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    • 02 Oct 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
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    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.


    • 03 Oct 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 13
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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

    CDC Safety Regulations

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

    Instructor: Beth Sellars and Judi Jetson bio 

    CDC Safety Regulations



    • 09 Oct 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 5
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    In this full day class students will explore the world of block printing on fabric. We will design and carve print blocks and experiment with printing them on different fabrics. Students will learn how to print blocks using one or more colors. There are so many wonderful things that can be created! The goal for this class is for students to feel comfortable with the basics of printing on fabric so they can continue printing at home.

    Materials to bring:

    Bring enough fabric (cotton, linen, knit) to experiment with printing. Please bring cellulose fabric, cotton and linen. This is to make sure you can heat set the fabric properly. Fabric should be lighter in color, tighter in weave (not gauzy) and not overly textured. Preprinted fabric is OK, but not ideal. Please make sure your fabric has been washed and ironed, you can also bring some card stock to make cards. T pins, tape, ruler (clear quilting ruler is best), pencil, scissors, X-acto knife, sharpie marker, inspiration material.

    Level: All Levels

    Materials Fee:  $25.00 

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Krista Skrede

    CDC Safety Regulations

    • 09 Oct 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
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    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.


    • 10 Oct 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
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    Most spinners have thought about buying a raw fleece, but are intimidated by the process. Or perhaps, like me, you bought a beautiful multi-colored one and sent it off to a mill, only to receive something back that looks like oatmeal. The purpose of this workshop is to de-mystify the process of preparing your own fleece and get you ready to buy, clean and card or comb a fleece with confidence. We'll go through each of these steps together: 1) skirting, 2) rinsing, 3) washing or scouring, 4) drying and 5) combing or carding. This month we start with wool - and have a Montadale fleece to work with that's been donated by local shepherd Susan Proctor. Susan is also chair of the North Carolina Sheep Producers Association, a SAFF winner for both her sheep and fleece, and wants us to all consider entering their "Make It With Wool" competition in November.     http://www.ncmakeitwithwool.com/ 

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $10  includes all materials

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: Beth Sellars and Judi Jetson bio 

    • 10 Oct 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
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    Join us for a virtual afternoon with Pam Granger Gale at Majik Studios. Pam Granger Gale is a National Board Certified Elementary art teacher, a profession she has loved for thirty one years. After retiring in 2016, Pam continued teaching and sharing her knowledge of papermaking and marbling, two ancient methods of creating useful items.

    Pam found papermaking back in 1982 with a friend. She has grown through the papermaking process to create lamps, wedding invitations and hand bound journals. She studied under Peter Sowiski at Penland, and Frank Brannon when residing in Asheville.

    Marbling came into her life in 1988 at a short one time workshop. She taught marbling classes on Hilton Head Island to many tourists and built a loyal following with many returning year after year. She has perfected her technique by attending classes with Ginny Moreland, Anne Murray, Judith Beers and Regina & Dan St. John.

    She was the director of an art center on Hilton Head Island, SC and has opened Majik Studios with a cadre of professional teachers in the South Slope. Located inside the Refinery Creator Space at 207 Coxe Ave., residents and tourists are welcomed to learn and create an art piece in 3 hours.

    Pam’s marbled clothing and accessories was selected for exhibition in 2019 in the national fiber show named “A Stitch to Wear”. Pam collaborated on this piece with Marcia Mills of MGMills Studio. It was juried by Renate Maile-Moskowitz of the Smithsonian.



    • 11 Oct 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 6
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    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 medium weight linen that will provide technique for folding larger pieces in half that produce minimal center lines. Color dye carrier blankets will be used to transfer color over our leaf and fabric bundle. 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: no more than $30 

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

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Denise Arcuri bio 

    • 14 Oct 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave. #11 Asheville, NC 28801
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    Starting in October, a new interest group will be meeting at Local Cloth. This is a group for pattern sewers to discuss patterns, pattern modifications, fabrics, notions, techniques, machines, sources and their latest creations. 

    Bring your latest projects, sewing materials and any other information that may be of interest to the group.

