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Local Cloth is pleased to share the submissions from our inaugural Twelve-by-Twelve Textile Show!

This special gallery of fiber art currently lives on the walls in the Local Cloth classroom area, showcasing fiber art creations of all kinds from Local Cloth members. Local Cloth received 26 submissions, all of which are showcased below, including the artists behind them. 


The 2023 Twelve-by-Twelve Textile Show will close with a celebration and auction on Friday, October 27 from 5pm to 7pm.


Selections from the Twelve-by-Twelve Textile Show will be available for auction, with proceeds benefitting the work of Local Cloth. 


To register your attendance at this event, please click here. To donate in support of this event, please click here.


BETTY HILTON NASH

Betty Hilton-Nash created this piece, 'Mantis Man' (2023), using tapestry technique, cotton warp, and wool weft.

Betty Hilton-Nash began her tapestry career in 1991 as an apprentice/contract weaver for Pam Patrie Studios in Portland, Oregon. She has continued her work as an artist weaver, creating and exhibiting her designs in group shows nationally and internationally. She has continued her education with workshops with some of the world's best-known tapestry artist-Archie Brennan, Jean Pierre Larochette and Phillip Playe of the Gobelin in Paris. She has won numerous awards over the years. Betty is also a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild.


ALYSSA SACORA

This piece, 'The Patchwork Underground,' was created by Alyssa Sacora. Alyssa is a plant-based crafts person exploring paper-making book arts, basketry, and natural dyes.

Her practice is rooted in curiosity, tending relationships between humans and plants, and a desire to work with materials sourced close to home. In support of her craft, she caretakes a piece of land in Fairview, NC, with gardens, chickens and bees called The Patchwork Underground, a nod of appreciation to the unseen soil organisms that do much of the work to sustain her life and art practice. Alyssa currently offers workshops at her home studio and several other area venues.


BETSY SKINNER

This piece, 'Needle Felted Hummingbird,' was created by Betsy Skinner.

Betsy has lived in many states, mainly in the West, and has explored fiber crafts everywhere she goes. She takes workshops every chance she gets because she loves learning new crafts. Betsy has a wide-ranging interest in fiber arts, including spinning, natural dyeing, felting, eco-printing, pine needle basketry and some weaving, but lately, she has focused on felting and eco-printing. Betsy moved to Asheville 5 years ago and has found a home at Local Cloth, where she sells some of her felted items.



ROSE BRINKMAN

Rose Brinkman, Textile Artist and Owner of RMB Handworks, created this piece.

After many years of traditional styles of embroidery, Rose became attracted to materials that she could embellish with her embroidery style and techniques. She considers that a type of free-style embroidery using the design of the materials, patterns and overall design to guide her stitching. She looks forward to discovering more materials to test her skills further.


PEGGY NEWELL

Peggy Newell created this beautiful piece called "Leftovers #1".

Peggy knows that there are more "Leftovers" coming. For about 30 years, Peggy self-identified as a quilter. Then she became a knitter. Now she's old enough to know she can do whatever she wants as long as it's fiber. Recently Peggy's been drawn back to the shapes and colors of fabric. It feels good.


COURTNEY LACARIA

This piece, "Woven Paper Loom," was created by Courtney LaCaria. It was constructed by weaving and embroidering on a loom crafted from handmade yarn scrap paper.

Courtney is a farmer and fiber artist who lives with her family on an alpaca farm that focuses on regenerative practices and provides the fleece she spins into yarn and weaves into fiber art. She is grateful for the opportunity to be part of the entire process, from raising their alpaca to shearing them and preparing their fleece. Finding inspiration in nature and stories. Courtney's work reflects her love for art as both product and practice, creating fiber art that embodies the elements of joy, connection and gratitude.



CECILE WETA-JENSEN

This piece, "Tie on Pocket," was created by Cecile Weta-Jensen.

Cecile is a retired art teacher and professional genealogist. She has created fabric collages, embellished vintage maps, and tie-on pockets to illustrate her forthcoming novel, Coral Beads and Poppy Seeds. It tells the story of four Polish ancestors who meet on the ship coming to America c. 1890. Research confirms they wore tie-on pockets under their skirts. This pocket, made for the character Anna, echoes the regional costume of Russian Poland.


DEBORAH FRONTCZAK

Deborah Frontczak created this piece, "Kinga," a Slavic Motanka Doll.

Deborah is a professional musician and singer. Her forthcoming novel, The Rowan and The Linden, is a fantasy journey of good vs. evil rooted in Polish myth and folklore. Some say Motankas are wish dolls, protecting the home or their maker. The fabric is torn, and there are no scissors or needles so as not to cut or pierce the good intentions. The fabric is tied in place with the string wound east to west.


