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.
Materials Fee: $5.00 for Instructional handouts
Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120
Instructor: Marilyn Haas-Haseman
Materials Fee: no fee
Registration: Members $55, Non-members $60
Instructor: bio Lisa Smith
Have you been wanting to learn how to do 2-D felting and just not sure how to start? Join us for an afternoon exploring the woods (without ever leaving the studio). We will be making two of the needle felted mushroom hangings while learning about textures and shading with wool. You will leave with the little mushroom pieces completed and ready to mount in the provided hoop frames. These are perfect for the fall season and you can keep or to gift to a special friend! This class is perfect for all levels including beginners.
Level: OK for beginners
$50 members and $60 non members
$25 materials fee will include a complete kit for 2 finished pieces
Instructor: Beth Sellars bio
Learn to set up and keep an organic indigo vat in this two part virtual tutorial. We will explore the biochemistry of the organic vat and learn how to trouble shoot, adjust and maintain your vat. Each person will create with a vat that they can keep going for years. In part one we will set up the starter jar and learn about the unique requirements of the Indigo Vat and wait for it to reduce overnight. In part two we will test our vats, make a simple shibori bandana and talk about maintenance and trouble shooting. I will send you the indigo and all other reagents needed to set up a 5 gallon vat. Please sign up at least a week before the class so I can send you the materials.
Materials Fee: $25 plus shipping
Registration: Members $30 Non-members $40
Instructor: bio Joyce Tromba
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 $70 Non-members $ 90
Instructor: Bio Jen Swearington
Learn to knit and purl, and then make a hat. You'll leave the class with a new skill and a warm head!
Local Cloth studio supplies yarn and needles or participants can bring their own.
Materials Fee: $0
Registration: Members $55, Non-members $65
Instructor: bio Lynne Noble
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
Materials Fee: $10 for fiber and use of spinning wheels
Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60
Instructor: Lorri Helms
Come dip your toes (literally) into wet felting. You will learn to make a basic pattern to work with when making wet felted slippers using a resist. This will be a fun day with an arm work out and some cozy slippers to take home, just in time for the colder season. Wet felting does take some stamina and you will be getting your feet wet. This is a skill you will be able to easily take home and make more slippers if you desire!
Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $35
Instructor: Jamie Sparks bio
Come meet Marcia Kummerle, Owner of Good Fibrations, Angora Goat Farmer and Artisan. Marcia will take you through the process of her goat-to-garment ideology: raising her angora goats, having their fiber spun into yarn, then hand-painting the skeins. She then weaves some of her yarn into beautiful shawls. Marcia will teach you about the history of angora goats being raised for fiber, the advantages and eccentricities of mohair before demonstrating her dying techniques. Participants will be able to hand paint one of Marcia’s skeins along with their choice of roving or locks. This workshop will be held outdoors at Marcia’s farm in Barnardsville.
Materials Fee: $40 includes 1 skein of yarn and choice of piece of roving or locks per person
Instructor: Marcia Kummerle bio
Effect of pH on color
Changing the pH of a dye bath can have significant effects on the resulting color. We will explore this with logwood, a plant that is known to show these changes. We will make a range of pH solutions from acidic to neutral to alkaline.
What to bring: notebook, apron, some handwork to work on during down time, any show and tell, as well as any books, magazines, websites, podcasts, events you have come across to share with the group.
Looking forward to seeing you.
Information for new members of the Natural Dye Study Group
Experience the bliss of working with two colors at once (one in each hand) to create deceptively intricate-looking patterns. Skills taught include reading (and writing your own!) charts for stranded knitting; working corrugated ribbing for the mitten cuff; how to create thumb gussets; decreasing in pattern; and how to incorporate letters and numbers into your designs. Stranded knitting techniques from a variety of cultures, like Fair Isle, Swedish Bohus, and indigenous Russian designs will be discussed. Prerequisite skills: students should have experience knitting in the round (either on DPNs or magic loop method).
Instructor: bio Jess Kaufman
With the ecological challenges our world is facing, now more than ever, mushrooms are a vital and relevant queendom to understand, cultivate, and forage. Mushrooms are a great alternative to cellulose-based paper. Using polypore mushrooms and DIY paper making techniques participants will make their own mycopaper in addition to learning how to find, and ethically forage, for paper-friendly mushrooms.
Materials Fee: $20
Instructor: bio Nica Rabinowitz
Students will learn felting basics by making a beret or cloche with a roll up or flared brim.
Materials Fee: $25
Instructor: bio Vansanto
Join us for a fun afternoon, working on your own projects. We're changing things up this month, as we head into summer, using fiber reactive dye on cotton, rayon, linen and other cellulose fabric. Bring a white or pastel t-shirt, leggings, blouse or underpants and we'll experiment with ice dyeing and shibori (japanese version of tie-dye). Plan to leave your items overnight to set the dye, and return on the following day (Wednesday) to rinse.Experienced acid dye user are welcome to do their own thing.
In this full day class students will explore the world of block printing on fabric. We will design and carve print blocks and experiment with printing them on different fabrics. Students will learn how to print blocks using one or more colors. There are so many wonderful things that can be created! The goal for this class is for students to feel comfortable with the basics of printing on fabric so they can continue printing at home.
Materials Fee: $25.00
Instructor: Krista Skrede
Interested in Feedback?
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 first quarterly Fiber Arts Critique group meeting, October 14th 5:30 at Local Cloth. Led by Judy Ott.
Wear face masks, please.
Learn all about natural dyes, mordants and ph, and how to prepare your fiber as well as how the indigo vat works. This is a lecture only class, you will not be dyeing, but after this class you will be prepared to join one of the study groups or take a hands on natural dye class.
Registration: Members $15, Non-members $20
Instructor: bio Joyce Tromba and Eileen Hallman
Create a felted mask to add some personal creativity to any halloween or masquerade party. You will learn both wet felting and needle felting in this process and get to explore a lot of your creativity to create just the right piece for all your costuming needs.
Materials Fee: $40
Instructor: bio Jamie Sparks
Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $5 for magazines, color chips
Registration: Members $25, Non-members $30
Instructor: Judy Levine