The Refinery (the building in which Local Cloth is located) is open on the first Friday of each month to celebrate the exhibition in the gallery, and to allow people to stroll through the building. Local Cloth will be open, too. From 5:00 – 8:00, all members are invited to come and meet up. Some of you may wish to tackle UFOs. Others may have items for show and tell. And everyone can snack and chat.
We’d love to fill the studio with all our fiber friends. Come for some of the time, or all of the time. Bring a snack to share, or just bring yourself, and of course, whatever you’d like to work on.
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 - Judi Jetson and/or 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
November Natural Dye Study Group
This will be our last meet up for 2019. We will finish up our tour of printing with Natural Dyes with an exploration of space-dyeing yarn. This technique utilizes direct application of concentrated dyes to mordanted yarn, which is then steamed to set the color. Please bring any scoured, mordanted yarn to play with. You may want to get one 100 gram skein and split it up so you can do a few experiments. I will bring weld (yellow) and cutch (brown) extracts, if you have some others in your stash please bring them so we can have a good variety.
Looking forward to seeing you.
Information for new members of the Natural Dye Study Group
Mittens will be created using upcycled wool sweaters
Materials fee: $ for Sewing machine if needed
Instructor: Elizabeth Searle
Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60
Staring at your yarn stash deciding what weaving project shall be next, your eyes land on that yarn you bought at a fiber fair in 2012. You loved it then, and you love it now, but it remains on the shelf because you are just not sure how to use it. Or you still have a small quantity of a precious and expensive yarn, but don’t know how to combine it with other yarns so that it still plays the starring role in the design. Or maybe your yarn stash has simply reached critical mass, and you need to use it up so you can order more. This one-day off-loom workshop will give you suggestions for using the yarn you have to weave the cloth you want. Bring a few of your “challenge” yarns with you, and leave with one or more project ideas.
-Evaluate the qualities and properties of the yarns you’ve brought.
-Share ideas about the best project for them with other participants.
-Learn ways to combine your stash yarns with other yarns.
-Get hands-on practice with color-mixing exercises, fiber identification & research and drafting with graph paper or computer software.
Supplies to bring: A few yarns from your stash you are not sure how to use, pencil, pen, a few colored pencils or markers, graph paper, small calculator, scissors, scotch tape, color wheel
Materials Fee: $10 for Handout with design worksheet, design tools
Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120
Instructor: Karen Donde
An introductory course that will provide students with the tools necessary to begin exploring the magical world of eco printing. Students will generate silk samples using different mordanting and modifying techniques for insuring successful results. Silk fabric and a variety of leaves will be provided for the experiments. After a series of “testing” students will select their favorite “method” and print a 14” x 72” silk scarf. Students will leave with a 14” x 72” silk scarf, multiple samples and handouts containing thorough instructions for working at home.
Materials Fee: $25 includes all fabrics and supplies
Instructor: Patricia Spangler bio
Eco Printing--The Next Generation is a follow-up to the introductory workshops. In this class, students will learn techniques for creating colored backgrounds to enhance the effects of eco printing on silk. Focusing on background surface design and color, we will work with natural dyes including cochineal, logwood and osage orange--as well as tannins such as pomegranate and gall nut.
Prerequisites: Eco printing experience highly recommended.
Materials Fee: $30 includes all supplies and fabrics necessary for success. Students will leave with a 14" x 72" silk scarf, multiple color samples and handouts containing thorough instructions.
Coptic Stitch Bookbinding
In this workshop, we will cover the basics of the coptic stitch binding technique to create a unique hardcover journal that lays flat when open. We will design and glue up book boards that will become the covers for our book then prepare and sew the signature pages into the covers, completing the book.
Materials Fee: $15
Instructor: Alyssa Sacora bio
Makers Holiday Market
December 6th 4 to 8 pm
Please join us for our Maker’s Holiday Market. We will have an array of 100% handmade fiber treasures. Among the offerings will be knitted, dyed and nuno felted accessories and soaps, refashioned clothing, naturally dyed yarn, eco printed bags and scarves, one of a kind ornaments, birch work and textile printing. Get some holiday shopping done and find a little treasure for yourself.
We will have festive refreshments for you while you browse. The vendors fees will go towards the Local Cloth Scholarship fund. This evening coincides with the Asheville Area Arts Council first Friday and most of the Refinery studios are participating so do come along and enjoy the opening in the gallery and all the open studios.
Materials Fee: $15 for all hand dyed reeds, buckets, tools and hand outs or this class
Instructor: bio Carla Filippelli
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
Community Dye Studio
207 Coxe Ave, #11Asheville, NC 28801
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