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Upcoming events

    • 12 Apr 2018
    • 28 Mar 2019
    • 35 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11, Asheville NC

    Join resident artist  Karen Donde in the Local Cloth Studio on Thursdays for small-group weaving classes tailored to your experience level. Maximum three students at a time. No minimums. Students at all levels may be in the studio together, which creates a great environment for cooperative learning. Book 6-hour packages, 18-hour packages, or if you need help with a specific subject, by the hour.  You may bring your own loom to take home each day or use one of Karen’s. If using Karen’s looms, 6-hour packages must be completed in two weeks, and 18-hour packages must be completed in 6 weeks. Contact Karen about what you’d like to learn and scheduling availability, then purchase your class package here.

    All levels

    Materials fee: $5 for handouts + $ for yarn purchase as needed

    • 08 Mar 2019
    • 29 Mar 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11

    Visiting artist Krista Allison works in the Local Cloth studio on Fridays. She may be embroidering, darning, weaving, or doing some improvisational piecework. She invites you to drop in and learn about her work and about Local Craft. You're also welcome to bring your own handwork and stay for a while in the community setting. Bring a snack or beverage if you'd like


    • 30 Mar 2019
    • 07 Apr 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11, Asheville NC
    • 0


    • 30 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    Moving beyond traditional embroidery stitches, this workshop will focus on creating expressive embroideries using marks typically associated with painting and drawing. We’ll start the workshop exploring some basic drawing concepts on paper. After generating a handful of ideas and quick sketches, students will spend the rest of the time learning how to translate these drawings into embroidered works on fabric. No previous drawing or embroidery experience required. Open to all skill levels.

    Level: All levels

    Materials fee: $0

    Instructor: Erin Castellan

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120


    • 01 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 1
    Register

    Members who have taken the safety training may sign up for personal studio time as either studio rental or Space Cadets.

    Studio rental is $25 for a 3 hour block for personal work.

    Space Cadets perform chores within the 3 hour block. The chores do not take the entire time, so the rest of the time can be used for personal work.

    The chore list by day can be found here.

    To schedule safety training, please contact the studio coordinator.

    • 02 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    Register

    Join us as we knit scarves, hats, socks, sweaters and more to keep warm and share tips and tricks. Build skills, socialize and enjoy a soup supper. Bring snacks and treats to share.

    All skill levels (including beginners) welcome. 

    Leaders:  Sandy Hartmannsgruber, Lynne Noble, Joyce Tromba and Judi Jetson

    There  is no charge for participating, but please RSVP so that you receive the door code, so that we can contact you if there are changes, and so that we can track the success of our programming.

    • 08 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 1
    Register

    Members who have taken the safety training may sign up for personal studio time as either studio rental or Space Cadets.

    Studio rental is $25 for a 3 hour block for personal work.

    Space Cadets perform chores within the 3 hour block. The chores do not take the entire time, so the rest of the time can be used for personal work.

    The chore list by day can be found here.

    To schedule safety training, please contact the studio coordinator.

    • 09 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    Register

    Join us as we knit scarves, hats, socks, sweaters and more to keep warm and share tips and tricks. Build skills, socialize and enjoy a soup supper. Bring snacks and treats to share.

    All skill levels (including beginners) welcome. 

    Leaders:  Sandy Hartmannsgruber, Lynne Noble, Joyce Tromba and Judi Jetson

    There  is no charge for participating, but please RSVP so that you receive the door code, so that we can contact you if there are changes, and so that we can track the success of our programming.

    • 13 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 0
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    An introductory course that will provide students with the necessary tools to begin exploring the magical world of eco printing. Fabric preparation, mordants, tannins, modifiers and plant selection will be explored. After a series of sampling with different techniques and methods, students will print a 14 x 72" silk scarf as their final project.

    Level: Beginner

    Materials Fee: $20 covers silk for sampling, a 14 x 72" silk scarf for each participate, mordants, dyes, modifiers and everything else necessary for successful results!

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Patricia Spangler

    • 14 Apr 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 13
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    These April flowers are made out of recycled sweaters. You can bring your own washed and felted sweaters - either ooops of your own or purchased from a thrift store - or purchase a kit from the instructor

    Level: Beginning

    Materials fee: None. Thread and pin backings are included in your registration fee. Kits with all materials needed, including felted sweater pieces, will be available for $8.

