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If your notice of withdrawal is received at least 10 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 10 days before the start of your workshop, unless there is a waitlist and someone can fill the spot. You will be refunded less the $10 fee. If there is no refund, 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.

WORKSHOPS

    • 26 Mar 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 7
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    Learn embroidery stitches to enhance your felt pieces for the wall, table tops, hats or clothing. Learn what needles to use and stitch with a number of different kinds of "threads" to see how they look on felt. Bring your scraps of felt to embellish and practice the stitches on. We will make a book out of them for future stitching reference.

    Level: All

    Materials Fee:  $5 for Grommets, thread, beads, needles, yarns, floss

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: Resident Artist Joan Berner
    • 30 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 11
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    Moving beyond traditional embroidery stitches, this workshop will focus on creating expressive embroideries using marks typically associated with painting and drawing. We’ll start the workshop exploring some basic drawing concepts on paper. After generating a handful of ideas and quick sketches, students will spend the rest of the time learning how to translate these drawings into embroidered works on fabric. No previous drawing or embroidery experience required. Open to all skill levels.

    Level: All levels

    Materials fee: $0

    Instructor: Erin Castellan

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120


    • 13 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
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    An introductory course that will provide students with the necessary tools to begin exploring the magical world of eco printing. Fabric preparation, mordants, tannins, modifiers and plant selection will be explored. After a series of sampling with different techniques and methods, students will print a 14 x 72" silk scarf as their final project.

    Level: Beginner

    Materials Fee: $20 covers silk for sampling, a 14 x 72" silk scarf for each participate, mordants, dyes, modifiers and everything else necessary for successful results!

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Patricia Spangler

    • 14 Apr 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 12
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    These April flowers are made out of recycled sweaters. You can bring your own washed and felted sweaters - either ooops of your own or purchased from a thrift store - or purchase a kit from the instructor

    Level: Beginning

    Materials fee: None. Thread and pin backings are included in your registration fee. Kits with all materials needed, including felted sweater pieces, will be available for $8.

    Instructor: Elizabeth Searle

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60


    • 19 Apr 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 11
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    This is a class for anyone interested in combining two or more colors. Projects can range from choosing colors to paint your house, dyeing fabric or yarn, beading, knitting, weaving, felting or any other craft project where you get stuck thinking about how to combine multiple colors in a beautiful and harmonious way.

    Level: All levels

    Materials Fee:  $5 for magazines, color chips

    Registration: Members $25, Non-members $30

    Instructor: Judy Levine

    • 20 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
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    Eco Printing--The Next Generation is a follow-up to the introductory workshops. In this class, students will learn techniques for creating colored backgrounds to enhance the effects of eco printing. We will work with natural dyes including cochineal, logwood and osage orange, and also explore the dramatic impact various tannins have on botanical prints. Tannins explored will include oak gall nut, pomegranate and sumac. Eco printing experience is highly recommended.

    Level: Intermediate

    Materials Fee: $25 covers all natural dye and tannin materials and all other supplies necessary to facilitate successful prints . Prepped mordanted fabrics for "blankets" (carrier cloths) and silk sampling fabric as well as one 14" x 72" 8mm silk scarf for a final project.

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Patricia Spangler

    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 17
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    In this class, we will focus on the planning and planting of a backyard dye garden. We will focus on the plants that grow easily in our region, their care and harvesting methods, among many other growing specific details. This is an informative class, with little hands on content. This class is not a how to dye class. Seed and plant sourcing will be shared with the class.

    Level:  All levels

    Materials Fee: $0

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor:  Melanie Wilder

    • 01 May 2019
    • 08 May 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
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    Process, community and collaboration will be the themes of this 2 part workshop. Starting with raw materials, we will transform plants into sheets of paper and bind them into handmade books. In the first session, we will learn the details of harvesting, cooking, and blending plant fibers into a workable pulp. Get hands-on in the vats of pulp to collectively pull sheets of paper from 3 common plant species. Working together, the group will produce shared stacks of paper for bookbinding. In session two, we will transform the handmade paper to create a series of hand stitched pamphlet books that can used for drawing and journaling, or as a reference for future paper making explorations. Participants will work together to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Everyone will take home at least 2 books, reference handouts, and the skills to make plant based paper and pamphlet books on their own.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee:  $20 for paper pulp from local plants, abaca and cotton, needle, thread, additional paper vats, felts, mould and deckles

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor:  Alyssa Sacora

    • 04 May 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 4
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    Curious about spinning? This class is designed for the new spinner, or someone who needs a refresher on the basics. Learn about the workings of a spinning wheel and tools like the niddy noddy and lazy kate. Practice the motions of drafting (pulling) fiber and spinning it into yarn. Plying and finishing yarn will also be covered, if there is time. You'll leave this class with a skein of yarn from what you've spun. All tools provided, or bring your own wheel if you have one.


