Menu
Log in


WORKSHOPS



Local Cloth Workshops span the full spectrum of fiber arts from weaving to felting, sewing, jewelry making, knitting, basket-making, crocheting, paper-making, dyeing, spinning and more! We offer half-day, full-day and multi-day options. All in-person workshops, unless otherwise noted, take place at the Local Cloth Studio located at 408 Depot Street, #100 in Asheville, NC. Free parking is available on Depot Street and across the street in the parking lot. Local Cloth members receive a discount and advance notice of workshop releases.

POLICIES + RESOURCES

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are available for members of Local Cloth.  We offer a maximum of $100 dollars per workshop. The Local Cloth Scholarship Committee reviews applications on the first of the month and will let you know by email if your application is approved. Scholarships do not include materials fees.


Click here to complete the application.

WORKSHOP CANCELLATION POLICY

+ If your notice of withdrawal is received at least 14 days before the start of your workshop, you will receive a refund of the workshop cost, minus a $10 processing fee. 
+ There is no refund of workshop or processing fees if your notice of withdrawal is received less than 14 days before the start of your workshop. We will gladly provide you with a receipt for your donation to Local Cloth.
+ If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment or an unforeseen circumstance with the instructor, you will be issued a full refund and be notified prior to the start of your workshop
+ Virtual classes have a no cancellation policy. If a class is recorded, we will send you the video to view at your leisure.

+ To cancel a registration or for questions, email workshops@localcloth.org.

INCLEMENT

WEATHER POLICY

In the case of bad weather, Local Cloth will follow the closure decision of AB Tech. You can find this information on the WLOS website.

TEACHING

AT LOCAL CLOTH

You must be a member of Local Cloth to teach a Local Cloth Workshop. Click here learn more.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

    • 09 Jun 2024
    • 30 Jun 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    This class will provide an opportunity for students to create custom blocks/slopers for a front and back bodice with darts and a basic sleeve. The blocks will serve as a foundation for creating new blocks and patterns. We will also use these blocks to learn techniques for manipulating darts, drafting princess seams and other patterns.

    Skill level: Intermediate

    Instructor: Giovanni Daina-Palermo (Read Giovanni's bio)

    Price of class reflects the 20% discount for Summer Series Workshops!

    Members: $320

    Non-members: $384

    Materials Fee: $0

    Materials provided: paper only

    Students should bring: Sewing machine, Thread, L square, 18” clear ruler, French Curve, Drafting pencil, Red pen or pencil, Eraser, Measuring Tape, Scissors, Pins, Pattern weights, Awl, Muslin (approximately 5 yards)

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!


    • 16 Jun 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 5
    Register

    In this workshop, you will learn how to use wool roving to create the soft, squishy weaving! Roving is unspun wool, and you will learn how to use this  material in weaving. Techniques will include weaving basics as well some additional techniques.  You'll learn how to finish your piece and how to take it off the loom. Beginners are welcome as well as those who have weaving experience. The materials fee includes a beautiful wood loom, a variety of wool roving to choose from, and everything you need to get started! If you would like to use your own loom, please contact the instructor.

    Level: Beginning 

    Instructor: Kimberly Tolbert (Read Kimmy's bio)

    Members: $50

    Non Members: $60

    Materials fee: $95 for complete weaving kit (to be collected day of class)

    Materials provided by instructor:  Complete weaving kit includes: 12"x16" wood frame loom, yarn and roving in a variety of colors, tapestry needle, weaving sword, shuttle, comb, needle, rod for hanging, and an instructional booklet and handout.

    Students should bring: nothing

    • 26 Jun 2024
    • 27 Jun 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 3
    Register

    Katazome is a Japanese stencil dyeing technique. It is a rice flour resist paste. And it is a unique and fairly old process used to dye cloth. This dyeing technique utilizes natural materials – paper, rice paste and indigo. Katazome means ‘repeat dyeing”, referring to the use of a stencil to create a repetitive pattern. Traditional Katazome designs feature natural motifs, such as flowers and birds

    We will spend the first day learning how Katazome is made. And then we will create patterns onto fabric. You are encouraged to bring natural fiber clothing or cloth from home. Each person can bring up to 4 items. We should have plenty of materials. I will also provide white fabric from upcycled cotton sheets to practice on. 

    We will use stencils and kitchen spatulas to apply the kataxome paste onto the fabric. And then it needs to dry overnight. So we will resume the following day to dye our clothes/cloth. 