    Hosted by Deb Holden

    Social distancing and mask wearing will be observed.  For questions or comments, contact Deb Holden at djholden51@icloud.com.

    • 14 Oct 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave.
    • 5
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    Interested in Feedback?

    We had our first quarterly Fiber Art Critique group in mid July and we had a great time talking about each piece of fiber art and finding out how everyone works.  The round table discussion was born out of knowing that there are groups out there that critique other forms of art, but it is rare to find one for people who work primarily in fiber.  It is a fun, positive way to get together with like minded fiber artists to discuss our current work and learn new ways of doing things.  We would love to have you join us if you are wanting to grow in your fiber craft and brainstorm new ideas for finding ways of building your business.Join us at our first quarterly Fiber Arts Critique group meeting, October 14th 5:30 at Local Cloth.  Led by Judy Ott.

    Wear face masks, please. 


    • 15 Oct 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 15
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    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 

    • 16 Oct 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
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    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 Oct 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 7
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    Create a felted mask to add some personal creativity to any halloween or masquerade party. You will learn both wet felting and needle felting in this process and get to explore a lot of your creativity to create just the right piece for all your costuming needs.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $40

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: bio Jamie Sparks

    What to bring/how to dress:Wear clothes that are okay to get wet. Wear comfortable shoes with traction (the floor may be wet and we will be standing a lot!) Notebook and writing utensil. Functional fabric scissors. 2 large towels, 2 kitchen sponges, 1 large bone, carwash sponge. If you have needle felting equipment feel free to bring it, but not necessary. Any creative ideas and additional adornments you may want to add to your mask, such as colorful ribbons, colored wool locks, colored wool in any amount or other things we may get to play with.

    Materials fee:$40


    • 19 Oct 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
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    In this hands on class led by artist, Charlotte Cat Murphy, participants are going to use paper clay, memory wire, and decorations to transform basic materials into a fantastic hat or mask for your costume. Discussion for other applications and the potential of envisioning. 

    About the instructor: 

    "I have always loved clothing and design, viewing it as personalities that one could try on for a day. As a child I loved to design my own paper dolls with lots of outfits so I guess it’s natural that I eventually got into costume design. I started costuming seriously in 2006 with a Pirates of the Caribbean piece.I have been sewing costumes using many different kind of materials seriously in 2006 and have won several awards for my designs."

    Level: All Levels

    Materials Fee: $35  includes Paper clay, memory wire, Basic paint colors

    Registration: Members $, Non-members $

    Instructor: Charlotte Cat Murphy 


    • 21 Oct 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 04 Nov 2020
    • (EST)
    • 3 sessions
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
    • 14
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    If you have worked stranded or Fair Isle knitting patterns, you know the joy of working color and design together in a rhythm that can be satisfying and well as addictive. In this class, we will use a fingerless mitts pattern to explore working a stranded design in the round in a small circumference. The class pattern offers a 5-inch cuff of stranded colorwork, The body and thumb are worked in a solid color with a bit of colorwork before the final rib to finish the pattern. During the class, we will cover various methods of knitting small circumferences in the round, the “kiss of color” ribbing edge, adding a side thumb, and getting gauge in both colorwork and single-color stockinette when both are found in the pattern. Students interested in this class should be familiar with Stranded Colorwork/Fair Isle knitting.

    Level: Intermediate

    Materials fee: $0

    Registration: Members $35 Non-members $ 45

    Instructor:  Bio Varian Brandon

    • 23 Oct 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
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    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 Oct 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 4
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    Come get knotty with us! This beginner workshop will take you through the steps you need to take away your very own macrame wall hanging. Basic knots will be covered as well as design conception.

    Feel free to bring a branch or stick (approx. 12-15” long) of your own to mount your hanging. Otherwise a wooden dowel will be provided. 

    Level: Beginner

    Materials Fee: $10 for cotton cord, yarn, wooden dowls. Students may bring small branch, wood or metal dowel.

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: Jessica Wilson - Thille

    CDC Safety Regulations

    • 26 Oct 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • 207 Coxe Ave.
    • 10
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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. For September - December 2020, 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 (from 6 - 6:30pm) to get acquainted and request some help. Our meetings will be held in person at the Local Cloth studio, and members who wish to attend virtually will receive a Zoom link.



