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Interest Groups

    • 24 Jun 2021
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    • 18 Nov 2021
    • (EST)
    • 6 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC




    • 03 Aug 2021
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    • 31 Aug 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 5 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 in August 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


    • 05 Aug 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 4
    Register

    Throw pillows are easy to make and a great way to add color and comfort to any room. Learn how to re-cover or make a new cover for any sized pillow. We will explore envelope style techniques, flange edges, trim and/or tassels. Students bring their own supplies.

    Level: Beginners 

    Members: $50

    Non members: $60

    Instructor: Rachel Stone  bio 

    Materials provided by instructor: None

    Materials students should bring: Students will need to bring their sewing machine, pillow insert (usually available in fiberfill, down, wool or buckwheat), fabric, "sew-all" thread, appropriate machine needle (different fabrics require different sizes and types of needles), bobbin(s), sharp scissors/cutting shears, thread clippers (optional), trim (optional), straight pins, measuring tape, pen/pencil, paper to write measurements on and extension cord. Yardage/trim requirements will depend on pillow size and cover type. Most supplies can be purchased locally at Asheville Cotton Co. or Joanne Fabrics and Crafts. If you have questions, please contact Rachel at lori4rachel@gmail.com.

    If you have questions, please contact Rachel at lori4rachel@gmail.com.



    • 12 Aug 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 2
    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 


    • 14 Aug 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 3
    Register

    Experience the centuries old process of floating paint on a thick gel. Draw designs, lay paper on it and voila, the design is frozen!! You learn many historic patterns found in old books and Bibles. By the end of the day, you will have acquired the skills to repeat and create a scarf, bandanna, or cotton fabric for your own accessory, quilt fabric, or stretched fabric art work.

    Level: Beginners 

    Instructor: Pam Granger Gale  bio 

    Materials fee: $30

    Materials provided by instructor: size, trays, paints, tools, paper, silk, cotton

    Participants should bring any papers they would like to try. 


    • 14 Aug 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
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    While strolling in the River Arts District on August's Second Saturday Art Walk stop into our new space for Farmer's Spotlight.  We will be joined by Elke of Wellspring Farm from 11:00am - 2pm.  Shop and chat with Elke about her farm and pick up some of her farm fresh fiber.  

    About Wellspring Farm:

    Elke Amenda-Spirakis operates Wellspring Farm in Burnsville, NC.  She raises Merino, Jacob and Tunis sheep along with llamas.  Elke sells breeding stock, spinners flock animals, offers spinning lessons and does tours and workshops on the farm. She will be offering yarn, roving, fleeces, and handmade goods. 


    • 15 Aug 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
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    ECO-PRINTING ON CELLULOSE FIBER Eco-printing is a contact printing technique. Leaves are placed over mordanted fiber and rolled tight in a bundle. Next boiling or steaming the bundle transfers the tannins from within the leaves to the fiber. Beginner experience level Instruction on pre treatment ( mordanting cellulose fiber) will be given and explained. However, fabric used for class will be pre-mordanted ready for use. We will experiment with medium weight linen that will provide technique for folding larger pieces in half that produce minimal center lines. Color dye carrier blankets will be used to transfer color over our leaf and fabric bundle. This will let us examine how different leaves are printing or acting as resists. The second print will be on a rayon scarf 14”x 72. The dye we will be using is Procion fiber reactive dye. The carrier dye blankets are cotton fabric that has been washed several times. You can use old cotton sheets. I find that the dye blankets themselves are very beautiful and I end up saving them for other uses.

    Example: Quilts, linings and face masks. I like to use bleached white Kona cotton. There will be instruction on how to read your print results and adjust length of time in steamer. Also how to pre test your leaves for the amount of tannin they contain. The more tannin the better result of printing.

    Level: Beginners 

    Instructor: Denise Arcuri  bio 

    Materials fee: $30

    Non-member: $120

    Member: $100

    Materials provided by instructor: 

    Mordanted medium weight linen aprox 23”x 44”, and rayon scarf 14”x 72”, Procion dye, twine , plastic wrap, iron acetate, plastic drop cloth, white plastic basket, shrink wrap, and written instruction on what was covered in class.

    Materials to bring to class: 

    Gloves thin medical exam gloves Apron Plastic spray bottle with 50% vinegar and 50% water 2 wooden dowels 1 1/4 to 1 1/2“ diameter by 15” length. (Lowe’s/ home depo will cut to size) White cotton fabric 21/2 yds or old cotten sheets. Wash cotten several times Microtex pen can be bought Walmart, Joanns, Staples ( needs to be water resistant) Two old small kitchen towel sized rags Rubber bands Empty plastic gallon jug from water or vinegar (we will fill them with water to aid in making tight fabric bundles ) Some Leaves will be provided ,however bring some of your own to experiment and share.