    Day 2, I will mix up an indigo vat which you all are encouraged to participate in. We will mix up a new vat so you can see the process. And I will have a ready-made vat too so we can jump right in. I will have disposable gloves available for some easy indigo dyeing. But if you would like to bring more sturdy gloves, there’s a better chance you won’t become blue. 

    By the end of day 2, you will be able to take home your items. We will wash and spin them enough to transport them home. But you will want to wash them again at home. 

    Level: Beginner

    Instructor: Jennifer Woodruff (Read Jennifer's bio)

    Class priced to reflect 20% Summer Series Discount!

    Members: $80

    Non-members: Non-members $96

    Materials fee: $15 (to be collected day of class)

    Materials provided by instructor: All materials for dyeing, stencils, practice material

    Student should bring: Bring up to four white clothes/sheets/fabric, etc from home. As long as the material is made of a natural fiber: cotton, linen, wool (fabric), silk, etc

    Optional: Katazome kits will also be available for sale for $50. These kits include ingredients for making Katazome, tea towel, stencil, spatula, and ingredients for a small indigo vat. These kits are not required for the class but an option to take home the materials to keep honing your skills!

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!

    • 28 Jun 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Did you know that mushrooms can be used not only as food and medicine but also as a Natural Dye? Welcome to the world of Natural Dyeing with mushrooms! Using specific dye mushrooms, we will be able to create the full range of rainbow pigments on protein fiber. Bring any kind of yarn or fabric made with wool, silk, alpaca, etc. We will have 6 dyes going at the same time in our studio in the back of Local Cloth. I will show you different techniques for doing this at home, and provide you with a list of the most common mushrooms in our area for dyeing. We will also go over techniques for mushroom preservation and proper storage. I will have 1 ounce skeins of white wool yarn available for you to purchase for $3 each for testing colors. You can purchase up to 10 mini skeins for testing colors. Bring at least four protein-fiber items from home that you would like to dye with mushrooms.

    Level: Beginner

    Instructor: Jennifer Woodruff (Read Jennifer's bio)

    Members: $100

    Non-Members: $120

    Materials fee: $0-$30 depending on how many mini skeins you want to purchase (to be collected day of class)

    Materials provided by instructor:  Mini skeins of yarn for $3 each. Maximum 10 per student available to purchase

    Students should bring: Silk scarves, wool fabric, yarn made with silk/wool/alpaca/mohair or a combination

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!

    • 02 Jul 2024
    • 06 Aug 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 5
    Register
    We are going big in this three-session Introduction to Circular Weaving workshop! We will create super huge Circular Weaving Tapestries — the size that is perfect for hanging above a sofa, bed, or to serve as the focal point on your wall. Using handmade 36” and 6” diameter circular looms, participants will learn how to craft an open center circular weaving. As a practice, circular weaving serves as a wonderfully meditative practice as you travel around the loom. This workshop will cover the basic techniques of weaving on a circular loom, including how to create yarn butterflies for weaving, how to warp a hoop loom with an open center, and circular weaving techniques, including tabby, rya, loops, and soumak, which you can use in all types of weaving projects. Participants will also get to design and bring to life their own creations using these techniques. You’ll leave the class with your very own (very large) circular weaving! Because the tapestry is extra large, we will accomplish the project in three sessions with additional work to be completed (if necessary) between Sessions #2 and #3. Curious about circular weaving or making something that is really big?! This intro class is perfect for beginners and individuals with some weaving experience.

    Level: Beginning 

    Instructor: Courtney LaCaria (Read Courtney's bio)

    Price reflects the 20% Summer Series!

    Members: $240

    Non Members: $288

    Materials fee: $60 ((collected at time of workshop)

    Materials provided by instructor: Looming Large Weaving Kit includes handmade 36” diameter circular hoop, 6” diameter circular hoop, thick + durable cotton yarn for warp, set of circular weaving tapestry needles and informational handouts/resources.

    Students should bring: Scissors and Yarn (for weaving). Please note that this project uses quite a large amount of yarn, and is a great way to use up your yarn stash! During the first session, we will be spending the bulk of our time warping the loom, designing our tapestry, and discussing the types of yarn that can be used in various parts of our Circular Weaving Tapestries. The amount of yarn that you need for the full project will vary depending upon the weight and structure of the yarn. This means that you do not need to worry about settling on the types and/or colors of yarn for the project until Session #2, but you are welcome to bring yarn to the first session to help with the design process. You can also continue add to your yarn supply between Sessions #2 and 3 as you make your way through the project.