    Instructor: Elizabeth Searle

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60


    • 15 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 1
    Register

    Members who have taken the safety training may sign up for personal studio time as either studio rental or Space Cadets.

    Studio rental is $25 for a 3 hour block for personal work.

    Space Cadets perform chores within the 3 hour block. The chores do not take the entire time, so the rest of the time can be used for personal work.

    The chore list by day can be found here.

    To schedule safety training, please contact the studio coordinator.

    • 19 Apr 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    This is a class for anyone interested in combining two or more colors. Projects can range from choosing colors to paint your house, dyeing fabric or yarn, beading, knitting, weaving, felting or any other craft project where you get stuck thinking about how to combine multiple colors in a beautiful and harmonious way.

    Level: All levels

    Materials Fee:  $5 for magazines, color chips

    Registration: Members $25, Non-members $30

    Instructor: Judy Levine

    • 20 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 0
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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. We will work with natural dyes including cochineal, logwood and osage orange, and also explore the dramatic impact various tannins have on botanical prints. Tannins explored will include oak gall nut, pomegranate and sumac. Eco printing experience is highly recommended.

    Level: Intermediate

    Materials Fee: $25 covers all natural dye and tannin materials and all other supplies necessary to facilitate successful prints . Prepped mordanted fabrics for "blankets" (carrier cloths) and silk sampling fabric as well as one 14" x 72" 8mm silk scarf for a final project.

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Patricia Spangler

    • 22 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 1
    Register

    Members who have taken the safety training may sign up for personal studio time as either studio rental or Space Cadets.

    Studio rental is $25 for a 3 hour block for personal work.

    Space Cadets perform chores within the 3 hour block. The chores do not take the entire time, so the rest of the time can be used for personal work.

    The chore list by day can be found here.

    To schedule safety training, please contact the studio coordinator.

    • 24 Apr 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    Register

    Image by Irving Amen. “Reading Black Beauty” 2005

    4th Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30pm.

    Free to all.

    Each month explore a different book or article(s), from scholarly to general interest, with an emphasis on thoughtful discussion.

    Image by Irving Amen. “Reading Black Beauty” 2005

    APRIL 24th

    Walter Benjamin: Traces of Craft by Ester Leslie

    Tools and Their Stories: The Spinning Wheels of Vermont Quaker Samuel Morison by Nora J. Rubinstein (Textile History Forum, 2018)

    Email Dani Burke for PDFs of articles

    Download the 2019 spring, summer, fall listing

    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 16
    Register
    In this class, we will focus on the planning and planting of a backyard dye garden. We will focus on the plants that grow easily in our region, their care and harvesting methods, among many other growing specific details. This is an informative class, with little hands on content. This class is not a how to dye class. Seed and plant sourcing will be shared with the class.

    Level:  All levels

    Materials Fee: $0

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor:  Melanie Wilder

    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 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 with guide Judi Jetson 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. If you like, bring magazine pages or photos with images you find appealing, and we'll dye colors to match.

    Level: Advanced Beginners

    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    Register

    All things indigo!

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

    In April we will continue to explore arashi techniques, this time involving stitching. The studio ahs a sewing machine, but feel free to bring your own or a needle and thread.

    As always feel free to bring your show & tell.



    • 29 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 1
    Register

    Members who have taken the safety training may sign up for personal studio time as either studio rental or Space Cadets.

    Studio rental is $25 for a 3 hour block for personal work.

    Space Cadets perform chores within the 3 hour block. The chores do not take the entire time, so the rest of the time can be used for personal work.

    The chore list by day can be found here.

    To schedule safety training, please contact the studio coordinator.

    • 01 May 2019
    • 08 May 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
    Register
    Process, community and collaboration will be the themes of this 2 part workshop. Starting with raw materials, we will transform plants into sheets of paper and bind them into handmade books. In the first session, we will learn the details of harvesting, cooking, and blending plant fibers into a workable pulp. Get hands-on in the vats of pulp to collectively pull sheets of paper from 3 common plant species. Working together, the group will produce shared stacks of paper for bookbinding. In session two, we will transform the handmade paper to create a series of hand stitched pamphlet books that can used for drawing and journaling, or as a reference for future paper making explorations. Participants will work together to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Everyone will take home at least 2 books, reference handouts, and the skills to make plant based paper and pamphlet books on their own.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee:  $20 for paper pulp from local plants, abaca and cotton, needle, thread, additional paper vats, felts, mould and deckles

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor:  Alyssa Sacora

    • 02 May 2019
    • 23 Apr 2020
    • 52 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11, Asheville NC

    Weaver Karen Donde will be in the studio working and demonstrating her techniques.

