Weaver's hands
Fiber is the economic thread that connects our region

More than 405 people make their living
as full-time, professional fiber artists.

More than 2,500 people are part-time
fiber artists or hobbyists.

Woven cloth
Fiber is the economic thread that connects our region

Those fiber artists buy products from
•  more than 51 yarn shops
•  more than 83 textile-related stores
and display their work in more than 80 galleries.

Kids and sheep
Fiber is the economic thread that connects our region

There are more than 462 fiber animal farms
and at least 5,000 fiber animals.
Plus, 21 cotton farms.

Work by students
Fiber is the economic thread that connects our region

Seven schools and colleges offer fiber arts education,
ranging from weekend workshops for introducing new skills
to two-year professional degree programs that prepare
students for the business of art.

Work by students
Fiber is the economic thread that connects our region

Twelve textile mills process raw fibers and spin yarns,
weave commercial upholstery fabrics and household accessories,
and heavy duty commercial carpeting.

Project Handmade runway

We've Chosen Our Jurors, We Have Our Stage, We've Lined Up Photography and Hair and Makeup, The Lighting is Ready...ALL WE NEED IS YOU!

The entry deadline of July 10 is on the horizon and this article has all the information you need to get your entry in on time. Local Cloth is very excited about this year's Project Handmade fashion show, September 22 at the Folk Art Center. We're eager to see your entries so don't hesitate- now is the time!

Project Handmade 2016
"Contemporary Garments with Hand-Crafted Details"
September 22, 2016
Local Cloth's Project Handmade 2016: Elements of Nature
Project Handmade 2016 logo

Local Cloth is proud to present its third regional wearable art fashion show featuring contemporary designs by textile artists and designers within a 100-mile radius of Asheville, NC. The Project Handmade 2016 goal is to inspire and encourage local artists to showcase their creative visions of handmade fashion, incorporating locally sourced materials within the region’s fiber and textile arts community.

This year, we welcome individual garments, entire ensembles or accessories reflecting the theme: Elements of Nature.

Dates
The show will be September 22, 2016, at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, NC. Deadline for entries is July 10. 2016, with acceptance notification by August 10, 2016, and accepted garments due September 1, 2016.

How to Enter
To enter, please download the Entry Form, print it, write in your entry information, then mail the completed form to:

Local Cloth
PO Box 9622
Asheville, NC 28815

For more information
Download these documents: Call for Entry and Project Handmade FAQs.

The Project Handmade entry deadline of July 10 is just shy of a month away and we hope you are pulling your entries together. For those of you who are looking at that deadline and thinking, “There’s no way I can get this done and photographed in time,” we wanted to offer some clarification that might help.

We must stay firm on our July 10 deadline for entry forms, payment and photos. However, when it comes to photos, we can be a bit forgiving. Your garments/accessories do NOT have to be completely finished in the photo. That said, obviously the more finished, the better your work will be represented to our jurors.

Images of Work
As a reminder, we are asking for three images for each look: front, back and detail.

Acceptable images for sharing with our jurors

  • Images of the completed garments/accessories. (OK, we bow to your productivity.)
  • Images of the work nearly finished: Maybe the lining isn’t in, or closures not on, or hems are pinned up. Just let jurors know in your description.
  • Images of a garment or muslin you have created in the exact style of the one you are planning to enter, PLUS an image of the hand-created fabric or textile you’ll be using.
  • A REALLY, REALLY good color drawing depicting how the garment will look, PLUS an image of the actual hand-created fabric or textile you’ll be using.

More advice
Even though we have simplified the entry process for you, don’t wait until the last minute to fill out the entry form. Your responses will be used by the jurors (especially if you are submitting images of unfinished work) in the review process. So give them some careful thought and give jurors the clearest picture possible of what you are entering.

We are so excited to see your entries. If you need a collaborator, please get in touch.

