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WORKSHOPS

    • 07 Jul 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave.
    • 4
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    Interested in Feedback?

    Do you sell your work?  

    Are you represented in a gallery?  

    How would you like to be in a group with serious fiber artists to show your work and discuss its merits as well as hearing something you might not have thought about?  

    Join us at our first quarterly Fiber Arts Critique group meeting, July 7th 6:30 at Local Cloth.  Led by Judy Ott.

    Wear face masks, please. 


    • 09 Jul 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11, Asheville, NC
    • 2
    Register

    Join us for a fun afternoon, working on your own projects. This Lab is for Advanced Beginners and beyond. You need to bring your wool, mohair, alpaca or silk pre-soaked in vinegar, rubber gloves, plastic bins and dye to share. We use a variety of techniques and equipment - low water immersion, steaming, crockpot dyeing, etc. with consultation from an experienced leader - Judi Jetson and/or Beth Sellars - to get the result you want. If you like, bring magazine pages or photos with images you find appealing, and we'll help you mix dye colors to match.

    Level: Advanced Beginners to Expert


    • 10 Jul 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
    Register

    Members! Join us via Zoom for coffee or tea, conversation, and quiet handiwork.  Suggestions: knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, sock darning, embroidery or any other portable project you have going lending itself to a get together. Let’s exchange ideas and chit-chat!  Every Friday for the foreseeable future from 4-6pm.

    Bring. Yourselves, a mug, and your ongoing work. Also optional: bring a piece of your finished work to show others what your interests are.

    Hosted by Susette Shiver 

    Sign up at least 2 days in advance to receive your Zoom log-in information ahead of time.


    • 11 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 5
    Register

    The goal of this class is to expose you to the basic understanding of the craft of sewing. We will learn to make a very simple yet fun detailed muslin top that is easy to wear. You will learn to sew and design your top in a practical fabric that will allow you to learn with out worry.

    You will learn that knowing that each and every new step you master builds on itself, resulting in knowing you can accomplish so much more than you ever thought possible. The beauty of sewing is that it provides endless goals to reach for, with creativity that is uniquely your own. I like to think of all the sewists that have come before me… famous or not. For I am doing exactly what they have done… that connection excites and inspires me. It is my hope that I can introduce you to the pleasures of sewing and the community it can foster.


    Level:Beginner

    Materials Fee: $35

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: bio Cynthia Anderson 

    • 11 Jul 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
    Register

    Members! Join us on July 11th via Zoom for a studio tour with Susette Carter Shiver. 

    "I love color, simplicity, complexity at times, placement of shapes, colors, and textures on cloth and assembling pieces into quilts, both small and large.

    Since childhood I have been an avid knitter, and have enjoyed crocheting and sewing. Now with the opportunity to work in my own fiber studio and learn more about various textile arts and experiment with them, my personal style has been emerging.   

    Until I retired fully in 2019, I divided my time between my art, old time country music, and my vocation as a cancer cell scientist and Professor Emerita at Georgetown University Medical Center.  Throughout recent history (well a couple of decades) I have been an old time country musician playing music with my husband (The Shiver Show) and friends. We live adjacent to Asheville, NC in Leicester in western North Carolina, a world all of its own.  My inspiration comes from what I see outside my window on Hanlon Mountain and from my science." - Susette Carter Shiver


    • 14 Jul 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
    • 8
    Register

    From onion skins, to carrot tops, to avocado pits and skins, participants learn how to dye with food waste. We cover the mordanting process which binds natural color to fabric, in addition to basic resist dyeing techniques.


    Level: Beginner

    Materials Fee: $0

    Registration: Members $15, Non-members $20

    Instructor: bio  Nica Rabinowitz

    • 17 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 6
    Register
    Participants will learn many fine points of wicker basketry. Exploring basket set ups, textural additions, and finishing techniques everyone goes home with an ample handmade heirloom basket. Using hand dyed reeds and textural accents this instructor combines discussions on dyeing methods, basketry history,and tips in a non competitive and playful day of basket weaving.

    Level: All

    Materials Fee:  $15 for all hand dyed reeds, buckets, tools and hand outs or this class

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: bio Carla Fillipelli

    • 17 Jul 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
    Register

    Members! Join us via Zoom for coffee or tea, conversation, and quiet handiwork.  Suggestions: knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, sock darning, embroidery or any other portable project you have going lending itself to a get together. Let’s exchange ideas and chit-chat!  Every Friday for the foreseeable future from 4-6pm.

