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    • 02 Jun 2017
    • 30 Jun 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave
    • 1

    Instructor: Karen Donde

    Session 2

    The best way to become comfortable warping a floor loom is frequent repetition. This in-depth intro to weaving guides students through planning, warping and weaving three towels on three separate short warps, while learning about choosing fibers and colors, how looms and weaving equipment work, efficient warping, proper weaving technique and wet-finishing handwoven textiles. 

    In session 2, students will weave a striped, straight-twill cotton towel on a 4-shaft floor loom. Subjects include a review of yarn selection, yarn calculations, front-to-back warping and wet finishing. New information includes how twill works and differs from plain weave, winding a warp with stripes and weaving/stitching a hem. We’ll also fine-tune weaving techniques, including minimizing draw-in and beating consistently.

    Note: For beginners, Karen recommends taking all three sessions in succession. However, it is possible to take only one or two of the three-class sessions, with appropriate experience. Please contact Karen to discuss options. Karendonde@gmail.com

    Materials fee: 10.00 which includes all material, yarn and handouts

    Karen Donde has been weaving 18 years and teaching beginners in Asheville since 2009. She also teaches advanced classes and workshops for guilds and conferences around the U.S., and writes about weaving and textiles for local and national publications.

    • 07 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave
    • 4

    Instructor: Judy Levine

    Learn the joys and basics of wet felting.  We will design and create some small projects that will get you started on your felting journey.  You will be able to take this knowledge home and continue the exploration.

    We will make samples that you can use in your home or just keep as reference.  Felt can act as a glue for other fibers and we will play with these embellishments to give you a real sense of the possibilities.  With felt you can create items for the home as well as wearables.

    Experience the magic of turning fiber into felt using nothing more than soapy water and elbow grease.


    Felting class, beginner level

    Materials fee: 5.00 which includes silk, felt, yarns and soap

    Judy has been been felting and weaving for over 15 years, prior to that she was theDesign Director at Springs Global (a textile company). You can see her beautiful work at Van Dyke Gallery (http://vandykejewelry.com/judy-levine/) and at  her website: http://aboutcolor.net

    • 09 Jul 2017
    • 23 Jul 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • 201 Coxe Ave
    • 4

    In this series of three classes you will learn a bit of chemistry behind the magic of the indigo dye pot and learn four different methods of getting color from indigo: the chemical vat, fructose and henna vats and the fresh ice water bath. Each class will go over the essential components and the challenges and advantages of each method. We will dye on a variety of substrates in each class. At the end of the series you will have an excellent grounding in indigo dyeing and have several options to call upon for using this amazing dye.

    Session1:  The chemistry of indigo: An overview of reduction and oxidation, pH: what it means, how to measure and regulate. Soluble vs insoluble and the chemical composition of different substrates. We will then make up a vat using -urea dioxide as our reducing agent. We will dye samples of wool, silk and cotton. Instructor: Joyce Tromba

    Session 2 Fresh indigo is not your grandma’s reduction vat; anyone whose mother will allow them to use a blender can do this. It requires no chemicals for turquoise, and only soda ash and rubbing alcohol for pink/lavender. It is not a vat at all, and for turquoise we will use only ice water and a blender. We will use freshly picked Japanese indigo leaves to dye silk. This dye bath does not work on cotton, but we will do a variation of leaf pounding on cotton. Instructor: Eileen Hallman

    Session 3 We will go over the process and materials needed to start and maintain the organic indigo vat. We will sample with a few different types of resist techniques and dye our cotton fabrics in a vat. Instructor: Melanie Wilder

    Materials fee: 15.00 for the series, which includes indigo, other reagents, samples of wool, silk and cotton, handouts and cards to keep track of your samples.



    • 15 Jul 2017
    • 29 Jul 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave
    • 3

    Instructor: Karen Donde

    Session 3

    The best way to become comfortable warping a floor loom is frequent repetition. This in-depth intro to weaving guides students through planning, warping and weaving three towels on three separate short warps while learning about choosing fibers and colors, how looms and equipment work, efficient warping tips, proper weaving technique and wet-finishing handwoven textiles.  

    In session 3, students will review all planning, warping & weaving techniques while weaving a cotton towel they have designed with twill and color variations. New material includes drafting, threading and weaving reverse or point twills, working with finer yarns and principles and technical aspects of designing a woven textile. 

    Note: For beginners, Karen recommends taking all three sessions in succession. However, it is possible to take only one or two of the three-class sessions, with appropriate experience. Please contact Karen to discuss options. Karendonde@gmail.com

    Materials fee: 12.00 which covers yarn, equipment and handouts

    Karen Donde has been weaving 18 years and teaching beginners in Asheville since 2009. She also teaches advanced classes and workshops for guilds and conferences around the U.S., and writes about weaving and textiles for local and national publications.

    • 05 Aug 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave

    Instructor: Jessica Kaufman

    Beginning felting

    Using a very, very simple and affordable tool (the barbed needle), learn how to turn natural scoured sheep’s wool into felt without water or soap. That’s right, it’s the magic of felted wool that you can pack up and bring with you easily. Use needle felting techniques to embellish other wool fabrics like shirts, jackets, and packs, or to patch those fabrics. Needle felting is great for creating natural toys for children, or creatures to decorate your space with.

    Materials fee: 8.00 which includes: Foam blocks, felting needles, some roving

    Jessica has her Masters degree in Crafts Education, and has been leading hands-on programming at schools, summer camps, and workshops for 15 years. While teaching traditional and contemporary crafts skills is her main focus, she opened a batik and tie-dye focused small business in 2016 called Waxon Studio in Asheville.

