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We had our first quarterly Fiber Art Critique group in mid July and we had a great time talking about each piece of fiber art and finding out how everyone works. The round table discussion was born out of knowing that there are groups out there that critique other forms of art, but it is rare to find one for people who work primarily in fiber. It is a fun, positive way to get together with like minded fiber artists to discuss our current work and learn new ways of doing things. We would love to have you join us if you are wanting to grow in your fiber craft and brainstorm new ideas for finding ways of building your business. Join us at our quarterly Fiber Arts Critique group meeting, October 20th 5:30 at Local Cloth. Led by Judy Ott.
Wear face masks, please.
If you have worked stranded or Fair Isle knitting patterns, you know the joy of working color and design together in a rhythm that can be satisfying and well as addictive. In this class, we will use a fingerless mitts pattern to explore working a stranded design in the round in a small circumference. The class pattern offers a 5-inch cuff of stranded colorwork, The body and thumb are worked in a solid color with a bit of colorwork before the final rib to finish the pattern. During the class, we will cover various methods of knitting small circumferences in the round, the “kiss of color” ribbing edge, adding a side thumb, and getting gauge in both colorwork and single-color stockinette when both are found in the pattern. Students interested in this class should be familiar with Stranded Colorwork/Fair Isle knitting.
Materials fee: $0
Registration: Members $35 Non-members $ 45
Instructor: Bio Varian Brandon
Members! Join us via Zoom for coffee or tea, conversation, and quiet handiwork. Suggestions: knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, sock darning, embroidery or any other portable project you have going lending itself to a get together. Let’s exchange ideas and chit-chat! Every Friday for the foreseeable future from 4-6pm.
Bring. Yourselves, a mug, and your ongoing work. Also optional: bring a piece of your finished work to show others what your interests are.
Hosted by Susette Shiver
Sign up at least 2 days in advance to receive your Zoom log-in information ahead of time.
The Spinning Study Group's purpose is to share the joy of handspinning. We welcome anyone from the professional spinner to those who are just beginning - all share a love of learning. Monthly meetings cover a range of topics, including different techniques of hand spinning and fiber processing, how to use handspinning tools, and other topics as determined by the group. For September - December 2020, we will conduct a breed study, spinning and plying samples of various types of wool, mohair, alpaca, llama and rabbit raised in our Blue Ridge Mountains region. Sample donations are encouraged.
Whenever possible, our members volunteer to demonstrate spinning at local events and educational outreach programs.
This is not a learn-to-spin group, but we welcome those new to spinning to come a half-hour early (from 6 - 6:30pm) to get acquainted and request some help. Our meetings will be held in person at the Local Cloth studio, and members who wish to attend virtually will receive a Zoom link.
Fiber Feel Day is a gathering of farmers to celebrate the annual harvest of fiber from local farms. We're excited that we've been able to schedule it in this year of cancellations.
We will be in Barn 5, the long shed to the left after Jesse Israel. It's the same place we were 2 years ago.
While focusing on fleece, mostly newly shorn from sheep, angora goats and rabbits, alpaca and llama, we also welcome your value added products from yarn to hand sewn bags, and natural dyes.
Vendors are encouraged to demonstrate from their booth as this is as much a community educational event as it is a venue for sales.
ALL VENDOR POSITIONS HAVE BEEN FILLED.
Take the fabulous textures that can be created by laminating wool fibers to cloth to a whole new level by combining weaving and felting in a great new process. We will begin by weaving a loose web of cloth, take it off the loom, add luxurious merino wool fibers then wet felt everything together. Beginners to advanced in either technique will love this combination.
Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $10
Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240
Instructor: Geri Forkner
Starting in October, a new interest group will be meeting at Local Cloth. This is a group for pattern sewers to discuss patterns, pattern modifications, fabrics, notions, techniques, machines, sources and their latest creations.
Bring your latest projects, sewing materials and any other information that may be of interest to the group.
Hosted by Deb Holden
Social distancing and mask wearing will be observed. For questions or comments, contact Deb Holden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Instructor: Beth Sellars and Judi Jetson bio
Shibori is the simple yet sophisticated Japanese ancestor of tie-dyeing, newly popular with many modern adaptations. We will use straight-forward, immediate hands-on methods of clamping, tying, stitching, and wrapping resists on silk fabrics, then immerse them in vibrant fiber-reactive and acid dye baths to layer rich colors and gorgeous patterns. We will also mix a simple pre-reduced indigo bath as well as get into discharge, or color removal, from base layer colors on cotton fabrics. Students may bring blank fabric, scarves, t-shirts, and apparel pieces to dye and finish in this fun and fast-paced workshop.
Instructor: bio Jen Swearington
Come get knotty with us! This beginner workshop will take you through the steps you need to take away your very own macrame wall hanging. Basic knots will be covered as well as design conception.
Feel free to bring a branch or stick (approx. 12-15” long) of your own to mount your hanging. Otherwise a wooden dowel will be provided.
Materials Fee: $10 for cotton cord, yarn, wooden dowls. Students may bring small branch, wood or metal dowel.
Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60
Instructor: Jessica Wilson - Thille
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It's time to get in the holiday spirit and work on making some Jolly 'ol Elf figures. We will learn the basics of building the Santa form, attaching wool top as well as doing his facial features. We will be making small sized Santa's that can sit on a table or made as an ornament. These Santa's are so much fun to make and you should be able to leave with a couple of completed pieces, plus have enough supplies for making more at a later time!
Materials Fee: $40
Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120
Instructor: bio Beth Sellars
These trees will NOT shed their needles! Be creative with color, size and embellishment. Christmas decorations, or just a lovely tree to decorate your home. You will create the felted tree "circles" in class and assemble at home after the circles are dry.
Materials Fee: $10.00
Instructor: Lynne Noble
Take this in-depth class from experienced knitter and designer Gregg Johnson and learn how to go beyond commercial patterns and develop the best knitted fabric for your sweater design. You'll also learn about: Yarn Structure and size, Color Palette and color placement, Custom Fit, How to take and use your body measurements, Garment Shape and Fit to Flatter principles, How to get professional finishing results, Choosing stitch patterns, and much more. Be warned - there is homework!
Materials Fee: $4
Registration: Members $300, Non-members $350
Instructor: bio Gregg Johnson