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    • 22 Feb 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11, Asheville, NC
    • 3
    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 - Judi Jetson and/or 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


    • 23 Feb 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    Register

    All things indigo!

    From growing to processing to dyeing techniques--if it has to do with indigo, we will study it.

    In the first quarter of 2020 we will explore painting with indigo. Two helpful references are John Marshall’s books Singing the Blues and Salvation through Soy.

    Bring your cloth and paintbrushes. We will treat fabrics with soymilk and make indigo paint together.

    The Indigo Forum can be found here. Consider subscribing to it and posting your questions, answers, work, etc.

    • 28 Feb 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
    Register

    Students will learn felting basics by making a beret or cloche with a roll up or flared brim.

    Level: All Levels

    Materials Fee: $25

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: bio Vansanto

    • 02 Mar 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 7
    Register

    Experience the bliss of working with two colors at once (one in each hand) to create deceptively intricate-looking patterns. Skills taught include reading (and writing your own!) charts for stranded knitting; working corrugated ribbing for the mitten cuff; how to create thumb gussets; decreasing in pattern; and how to incorporate letters and numbers into your designs. Stranded knitting techniques from a variety of cultures, like Fair Isle, Swedish Bohus, and indigenous Russian designs will be discussed. Prerequisite skills: students should have experience knitting in the round (either on DPNs or magic loop method). 

    Level: Intermediate 

    Materials Fee: $0

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: bio Jess Kaufman

    • 04 Mar 2020
    • 26 Mar 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 7
    Register

    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 to learn how that varies as well.

    Week 1 - flat felt or small card pouch

    Week 2 - small vessel

    Week 3 - small bag

    Week 4 - felt flower

    Level: All Levels

    Materials Fee: $45

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

    Instructor: bio Vasanto

    • 07 Mar 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
    Register

    Take your crochet to the next level. Isn't it time you finally felt confident in crochet? So many fiber artists seem to know just a little. This class is a perfect place to brush up, and gain a thorough overview of this elegant and mathematical fiber art. In a loosely structured, friendly workshop, we will review the single, double, triple, stitches, etc.... How to read patterns, and the three basic crochet structures: rows, rounds and spirals.

    Students with some experience will be able to work on one project, a hat, lace, edging, scarf, blanket or bag. If you come as a beginner, you will be able to create a belt or simple scarf. Bring your own materials and projects you want to work on. We will have yarn and tools for anyone who needs them.

    Level: All Levels

    Materials Fee: $0

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: bio Peace Weaver

    • 08 Mar 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 5
    Register

    Come in from the cold and spend the afternoon working on some spring lambs just for ewe! In this class you will learn how to needle felt lambs using basic shapes and how to make a figure without having to use a wire armature. We will work on some basic needle felting techniques that can get you started on your own felting journey or increase your current needle felting skills (and maybe some shortcuts that you haven't thought of). You should be able to complete a full size lamb as well as a small lamb depending on your skill level.

    Level: All Levels

    Materials Fee: $20

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: bio Beth Sellers

    • 14 Mar 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 15 Mar 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 9
    Register

    Why not add a touch bling to your fiber art pieces? In this class, we’ll make several felted items then stitch on LEDs using conductive yarn. We'll hack a tea light and learn a basic circuit that can be used in a myriad of ways. You’ll get an overview of the new world of e-textiles on a craft level and some of the materials available in this rapidly evolving technology. No programing or engineering degrees required or excluded.

    Level: All Levels

    Materials Fee: $30

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

    Instructor: bio Geri Forkner

    • 16 Mar 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 7
    Register

    Get cozy and comfortable with the purl stitch! After half a day together, you will be well versed in how to execute both knits and purls, be able to tell the difference between them in your knitting (i.e., how to "read" your knitting to know which stitches are which, and which should come next), and have mastered several different methods of ribbing, seed stitch, basket weave, all over textured patterns, and how to read a chart. Students will create a well- labeled sampler to serve as a reminder at home of all the ways knits and purls can be combined to create fabric characteristics. Prerequisite skills: Students should feel comfortable with the knit stitch. Materials needed: 1 ball of bulky yarn and US 10 needles; or 1 ball of worsted weight yarn and US 7 needles.

