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Local Cloth Workshops span the full spectrum of fiber arts from weaving to felting, sewing, jewelry making, knitting, basket-making, crocheting, paper-making, dyeing, spinning and more! We offer half-day, full-day and multi-day options. All in-person workshops, unless otherwise noted, take place at the Local Cloth Studio located at 408 Depot Street, #100 in Asheville, NC. Free parking is available on Depot Street and across the street in the parking lot. Local Cloth members receive a discount and advance notice of workshop releases.

POLICIES + RESOURCES

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are available for members of Local Cloth.  We offer a maximum of $100 dollars per workshop. The Local Cloth Scholarship Committee reviews applications on the first of the month and will let you know by email if your application is approved. Scholarships do not include materials fees.


Click here to complete the application.

WORKSHOP CANCELLATION POLICY

+ If your notice of withdrawal is received at least 14 days before the start of your workshop, you will receive a refund of the workshop cost, minus a $10 processing fee. 
+ There is no refund of workshop or processing fees if your notice of withdrawal is received less than 14 days before the start of your workshop. We will gladly provide you with a receipt for your donation to Local Cloth.
+ If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment or an unforeseen circumstance with the instructor, you will be issued a full refund and be notified prior to the start of your workshop
+ Virtual classes have a no cancellation policy. If a class is recorded, we will send you the video to view at your leisure.

+ To cancel a registration or for questions, email workshops@localcloth.org.

INCLEMENT

WEATHER POLICY

In the case of bad weather, Local Cloth will follow the closure decision of AB Tech. You can find this information on the WLOS website.

TEACHING

AT LOCAL CLOTH

You must be a member of Local Cloth to teach a Local Cloth Workshop. Click here learn more.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

    • 30 Apr 2024
    • 01 May 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 3
    Register
    IThis is a 2 session class. On Day 1, we will make a wet felted prefelt and start making the leaves and petals. On Day 2, we will assemble the different shaped succulents and fill the planter. Some felting experience will be helpful. Bring a felting pad if you have one. You should also bring a 2-4 cup plastic container and a bath size towel. The teacher will supply the wool, wire, needles and planter pots. No wet felting experience is necessary, We will be making a small prefelt to later cut into leaves.

    Level: Intermediate 

    Instructor: Claudia Lemacks 

    Click here to read Claudia's bio!

    Members: $100

    Non Members: $120

    Materials fee: $10 cash

    Materials provided by instructor:  Teacher will supply the wool wires and needles. I will also bring a selection of small decorative pots to choose from.

    Students should bring: Bring a felting pad if you have one. . You should also bring a 2-4 cup plastic container and a bath size towel.

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!

    • 04 May 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 0
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    Let's explore some of the many ways to make felt flowers. This is a class in wet felting. We will make a few different styles of flowers that can be used as pins, embellishment on a hat or bag and some large ones that can stand alone! Some wet felting experience is helpful.

    Level: Beginners 

    Members: $100

    Non members: $120

    Instructor: Vasanto 

    Click here to read Vasanto's biography!

    Materials fee: $10-15

    Materials provided by instructor: wool, mohair, silk, neps, pin backing, bubblewrap, sushi mats, soap, templates, washboards, thread

    Materials students should bring:  scissors, sewing needle

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!

    • 05 May 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 0
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    Learn the art of standing wool! Standing wool was popular before the Industrial Revolution as a thrifty way to use up extra scraps and create rugs for the home. However, this technique fell out of use during the advent of machine-made products because the slow, handmade process is impossible to recreate using automation or machinery. Standing wool rugs are also called quilled wool rugs or quillies.

    Level: Beginner

    Members: $50

    Non members: $60

    Instructor: Amy Reader

    Click here to read Amy's biography!

    Materials fee: $25

    Materials supplied by teacher: All supplies provided: strips of felt, embroidery floss, and needle to keep. Scissors to share.

    Materials students could bring: N/a

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!

    • 15 May 2024
    • 17 May 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 2
    Register

     Take a deep dive into Natural Dyeing on cellulose and protein fibers.   Learn to successfully use natural dyes to produce clear, long lasting colors on a variety of fibers. You will learn the important steps of fiber preparation: scouring and mordanting that is so important in achieving good results with natural dyes. We will the extract our dyes from the raw plant materials, dye the fibers and finally explore post dye modification and over dyeing which extends the range of hues from our primary colors. We will make 12 different dye baths to get a rainbow of colors.

    This series requires some knowledge of the chemistry of natural dyeing. If you are a beginner please take the Introduction to Natural Dyeing offered the week before this class.

    We will provide all the materials, dyes, adjuncts and equipment as well as a detailed handout.