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!


    • 03 Jul 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 3
    Register

    Whether you're attracted to the natural colors of wool, the bright colors of dyed braids or just want to learn to make the yarn you've drooled over in the store, this is the class for you. Or perhaps you have sheep and want to learn how to use their wool, learning to spin your own yarn can be is a game changer. Imagine having the perfect yarn for every weaving or knitting project. Now, imagine having that option at a much more economical cost. Game changer! Suitable for both complete beginners and as well as those not-so-new who need a little more guidance, this class will cover the types and parts of a spinning wheel and which may be right for you. Other topics include tools, cost, drafting, plying, carding and finishing. Most of the time will be spent working on the wheels and learning to use fiber tools. Once everyone is comfortable at the wheel and practicing, I will work one-on-one with students. My goal is to send you home with a plied skein of yarn. Judi recommends that you  practice treadling a spinning wheel - both forward and backwards - prior to the class.

    Level: Beginner

    Instructor: Judi Jetson (Read Judi's bio)

    Members: $100

    Non-members: $120

    Materials Fee : $5 (to be collected day of class)

    Instructor will provide: You'll receive a variety of animal fibers - wool, mohair, alpaca - in both natural and dyed colors. We can loan you a wheel for the class if you don't have one.

    Students should bringBring your own spinning wheel, if you have one. If you have clean fleece, or a braid you want to try spinning, you can bring that, too

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!

    • 05 Jul 2024
    • 07 Jul 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 3
    Register

    This hat making intensive will start you on your way to wet felting. I will present 2 different hat styles - a cloche and a flat brim hat, along with a small beginning project that will show you how to use wool batts, top, embellishments such as mohair and silk and how to shape and fit hats. Wow your friends with your creations!

    Level: Beginner

    Instructor: Vasanto (Read Vasanto's bio)

    Prices reflect the 20% off Summer Series Discount!

    Members: $240

    Non-Members: $288

    Materials fee: $45 (collected at time of workshop)

    Materials provided by instructor:  all fiber, balls, silk, mohair, fabric, hat blocks, templates, sushi mats, bubble wrap, bowls, bins, soap, buckets, thread, ribbon, brimlock

    Students should bring: pen, paper, scissors, 2 or 3 old towels, large sponge, marker pen, sewing needle, tape measure

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!

    • 08 Jul 2024
    • 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 3
    Register


    Unleash your creativity and create a unique 4" x 6" Textile Art Miniature Landscape using fabric collage, basic embroidery and writing on fabric. Perfect for framing or gifting. Invite a a friend to join you.

    Level: Beginner

    Instructor: Julie Bagamary (Read Julie's bio)

    Members: $50

    Non members: $60

    Materials fee: $15 (to be collected day of class)

    Materials provided by instructor: Fabrics, fusible web, iron, needles, embroidery floss, pen for fabric, stabilizer and prefused backing cut to size

    Materials students could bring: OPTIONAL: bring your favorite fabrics, flat embellishments and embroidery floss colors.

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!

    • 09 Jul 2024
    • 11 Jul 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 7
    Register

    Sharpen your leatherworking skills while learning to build yourself a pair of custom sandals that you shape specifically for your feet, employing a variety of bespoke shoemaking techniques. Learn about different types of leather, their particular properties and best uses in the construction of custom sandals. Numerous embellishment methods will be covered to personalize your work including punching and brogueing, hand edging stitch methods, and dyes and dye waxes. Shoemaking techniques include installing a shank under the insole and using clinch nails or wooden pegs in the heel stacking process. All levels welcome.

    Level: Beginner

    Instructor: Deborah Robertson (Read Deborah's bio)

    This class reflects the 20% discount for our Summer Series program!

    Members: $240

    Non members: $288

    Materials fee: $85-125, depending on type of leather and trims selected during class (collected at time of class)

    Materials provided by instructor: Marble slabs, Landis 5-in-1, Singer treadle sewing machine, Wen belt sander, nylon thread, insole leather, outsole leather, upper leather, lining leather, shanks, clinch nails, pegs, pegging awl, beeswax, shoemaking hammer, skiving knives, tack hammer, anvils, dyes, punches, rawhide mallet, decorative rivets, rubber soles, extra Speedy Stitcher coarse waxed thread, leather scissors, card stock, wing divider

    Materials students should bring: Please bring the following: pencils, ruler, paper scissors, bone folder, CS Osborne scratch awl No. 478, beeswax, Xacto knife and blades, wool daubers or paint brushes you don't mind getting dyed, rubber gloves, Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl with coarse waxed thread. Please feel free to embellish your sandals with buttons you bring from home. Bring if you have them: skiving knife, tack hammer, French curves, wing divider or compass, and your choice of leather cutting tools (be they leather scissors, round knife or blade).