    Level: Intermediate

    Materials Fee: $0

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: bio Jess Kaufmann

    • 16 Mar 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
    Register

    Felted soaps are the perfect gift: long lasting, beautiful, all natural, and handmade with love (by you!). In this class, you will learn the principles behind turning loose combed roving into thick, solid felt. You’ll also learn the difference between various breeds of sheep’s wool, plus how to prepare and design woolen batts for making several felted soaps. You bring the bars of soap that please you most—but no glycerin based (clear) soaps. They just don’t work as well with the wooly fibers! Dress to get sudsy: short sleeved tops and comfy shoes for standing, as we’ll be doing all the felting by hand. Bring a plastic shopping bag to put your finished soaps in, as they will be damp. We will have time to finish one soap for sure, two soaps probably, and if you’d like to prep the third bar to take home with you for some real home-made fun, that’s fine, too.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $10

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: bio Jess Kaufmann

    • 20 Mar 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 6
    Register

    Shibori is the simple yet sophisticated Japanese ancestor of tie-dyeing, and silk is the most beautiful and efficient fabric for this fascinating technique. We will use straight-forward, immediate hands-on methods of clamping, tying, stitching, and wrapping resists on silk fabrics, then immerse them in vibrant fiber-reactive and acid dye baths to layer rich colors and gorgeous patterns. Students may bring blank silk fabric, scarves, and apparel pieces to dye and finish in this fun and fast-paced workshop.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $10

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: bio Jen Swearington

    • 21 Mar 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 14
    Register

    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


    • 24 Mar 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11, Asheville, NC
    • 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 - Judi Jetson and/or 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


    • 29 Mar 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11
    • 11
    Register


    Mordant Day

    We will spend this session mordanting all our fiber for the rest of the year. If you are an experienced natural dyer please come along and help out with this necessary task. If you are new to natural dyeing you will learn all about a very important step in natural dyeing and find out how much to use and what mordant is best for different fibers.

    While we are waiting for the fiber to mordant we will also dye some samples for our May meeting: Getting Green.

    What to bring: notebook, apron, some handwork to work on during down time, any show and tell, as well as any books, magazines, websites, podcasts, events you have come across to share with the group.


    Looking forward to seeing you.

    Joyce


    Information for new members of the Natural Dye Study Group

    • 30 Mar 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
    Register

    Learn this very simple, enchanting, and soothing embroidery style! Choose which of five traditional Japanese patterns you’d like to embroider. Your class comes with everything you need— sashiko thread, the correct size needle, and the sampler of your choice in a beautiful indigo dyed 100% cotton from Japan.

    NOTE: You won’t finish your sampler in class, which is great— sashiko is excellent for car rides, classes & lectures, TV show watching, sitting in front of the woodstove while a friend knits— and you’ll get plenty of carefree minutes out of this first project!

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $10

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: bio Jess Kaufmann

    • 01 Apr 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 14
    Register

    With the ecological challenges our world is facing, now more than ever, mushrooms are a vital and relevant queendom to understand, cultivate, and forage. Mushrooms are a great alternative to cellulose-based paper. Using polypore mushrooms and DIY paper making techniques participants will make their own mycopaper in addition to learning how to find, and ethically forage, for paper-friendly mushrooms.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $20

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: bio Nica Rabinowitz

    • 01 Apr 2020
    • 15 Apr 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 5
    Register
    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

    • 03 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
    Register
    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

    Instructor: bio Carla Fillipelli

    • 04 Apr 2020
    • 05 Apr 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11, Asheville NC
    • 0



    • 07 Apr 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 19
    Register

    Learn all about natural dyes, mordants and ph, and how to prepare your fiber as well as how the indigo vat works. This is a lecture only class, you will not be dyeing, but after this class you will be prepared to join one of the study groups or take a hands on natural dye class.

