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    • 26 Jan 2023
    • 09 Feb 2023
    • 3 sessions
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 0
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    Good things about crochet - it only uses one needle and it's easier to rip out mistakes than knitting! Seriously, you can make wonderful items with crochet - scarves, hats, sweaters, shawls, placemats, bags (the picture here is a former student's bag) and crochet can used to embellish other fabrics, including knitting. In this class you will learn all the crochet stitches you'll need to know, and how to read patterns. You'll leave ready to tackle projects - just like Mary did when she made the bag. She'll be on hand to help you learn, too. 

    Level: Beginner

    Materials Fee: none, teacher will bring yarn, hooks, pattern Students should bring : a notebook

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Lynne Noble bio 

    What to bring/how to dress: Optional: 

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    • 10 Feb 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 3
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    Beginning knitters need to know how to fix their mistakes to continue enjoying their projects. You will learn how to deal with dropped stitches, twisted stitches, increasing and decreasing and all the ways to increase your knowledge and skills. Tips for easier ways to control your projects will also be taught. 

     MATERIALS FEE: none, Instructions about what you learn. Extra yarn and needles to use.

    Level: Beginner


    Registration: Members : 50 , Non-members $60 


    Instructor: Donna Trunk

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

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    • 11 Feb 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 12 Feb 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 8

    Make up class for Beginning weaving students only.


    Level: Beginner 

    Instructor: Brandi Adcock  bio 

    Materials fee: 

    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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    • 18 Feb 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • 408 Depot St, Asheville, NC
    • 0
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       Learn how to make a small coil basket using rope and yarn. All supplies will be provided including yarn, but you may bring your own if you prefer.Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee:  0

    Students should bring: lunch and a drink and your own yarn if you prefer

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Anne Oakes

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    • 19 Feb 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
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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

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    • 25 Feb 2023
    • 11 Mar 2023
    • 3 sessions
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 3
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    Stumpwork is also called raised embroidery. This skill allows you to add dimension to your stitching projects, and/or create individual pieces that can be used as decoration, or brooches, necklaces, added to bracelets, actually - you can be as creative as you'd like! You do need basic embroidery skill - we won't be focused on learning stitches, just using them in a new and different way. 

     


    MATERIALS FEE 15 dollars: floral wire, cotton floss, wool felt, needles

    Level: Beginner


    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Josephine Brewer 

    What to bring/how to dress: embroidery scissors, an embroidery hoop - 6 inch

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    • 27 Feb 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 4
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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!

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    • 28 Feb 2023
    • 07 Mar 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 5
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     Take your knitting to the next level  by learning how to make cables. We will make a quick cabled hat called the Frida Hat which is a unisex adult pattern that uses super bulky yarn so it knits up very quickly and it is free pattern on Ravelry. The skills you will learn are: knitting ribbing in the round, cabling, reading a from a chart and decreasing . These are all great skills that you can use on future projects. Once you sign up for the class I am available to help you with yarn choice. This class assumes that you know how to cast on and do the knit and purl stitch.

     MATERIALS FEE 0 dollars, pattern provided

    Level: Beginner


    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Joyce Trombs

    What to bring/how to dress: Size 11circular knitting needles with at least a 40 inch cable or a set of double pointed needles, size 11, stitch markers, scissors.

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    • 03 Mar 2023
    • 31 Mar 2023
    • 5 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 7
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    Sharpen your leatherworking skills while learning to build yourself a pair of sandals employing a variety of shoemaking techniques. Learn about different types of leather, their particular properties and best use 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 during the heel stacking process. All levels welcome. 



