We'll cover everything you need to know about dyeing plant fibers - cotton, linen, tencel, rayon, hemp and silk - using fiber reactive dyes. These dyes are readily available and can be purchased online from ProChem, Jacquard or Dharma, or locally from EarthGuild in Asheville. Or you can pay the materials fee and the instructor will mail them to you. We'll begin by soaking your pre-washed fabric, garments or yarn in a soda ash mixture and mixing your dyes with hot water and urea. You'll learn ways to fold, tie or clamp your fabric and then squirt or pour dye onto your materials, or simply place them in a pot. You will leave everything to soak for 24 hours, and on Day 2 we'll cover how to rinse, wash and set your newly-dyed fabric.
For this virtual class, participants supply all equipment, and may purchase dye from instructor, will need to be shipped 5 days before class begins.
Materials Fee: $15
Students will need: Pre-washed fabric or yarn, a bucket for soaking, saran wrap, clamps, string, rubber bands, plastic bags, gloves, apron.
Registration: Members $35, Non-members $45
Instructor: Judi Jetson
Acid dyes may sound scary to beginners, who imagine that the dyes themselves are caustic strong acids. In fact, the dyes are non-caustic, are sometimes non-toxic, and are named for the mild acid (such as vinegar) used in the dyeing process, and for the types of bonds they form to the fiber. Acid dyes are used to dye animal or protein fibers such as wool, mohair, alpaca, cashmere and silk. ProChem, Jacquard and Dharma are common companies that sell these dyes, which are also sold at EarthGuild in downtown Asheville. We will prepare our fiber - which can be cloth, fleece, roving or yarn - by soaking in a vinegar bath, prepare the dye by dissolving powder in hot water, apply dye to the fiber and then let the magic happen. We will use a variety of application techniques including immersion dyeing, painting, and dip dyeing. After the fiber has steamed for at least 45 minutes, it will be allowed to cool gradually. During Day 2 of the class we will unwrap and unveil our dyed samples and admire the results, sharing successes and imagining how things might turn out differently on the next try.
Materials provided by instructor: citric acid and 3 colors of dye
Note - students signing up to take the class in person only need to bring their fiber - all other supplies are available in the Local Cloth studio. for shipping materials - student must sign up at least 5 days in advance.
Students should bring: wool cloth, fleece, roving or yarn to dye, thick plastic for covering table top, gloves, apron, saran wrap, stainless steel pot (not for food), stainless steel steamer, crockpot, measuring spoons, stir sticks, empty yogurt cups (or something similar) for mixing dyes.
Did you know that fiber producers can help to shift agriculture’s climate impact, while at the same time adding to their farm’s differentiation and story? In this workshop, Mari Stuart introduces the toolkit of farming and land management practices known as carbon farming practices, and its relevance for fiber farmers. Carbon farming practices rebuild soil organic matter and improve soil health, and in so doing improve the soil’s capacity to capture and store carbon from the atmosphere. We will go over different regenerative pasture management practices and their applicability in our region, and look at a sample carbon farming plan for a small sheep and goat farm. Towards the end, Mari shares how new and emerging carbon markets could help small-scale fiber farmers to access funding for implementing these systems and get compensated for good ecological stewardship.
There will be ample time for Q&A at the end to get all your questions answered.
This is a free event but a $10 donation is suggested and appreciated. https://localcloth.org/Donate
Unlock the mysteries of screen printing with simple, immediate, low-tech processes to print anything from t-shirts to fine scarves, from paper cards to fabric yardage. Jen will show you how to design a range of stencils to print through screens including: painting with screen filler and drawing fluid, rubbing textures with wax, cutting shelf paper, and more. Printing media will focus primarily on water-soluble textile inks, but Jen will also review processes to thicken dyes and color removers. Let her show you lots of tips and tricks to keep on printing at home! OPEN TO ALL SKILL LEVELS
Working from her home kitchen, Jen will conduct class via Zoom. She will demonstrate all processes and encourage interaction as she goes. You can watch, follow along, and ask questions, then experiment on your own optional “homework” after class Saturday evening and show your work for discussion Sunday morning. “Homework” is recommended for practice, feedback, and advice but is totally optional; you can get as much or as little hands-on experience as you want.
