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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

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




    • 03 Aug 2021
    • 28 Dec 2021
    • 42 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


    • 15 Aug 2021
    • 11 Dec 2021
    • 5 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC
    • 6
    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

    • 26 Sep 2021
    • 23 Jan 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC
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    This month we will be experimenting with the sawdust from the tree Dalbergia melanoxylon, a very hard wood from Africa. We were generously gifted this from our friends at Earth Guild who in turn received it from a flute maker.  Although I couldn't find anything in the literature about its' dyeing potential, my initial experiments with it showed it produced a reddish color. So we will be doing testing on both protein and cellulose fibers and we can share our results and add to the collective wisdom about natural dyeing.


     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: Small samples of protein or cellulose fiber; mordanted and unmordanted. Old or new pantyhose

    Hosted by Joyce Tromba

    Social distancing and mask wearing will be observed.  

    • 31 Oct 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC
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    This month we will be focusing on a tree that is native to Western North Carolina and is one that is so lovely and abundant on all our mountain trails: Rhododendron.

    The leaves can be used to dye fiber as well as a good source of tannin. We will experiment with both these properties.

    Please do some research on your own before the study group so we can share and discuss our findings. There is some down time while we wait for the dye pots to simmer so bring some handwork along if you like.

    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: Small samples of protein or cellulose fiber; mordanted and unmordanted. Rhododendron leaves (please bring as many as needed to dye or mordant the fabric you are bringing)

    Hosted by Joyce Tromba

    Social distancing and mask wearing will be observed.  

    • 11 Nov 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 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 


    • 09 Dec 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 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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