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WELCOME BACK! Here are somethings you need to know:

We will be moving at the end of April. All in studio classes will be at our new Depot Street location. 

Cancellation policy:

Effective 1/1/2021

Local Cloth has temporarily suspended its cancellation policy on IN-PERSON classes. There will be no cancellation fee for any upcoming in-studio workshops due to COVID19. We want you to sign up and feel comfortable. If you need to cancel for any reason, that's ok with us. We want everyone to be safe. 

Virtual classes have a NO CANCELLATION policy. We will be recording our classes, so if you can't make it we will send you the video to view at your leisure. 


WORKSHOPS

    • 24 Jun 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 18 Nov 2021
    • (EST)
    • 6 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC




    • 24 Jun 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
    Register

    Members! Join us for coffee or tea, conversation, and quiet handiwork.  Suggestions: knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, sock darning, embroidery or any other portable project you have going lending itself to a get together. Let’s exchange ideas and chit-chat!  The Handwork Circle will now be in person at our new studio on the first Thursday of every month and on Zoom for the remaining Thursdays of the month from 1 - 3pm.

    Bring. Yourselves, a mug, and your ongoing work. Also optional: bring a piece of your finished work to show others what your interests are.

    Hosted by Susette Shiver 

    Sign up at least 2 days in advance to receive your Zoom log-in information ahead of time.



    • 25 Jun 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 2
    Register

    Have you been wanting to add some texture to your carded batts or just want to try your hand at blending together some beautiful fiber for spinning or felting? In this class we will discuss different types of batts, talk about caring for your drum carder and how to bring out the best in your color and texture combinations that will make your yarns shine! Bring a lunch and get ready for a color explosion. *there are a limited amount of drum carders to use, so if you own one bring it too

    Members: $100

    Non members: $120

    Instructor: Beth Sellars  bio 

    Materials fee: $40

    Materials provided by instructor: Drum carders to use, fibers for carding

    Materials students should bring: Any particular colors of wool top or locks that you would like to put together.

    • 26 Jun 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 0
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    ECO-PRINTING ON CELLULOSE FIBER 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. Beginner experience level Instruction on pre treatment ( mordanting cellulose fiber) will be given and explained. However, fabric used for class will be pre-mordanted ready for use. We will experiment with medium weight linen that will provide technique for 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. This will let us examine how different leaves are printing or acting as resists. 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 face masks. I like to use bleached white Kona cotton. There will be instruction on how to read your print results and adjust length of time in steamer. Also how to pre test your leaves for the amount of tannin they contain. The more tannin the better result of printing.

    Level: Beginners 

    Instructor: Denise Arcuri  bio 

    Materials fee: $30

    Non-member: $120

    Member: $100

    Materials provided by instructor: 

    Mordanted medium weight linen aprox 23”x 44”, and rayon scarf 14”x 72”, Procion dye, twine , plastic wrap, iron acetate, plastic drop cloth, white plastic basket, shrink wrap, and written instruction on what was covered in class.

    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 cotton fabric 21/2 yds or old cotten sheets. Wash cotten several times Microtex 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 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 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.




    • 27 Jun 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 9

    This workshop will teach you how to spin using different methods of plying, and we'll discuss when to use them. Spinning from a center pull ball, navajo or chain plying, cabled yarn, and singles will be discussed, in addition to the more traditional 2-ply and 3-ply. We'll also discuss how to finish your handspun, including thwacking.

    Level: Intermediate

    Members: $50

    Non members: $60

    Instructor: Judi Jetson  bio 

    Materials provided by instructor: fleece and roving

    Materials students should bring: a working spinning wheel, a niddy noddy, lazy kate, ball winder

    Materials fee: $25


    • 01 Jul 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    Register

    Members! Join us for coffee or tea, conversation, and quiet handiwork.  Suggestions: knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, sock darning, embroidery or any other portable project you have going lending itself to a get together. Let’s exchange ideas and chit-chat!  The Handwork Circle will now be in person at our new studio on the first Thursday of every month and on Zoom for the remaining Thursdays of the month from 1 - 3pm.

    Bring. Yourselves, a mug, and your ongoing work. Also optional: bring a piece of your finished work to show others what your interests are.

    Hosted by Susette Shiver 

    Sign up at least 2 days in advance to receive your Zoom log-in information ahead of time.




