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    • 04 Oct 2019
    • 06 Mar 2020
    • 6 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8

    The Refinery (the building in which Local Cloth is located) is open on the first Friday of each month to celebrate the exhibition in the gallery, and to allow people to stroll through the building.  Local Cloth will be open, too.  From 5:00 – 8:00, all members are invited to come and meet up.  Some of you may wish to tackle UFOs.  Others may have items for show and tell.  And everyone can snack and chat.

    We’d love to fill the studio with all our fiber friends.  Come for some of the time, or all of the time.  Bring a snack to share, or just bring yourself, and of course, whatever you’d like to work on.

    • 25 Oct 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 7
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    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 

    • 26 Oct 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 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


    • 27 Oct 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 11
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    October Natural Dye Group

    This month we will finish our series on printing with natural dyes. We will use citric acid to discharge color.  We will try this in 2 ways: on fabric that is already dyed and on fabric that is just mordanted. So, please bring fabric that is already naturally dyed. The sample in the photo was dyed with logwood but it would be good to experiment with several dyes or you can “dye” with ferrous acetate, so bring any kind of natural dye on cotton or linen. 

    For the second method, bring fabric that has been mordanted with aluminum acetate and we will discharge the mordant and then dye it  (I will bring weld extract to dye with). Also bring your screen and any printing blocks you want to use. We will make the citric acid paste on the day.

    If you are new to the group please read the attached document.

    Hope to see you there!

    Joyce



    Information for new members of the Natural Dye Study Group

    • 27 Oct 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
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    All things indigo!

    We will revisit stitching in its many forms.

    Bring your cloth and needle and strong thread that cannot be broken easily by hand.

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

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

    Indigo Interest Group Guidelines

    • 01 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 03 Nov 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 6
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    Sewing with handwovens often requires special techniques. The fabric characteristics of raveling and bulk require extra care and creativity in construction techniques to make your finished garment have a professional look. Learn tips and techniques to complete that garment that has been in your head for years.

    Level: All

    Materials fee: $5 Download fee of written and pictorial information

    Registration: Members $300, Non-members $360

    Instructor: Joan Berner

    • 08 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 0
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    The goal of this workshop is to learn a wide variety of techniques that facilitate preparing to weave, setting up for weaving, and the process of weaving flow from start to finish. This is not a workshop for total beginners. It is a workshop for those who have ever tangled a warp; have wondered how to smoothly wind warps and bobbins from multiple cones; want to know how to mix textures, colors, warp chains, yarn weights without tension issues; interested in working with multiple warp chains easily; could benefit from learning to cleanly split warp chains to use some threads now, some later; might like to try using a warping paddle and warping mill, who want some great techniques for designing at the reed; want to learn how to efficiently tie onto an existing warp to avoid sleying/threading for every project; interested in why some chains won't unchain and how to make the perfect untwisted chain; already know how to setup from back to front but want to learn why/when setting up front to back for a particular project is an overwhelmingly better choice; already know how to setup front to back but want to learn to do it more effortlessly. Kathrin will demo these techniques and invite class members to explore them with hands-on assistance. You do NOT need to bring a loom. There will be time for Q&A as we address specific topics that relate to your weaving process.

    Level: Intermediate

    Materials Fee:  $5 for Demo loom, Demo warps, Warping paddle and warping mill, Multiple cones of yarn for demoing warp and bobbin winding, Hand tools including variety of shuttles, electric bobbin winder, and small tools

    Registration: Members $125, Non-members $150

    Instructor: bio append #instructor name Kathrin Weber

    • 09 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 1
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    The goal for this dyeing workshop is to learn the basics for dyeing full rich color in cellulose yarn (cotton, rayon, linen, etc.), dyeing safely, traditional as well as non-traditional application of dyes, and processes needed to set the dyes for color fastness. Students will learn fundamentals for dye application to produce one of a kind, technically sound and color-fast hand-dyed cotton yarn and fabric. Students will learn techniques for space-dyeing skeins and warps, resist dyeing yarn, and how to set up a basic dye kitchen. And, beyond that, to learn to dye with personal fearlessness and intention. We will discuss and explore a wide variety of ways to layout warps to be dyed - each layout giving a different result for what will turn into woven fabric. This is not a “recipe” class. Using 7 hues of Fiber Reactive MX dyes students will begin to develop insight into the essence of color that allows them to blend, shade and produce a full spectrum of color.

    Level: All levels, from Beginner to Advanced

    Materials Fee:  $30 for pre-wound, scoured warps and skeins for those of you who want to supplement your supply. Please order through my webshop at least 2 weeks before the workshop. Since I am driving, I can bring them along with me.

    Registration: Members $125, Non-members $150

    Instructor: bio append #instructor name Kathrin Weber

    • 10 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    We will create gnomes with recycled sweaters.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials fee: $3 for rice, wool for noses, thread,stuffing and fiber for beards.

    Instructor: Elizabeth Searle

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

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    • 14 Nov 2019
    • 15 Nov 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 12
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    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: JenSwearington

    • 23 Nov 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 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


    • 30 Nov 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 7
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    Mittens will be created using upcycled wool sweaters

    Level: Intermediate

    Materials fee: $ for Sewing machine if needed

    Instructor: Elizabeth Searle

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60


    • 01 Dec 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 6
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    Staring at your yarn stash deciding what weaving project shall be next, your eyes land on that yarn you bought at a fiber fair in 2012. You loved it then, and you love it now, but it remains on the shelf because you are just not sure how to use it. Or you still have a small quantity of a precious and expensive yarn, but don’t know how to combine it with other yarns so that it still plays the starring role in the design. Or maybe your yarn stash has simply reached critical mass, and you need to use it up so you can order more. This one-day off-loom workshop will give you suggestions for using the yarn you have to weave the cloth you want. Bring a few of your “challenge” yarns with you, and leave with one or more project ideas.

    We will:

    -Evaluate the qualities and properties of the yarns you’ve brought.
    -Share ideas about the best project for them with other participants.
    -Learn ways to combine your stash yarns with other yarns.
    -Get hands-on practice with color-mixing exercises, fiber identification & research and drafting with graph paper or computer software.

    Supplies to bring: A few yarns from your stash you are not sure how to use, pencil, pen, a few colored pencils or markers, graph paper, small calculator, scissors, scotch tape, color wheel

    Level:  Intermediate

    Materials Fee: $10 for Handout with design worksheet, design tools

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Karen Donde

    • 02 Dec 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 1
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    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 

    • 03 Dec 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 2
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    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 

    • 06 Dec 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 5
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    Coptic Stitch Bookbinding

    In this workshop, we will cover the basics of the coptic stitch binding technique to create a unique hardcover journal that lays flat when open. We will design and glue up book boards that will become the covers for our book then prepare and sew the signature pages into the covers, completing the book.


    Each participant will leave with a finished book and the skills to continue the craft on your own. All materials are included in the class fee, but you are welcome to bring a favorite paper or two for your covers. 

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $15

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Alyssa Sacora bio 

    • 13 Dec 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 9
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    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 append #instructor name

    • 14 Dec 2019
    • 16 Dec 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 4
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    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

    • 28 Dec 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 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


    • 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



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