    LEAVES THAT PRINT WELL:

    Maple, oak, any hard wood tree leaves Fruit tree leaves Rose Marigold petals Oak leaf hydrangeas Smoke bush Coreopsis, Pretty leaves that act more as a resist when using color dye blankets that leave interesting shapes Tulip tree leaves Kudzu Ginkgo Sassafras.




    • 15 Aug 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 19 Dec 2021
    • (EST)
    • 5 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC
    • 11
    Register

    The Spinning Study Group meets monthly and covers a range of topics, including different techniques of hand spinning and fiber processing, how to use hand spinning tools, and other topics as determined by the group. We are conducting a breed study, spinning and plying samples of various types of wool, mohair, alpaca, llama and rabbit raised in our Blue Ridge Mountains region. Farmers are invited each month to give a talk about their farm, the animals they raise and the qualities of the fiber produced. This is not a learn-to-spin group, but we welcome those new to spinning. Please bring a working wheel.

    Materials Supplied: We purchase fiber to spin from a different farmer each month and share the cost.

              What to Bring: a working spinning wheel, niddy noddy

    • 21 Aug 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 2
    Register

    Coptic Stitch Book Binding is a hand sewn book making technique used to create hard cover books that lay flat when open. Coptic stitch books can be made in a variety of sizes and thicknesses, allowing for variety ad flexibility in their end use.

    In this one day workshop, you will learn each step of the process:

    • Planning your book size and layout of materials

    • How to choose materials and tools

    • Covering book boards with unique papers

    • Sewing the signatures (bundles of pages) to create the body of the book

    • Ways to incorporate your own personal style

    You will complete a book and take home the skills to continue the craft on your own. All materials are included in the class materials fee, but you are welcome to bring a favorite paper or two for your covers. Handouts are provided. Join me in exploring this traditional book making technique and be inspired to make your own journals, artist books, and sketchbooks.

    Level: Beginners 

    Members: $100

    Non members: $120

    Instructor: Alyssa Sacora  bio 

    Materials fee: $20

    Materials provided by instructor: book board, cover paper, pages, glue, waxed linen, needle. Instructor will provide all of the tools needed but students are encouraged to bring their own, listed below.

    Materials students should bring: Students are welcome to bring a medium weight paper for their cover. They can also bring their own cutting mat, exact knife/utility knife, bone folder, large ruler for cutting and tearing paper, glue brush, scissors.



    • 22 Aug 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC
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    This month we will be using fresh indigo to get a range of pink and purple colors from the indirubin precursor in fresh indigo.  Bring your freshly harvested Japanese indigo leaves and some cellulose and/or silk to explore the pinks and purples available from fresh indigo. We will modify the bath chemically, but again it is not a vat.

     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: scoured cellulose and/or silk for one bath. You may bring unmordanted and mordanted pieces to pick up the yellow to get orangish in the same bath. You will need at least 10x the weight of your fiber in leaves. Indirubin prefers white; bleached cellulose or white silk get the best color.

    Hosted by Eileen Hallman

    Social distancing and mask wearing will be observed.  

    • 05 Sep 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 8
    Register

    In this hands on free weaving session we will learn how to construct basic tapestry looms from found and reused materials. Each participant will select a loom to create, and we will weave together with traditional and untraditional materials. During our day together, we will also practice a few tapestry weaving techniques, from warping to basic weave structures, to creating shapes and patterns with yarn. This class will focus on the meditative and restorative aspects of hand weaving and give participants the basic support needed to create your own freestyle weaving.

    Level: Beginners 

    Members: $100

    Non members: $120

    Instructor: Nica Rabinowitz  bio 

    Materials fee: $10

    Materials provided by instructor: some yarn and untraditional materials to weave with, paper plates, and cardboard

    Materials students should bring: wooden picture frame, twigs, yarn/unusual materials to weave with, ruler, pencil 


    • 08 Sep 2021
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    • 03 Dec 2021
    • (EST)
    • 20 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 1
    Register

    This 10-week, 20 session course will provide instruction on various sewing techniques for apparel, accessories, costumes and interiors. It is based on the sewing course offered at Savannah College of Art and Design, taught by former SCAD Professor of Fashion. The first part of the course will cover techniques. The later portion will include three individualized projects selected by the student. Upon completion, participants will be able to perform a comprehensive set of skills suitable for a variety of projects and entry into professional sewing. No experience necessary. This course has been discounted 25% off the regular price for individual classes so it's a great deal and wonderful opportunity to learn the fundamentals of sewing that will allow you to make and alter your own clothes as well as make basic home furnishings. Please ask Rachel (lori4rachel@gmail.com) for full curriculum details.