    • 06 Jul 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 20 Jul 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • 408 Depot St
    • 6
    Register

    Learn how to use a knitting machine in this introduction to flat bed knitting. The students will have an opportunity to do a number of simple projects on a mid-gauge knitting machine. Students will learn to cast-on, knit, bind off and do short rows on the machine. All materials will be supplied. No knitting experience needed. 

    Level: Beginner

    Materials fee: 20

    Students do not need to bring anything

     

    Registration:

    Members $200 Non-members $ 240

    Instructor:  Bio Lori Helms

    • 07 Jul 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 28 Jul 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 9
    Register

    Introduction to wet felting. Participants will learn felting basics - layout, felting, fulling, shaping where appropriate. Week 1 - flat felt or small card pouch Week 2 - small vessel Week 3 - small bag Week 4 - felt flower Students will learn basic wet felting techniques for flat and 3D pieces and have a chance to explore simple design ideas using various embellishing materials. We will use different types of wool as well. 

    Level: Beginner

    Teacher supplied materials: wool, templates, design materials, washboards, soap, basins, stuffing, sushi mats, bubble wrap

    Students should bring: towel, sponge, scissors, tape measure, pen and paper

    Materials Fee: $30

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

    Instructor: bio Vasanto

    • 08 Jul 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 6
    Register

    Join us for a fun afternoon, working on your own projects. This Lab is for Advanced Beginners and beyond. You need to bring your wool, mohair, alpaca or silk pre-soaked in vinegar, rubber gloves, plastic bins and dye to share. We use a variety of techniques and equipment - low water immersion, steaming, crockpot dyeing, etc. with consultation from an experienced leader Beth Sellars - to get the result you want. If you like, bring magazine pages or photos with images you find appealing, and we'll help you mix dye colors to match.

    Level: Advanced Beginners to Expert

    Host: Beth Sellars  bio 


    • 08 Jul 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
    Register

    Members! Join us for coffee or tea, conversation, and quiet handiwork.  Suggestions: knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, sock darning, embroidery or any other portable project you have going lending itself to a get together. Let’s exchange ideas and chit-chat!  The Handwork Circle will now be in person at our new studio on the first Thursday of every month and on Zoom for the remaining Thursdays of the month from 1 - 3pm.

    Bring. Yourselves, a mug, and your ongoing work. Also optional: bring a piece of your finished work to show others what your interests are.

    Hosted by Susette Shiver 

    Sign up at least 2 days in advance to receive your Zoom log-in information ahead of time.



    • 09 Jul 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 5
    Register

    In this class, students will learn to create unique patterns on fabric using clay resist and natural indigo dye. Learn how to mix your own natural clay paste to create beautiful resist patterns when dyeing in a natural indigo vat. You can screen print and paint with clay paste on natural fibers. The clay paste repels the indigo dye, leaving you with one-of-a-kind designs. We will also cover dyeing in natural indigo, vat care, upkeep, and maintenance. You will dye two cotton napkins and any natural fiber items you want to dye at home. You will also learn the basics of mixing and maintaining a natural indigo dye bath.

    Members: $100

    Non members: $120

    Instructor: Kristin Artz  bio 

    Materials fee: $20

    Materials provided by instructor: Clay paste, indigo dye, stamps, screens, paint brushes 

    What to bring: Students are welcome to bring in their own mark-making materials, such as favorite stamps, stencils, exposed screens, blocks, etc., as well as their own small natural fiber items from home to dye. Items brought from home should be pre-washed and scoured. Cotton yardage and mark-making materials will also be provided by the instructor.

    • 10 Jul 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 5
    Register

    Using your stash yarns, learn how to weave a triangle scarf using one yarn strand at a time, using the basket weave. Unlike continuous strand weaving where you weave one continuous yarn and the pattern is balanced on each side, Cut Strand weaving is different. The technique of weaving over and under is the same, however you use one strand of yarn for each row. This is a great way to use up your leftover yarn. You can mix and match your yarns for a colorful, incredibly unique triangle scarf. There still is no elaborate planning or warping yarns. You weave as you go. The process is simple to learn and is enjoyable for adults and children of any age. Basic continuous weaving experience is helpful, but not necessary.

    Level: Intermediate

    Instructor: Marilyn Haas-Haseman  bio 

    Materials fee: $5

    Member cost: $100    Nonmember cost: $120

    Students should bring: 

    If you have your own loom please bring it and email me to know how many precut strands you will need for your loom. If the loom is 3 foot then follow directions below about cutting strands.