      Level: Informed Beginners (see above)

    Prices reflect the 20% Summer Series Discount!

    Members: $240

    Non members: $288

    Instructor: Joyce Tromba and Denise Arcuri 

    Click here to read Joyce and Denise's biographies!

    Materials fee: $50-60 dollars, we will calculate the exact amount at the end of the series.

    Materials provided by instructor: Cotton and silk fabric, wool yarn, plants, extracts, equipment, mordants, modifiers, detailed instructions

    Materials students should bring: Dye plants (optional), . Please contact instructors if you have questions about what to bring.

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!



    • 24 May 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 408 Depot St, Asheville, NC
    • 11
    Register

    Is there a pattern you love with colors that just aren’t you? How do you decide what colors to substitute? While some color theory holds true no matter what, working with color in patterns is a bit different. Color can make the pattern bolder or more subtle, make it jump out our tone it down. In this course you will learn how to choose the right color for the effect you want. We'll cover color proportions, contrast, color blending and more. There will be numerous samples available for study. Bring in patterns and yarns you want to try, and leave with a new confidence color choices.


    Level:  All levels


    Instructor: Sue Helmken

    Click here to read Sue's biography!


    Members: $50

    Non Members: $60

    Materials Fee:  $15

    Instructor will provide: written handouts, woven color studies, yarns & materials for making color studies, color viewer

    What to bring: Any patterns, yarns or color schemes they have questions about; scissors, tape or glue

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!


    • 25 May 2024
    • 26 May 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 2
    Register

    Katazome is a Japanese stencil dyeing technique. It is a rice flour resist paste. And it is a unique and fairly old process used to dye cloth. This dyeing technique utilizes natural materials – paper, rice paste and indigo. Katazome means ‘repeat dyeing”, referring to the use of a stencil to create a repetitive pattern. Traditional Katazome designs feature natural motifs, such as flowers and birds

    We will spend the first day learning how Katazome is made. And then we will create patterns onto fabric. You are encouraged to bring natural fiber clothing or cloth from home. Each person can bring up to 4 items. We should have plenty of materials. I will also provide white fabric from upcycled cotton sheets to practice on. 

    We will use stencils and kitchen spatulas to apply the kataxome paste onto the fabric. And then it needs to dry overnight. So we will resume the following day to dye our clothes/cloth. 

    Day 2, I will mix up an indigo vat which you all are encouraged to participate in. We will mix up a new vat so you can see the process. And I will have a ready-made vat too so we can jump right in. I will have disposable gloves available for some easy indigo dyeing. But if you would like to bring more sturdy gloves, there’s a better chance you won’t become blue. 

    By the end of day 2, you will be able to take home your items. We will wash and spin them enough to transport them home. But you will want to wash them again at home. 

    MATERIALS FEE: 15 dollars for  the paste and indigo

    LEVEL: Beginner

    Class priced to reflect 20% Summer Series Discount!

    REGISTRATION: Members: $80 , Non-members $96 

    INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Woodruff

    Click here to read Jennifer's biography!

    WHAT TO BRING / HOW TO DRESS: Bring up to four white clothes/sheets/fabric, etc from home. As long as the material is made of a natural fiber: cotton, linen, wool (fabric), silk, etc

    Optional: Katazome kits will also be available for sale for $50. These kits include ingredients for making Katazome, tea towel, stencil, spatula, and ingredients for a small indigo vat. These kits are not required for the class but an option to take home the materials to keep honing your skills!

    Please find our COVID and cancellation policies here

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!

    • 28 May 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 6
    Register

    Join the fun for a unique Free Style Fabric Collage Workshop where we will play in my remnant bin to create a one-of-a-kind 12" x 12" Textile Art collage. We will explore improvisational composition, balance, color placement, and basic embroidery. Let your creativity run wild in this hands-on workshop!

    Level: Beginner

    Members: $100

    Non members: $120

    Instructor: Julie Bagamary

    Read Julie's biography here!

    Materials fee: $25

    Materials supplied by teacher: Fabric remnants, batting, backing fabric, embroidery floss, needle, scissors

    Materials students could bring: All supplies provided however you may choose to bring your own Fabric Remnants, Embroidery Floss, or batting

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Click here to apply!

    • 01 Jun 2024
    • 02 Jun 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 0
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    If you have mastered a few simple book structures or you are an adventurous beginner join this class to learn two book structures that offer lots of modifications. The first structure is called the long stitch. It has an exposed stitching on the spine and can be made with fabric, leather or paper covers. You will learn how to turn fabric into book cloth so you have a sturdy cover for this book. The second structure has a spine made of an accordion fold so you can add many different items to your book which when opened up reveal a continuous display. We will learn both the flag book and the concertina. You can bring your own papers, fabrics, etc for the covers or choose from materials provided by the teacher.