    Bring. Yourselves, a mug, and your ongoing work. Also optional: bring a piece of your finished work to show others what your interests are.

    Hosted by Susette Shiver 

    Sign up at least 2 days in advance to receive your Zoom log-in information ahead of time.


    • 18 Jul 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 3
    Register
    Weaving on a triangle loom is fun, creative, easy and quick. There is no elaborate planning and measuring process. Triloom weaving is an efficient way to use yarn, so you can use your stash yarn or more expensive designer, or hand-spun yarns. Triangle looms are great for weaving plaid patterns and 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 advance techniques such as twill, lace, double weaves, inlay, tartans, and other color sequences, and for the designer!

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee:  $5.00 for Instructional handouts

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Marilyn Haas-Haseman

    • 22 Jul 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
    • 5
    Register

    Have a great idea for an online tutorial or workshop, but feel overwhelmed by the virtual format? Nica will answer questions, but also offer guidance based on experience teaching live online with Local Cloth. We will cover zoom basics, troubleshooting, when to pre-record and when to go live, setting the scene, video editing basics, and a few tricks for engaging participants in a virtual classroom/studio.

    Level: Beginner

    Materials Fee: $0

    Registration: Members $15, Non-members $20

    Instructor: bio  Nica Rabinowitz

    • 24 Jul 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
    Register

    Members! Join us via Zoom for coffee or tea, conversation, and quiet handiwork.  Suggestions: knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, sock darning, embroidery or any other portable project you have going lending itself to a get together. Let’s exchange ideas and chit-chat!  Every Friday for the foreseeable future from 4-6pm.

    Bring. Yourselves, a mug, and your ongoing work. Also optional: bring a piece of your finished work to show others what your interests are.

    Hosted by Susette Shiver 

    Sign up at least 2 days in advance to receive your Zoom log-in information ahead of time.


    • 24 Jul 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 25 Jul 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
    • 3
    Register

    Learn to set up and keep an organic indigo vat in this two part virtual tutorial. We will explore the biochemistry of the organic vat and learn how to trouble shoot, adjust and maintain your vat. Each person will create with a vat that they can keep going for years. In part one we will set up the starter jar and learn about the unique requirements of the Indigo Vat and wait for it to reduce overnight. In part two we will test our vats, make a simple shibori bandana and talk about maintenance and trouble shooting. I will send you the indigo and all other reagents needed to set up a 5 gallon vat. Please sign up at least a week before the class so I can send you the materials.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $25 plus shipping

    Registration: Members $30 Non-members $40

    Instructor: bio Joyce Tromba

    • 25 Jul 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
    Register

    Join us for a studio tour with Cassie Dickson. A member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Cassie Dickson is a historical pattern weaver who specializes in the weaving of coverlets and the processing of the flax plant to linen cloth.  She  has been spinning, weaving, and natural dyeing for over 40 years.  She  has raised silk worms for the past 30 years and processes silk cocoons to silk fabric.  You can see her work on Instagram:  cassiedicksontextiles

    Recent Publications: Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot   Issue 202 Summer 2020   Title:  Next Generation Coverlet Weaver

    The studio tour will be a show and talk on silk worms to silk yarn/fabric, the flax plant to linen cloth, and historical textiles. 



    • 31 Jul 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
    Register

    Members! Join us via Zoom for coffee or tea, conversation, and quiet handiwork.  Suggestions: knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, sock darning, embroidery or any other portable project you have going lending itself to a get together. Let’s exchange ideas and chit-chat!  Every Friday for the foreseeable future from 4-6pm.

    Bring. Yourselves, a mug, and your ongoing work. Also optional: bring a piece of your finished work to show others what your interests are.

    Hosted by Susette Shiver 

    Sign up at least 2 days in advance to receive your Zoom log-in information ahead of time.


    • 11 Aug 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 3
    Register

    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.

    Beginner experience.

    Instruction on pre treatment (mordanting cellulose fiber) will be given and explained. However, fabric used for class will be pre-mordanted ready for use. We will experiment with four napkin sized linen pieces using different color dye blankets to transfer color over our leaf and fabric bundles. This will let us examine how different leaves are printing or acting as resists. The final print will be on a rayon scarf. The dye we will be using is Procion fiber reactive dye. The 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 face masks. I like to use white Kona cotton.

