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    • 12 Apr 2018
    • 28 Mar 2019
    • 35 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11, Asheville NC

    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.

    All levels

    Materials fee: $5 for handouts + $ for yarn purchase as needed

    • 10 Dec 2018
    • 01 Apr 2019
    • 17 sessions

    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.

    • 19 Feb 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
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    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.

    • 20 Feb 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
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    Heather Hietala

    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.

    • 21 Feb 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 6
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    Broken, point, extended point, M & W, advancing and herringbone all are examples of an almost endless variety of twill weaving patterns possible on four shafts. The best way to learn about these patterns is by weaving a gamp or sample blanket. Start with a warp divided into sections of different twill threadings. Apply a 2/2, 1/3 or 3/1 twill tie-up and then treadle the patterns in the order threaded. The resulting gamp illustrates how each threading looks when woven with itself, PLUS many more examples of how they look woven with each other. This is the last of a series of three classes guiding participants through development and weaving of a twill gamp, using lecture, hands-on demos and, if desired, at-home practice. This class focuses on how to combine patterns from the twill gamp to create original weaving designs.


    Level: Intermediate

    Materials fee: $5 for Handout with drafts, finished woven gamp for discussion and all materials and tools used in class.

    Registration:

    Members $50

    Non-members $60

    Instructor: Resident Artist Karen Donde


    • 23 Feb 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11, Asheville, NC
    • 4
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    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

    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 8
    Register

    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.

    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
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    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.



    • 25 Feb 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 1
    Register

    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.

    Space Cadets perform chores within the 3 hour block. The chores do not take the entire time, so the rest of the time can be used for personal work.

    The chore list by day can be found here.

    To schedule safety training, please contact the studio coordinator.

    • 26 Feb 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    Register

    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.

    • 05 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    Register

    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.

    • 12 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    Register

    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.

    • 15 Mar 2019
    • 17 Mar 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
    Register
    Combine woven shibori, a loom controlled patterning system using temporary gathering threads, with silk noil and Lanaset dyes to create samples or a scarf. Bring your 4-8 harness loom dressed with a dummy warp 180 ends sett at 12epi (instructions and threading drafts will be provided) ready to tie on silk.  In addition to the aforementioned loom, participants will need to bring 2 shuttles, bobbins, warp separator (paper or sticks), scissors, seam ripper and other tools for weaving. A pickup stick longer than 15" is optional. Manual bobbin winders will be available. Learn the process. Handouts will support taking your new skills to your home studio.

    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

    • 19 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    Register

    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.

    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11, Asheville, NC
    • 6
    Register

    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

    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    Register

    All things indigo!

    From growing to processing to dyeing techniques--if it has to do with indigo, we will study it.

    March we will explore arashi techniques, and as always feel free to bring your show & tell.



    • 26 Mar 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
    Register

    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.

    Level: All

    Materials Fee:  $5 for Grommets, thread, beads, needles, yarns, floss

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: Resident Artist Joan Berner
    • 26 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    Register

    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.

    • 30 Mar 2019
    • 07 Apr 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11, Asheville NC
    • 0


    • 02 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    Register

    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.

    • 09 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    Register

    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.

    • 13 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 6
    Register
    An introductory course that will provide students with the necessary tools to begin exploring the magical world of eco printing. Fabric preparation, mordants, tannins, modifiers and plant selection will be explored. After a series of sampling with different techniques and methods, students will print a 14 x 72" silk scarf as their final project.

    Level: Beginner

    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

    • 20 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 6
    Register
    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. We will work with natural dyes including cochineal, logwood and osage orange, and also explore the dramatic impact various tannins have on botanical prints. Tannins explored will include oak gall nut, pomegranate and sumac. Eco printing experience is highly recommended.

    Level: Intermediate

    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.

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Patricia Spangler

    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 20
    Register
    In this class, we will focus on the planning and planting of a backyard dye garden. We will focus on the plants that grow easily in our region, their care and harvesting methods, among many other growing specific details. This is an informative class, with little hands on content. This class is not a how to dye class. Seed and plant sourcing will be shared with the class.

