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.

Upcoming events

    • 10 Jul 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • 14 Jul 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10

    In this week long class the students will learn to create their own repeating pattern, transfer it to rubber blocks and hand carve their own blocks for printing.  From their blocks they will print several objects to take home such as pillowcases, cloth bags, and pieces of fabric.  Students will be introduced to prints and patterns from different cultures for inspiration and will learn the basic techniques of block printing. 

    Taught by Heather Mithoefer

    Heather is an Asheville based artist and designer who creates block printed textiles from her own hand carved blocks and locally sourced fabrics. She is the owner of Patch Design Studio, her business under which she sells her hand printed baby and home goods. What began in 2010 as a small craft fair operation, soon became a thriving wholesale business and over the years she has sold her products in about 75 stores across the country including Anthropologie and West Elm. In 2016 she partnered with Twenty2 wallpaper studio to license her block prints for a line of wallpaper. 


    Heather has a BA in Environmental Design from The University of Colorado at Boulder and an MA in Industrial Design from SCAD.



    • 17 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 21 Jul 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville
    • 2

    Make something new out of something old! Students will use vintage clothing and fabric to create a unique quilt and a tote bag.

    Instructor: Stephenie Thomas

    Stephenie has been sewing since the age of 7 (that's when her mom and grandmothers thought she could manage a sewing machine without chopping her fingers off). Really, she started sewing way before then. Just by hand (which is a fine way to start, mind you). Now, she's been sewing everything she can for over 20 years. That seems like a long time but sewing, like all good things, takes a lifetime to master. Stephenie's been refashioning old clothing since before it was cool, turning thrift store finds into Halloween awesomeness, ugly gym shirts into fitted athletic wear and worn out jeans into pocketbooks with pockets to spare.  There's not much recognition to be had in the world of RE-fashion but Stephenie has won several Halloween costume contests and was a member of the first place duo winning the 2015 West Asheville ReFash fashion design challenge. Stephenie also owns her own crafty business, which you can find on Facebook at Stepheniecanmake that, specializing in custom costuming, paintings, t-shirt quilts and anything else you can dream up! She is so excited to be teaching the next generation of seamstresses and sartors (that's a funny word for a sewing dude) at this fun camp where you will turn would be trash into cool wearable keepsakes.
    • 17 Jul 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • 21 Jul 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville
    • 10

    Make something new out of something old. Students will machine sew a quilt made with old T-shirts and design / create a handbag or garment fabricated from vintage fabric.

    Instructor: Stephenie Thomas

    Stephenie has been sewing since the age of 7 (that's when her mom and grandmothers thought she could manage a sewing machine without chopping her fingers off). Really, she started sewing way before then. Just by hand (which is a fine way to start, mind you). Now, she's been sewing everything she can for over 20 years. That seems like a long time but sewing, like all good things, takes a lifetime to master. Stephenie's been refashioning old clothing since before it was cool, turning thrift store finds into Halloween awesomeness, ugly gym shirts into fitted athletic wear and worn out jeans into pocketbooks with pockets to spare.  There's not much recognition to be had in the world of RE-fashion but Stephenie has won several Halloween costume contests and was a member of the first place duo winning the 2015 West Asheville ReFash fashion design challenge. Stephenie also owns her own crafty business, which you can find on Facebook at Stepheniecanmake that, specializing in custom costuming, paintings, t-shirt quilts and anything else you can dream up! She is so excited to be teaching the next generation of seamstresses and sartors (that's a funny word for a sewing dude) at this fun camp where you will turn would be trash into cool wearable keepsakes.


    • 24 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 28 Jul 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville
    • 6



    Students build their own wooden heddles to use as

    backstrap looms in order

    to weave a sash, headband, or strap.  We learn

    about warp and weft-faced

    weaves, weaving styles and implements, and how to

    spin wool on a drop

    spindle.


    Why do children love spinning and weaving?

     Because it’s fun, easy,

    creative, and quiet.  It encourages concentration

    and builds self-esteem.

    Students discover the importance of spinning and

    weaving as two of the

    most ancient crafts known to humankind.  The

    visual and tactile pleasure

    of working with fibers brings the study of history and

    culture to life.


    Instructor Karen Watkins

    • 24 Jul 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • 28 Jul 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville
    • 9



    Students build their own wooden heddles to use as

    backstrap looms in order

    to weave a sash, headband, or strap.  We learn

    about warp and weft-faced

    weaves, weaving styles and implements, and how

    to spin wool on a drop

    spindle.



    Why do children love spinning and weaving?

     Because it’s fun, easy,

    creative, and quiet.  It encourages concentration

    and

    builds self-esteem.

    Students discover the importance of spinning and

    weaving as two of the

    most ancient crafts known to humankind.  The

    visual and tactile pleasure

    of working with fibers brings the study of history and

    culture to life.


    Instructor: Karen Watkins

    • 07 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 11 Aug 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville
    • 10

    Learn the science of textile dyeing, then enjoy the magic of creating cool patterns on clothing or room decorations by folding, twisting, scrunching, tying and then dyeing fabric.

    Instructor: Jessica Kaufman

    • 07 Aug 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • 11 Aug 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville
    • 10
    Learn the science of textile dyeing, then enjoy the magic of creating cool patterns on clothing or room decorations by folding, twisting, scrunching, tying and then dyeing fabric.

    Instructor: Jessica Kaufman

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