Recipes and procedures are pulled straight from Jen’s book, “Printing on Fabric: Techniques with Screens, Stencils, Inks and Dyes,” available autographed directly from her at jennythreads.etsy.com or from amazon, etc.
Overview of the Screen, Stencil and Print Surface
Examples of Prints and Characteristics of Techniques
Simple Cut Stencils: Contact Shelf Paper
Printing Found Textures: Paraffin Wax Rubbing
Intricate Cut Stencils: Tyvek
Painted Stencils Part 1: Drawing Fluid
Question and Answer Time: how did your printing go?
Painted Stencils Part 2: Screen Filler Spray-out
Layout, Registration & Repeat Printing
Thickening Dyes: Sodium Alginate
Printing Color Removal: Thiox and Bleach
Materials fee: 0
Registration: Members $140 Non-members $ 180
Instructor: Bio Jen Swearington
Wondering what to do on the first Saturday in May this year? Kentucky Derby? Virtual Maryland Sheep and Wool? How about Fiber Farmers Day!
This spring, Local Cloth's 9th annual Fiber Farmers Day will be held at the WNC Agricultural Center sales barn. Where it all began! We're hoping for a mild spring day for you to find your favorite wool, mohair, camelid fleece, yarn, roving or handmade item. We will share space in the area that has temporary horse stalls where there is plenty of room to spread out so that vendors and shoppers stay safe. There will be no horses in the stalls!
Even though it will be at the Ag Center we have again decided to limit the sale to product only. (No animals ) Spinners, bring your wheel and join the spinning circle. Knitters and crocheters are welcome to bring needles and hooks and join in, too. We'll also demonstrate how fleece is carded and combed to prepare it for spinning.
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
Whether you create woven, felted or quilted cloth to make garments, everyone wants them to look great, show off your skills and FIT. In this two day class, we will make a mannequin (either from duct tape or a Uniquely You mannequin) that accurately reflects your body shape and size. In addition, we will go through exercises to recognize what looks good on you and make croquis to help you plan your garments. We will concentrate on how to shape garments on a mannequin. Visual depiction of a garment on a mannequin, that is my duplicate, helps me make design choices as well as save time from remaking of garments that don’t fit. This class will allow you to design the garment in your head and see how it will look on you - and know that it fits.
Level: Beginner, Basic sewing skills needed, no draping or drafting skills needed
Students should bring: T-shirt that will be destroyed in process, 3 large roll in duct tape - 2 solid colors, 2 smaller rolls with designs on them, OR a Uniquely You Mannequin kit (Wawak sewing supplies), computer or iPad, colored pencils, notebook, 5 yards inexpensive, narrow flat braid, 5 yards muslin, sewing machine, thread, pins, hand sewing needles, tape measure, paper and cloth scissors, 5 yards gridded interfacing
Members $200 Non-members $ 240
Instructor: Bio Joan Berner
This class is a great compliment to the class on Design and Fit Basics. You must have a mannequin that is a body double to take this class. With an understanding of the garment you would like to create, you will create the pattern right on your mannequin. You will enhance your pattern with grain lines, shaping construction techniques, facings, collars and seam allowances. The pattern will be tested by making a muslin to assure fit and great design.
Level: Beginner, Design and Fit Basics class is a requirement for this class. Basic sewing skills needed, no draping or drafting skills needed
Students should bring: Mannequin, 5 yards muslin, sewing machine (there are a few to share), pins, thread, marking pen, 4 yards blue gridded interfacing (Pellon), quilting rulers if you have them - I will bring some with me.
