixed-media options will be discussed. A working sewing machine and basic sewing skills are required.

    Level: Beginner

    Materials fee: $25 for Pattern, fabric for head and hands, stand, stuffing

    Registration: Members $150, Non-members $180

    Instructor: Ann Hord-Heatherley

    • 15 Jun 2019
    • 16 Jun 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    Participants will learn all the basics of ribbed basketry and create an heirloom basket in this two day workshop. Weaving tips, using natural materials,adding textural accents and finishing techniques will be explored. Beginner weavers and others with experience will enjoy this ribbed basketry primer.
    Bring your reading glasses and some hand strength required

    Level: Beginning

    Materials fee: $15 for all hand dyed reeds, buckets,tools, hand outs and some wild vines.

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

    Instructor:  Carla Filippelli

    • 22 Jun 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 20
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    There are many aspects to achieving the best fiber harvest possible. This class is a lecture based introduction to these many aspects. From your farm planning, animal selection and husbandry, pasture and barn management, pre shearing, shearing and post shearing protocols, fiber skirting, grading and sorting you can improve the quality of your fiber and therefore improving your end product. Handouts and work sheets will be provided.

    Level: All

    Materials Fee: $0

    Registration: Members $25, Non-members $30

    Instructor: Ruth Anne Goss

    • 26 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    Participants will learn many fine points of wicker basketry. Exploring basket set ups, textural additions, and finishing techniques everyone goes home with an ample handmade heirloom basket. Using hand dyed reeds and textural accents this instructor combines discussions on dyeing methods, basketry history,and tips in a non competitive and playful day of basket weaving.

    Level: All

    Materials Fee:  $15 for all hand dyed reeds, buckets, tools and hand outs or this class

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

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    • 26 Jun 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
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    4th Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30pm.

    Free to all.

    Each month explore a different book or article(s), from scholarly to general interest, with an emphasis on thoughtful discussion.

    Image by Irving Amen. “Reading Black Beauty” 2005

    JUNE 26

    Uplifting the Southern Highlander: Handicrafts at Biltmore Estate Industries by Kelly H. L’Ecuyer

    “What on Earth Are You Going to Do with Al This Yarn?” Outwork Weavers in Eastern Connecticut, 1810-1820 by Mary Sherman Lycan (Textile History Forum, 2018)

    Fulling Mills, Woolen Finishing, and Changing Systems of Cloth Production on the Brandywine, 1789-1823 by Eliza West (Textile History Forum, 2018)

    Download the 2019 spring, summer, fall listing and any documents for this month or email Dani Burke for PDFs of articles.

    • 29 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 3875 Saint James Road Greeneville TN 37743
    • 15
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    So you have your fiber ready for processing...then what? A visit to the Two Roots Fiber Mill in Greeneville, TN will show you what is involved in getting your fiber processed. You will be given a overview of the complete step by step process and then be able to observe each step in action. Each machine will be demoed in the order your fiber is processed. Processing options will be addressed such as "Should I blend with another fiber, when in the process should I blend it and what is my end goal with the product? ". If time permits you can also enjoy a visit with the alpacas and a walk through the vineyard. Lunch will be provided.

    Level: All

    Materials Fee: $15 for handout, drinks, and dessert

    Registration: Members $25, Non-members $30

    Instructor: Ruth Anne Goss

    • 29 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 30 Jun 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 14
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    Unlock the mysteries of screen printing with simple, immediate, low-tech processes to print anything from t-shirts to fine scarves, from paper cards to fabric yardage. We will design a range of stencils to print through screens including: painting with screen filler and drawing fluid, rubbing textures with wax, cutting shelf paper, and more. Printing media will focus primarily on water-soluble textile inks, but we will also review processes to thicken dyes and color removers. Let me show you lots of techniques and tricks to take back home and keep on printing on your own!


    Level: Beginner

    Materials fee: $30

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

    Instructor: JenSwearington

    • 29 Jun 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 3875 Saint James Road Greeneville TN 37743
    • 15
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    Rounding out the class series on fiber production, processing, and marketing, Louise Nuttle, owner of Dry Creek Alpacas and co-founder of Only the Finest, a TN Alpaca Fiber Consortium, will lead a discussion about ways in which we can add to the intrinsic value and increase the marketability of our locally grown fibers.

    Level: All levels

    Materials fee: $0

    Instructor: Louise Nuttle

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60


    • 06 Jul 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 6
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    Weaving on a triangle loom is fun, creative, easy and quick. There is no elaborate planning and measuring process. Triloom weaving is an efficient way to use yarn, so you can use your stash yarn or more expensive designer, or hand-spun yarns. Triangle looms are great for weaving plaid patterns and elegant lace patterns. The process is simple to learn and is enjoyable for adults and children of any age. Continuous strand weaving has no separate warp and weft but uses one continuous strand of yarn. This instruction is a basic class on continuous strand weaving and can be used as an entry to more advance techniques such as twill, lace, double weaves, inlay, tartans, and other color sequences, and for the designer!

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee:  $5.00 for Instructional handouts

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Marilyn Haas-Haseman

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