    • 04 May 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 4
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    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

    • 05 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 7
    Register

    Class will cover polymer basics in the creation of millefiori canes. Leaf/flower design. Colors as desired. Finished work is a large button, brooch, or shawl pin.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials fee: $15 for tools, colors, oven, work surface

    Instructor: Barbara McGuire

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120


    • 06 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 1
    Register

    Members who have taken the safety training may sign up for personal studio time as either studio rental or Space Cadets.

    Studio rental is $25 for a 3 hour block for personal work.

    Space Cadets perform chores within the 3 hour block. The chores do not take the entire time, so the rest of the time can be used for personal work.

    The chore list by day can be found here.

    To schedule safety training, please contact the studio coordinator.

    • 07 May 2019
    • 28 Apr 2020
    • 52 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11, Asheville NC

    Felter Joan Berner will be in the studio working and demonstrating her techniques.

    • 09 May 2019
    • 30 May 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 7
    Register
    In this intimate workshop you will learn the basics of using a loom and weaving cloth over the course of 4 Thursday evenings. Class 1 will focus on learning the parts of a loom and preparing it to weave (called dressing the loom). In class 2 we will begin the process of weaving! What is a shed? Shuttles and bobbins? The selvage? All this and more will be discussed. Class 3 is expanding our understanding of basic weaving structures- we will move beyond plain weave into twills, supplemental wefts, tapestry techniques, and experimental materials. The final class will offer time to finish as much as we can of our warps, cut the weaving from the loom, and develop various methods of “finishing the ends.” Intended to reveal the magic and complexity of weaving, this course will be process focused and collaborative in approach.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials fee: $40 for Loom rental, all weaving tools, yarn, handouts, books for inspiration

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

    Instructor: Danielle Burke

    • 11 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • WNC Farmer's Market

    Local Cloth FiberFeel Day

    Fiber Feel Day

    WNC Farmer's Market

    May 11, 2019

    Meet your local fiber farmer!

    Fiber and textile art enthusiasts can plunge their hands into luscious locally raised alpaca, sheep or mohair fleeces; fondle yarns and products produced from them; and learn how to incorporate more local fibers into your knitting, spinning, weaving, felting or crocheting projects. The annual fiber tailgate market has expanded with more vendors and larger space this year.  It is presented by Local Cloth Inc. will feature

    • Fiber animals

    • Locally raised raw fleeces

    • Roving, spun and dyed yarn

    • Finished textile products

    • Dye plants

    • Demonstrations in fiber preparation, weaving, spinning and knitting will be going on all day

    So come meet your local Fiber Farmer and the Artisans that create beautiful works from the raw fiber.  

    This event is designed to educate local fiber artisans and hobbyists, allow them to purchase local animal fibers and provide local resources for turning that fleece into the roving, yarn or cloth they need.

    Thank you to WNC Communities for being the Sponsor of Fiber Feel Day.

    Follow up your visit to Fiber Feel Day this year by planning to shop at the Anything Fiber Sale, an annual event in June. Check our website for more information.  

    Map and directions

    • 11 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • WNC Farmer's Market
    • 23
    Register

    Fiber Feel Day is in its 6th year and celebrates the annual harvest of fiber from local farms.

    We will be in a new building this year, Building 13, yellow on the map. Click the map for a larger image.

    While focusing on fleece, mostly newly shorn from sheep, angora goats and rabbits, alpaca and llama, we also welcome value added products from yarn to hand sewn bags, and natural dyes. The bays at the WNC Farmer’s Market allow for a tailgate type atmosphere where if desired, vendors can pull in and set up a table and sell from in front of their cars or trucks or set up a traditional booth like a craft show.

    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

    20 x 20   $50

    Local Cloth members receive a $10 discount.