LYNNE NOBLE

This piece was created by Lynne Noble.

Lynne is a fiber fan! She is a retired professor who has settled into fiber fantastic Asheville quite happily. Lynne has knit, crocheted, embroidered and needlepointed forever and has added weaving, dyeing, eco-printing and spinning to her repertoire. She really likes combining - hence fiber OPTIONS......so for example, she will have a vest with a knitted back and woven fronts! You can find vests and wraps, scarves and bags, buttons and booties made by Lynne in the Local Cloth shop



SUSETTE SHIVER

This piece was created by Susette Shiver, owner of Susette Hand Dyed Art.

Susette loves color and takes great pleasure in dyeing cloth, fiber and yarn. She is a sewist and quilter who uses block printing, shibori folding, and silkscreen to create surface design. Since childhood, she has been an avid knitter and has enjoyed crocheting, and she is currently adding spinning fiber and designing yarn to her craft. Until she retired fully in 2019, Susette divided her time between her art, her vocation as a cancer cell scientist and Professor Emerita at Georgetown University Medical Center, and music. Throughout recent history (well, her husband (The Shiver Show) and friends. After retirement from scientific life, she created her own fiber studio in her home. Her inspiration comes from what she observes outside her window on Hanion Mountain, all things botanical and science in her former life as a cell biologist. She lives in Leicester, NC.


ANN SQUIRE

This piece was created by Ann Squire, owner of Ann Squire Fiber Arts.

Ann is a weaver, spinner, knitter and maker of socks on a hand-cranked circular sock machine. She loves color, playing with yarn and making things by hand. You can see more of Ann's work at annsquirefiberarts.com.


SARA CRONK

This piece was created by Sara Cronk.

An avid quilter and knitter since the mid-nineties, Sara's retirement and move to Lake Lure in 2019 presented an opportunity to develop new techniques for manipulating fabric and wool by machine applique, wet felting and needle felting. Using wool to paint realistic animal and pet portraits of all sizes gives Sara a thrill. Her art is displayed periodically in Rutherford and Polk Counties, and she accepts commissions.



JANICE LAZEAR

This piece was created by Janice Lazear using eco print, machine embroidery, and hand embroidery.


DAGMAR HAUBOLD

This piece, 'Positive Spin' was created by Dagmar Haubold.

Dagmar's paternal grandmother was a dressmaker, her maternal one an embroiderer. Both her grandfather and father were in the textile business and she supposes it naturally followed that she would be involved with fiber somehow. Although always interested in handwork, when her husband and she retired to the beautiful mountains of NC, they acquired some sheep to 'mow' their lawn, since there is no flat land in Madison County. She soon learned to spin and fell in love with the versatility of wool. Wool doesn't chip, break or crack. She especially enjoys needle felting because it is such a portable craft that she can bring just about anywhere and the possibilities are endless. "Where there's wool, there's a way." Dagmar starts with using wool from her sheep to make the base of any project, and then uses other dyed wool for the finish. In addition, she likes to use items from the natural world such as pine cones, acorns, dried flowers and leaves. She uses a basic needle felting technique and several kinds of felting needles from fine to coarse.


HOLLY WILKES

This piece was created by Holly Wilkes.

Holly is a tapestry weaver who also crochets hats, rugs and creative collages with fiber. She has always been attracted to weaving tapestries and has concentrated on them for 30 years. Living with nature in the mountains of North Carolina inspires Holly to play with color and design, and then to weave abstract tapestries to expand her ideas.



VASANTO

This piece, 'Bamboo' was created by Vasanto. It was felted as a "study' for a nuno vest she made. The silk is dyed chiffon that has been hand printed with bamboo leaves and then nuno felted with merino wool over some neps as well and finally embellished with some stitching.

Vasanto has been felting since 1992 when she took a wonderful workshop with Beth Beede. Since then she has mostly made felted hats and bags but also other clothing and wall hangings. Vasanto moved to the Asheville area in 2010. It has been wonderful and inspiring to be surrounded by such beautiful mountains and so many other incredible fiber artists.


KACEY ZUCCHINO

This piece was created by Kacey Zucchino, owner of Dancing Bird Threads.

Although Kacey has always loved textiles, it is only recently that she has embraced the idea of using fabric, threads, yarn and embellishments to make art. Her inspiration comes from many sources. Studying shapes - in nature, in the house, in another piece of art - makes her wonder how to translate them to fabric. Kacey strives to honor her love and commitment to the environment by recycling, reusing and reincorporating unusual materials into her pieces. Although she has had no formal art training, Kacey has learned through experimentation and play. Always trying new techniques and ideas keeps the process a joyous adventure for her. Kacey is a retired Director of Membership Development for a UU congregation, and lives in Asheville and Durham, NC.


