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.
4th Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30pm.
Free to all, but please RSVP
Each month explore a different book or article(s), from scholarly to general interest, with an emphasis on thoughtful discussion.
Image by Irving Amen. “Reading Black Beauty” 2005
Walter Benjamin: Traces of Craft by Ester Leslie
Tools and Their Stories: The Spinning Wheels of Vermont Quaker Samuel Morison by Nora J. Rubinstein (Textile History Forum, 2018)
Download the 2019 spring, summer, fall listing and any documents for the current month or email Dani Burke for PDFs of articles.
Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $0
Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60
Instructor: Melanie Wilder
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
All things indigo!
From growing to processing to dyeing techniques--if it has to do with indigo, we will study it.
In April we will continue to explore arashi techniques, this time involving stitching. The studio ahs a sewing machine, but feel free to bring your own or a needle and thread.
As always feel free to bring your show & tell.
Materials Fee: $20 for paper pulp from local plants, abaca and cotton, needle, thread, additional paper vats, felts, mould and deckles
Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120
Instructor: Alyssa Sacora
Materials Fee: $10 for fiber and use of spinning wheels
Instructor: Lorri Helms
Class will cover polymer basics in the creation of millefiori canes. Leaf/flower design. Colors as desired. Finished work is a large button, brooch, or shawl pin.
Materials fee: $15 for tools, colors, oven, work surface
Instructor: Barbara McGuire
Felter Joan Berner will be in the studio working and demonstrating her techniques.
Materials fee: $40 for Loom rental, all weaving tools, yarn, handouts, books for inspiration
Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240
Instructor: Danielle Burke
Fiber Feel Day
WNC Farmer's Market
May 11, 2019
Meet your local fiber farmer!
Fiber and textile art enthusiasts can plunge their hands into luscious locally raised alpaca, sheep or mohair fleeces; fondle yarns and products produced from them; and learn how to incorporate more local fibers into your knitting, spinning, weaving, felting or crocheting projects. The annual fiber tailgate market has expanded with more vendors and larger space this year. It is presented by Local Cloth Inc. will feature
Locally raised raw fleeces
Roving, spun and dyed yarn
Finished textile products
Demonstrations in fiber preparation, weaving, spinning and knitting will be going on all day
So come meet your local Fiber Farmer and the Artisans that create beautiful works from the raw fiber.
This event is designed to educate local fiber artisans and hobbyists, allow them to purchase local animal fibers and provide local resources for turning that fleece into the roving, yarn or cloth they need.
Thank you to WNC Communities for being the Sponsor of Fiber Feel Day.
Follow up your visit to Fiber Feel Day this year by planning to shop at the Anything Fiber Sale, an annual event in June. Check our website for more information.
Map and directions
Fiber Feel Day is in its 6th year and celebrates the annual harvest of fiber from local farms.
We will be in a new building this year, Building 13, yellow on the map. Click the map for a larger image.
While focusing on fleece, mostly newly shorn from sheep, angora goats and rabbits, alpaca and llama, we also welcome value added products from yarn to hand sewn bags, and natural dyes. The bays at the WNC Farmer’s Market allow for a tailgate type atmosphere where if desired, vendors can pull in and set up a table and sell from in front of their cars or trucks or set up a traditional booth like a craft show.
Vendors are encouraged to demonstrate from their booth as this is as much a community educational event as it is a venue for sales.
10 x 20 $35
20 x 20 $50
Local Cloth members receive a $10 discount.
Level: All levels welcome
Materials Fee: $25 for yarn
Instructor: Deanna Lynch
As a new educational member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Local Cloth members can submit items for the annual Fiber Days Fashion Show.
Submissions are accepted until April 5.
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
Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years: Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times by Elizabeth Wayland Barber
Download the 2019 spring, summer, fall listing and any documents for this month or email Dani Burke for PDFs of articles.
June 1, 2019
Anything Fiber Sale will return to the DeVries Gym at Warren Wilson College the 1st weekend in June.
Registration will open April 1, 2019. See Seller Guidelines for more info.
Email if you have questions.
Back at Warren Wilson!
We are returning to Warren Wilson College, in their DeVries Gymnasium. Warren Wilson has a beautiful campus and is well known for their community service and farm programs.
Sponsored by Local Cloth!
Nice Threads Fiber Studio/Leslie Owens has spent many years developing a successful event. This community is thankful for the hard work that has been put into this event, one which everyone looks forward to each year. Local Cloth has been helping sponsor the Anything Fiber Sale for the past few years, and now handles all registration, communication, and procedures for the actual event. It's still the same sale, and will run much the same as past years. Melanie Wilder, Local Cloth Treasurer will be handling all questions, registration, and coordinating logistics for the event. She Supervises the Fiber Arts program at Warren Wilson College, therefore is able to help coordinating the event at this location easily. Please feel free to email with any questions.
Seller Information: Registration Opens April 1
The seller space size is 10’ x 10’. We will have plenty of 6ft tables to rent as an option. Our selling space fee is $30 per space, with tables for rent for an additional $10.
See the sellers Guidelines for more information.
Materials Fee: $20 for Wools to scour, Soaps, pH papers, Handout, Spin Dryer
Instructor: Mary Pavis Egbert
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
Materials fee: $15 for all hand dyed reeds, buckets,tools, hand outs and some wild vines.
Instructor: Carla Filippelli
Registration: Members $25, Non-members $30
Instructor: Ruth Anne Goss
Materials Fee: $15 for all hand dyed reeds, buckets, tools and hand outs or this class
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Free to all.
Uplifting the Southern Highlander: Handicrafts at Biltmore Estate Industries by Kelly H. L’Ecuyer
“What on Earth Are You Going to Do with Al This Yarn?” Outwork Weavers in Eastern Connecticut, 1810-1820 by Mary Sherman Lycan (Textile History Forum, 2018)
Fulling Mills, Woolen Finishing, and Changing Systems of Cloth Production on the Brandywine, 1789-1823 by Eliza West (Textile History Forum, 2018)
Materials Fee: $15 for handout, drinks, and dessert
Materials fee: $30
Rounding out the class series on fiber production, processing, and marketing, Louise Nuttle, owner of Dry Creek Alpacas and co-founder of Only the Finest, a TN Alpaca Fiber Consortium, will lead a discussion about ways in which we can add to the intrinsic value and increase the marketability of our locally grown fibers.
Level: All levels
Materials fee: $0
Instructor: Louise Nuttle