    • 11 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 5
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    Learn to direct warp your rigid heddle loom and get weaving in one day! We will be focused on learning the direct warping method for rigid heddle, threading and basic beginning weaving techniques. You will leave with a warped loom, ready for weaving!
    Note: You will need to bring a rigid heddle loom to participate in this workshop. If you do not have one, but would like to rent , please contact the instructor.

    Level: All levels welcome

    Materials Fee: $25 for yarn

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Deanna Lynch

    • 12 May 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Folk Art Center Auditorium

    As a new educational member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Local Cloth members can submit items for the annual Fiber Days Fashion Show.

    Submissions are accepted until April 5.

    • 13 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 1
    Register

    Members who have taken the safety training may sign up for personal studio time as either studio rental or Space Cadets.

    Studio rental is $25 for a 3 hour block for personal work.

    Space Cadets perform chores within the 3 hour block. The chores do not take the entire time, so the rest of the time can be used for personal work.

    The chore list by day can be found here.

    To schedule safety training, please contact the studio coordinator.

    • 18 May 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 16
    Register

    This class assumes you already know how to create an indigo vat. We will discuss how to revive and replenish existing natural and synthetic indigo vats, with demonstrations using natural indigo thiox and fructose vats. Because we will have working vats, participants may bring something small ready to dye.

    Level:  Intermediate

    Materials Fee:  $5 for Indigo & assists, handout

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor:  Eileen Hallman

    • 19 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    Put your scraps to good use. Make functional pieces of small art out of your handmade fabric. We will investigate easy techniques to make unique bags. We will also make a key fob to make your keys easy to find.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $10 for Downloadable directions, key fob metal components, magnetic snaps, interfacing

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Joan Berner

    • 20 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 1
    Register

    Members who have taken the safety training may sign up for personal studio time as either studio rental or Space Cadets.

    Studio rental is $25 for a 3 hour block for personal work.

    Space Cadets perform chores within the 3 hour block. The chores do not take the entire time, so the rest of the time can be used for personal work.

    The chore list by day can be found here.

    To schedule safety training, please contact the studio coordinator.

    • 22 May 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    Register


    4th Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30pm.

    Free to all.

    Each month explore a different book or article(s), from scholarly to general interest, with an emphasis on thoughtful discussion.

    Image by Irving Amen. “Reading Black Beauty” 2005

    MAY 22

    Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years: Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times by Elizabeth Wayland Barber

    Email Dani Burke for PDFs of articles

    Download the 2019 spring, summer, fall listing

    • 27 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 1
    Register

    Members who have taken the safety training may sign up for personal studio time as either studio rental or Space Cadets.

    Studio rental is $25 for a 3 hour block for personal work.

    Space Cadets perform chores within the 3 hour block. The chores do not take the entire time, so the rest of the time can be used for personal work.

    The chore list by day can be found here.

    To schedule safety training, please contact the studio coordinator.

    • 01 Jun 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Warren Wilson College DeVries Gym

     June 1, 2019

    Anything Fiber Sale will return to the DeVries Gym at Warren Wilson College the 1st weekend in June.

    Registration will open April 1, 2019. See Seller Guidelines for more info.

    Email  if you have questions.





    • 01 Jun 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • DeVries Gym, Warren Wilson College
    • 42
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    Seller Registration Information – Anything Fiber Sale 2019 – June 1, 9:30am – 1pm

    Back at Warren Wilson!

    We are returning to Warren Wilson College, in their DeVries Gymnasium. Warren Wilson has a beautiful campus and is well known for their community service and farm programs.

    Sponsored by Local Cloth!

    Nice Threads Fiber Studio/Leslie Owens has spent many years developing a successful event. This community is thankful for the hard work that has been put into this event, one which everyone looks forward to each year. Local Cloth has been helping sponsor the Anything Fiber Sale for the past few years, and now handles all registration, communication, and procedures for the actual event. It's still the same sale, and will run much the same as past years. Melanie Wilder, Local Cloth Treasurer will be handling all questions, registration, and coordinating logistics for the event. She Supervises the Fiber Arts program at Warren Wilson College, therefore is able to help coordinating the event at this location easily. Please feel free to email with any questions.

    Seller Information:       Registration Opens April 1

    The seller space size is 10’ x 10’. We will have plenty of 6ft tables to rent as an option. Our selling space fee is $30 per space, with tables for rent for an additional $10.

    See the sellers Guidelines for more information.

    • 02 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 14
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