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The Blue Ridge Blankets Project


Connecting fiber farmers, processors, dyers and weavers together, to produce locally sourced and crafted blankets in Western North Carolina. 

We have a rich history of textile excellence in the Blue Ridge Fibershed, and it's time to revitalize our fiber economy.  The Blue Ridge Blankets project provides a local market for our region's fiber farmers, provides fair compensation to our weavers and dyers, and gives local consumers an opportunity to purchase a beautiful locally sourced product.  The project will be an ongoing and self-sustaining enterprise, bringing cloth firmly to the table of the buy local movement in the south.


Blue Ridge Blankets Now On Sale!

Our first run of Blue Ridge Blankets hit the Local Cloth shop and our online shop on October 23, 2023!  We are excited to present five designs this year:  Asheville (multicolored stripes), Barnardsville (white twill), Black Mountain (multicolored plaid), Pisgah (brown & white twill) and French Broad River (indigo blue & white stripes). These are the top five designs, chosen by the community, during our Blanket Tour last year.  Our tour took us to the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair, the Grovewood Gallery, and more.  At each tour stop, the community was asked to consider 19 different designs and vote for their favorite. The blanket design samples were created by our design team, brought to life by local weavers, and named for the towns and cities where the farmers, dyers and weavers for the project reside, as well as the watersheds that grace our region.


The blankets are available at the Local Cloth Studio in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC, or click here to shop online!


The Story

Our project began in 2021, with funding from a Natural and Cultural Resources grant from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

14 different farms provided fiber (wool, alpaca and mohair), from locations across western NC, including Asheville, Barnardsville, Candler, Fairview, Fines Creek, Leicester, Mills River, Tryon Vale and Weaverville, NC.  Two Roots Fiber Mill in Greeneville, TN, one of the few remaining fiber mills in the region, spun the fiber into yarn. 

The Natural Dye Interest Group of the Local Cloth Studio dyed the yarn, using a palette of colors exclusively sourced from plants readily grown in the region.  Heather K. Powers, a textile designer hailing from the former Churchill Weavers, one of the oldest weaving mills in the US, acted as lead consultant on the blanket designs. Student weavers from the Textile Program at Haywood Community College, and from the Fiber Arts Program at Warren Wilson College under the guidance of Director Melanie Wilder, wove the yarn into sample blankets showcasing 19 different designs. 


Participating Farms

Black Thorn Farm     Cherry Mountain Farm  

Curly Cove Farm      Good Fibrations   

Jasperwood Farm     Jehovah Raah Farm    

Last Penny Farm Alpacas     

Myco Rhizing Farm    Princess Ridge Farm    

Sourwood Fiber Farm

Two Roots Alpacas and Fiber Mill   

Venezia Dream Farm     Windy Hill Alpaca Farm    

Windy Wool Windings 


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Read blog posts about the project, by Susette Shiver:

September 2022

March 2022

June 2022

June  25, 2022

Get involved!  Are you a fiber farmer or fiber artist and want to get involved? Would you like to host the Blue Ridge Blankets during the Fall 2022 - Winter 2023 Tour?   Contact us

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