    Level: Beginner 

    Members: 450 dollars

    Non Members: 540 dollars

    Instructor: Deborah Robertson  bio 

    Materials fee: $85-115 dollars

    Materials provided by instructor: Marble slabs, Landis 5-in-1, Singer treadle sewing machine, nylon thread, insole leather, outsole leather, upper leather, lining leather, shanks, clinch nails, pegs, pegging awl, bees wax, shoemaking hammer, skiving knife, tack hammer, anvils, dyes, dye waxes, punches, rawhide mallet, rubber soles, extra Speedy Stitcher coarse waxed thread, leather scissors, card stock

    Students should bring: Please bring the following (and label personal tools with your name or initials): pencils, ruler, paper scissors, bone folder, CS Osborne scratch awl No. 478, bees wax, Xacto knife and blades, wing divider or compass, wool daubers or paint brushes you don't mind getting dyed, rubber gloves, Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl with coarse waxed thread Bring if you have them: skiving knife, tack hammer, French curves and your choice of leather cutting tools (be they leather scissors, round knife or blade).

    • 03 Mar 2023
    • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 7
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    Explore embroidery around the world. We'll take a trip across continents and through cultures to see the similarities and differences of embroidery techniques and use. We'll finish by stitching a Ukrainian motif which I learned from a Ukrainian artist on International Embroidery Day this past summer.

    Level: Beginner

    Materials Fee: 3 dollars for inen, floss, needles, pattern

    Students should bring : embroidery hoop if you'd like to use one, scissors

    Registration: Members $15, Non-members $20

    Instructor: Lynne Noble bio 

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    • 04 Mar 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Local Cloth 408 Depot St
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    In this single session we will introduce the basic elements of needle felting, different types of wool and techniques for application using landscape photos for inspiration. A simple technique, needle felting is a dry method of creating non-woven fabric by interlocking wisps of dyed wool fiber using a barbed needle. The organic textures and impressionistic colors of blended wool offer a very painterly approach to textiles, especially suited to landscape imagery. All levels are welcome in this class, anyone from a hobbyist with a short attention span to a professional artist can have fun and be impressed with themselves as we learn to “build” the landscape from background and shadow to the highlights of the surface. All necessary materials are provided with the $40 material fee, due in class. These include a kit for each student with a collection of dyed wool roving in the landscape palette, felting needles, acrylic felt pinned to a foam block and printed materials outlining tools, fibers and resources. Additionally, each student will have use of an adjustable Ott light to mimic natural daylight for best color accuracy and clarity while working and multi-needle blending tools. 

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $40.00  

    Teacher supplies: A kit for each student with a collection of dyed wool roving in the landscape palette, felting needles, acrylic felt pinned to a foam block and printed materials outlining tools, fibers and resources.floss, rings, molds, sandpaper, patterns, needles

    Student should bring You do not need to bring anything.

    Members: $50

    Non Members: $65

    Instructor: bio Jaana Mattson

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    • 05 Mar 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 3
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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 50 dollars, Non-members 60 dollars

    Instructor: Lynne Noble

    What to bring/how to dress: small scissors

    Please find our COVID and cancellation policies here

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    • 25 Mar 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St, Asheville, NC
    • 6
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       There are a variety of methods for dyeing scarves in the Japanese Shibori method, and each gives distinctive patterns. In this class we'll study wrapping and clamping techniques to create diagonal line and geometric patterns using acid dyes on silk scarves and cloth. You can dye solid colors or dip dye for exciting multi-colored effects. 

    Materials Fee:  20 for Scarves, cloth, dyes, dyeing accessories, instruction sheets

    Students should bring: gloves, apron, scissors, plastic bags, old towels, and wear old clothes! 

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Sue Helmken

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    • 01 Apr 2023
    • 02 Apr 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • 408 Depot St, Asheville, NC
    • 7
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     Dye It First, we will learn the beautiful and ancient Japanese resist-dyeing technique known as shibori, in tandem with natural indigo dyeing. We will create unique patterns on fabric using folding, tying, and binding resist techniques to dye the fabric for our shirts, as well as some smaller samples. You will also learn the basics of mixing and maintaining a natural fructose indigo dye bath. Students are welcome to bring their own small fabric or items (limited to the size of a t-shirt) from home to dye. Any natural fiber items will take the indigo dye—cotton, linen, hemp, silk, wool, etc.