    • 30 Oct 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
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    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.


    • 06 Nov 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EST)
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
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    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.


    • 07 Nov 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EST)
    • 08 Nov 2020
    • 4:00 PM (EST)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 9
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    Take the fabulous textures that can be created by laminating wool fibers to cloth to a whole new level by combining weaving and felting in a great new process. We will begin by weaving a loose web of cloth, take it off the loom, add luxurious merino wool fibers then wet felt everything together. Beginners to advanced in either technique will love this combination.

    Level: All Levels

    Materials Fee: $10

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

    Instructor: Geri Forkner 

    • 07 Nov 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    • WNC Farmer's Market
    • 12
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    Fiber Feel Day is a gathering of farmers to celebrate the annual harvest of fiber from local farms. We're excited that we've been able to schedule it in this year of cancellations.

    We will be in Barn 5, the long shed to the left after Jesse Israel. It's the same place we were 2 years ago. 

    While focusing on fleece, mostly newly shorn from sheep, angora goats and rabbits, alpaca and llama, we also welcome your value added products from yarn to hand sewn bags, and natural dyes. 

    Vendors are encouraged to demonstrate from their booth as this is as much a community educational event as it is a venue for sales.

    Booth fees:

    10 x 20   $35

    Local Cloth members receive a $10 discount.


    • 11 Nov 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EST)
    • 207 Coxe Ave. #11 Asheville, NC 28801
    Register

    Starting in October, a new interest group will be meeting at Local Cloth. This is a group for pattern sewers to discuss patterns, pattern modifications, fabrics, notions, techniques, machines, sources and their latest creations. 

    Bring your latest projects, sewing materials and any other information that may be of interest to the group.

    Hosted by Deb Holden

    Social distancing and mask wearing will be observed.  For questions or comments, contact Deb Holden at djholden51@icloud.com.

    • 12 Nov 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11, Asheville, NC
    • 6
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    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

    Instructor: Beth Sellars and Judi Jetson bio 


    • 13 Nov 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EST)
    • 14 Nov 2020
    • 4:00 PM (EST)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    Shibori is the simple yet sophisticated Japanese ancestor of tie-dyeing, newly popular with many modern adaptations. We will use straight-forward, immediate hands-on methods of clamping, tying, stitching, and wrapping resists on silk fabrics, then immerse them in vibrant fiber-reactive and acid dye baths to layer rich colors and gorgeous patterns. We will also mix a simple pre-reduced indigo bath as well as get into discharge, or color removal, from base layer colors on cotton fabrics. Students may bring blank fabric, scarves, t-shirts, and apparel pieces to dye and finish in this fun and fast-paced workshop.

    Level: Intermediate

    Materials fee:$20

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

    Instructor: bio Jen Swearington

    • 13 Nov 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EST)
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
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    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.


    • 20 Nov 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EST)
    • 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.


    • 22 Nov 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
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    It's time to get in the holiday spirit and work on making some Jolly 'ol Elf figures. We will learn the basics of building the Santa form, attaching wool top as well as doing his facial features. We will be making small sized Santa's that can sit on a table or made as an ornament. These Santa's are so much fun to make and you should be able to leave with a couple of completed pieces, plus have enough supplies for making more at a later time!

    Level: Intermediate

    Materials Fee: $40

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: bio Beth Sellars

    CDC Safety Regulations

    • 23 Nov 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EST)
    • 207 Coxe Ave.
    • 10
    Register

    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. For September - December 2020, 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 (from 6 - 6:30pm) to get acquainted and request some help. Our meetings will be held in person at the Local Cloth studio, and members who wish to attend virtually will receive a Zoom link.



    • 27 Nov 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EST)
    • 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.


    • 03 Dec 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 7
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     These trees will NOT shed their needles! Be creative with color, size and embellishment. Christmas decorations, or just a lovely tree to decorate your home. You will create the felted tree "circles" in class and assemble at home after the circles are dry.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee:  $10.00 

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: Lynne Noble

    • 04 Dec 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EST)
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
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