    Level:  All levels

    Materials Fee: $0

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor:  Melanie Wilder

    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11, Asheville, NC
    • 6
    Register

    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

    • 01 May 2019
    • 08 May 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
    Register
    Process, community and collaboration will be the themes of this 2 part workshop. Starting with raw materials, we will transform plants into sheets of paper and bind them into handmade books. In the first session, we will learn the details of harvesting, cooking, and blending plant fibers into a workable pulp. Get hands-on in the vats of pulp to collectively pull sheets of paper from 3 common plant species. Working together, the group will produce shared stacks of paper for bookbinding. In session two, we will transform the handmade paper to create a series of hand stitched pamphlet books that can used for drawing and journaling, or as a reference for future paper making explorations. Participants will work together to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Everyone will take home at least 2 books, reference handouts, and the skills to make plant based paper and pamphlet books on their own.

    Level: Beginning

    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

    • 09 May 2019
    • 30 May 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
    Register
    In this intimate workshop you will learn the basics of using a loom and weaving cloth over the course of 4 Thursday evenings. Class 1 will focus on learning the parts of a loom and preparing it to weave (called dressing the loom). In class 2 we will begin the process of weaving! What is a shed? Shuttles and bobbins? The selvage? All this and more will be discussed. Class 3 is expanding our understanding of basic weaving structures- we will move beyond plain weave into twills, supplemental wefts, tapestry techniques, and experimental materials. The final class will offer time to finish as much as we can of our warps, cut the weaving from the loom, and develop various methods of “finishing the ends.” Intended to reveal the magic and complexity of weaving, this course will be process focused and collaborative in approach.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials fee: $40 for Loom rental, all weaving tools, yarn, handouts, books for inspiration

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

    Instructor: Danielle Burke

    • 11 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 5
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    Learn to direct warp your rigid heddle loom and get weaving in one day! We will be focused on learning the direct warping method for rigid heddle, threading and basic beginning weaving techniques. You will leave with a warped loom, ready for weaving!
    Note: You will need to bring a rigid heddle loom to participate in this workshop. If you do not have one, but would like to rent , please contact the instructor.

    Level: All levels welcome

    Materials Fee: $25 for yarn

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Deanna Lynch

    • 18 May 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 16
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    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.

    Level:  Intermediate

    Materials Fee:  $5 for Indigo & assists, handout

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor:  Eileen Hallman

    • 19 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    Put your scraps to good use. Make functional pieces of small art out of your handmade fabric. We will investigate easy techniques to make unique bags. We will also make a key fob to make your keys easy to find.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $10 for Downloadable directions, key fob metal components, magnetic snaps, interfacing

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Joan Berner

    • 08 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 09 Jun 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 15
    Register

    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.

    Level: Intermediate

    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

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

    Instructor: Martha Owen

    • 13 Jun 2019
    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 9
    Register
    Don’t know what to do with that beautiful piece of hand-dyed fabric? Maybe you have a vintage table runner that needs a new life. How about that partial skein of yarn that isn’t enough for a project, but is too beautiful to toss? Discover the art doll as a means of creative expression for textile and fiber lovers. In this class we will learn the basics of constructing a stump doll. We will explore design principles, sources of inspiration, and methods for adapting various materials to create a beautiful one-of-a-kind figure. These figures will be constructed primarily of cloth, but mixed-media options will be discussed. A working sewing machine and basic sewing skills are required.

    Level: Beginner

    Materials fee: $25 for Pattern, fabric for head and hands, stand, stuffing

    Registration: Members $150, Non-members $180

    Instructor: Ann Hord-Heatherley

    • 22 Jun 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 20
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    There are many aspects to achieving the best fiber harvest possible. This class is a lecture based introduction to these many aspects. From your farm planning, animal selection and husbandry, pasture and barn management, pre shearing, shearing and post shearing protocols, fiber skirting, grading and sorting you can improve the quality of your fiber and therefore improving your end product. Handouts and work sheets will be provided.

    Level: All

    Materials Fee: $0

    Registration: Members $25, Non-members $30

    Instructor: Ruth Anne Goss

    • 29 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 3875 Saint James Road Greeneville TN 37743
    • 15
    Register
    So you have your fiber ready for processing...then what? A visit to the Two Roots Fiber Mill in Greeneville, TN will show you what is involved in getting your fiber processed. You will be given a overview of the complete step by step process and then be able to observe each step in action. Each machine will be demoed in the order your fiber is processed. Processing options will be addressed such as "Should I blend with another fiber, when in the process should I blend it and what is my end goal with the product? ". If time permits you can also enjoy a visit with the alpacas and a walk through the vineyard. Lunch will be provided.

    Level: All

    Materials Fee: $15 for handout, drinks, and dessert

    Registration: Members $25, Non-members $30

    Instructor: Ruth Anne Goss