About Our Jurors

Diane Ericson

Diane Erickson

Diane Erickson is a long-time artist and designer with a passion for combining clothing construction and fabric painting using a wide variety of cloth, fibers and other assorted materials. As an innovative person, she is always looking to expand the design process in new ways. She uses Re-Fashioning and Re-Purposing as dynamic ways to expand the design process to make "sketches" for the body.

Diane creates her own unique pattern collections and original stencils (ReVisions), contributes articles for Vogue Pattern Magazine, and shares her passion for creativity through inspirational retreats, workshops, and presentations. Her Design Studio/Shop is located in the historic district of Ashland, Oregon.

Kate Mathews

Kate Mathews

Kate Mathews, owner of Folkwear patterns, has been sewing with these patterns since they first appeared in mid-1970, when she stocked them in her retail store in Albuquerque, NM. She is a founder and former editor of Fiberarts magazine and the author/editor of several Lark Books, including "The Weekend Sewer’s Guides to Dresses, Blouses, and Skirt/Pants", "Quick and Easy Vests and Jackets", "Molas" and "Sewing a Travel Wardrobe".

Kate has a particular interest in garments that are truly unique, and believes that Folkwear patterns are a perfect starting point for nurturing creativity in sewing. She lives in Weaverville, NC.

Tricia Lindsay

Tricia Lindsay has been buyer and manager for Gallery of the Mountains, located in the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, for the past 24 years. The gallery features American hand-crafted items from local and regional artists. Its mission and commitment to provide quality work from local artists has been the backbone of its success.

Tricia holds a degree in ceramics from UNC-Asheville. Her keen eye for artistry and craftsmanship, along with her strong working knowledge of how things are made, keeps the buyer’s experience meaningful and relevant. In her spare time, Lindsay indulges in quilting, buying fabric and creating vintage post cards.

Show Photographer

We're very excited to have Max Ganly as our show photographer this year. Max has shot numerous fashion shows in the Asheville area and around the country. For more information, visit his website MaxGanly.com.

June and July 2016
Local Cloth’s 2016 Fiber Arts Summer Camp

Tie dye samples by Jessica Kaufman
Jessica Kaufman Tie Dye Samples

Kids ages 9-15 can learn different fiber arts techniques each week. Topics include tie-dye, stamp and print making, two different fleece-to-fabric cloth-making experiences and even production of a marionette theatre presentation called The Beautiful Tapestry.

Six one-week camp sessions began June 13, 2016, running from 9:00 am to noon, Monday-Friday, at Local Cloth’s classroom and dye studio inside The Refinery Creator Space, 207 Coxe Ave., Asheville. Cost is $100/week.

A complete schedule and enrollment forms are at Summer Camp Class List.


Camp Schedule

Week Class
6/20-6/24 Sheep to Cloth. Barbara Esther
6/27-7/1 Personalized Printing. Jessica Kaufman
7/11-7/15 Dreaming About Pillows. Melanie Wilder
7/18-7/22 Felting for Fun & Function. Melanie Wilder
7/25-7/31 Traditional Textile Arts & Theatre. Karen Watkins

Video by Time Capsule Video

Come Dye With Us

Local Cloth has launched an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to help the organization create a studio where members of the community can dye, teach and learn about fiber arts and work with local materials.

Your contribution is essential for Local Cloth to acquire necessary equipment for the dye studio and a full range of fiber arts classes. Operational funding will come from dye studio rentals, workshop revenues and grants. Your support is an investment in our fiber artists and farmers, in our local craft scene, in our economy and in our community.

While we are fortunate to be in the midst of one of the richest concentrations of fiber artists in the U.S., there are few places residents and visitors can take short fiber arts classes – a situation our studio will remedy with a ready supply of highly skilled teachers. Located at 207 Coxe Avenue in Asheville, NC (map), the studio is about 900 square feet with tile floors, lots of natural light and access to water and ventilation. We share the building with another 12 studios full of photographers, painters, jewelry makers and all sorts of creative types.

