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Registration for the special interest groups start at $5 per session. Each group sets its own fees for supplies.

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Interest Groups

    • 02 Dec 2021
    • 01 Dec 2022
    • 13 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Join us for the First Blue Ridge Mountain Fibershed Invasive Fiber Study Group. From kudzu to knotweed we will reimagine over-abundant plants in our region as collaborators in the creating cloth, natural dyes, and paper. Our first meeting will focus on retting and bast fiber processing. 


    Materials supplied by participants: Buckets, kudzu vines (pencil width) 

    Materials supplied by organizer: invasive plants, buckets

    Hosted by Nica Rabinowitz


    • 18 Dec 2021
    • 20 Nov 2022
    • 12 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 5
    Register

    The Spinning Study Group's purpose is to share the joy of handspinning. We welcome anyone from the professional spinner to those who are just beginning - all share a love of learning. Monthly meetings cover a range of topics, including different techniques of hand spinning and fiber processing, how to use handspinning tools, and other topics as determined by the group. We will conduct a breed study, spinning and plying samples of various types of wool, mohair, alpaca, llama and rabbit raised in our Blue Ridge Mountains region. Sample donations are encouraged.

    Whenever possible, our members volunteer to demonstrate spinning at local events and educational outreach programs. 

    This is not a learn-to-spin group, but we welcome those new to spinning to come a half-hour early to get acquainted and request some help. 



    • 03 Jan 2022
    • 26 Dec 2022
    • 40 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC
    Register

    Knitters! Crocheters! Let's get together with your needles or hooks and make stuff. This is not a class- you should know something about your chosen craft but my suspicion is that you will learn something along the way. Knitters and crocheters are just like that. We do have some experienced folks in our group so you can count on getting some advice too.

     Materials supplied by students: Please bring whatever project/s you are working on, any FO's for show and tell as well as yarn acquisitions and new project ideas. 

    Materials supplied by organizer: We have a good selection of knitting magazines in our library for perusal, lots of yarn for sale in the shop and we have tea and coffee available. 

    Skill level: all levels

    This is a free event for members but please sign up so we know how many to expect.

    Hosted by Peggy Newell


    • 04 Jan 2022
    • 20 Dec 2022
    • 51 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC
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    Come and join me for a needle felting interest group called Felt Along. In this group we will work on our personal needle felting projects and share different techniques and ways of felting. It will be a great couple of hours each week to get together with other needle felters to discuss new ideas and just have fun felting along with other people who enjoy this wonderful fiber art. This is NOT a needle felting class and not for someone who has never felted before

     Materials supplied by students: Please bring your needle felting supplies-felting foam or other base, wool, needles-as well as a current or new project that you are working on.

    Materials supplied by organizer: none

    Hosted by Beth Sellars


    • 13 Jan 2022
    • 08 Dec 2022
    • 11 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 3
    Register

    Join us for a fun afternoon, working on your own projects. This Lab 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. with consultation from an experienced leader Beth Sellars - to get the result you want. If you like, bring magazine pages or photos with images you find appealing, and we'll help you mix dye colors to match.

    Level: Advanced Beginners to Expert

    Host: Beth Sellars  bio 


    • 27 Jan 2022
    • 24 Nov 2022
    • 11 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC




    • 20 Feb 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC
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    This month we will be dyeing fleece for the Blue Ridge Blanket Project. The Blue Ridge Blankets Project brings fiber farmers, processors, dyers and weavers together to produce yarn and blankets made from animals raised in Western North Carolina. Our mission is to revitalize the textile economy in our region, to support our local fiber farmers and artists, and to create beautiful, locally sourced, handmade goods for life. Our part of this initiative is to dye the fiber with natural dyes.

    We will be dyeing with indigo, weld, madder and walnut. Please join us if you would like to help in this effort.


    If you haven't joined the us for the study group we pick one topic each month which is led by one of the natural dyer's in our group. This is not a class and does assume a basic familiarity with natural dyeing. We do recommend that you have taken a class or done some research so you can  have a  satisfactory experience.


    What to Bring: 

    A project to work on and any natural dye work to share for show and tell.

    Hosted by Joyce Tromba 

    Social distancing and mask wearing will be observed.  

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Asheville, NC 28801



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