BETH SELLARS

This piece was created by Beth Sellars.

Beth is a self-taught fiber lover and maker. She started out with needle felting beginning her Etsy business 12 years ago. Needle felting and dyeing supplies her first love. It has been the gateway into other fiber arts such as art batts, spinning and weaving.



JENNIFER WOODRUFF

This recycled quilted piece was created by Jennifer Woodruff. Jennifer used scraps leftover from cutting handmade fabric into jelly rolls, transforming the unused material into something new and beautiful.

Jennifer grew up on a sheep farm in Madison County (Marshall, NC). Her mother was a fiber artist and a natural dyer. She taught Jennifer how to do natural dyeing, spinning, weaving, knitting and sewing. She loves doing this type of artwork because it helps make the world a more colorful place. And it helps her feel connected to her mom. Prior to creating her own artwork as part of her business, Cardinal Designs, Jennifer was an art teacher at an elementary and middle school for 5 years.


SUE HELMKEN

This piece, "Chopsticks in Overshot," was created by Sue Helmken.

The piece is comprised of tea-dyed chopsticks used as weft for an overshot pattern to make a trivet. Sue Helmken is a textile artist with 40 years experience in weaving, dyeing and teaching. Her journey in weaving began at East Carolina University and she has continued learning new techniques by experimenting and by studying with fiber artists such as Madelyn Van der Hoogt, Alice Schlein, Barbara Cooper, Donna Sullivan, Jozef Bajus, Laura Sims, and Holly Brackmann. She also studied at the Penland School of Crafts and the Corcoran College of Art and Design.


JULIE BAGAMARY

This mixed media and textile art piece featuring a charming house onto canvas fabric was created by Julie Bagamary.

It is embellished with a whimsical array of surface design and interest. Having spent most of her life in the breathtaking mountains of Western North Carolina, Julie finds immense inspiration and motivation for creating her distinct textile mixed-media art pieces. Julie's artwork primarily utilize luxurious batik and hand-dyed fabrics which serve as the foundation for her creations. Through intricate improvisational piercing, her pieces truly come alive. She further enhances these art forms with surface designs, hand stitching, unexpected embellishments, and various other techniques. Whether her art takes on a whimsical or serious tone, Julie's main objective is to use vibrant colors, bold lines, and unique shapes to evoke a sense of hope, peace, and joy.



EILEEN SEARCY

This piece was created by Eileen Searcy.

Eileen Searcy is a self-taught artist who creates 2D and 3D art from textiles, fiber, pigment, and wax. Her inspiration often comes from nature, but she doesn't feel constrained by realism, and uses an imaginative color palette. Her work is available at Local Cloth in Asheville NC and on her website eileensearcyquilts.com


MARTHA BRANDEN

This piece, "The Many Facets of Paper Arts," was created by Martha Branden. It is a combination of some of the many art-forms that are part of the paper world.

Martha has been dabbling with paper arts for many years and until she saw some of the “real” artist that exhibit at Highland Craft Guild, she didn’t really understand that it was a serious form of art. Martha has been taking classes, seminars and reading books on the amazing things that can be created. Since paper is widely available, she enjoys sharing her findings and joy with others.


DEBBIE GEBBIE

This piece was created by Debbie Gebbie.

Debbie is a fiber artist who is inspired by light dancing on leaves, rivers & mountains outside of her home studio in Asheville, NC. She uses natural materials, starting with local plants that she steams onto fabric to make botanical contact prints. Debbie enhances the rustic beauty of leaf prints by adding color with fabric & dyes; light with metal leaf; and texture with hand stitching. Each botanical print is a unique work of art that becomes the foundation for art quilts, journals, comfort throws & more.



DENISE ARCURI

This Embroidered Tie On Pocket was created by Denise Arcuri.

Retired from a medical career and presently residing in Flat Rock, North Carolina, Denise has been an avid garment sewer since childhood, and has taken classes and studied through out adulthood. Since retiring, Denise has extended this passion into pattern making, dyeing and printing the fabric with which she loves to work.


JUDI JETSON

These skeins of yarn were handspun by Judi Jetson.

Judi Jetson is a fiber activist with a community economic developer's heart. She's been making things with fiber since her grandmother taught her to knit at age 5, did tie dye and batik in the 60s, learned to weave in the 80s and spin in the 2000s. For 30 years Judi worked to help reinvent the economy in rural communities in order for them to survive and thrive, working with small businesses in Appalachia, and in medium and small towns throughout the Midwest and Southern states. For the past 12 years she's led a nonprofit she helped found - Local Cloth - to grow the fiber economy in the mountains of Western North Carolina. She likes to knit, spin, dye, weave and make paper and loves yarnbombing.



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