Local Cloth members (annual dues are only $30, and $10 for students) will have access to the workspace, including all machines and equipment, for very modest fees. All programs and workshops, taught by skilled and experienced artists, will be open to the public, with members receiving discounted rates.

To make your contribute and for further information, please visit the Indiegogo campaign site.

July 21, 2016
Catharine Ellis Book Signing

Catharine Ellis
Catharine Ellis

Attention Woven Shibori Fans!

Catharine Ellis will give a short talk, as well as sign and sell copies of the new edition of her book, "Woven Shibori", at 6:30 pm, July 21, at Local Cloth’s new dye studio and classroom inside The Refinery Creator Space, 207 Coxe Avenue, Asheville.

The new book, published by Interweave Press and due out in late June, adds a focus on natural dyes, Catharine’s latest exploration, to the original technical concepts and specifics about weaving fabrics for shibori resist patterning. The information she offers about using natural dyes can be applied to any resist technique for cloth.

Catharine wrote the first Woven Shibori in 2005, and it has been sold out for several years. In addition to autographing new books for visitors, Catharine will have copies for sale and has offered to donate a portion of the sales proceeds from the event to Local Cloth. The book signing is also an opportunity for the community, and those visiting for the Craft Sale of the Southern Highlands, to see Local Cloth’s new community dye studio and classroom space in Asheville’s South Slope.

Light refreshments will be provided, and the event is free and open to the public. Contact info@localcloth.org for additional information.

Thursday July 21, 2-16
Local Cloth Dye Studio at The Refinery Creator Space
207 Coxe Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801 (map)

Shop at Amazon - Help Local Cloth Earn Donations

Local Cloth has joined the Amazon Smile program for non-profit organizations.

For each dollar you spend at Amazon.com, Amason will donate five cents to Local Cloth's treasury. To be certain Local Cloth receives the benefit, please follow these steps each time you shop:

  1. Follow this link instead of going directly to Amazon.com: Smile.Amazon.com
  2. In the space labelled "Pick your own charity", enter the words "Local Cloth" and press the Search button
  3. Select Local Cloth from the list. It should be at the top.
  4. Proceed to the Amazon.com shopping pages.
  5. Be certain the Amazon Smile logo is present and the text "Supporting: Local Cloth, Inc." is next to it.

All products will be priced the same.

  Upcoming Events

More Events…

June 10 - August 20 2016
Warped – An Exhibition on Sound and Weaving

Six artists demonstrate approaches inspired by the overlap of sound wave and thread, instrument and loom, composition and draft pattern, sound and weaving.

June 16 2016
Mix and Mingle Open House

Open house 7:00 - 10:00 pm Thursday, June 16, 2016, at Local Cloth's new dye studio and classroom space in downtown Asheville, NC. See how far Local Cloth has progressed since the painting parties…thanks to you, we're getting closer! Bring friends – many other studios in the Refinery will be open, too, and there will be free refreshments.

Sunday July 10
Deadline: Call for Entry

Call for Entry: Now Open. Deadline is July 10, 2016. For more information, download Call for Entry rules, 2016 Entry Form, and and Project Handmade FAQs.

Other important dates:
Acceptance Notice: Aug. 10, 2016
Accepted Work Due: Sept. 1, 2016
Project Handmade Show: Sept. 22, 2015

Thursday July 21 2016
Catharine Ellis Book Signing

Catharine Ellis will give a short talk, as well as sign and sell copies of the new edition of her book, "Woven Shibori".

Wednesday, July 27
Textile Study Group

Jean Klein – Abandonment and Abundance: Mixed Media Quilts and Obsessive Embroideries

Thursday September 22
Project Handmade 2016: Elements of Nature

Local Cloth presents its third regional wearable art fashion show featuring contemporary designs by textile artists and designers within a 100-mile radius of Asheville, NC.