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!


    • 12 Jul 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 4
    Register

    Now that you’ve mastered your wheel, learned how to spin everything from BFL to merino to alpaca, dyed and made wild batts, what’s next? If you’re like us, you’ve discovered how fabulous handspun is for knitting and may have experimented with adding it to your weaving. Those glorious fibers in your stash and funky art yarn call to you, but you wonder, does it hold together? How do you get feathers and sequins to stay in and what about those little felty balls? Can I really make art yarn on my wheel? This workshop will teach you the major techniques of fiber and hand control to make awesome looking yarn with sound construction. We’ll have demonstrations and coaching with some time to practice as you learn the main techniques in art yarn. Morning - corespinning, coils, beehives and stacks. Afternoon: trapping objects, tailspinning, mohair and super coils. Beth is the maestro of the electric wheel and spins art yarn exclusively, while Judi has taught art yarn and spinning on castle and saxony wheels for 15 years.

    Level: Intermediate

    Instructor: Judi Jetson & Beth Sellars (Read Judi and Beth's bio)

    Members: $100

    Non-members: $120

    Materials Fee : $25 (to be collected day of class)

    Instructor will provide: We will supply everything needed including fleece of various types and colors, core yarn and add-ins.

    Students should bringFully functioning electric or manual spinning wheel, niddy noddy, ball winder, lazy kate

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!

    • 14 Jul 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 5
    Register

    Have you been interested in how a drum carder works? Do you have a drum carder and are just not sure how to get started? This is the class for you. We will go over the use and care of your drum carder as well as some different ways to get great looking batts. There will be several drum carders available to use, but if you have your own, please bring it. 

    Level: Beginner

    Instructor: Beth Sellars (Read Beth's bio)

    Members: $50

    Non-members: $60

    Materials Fee: $25 dollars (to be collected day of event)

    Materials provided by instructor: 6 ounces of mixed wool tops, silks, alpaca, mohair, firestar, angelina

    What to bring/how to dress: your personal drum carder if you have one.  Don't wear loose clothing or dangling jewelry.  Pull long hair back off of face.

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!

    • 18 Jul 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 9
    Register

    Whether you bought a fleece to save money, to help out a farmer, or because you want to have a "sheep to shawl" experience, you'll need to clean it and prepare it for spinning. There’s something magical about processing even a few ounces of unwashed wool—you connect to the fiber and the art of handspinning in a special way. A few of the benefits:

    • You learn about spinning from an actual sheep. If you process its entire fleece, you soon understand which parts work best for handspinning.

    • You better understand how different fiber preparations require different handspinning techniques: drafting methods, amount and angle of twist, and finishing can all change.

    • You gain control over your materials.

    • You have a project the whole family can be part of, and

    • Your hands become baby–soft from the lanolin. In this class you'll learn how to skirt, scour/wash, dry, pick and flick, card and comb.

    Level: Beginner

    Instructor: Judi Jetson (Read Judi's bio)

    Members: $50

    Non-members: $60

    Materials Fee: $5 (to be collected day of class)

    Instructor will provide: scouring detergent, handcards and combs, a fleece can also be purchased from instructor by prior arrangement

    What to bring/how to dress: fleece, rectangular dishwashing tub, and carding or combing tools you have

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!

    • 19 Jul 2024
    • 20 Jul 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Eco-printing is a contact printing technique. Leaves are placed over mordanted fiber and rolled tightly in a bundle. Next boiling or steaming the bundle transfers the tannins from within the leaves to the fiber.

    Beginner level.  First day: Instruction on pre treatment ,scouring and mordanting cellulose fiber. We will mordant rayon scarves to be used on the second day of class. Discussion on leaves regarding tannin and storage. Technique for testing how much tannin is in a particular botanical prior to use in eco-print bundle.  End the first day with eco-printing a test sample of leaves flowers that you are considering to use on cotton strip.

    Second day. First bundle demonstrates the technique of 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. 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 art works. I like to use white off white or natural Kona cotton. There will be instruction on how to read your print results and adjust length of time in steamer. 

