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SPECIAL EVENTS




Local Cloth hosts multiple special fiber-related events throughout the year. In addition, Local Cloth participates in regional fiber-related events, hosting make-and-takes, providing demonstrations, and raising awareness about the needs of our local fiber economy. Listed below are our 2024 events, including descriptions, general schedule and contact information. To learn more about a specific event, sign up as a vendor, or register to attend, visit the Local Cloth Calendar. Curious about volunteering? Click here to learn more about how to support Local Cloth as an event volunteer.


International Women's Day | March 8 (11am - 5pm) | Local Cloth Studio

Taking place for over a century and supported by more than 1 million people, International Women's Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women as well as a call to action for accelerating women's equality. To celebrate, Local Cloth hosts an annual drop-in event, featuring demonstrations on embroidery and needle felting, bookmaking, reusable menstrual pads, and small weaving projects. This is a casual event where you are invited to come when you can and stay as long as you want. Fiber and textile arts are often passed to us from family members and friends—we all have stories about how we learned to knit or why we weave or spin, and those stories usually are about other women in our lives and the impact they have had on our fiber arts journey. Everyone is welcome and this is a free, kid-friendly event.

For questions, email Peggy Newell.


FiberFest | April 20 (8am - 5pm) | WNC Farmer's Market, Shed #3

Each year, Local Cloth hosts FiberFest during the weekend of the Western North Carolina Farmer’s Market Spring Festival & Growing in the Mountains Plant Show. At FiberFest, Local Cloth fiber farmers showcase their local fiber from wool to mohair, angora, alpaca and llama fleece, and handmade items incorporating their farm-raised treasures. You'll find the full spectrum from raw fleece to carded batts and balls of roving to gorgeous hand-spun and mill-spun yarn! It is a maker's paradise! In addition to supporting local fiber farmers, you find tons of regional plants, supplies and local food at the Spring Festival & Growing in the Mountains Plant Show. This event is free and open to the public.

For questions, email Elizabeth Strub.


Yarn Crawl | May 7 - 12 (11am - 5pm) | Local Cloth Studio

The annual Western North Carolina Yarn Crawl starts on Tuesday, May 7 and runs through Sunday, May 12. This year, there are 12 participating locations, including Local Cloth. Inspired by the 2024 Lunar New Year, the 2024 theme features the Dragon. Throughout the Yarn Crawl weekend, crafters are encouraged to visit as many of the participating shops as possible. Each destination will have special promotions and daily prize giveaways as well products designed especially for the Yarn Crawl. Yarn Crawlers can also participate in the Quest for the Dragon and compete for Bronze, Silver, and Gold status for visiting 6, 9, or 12 shops during the Crawl. Local Cloth will have special prizes and events during this week, in addition to loads and loads of farm-raised and locally-spun fiber. We will be open during regular Retail Shop hours from 11am to 5pm.

For questions, email Betsy Skinner.

Spring Fibershed Market | May 18 (10am - 4pm) | Local Cloth Studio

Local Cloth hosts the Fibershed Market on Saturday, May 18, from 10am to 4pm. Meet some fantastic fiber artists and farmers and spend the day shopping with vendors located inside and outside, around the Studio Garden. The Spring Artisan Market features naturally dyed and eco-printed garments, handwoven pillows and rugs, tapestries, yarn, roving and supplies, felted gifts, handmade books, knitted garments, fiber bowls, and fiber jewelry. All Market shoppers also have access to the entire Local Cloth Retail Shop, including the Limited Edition Blue Ridge Blankets. This event is free and open to the public.

For questions, email Marilyn Pisani.


Spring Clothing Swap | May 31 (11am - 2pm) | Local Cloth Studio

Celebrate the new season with a new (to you) look at the Spring Clothing Swap on Friday, May 31 from 11am to 2pm at the Local Cloth Studio. The Clothing Swap is an opportunity for you to bring your clean, gently used clothing and take home someone else's pieces. You do not need to bring anything to participate, and all items are free. All clothing left at the end of the swap will be donated to those in need.

For questions, email Kimber Gada-Steinauer.


World Wide Knit in Public Day | June 8 (10am - 4pm) | River Arts District

Join Local Cloth on the sidewalks in and around Asheville's River Arts District to celebrate World Wide Knit in Public (WWKIP) Day on June 8 from 10am to 4pm. Festivities include sitting knitters throughout the River Arts District, an opportunity for yarn bombing, and a make-and-take drop-in to learn how to make knitted cotton washcloths. No knitting experience is needed to participate in WWKIP Day. Admission to the event is free, just pay for the materials you use.

For questions, email Peggy Newell.


Twelve-by-Twelve Textile Show | June 24 - August 8 | Local Cloth Studio

Local Cloth hosts the second annual Twelve-by-Twelve Textile Show, beginning June 24 and closing on August 8 with a celebration and public reception. The Textile Show features fiber artwork that has been handcrafted by Local Cloth members and fits within a 12 inch by 12 inch frame. 

For questions, email Eileen Searcy.

Anything Fiber Sale | July 27 (9am - 2pm) | AB Tech Conference Center

Local Cloth's Anything Fiber Sale (AFS) is a fiber yard sale for fiber people. The AFS takes place from 9am to 2pm at the AB Tech Conference Center, located at 16 Fernihurst Drive in Asheville. More than 40 vendors pack the space with a range of wares to sell, including hanks and cones of unused yarns, piles of unloved fabric, obscure tools, looms that need a new home, duplicates of knitting needles, and lots of wool, fleece and roving! This event is free and open to the public.

For questions, email Peggy Newell.


Sustainability Month | September | Local Cloth Studio

Each September, Local Cloth hosts multiple events and workshops devoted to the issue of sustainability. Stay tuned for more information about the planet-focused fiber goodness in store for 2024.

For questions, email Kimber Gada-Steinauer.


Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands | October 17 - 20

Harrah's Cherokee Center in Asheville, NC

Local Cloth is an educational member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild (SHCG). Each year during the Fall Craft Guild, Local Cloth hosts a vendor and information booth. Local Cloth's both features fiber demonstrations and showcases the work of Local Cloth fiber artists. The SCHG is held twice a year in July and October in downtown Asheville, North Carolina at Harrah’s Cherokee Center, inviting over 200 artists and attracting more than 11,000 visitors from around the country. This is a ticketed event.

For questions, email Joan Berner.


Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair | October 18, 19 + 20

WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher, NC

Local Cloth hosts a vendor and information booth at the annual Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF). SAFF is held on the grounds of the WNC Agricultural Center located at 761 Boylston Hwy (Gate #7) in Fletcher, NC. Local Cloth's booth features make-and-take activities and demonstrations as well as local fiber and supplies from Local Cloth members. The three-day event attracts more than 5,000 people from around the country. SAFF includes a fiber animal show with animals for purchase, vendors of supplies, art and everything in between, demonstrations, and a fiber art competition. This is a ticketed event.

For questions, email Beth Sellars.


Holiday Artisan Market | December 7 (10am - 4pm) | Local Cloth Studio

Local Cloth hosts the Holiday Market on Saturday, December 7 from 10am to 4pm at the Local Cloth Studio. Complete your holiday shopping with one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts and support local fiber artists. The Market will showcase over a dozen vendors located inside and outside, around the Studio Garden. The Holiday Market features fiber art, eco-printed and eco-dyed garments and handwoven clothing, winter accessories, totes and handbags, fiber jewelry, handmade books and cards, home decor, and holiday decorations. Market shoppers also get access to the Local Cloth Retail Shop, including the Limited Edition Blue Ridge Blankets. This event is free and open to the public.

For questions, email Kimber Gada-Steinauer.


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