Introductory course for people curious about machine sewing. We will explore your machine's capabilities, how to work stitches, needle options, threading, tension settings, bobbin winding and more. Upon completion, students will be ready for beginning sewing projects of all kinds.
Non members: $60
Instructor: Rachel Stone bio
Materials provided by instructor: None
Materials students should bring: Students should bring their sewing machine, spool(s) of "sew-all" thread, bobbin(s), scissors, scrap fabric(s) and an extension cord. All supplies can be purchased locally at Asheville Cotton Co. or Joanne Fabrics and Crafts. Second hand sewing machines can be found at yard sales, thrift stores, on Craigslist and Ebay.
If you have questions, please contact Rachel at email@example.com.
On the first day of this class you will learn how to prepare paper for eco printing and use leaves and flowers to make beautiful permanent prints. We will make small samples of our books structures while we wait for our papers to steam. On day two we will use the our papers to make 6 simple book forms: 2 options of the pamphlet stitch book, an accordion book, a star book and a Japanese stab binding.
Materials fee: $8
Instructor provided materials: Stonehenge printing paper for covers, mordants and modifiers, plant material, book making supplies
Student should bring: Paper for pages (any text weight paper about 50 pieces), decorative paper odds and ends or card stock for sample books, acid free glue stick, sharp pencil, plant material (list of suitable plants will be sent), long see thru ruler, x-acto knife, bone folder if you have one, awl, scissors, tapestry needle, waxed linen thread or embroidery floss. Optional: buttons, ribbon, cording for closures.
Members: $ 150
Non Members: $ 180
Instructor: bio Joyce Tromba
In this full day class students will explore the world of block printing on fabric and paper. We will design and carve print blocks and experiment with printing them on different materials. Students will learn how to print blocks using one or more colors. There are so many wonderful things that can be created! Students are encouraged to bring some ready made objects (napkins, tea towels) so they can leave with a completed project. The goal for this class is for students to feel comfortable with the basics of printing on fabric and paper so they can continue printing at home.
Non members: $120
Instructor: Krista Skrede bio
Materials fee: $25
Materials provided by instructor: Ink, linoleum cutter, print blocks, paper, small amount of cotton fabric, some ready made items, note cards and handouts.
Materials students should bring: Enough fabric (cotton, linen, knit) to experiment with printing. Please bring cellulose fabric, cotton and linen. This is to make sure you can heat set the fabric properly. Fabric should be lighter in color, tighter in weave (not gauzy) and not overly textured. Preprinted fabric is OK, but not ideal. Please make sure your fabric has been washed and ironed. Students should also bring T pins, tape, ruler (clear quilting ruler is best), pencil, scissors, X-acto knife, sharpie marker, inspiration material. Some ready made objects like t-towels, napkins, cards, etc. to print on.
Throw pillows are easy to make and a great way to add color and comfort to any room. Learn how to re-cover or make a new cover for any sized pillow. We will explore envelope style techniques, flange edges, trim and/or tassels. Students bring their own supplies.
Materials provided by instructor: None
Materials students should bring: Students will need to bring their sewing machine, pillow insert (usually available in fiberfill, down, wool or buckwheat), fabric, "sew-all" thread, appropriate machine needle (different fabrics require different sizes and types of needles), bobbin(s), sharp scissors/cutting shears, thread clippers (optional), trim (optional), straight pins, measuring tape, pen/pencil, paper to write measurements on and extension cord. Yardage/trim requirements will depend on pillow size and cover type. Most supplies can be purchased locally at Asheville Cotton Co. or Joanne Fabrics and Crafts. If you have questions, please contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Experience the centuries old process of floating paint on a thick gel. Draw designs, lay paper on it and voila, the design is frozen!! You learn many historic patterns found in old books and Bibles. By the end of the day, you will have acquired the skills to repeat and create a scarf, bandanna, or cotton fabric for your own accessory, quilt fabric, or stretched fabric art work.