    Level: Beginners 

    Instructor: Denise Arcuri  (Read Denise's bio)

    Non-member: $240

    Member: $200

    Materials fee: $45 (to be collected day of class)

    Materials provided by instructor: Mordants, dyes, cellulose fabric, written instruction

    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/  off white or natural cotton fabric 21/2 yds or old cotton sheets. Wash cotton several times.  Micron 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 tighter 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.

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!

    • 21 Jul 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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. This is a one day class experimenting with iron, copper sulfate and titanium oxalate on protein fiber. Fabric provided will be soured and mordanted with Potassium aluminum sulfate prior to class. Two eco-printed bundles will be printed by each student. The first will be a test example of botanicals dipped in iron , copper, and titanium oxalate. The second print is guided by using the first bundles results on a 14”x72” silk crepe scarf.

    Level: Beginners 

    Instructor: Denise Arcuri (Read Denise's bio)

    Non-member: $120

    Member: $100

    Materials fee: $35 (to be collected day of class)

    Materials provided by instructor: Mordants, two mordanted silk scarfs, written instruction

    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), Micron pen can be bought Walmart, Joanns, Staples ( needs to be water resistant) 3 old small kitchen towel sized rags 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 Smoke bush Coreopsis

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!

    • 22 Jul 2024
    • 23 Jul 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 4
    Register

    In this workshop, we will be delving deeper into the world of natural dyes with a more advanced look at other techniques of applying natural dyes to fabric and cloth. We will be using natural dyes such as Cochineal, Logwood and others in a more concentrated form to be applied either with a brush or with a stencil to form patterns on fabric. There is an overnight dry time for the dyes to dry. The next day, we will be stream-setting our dyes. Then we can either leave the backgrounds white or over-dye them for more color variety and impact. We will have practice pieces to work on which the instructor will provide. You can bring up to 4 fabric items - clothing, cloth, napkins, pillow cases, etc. as long as the items are made with 100% natural fiber such as cotton, linen, wool, silk, hemp, bamboo, etc (or a combination such as linen/cotton). It’s good to have a basic understanding and some experience with natural dyeing, as we will be reviewing and discussing mordants, modifiers and pH. There will be a detailed handout sheet with photos explaining this technique in detail along with recipes for further exploration. 

    Level: Intermediate

    Instructor: Jennifer Woodruff (Read Jennifer's bio)

    Class priced to reflect the 20% Summer Series Discount!

    Members: Members: $80

    Non-members $96 

    Materials Fee: $15 (to be collected on day of class)

    Materials provided: Fabric, dyes, mordants

    Student should bring: 4 items from home made of 100% natural fibers. Can be a combination of clothing, kitchen tea towels, napkins (set of 2 or 4 counts as 1 item) scarves or plain fabric.

    Optional: Natural dye kits including six dyes and mordants will also be available for sale the day of the class for $50. These kits are not required for the class but an option to take home the materials to keep honing your skills!

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!

    • 24 Jul 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 5
    Register

    What is continuous strand weaving? Weaving on a triangle loom is fun, creative, easy and quick. There is no elaborate planning and measuring process. Triangle looms are great for weaving plaid patterns and continuing onto more elegant lace patterns. The process is simple to learn and is enjoyable for adults and children of any age. Continuous strand weaving has no separate warp and weft but uses one continuous strand of yarn. This instruction is a basic class on continuous strand weaving and can be used as an entry to more advanced techniques such as twill, lace, double weaves, inlay, tartans, and other color sequences, and for the designer!

    Level: Beginner

    Instructor: Marilyn Haas-Haseman (Read Marilyn's bio)

    Members: $100

    Non members: $120

    Materials fee:  $2.00 (to be collected day of class)

    Materials Provided: Looms & instructional handouts

    Materials students should bring: 

    Yarn, at least 120 yards, variegated, rolled up into a ball for easier weaving. Do not get any mohair or fuzzy yarn as it is difficult to weave for your first project. Thin yarn will make it drapey but will have large holes which jewelry and other things can hook on strands and pull. Heavy yarns will be stiffer. Wool makes lovely weaving and is fairly elastic and very durable, and felts when gently washed filling in spaces). There are beautiful acrylic and other synthetic yarns available. Just scrunch up the yarn in your hand to see if you like the feel of the yarn. If you like to use a different color for fringe plan on another

    • Crochet or weaving hooks- preferably 5.25 mm/6-inch size or larger and optional 35 cm/14-inch hook)

    • Scissors

    • Hair Pic

    • Blunt darning needle

    • Comfortable shoes as you will start off standing.

