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    • 26 Nov 2022
    • 03 Dec 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 0
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    Handweaving is one of the many crafts that bring people to Western North Carolina. Because of amazing women like Francis Goodrich, Lucy Morgan, Olive Campbell, Eleanor Vance, and Charlotte Yale, who laid the foundation, weaving is still very much alive. The beginning weaving class is a two-day workshop that gives students the opportunity to weave a small project with others, ask questions, and see what weaving is all about. We will discuss materials and basic tools while getting familiar with a table loom. Each student will have the opportunity to wind a warp and weave a tea towel. 


    Level: Beginner 

    Members: $200

    Non members: $240

    Instructor: Brandi Adcock  bio 

    Materials fee: $20

    Materials provided by instructor: Yarns for a small warp. Project record sheet and packets. ( I have several reed and sley hooks that may be shared)

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    • 01 Dec 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
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    Members! Join us 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!  The Handwork Circle will now be in person at our new studio on the first and third Thursday of every month and on Zoom for the remaining Thursdays of the month from 1 - 3pm.

    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.




    • 04 Dec 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St, Asheville, NC
    • 1
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    Make a pair of wool, felted mittens, sized to your hand! Decorate with yarns or embroidery. Investigate putting in a knitted cuff if desired. Easy to make and warm for the winter!

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee:  $15.00 for prefelt, wool fibers, embroidery floss, bubble wrap

    Students should bring: apron, sponge, dawn detergent

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor:  Joan Berner 

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    • 08 Dec 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
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    Members! Join us 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!  The Handwork Circle will now be in person at our new studio on the first and third Thursday of every month and on Zoom for the remaining Thursdays of the month from 1 - 3pm.

    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.



    • 15 Dec 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
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    Members! Join us 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!  The Handwork Circle will now be in person at our new studio on the first and third Thursday of every month and on Zoom for the remaining Thursdays of the month from 1 - 3pm.

    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.




    • 17 Dec 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 9
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    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. 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 to get acquainted and request some help. 



    • 22 Dec 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
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    Members! Join us 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!  The Handwork Circle will now be in person at our new studio on the first and third Thursday of every month and on Zoom for the remaining Thursdays of the month from 1 - 3pm.

    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.



    • 29 Dec 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
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    Members! Join us 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!  The Handwork Circle will now be in person at our new studio on the first and third Thursday of every month and on Zoom for the remaining Thursdays of the month from 1 - 3pm.

    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.



    • 06 Jan 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    We will take different types of paper and make interesting cuts resulting in designs that can be used in many ways. We will also make some cards and envelopes to fit the odd sizes. If there is time we will venture into several different kinds of cutting, all with amazing results. 

     MATERIALS FEE 10 dollars: Glue, paper, patterns

    Level: Beginner


    Registration: Members $38 (23% discount), Non-members $46 (23% discount)

    Instructor: Martha Branden 

    What to bring/how to dress: Sharp small scissors (may use cuticle scissors as long as they are sharp), larger scissors for larger cuts, Xacto knife and blades, pencil, small self-healing cutting mat.

    Please find our COVID and cancellation policies here

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!


    • 07 Jan 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 8
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    Animal fibers are dyed with acid dyes, a term that may sound scary to beginners, who imagine that the dyes themselves are caustic strong acids. In fact, the dyes are non-caustic, are often 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. We will prepare our fiber - which can be fleece, roving or yarn - by soaking it in a vinegar bath, prepare the dye by dissolving powder in hot water, apply dye to the fiber and then let the magic happen. Three different techniques will be explored: immersion dyeing, painting, and crockpot dyeing.

    Students should bring: a rectangular plastic tub (the grey ones used for bussing tables are ideal), an old sheet we can tear up (for layering between your wet sheets of paper), odds and ends of colored paper, tissue paper and junk mail, any flower petals or seeds you have around the house, a favorite cookie cutter or two for laminating shapes.

     Materials Fee : 5 dollars: for citric acid. Fleece, roving or yarn may be purchased from the instructor by prior arrangement

    Level: Beginner


    Registration: Members $38 (23% discount), Non-members $46 (23% discount)

    Instructor: Judi Jetson

    What to bring/how to dress: fleece, roving or yarn to dye, plastic ziplock bags to take fiber home in, gloves, apron.