Instructor: Pam Granger Gale bio
Materials fee: $30
Materials provided by instructor: size, trays, paints, tools, paper, silk, cotton
Participants should bring any papers they would like to try.
Are you curious about all the methods of spinning and when to use them? This class will explore several different techniques: long draw, inch worm, woolen vs worsted, spinning from the fold and short forward draw. We will also discuss several types of fiber preparation and how to spin to a desired weight for lace, socks, a sweater or a hat.
Instructor: Judi Jetson bio
Materials provided by instructor: all yarn will be supplied by the instructor. Handcards, combs, a drumcard and hackle will be available for students to try.
Materials students should bring: Students must bring a working spinning wheel, and are encouraged to bring their favorite fiber prep tools.
ECO-PRINTING ON CELLULOSE FIBER Eco-printing is a contact printing technique. Leaves are placed over mordanted fiber and rolled tight in a bundle. Next boiling or steaming the bundle transfers the tannins from within the leaves to the fiber. Beginner experience level Instruction on pre treatment ( mordanting cellulose fiber) will be given and explained. However, fabric used for class will be pre-mordanted ready for use. We will experiment with medium weight linen that will provide technique for folding larger pieces in half that produce minimal center lines. Color dye carrier blankets will be used to transfer color over our leaf and fabric bundle. This will let us examine how different leaves are printing or acting as resists. The second print will be on a rayon scarf 14”x 72. The dye we will be using is Procion fiber reactive dye. The carrier dye blankets are cotton fabric that has been washed several times. You can use old cotton sheets. I find that the dye blankets themselves are very beautiful and I end up saving them for other uses.
Example: Quilts, linings and face masks. I like to use bleached white Kona cotton. There will be instruction on how to read your print results and adjust length of time in steamer. Also how to pre test your leaves for the amount of tannin they contain. The more tannin the better result of printing.
Instructor: Denise Arcuri bio
Materials provided by instructor:
Mordanted medium weight linen aprox 23”x 44”, and rayon scarf 14”x 72”, Procion dye, twine , plastic wrap, iron acetate, plastic drop cloth, white plastic basket, shrink wrap, and written instruction on what was covered in class.
Materials to bring to class:
Gloves thin medical exam gloves Apron Plastic spray bottle with 50% vinegar and 50% water 2 wooden dowels 1 1/4 to 1 1/2“ diameter by 15” length. (Lowe’s/ home depo will cut to size) White cotton fabric 21/2 yds or old cotten sheets. Wash cotten several times Microtex pen can be bought Walmart, Joanns, Staples ( needs to be water resistant) Two old small kitchen towel sized rags Rubber bands Empty plastic gallon jug from water or vinegar (we will fill them with water to aid in making tight fabric bundles ) Some Leaves will be provided ,however bring some of your own to experiment and share.
LEAVES THAT PRINT WELL:
Maple, oak, any hard wood tree leaves Fruit tree leaves Rose Marigold petals Oak leaf hydrangeas Smoke bush Coreopsis, Pretty leaves that act more as a resist when using color dye blankets that leave interesting shapes Tulip tree leaves Kudzu Ginkgo Sassafras.
This workshop will teach you how to spin using different methods of plying, and we'll discuss when to use them. Spinning from a center pull ball, navajo or chain plying, cabled yarn, and singles will be discussed, in addition to the more traditional 2-ply and 3-ply. We'll also discuss how to finish your handspun, including thwacking.
Materials provided by instructor: fleece and roving
Materials students should bring: a working spinning wheel, a niddy noddy, lazy kate, ball winder
Introductory course for people curious about leather work. The class will cover leather types, sourcing, cutting, finishing, beveling/burnishing edges and basic assembly with rivets and Chicago screws. Student will gain an understanding of how to make a variety of strap leather accessories - belts, pet collars/leashes, keychains and more.