    • Lunch, Drink, Snack

    • Coffee pot can help keep your rolled up yarn in place and not falling off table.

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Click here!

    • 02 Aug 2024
    • 23 Aug 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Camille Daunno's Home in Weaverville: Directions provided in registration confirmation
    • 2
    Register

    Color explosion! We are surrounded by color in every part of life. In this class you will learn what the color wheel is, how to mix each color, the relationship and of color to each other. Did you know that color has a temperature? Learn how to make a gray scale and measure the intensity to it. Create a monochromatic scale using a tint, tone and shade of each color. You will learn how to use neutrals to include warm or cool neutrals. This is just some of the exciting ways to learn about color. Come and explore so much more with me. This is an important learning step to creating beautiful fiber related works. Do you know how to tone down a vibrant color or what colors don’t mix well. If your colors become’ muddy’ learn how to avoid making those mixing mistakes. At the end of this class you will have a completed color wheel, gray scale, a set of monochromatic colors, analogous colors, as well as a set of neutrals and create a mood using color. Do you know the difference between a monotone and monochromatic colors? Come find out while having fun learning. You will pick the colors of your choice and we will paint a silk or cotton piece of fabric to add to your collection. 

    This class will be hosted off-site at the home of the instructor. Directions to the home will be provided after registration.

    Skill Level: All

    Instructor: Camille Daunno (Read Camille's bio)

    This class priced to reflect the 20% summer series discount!

    Members: $160

    Non-members: $192

    Materials Fee: $20 (collected at time of workshop)

    Materials provided by instructor: set of brushes, watercolor paper, practice paper, pencil, eraser, water container, set of gouache paint, color wheel, glue stick, small scissors, handout on color

    Students should bring: nothing, all materials provided

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!

    • 04 Aug 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 6
    Register

    Learn the art of standing wool! Standing wool was popular before the Industrial Revolution as a thrifty way to use up extra scraps and create rugs for the home. However, this technique fell out of use during the advent of machine-made products because the slow, handmade process is impossible to recreate using automation or machinery. Standing wool rugs are also called quilled wool rugs or quillies. This technique can be used to create rugs, trivets, coasters, and of course, wall art!

    You will learn:

    • How to create a basic coil using a whip stitch
    • How to create a basic coil with hidden stitches
    • How to bind multiple coils together
    • How to add strips to a base coil

    Level: Beginner

    Members: $50

    Non members: $60

    Instructor: Amy Reader (Read Amy's bio)

    Materials fee: $25

    Materials supplied by teacher: All supplies provided: strips of felt, embroidery floss, and needle to keep. Scissors to share.

    Materials students could bring: N/a

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!

    • 09 Aug 2024
    • 10 Aug 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 4
    Register

    This wet felting technique will let you explore your creative abilities to the max! The possibilities for shape and design are endless. It is open to those who have had some experience with wet felting. It will be a strenuous class requiring upper body strength and the ability to stand on your feet for some time.

    Level: Intermediate

    Instructor: Vasanto (Read Vasanto's bio)

    Prices reflect the 20% off Summer Series Discount!

    Members: $160

    Non-Members: $192

    Materials fee: $25 (collected at time of workshop)

    Materials provided by instructor:  fiber, embellishing materials, mats, pvc pipes, templates, washboardsstringsoap, wash bins, hat blocks, netting, ball brausers, buckets, ties,

    Students should bring: 2 large towels, marker pen and paper, scissors, sewing needle

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!

    • 11 Aug 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 5
    Register

    Want to be ready for a royal wedding? The Kentucky Derby? One of these will guarantee you make a splash! have fun creating your own fascinator. Some wet felting experience is required, also some upper body strength and the ability to stand for a while.

    Level: Intermediate

    Instructor: Vasanto (Read Vasanto's bio)

    Members: $100

    Non-Members: $120

    Materials fee: $20 (collected at time of workshop)

    Materials provided by instructor:  all fiber, bubble wrap, hat blocks, soap, wash bins, washboards

    Students should bring: scissors, 2 towels, pen and paper, marker pen

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!