    Prices reflect the 20% Summer Series Discount!

    Members: $160

    Non members: $192

    Instructor: Joyce Tromba

    Click here to read Joyce's biography!

    Materials fee: $30

    Materials provided by instructor: Instructions for all 4 books, Paper for pages, linen thread for sewing, book board, card stock, cover paper and fabric,all book making tools

    Materials students should bring:  a roll of wax paper, a clean kitchen towel

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!

    • 04 Jun 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 0
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    As a moving meditation, the process of weaving has a magical way of helping us to get out of our heads to simply “be,” and experience flow when working the loom. For me, weaving has helped me to see firsthand the connection between my mind and body and how one impacts the other. It has also helped me to slow down and enjoy the process just as much, if not more, than the piece of art that I create. The goal of this class is to share this magic with you! This Introduction to Weaving class covers the basics of how to weave using a lap loom (which you can take anywhere!) and incorporates elements of mindfulness. We’ll start with a weaving gratitude practice that will serve as the inspiration for our woven projects. Then, we’ll warp our looms and start weaving our designs, incorporating several basic weaving techniques, including twining, tabby, soumak, and rya. Finally, we’ll learn how to clean the backside of our weaving project and finish them off using a hanging rod. You’ll leave with a hanging tapestry (designed by you!) and a weaving gratitude practice that you can continue on your own after the class. Don’t have a loom or weaving materials? My Complete Weaving Kit has everything you need to get started!

    Level: Beginning 

    Instructor: Courtney LaCaria 

    Click here to read Courtney's biography!

    Members: $100

    Non Members: $120 dollars

    Materials fee: $100 for a Complete Weaving Kit

    Materials provided by instructor: Complete Weaving Kit (16" x 20" Handmade Wooden Frame Loom that will be used in class; handmade shuttle, shed stick and comb; tapestry needle; cotton warp thread; six colors of yarn, one color of roving and rope for fringe for weaving (*can customize colors ahead of class); and wooden rod to hang your finished weaving)

    Students should bring: If you choose the kit with yarn, you only need to bring a sharp pair of scissors. If you already having weaving supplies or will purchase your own weaving supplies, please bring what is listed in the materials section (need similar size loom) as well as scissors, a strong cotton yarn for the warp and assorted yarn and roving for the rest of the weaving.

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!


    • 09 Jun 2024
    • 30 Jun 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street
    • 1
    Register

    This class will provide an opportunity for students to create custom blocks/slopers for a front and back bodice with darts and a basic sleeve. The blocks will serve as a foundation for creating new blocks and patterns. We will also use these blocks to learn techniques for manipulating darts, drafting princess seams and other patterns.

    Price of class reflects the 20% discount for Summer Series Workshops.

    Members: $320

    Non-members: $384

    Skill level: Intermediate

    Instructor: Giovanni Daina-Palermo

    Click here to read Giovanni's biography!

    Materials Fee: $0

    Materials provided: paper only

    Students should bring: Sewing machine, Thread, L square, 18” clear ruler, French Curve, Drafting pencil, Red pen or pencil, Eraser, Measuring Tape, Scissors, Pins, Pattern weights, Awl, Muslin (approximately 5 yards)

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!


    • 26 Jun 2024
    • 27 Jun 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 8
    Register

    Katazome is a Japanese stencil dyeing technique. It is a rice flour resist paste. And it is a unique and fairly old process used to dye cloth. This dyeing technique utilizes natural materials – paper, rice paste and indigo. Katazome means ‘repeat dyeing”, referring to the use of a stencil to create a repetitive pattern. Traditional Katazome designs feature natural motifs, such as flowers and birds

    We will spend the first day learning how Katazome is made. And then we will create patterns onto fabric. You are encouraged to bring natural fiber clothing or cloth from home. Each person can bring up to 4 items. We should have plenty of materials. I will also provide white fabric from upcycled cotton sheets to practice on. 

    We will use stencils and kitchen spatulas to apply the kataxome paste onto the fabric. And then it needs to dry overnight. So we will resume the following day to dye our clothes/cloth. 

    Day 2, I will mix up an indigo vat which you all are encouraged to participate in. We will mix up a new vat so you can see the process. And I will have a ready-made vat too so we can jump right in. I will have disposable gloves available for some easy indigo dyeing. But if you would like to bring more sturdy gloves, there’s a better chance you won’t become blue. 

    By the end of day 2, you will be able to take home your items. We will wash and spin them enough to transport them home. But you will want to wash them again at home. 