    • Precut yarns to 48 inches each. You can introduce accent yarns (mohair, fuzzy, lace, or cotton sock weight yarns) or have 2 coordinating colors. Cut 208 strands. Please do not tangle them. Can drape over a hanger or other object to easily pull yarn one at a time to weave. (For example you can hang 104 color on one hanger and 108 on another hanger).

    • Please bring a crochet or weaving hook- preferably 5.25 mm/6-inch size or larger and one small one to crochet at edges., scissors , a Hair Pic and a blunt needle (like used in darning)

    • Wear comfortable shoes (you will initially be standing as you weave and then later sitting).

    • Bring a lunch, drink, and snack.

    • 11 Jul 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 4
    Register

    Making a pattern from your favorite knit top or tunic. It’s your favorite knit top and you'd love to have it in different colors and prints. You know it fits you. Maybe you just want it a little longer or shorter. Choose a garment that has no more than five pattern pieces. Front , back , sleeve and maybe cuff and neck band. This class is focused on the techniques and steps to copying your favorite knit top or tunic. Students will have a finished pattern at end of class. There is no sewing construction in this class. Information on different types of knits and suggestions for what types would work well for each students pattern will be covered in class. Please send Denise (deniseacuri@msn.com)a picture of the top you want to copy before the class.

    Level: Beginners 

    Instructor: Denise Acuri  bio 

    Materials fee: $5

    Materials provided by instructor:  brown paper

    Participants should bring: Garment knit top or tunic you would like to copy French curve (wawak.com described as 4 in 1 styling design ruler). Can also be bought at Joanns Thin clear straight edged ruler ( wawak.com described as westcott 2”x 18” beveled plastic ruler). Can also be bought at Joanns dritz Needlepoint tracing wheel can be obtained at Wawak.com Straight pins A dozen sharpened pencils White eraser Tape measure


    • 15 Jul 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
    Register

    Members! Join us for coffee or tea, conversation, and quiet handiwork.  Suggestions: knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, sock darning, embroidery or any other portable project you have going lending itself to a get together. Let’s exchange ideas and chit-chat!  The Handwork Circle will now be in person at our new studio on the first Thursday of every month and on Zoom for the remaining Thursdays of the month from 1 - 3pm.

    Bring. Yourselves, a mug, and your ongoing work. Also optional: bring a piece of your finished work to show others what your interests are.

    Hosted by Susette Shiver 

    Sign up at least 2 days in advance to receive your Zoom log-in information ahead of time.



    • 17 Jul 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 1
    Register

    Experience the centuries old process of floating paint on a thick gel. Draw designs, lay paper on it and voila, the design is frozen!! You learn many historic patterns found in old books and Bibles. By the end of the day, you will have acquired the skills to repeat and create a scarf, bandanna, or cotton fabric for your own accessory, quilt fabric, or stretched fabric art work.

    Level: Beginners 

    Instructor: Pam Granger Gale  bio 

    Materials fee: $30

    Materials provided by instructor: size, trays, paints, tools, paper, silk, cotton

    Participants should bring any papers they would like to try. 


    • 18 Jul 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 6
    Register

    This is a class for people who are interested in learning how to use plants to dye all kinds of natural fibers. We will use plants that you probably have in your garden or can easily find in the wild. You will learn the essential information about how to prepare your fiber using mordants to get the most vibrant, long lasting color. You can choose to work with cellulose fibers (cotton or linen) or protein fiber (wool or silk) or both. Instructor will supply plant material and you are also welcome to bring botanicals to experiment with. In this one day class we will be focusing on the most ubiquitous color we can get from nature which is yellow with shades of orange and green. You will learn how to get more than one shade form the same plant using modifiers and changes in pH. This class will give you a solid grounding in the art and chemistry of natural dyeing and send you on you journey to the rainbow of colors you can coax from botanicals.


    Level: Beginners 

    Members: $100

    Non members: $120

    Instructor: Joyce Tromba  bio 

    Materials fee: $10

    Materials provided by instructor: Plants, mordants, modifiers, handout detailing easy to obtain dye plants and instructions for fiber preparation and dyeing

    Materials students should bring: Dye plants (optional), fabric: either cotton or linen for cellulose fiber and wool or silk for protein fiber. You can bring small samples of fiber (1/4 yard or small skeins) or more finished items like napkins, scarves, etc. We won't be able to dye large items such as clothing. Please contact instructor if you have questions about what to bring.



