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UPCOMING EVENTS

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

    • 10 Dec 2018
    • 01 Apr 2019
    • 17 sessions

    Studio is occupied at this time for weekly cleaning & maintenance.  

    **If interested in renting/utilizing the space during this particular time frame, please contact the studio coordinator and we can happily accommodate you.

    • 17 Jan 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 5
    Register
    Log cabin, houndstooth, Glen Urquhart check, pinwheel and shadow weave are all woven patterns that result when specific color orders in warp and weft combine with a weave structure to yield designs that could not be achieved by the structure or color order alone.
    This is the third in a series of classes exploring the rich collection of woven patterns possible in a class of weaves called color-and-weave effects. In this class, we continue exploring 4-shaft
    color-and-weave effects, introducing more than two colors. Participants may choose to bring a pre-warped loom to class to weave along.
    Click the Instructor link below to contact Karen to receive a draft in advance of class.




    Level: Intermediate

    Materials fee: $5 for Handout with weaving draft, a warped demo loom, all yarn and weaving tools needed for class.

    Registration:

    Members $50

    Non-members $60

    Instructor: Resident Artist Karen Donde


    • 19 Jan 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Register

    Learn the ABCs of safely using the Local Cloth Dye Studio for yourself and for a group. This training session, required to rent the Studio or host an interest group, will show you what resources are available, what materials are included, and the requisite safety equipment.

     

    • 21 Jan 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 Jan 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 6
    Register
    Log cabin, houndstooth, Glen Urquhart check, pinwheel and shadow weave are all woven patterns that result when specific color orders in warp and weft combine with a weave structure to yield designs that could not be achieved by the structure or color order alone. This is the fourth in a series of classes exploring the rich collection of woven patterns possible in a class of weaves called color-and-weave effects. This class focuses on 8-shaft twills with color-and-weave effects, including the wide variety of pinwheel patterns. Lecture and design practice only. No demo loom. Laptop with weaving software suggested but not required.
    Click the Instructor link below to contact Karen to receive a draft in advance of class.

    Level: Intermediate

    Materials fee: $4 for Handout with weaving draft, a warped demo loom, all yarn and weaving tools needed for class.

    Registration:

    Members $50

    Non-members $60

    Instructor: Resident Artist Karen Donde


    • 26 Jan 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11, Asheville, NC
    • 2
    Register

    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

    • 27 Jan 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 7
    Register

    For our January meeting we will explore Osage-orange.

    Osage-orange dye is the shredded wood of the Maculura pomifera tree which grows throughout the South and Central US. Colors that can be achieved are yellows and greens. The wood and tree were used by Native Americans for bow making and dye (the Osage in the name comes from the Osage native American nation). The tree was also widely planted to provide hedges. I acquired a big bag of wood shavings from a bow making class at Arrowmont this fall, so we have plenty to use. If you have Osage Orange sawdust, bring that along so we can compare the shavings and sawdust. If you want to dye your own fiber prepare it with the mordant of your choice beforehand as we won’t have time to mordant on the day.

    Looking forward to exploring color with you.

    • 27 Jan 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.

    January will be our planning meeting. Brings books ideas, and topics you would like to study, and as always feel free to bring your show & tell.



    • 28 Jan 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Avenue, Asheville, NC
    Register

    Local Cloth would like to welcome all of our members to join us for our

     Annual Meeting

     Monday, January 28th from 5:30 - 7:30pm.

     Here, we will discuss highlights of this past year, as well as our hopes and plans for 2019.  The meeting will take place at our studio at 207 Coxe Ave. in Asheville.

     Bring something yummy to share, your placemat and silverware. We'll provide paper goods. Please RSVP so we know how many are coming.

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

    Anywhere from general interest to scholarly investigative reading welcome, this club is meant to foster discussion and thought.

    All welcome!

    January Meeting: The Shape of Craft by Ezra Shales

    Summary from the publisher:

    Today, the word ‘craft’ is linked to a vast array of items, from handmade objects to microbreweries. The term ‘artisanal’ is so overused that it can strain our credulity. But this also reveals that the value of craft remains compelling in modern life. In this cogently argued book, Ezra Shales explores some of the key questions about craft: who makes it, what we mean when we think about a craft object and how that shapes our understanding of what craft is. Along the way, he continually upends our definitions and typical expectations of what we think is handcrafted or authentic. 

    Shales’s discussion ranges widely across people and objects: from potter Karen Karnes to weaver Jack Lenor Larsen, glass sculptor Dale Chihuly to Native American basket-maker Julia Parker, as well as younger makers such as Sopheap Pich and Maarten Baas, and to the porcelain and cast-iron sanitary ware produced by the Kohler Company, the pottery made in Stoke on Trent and the people in Asia today who weave beautiful things for IKEA. 