    MATERIALS FEE: 15 dollars for  the paste and indigo

    LEVEL: Beginner

    Class priced to reflect the 20% Summer Series Discount!

    REGISTRATION: Members: $80, Non-members $96 

    INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Woodruff

    Click here to read Jennifer's biography!

    WHAT TO BRING / HOW TO DRESS: Bring up to four white clothes/sheets/fabric, etc from home. As long as the material is made of a natural fiber: cotton, linen, wool (fabric), silk, etc

    Optional: Katazome kits will also be available for sale for $50. These kits include ingredients for making Katazome, tea towel, stencil, spatula, and ingredients for a small indigo vat. These kits are not required for the class but an option to take home the materials to keep honing your skills!

    Please find our COVID and cancellation policies here

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!

    • 02 Jul 2024
    • 06 Aug 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 6
    Register
    We are going big in this three-session Introduction to Circular Weaving workshop! We will create super huge Circular Weaving Tapestries — the size that is perfect for hanging above a sofa, bed, or to serve as the focal point on your wall. Using handmade 36” and 6” diameter circular looms, participants will learn how to craft an open center circular weaving. As a practice, circular weaving serves as a wonderfully meditative practice as you travel around the loom. This workshop will cover the basic techniques of weaving on a circular loom, including how to create yarn butterflies for weaving, how to warp a hoop loom with an open center, and circular weaving techniques, including tabby, rya, loops, and soumak, which you can use in all types of weaving projects. Participants will also get to design and bring to life their own creations using these techniques. You’ll leave the class with your very own (very large) circular weaving! Because the tapestry is extra large, we will accomplish the project in three sessions with additional work to be completed (if necessary) between Sessions #2 and #3. Curious about circular weaving or making something that is really big?! This intro class is perfect for beginners and individuals with some weaving experience.

    Level: Beginning 

    Instructor: Courtney LaCaria 

    Click here to read Courtney's biography!

    Price reflects the 20% Summer Series!

    Members: $240

    Non Members: $288

    Materials fee: $60

    Materials provided by instructor: Looming Large Weaving Kit includes handmade 36” diameter circular hoop, 6” diameter circular hoop, thick + durable cotton yarn for warp, set of circular weaving tapestry needles and informational handouts/resources.

    Students should bring: Scissors and Yarn (for weaving). Please note that this project uses quite a large amount of yarn, and is a great way to use up your yarn stash! During the first session, we will be spending the bulk of our time warping the loom, designing our tapestry, and discussing the types of yarn that can be used in various parts of our Circular Weaving Tapestries. The amount of yarn that you need for the full project will vary depending upon the weight and structure of the yarn. This means that you do not need to worry about settling on the types and/or colors of yarn for the project until Session #2, but you are welcome to bring yarn to the first session to help with the design process. You can also continue add to your yarn supply between Sessions #2 and 3 as you make your way through the project.

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!


    • 09 Jul 2024
    • 11 Jul 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 7
    Register

    Sharpen your leatherworking skills while learning to build yourself a pair of custom sandals that you shape specifically for your feet, employing a variety of bespoke shoemaking techniques. Learn about different types of leather, their particular properties and best uses in the construction of custom sandals. Numerous embellishment methods will be covered to personalize your work including punching and brogueing, hand edging stitch methods, and dyes and dye waxes. Shoemaking techniques include installing a shank under the insole and using clinch nails or wooden pegs in the heel stacking process. All levels welcome.

    Level: Beginner

    This class reflects the 20% discount for our Summer Series program.

    Members: $240

    Non members: $288

    Instructor: Deborah Robertson

    Click here to read Deborah's biography!

    Materials fee: $85-125, depending on type of leather and trims selected during class

    Materials provided by instructor: Marble slabs, Landis 5-in-1, Singer treadle sewing machine, Wen belt sander, nylon thread, insole leather, outsole leather, upper leather, lining leather, shanks, clinch nails, pegs, pegging awl, beeswax, shoemaking hammer, skiving knives, tack hammer, anvils, dyes, punches, rawhide mallet, decorative rivets, rubber soles, extra Speedy Stitcher coarse waxed thread, leather scissors, card stock, wing divider

    Materials students should bring:  Please bring the following: pencils, ruler, paper scissors, bone folder, CS Osborne scratch awl No. 478, beeswax, Xacto knife and blades, wool daubers or paint brushes you don't mind getting dyed, rubber gloves, Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl with coarse waxed thread. Please feel free to embellish your sandals with buttons you bring from home. Bring if you have them: skiving knife, tack hammer, French curves, wing divider or compass, and your choice of leather cutting tools (be they leather scissors, round knife or blade).