Materials fee: $20 for full kit
Materials provided by instructor: All materials supplied by instructor - naked vegetable tanned leather (Wickett & Craig 8-10oz. tooling), buckle (hand made stainless steel or brass), gum tragacanth, finishing wax, wool for buffing, rivets and/or Chicago screws. Instructor's tools will be available for use in class. Students may also bring their own buckle, leather and/or assembly hardware. Hand stitching will not be covered in his class.
Materials students should bring: Nothing required. If students bring their own supplies, the material fee can be adjusted/waived.
Using your stash yarns, learn how to weave a triangle scarf using one yarn strand at a time Using the basket weave. Unlike continuous strand weaving where you weave one continuous yarn having a pattern that is balanced on each side, Cut Strand weaving is different. The technique of weaving over and under is the same, however you use on stand of year for each row. This is a great way to use up your leftover yarn. You can mix and match your yarns for a colorful, very unique triangle scarf. There still is no elaborate planning or warping yarns. You weave as you go. The process is simple to learn and is enjoyable for adults and children of any age. Basic continuous weaving experience is helpful, but not necessary.
Instructor: Marilyn Haas-Haseman bio
Materials fee: $5
Students should bring:
If you have your own loom please bring it and email me to know how many precut strands you will need for your loom. If the loom is 3 foot than follow directions above about cutting strands.
• Precut yarns to 48 inches each. You can introduce accent yarns (mohair, fuzzy, lace, or cotton sock weight yarns) or have 2 coordinating colors. Cut 208 strands. Please do not tangle them. Can drape over a hanger or other object to easily pull yarn one at a time to weave. (For example you can hang 104 color on one hanger and 108 on another hanger).
• Crochet or weaving hook- preferably 5.25 mm/6-inch size or larger and one small one to crochet at edges. Amazon • Scissors • Hair Pic • Blunt needle (like used in darning)
• Comfortable shoes (you will initially be standing as you weave and then later sitting).
• Bring a lunch, drink, and snack.
Making a pattern from your favorite knit top or tunic. It’s your favorite knit top and you'd love to have it in different colors and prints. You know it fits you. Maybe you just want it a little longer or shorter. Choose a garment that has no more than five pattern pieces. Front , back , sleeve and maybe cuff and neck band. This class is focused on the techniques and steps to copying your favorite knit top or tunic. Students will have a finished pattern at end of class. There is no sewing construction in this class. Information on different types of knits and suggestions for what types would work well for each students pattern will be covered in class. Please send Denise (email@example.com)a picture of the top you want to copy before the class.
Instructor: Denise Acuri bio
Materials provided by instructor: brown paper
Participants should bring: Garment knit top or tunic you would like to copy French curve (wawak.com described as 4 in 1 styling design ruler). Can also be bought at Joanns Thin clear straight edged ruler ( wawak.com described as westcott 2”x 18” beveled plastic ruler). Can also be bought at Joanns dritz Needlepoint tracing wheel can be obtained at Wawak.com Straight pins A dozen sharpened pencils White eraser Tape measure.
This is a class for people who are interested in learning how to use plants to dye all kinds of natural fibers. We will use plants that you probably have in your garden or can easily find in the wild. You will learn the essential information about how to prepare your fiber using mordants to get the most vibrant, long lasting color. You can choose to work with cellulose fibers (cotton or linen) or protein fiber (wool or silk) or both. Instructor will supply plant material and you are also welcome to bring botanicals to experiment with. In this one day class we will be focusing on the most ubiquitous color we can get from nature which is yellow with shades of orange and green. You will learn how to get more than one shade form the same plant using modifiers and changes in pH. This class will give you a solid grounding in the art and chemistry of natural dyeing and send you on you journey to the rainbow of colors you can coax from botanicals.