    Level: Beginner
    Materials Fee: $10 for fiber and use of spinning wheels

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: Lorri Helms

    • 05 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
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    Class will cover polymer basics in the creation of millefiori canes. Leaf/flower design. Colors as desired. Finished work is a large button, brooch, or shawl pin.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials fee: $15 for tools, colors, oven, work surface

    Instructor: Barbara McGuire

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120


    • 09 May 2019
    • 30 May 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    In this intimate workshop you will learn the basics of using a loom and weaving cloth over the course of 4 Thursday evenings. Class 1 will focus on learning the parts of a loom and preparing it to weave (called dressing the loom). In class 2 we will begin the process of weaving! What is a shed? Shuttles and bobbins? The selvage? All this and more will be discussed. Class 3 is expanding our understanding of basic weaving structures- we will move beyond plain weave into twills, supplemental wefts, tapestry techniques, and experimental materials. The final class will offer time to finish as much as we can of our warps, cut the weaving from the loom, and develop various methods of “finishing the ends.” Intended to reveal the magic and complexity of weaving, this course will be process focused and collaborative in approach.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials fee: $40 for Loom rental, all weaving tools, yarn, handouts, books for inspiration

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

    Instructor: Danielle Burke

    • 11 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 5
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    Learn to direct warp your rigid heddle loom and get weaving in one day! We will be focused on learning the direct warping method for rigid heddle, threading and basic beginning weaving techniques. You will leave with a warped loom, ready for weaving!
    Note: You will need to bring a rigid heddle loom to participate in this workshop. If you do not have one, but would like to rent , please contact the instructor.

    Level: All levels welcome

    Materials Fee: $25 for yarn

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Deanna Lynch

    • 18 May 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 16
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    This class assumes you already know how to create an indigo vat. We will discuss how to revive and replenish existing natural and synthetic indigo vats, with demonstrations using natural indigo thiox and fructose vats. Because we will have working vats, participants may bring something small ready to dye.

    Level:  Intermediate

    Materials Fee:  $5 for Indigo & assists, handout

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor:  Eileen Hallman

    • 19 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    Put your scraps to good use. Make functional pieces of small art out of your handmade fabric. We will investigate easy techniques to make unique bags. We will also make a key fob to make your keys easy to find.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $10 for Downloadable directions, key fob metal components, magnetic snaps, interfacing

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Joan Berner

    • 02 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 14
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    Does the act of scouring wool perplex you? Does your wool felt or not get clean enough? Do you know how to get rid of dirty tips or VM? Do you want to know if your wool is even worth processing? How about what soap to use? Did you know not all soaps are created equal and can actually harm your wool? Do you want to know how to keep locks in order so your wool combing is easier?
    In this class you will get hands on lessons in what sound wool is and how to quickly assess wool. In the mini-lab you will test soaps to see if they are the correct soap for scouring wool. Then we get our hands dirty and your wools clean! I will show you a quick and easy way to scour your wool to cut your scouring time in half. All wools provided.

    Level: Beginner

    Materials Fee: $20 for Wools to scour, Soaps, pH papers, Handout, Spin Dryer

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor:  Mary Pavis Egbert

    • 08 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 09 Jun 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 13
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    How Can I Spin it, What Can I Make-

    Using Hand Cards, Drum Carder and a Hair Comb!   

    Curious continuing spinners, gain inspiration and skill at making the yarn you have in mind from the fiber raised and grown in your own backyard. What gives a yarn personality? Prepare (carding, drum carding, combing or not at all!) and spin lovely natural sheep shades, hand dyed locks of wool or work with the lovely solid top and space dyed rovings that you have brought from home! Make a custom blend of alpaca, angora, wool and/or mohair to design your own "local cloth". Start beyond the basics to delve into production techniques from color inspirations. Touch on spinning methods, wheel set ups, plying ideas and lessons in consistency.

    Level: Intermediate

    Materials fee:  $20 for Wool, washed, and in several sheepy colors/textures and vegetable dyed solid and rainbow experiments, some angora goat and rabbit hair, several pairs of hand cards, drum carder, card stock/tape, a drum carder

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

    Instructor: Martha Owen

    • 13 Jun 2019
    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 9
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    Don’t know what to do with that beautiful piece of hand-dyed fabric? Maybe you have a vintage table runner that needs a new life. How about that partial skein of yarn that isn’t enough for a project, but is too beautiful to toss? Discover the art doll as a means of creative expression for textile and fiber lovers. In this class we will learn the basics of constructing a stump doll. We will explore design principles, sources of inspiration, and methods for adapting various materials to create a beautiful one-of-a-kind figure. These figures will be constructed primarily of cloth, but mixed-media options will be discussed. A working sewing machine and basic sewing skills are required.