    • 22 Jul 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
    Register

    Members! Join us for coffee or tea, conversation, and quiet handiwork.  Suggestions: knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, sock darning, embroidery or any other portable project you have going lending itself to a get together. Let’s exchange ideas and chit-chat!  The Handwork Circle will now be in person at our new studio on the first Thursday of every month and on Zoom for the remaining Thursdays of the month from 1 - 3pm.

    Bring. Yourselves, a mug, and your ongoing work. Also optional: bring a piece of your finished work to show others what your interests are.

    Hosted by Susette Shiver 

    Sign up at least 2 days in advance to receive your Zoom log-in information ahead of time.



    • 24 Jul 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 7
    Register

    Introductory course for people curious about leather work. The class will cover leather types, sourcing, cutting, finishing, beveling/burnishing edges and basic assembly with rivets and Chicago screws. Student will gain an understanding of how to make a variety of strap leather accessories - belts, pet collars/leashes, keychains and more.

    Level: Beginners 

    Members: $100

    Non members: $120

    Instructor: Rachel Stone  bio 

    Materials fee: $20 for full kit

    Materials provided by instructor: All materials supplied by instructor - naked vegetable tanned leather (Wickett & Craig 8-10oz. tooling), buckle (hand made stainless steel or brass), gum tragacanth, finishing wax, wool for buffing, rivets and/or Chicago screws. Instructor's tools will be available for use in class. Students may also bring their own buckle, leather and/or assembly hardware. Hand stitching will not be covered in his class.

    Materials students should bring: Nothing required. If students bring their own supplies, the material fee can be adjusted/waived.


    • 25 Jul 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC
    Register

    This month we will be using fresh indigo to get a range of blue and green colors on silk. In addition to indican, the indigo and indirubin precursor, Japanese indigo contains kaempferol, a yellow dye also known as indigo yellow. Bring your freshly harvested Japanese indigo leaves and a few pieces of silk to explore blues, greens, and yellows that you can get from fresh indigo leaves with a simple blender method using one bath, with temperature changes but without adding chemicals to the bath.

    If you haven't joined the us for the study group we pick one topic each month which is led by one of the natural dyer's in our group. This is not a class and does assume a basic familiarity with natural dyeing. We do recommend that you have taken a class or done some research so you can  have a  satisfactory experience.


    What to Bring: 4 pieces of scoured silk for 4 colors. Mordant the silk for 3 of the colors, leave one unmordanted. Weigh your fiber and bring fresh leaves at least 5x the total weight. The silk can be in any form—fiber, yarn, ribbon, hankies, scarves, or a cloth or two partially mordanted with resists to go in all of the baths. These techniques have not been tested on Indigofera suffruticosa; of course you may bring them to try, but be aware that I have found no mention of the presence of yellow in any documentation.

    Hosted by Eileen Hallman

    Social distancing and mask wearing will be observed.  

    • 29 Jul 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
    Register

    Members! Join us for coffee or tea, conversation, and quiet handiwork.  Suggestions: knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, sock darning, embroidery or any other portable project you have going lending itself to a get together. Let’s exchange ideas and chit-chat!  The Handwork Circle will now be in person at our new studio on the first Thursday of every month and on Zoom for the remaining Thursdays of the month from 1 - 3pm.

    Bring. Yourselves, a mug, and your ongoing work. Also optional: bring a piece of your finished work to show others what your interests are.

    Hosted by Susette Shiver 

    Sign up at least 2 days in advance to receive your Zoom log-in information ahead of time.



    • 31 Jul 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 01 Aug 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
    • 7
    Register

    We'll cover everything you need to know about dyeing plant fibers - cotton, linen, tencel, rayon, hemp and silk - using fiber reactive dyes. These dyes are readily available and can be purchased online from ProChem, Jacquard or Dharma, or locally from EarthGuild in Asheville. Or you can pay the materials fee and the instructor will mail them to you. We'll begin by soaking your pre-washed fabric, garments or yarn in a soda ash mixture and mixing your dyes with hot water and urea. You'll learn ways to fold, tie or clamp your fabric and then squirt or pour dye onto your materials, or simply place them in a pot. You will leave everything to soak for 24 hours, and on Day 2 we'll cover how to rinse, wash and set your newly-dyed fabric.

    For virtual class, participants supply all equipment, and may purchase dye from instructor, will need to be shipped 5 days before class begins.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $15

    Students should bring: Pre-washed fabric or yarn, a bucket for soaking, saran wrap, clamps, string, rubber bands, plastic bags, gloves, apron.

    Note: students who take this class in person only need to bring their fabric or yarn; all other supplies are available in the Local Cloth studio.