    Sew It Sew your own boxy top. First you will learn how to print and assemble a PDF pattern (Sam will record a short, 10-minute video on how to properly measure yourself to match the pattern we are using. You will get the video after you sign up), and how to make some minor length adjustments. Then how to cut fabric for garments, including understanding terms such as on grain, cross grain and bias. Finally we will then sew your super simple top! You’ll sew side seams, hems and a neck binding using your fabric or contrast if you wish.

    Wear it Home! You’ve sewn it, you’ve dyed it, now wear it home and wait for the compliments. Bring lunch, and/or a light snack  .

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee:  30 dollars. We will provide a free, garment sewing beginner-friendly patterns for your use. You can bring your own pattern if you are an experienced garment sewer. Cotton muslin yardage (2.5 yards per student), Cotton bandanas, Indigo dye

    Students should bring: Rubber gloves, Apron, We recommend Gutermann cotton thread in Indigo Blue. Also a good idea to have a spool of White: (https://www.joann.com/gutermann-natural-cotton-thread-solids-876-yd/7555741.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&gclid=Cj0KCQiAn4SeBhCwARIsANeF9DI84nVjWBZ52gWR0Q8SYLzX775FfmI3_f4YIF7DJOgHOGQ-F9CVgnAaAqMZEALw_wcB) Optional  bring your own pre-washed natural fiber fabric if you prefer to use that - cotton or linen work well Sewing machine if you have one (Some are available to borrow) Scissors / cutting mat / rotary cutter Pins We will have some extra pins, scissors, and thread on hand if needed.

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Kristin Arzt and Sam Green  bios

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    • 03 Apr 2023
    • 08 May 2023
    • 6 sessions
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 6
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    Temari originated in China and moved to Japan in the 7th century CE. Originally a folk art, it gradually became a traditional art form, transforming from hand balls for children (“temari” means “hand ball”) to extraordinary gifts representing great friendship. This course is a beginning class in Temari, a Japanese form of embroidery on a ball. It will move from using a pre-wound ball and simple design to having students wind the ball themselves, put the guidelines on, and stitch gradually more complex designs. How fast each student goes will depend on whether they want to do “homework,” and different student tempos can be accommodated.

     MATERIALS FEE: 45 dollars, First pre-wound ball, Threads, Needles, Rice Hulls for the insides of the balls, Cotton Batting for the insides of the balls, Serger thread for wrapping

    Level: Beginner, some experience with embroidery is helpful.


    Registration: Members : $225 , Non-members $ 260


    Instructor: Rebecca Norris

    What to bring/how to dress: scissors and straight pins with colored heads (~1 ½”), if they have them, as well as an old pair of nylons or tights, which will have to be cut up. 

    Please find our COVID and cancellation policies here

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    • 14 Apr 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville, NC
    • 3
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    This is an intuitive, spontaneous way of quilting that requires no pre-planning, exacting cuts or precise ¼ inch seams and the best part is you can use up scraps of fabric, recycle old clothes or shop for fabric at second hand shops (men’s cotton shirts are great). This way of working leads to zero waste and uses up clothes and fabric scraps that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Because the fabric is sewn onto a foundation of cotton, you can also use almost any kind of fabric and you don’t need to worry about grain. (the photo is a close up of a linen and silk queen sized quilt) The log cabin is my go to design, but other designs work well: Roman Stripe, Courthouse Steps for example.  Make a quilt, tote bag, table runner, project bag….once you have the technique you can apply it to many  projects.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $0

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: bio Joyce Tromba

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    • 29 Apr 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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     These cute little poppet dolls, with their big yarn hair and chubby cheeks, are so fun to make. Their purpose? To simply delight you and add a little magic to your life, as each doll holds a secret wish, intention, or prayer inside her. In this workshop, you’ll make a one-of-a-kind doll — sewing, stuffing, painting her face, giving her locks, and adorning her with beads, appliqué, and bits and bobs. Spend a day getting lost in the art of doll-making; create a little poppet you’ll love.  