    Level: Beginner

    Materials fee: $25 for Pattern, fabric for head and hands, stand, stuffing

    Registration: Members $150, Non-members $180

    Instructor: Ann Hord-Heatherley

    • 15 Jun 2019
    • 16 Jun 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    Participants will learn all the basics of ribbed basketry and create an heirloom basket in this two day workshop. Weaving tips, using natural materials,adding textural accents and finishing techniques will be explored. Beginner weavers and others with experience will enjoy this ribbed basketry primer.
    Bring your reading glasses and some hand strength required

    Level: Beginning

    Materials fee: $15 for all hand dyed reeds, buckets,tools, hand outs and some wild vines.

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

    Instructor:  Carla Filippelli

    • 22 Jun 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 20
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    There are many aspects to achieving the best fiber harvest possible. This class is a lecture based introduction to these many aspects. From your farm planning, animal selection and husbandry, pasture and barn management, pre shearing, shearing and post shearing protocols, fiber skirting, grading and sorting you can improve the quality of your fiber and therefore improving your end product. Handouts and work sheets will be provided.

    Level: All

    Materials Fee: $0

    Registration: Members $25, Non-members $30

    Instructor: Ruth Anne Goss

    • 26 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    Participants will learn many fine points of wicker basketry. Exploring basket set ups, textural additions, and finishing techniques everyone goes home with an ample handmade heirloom basket. Using hand dyed reeds and textural accents this instructor combines discussions on dyeing methods, basketry history,and tips in a non competitive and playful day of basket weaving.

    Level: All

    Materials Fee:  $15 for all hand dyed reeds, buckets, tools and hand outs or this class

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

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    • 29 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 3875 Saint James Road Greeneville TN 37743
    • 15
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    So you have your fiber ready for processing...then what? A visit to the Two Roots Fiber Mill in Greeneville, TN will show you what is involved in getting your fiber processed. You will be given a overview of the complete step by step process and then be able to observe each step in action. Each machine will be demoed in the order your fiber is processed. Processing options will be addressed such as "Should I blend with another fiber, when in the process should I blend it and what is my end goal with the product? ". If time permits you can also enjoy a visit with the alpacas and a walk through the vineyard. Lunch will be provided.

    Level: All

    Materials Fee: $15 for handout, drinks, and dessert

    Registration: Members $25, Non-members $30

    Instructor: Ruth Anne Goss

    • 29 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 30 Jun 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 15
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    Unlock the mysteries of screen printing with simple, immediate, low-tech processes to print anything from t-shirts to fine scarves, from paper cards to fabric yardage. We will design a range of stencils to print through screens including: painting with screen filler and drawing fluid, rubbing textures with wax, cutting shelf paper, and more. Printing media will focus primarily on water-soluble textile inks, but we will also review processes to thicken dyes and color removers. Let me show you lots of techniques and tricks to take back home and keep on printing on your own!


    Level: Beginner

    Materials fee: $30

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

    Instructor: JenSwearington

    • 29 Jun 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 3875 Saint James Road Greeneville TN 37743
    • 15
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    Rounding out the class series on fiber production, processing, and marketing, Louise Nuttle, owner of Dry Creek Alpacas and co-founder of Only the Finest, a TN Alpaca Fiber Consortium, will lead a discussion about ways in which we can add to the intrinsic value and increase the marketability of our locally grown fibers.

    Level: All levels

    Materials fee: $0

    Instructor: Louise Nuttle

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60


    • 06 Jul 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 6
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    Weaving on a triangle loom is fun, creative, easy and quick. There is no elaborate planning and measuring process. Triloom weaving is an efficient way to use yarn, so you can use your stash yarn or more expensive designer, or hand-spun yarns. Triangle looms are great for weaving plaid patterns and 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 advance techniques such as twill, lace, double weaves, inlay, tartans, and other color sequences, and for the designer!

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee:  $5.00 for Instructional handouts

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Marilyn Haas-Haseman

    • 07 Jul 2019
    • 04 Aug 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 9
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    We will explore the range of color obtained by a few of the dye plants that can be grown or harvested in our region, such as weld, marigold, madder root, and black walnut. We will learn how to dye with these plants, exploring how pH, mordants and over dyeing will shift the color. We will create an elaborate sample book with wool, cotton, and silk. All mordanting will be done prior to class, but I will share the mordant processes used to create the samples.