    Registration: Members $35, Non-members $45

    Instructor: Judi Jetson


    • 02 Aug 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 03 Aug 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
    • 8
    Register

    Acid dyes may sound scary to beginners, who imagine that the dyes themselves are caustic strong acids. In fact, the dyes are non-caustic, are sometimes non-toxic, and are named for the mild acid (such as vinegar) used in the dyeing process, and for the types of bonds they form to the fiber. Acid dyes are used to dye animal or protein fibers such as wool, mohair, alpaca, cashmere and silk. ProChem, Jacquard and Dharma are common companies that sell these dyes, which are also sold at EarthGuild in downtown Asheville. We will prepare our fiber - which can be cloth, fleece, roving or yarn - by soaking in a vinegar bath, prepare the dye by dissolving powder in hot water, apply dye to the fiber and then let the magic happen. We will use a variety of application techniques including immersion dyeing, painting, and dip dyeing. After the fiber has steamed for at least 45 minutes, it will be allowed to cool gradually. During Day 2 of the class we will unwrap and unveil our dyed samples and admire the results, sharing successes and imagining how things might turn out differently on the next try.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $15

    Materials provided by instructor: citric acid and 3 colors of dye

    Note - students signing up to take the class in person only need to bring their fiber - all other supplies are available in the Local Cloth studio. for shipping materials - student must sign up at least 5 days in advance. 

    Registration: Members $35, Non-members $45

    Students should bring: wool cloth, fleece, roving or yarn to dye, thick plastic for covering table top, gloves, apron, saran wrap, stainless steel pot (not for food), stainless steel steamer, crockpot, measuring spoons, stir sticks, empty yogurt cups (or something similar) for mixing dyes. 

    Instructor: Judi Jetson


    • 05 Aug 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 6
    Register

    Throw pillows are easy to make and a great way to add color and comfort to any room. Learn how to re-cover or make a new cover for any sized pillow. We will explore envelope style techniques, flange edges, trim and/or tassels. Students bring their own supplies.

    Level: Beginners 

    Members: $50

    Non members: $60

    Instructor: Rachel Stone  bio 

    Materials provided by instructor: None

    Materials students should bring: Students will need to bring their sewing machine, pillow insert (usually available in fiberfill, down, wool or buckwheat), fabric, "sew-all" thread, appropriate machine needle (different fabrics require different sizes and types of needles), bobbin(s), sharp scissors/cutting shears, thread clippers (optional), trim (optional), straight pins, measuring tape, pen/pencil, paper to write measurements on and extension cord. Yardage/trim requirements will depend on pillow size and cover type. Most supplies can be purchased locally at Asheville Cotton Co. or Joanne Fabrics and Crafts. If you have questions, please contact Rachel at lori4rachel@gmail.com.

    If you have questions, please contact Rachel at lori4rachel@gmail.com.



    • 05 Aug 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    Register

    Members! Join us for coffee or tea, conversation, and quiet handiwork.  Suggestions: knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, sock darning, embroidery or any other portable project you have going lending itself to a get together. Let’s exchange ideas and chit-chat!  The Handwork Circle will now be in person at our new studio on the first Thursday of every month and on Zoom for the remaining Thursdays of the month from 1 - 3pm.

    Bring. Yourselves, a mug, and your ongoing work. Also optional: bring a piece of your finished work to show others what your interests are.

    Hosted by Susette Shiver 

    Sign up at least 2 days in advance to receive your Zoom log-in information ahead of time.




    • 07 Aug 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 08 Aug 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
    • 8
    Register

    Learn to use mordants with natural dyes to create patterns on cloth. We will use a variety of mordants and modifiers both in the preparation of our cloth and in direct printing on cloth to make pattern and design. We will then further color the cloths using natural dyes. We will use a combination of simple silk screen, block printing and painting; the possibilities are endless. On day one we will do all our fiber prep, make the mediums for printing, prepare our dye baths and do some practice printing. On day two we continue experimenting and choose a technique to make some finished works.

    Level: Intermediate

    Material Fee: $5

    Instructor supplied materials: Linked list

    Student should have: Paper for covers and pages, plant material. A detailed list will be linked

    Members: $200

    Non Members: $240

    Instructor: bio Joyce Tromba

    • 12 Aug 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
    Register

    Members! Join us for coffee or tea, conversation, and quiet handiwork.  Suggestions: knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, sock darning, embroidery or any other portable project you have going lending itself to a get together. Let’s exchange ideas and chit-chat!  The Handwork Circle will now be in person at our new studio on the first Thursday of every month and on Zoom for the remaining Thursdays of the month from 1 - 3pm.