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!


    • 19 Jul 2024
    • 20 Jul 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 1
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    Eco-printing is a contact printing technique. Leaves are placed over mordanted fiber and rolled tightly in a bundle. Next boiling or steaming the bundle transfers the tannins from within the leaves to the fiber.

    Beginner level.  First day: Instruction on pre treatment ,scouring and mordanting cellulose fiber. We will mordant rayon scarves to be used on the second day of class. Discussion on leaves regarding tannin and storage. Technique for testing how much tannin is in a particular botanical prior to use in eco-print bundle.  End the first day with eco-printing a test sample of leaves flowers that you are considering to use on cotton strip.

    Second day. First bundle demonstrates the technique of folding larger pieces in half that produce minimal center lines. Color dye carrier blankets will be used to transfer color over our leaf and fabric bundle. The second print will be on a rayon scarf 14”x 72. The dye we will be using is Procion fiber reactive dye. The carrier dye blankets are cotton fabric that has been washed several times. You can use old cotton sheets. I find that the dye blankets themselves are very beautiful and I end up saving them for other uses.  Example: Quilts, linings and art works. I like to use white off white or natural Kona cotton. There will be instruction on how to read your print results and adjust length of time in steamer. 

    Level: Beginners 

    Instructor: Denise Arcuri  

    Click here to read Denise's biography!

    Materials fee: $45

    Non-member: $240

    Member: $200

    Materials provided by instructor: Mordants, dyes, cellulose fabric, written instruction


    Materials to bring to class:  Gloves (thin medical exam gloves), Apron, Plastic spray bottle with 50% vinegar and 50% water, 2 wooden dowels 1 1/4 to 1 1/2“ diameter by 15” length. (Lowe’s/ home depo will cut to size) White/  off white or natural cotton fabric 21/2 yds or old cotton sheets. Wash cotton several times.  Micron pen can be bought Walmart, Joanns, Staples ( needs to be water resistant) Two old small kitchen towel sized rags, Rubber bands, Empty plastic gallon jug from water or vinegar (we will fill them with water to aid in making tighter fabric bundles ) Some Leaves will be provided ,however bring some of your own to experiment and share.

    LEAVES THAT PRINT WELL: Maple, oak, any hard wood tree leaves Fruit tree leaves Rose Marigold petals Oak leaf hydrangeas Smoke bush Coreopsis, Pretty leaves that act more as a resist when using color dye blankets that leave interesting shapes Tulip tree leaves Kudzu Ginkgo Sassafras.

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!



    • 21 Jul 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 1
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    • Eco-printing is a contact printing technique. Leaves are placed over mordanted fiber and rolled tight in a bundle. Next boiling or steaming the bundle transfers the tannins from within the leaves to the fiber. This is a one day class experimenting with iron, copper sulfate and titanium oxalate on protein fiber. Fabric provided will be soured and mordanted with Potassium aluminum sulfate prior to class. Two eco-printed bundles will be printed by each student. The first will be a test example of botanicals dipped in iron , copper, and titanium oxalate. The second print is guided by using the first bundles results on a 14”x72” silk crepe scarf.

    Level: Beginners 

    Instructor: Denise Arcuri 

    Click here to read Denise's biography!

    Materials fee: $35

    Non-member: $120

    Member: $100

    Materials provided by instructor: Mordants, two mordanted silk scarfs, written instruction

    Materials to bring to class: Gloves (thin medical exam gloves) Apron, Plastic spray bottle with 50% vinegar and 50% water, 2 wooden dowels 1 1/4 to 1 1/2“ diameter by 15” length. (Lowe’s/ home depo will cut to size), Micron pen can be bought Walmart, Joanns, Staples ( needs to be water resistant) 3 old small kitchen towel sized rags Empty plastic gallon jug from water or vinegar (we will fill them with water to aid in making tight fabric bundles ) Some Leaves will be provided ,however bring some of your own to experiment and share.

    LEAVES THAT PRINT WELL: Maple ,oak ,any hard wood tree leaves Fruit tree leaves Rose Marigold petals Smoke bush Coreopsis

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!




    • 22 Jul 2024
    • 23 Jul 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 8
    Register

    In this workshop, we will be delving deeper into the world of natural dyes with a more advanced look at other techniques of applying natural dyes to fabric and cloth. We will be using natural dyes such as Cochineal, Logwood and others in a more concentrated form to be applied either with a brush or with a stencil to form patterns on fabric. There is an overnight dry time for the dyes to dry. The next day, we will be stream-setting our dyes. Then we can either leave the backgrounds white or over-dye them for more color variety and impact. We will have practice pieces to work on which the instructor will provide. You can bring up to 4 fabric items - clothing, cloth, napkins, pillow cases, etc. as long as the items are made with 100% natural fiber such as cotton, linen, wool, silk, hemp, bamboo, etc (or a combination such as linen/cotton). It’s good to have a basic understanding and some experience with natural dyeing, as we will be reviewing and discussing mordants, modifiers and pH. There will be a detailed handout sheet with photos explaining this technique in detail along with recipes for further exploration. 