Instructor: Joyce Tromba bio
Materials fee: $10
Materials provided by instructor: Plants, mordants, modifiers, handout detailing easy to obtain dye plants and instructions for fiber preparation and dyeing
Materials students should bring: Dye plants (optional), fabric: either cotton or linen for cellulose fiber and wool or silk for protein fiber. You can bring small samples of fiber (1/4 yard or small skeins) or more finished items like napkins, scarves, etc. We won't be able to dye large items such as clothing. Please contact instructor if you have questions about what to bring.
For virtual class, participants supply all equipment, and may purchase dye from instructor, will need to be shipped 5 days before class begins.
Students should bring: Pre-washed fabric or yarn, a bucket for soaking, saran wrap, clamps, string, rubber bands, plastic bags, gloves, apron.
Note: students who take this class in person only need to bring their fabric or yarn; all other supplies are available in the Local Cloth studio.
Learn to use mordants with natural dyes to create patterns on cloth. We will use a variety of mordants and modifiers both in the preparation of our cloth and in direct printing on cloth to make pattern and design. We will then further color the cloths using natural dyes. We will use a combination of simple silk screen, block printing and painting; the possibilities are endless. On day one we will do all our fiber prep, make the mediums for printing, prepare our dye baths and do some practice printing. On day two we continue experimenting and choose a technique to make some finished works.
Material Fee: $5
Instructor supplied materials: Linked list
Student should have: Paper for covers and pages, plant material. A detailed list will be linked
Non Members: $240
This class is for the beginning weaver or anyone who wants to explore weaving. Looms will be pre-warped in a variety of patterns and colors. Students will learn about the parts of a loom, explore color interaction and learn how to read and follow pattern drafts. The Round Robin class construct allows students to leave class with up to 7 hand towels in different patterns and colors.
Instructor provided materials: Warp, spare bobbins, misc weft materials, handouts, graph paper, bobbin winder, shuttles.
Student should bring: Students should bring notebook, pencil, scissors. Please bring your lunch and something to drink throughout the day. Students are welcome to bring their own bobbins, shuttles and weft materials if they have them. Weft materials should be 8/2 cotton in any color(s). Materials may be purchased through TheWoolery.com, Webs yarn (www.yarn.com), Yarn Barn of Kansas (www.yarnbarn-ks.com) The instructor will have spare bobbins, shuttles and weft yarns to use as well.
Members: $ 200
Non Members: $ 240
Instructor: bio Judith Henry
Coptic Stitch Book Binding is a hand sewn book making technique used to create hard cover books that lay flat when open. Coptic stitch books can be made in a variety of sizes and thicknesses, allowing for variety ad flexibility in their end use.
In this one day workshop, you will learn each step of the process:
• Planning your book size and layout of materials
• How to choose materials and tools
• Covering book boards with unique papers
• Sewing the signatures (bundles of pages) to create the body of the book
• Ways to incorporate your own personal style
You will complete a book and take home the skills to continue the craft on your own. All materials are included in the class materials fee, but you are welcome to bring a favorite paper or two for your covers. Handouts are provided. Join me in exploring this traditional book making technique and be inspired to make your own journals, artist books, and sketchbooks.
Instructor: Alyssa Sacora bio
Materials fee: $20
Materials provided by instructor: book board, cover paper, pages, glue, waxed linen, needle. Instructor will provide all of the tools needed but students are encouraged to bring their own, listed below.
Materials students should bring: Students are welcome to bring a medium weight paper for their cover. They can also bring their own cutting mat, exact knife/utility knife, bone folder, large ruler for cutting and tearing paper, glue brush, scissors.
This class will help you take an article of clothing that is comfortable and one that you love and show you how to make a pattern to replicate the garment. We will then use the pattern to make a garment out of muslin for final fit and any alterations needed.
Instructor: Joan Berner bio
Materials students should bring: Your garment that you want to replicate, 5 yards of cheap muslin, sewing machine and basic sewing supplies (scissors, pins, threads, tape measure, hem gauge, fabric