    Level: Beginners 

    Members: $750

    Non members: $1000

    Instructor: Rachel Stone  bio 

    Materials fee: $0

    Materials provided by instructor: 

    Materials students should bring: Sewing machines for use at Local Cloth.  Students should supply fabric shears, 2 - 5 yards cotton muslin (or scrap mid-weight cotton fabric), fabric marker (pencil may work initially), all-purpose sewing thread, thread clippers, seam ripper, hand sewing needles (sharps), straight pins, one shirt button, one shank button, one mid-sized/4-hole button, hook/eye, pant hook/bar, one snap set, two 7-inch closed bottom zippers (nylon coil and/or metal), one 7-inch invisible zipper, left and right zipper feet, invisible zipper foot, ruler, tape measure, portable sewing machine (if you have your own), materials to sew projects (patterns, fabric, trim). Materials can be purchased at Asheville Cotton Co., Joann Fabrics, 5 Little Monkeys Quilt & Sew, Wawak (online).  

    • 09 Sep 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 6
    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 


    • 11 Sep 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 4
    Register

    This class will help you take an article of clothing that is comfortable and one that you love and show you how to make a pattern to replicate the garment. We will then use the pattern to make a garment out of muslin for final fit and any alterations needed. 

    Level: Intermediate 

    Members: $100

    Non members: $120

    Instructor: Joan Berner  bio 

    Materials students should bring: Your garment that you want to replicate, 5 yards of cheap muslin, sewing machine and basic sewing supplies (scissors, pins, threads, tape measure, hem gauge, fabric 

    • 15 Sep 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 8
    Register

    This workshop will teach students to nuno felt by preparing a base for their felt and then learning to use loosely woven fabrics to "paint" a picture. These can be abstract, geometric or representational - the only limit is your imagination! 


    Level: Beginners 

    Members: $100

    Non members: $120

    Instructor: Vasanto  bio 

    Materials fee: $25

    Materials provided by instructor: fabric, fleece, other fibers, bubble wrap, netting, soap, washboards, pool noodles, ball brausers. water bottles, basins, rolling pin

    Materials students should bring: fabric scissors, towels, large sponge, paper, pen, rolling pin if possible(not one used for food)

    • 02 Oct 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 5
    Register

    Beyond beginning marbling, come learn multiple step patterns which will intrigue the eyes!! Gothic, bouquet, fountain, and cathedral are just a few of the patterns we will learn. Come prepared to ask questions from your previous marbling experiences to gain insight into methods to solve small everyday problems. Required—one class of marbling instruction from any instructor.

    Level: Intermediate 

    Instructor: Pam Granger Gale  bio 

    Materials fee: $20

    Materials provided by instructor: size, trays, paints, tools, paper, silk, cotton



    • 03 Oct 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC





    • 14 Oct 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 6
    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 


    • 21 Oct 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 15
    Register

    Take your new hand spun or your favorite yarn and work to design a knitted shawl, scarf, or wrap- an interesting a fabric design adventure. Martha will provide directions for a variety of shapes and constructions.  Each knitter has the option of working on one or all of these (you will finish them at home). There is a bonus at the end of the day: for those spinners who bring a wheel and some fiber to spin, we will focus and discuss wheel set up for smaller smaller smallest yarns for shawl knitting.

    Members: $100

    Non members: $120

    Instructor: Martha Owen  bio 

    Materials fee: $40

    Materials provided by instructor: handouts and  optional yarn for purchase at variable cost

    Materials students should bring: Bring a sampling of your new hand spun yarns that need a job, wool or wool blends preferred (by Martha), in colors and weights you like. Bring a variety of knitting needle sizes in double pointed and circular.  Hand towel that can get wet, a box of T pins. 

    • 11 Nov 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 5
    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 


    • 20 Nov 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 8
    Register

    Participants will learn how to wet felt a flat brim hat with a short flat crown using a template and wool batts. Learn to make a seamless hat using a resist, a washboard and a hat block for shaping. Supplies will be provided and will also be available for purchase. 



    Level: Beginners 

    Members: $100

    Non members: $120

    Instructor: Vasanto  bio 

    Materials fee: $25

    Materials provided by instructor: wool, template, embellishing materials, gross grain ribbon, hat blocks, basins washboards

    Materials students should bring:  a towel, a sponge and sharp scissorsdesign fiber, e.g. silk, mohair, other wool (optional)

    • 09 Dec 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 6
    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 


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