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    • 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

    • 03 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 first in a series of classes exploring the rich collection of woven patterns possible in a class of weaves called color-and-weave effects. Each week's presentation will include a lecture, demo and hands-on practice, with subjects increasing in complexity. Sign up for one or all.
    This first class focuses on C&W effects in plain weave and is suitable for shaft-looms or rigid-heddle looms.

    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


    • 09 Jan 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC

    Did you know you can use materials like dirt, insects, and plants to dye yarn, string, and cloth? The Center for Craft has teamed up with Asheville-based weaver Danielle Burke and Local Cloth for an exciting hands-on experience! Drop in to Local Cloth’s studio for an evening of natural-dye and weaving tutorials. A collaborative weaving project will be on-site for participants to contribute to with their very own hand-dyed yarns! 

    This program is co-presented by the Center for Craft and Local Cloth, Inc. in conjunction with the exhibition In Times of Seismic Sorrows, on view August 21, 2018 - January 26, 2019 at the Center for Craft. 

    In Times of Seismic Sorrows is curated and organized by the Center for Craft. The Center for Craft is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

     Pay at the door: $1-10 sliding scale, all ages welcome

    No preregistration required, just drop in, but if you want to register, sign up here.

     Instructor: Resident Artist Danielle Burke

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    • 10 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 second 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 4-shaft twill
    color-and-weave effects. It is suitable for rigid-heddle weavers who know how to weave twill with two rigid heddles. Participants may choose to bring a pre-warped loom to class to weave along. Click on 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


    • 15 Jan 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 3
    Register

    There are many textures that can be made as you make felt. We will investigate the use of resists, prefelts, and covering prefelts with silks. The pieces of felt can be incorporated into a purse, garment or neck scarf.

    Level: All

    Materials Fee:  $20 for Felting tools, prefelt, resist materials, fiber, plastic

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: Resident Artist Joan Berner
    • 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


    • 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


    • 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


    • 07 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 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


    • 14 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 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


    • 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


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