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    • 04 Apr 2020
    • 05 Apr 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11, Asheville NC
    • 0



    • 11 Apr 2020
    • 12 Apr 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11, Asheville NC
    • 0



    • 13 May 2020
    • 10 Jun 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 2
    Register
    Don’t know what to do with that beautiful piece of hand-dyed fabric? Maybe you have a vintage table runner that needs a new life. How about that partial skein of yarn that isn’t enough for a project, but is too beautiful to toss? Discover the art doll as a means of creative expression for textile and fiber lovers. In this class we will learn the basics of constructing a stump doll. We will explore design principles, sources of inspiration, and methods for adapting various materials to create a beautiful one-of-a-kind figure. These figures will be constructed primarily of cloth, but mixed-media options will be discussed. A working sewing machine and basic sewing skills are required.

    Level: Beginner

    Materials fee: $25 for Pattern, fabric for head and hands, stand, stuffing

    Registration: Members $150, Non-members $180

    Instructor: Ann Hord-Heatherley

    • 14 May 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 14
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    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

    • 16 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 17 May 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
    Register

    Day 1: The Favorite Sketchbook

    There are sketchbooks and sketchbooks, but this particular lovely book has become my favorite and will be yours too! It opens totally flat, can be made from easy to fine materials, and best of all, it features a textile cover and you made it! We'll be making a 6" x 6" sketchbook in class with hard covers and 120 pages of multi-media paper. Once you make this book in class, you'll know how to make larger and smaller version with whatever paper you want! You'll learn all the book making basics and then some…paper stuff, gluing, piercing, sewing, all the fabulous bits that go into making a well-made, useful and enjoyable sketchbook/journal. I will bring a tool kit for you to use and all the supplies including some wonderful pieces of fabrics to use on the covers, but you might want to keep your eye open for that special thrift store find, or check your drawers for your favorite saved textile treasures. Light to medium weight, woven cotton type fabrics work the best.

    Day 2: The Perfect Bound Journal

    The perfect binding (glued binding) is one we handle all the time in our daily lives as ordinary paperback books, yet when used in a handmade notebook it becomes extraordinary. We will make a “Perfect Little Notebook” using this quick and marvelous binding technique as well as tea staining the paper sheets (text block) for an antique look and feel, creating the cover from your favorite cotton or rayon fabric and making a closure from small buttons and ribbons.  Once we finish our small ( 5” x 3.75” ) notebook of 64 pages, information will be shared as how to create larger and different shapes for this binding at home.

    Level: All levels

    Materials fee: $55 for handouts, use of book binding kit, sketch paper, glues, waxed linen, extra fabrics, All supplies needed to make sketchbook

    Instructor: Chad Alice Hagen

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240


    • 23 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 13
    Register

    Madder root is the gift that keeps giving. This natural pigment is found in the red roots of the madder plant. We will extract orange, red, and pink tone’s from madder root – nature’s red root – in order to create prints on silk and cotton. We will cover resist and bundle dyeing techniques, and discuss how these methods can be used for mending and hiding stains. Everyone will walk away with custom textiles, along with the natural dyeing knowledge needed to explore the array of pigments nature has to offer.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $20

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: bio Nica Rabinowitz

    • 23 May 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 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


    • 24 May 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 12
    Register

    Getting Green

    Green is one of the hardest colors to get with Natural Dyes but by overdyeing indigo with a yellow dye you can get a range of lovely greens. Post dye modification with iron gives even more possibilities. We will use the samples that we dyed with indigo in our March meeting to overdye with a variety of yellow dyes: weld, marigold and osage. 

    What to bring: Marigolds if you have some dried from last year, we will have weld and osage on hand. As usual: notebook, apron, some handwork to work on during down time, any show and tell, as well as any books, magazines, websites, podcasts, events you have come across to share with the group.



    Looking forward to seeing you.

    Joyce


    Information for new members of the Natural Dye Study Group

    • 25 May 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
    Register

    Learn this very simple, enchanting, and soothing embroidery style! Choose which of five traditional Japanese patterns you’d like to embroider. Your class comes with everything you need— sashiko thread, the correct size needle, and the sampler of your choice in a beautiful indigo dyed 100% cotton from Japan.

    NOTE: You won’t finish your sampler in class, which is great— sashiko is excellent for car rides, classes & lectures, TV show watching, sitting in front of the woodstove while a friend knits— and you’ll get plenty of carefree minutes out of this first project!

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $10

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: bio Jess Kaufmann

    • 30 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 6
    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

    • 06 Jun 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 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 

    • 07 Jun 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 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 

    • 09 Jun 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 9
    Register

    Learn to knit and purl, and then make a hat. You'll leave the class with a new skill and a warm head!