    Level: Beginner

    Materials Fee: $30 

    Instructor provides: Linen and rayon scarves pre-mordanted, handouts, dye

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Denise Arcuri bio 

    • 13 Aug 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11, Asheville, NC
    • 6
    Register

    Join us for a fun afternoon, working on your own projects. We're changing things up this month, as we head into summer, using fiber reactive dye on cotton, rayon, linen and other cellulose fabric. Bring a white or pastel t-shirt, leggings, blouse or underpants and we'll experiment with ice dyeing and shibori (japanese version of tie-dye). Plan to leave your items overnight to set the dye, and return on the following day (Wednesday) to rinse.Experienced acid dye user are welcome to do their own thing.

    Level: OK for beginners



    • 15 Aug 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 5
    Register
    Weaving on a triangle loom is fun, creative, easy and quick. There is no elaborate planning and measuring process. Triloom weaving is an efficient way to use yarn, so you can use your stash yarn or more expensive designer, or hand-spun yarns. Triangle looms are great for weaving plaid patterns and 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 advance techniques such as twill, lace, double weaves, inlay, tartans, and other color sequences, and for the designer!

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee:  $5.00 for Instructional handouts

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Marilyn Haas-Haseman

    • 28 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 30 Aug 2020
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
    Register
    Combine woven shibori, a loom controlled patterning system using temporary gathering threads, with silk noil and Lanaset dyes to create samples or a scarf. Bring your 4-8 harness loom dressed with a dummy warp 180 ends sett at 12epi (instructions and threading drafts will be provided) ready to tie on silk.  In addition to the aforementioned loom, participants will need to bring 2 shuttles, bobbins, warp separator (paper or sticks), scissors, seam ripper and other tools for weaving. A pickup stick longer than 15" is optional. Manual bobbin winders will be available. Learn the process. Handouts will support taking your new skills to your home studio.

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Materials fee: $35 for silk noil warps (one per participant), silk weft, embroidery floss, dyes (including vinegar and sodium alginate), handouts, woven shibori samples, miscellaneous tools (plastic containers, brushes, cross holders, etc.)

    Registration: Members $300, Non-members $360

    Instructor: Neal Howard

    • 05 Sep 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
    Register

    We will wet felt a scarf. We will choose among various colored silk scarves that will be the base.. We will use prefelt plus we will explore all the possible embellishments. Some felting experience is required.

    Level: Intermediate

    Materials Fee: $30

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: bio Judy Ott

    • 10 Sep 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 15 Oct 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 6 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
    Register

    Take this in-depth class from experienced knitter and designer Gregg Johnson and learn how to go beyond commercial patterns and develop the best knitted fabric for your sweater design. You'll also learn about: Yarn Structure and size, Color Palette and color placement, Custom Fit, How to take and use your body measurements, Garment Shape and Fit to Flatter principles, How to get professional finishing results, Choosing stitch patterns, and much more. Be warned - there is homework!

    Level: Intermediate

    Materials Fee: $4

    Registration: Members $300, Non-members $350

    Instructor: bio Gregg Johnson

    • 12 Sep 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 13 Sep 2020
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 9
    Register
    Unlock the mysteries of screen printing with simple, immediate, low-tech processes to print anything from t-shirts to fine scarves, from paper cards to fabric yardage. We will design a range of stencils to print through screens including: painting with screen filler and drawing fluid, rubbing textures with wax, cutting shelf paper, and more. Printing media will focus primarily on water-soluble textile inks, but we will also review processes to thicken dyes and color removers. Let me show you lots of techniques and tricks to take back home and keep on printing on your own!


    Level: Beginner

    Materials fee: $30

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

    Instructor:  Bio Jen Swearington

    • 17 Sep 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11, Asheville, NC
    • 6
    Register

    Join us for a fun afternoon, working on your own projects. This Lab is for Advanced Beginners and beyond. You need to bring your wool, mohair, alpaca or silk pre-soaked in vinegar, rubber gloves, plastic bins and dye to share. We use a variety of techniques and equipment - low water immersion, steaming, crockpot dyeing, etc. with consultation from an experienced leader - Judi Jetson and/or Beth Sellars - to get the result you want. If you like, bring magazine pages or photos with images you find appealing, and we'll help you mix dye colors to match.

    Level: Advanced Beginners to Expert


    • 19 Sep 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 5
    Register
    Curious about spinning? This class is designed for the new spinner, or someone who needs a refresher on the basics. Learn about the workings of a spinning wheel and tools like the niddy noddy and lazy kate. Practice the motions of drafting (pulling) fiber and spinning it into yarn. Plying and finishing yarn will also be covered, if there is time. You'll leave this class with a skein of yarn from what you've spun. All tools provided, or bring your own wheel if you have one.