    Bring. Yourselves, a mug, and your ongoing work. Also optional: bring a piece of your finished work to show others what your interests are.

    Hosted by Susette Shiver 

    Sign up at least 2 days in advance to receive your Zoom log-in information ahead of time.



    • 12 Aug 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 6
    Register

    Join us for a fun afternoon, working on your own projects. This Lab is for Advanced Beginners and beyond. You need to bring your wool, mohair, alpaca or silk pre-soaked in vinegar, rubber gloves, plastic bins and dye to share. We use a variety of techniques and equipment - low water immersion, steaming, crockpot dyeing, etc. with consultation from an experienced leader Beth Sellars - to get the result you want. If you like, bring magazine pages or photos with images you find appealing, and we'll help you mix dye colors to match.

    Level: Advanced Beginners to Expert

    Host: Beth Sellars  bio 


    • 14 Aug 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 5
    Register

    Experience the centuries old process of floating paint on a thick gel. Draw designs, lay paper on it and voila, the design is frozen!! You learn many historic patterns found in old books and Bibles. By the end of the day, you will have acquired the skills to repeat and create a scarf, bandanna, or cotton fabric for your own accessory, quilt fabric, or stretched fabric art work.

    Level: Beginners 

    Instructor: Pam Granger Gale  bio 

    Materials fee: $30

    Materials provided by instructor: size, trays, paints, tools, paper, silk, cotton

    Participants should bring any papers they would like to try. 


    • 15 Aug 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 4
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    ECO-PRINTING ON CELLULOSE FIBER 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. Beginner experience level Instruction on pre treatment ( mordanting cellulose fiber) will be given and explained. However, fabric used for class will be pre-mordanted ready for use. We will experiment with medium weight linen that will provide technique for 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. This will let us examine how different leaves are printing or acting as resists. 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 face masks. I like to use bleached white Kona cotton. There will be instruction on how to read your print results and adjust length of time in steamer. Also how to pre test your leaves for the amount of tannin they contain. The more tannin the better result of printing.

    Level: Beginners 

    Instructor: Denise Arcuri  bio 

    Materials fee: $30

    Non-member: $120

    Member: $100

    Materials provided by instructor: 

    Mordanted medium weight linen aprox 23”x 44”, and rayon scarf 14”x 72”, Procion dye, twine , plastic wrap, iron acetate, plastic drop cloth, white plastic basket, shrink wrap, and written instruction on what was covered in class.

    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 cotton fabric 21/2 yds or old cotten sheets. Wash cotten several times Microtex 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 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 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.




    • 18 Aug 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 19 Aug 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 5
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    This class is for the beginning weaver or anyone who wants to explore weaving. Looms will be pre-warped in a variety of patterns and colors. Students will learn about the parts of a loom, explore color interaction and learn how to read and follow pattern drafts. The Round Robin class construct allows students to leave class with up to 7 hand towels in different patterns and colors.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials fee: $25

    Instructor provided materials: Warp, spare bobbins, misc weft materials, handouts, graph paper, bobbin winder, shuttles.

    Student should bring: Students should bring notebook, pencil, scissors. Please bring your lunch and something to drink throughout the day. Students are welcome to bring their own bobbins, shuttles and weft materials if they have them. Weft materials should be 8/2 cotton in any color(s). Materials may be purchased through TheWoolery.com, Webs yarn (www.yarn.com), Yarn Barn of Kansas (www.yarnbarn-ks.com) The instructor will have spare bobbins, shuttles and weft yarns to use as well.

    Members: $ 200

    Non Members: $ 240

    Instructor: bio Judith Henry

    • 19 Aug 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Local Cloth via Zoom
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    Members! Join us for coffee or tea, conversation, and quiet handiwork.  Suggestions: knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, sock darning, embroidery or any other portable project you have going lending itself to a get together. Let’s exchange ideas and chit-chat!  The Handwork Circle will now be in person at our new studio on the first Thursday of every month and on Zoom for the remaining Thursdays of the month from 1 - 3pm.

    Bring. Yourselves, a mug, and your ongoing work. Also optional: bring a piece of your finished work to show others what your interests are.

    Hosted by Susette Shiver 

    Sign up at least 2 days in advance to receive your Zoom log-in information ahead of time.



    • 21 Aug 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
    • 5
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