    Local Cloth studio supplies yarn and needles or participants can bring their own.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $0

    Registration: Members $55, Non-members $65

    Instructor: bio Lynne Noble

    • 12 Jun 2020
    • 13 Jun 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 3
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    Learn to set up and keep an organic indigo vat. We will explore the biochemistry of the organic vat and learn how to trouble shoot, adjust and maintain your vat. Each person will go home with a vat that they can keep going for years. There will also be an organic vat available for dyeing and experimenting with while we wait for the magic to happen in your own vats.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $25

    Registration: Members $55, Non-members $65

    Instructor: bio Joyce Tromba

    • 14 Jun 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
    Register

    Tablet weaving, makes a long narrow belts, using tablets with four holes in the corners. It is an ancient and rare form of weaving, with a multitude of patterns and possibilities. We will start with a two-color threading to experiment on a variety of structures and patterns, including lettering. You can spell out your own words in your weaving. It is challenging, rewarding, and inspiring. You will leave this class with a small belt and a good understanding of tablet weaving. 

    Level: All Levels

    Materials Fee: $10

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: bio Peace Weaver

    • 19 Jun 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
    Register

    Join us for a day of creating felted jewelry, Bring some various stone options for us to felt around and create a pendant. Depending on time, this can be taken home to add to any chain you desire or we can create felted necklaces for which your felted stone can hang from. This will be a wet felting class with addition details done in both needle felting and sewing. This is detailed handwork and is best suited for those with some felting experience.

    Level: All Levels

    Materials Fee: $30

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: bio Jamie Sparks

    • 20 Jun 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
    Register
    Learn the fun and messy craft of making handmade paper, which can be made from recycled paper as well as local plants. Your paper can be smooth or textured, with add-ins like glitter or plant seeds, and provides almost instant gratification. Go home with enough paper for a set of note cards or to make a book.



    Level: Beginning Materials Fee: $10 for pulp, use of molds & deckles, add-ins

    Registration: Members $55, Non-members $65

    Instructor: bio Judi Jetson

    • 25 Jun 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 26 Jun 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
    Register
    Participants will learn all the basics of ribbed basketry and create an heirloom basket in this two day workshop. Weaving tips, using natural materials,adding textural accents and finishing techniques will be explored. Beginner weavers and others with experience will enjoy this ribbed basketry primer.
    Bring your reading glasses and some hand strength required

    Level: Beginning

    Materials fee: $15 for all hand dyed reeds, buckets,tools, hand outs and some wild vines.

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

    Instructor:  Carla Filippelli

    • 27 Jun 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 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


    • 28 Jun 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    Register

    All things indigo!

    The Indigo Interest Group meets in alternate months from February through December.

    From growing to processing to dyeing , painting, and resist techniques--if it has to do with indigo, we will study it.

    In the first three sessions in 2020 we will explore painting with indigo. Three helpful references are Boutrup/Ellis The Art and Science of Natural Dyes and John Marshall’s books Singing the Blues and Salvation through Soy.

    Bring your cloth and paintbrushes. We will treat fabrics with soymilk and make indigo paint together.

    If you are new to the group, please refer to the Indigo Interest Group Guidelines.

    The Indigo Forum can be found here. Consider subscribing to it and posting your questions, answers, work, etc.

     Organizer: Denise Arcuri


    • 05 Jul 2020
    • 19 Jul 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 4
    Register

    This is a beginning class for getting started with a knitting machine. We will learn to cast on, bind off, increase, decrease on the machine. Learn to set it up and take down the machine. We will make a number of small projects. You do not need to know how to hand knit though it will be a bit easier to learn.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $20

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: bio Lori Helms

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

    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 

    • 17 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 9
    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

    • 18 Jul 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 6
    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

    • 23 Jul 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 20
    Register

    Learn all about natural dyes, mordants and ph, and how to prepare your fiber as well as how the indigo vat works. This is a lecture only class, you will not be dyeing, but after this class you will be prepared to join one of the study groups or take a hands on natural dye class.

    Level: Beginner

    Materials Fee: $0

    Registration: Members $15, Non-members $20

    Instructor: bio Joyce Tromba and Eileen Hallman

    • 25 Jul 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 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


    • 26 Jul 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 12
    Register

    Shibori but not blue

    Shibori and indigo are a match made in heaven but you can also apply stitched shibori techniques with other plant dyes. We will stitch some small samples and then dye with a few plants which we will decide on in our May meeting.

    What to bring: Small pieces of scoured fabric to stitch, this can be cotton, linen, silk or some of each. Strong nylon thread and long, thin needles. You can also pre stitch the samples before the meeting. As usual: notebook, apron, some handwork to work on during down time, any show and tell, as well as any books, magazines, websites, podcasts, events you have come across to share with the group.



    Looking forward to seeing you.

    Joyce


    Information for new members of the Natural Dye Study Group

    • 10 Aug 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 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 

    • 11 Aug 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 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 

    • 15 Aug 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 6
    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 Aug 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 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


    • 28 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 30 Aug 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
    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
    • 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
    • 15 Oct 2020
    • 6 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
    Register