    Level: Beginner
    Materials Fee: $10 for fiber and use of spinning wheels

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: Lorri Helms

    • 20 Sep 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
    Register

    Come dip your toes (literally) into wet felting. You will learn to make a basic pattern to work with when making wet felted slippers using a resist. This will be a fun day with an arm work out and some cozy slippers to take home, just in time for the colder season. Wet felting does take some stamina and you will be getting your feet wet. This is a skill you will be able to easily take home and make more            slippers if you desire! 


    Level: All Levels

    Materials Fee: $35

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Jamie Sparks bio 

    • 28 Sep 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
    Register

    Experience the bliss of working with two colors at once (one in each hand) to create deceptively intricate-looking patterns. Skills taught include reading (and writing your own!) charts for stranded knitting; working corrugated ribbing for the mitten cuff; how to create thumb gussets; decreasing in pattern; and how to incorporate letters and numbers into your designs. Stranded knitting techniques from a variety of cultures, like Fair Isle, Swedish Bohus, and indigenous Russian designs will be discussed. Prerequisite skills: students should have experience knitting in the round (either on DPNs or magic loop method). 

    Level: Intermediate 

    Materials Fee: $0

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: bio Jess Kaufman

    • 02 Oct 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 5
    Register

    Wet Felting a large circle using Merino wool, 19.5 to 21.0 micron size to construct a beautiful Vest. We limit the use of this micron size fiber so as to remain as consistent with Vest size outcome as we can. Base color is limited to Black or White not including embellishments. This process will teach you how to develop a vest from an approximate 60 inch (Sm./Med.) in diameter circle of fiber. I will have larger/smaller size templates to work with. This process will include how to work on a table of smaller width than the diameter of your project. It is highly suggested that you bring a small sander for felting / fulling, though it is not absolutely necessary. It will make the job easier if you can bring one. It is highly recommended that you call instructor to discuss in great detail the material needs for this class.

    Level: Intermediate

    Materials Fee: $35

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: bio Sandi Moore

    • 03 Oct 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 15
    Register

    With the ecological challenges our world is facing, now more than ever, mushrooms are a vital and relevant queendom to understand, cultivate, and forage. Mushrooms are a great alternative to cellulose-based paper. Using polypore mushrooms and DIY paper making techniques participants will make their own mycopaper in addition to learning how to find, and ethically forage, for paper-friendly mushrooms.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $20

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: bio Nica Rabinowitz

    • 04 Oct 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
    Register

    Students will learn felting basics by making a beret or cloche with a roll up or flared brim.

    Level: All Levels

    Materials Fee: $25

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: bio Vansanto

    • 05 Oct 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
    Register

    An introductory course that will provide students with the tools necessary to begin exploring the magical world of eco printing. Students will generate silk samples using different mordanting and modifying techniques for insuring successful results. Silk fabric and a variety of leaves will be provided for the experiments. After a series of “testing” students will select their favorite “method” and print a 14” x 72” silk scarf. Students will leave with a 14” x 72” silk scarf, multiple samples and handouts containing thorough instructions for working at home.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $25  includes all fabrics and supplies  

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Patricia Spangler bio 

    • 06 Oct 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
    Register

    Eco Printing--The Next Generation is a follow-up to the introductory workshops. In this class, students will learn techniques for creating colored backgrounds to enhance the effects of eco printing on silk. Focusing on background surface design and color, we will work with natural dyes including cochineal, logwood and osage orange--as well as tannins such as pomegranate and gall nut.

    Level: Intermediate

    Prerequisites: Eco printing experience highly recommended.

    Materials Fee: $30 includes all supplies and fabrics necessary for success. Students will leave with a 14" x 72" silk scarf, multiple color samples and handouts containing thorough instructions.

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Patricia Spangler bio 

    • 08 Oct 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11, Asheville, NC
    • 6
    Register

    Join us for a fun afternoon, working on your own projects. We're changing things up this month, as we head into summer, using fiber reactive dye on cotton, rayon, linen and other cellulose fabric. Bring a white or pastel t-shirt, leggings, blouse or underpants and we'll experiment with ice dyeing and shibori (japanese version of tie-dye). Plan to leave your items overnight to set the dye, and return on the following day (Wednesday) to rinse.Experienced acid dye user are welcome to do their own thing.

    Level: OK for beginners



    • 11 Oct 2020
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • 12 Oct 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
    Register