Local Cloth is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to growing the fiber supply chain in Western North Carolina and enhancing the lives of those who make their living in fiber industries.

Board Members

Judi Jetson, Chairman

A creative economic developer with 30 years experience in regional and community-based strategies building on local assets. Fiber artist and teacher for 25 years in weaving, spinning, dyeing and papermaking. Judi serves as Executive Director of Local Cloth.

Sharon Horne, Treasurer

A weaver since the early 1970's, Sharon's first teacher was in the historic Greenfield Village, although she credits Mary Black's book with her skill development. After working in insurance sales in Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit, she happily retired to the WNC mountains in 1997 and resumed weaving at Harvest House and took fiber classes at Haywood Community College.

She shows her love of color at regular dye days hosted in her home studio and loves teaching others. Sharon volunteers for Asheville Habitat for Humanity and has held leadership roles for the WNC Fibers/Handweavers Guild.

Leadership Team

Karen Donde, Communications Chair

Karen Donde is resident weaving instructor and marketing/promotions manager at Sutherland Handweaving Studio in Asheville, N.C. She is a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and a graduate of Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts-Fiber program.

An experienced and award-winning writer with a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Donde writes for Handwoven magazine and its Weaving Today email newsletter, and serves on the magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board.

Julie Jensen, Advisor

Julie is the owner and developer of Echoview Farm and Fiber Mill in Weaverville, NC, the first Gold LEED certified textile manufacturing site in the US. Julie is creating a model for sustainable, community-oriented, agricultural enterprises. She previously worked as an attorney and entrepreneur, and received a BA from Grinnell College, a JD from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an LL.M. In taxation from Temple University.

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