    LEVEL: Intermediate

    Class priced to reflect the 20% Summer Series Discount!

    REGISTRATION: Members: $80, Non-members $96 

    INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Woodruff

    Click here to read Jennifer's biography!

    MATERIALS FEE: $15

    MATERIALS PROVIDED: Fabric, dyes, mordants

    WHAT TO BRING / HOW TO DRESS: 4 items from home made of 100% natural fibers. Can be a combination of clothing, kitchen tea towels, napkins (set of 2 or 4 counts as 1 item) scarves or plain fabric.

    Optional: Natural dye kits including six dyes and mordants will also be available for sale the day of the class for $50. These kits are not required for the class but an option to take home the materials to keep honing your skills!

    Please find our COVID and cancellation policies here

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!

    • 24 Jul 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 5
    Register

    What is continuous strand weaving? Weaving on a triangle loom is fun, creative, easy and quick. There is no elaborate planning and measuring process. Triangle looms are great for weaving plaid patterns and continuing onto more elegant lace patterns. The process is simple to learn and is enjoyable for adults and children of any age. Continuous strand weaving has no separate warp and weft but uses one continuous strand of yarn. This instruction is a basic class on continuous strand weaving and can be used as an entry to more advanced techniques such as twill, lace, double weaves, inlay, tartans, and other color sequences, and for the designer!

    Members: $100

    Non members: $ 120

    Level: Beginner

    Instructor: Marilyn Haas-Haseman

    Materials fee:  $2.00


    Materials Provided: Looms & instructional handouts

    Materials students should bring: 

    Yarn, at least 120 yards, variegated, rolled up into a ball for easier weaving. Do not get any mohair or fuzzy yarn as it is difficult to weave for your first project. Thin yarn will make it drapey but will have large holes which jewelry and other things can hook on strands and pull. Heavy yarns will be stiffer. Wool makes lovely weaving and is fairly elastic and very durable, and felts when gently washed filling in spaces). There are beautiful acrylic and other synthetic yarns available. Just scrunch up the yarn in your hand to see if you like the feel of the yarn. If you like to use a different color for fringe plan on another

    • Crochet or weaving hooks- preferably 5.25 mm/6-inch size or larger and optional 35 cm/14-inch hook)

    • Scissors

    • Hair Pic

    • Blunt darning needle

    • Comfortable shoes as you will start off standing.

    • Lunch, Drink, Snack

    • Coffee pot can help keep your rolled up yarn in place and not falling off table.

    • 02 Aug 2024
    • 23 Aug 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Camille Daunno's Home in Weaverville: Directions provided in registration confirmation
    • 5
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    Color explosion! We are surrounded by color in every part of life. In this class you will learn what the color wheel is, how to mix each color, the relationship and of color to each other. Did you know that color has a temperature? Learn how to make a gray scale and measure the intensity to it. Create a monochromatic scale using a tint, tone and shade of each color. You will learn how to use neutrals to include warm or cool neutrals. This is just some of the exciting ways to learn about color. Come and explore so much more with me. This is an important learning step to creating beautiful fiber related works. Do you know how to tone down a vibrant color or what colors don’t mix well. If your colors become’ muddy’ learn how to avoid making those mixing mistakes. At the end of this class you will have a completed color wheel, gray scale, a set of monochromatic colors, analogous colors, as well as a set of neutrals and create a mood using color. Do you know the difference between a monotone and monochromatic colors? Come find out while having fun learning. You will pick the colors of your choice and we will paint a silk or cotton piece of fabric to add to your collection. 

    This class will be hosted off-site at the home of the instructor. Directions to the home will be provided after registration.

    Instructor: Camille Daunno

    Click here to read Camille's biography!

    Skill Level: All

    This class priced to reflect the 20% summer series discount!

    Members: $160

    Non-members: $192

    All materials will be supplied: set of brushes, watercolor paper, practice paper, pencil, eraser, water container, set of gouache paint, color wheel, glue stick, small scissors, handout on color

    Materials Fee: $20

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!