    • 18 Aug 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Learn the basics of needle felting with Amy Reader. In this class, we will create a forest floor-inspired needle felted scene. All materials will be provided, and participants will leave with a set of beginning needle felting supplies. This class is beginner-friendly. It will start with guided demonstrations of multiple needle felting techniques, and you will receive hands-on guidance throughout the needle felting process!

    Level: Beginner

    Instructor: Amy Reader (Read Amy's bio)

    Members: $50

    Non members: $60

    Materials fee: $25 (collected at time of workshop)

    Materials supplied by teacher: Roving, felting needles, foam felting pads

    Materials students should bring: None, all materials will be provided

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!


    • 21 Aug 2024
    • 22 Aug 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 7
    Register

    In this workshop, we will be delving deeper into the world of natural dyes with a more advanced look at other techniques of applying natural dyes to fabric and cloth. We will be using natural dyes such as Cochineal, Logwood and others in a more concentrated form to be applied either with a brush or with a stencil to form patterns on fabric. There is an overnight dry time for the dyes to dry. The next day, we will be stream-setting our dyes. Then we can either leave the backgrounds white or over-dye them for more color variety and impact. We will have practice pieces to work on which the instructor will provide. You can bring up to 4 fabric items - clothing, cloth, napkins, pillow cases, etc. as long as the items are made with 100% natural fiber such as cotton, linen, wool, silk, hemp, bamboo, etc (or a combination such as linen/cotton). It’s good to have a basic understanding and some experience with natural dyeing, as we will be reviewing and discussing mordants, modifiers and pH. There will be a detailed handout sheet with photos explaining this technique in detail along with recipes for further exploration. 

    Level: Intermediate

    Instructor: Jennifer Woodruff (Read Jennifer's bio)

    Class priced to reflect the 20% Summer Series Discount!

    Members: $80

    Non-members: $96 

    Materials fee: $15 (collected at time of workshop)

    Materials provided by instructor: Fabric, dyes, mordants

    Student should bring: 4 items from home made of 100% natural fibers. Can be a combination of clothing, kitchen tea towels, napkins (set of 2 or 4 counts as 1 item) scarves or plain fabric.

    Optional: Natural dye kits including six dyes and mordants will also be available for sale the day of the class for $50. These kits are not required for the class but an option to take home the materials to keep honing your skills!

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!

    • 24 Aug 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 8
    Register

    In this workshop, you will learn how to use wool roving to create the soft, squishy weaving! Roving is unspun wool, and you will learn how to use this  material in weaving. Techniques will include weaving basics as well some additional techniques.  You'll learn how to finish your piece and how to take it off the loom. Beginners are welcome as well as those who have weaving experience. The materials fee includes a beautiful wood loom, a variety of wool roving to choose from, and everything you need to get started! If you would like to use your own loom, please contact the instructor.

    Level: Beginning 

    Instructor: Kimberly Tolbert (Read Kimmy's bio)

    Members: $50

    Non Members: $60

    Materials fee: $95 for complete weaving kit

    Materials provided by instructor:  Complete weaving kit includes: 12"x16" wood frame loom, yarn and roving in a variety of colors, tapestry needle, weaving sword, shuttle, comb, needle, rod for hanging, and an instructional booklet and handout.

    Students should bring: nothing

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!

    • 28 Aug 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 7
    Register

    Join us for a Stitching Stories: Basic Hand Embroidery Collage Workshop where we will create a unique 8" x 8" Textile Art collage using solid fabrics and basic embroidery stitches. Explore improvisational composition, balance, color placement, and embroidery techniques in this interactive session. Let your creativity shine!

    Level: Beginner

    Instructor: Julie Bagamary (Read Julie's bio)

    Members: $100

    Non members: $120

    Materials fee: $25 (to be collected day of event)

    Materials supplied by teacher: Fabric remnants, batting, backing fabric, embroidery floss, needle, scissors

    Materials students could bring: All supplies provided, but you can bring Fabric Remnants, Embroidery Floss, or batting if desired.

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Click here to apply!

    • 30 Aug 2024
    • 01 Sep 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • 408 Depot St Asheville
    • 3
    Register

    As part of our summer series this class will take you on a deep dive into all things indigo. We will learn to set up and maintain two indigo vats: the thiox vat also known as the workshorse vat and an organic vat made with fructose. We will also dye directly with fresh indigo leaves. You will learn the essential components of each method, along with the chemistry behind it. We will dye on cellulose, wool and silk fabrics and learn the traditional resist techniques of shibori. including simple folding and clamping, stitched, arashi. We will learn the essential techniques and chemistry behind each of these methods as well as trouble shooting. At the end of the series you will have an excellent grounding in the art of indigo dyeing.