    Engaging, pertinent and direct, the book ultimately encourages us to feel the shape of craft in our own lives."

    Members: Free, but Please Register: The building is locked at 5 pm and you will be added to the mailing list to receive the door code.

    Non-members: $10/session

    Convened by Resident Artist Danielle Burke

    • 31 Jan 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 6
    Register
    Log cabin, houndstooth, Glen Urquhart check, pinwheel and shadow weave are all woven patterns that result when specific color orders in warp and weft combine with a weave structure to yield designs that could not be achieved by the structure or color order alone.
    This is the last in a series of classes exploring the rich collection of woven patterns possible in a class of weaves called color-and-weave effects. This class focuses on a thick-and-thin technique for enlarging color-and-weave motifs on four or more shafts. Lecture only. No demo loom. Laptop and weaving software suggested, but not required.


    Level: Advanced

    Materials fee: $4 forHandout with sample weaving drafts in WIF form for weaving software.

    Registration:

    Members $50

    Non-members $60

    Instructor: Resident Artist Karen Donde


    • 04 Feb 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 Feb 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 5
    Register
    Broken, point, extended point, M & W, advancing and herringbone all are examples of an almost endless variety of twill weaving patterns possible on four shafts. The best way to learn about these patterns is by weaving a gamp or sample blanket. Start with a warp divided into sections of different twill threadings. Apply a 2/2, 1/3 or 3/1 twill tie-up and then treadle the patterns in the order threaded. The resulting gamp illustrates how each threading looks when woven with itself, PLUS many more examples of how they look woven with each other. This is the first of a series of three classes guiding participants through development and weaving of a twill gamp, using lecture, hands-on demos and, if desired, at-home practice. This first class focuses on how twill works and how to plan the warp for a twill gamp.


    Level: Intermediate

    Materials fee: $5 for Handout with drafts, warped demo loom and all materials and tools used in class.software.

    Registration:

    Members $50

    Non-members $60

    Instructor: Resident Artist Karen Donde


    • 11 Feb 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.

    • 14 Feb 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 5
    Register
    Broken, point, extended point, M & W, advancing and herringbone all are examples of an almost endless variety of twill weaving patterns possible on four shafts. The best way to learn about these patterns is by weaving a gamp or sample blanket. Start with a warp divided into sections of different twill threadings. Apply a 2/2, 1/3 or 3/1 twill tie-up and then treadle the patterns in the order threaded. The resulting gamp illustrates how each threading looks when woven with itself, PLUS many more examples of how they look woven with each other. This is the second of a series of three classes guiding participants through development and weaving of a twill gamp, using lecture, hands-on demos and, if desired, at-home practice. This class focuses on weaving the twill gamp, varying tie-up and treadling for multiple patterns.


    Level: Intermediate

    Materials fee: $5 for Handout with drafts, warped demo loom and all materials and tools used in class.

    Registration:

    Members $50

    Non-members $60

    Instructor: Resident Artist Karen Donde


    • 18 Feb 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 Feb 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.

    • 20 Feb 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    Register

    Heather Hietala

    Biltmore Pelmet Project

    • 21 Feb 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 6
    Register
    Broken, point, extended point, M & W, advancing and herringbone all are examples of an almost endless variety of twill weaving patterns possible on four shafts. The best way to learn about these patterns is by weaving a gamp or sample blanket. Start with a warp divided into sections of different twill threadings. Apply a 2/2, 1/3 or 3/1 twill tie-up and then treadle the patterns in the order threaded. The resulting gamp illustrates how each threading looks when woven with itself, PLUS many more examples of how they look woven with each other. This is the last of a series of three classes guiding participants through development and weaving of a twill gamp, using lecture, hands-on demos and, if desired, at-home practice. This class focuses on how to combine patterns from the twill gamp to create original weaving designs.


    Level: Intermediate

    Materials fee: $5 for Handout with drafts, finished woven gamp for discussion and all materials and tools used in class.

    Registration:

    Members $50

    Non-members $60

    Instructor: Resident Artist Karen Donde


    • 23 Feb 2019
    • 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 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

    • 25 Feb 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.

    • 26 Feb 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.

    • 05 Mar 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.

    • 12 Mar 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.

    • 15 Mar 2019
    • 17 Mar 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 9
    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

    • 19 Mar 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.

    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 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 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

    • 26 Mar 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.

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


    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 13 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
    Register
    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

    • 20 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
    Register