    Level: All

    Materials fee: $20 for Dyes, fiber sample, etc

    Registration: Members $150, Non-members $180

    Instructor: Melanie Wilder

    • 13 Jul 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    You look for that special pattern to use for your handmade cloth and you just don't know what to select. This class will help you identify what looks best on you, what works with handwoven and felted fabrics and what design will show show off our handwoven fabrics. We will investigate and study some garments from past convergence shows, to identify the successful tenets of successful design. We will also participate in some practice exercises to help see garment design in a different way.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $3 for Practice exercises, projector, patterns

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Joan Berner

    • 14 Jul 2019
    • 15 Jul 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    Weaving can be small, portable and uncomplicated while remaining creative, challenging and lots of fun. Susan brings decades of weaving skills to these small loom projects that can become as large as the weaver can imagine. From tiny amulet purses to snuggly throws for your couch, there is no limit to the results of weavings done on these small looms. Textures, colors and weave structures will all be studied in this class. Whether you have no experience and would like to try weaving on a small scale as an introduction, or whether you have been weaving on a large loom for years and now have reasons for scaling down, this class will offer many types of looms and techniques for you to consider. From cardboard, to pot holders, to pin looms and bands, this class will challenge you to use your imagination and hopefully see weaving from a different angle.

    Level: All levels

    Materials fee: $20 for all looms and all yarns

    Instructor: Susan Morgan Leveille

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240


    • 20 Jul 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 15
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    Fabric,lace, velvet and buttons are used to make a collaged note cards. We will also learn to emboss velvet to use on our cards.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials fee: $3 for Blank note cards and velvet scraps.

    Instructor: Elizabeth Searle

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60


    • 02 Aug 2019
    • 03 Aug 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    Day 1: The Favorite Sketchbook

    There are sketchbooks and sketchbooks, but this particular lovely book has become my favorite and will be yours too! It opens totally flat, it can be made from easy to fine materials, and best of all, it features a textile cover and you made it! We'll be making a 6" x 6" sketchbook in class with hard covers and 120 pages of multi-media paper. Once you make this book in class, you'll know how to make larger and smaller version with whatever paper you want! You'll learn all the book making basics and then some…paper stuff, gluing, piercing, sewing, all the fabulous bits that go into making a well-made, useful and enjoyable sketchbook/journal. I will bring a tool kit for you to use and all the supplies including some wonderful pieces of fabrics to use on the covers, but you might want to keep your eye open for that special thrift store find, or check your drawers for your favorite saved textile treasures. Light to medium weight, woven cotton type fabrics work the best.

    Day 2: The Perfect Bound Journal

    The perfect binding (glued binding) is one we handle all the time in our daily lives as ordinary paperback books, yet when used in a handmade notebook it becomes extraordinary. We will make a “Perfect Little Notebook” using this quick and marvelous binding technique as well as tea staining the paper sheets (text block) for an antique look and feel, creating the cover from your favorite cotton or rayon fabric and making a closure from small buttons and ribbons.  Once we finish our small ( 5” x 3.75” ) notebook of 64 pages, information will be shared as how to create larger and different shapes for this binding at home.

    Level: All levels

    Materials fee: $55 for handouts, use of book binding kit, sketch paper, glues, waxed linen, extra fabrics, All supplies needed to make sketchbook

    Instructor: Chad Alice Hagen

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240


    • 10 Aug 2019
    • 24 Aug 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    Students will learn how to shape 4 different styles of shawl: half circle, triangle, sideways triangle and square. They will learn how to input different texture, cable or colorwork patterns into these shapes in order to design their own unique shawl.

    Level: Intermediate

    Materials fee: None

    Registration: Members $300, Non-members $360

    Instructor:  Christina Danaee 

    • 11 Aug 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    Students will learn to use Lanaset (acid) dyes to permanently color commercially woven silk cloth. Immersion (fold, clamp, resist) and surface design (mask, stencil, stamp) techniques will be sampled. Emphasis is on the process rather than a particular product, with an intuitive, nontechnical approach. Information will be shared via discussion and handouts so students may continue to work at home.

    Level: All levels

    Materials Fee:  $40 for Lanaset (acid) dyes, vinegar, sodium alginate, synthrapol, vinyl gloves. A selection of silk fabrics: 2 fat quarters very light weight, at least one fat quarter mid weight, 2 fat quarters noil, 2 scarf blanks. Handouts. Access to Neal's surface design tool/toy box (clamps, stencils, stamps, brushes, etc.)

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Neal Howard

    • 31 Aug 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 12
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