    Level: Beginner

    Instructors: Joyce Tromba and Denise Arcuri (Read Joyce & Denise's bio)

    Prices reflect the 20% Summer Series discount!

    Members: $240 

    Non members: $288

    Materials fee: $45 (collected at time of workshop)

    Materials supplied by teacher: all dyes, assists, fabrics, yarn and equipment

    Materials students should bring: apron, additional fabric or small garments may be dyed. We will talk about this on the first day of class.

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!

    • 06 Sep 2024
    • 07 Sep 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • Camille Daunno's Home in Weaverville: Directions provided in registration confirmation
    • 5
    Register

    Learn how to paint on various fabric surfaces to include cotton, silk, poly, canvas, denim, leather and even felt! In this two full day workshop you will explore how to create one of a kind designs using different paints, tools and techniques. Learn how to paint simple flowers, design motifs, and even abstract patches of background color. You will gain a better understanding of color, design and even drawing skills to give your ideas a new life. The first day we will work on design ideas ,techniques, tools, brushes and how to use the paint and mediums. You will have time to practice this on paper before we work on cotton, poly ,silk and felt. At the end of each day you will have several completed pieces. Day two ,we will work on denim, canvas and leather as well as your own pieces of apparel and accessories. It’s fun, easy to learn and you will leave with everything from wearable Art to a fabric painting suitable to frame or hang. Challenge your creativity ,play and enter the world of Art and Design.. No limit to what you can do!  

    This class will be hosted off-site at the home of the instructor. Directions to the home will be provided after registration.

    Level: Beginner

    Instructor: Camille Daunno (Read Camille's bio)

    Members: $200

    Non members: $240

    Materials fee: $20 (collected at time of workshop)

    Materials provided by instructor: Extra fabric, poly, silk, denim pieces, practice paper, texturing tools, paint, brushes, resist medium, water containers, mixing trays, fabric boards, and design resource.

    Materials students should bring: Lunch or snack for the break. Something take completed pieces home in, An apron, and any accessory or fabric you want to work with: leather or final bag, shoes, existing apparel(denim shirt, jeans, jacket) felted scarf

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!


    • 28 Sep 2024
    • 05 Oct 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 4
    Register

    In this 2 day class you will learn how to warp a loom. Basic tapestry techniques will be taught which include weaving geometric and curved shapes and how to shade and blend colors on the loom. We will talk about tapestry terminology and the tools, equipment and yarns used in tapestry weaving. You will be weaving from the back of the loom in traditional Aubusson technique. You will take the loom home for a week and return for the 2nd day of class so we can review any new techniques you want to explore and also talk about designing a tapestry, making a cartoon and how to mount and present the finished piece. You should leave the class with the basic tools you need to further explore the wonderful medium of tapestry.

    Level: Beginner 

    Instructor: Betty Hilton-Nash  (Read Betty's bio) 

    Members: $200

    Non members: $240

    Materials fee: $20 (to be collected day of class)

    Materials provided by instructor: Warp, weft, printed instructional handout, looms are available at Local Cloth. If you have your own loom please get in touch with Betty first.

    Materials students should bring: Scissors, a tapestry beater (kitchen fork will do), ruler, a small hand or stand mirror if possible. The instructor has a few.

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!

    • 04 Oct 2024
    • 01 Nov 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Camille Daunno's Home in Weaverville: Directions provided in registration confirmation
    • 5
    Register

    In this 4 week class you will learn how to draw flowers, leaves, twigs and tendrils in pencil and ink. I will teach you how to create texture, contrast and composition using line and shading. This can be applied to your textile, fabric skills, embroidery, sewing, fiber art, layering and much more. This class is designed for beginners, so no experience is necessary. Come learn a new technique or improve on your drawing skills.

    This class will be hosted off-site at the home of the instructor. Directions to the home will be provided after registration.

    Skill Level: All

    Instructor: Camille Daunno (Read Camille's bio)

    Members: $200

    Non-members: $240

    Materials Fee: $15 (collected at time of workshop)

    Materials Provided by instructor: Pencils, ink markers, erasers, paper, practice paper, Art resource to draw from, drawing vellum, tracing paper, practice drawing pad and Art handouts.

    Student should bring: Nothing, all supplies will be given out at the first class

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!

    • 06 Oct 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 8
    Register