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: 35 dollars for: Stuffing Weighted pellets Doll needles Sewing needles Beads, crystals, embroidery thread, and materials to use for various adornments Clay faces, paint  and glue 

    Students should bring: Fabric for your doll - ½ yard is more than enough Yarn for hair Two small (½”) matching buttons (to attach arms) Thread Scissors Any special adornments you wish to have (there will be some available for you as well) 

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Stacy Vajta

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    • 06 May 2023
    • 13 May 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 5
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    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 

    Members: $200

    Non members: $240

    Instructor: Betty Hilton-Nash  bio 

    Materials fee: $20

    Materials provided by instructor: Warp, weft, printed instructional handout, looms are available at Local Cloth, students will take the looms home for a week and return them on the last day of the class, a deposit will be collected on the loom rental for that week, and returned on the last day of class. If you have your own loom that you want to use it, please get in touch with Betty first.

    Materials students should bring: Scissors, ruler, a tapestry beater (ie. a heavy kitchen fork), design ideas (photos, drawings, etc.)

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    • 03 Jun 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 4
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    Experience the centuries old process of floating paint on a thick gel. Draw designs, lay paper on it and voila, the design is frozen!! You learn many historic patterns found in old books and Bibles and all of this before lunch! After the break, you will learn multiple step patterns which will intrigue the eyes!! Gothic, bouquet, fountain, and cathedral are just a few of the patterns we will learn. Use your knowledge for a final fabric project to end this experience! Choose between a square silk scarf, square cotton bandana, or square cotton fabric. ​

    Level: Beginning to  Intermediate 

    Instructor: Pam Granger Gale  bio 

    Materials fee: $30

    Materials provided by instructor: methyl cellulose, paints, tools, paper, and fabric choice

    Students should wear rubber soled shoes, and bring your own apron an empty one gallon water container.


    • 28 Jun 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    Weaving is one of the most ancient fundamental arts. Weaving with cards, looms, weaving machines, frames and other equipment is very rewarding, but most often it takes time to weave a project. However, you can weave without a loom. One method is to customized greeting cards with weaving inserts. This class teaches how to weave with different materials for photo front greeting cards. You will be able to design and personalized two high quality stock greeting cards with a weaving insert for the front cover. Then take finished cards home and add your individualized message inside the 5 x7 card. No fancy looms, shuttles, or weaving tools are needed: just paper, cloth, and /or yarn. Whatever you choose to weave, you will learn the basic of plain weaving. No weaving experience necessary. 


    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee:  30 dollars for Two high quality photo stock greeting card with envelopes Yarn Cloth material Construction paper Masking tape

    What to bring: Scissors Your favorite paper, duplicate photographs, yarn (all three optional) Tapestry needle (blunt end needle)

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Marilyn Haas-Haseman

    • 27 Jul 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • 408 Depot St, Asheville, NC
    • 6
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    Circular weaving, also known as circle weaving or round weaving, is similar to regular weaving, but it’s done on a round loom instead of a rectangular loom. One doesn’t have to purchase a specific loom, as you can use any circular object like a large ring, embroidery hoops, and more. When you string the loom, your warp strings look like bicycle spokes, and you weave in and out of these spokes (or warp strings) in a circular direction. The technique is plain weaving. This is a wonderful way to use up your stash yarn. Weaving experience not required- it’s fun for beginners and experienced weavers.  


    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee:  15 dollars for various yarns used for weft, tongue blade

    What to bring: 1 ten inch metal ring - can find at hobby lobby, Michael’s, or amazon (circular rings for crafts). You can select any size but for the first time select at least 10-14 inches. Large tapestry needle. You might need several sizes depending on the weaving yarn you will use. If you need to thread yarn, needle threader helps. Warp yarn (amount depends on size of loom- figure at least 80 times the diameter of circle, needs to be strong yarn). Non mercerized cotton is a good choice. Do not use stretchy yarn for the warp! Black or white is always a good color, but it will be your choice. Bring any stash yarn that you love, but Local Cloth will have yarns too to select from Embellishments (like buttons, charms, anything you can thread through yarn) Scissors , Tape measure

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Marilyn Haas-Haseman

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