    Please find our COVID and cancellation policies here

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!


    • 08 Jan 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 5
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    Learn to make the incredibly useful and very charming hand felted Hair Ball with the instructor's hand dyed merino wool. You will learn two beginning hand felting techniques - making a felt rope and the mysterious 5 pencil felted ball with hole. The hair ball can be worn to keep your hair tidy and some have worn them as a necklace. All wool and tools furnished.

     MATERIALS FEE 20 dollars: all hand dyed merino wool, soap, containers, and simple tools

    Level: Beginner


    Registration: Members $38 (23% discount), Non-members $46 (23% discount)

    Instructor: Chad Alice Hagen 

    What to bring/how to dress: nothing to bring!

    Please find our COVID and cancellation policies here

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!


    • 10 Jan 2023
    • 24 Jan 2023
    • 3 sessions
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 5
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    If you have always wanted to know how to knit, this is your opportunity. I will teach you the very basics and you will be on your way to making a lovely scarf. 

     


    MATERIALS FEE 15 dollars: Practice needles and yarn, instruction sheet and pattern

    Level: Beginner


    Registration: Members $76 (23% discount), Non-members $91 (23% discount)

    Instructor: Martha Branden 

    What to bring/how to dress: Small scissors, pencil, notepaper

    Please find our COVID and cancellation policies here

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!


    • 12 Jan 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 7
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    This drawstring project bag is great for holding and toting your knitting, sewing, drawing, or foraging projects. It is fully lined, has 2 pockets inside, a magnetic closure and a flat bottom that sits nicely to give you easy access to your project. We'll also make a small zippered pouch to keep inside your bag for all those little things that end up in the bottom of your bag. As long as you can thread your sewing machine and sew a straight stitch you can make both the bag and a zippered pouch. Once you make this one you can scale it up or down to any size. 

     MATERIALS FEE 10 dollars: interfacing, magnetic closures, cording, straps, pattern and instructions

    Level: Beginner


    Registration: Members $76 (23% discount), Non-members $91 (23% discount)

    Instructor: Joyce Tromba

    What to bring/how to dress: Fabric: 5/8 yard each for outer fabric and lining. Outer fabric should be heavier than quilting cotton. Medium weight linen, cotton twill, medium weight upholstery fabric are all suitable. One 6 inch nylon zipper, thread, basic sewing notions (scissors, rotary cutter, seam ripper, pins), sewing machine. We have a few sewing machines in the studio, please contact me at joycetromba@gmail.com  if you want to use one during the class.

    Please find our COVID and cancellation policies here

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!


    • 12 Jan 2023
    • 28 Dec 2023
    • 51 sessions
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
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    Members! Join us 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!  The Handwork Circle will now be in person at our new studio on the first and third Thursday of every month and on Zoom for the remaining Thursdays of the month from 1 - 3pm.

    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.



    • 13 Jan 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 5
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    Easy, quick, and impermanent, this process is a great way to experiment and create lively patterns on fabric. We'll make fun, simple silkscreen designs by hand-cutting Contact Paper and attaching it to the back of a silkscreen, then print our fabric with layers of colors and prints.



     


    MATERIALS FEE 15 dollars: One loner silkscreen  and squeegee per person, contact paper,  textile paints and color concentrates, masking tape

    Level: Beginner


    Registration: Members $76 (23% discount), Non-members $91 (23% discount)

    Instructor: Jude Stuecker

    What to bring/how to dress:  #11 X-acto knife, cutting mat if you have one, sharpie, pencil, sketchbook, apron, 2 yards light colored , smooth fabric, cotton is recommended.

    Please find our COVID and cancellation policies here

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!


    • 13 Jan 2023
    • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 19
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    In this embroidery exploration, we'll trace the beginnings and purposes of samplers. We will look at a variety of styles, and then each participant will design her/his own sampler - hopefully to be completed and proudly displayed!

    Level: Beginner

    Materials Fee: 0

    Students should bring : a notebook

    Registration: Members $12, Non-members $15

    Instructor: Lynne Noble bio 

    What to bring/how to dress: Optional: 

    Please find our COVID and cancellation policies here

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!