    Level: Beginner

    Materials Fee: $0

    Registration: Members $15, Non-members $20

    Instructor: bio Joyce Tromba and Eileen Hallman

    • 11 Apr 2020
    • 12 Apr 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, #11, Asheville NC
    • 0



    • 18 Apr 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 15
    Register

    Madder root is the gift that keeps giving. This natural pigment is found in the red roots of the madder plant. We will extract orange, red, and pink tone’s from madder root – nature’s red root – in order to create prints on silk and cotton. We will cover resist and bundle dyeing techniques, and discuss how these methods can be used for mending and hiding stains. Everyone will walk away with custom textiles, along with the natural dyeing knowledge needed to explore the array of pigments nature has to offer.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $20

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: bio Nica Rabinowitz

    • 20 Apr 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 7
    Register

    An introductory course that will provide students with the tools necessary to begin exploring the magical world of eco printing. Students will generate silk samples using different mordanting and modifying techniques for insuring successful results. Silk fabric and a variety of leaves will be provided for the experiments. After a series of “testing” students will select their favorite “method” and print a 14” x 72” silk scarf. Students will leave with a 14” x 72” silk scarf, multiple samples and handouts containing thorough instructions for working at home.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $25  includes all fabrics and supplies  

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Patricia Spangler bio 

    • 21 Apr 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 5
    Register

    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 on silk. Focusing on background surface design and color, we will work with natural dyes including cochineal, logwood and osage orange--as well as tannins such as pomegranate and gall nut.

    Level: Intermediate

    Prerequisites: Eco printing experience highly recommended.

    Materials Fee: $30 includes all supplies and fabrics necessary for success. Students will leave with a 14" x 72" silk scarf, multiple color samples and handouts containing thorough instructions.

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Patricia Spangler bio 

    • 24 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 25 Apr 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
    Register
    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

    • 28 Apr 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11, Asheville, NC
    • 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 - Judi Jetson and/or 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


    • 01 May 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 9
    Register

    Learn to knit and purl, and then make a hat. You'll leave the class with a new skill and a warm head!

    Local Cloth studio supplies yarn and needles or participants can bring their own.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $0

    Registration: Members $55, Non-members $65

    Instructor: bio Lynne Noble

    • 01 May 2020
    • 02 May 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 6
    Register

    Learn to set up and keep an organic indigo vat. We will explore the biochemistry of the organic vat and learn how to trouble shoot, adjust and maintain your vat. Each person will go home with a vat that they can keep going for years. There will also be an organic vat available for dyeing and experimenting with while we wait for the magic to happen in your own vats.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $30

    Registration: Members $55, Non-members $65

    Instructor: bio Joyce Tromba

    • 03 May 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 15
    Register
    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

    • 04 May 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
    Register

    Learn this very simple, enchanting, and soothing embroidery style! Choose which of five traditional Japanese patterns you’d like to embroider. Your class comes with everything you need— sashiko thread, the correct size needle, and the sampler of your choice in a beautiful indigo dyed 100% cotton from Japan.

    NOTE: You won’t finish your sampler in class, which is great— sashiko is excellent for car rides, classes & lectures, TV show watching, sitting in front of the woodstove while a friend knits— and you’ll get plenty of carefree minutes out of this first project!

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $10

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: bio Jess Kaufmann

    • 09 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
    Register

    Join us for a day of creating felted jewelry, Bring some various stone options for us to felt around and create a pendant. Depending on time, this can be taken home to add to any chain you desire or we can create felted necklaces for which your felted stone can hang from. This will be a wet felting class with addition details done in both needle felting and sewing. This is detailed handwork and is best suited for those with some felting experience.

    Level: All Levels

    Materials Fee: $30

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: bio Jamie Sparks

    • 10 May 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 5
    Register

    The goal of this class is to expose you to the basic understanding of the craft of sewing. We will learn to make a very simple yet fun detailed muslin top that is easy to wear. You will learn to sew and design your top in a practical fabric that will allow you to learn with out worry.

    You will learn that knowing that each and every new step you master builds on itself, resulting in knowing you can accomplish so much more than you ever thought possible. The beauty of sewing is that it provides endless goals to reach for, with creativity that is uniquely your own. I like to think of all the sewists that have come before me… famous or not. For I am doing exactly what they have done… that connection excites and inspires me. It is my hope that I can introduce you to the pleasures of sewing and the community it can foster.


    Level:Beginner

    Materials Fee: $35

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: bio Cynthia Anderson 

    • 16 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 17 May 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
    Register

    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, 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


    • 23 May 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave #11, Asheville, NC
    • 6