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    • 05 May 2017
    • 26 May 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave
    • 2

    Instructor: Karen Donde

    Weaving 1: Three Warps, Three Towels

    Session 1

    The best way to become comfortable warping a floor loom is frequent repetition. This in-depth introduction 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 1, students will weave a plain weave cotton towel on a 4-shaft floor loom. Subjects include loom/equipment orientation, yarn selection, calculating yarn needs, pattern drafting, warp winding, front-to-back warping, shuttle handling and bobbin winding, weaving techniques, hemstitching and wet finishing. 

    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

    All levels are welcome

    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.

    Materials fee: 10.00 which includes yarn, equipment and handouts

    • 06 May 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8

    Instructor: Melanie Wilder

    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. Each participant will leave with a nice booklet of all info covered and a flat of dye plants ready to go in the ground.

    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. She  have been teaching folks how to plan and plant a dye garden for the past 3-4 years


    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Materials fee: 15.00 for  growing guide booklet and flat of dye plants

    • 13 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave
    • 19

    In this class you will produce a fiber art piece depicting your life's desire. The goal will be to pinpoint life's desire and translate into fiber art in an effort to move toward that desire.

    Students should bring: Photos, pictures, embellishments, fabric, beloved articles, found objects, etc.

    Materials fee: 15.00, which includes Base material (Timtex) and package of thread, needle, etc.

    Denise has been a sewist since childhood, concentration on fiber art since 1992. See Denise's work at http://haywoodarts.org/denise-seay/.

    • 19 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 21 May 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave

    Instructor: Susan Stowell

    Intermediate, sewing

    In this 3 day workshop, students will learn how to measure, alter, and fit a commercial blouse or jacket pattern in preparation for working with either handwoven or retail fashion fabrics. There will be inspiring discussions on design and fabric compatibility, couture sewing techniques, and the proper tools needed for successful completion of fashion design and sewing projects.

    Materials fee: 15.00 which includes: French curve, needlepoint tracing wheel and paper.

    With a lifetime of experience in the garment sewing and fashion design industry, Susan Stowell has had a varied career which includes expert tailoring and fine-tuned fitting techniques, pattern and sample making for couture designers, vintage garment reproduction, and theatrical design and creation. Susan resides in Asheville, NC and works from her home studio where her focus is custom couture clothing design, personal/ production/ commercial sewing pattern making, design development for local design firms, and teaching couture sewing/pattern making/fitting workshops.


    • 27 May 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 the fall, 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


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

    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 Jun 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08 Jun 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 6

    Instructor: Vicki Bennet

    Description: What lies beneath? In this class learn to create felt vessels and sculptures with portals, pathways and pop-ups. Students will master techniques that lead to durable 3-dimensional felt vessels with uniform seamless walls and then, through the use of resists, create further multi-dimensional surface design. The sculptural aspects of felt making will evoke the many landscapes of nature as we add hills, cracks, crevices and multiple layers of color and texture.


    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

    Materials fee: 40.00 which includes All necessary wools, silks and fibers, resists, mats, felting soap

    • 24 Jun 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 25 Jun 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 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", a couple of sewing machines, 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.

    • 07 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave
    • 10

    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
    • 10

    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
    • 4

    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: 10.00 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
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 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.

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