    • 14 Jan 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 5
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    This is a beginning (or refresher) class in basic embroidery. We'll learn and practice several stitches that can be used to creatively embellish or mend clothing. A few little stitches add the perfect touch to clothes you buy or make, knit or weave. You can also stitch lovely art for your walls, pillows for your bed, lavender sachets for your drawers, etc... Come and sit and stitch. You will leave with a sampler of stitches, threads and needle to keep at it, and lots of ideas to continue your creative work on fabric.

     MATERIALS FEE 10 dollars: fabric for practice and sampler, embroidery floss, needles, hoops

    Level: Beginner


    Registration: Members $38 (23% discount), Non-members $46 (23% discount)

    Instructor: Lynne Noble

    What to bring/how to dress: small scissors

    Please find our COVID and cancellation policies here

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!


    • 14 Jan 2023
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 0
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    This class will teach you simple papermaking that you can do at home using an ordinary kitchen blender, frames, colored paper and junkmail. You’ll learn how to create paper pulp, make recycled paper, how to add inclusions like flowers, seeds and thread into your paper, how to laminate colors and shapes on your paper, and ways to dry your paper. The paper you make can be used for a variety of art and craft processes such as books, notecards and collage.

    Students should bring: a rectangular plastic tub (the grey ones used for bussing tables are ideal), an old sheet we can tear up (for layering between your wet sheets of paper), odds and ends of colored paper, tissue paper and junk mail, any flower petals or seeds you have around the house, a favorite cookie cutter or two for laminating shapes.

     Materials Fee : 5 dollars: several colors of pulp, molds & deckles

    Level: Beginner


    Registration: Members $38 (23% discount), Non-members $46 (23% discount)

    Instructor: Judi Jetson

    What to bring/how to dress: an apron, rectangular plastic tub (the grey ones used for bussing tables are ideal), an old sheet we can tear up (for layering between your wet sheets of paper), odds and ends of colored paper, tissue paper and junk mail, any flower petals or seeds you have around the house, a favorite cookie cutter or two for laminating shapes

    Please find our COVID and cancellation policies here

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!


    • 15 Jan 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 3
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    The Needle Book is an old textile tool used by those who sewed. They were made from various materials and stored the pins and needles necessary for working. Needle Books are still used by professional needleworkers and artists to keep their tools of the trade close at hand. We will be learning the simple basics of book making as we create a leather covered and lined needle book with felt pages and a choice of several different closures. All supplies and tools furnished for your use. Handouts provided so you can make more at home.

     MATERIALS FEE 20 dollars: leather for cover(various colors,) book board, leather for lining, felt for pages, buttons and waxed linen thread.Glue, paper, patterns

    Level: Beginner


    Registration: Members $38 (23% discount), Non-members $46 (23% discount)

    Instructor: Chad Alice Hagen 

    What to bring/how to dress: none, except if you wish you can  bring a nice button between 1/2" and 1" (but instructor will be bringing more buttons.

    Please find our COVID and cancellation policies here

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!


    • 15 Jan 2023
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 11
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    This class will help you plan for your business in 2023. It is not a finance class but one to help you ask your own questions about where your business is headed. It will help you clarify your goals and how to meet them. Learn tips to help you develop a path forward for 2023 

    MATERIALS FEE: none 

    Level: Beginner


    Registration: Members $38 (23% discount), Non-members $46 (23% discount)

    Instructor: Joan Berner

    What to bring/how to dress: bring a pen and notebook

    Please find our COVID and cancellation policies here

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!


    • 17 Jan 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 6
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    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.

     MATERIALS FEE : 5 dollars: scouring detergent, handcards and combs, a fleece can also be purchased from instructor by prior arrangement

    Level: Beginner


    Registration: Members $38 (23% discount), Non-members $46 (23% discount)

    Instructor: Judi Jetson

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

    Please find our COVID and cancellation policies here

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!


    • 21 Jan 2023
    • 22 Jan 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 2
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    Learn the magic of eco-printing on paper with the use of mordants and modifiers. Then explore book binding and make simple stitched books with eco-printed or plain pages, cards and frameable pictures. This is a one and a half day class. On day one we will eco-print all the papers for our projects and on day two we will make several simple book structures: the long stitch exposed spine, star book and several versions of the simple pamphlet book.