    • 18 Aug 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
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    Learn the basics of needle felting with Amy Reader. In this class, we will create a forest floor-inspired needle felted scene. All materials will be provided, and participants will leave with a set of beginning needle felting supplies. This class is beginner-friendly. It will start with guided demonstrations of multiple needle felting techniques, and you will receive hands-on guidance throughout the needle felting process!

    Level: Beginner

    Members: $50

    Non members: $60

    Instructor: Amy Reader

    Click here to read Amy's biography!

    Materials fee: $25

    Materials supplied by teacher: Roving, felting needles, foam felting pads

    Materials students could bring: N/a

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!


    • 21 Aug 2024
    • 22 Aug 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
    • 7
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    In this workshop, we will be delving deeper into the world of natural dyes with a more advanced look at other techniques of applying natural dyes to fabric and cloth. We will be using natural dyes such as Cochineal, Logwood and others in a more concentrated form to be applied either with a brush or with a stencil to form patterns on fabric. There is an overnight dry time for the dyes to dry. The next day, we will be stream-setting our dyes. Then we can either leave the backgrounds white or over-dye them for more color variety and impact. We will have practice pieces to work on which the instructor will provide. You can bring up to 4 fabric items - clothing, cloth, napkins, pillow cases, etc. as long as the items are made with 100% natural fiber such as cotton, linen, wool, silk, hemp, bamboo, etc (or a combination such as linen/cotton). It’s good to have a basic understanding and some experience with natural dyeing, as we will be reviewing and discussing mordants, modifiers and pH. There will be a detailed handout sheet with photos explaining this technique in detail along with recipes for further exploration. 


    LEVEL: Intermediate

    Class priced to reflect the 20% Summer Series Discount!

    REGISTRATION: Members: $80, Non-members $96 

    INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Woodruff

    Click here to read Jennifer's biography!

    MATERIALS FEE: $15

    MATERIALS PROVIDED: Fabric, dyes, mordants

    WHAT TO BRING / HOW TO DRESS: 4 items from home made of 100% natural fibers. Can be a combination of clothing, kitchen tea towels, napkins (set of 2 or 4 counts as 1 item) scarves or plain fabric.

    Optional: Natural dye kits including six dyes and mordants will also be available for sale the day of the class for $50. These kits are not required for the class but an option to take home the materials to keep honing your skills!

    Please find our COVID and cancellation policies here

    Interested in a Local Cloth scholarship? Apply here!

    • 30 Aug 2024
    • 01 Sep 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • 408 Depot St Asheville
    • 4
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    As part of our summer series this class will take you on a deep dive into all things indigo. We will learn to set up and maintain two indigo vats: the thiox vat also known as the workshorse vat and an organic vat made with fructose. We will also dye directly with fresh indigo leaves. You will learn the essential components of each method, along with the chemistry behind it. We will dye on cellulose, wool and silk fabrics and learn the traditional resist techniques of shibori. including simple folding and clamping, stitched, arashi. We will learn the essential techniques and chemistry behind each of these methods as well as trouble shooting. At the end of the series you will have an excellent grounding in the art of indigo dyeing.

    Prices reflect the 20% Summer Series discount!

    Members: $240 

    Non members: $288

    Instructors: Joyce Tromba and Denise Arcuri

    Click here to read the biographies of Joyce and Denise!

    Materials fee: $45

    Materials supplied by teacher: all dyes, assists, fabrics, yarn and equipment

    Materials students should bring: apron, additional fabric or small garments may be dyed. We will talk about this on the first day of class.

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!


    • 06 Sep 2024
    • 07 Sep 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • Camille Daunno's Home in Weaverville: Directions provided in registration confirmation
    • 5
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    Learn how to paint on various fabric surfaces to include cotton, silk, poly, canvas, denim, leather and even felt! In this two full day workshop you will explore how to create one of a kind designs using different paints, tools and techniques. Learn how to paint simple flowers, design motifs, and even abstract patches of background color. You will gain a better understanding of color, design and even drawing skills to give your ideas a new life. The first day we will work on design ideas ,techniques, tools, brushes and how to use the paint and mediums. You will have time to practice this on paper before we work on cotton, poly ,silk and felt. At the end of each day you will have several completed pieces. Day two ,we will work on denim, canvas and leather as well as your own pieces of apparel and accessories. It’s fun, easy to learn and you will leave with everything from wearable Art to a fabric painting suitable to frame or hang. Challenge your creativity ,play and enter the world of Art and Design.. No limit to what you can do!  

    This class will be hosted off-site at the home of the instructor. Directions to the home will be provided after registration.

    Level: Beginner

    Members: $200

    Non members: $240

    Instructor: Camille Daunno 

    Click here to read Camille's biography!

