Join resident artist Karen Donde in the Local Cloth Studio on Thursdays for small-group weaving classes tailored to your experience level. Maximum three students at a time. No minimums. Students at all levels may be in the studio together, which creates a great environment for cooperative learning. Book 6-hour packages, 18-hour packages, or if you need help with a specific subject, by the hour. You may bring your own loom to take home each day or use one of Karen’s. If using Karen’s looms, 6-hour packages must be completed in two weeks, and 18-hour packages must be completed in 6 weeks. Contact Karen about what you’d like to learn and scheduling availability, then purchase your class package here.
Materials fee: $5 for handouts + $ for yarn purchase as needed
Studio is occupied at this time for weekly cleaning & maintenance.
**If interested in renting/utilizing the space during this particular time frame, please contact the studio coordinator and we can happily accommodate you.
Join us as we knit scarves, hats, socks, sweaters and more to keep warm and share tips and tricks. Build skills, socialize and enjoy a soup supper. Bring snacks and treats to share.
All skill levels (including beginners) welcome.
Leaders: Sandy Hartmannsgruber, Lynne Noble, Joyce Tromba and Judi Jetson
There is no charge for participating, but please RSVP so that you receive the door code.
Pelmet Replication Project for the Biltmore Estate
In 2006 Heather submitted a proposal to Darren Poupore, Curator of Collections at the Biltmore Estate, to replicate, as close as possible, 4 (101" x 21") pelmets for the Second Floor Living Hall. The project took 26 months to complete. Come hear her talk about this incredible process of making patterns, hand dying velvet and combed cotton sateen, gilding a silk linen rep weave fabric to create ribbon, creating specialty threads for couching, and 16 months embroidering. Heather will tell the story of how this remarkable replication project unfolded.
Materials fee: $5 for Handout with drafts, finished woven gamp for discussion and all materials and tools used in class.
Instructor: Resident Artist Karen Donde
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
For our February meeting our group member Rebecca Wallace will be showing us a way to print with leaves that does not require heat and gives immediate results.
One way to get leaf prints on fabric is using a handmade palm press. This hand friendly device was used in a nature printing class locally and the parts will be available to make your own. Leaves that are already soaked as you would for eco-printing and alum mordanted cotton or silk are needed. The colors will only be the product of alum and iron, not the range you get in an eco-print. There will be some fresh sage and columbine presoaked leaves and alum cotton fabric provided, but feel free to bring your own to print with. The supplies for each palm press, which you can keep, are $8.25
Looking forward to exploring color with you.
All things indigo!
From growing to processing to dyeing techniques--if it has to do with indigo, we will study it.
February we will look at crackle techniques, and as always feel free to bring your show & tell.
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.
The chore list by day can be found here.
To schedule safety training, please contact the studio coordinator.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Materials fee: $35 for silk noil warps (one per participant), silk weft, embroidery floss, dyes (including vinegar and sodium alginate), handouts, woven shibori samples, miscellaneous tools (plastic containers, brushes, cross holders, etc.)
Registration: Members $300, Non-members $360
Instructor: Neal Howard
March we will explore arashi techniques, and as always feel free to bring your show & tell.
Learn embroidery stitches to enhance your felt pieces for the wall, table tops, hats or clothing. Learn what needles to use and stitch with a number of different kinds of "threads" to see how they look on felt. Bring your scraps of felt to embellish and practice the stitches on. We will make a book out of them for future stitching reference.
Materials Fee: $5 for Grommets, thread, beads, needles, yarns, floss
Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60
Materials Fee: $20 covers silk for sampling, a 14 x 72" silk scarf for each participate, mordants, dyes, modifiers and everything else necessary for successful results!
Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120
Instructor: Patricia Spangler
Materials Fee: $25 covers all natural dye and tannin materials and all other supplies necessary to facilitate successful prints . Prepped mordanted fabrics for "blankets" (carrier cloths) and silk sampling fabric as well as one 14" x 72" 8mm silk scarf for a final project.
Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $0
Instructor: Melanie Wilder
Materials Fee: $20 for paper pulp from local plants, abaca and cotton, needle, thread, additional paper vats, felts, mould and deckles
Instructor: Alyssa Sacora
Materials fee: $40 for Loom rental, all weaving tools, yarn, handouts, books for inspiration
Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240
Instructor: Danielle Burke
Level: All levels welcome
Materials Fee: $25 for yarn
Instructor: Deanna Lynch
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.
Materials Fee: $5 for Indigo & assists, handout
Instructor: Eileen Hallman
Materials Fee: $10 for Downloadable directions, key fob metal components, magnetic snaps, interfacing
Instructor: Joan Berner
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.
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
Instructor: Martha Owen
Materials fee: $25 for Pattern, fabric for head and hands, stand, stuffing
Registration: Members $150, Non-members $180
Instructor: Ann Hord-Heatherley
Registration: Members $25, Non-members $30
Instructor: Ruth Anne Goss
Materials Fee: $15 for handout, drinks, and dessert