    • 06 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    Instructor: Vicki Bennet

    Level: Beginner

    Description: Learn to use leaves, flowers and other botanicals to create unique prints on cloth. This class was sold out in May, so we are very excited that Vikki is coming back to share her expertise and unique methods that result in beautiful, clear prints.

    Members: 100.00

    Non members: 120.00


    • 19 Aug 2017
    • 20 Aug 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave
    • 10

    Instructor: Melanie Wilder
    Dyeing, all levels

    This class will explore the colors obtained from locally grown and harvested natural dyes. Day 1 will be spent busily making all the dye samples. We will use a variety of fibers with various mordants and locally grown natural dyes. With this collection of colors, we will spend day 2 creating a fabric "map" which will act as a sample book from the class. Each book will be a piece of art reflective of the individual's unique personal style.

    Materials fee: 20.00 which includes  the dyes, materials to be dyed, fabric for "maps", sewing thread, other various materials to be used to construct book.

    Melanie has lived in the mountains of WNC since 1998, originally coming here to study sustainable agriculture. She later found studied weaving at Haywood Community College and now enjoys watching these 2 worlds collide. She has spent the past 5 years immersed in learning to grow different plant dyes and fibers. Melanie has dedicated the past 20 years to learning and teaching, working with herbalists, a couture sewing business, and teaching the fiber skills she so loves to people of all ages. She is most interested in how process crosses into our daily living and how these choices can help shape our footprint on the future.

    • 26 Aug 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave

    Instructor: Eileen Hallman

    Spinning, all levels

    Learn to spin cotton the easy way, on the spinning wheel developed for Gandhi.

    Members: $50.00

    Non members: $65.00

    Materials fee: $10.00, which includes Charkhas, cotton, handout

    Eileen has been obsessed with cotton for over 30 years. She spins on the charkha, weaves with her handspun singles, and dyes cotton with natural dyes. She is the owner of New World Textiles, LLC.She has been teaching charkha classes for 20 years, at SAFF, the Folk School, weavers' conferences and guilds.

    • 09 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave

    Instructor: Denise Seay

    This class  will cover the basics of hand quilting. A small piece will be produced using templates and rotary cutting, hand piecing, hand applique and hand quilting.

    Denise has been a sewer since childhood with a concentration on fiber arts and quilting since 1992, she also has 15 years' experience training in corporate environment.

    There is a materials fee of 15.00 that includes: Package of needles, thread, batting, templates, etc.

    • 23 Sep 2017
    • 24 Sep 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8

    Instructor: Karen Donde


    Twills provide a rich palette of pattern possibilities. Students will be introduced to a variety of twill patterns, weave samples of each and then weave a table runner of their own design in a modified round-robin format. This is a follow-up to Weaving 1 for novice or intermediate weavers who can warp a loom independently. Each student will bring a loom warped according to instructions and drafts provided by instructor prior to workshop. Day 1 will be spent weaving samples on all looms. On Day 2, participants will design and weave a runner on their own warps. Instructor's studio looms will be available for rental on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact her directly (karendonde@gmail.com) to reserve one and arrange a time to warp it.

    Weaving class, beginner - novice level 

    Materials fee: $8 which includes drafts & instructions provided in advance 

    Karen Donde has been weaving for 18 years and teaching beginners in Asheville since 2009. She also teaches advanced classes and workshops for guilds and conferences around the U.S., and writes about weaving and textiles for local and national publications.

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

    • 04 Nov 2017
    • 05 Nov 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8

    Instructor: Karen Donde


    Participants will be introduced to three different methods for weaving lacy, open fabrics in this modified round-robin workshop. Huck lace, Swedish lace and Atwater-Bronson Lace are all loom controlled laces with carefully planned floats on a tabby structure. One third of participants will thread each type of lace, and each participant will have a different threading. This is a follow-up to Weaving 1 for novice or intermediate weavers who can warp a loom independently. Day 1 will be spent weaving samples on all looms. On Day 2, participants will design and weave a runner on their own warps. Each student will bring a loom warped according to instructions and drafts provided by instructor prior to workshop. Instructor's studio looms will be available for rental on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact her directly (karendonde@gmail.com) to reserve one and arrange a time to warp it.

    Weaving class, beginner - novice level 

    Materials fee: $8 which includes drafts & instructions provided in advance 

    Karen Donde has been weaving for 18 years and teaching beginners in Asheville since 2009. She also teaches advanced classes and workshops for guilds and conferences around the U.S., and writes about weaving and textiles for local and national publications.

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

    • 02 Dec 2017
    • 03 Dec 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8

    Instructor: Karen Donde


    Overshot is a classic weave, used traditionally for coverlets. This workshop will introduce theory and design, allowing participants to weave samples of several patterns in a modified round-robin format. Then they will design and weave a table runner on their own warps. This is a follow-up to Weaving 1 for novice or intermediate weavers who can warp a loom independently. Each student will bring a loom warped according to instructions and drafts provided by instructor prior to workshop. Instructor's studio looms will be available for rental on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact her directly (karendonde@gmail.com) to reserve one and arrange a time to warp it.

    Weaving class, beginner - novice level 

    Materials fee: $8 which includes drafts & instructions provided in advance 

    Karen Donde has been weaving for 18 years and teaching beginners in Asheville since 2009. She also teaches advanced classes and workshops for guilds and conferences around the U.S., and writes about weaving and textiles for local and national publications.

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

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