    Level: Beginner 

    Members: 152 (this is a 23% discount)

    Non Members: 167 (this is a 23% discount)

    Instructor: Joyce Tromba and Denise Arcuri  bio 

    Materials fee: $20 dollars

    Materials provided by instructor: paper, mordants and modifiers, book making tools, linen thread, leaves

    Students should bring: Gloves thin medical exam gloves Dusk mask Apron Plastic spray bottle with 50% vinegar and 50% water Two old small kitchen towel sized rags , scissors. 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, sassafras, cranesbill geranium, eucalyptus. Chrysanthemum, eucalyptus and dyer's chamomile can also be found at Trader Joes.




    • 27 Jan 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 6
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    Using a garment that you already love and that fits you well, we'll learn how to draft a simple pattern and make a similar garment from knit fabrics. 

     MATERIALS FEE 5 dollars: pattern paper, serger, pins, sharpies.

    Level: Beginner


    Registration: Members $76 (23% discount), Non-members $91 (23% discount)

    Instructor: Jude Stuecker

    What to bring/how to dress: A simple garment you want to replicate, sewing scissors, pins, a serger (if you have one), 2-4 yards of knit fabric (depending on how large your garment is and how many you want to make). Note: a simple t-shirt or skirt is best for this class... no buttons or zippers.

    Please find our COVID and cancellation policies here

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!


    • 28 Jan 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    Cold water dyes, also called fiber reactive dyes, are chemical dyes specifically formulated to work on natural cellulose fibers such as cotton, linen, bamboo and hemp. They also dye silk. Cold water dyes work beautifully at a low temperature and result in a colorfast and washfast fabric when done properly. In this class, we'll experiment with several different techniques: vat dyeing, tie-dyeing and shibori. 

     MATERIALS FEE : 5 dollars: soda ash, string for tying and several colors of dye.

    Level: Beginner


    Registration: Members $38 (23% discount), Non-members $46 (23% discount)

    Instructor: Judi Jetson

    What to bring/how to dress: 3 small cotton, linen or bamboo items to dye that have been pre-washed in hot water (i.e., fabric, bandanas, t-shirts, white underwear) a dust mask or respirator, rubber gloves, apron, a bucket, plastic storage bags.

    Please find our COVID and cancellation policies here

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!


    • 28 Jan 2023
    • 29 Jan 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 8
    Register

    This is a fun new dyeing method to make multi colored and patterned shirts, underwear and fabric. What makes this process especially interesting is that you can’t control the dyes. They move as the ice or snow melts, and split into their component colors as the temperatures change. We will first soak our fabric or garments in soda ask, and place a screen or grate inside a plastic tub so that it’s raised off the bottom. Then we’ll use a variety of techniques to crumple, fold or tie the fabric and place it on top of the screen. Next, we’ll pile a bunch of ice or snow on top and then sprinkle dry dye fiber on top of everything. We’ll also try sprinkling the die before the ice or snow to see how the results differ. Ice dyeing needs to soak for at least 24 hours, so we’ll all come back the next day to unwrap our pieces and share the results.

     MATERIALS FEE : 5 dollars: soda ash, string for tying and several colors of dye.

    Level: Beginner


    Registration: Members $38 (23% discount), Non-members $46 (23% discount)

    Instructor: Judi Jetson

    What to bring/how to dress: one yard of fabric or several small garments, disposable containers to hold your items while the ice melts, a small screen or rack that fits in the container, a cooler with a bag of ice (unless we have snow), tin foil and plastic zip lock bags to take finished pieces home in

    Please find our COVID and cancellation policies here

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!


    • 29 Jan 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 9
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    Turn a simple school composition notebook into a lovely felted journal. Learn to make and attach a beautiful felt cover for a notebook to store your information. Simple layering of felt or embroidery will make this notebook a special place to journal. 

     MATERIALS FEE 20 dollars:Felting supplies, embroidery threads, patterns, , composition notebooks, ribbon, interfacing, magnetic closures, cording, straps, pattern and instructions.

    Level: Beginner

    Registration: Members $76 (23% discount), Non-members $91 (23% discount)

    Instructor: Joan Berner

    What to bring/how to dress: Apron (to keep dry while felting - optional)

    Please find our COVID and cancellation policies here

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!


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