    Materials fee: $20

    Materials provided by instructor: Extra fabric, poly, silk, denim pieces, practice paper, texturing tools, paint, brushes, resist medium, water containers, mixing trays, fabric boards, and design resource.

    Materials students should bring:   Lunch or snack for the break. Something take completed pieces home in,. An apron and any accessory or fabric you want to work with: leather or final bag, shoes, existing apparel(denim shirt, jeans, jacket) felted scarf

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!


    • 04 Oct 2024
    • 01 Nov 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Camille Daunno's Home in Weaverville: Directions provided in registration confirmation
    • 5
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    In this 4 week class you will learn how to draw flowers, leaves, twigs and tendrils in pencil and ink. I will teach you how to create texture, contrast and composition using line and shading. This can be applied to your textile, fabric skills ,embroidery, sewing, fiber art, layering and much more. This class is designed for beginners, so no experience is necessary. Come learn a new technique or improve on your drawing skills.

    This class will be hosted off-site at the home of the instructor. Directions to the home will be provided after registration.

    Instructor: Camille Daunno

    Click here to read Camille's biography!

    Skill Level: All

    Members: $200

    Non-members: $240

    Materials & Tools Needed: All supplies will be given out at the first class

    Materials Provided by instructor: Pencils, ink markers, erasers, paper, practice paper, Art resource to draw from, drawing vellum, tracing paper, practice drawing pad and Art handouts.

    Materials Fee: $15

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!


    • 27 Oct 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 10
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    Come and create the Grainline Studio Townbag. The bag is a great everyday purse and/or a do-it-all project bag, no matter what your project may be. It has a drawstring closure and interior pockets – designed for corralling tools, patterns, and miscellany plus tote-style handles and external front and back pockets. Techniques involved include reading a pattern, sewing straight seams, topstitching. edge stitching, working with heavy fabrics, and setting rivets. We will assist throughout. It is a beginner-suitable pattern but you will need to have some experience with a sewing machine.

    Level: Beginner

    Members: $100

    Non members: $ 120

    Instructor: Mary Sigler and Sam Green

    Materials fee:  $4

    Materials provided by instructor: Rivets, Rivet setting tools, black cording (you’re welcome to bring your own in a different colour), fray check

    Materials students should bring: The Grainline Studio Townbag pattern: https://grainlinestudio.com/collections/accessories/products/town-bag 

    1 yard of 8 or 10-oz cotton canvas. All-purpose thread - we recommend Gutterman or Mettler. 1.5 yards of 1.25 wide webbing for handles. If supplying your own, 2.5 yards of 5/32” or 2.3mm cording for the drawstring. Heavyweight sewing machine needle. Your preferred cutting tools for cutting the pattern out plus scissors for clipping threads. Pins or wonder clips. Ruler. Fabric marking tools i.e. chalk or washable marker. A sewing machine - please let us know if you need a machine. Here are a few sites where you can find cotton canvas: https://www.moodfabrics.com/ https://hartsfabric.com/ https://stonemountainfabric.com/ https://stylemakerfabrics.com/ Thread, chalk, pins, and machine needles can be purchased through Wawak.com or at Joann’s.

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!


    • 08 Nov 2024
    • 29 Nov 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Camille Daunno's Home in Weaverville: Directions provided in registration confirmation
    • 4
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    Color explosion! We are surrounded by color in every part of life. In this class you will learn what the color wheel is, how to mix each color, the relationship and of color to each other. Did you know that color has a temperature? Learn how to make a gray scale and measure the intensity to it. Create a monochromatic scale using a tint, tone and shade of each color. You will learn how to use neutrals to include warm or cool neutrals. This is just some of the exciting ways to learn about color. Come and explore so much more with me. This is an important learning step to creating beautiful fiber related works. Do you know how to tone down a vibrant color or what colors don’t mix well. If your colors become’ muddy’ learn how to avoid making those mixing mistakes. At the end of this class you will have a completed color wheel, gray scale, a set of monochromatic colors, analogous colors, as well as a set of neutrals and create a mood using color. Do you know the difference between a monotone and monochromatic colors? Come find out while having fun learning. You will pick the colors of your choice and we will paint a silk or cotton piece of fabric to add to your collection. 

    This class will be hosted off-site at the home of the instructor. Directions to the home will be provided after registration.

    Instructor: Camille Daunno

    Click here to read Camille's biography!

    Skill Level: All

    Members: $200

    Non-members: $240

    All materials will be supplied: set of brushes, watercolor paper, practice paper, pencil, eraser, water container, set of gouache paint, color wheel, glue stick, small scissors, handout on color

    Materials Fee: $20

    Interested in applying for a scholarship? Apply here!



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