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!

Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for the Project Handmade Fashion Show.
Eventbrite - Project Handmade 2016

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.

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

Wednesday August 17, 2016
Weaving Villages in the Peruvian Highlands

Weaving Villages in the Peruvian Highlands

In November, 2015, Geri Forkner and Judie Dysart went on a two week journey to Peru that focused on the weaving villages in the Peruvian highlands. The tour benefited the weaving communities affiliated with the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco begun by Nilda Challañaupa 20 years ago. Challañaupa's goal was to revitalize the traditional techniques and materials of weaving that dated back to pre-Columbian times. Aside from visiting some of the great archaeological sites of the Incan Empire, they also interacted with weavers at five weaving communities.

Geri Forkner creates felted and woven works of art from her studio in Tennessee. She teaches and exhibits in this country and internationally and is a member of Southern Highland Craft Guild and the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild.

Judie Dysart is a member of long standing in the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild in Atlanta, serving on its board in many capacities and on the 1996 Convergence Steering Committee. She currently lives in Tennessee and is co-president of Overmountain Weavers.

5:30 pm Wednesday, August 17, 2016
The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design
67 Broadway Street
Asheville, NC 28787 (map)

November 5
Growing Color: Natural Dyes from Plants

Weld plants
Weld plants

Presented by the North Carolina Arboretum, and co-sponsored by Local Cloth, this conference is for anyone interested in the fascinating history and potential of natural plant-based dyes. Workshops and discussions will focus on issues and opportunities for a sustainable natural dye industry in western North Carolina.

Early registration through October 1 is $60 (Arboretum members)/%65 (non-members), or $70/$75 after October 1. Go to the Arboretum website to register.

Featured Speakers

KEYNOTE: Growing Color- Natural Dyes from Plants

Anne de la Sayette is a French agro-engineer and graduated in economics. She created and led the Regional Center for Innovation and Technological Transfer in Horticulture (CRITT) where she initiated and managed a 15-year innovative project on natural dyes. This interdisciplinary approach has allowed the creation of a large plant collection, the development of cultivation processes and the production of plant colorant extracts and pigments on an industrial scale. She received the 2012 Ordre National du Mérite.

Small is Beautiful and the Middle is Meaningful: Scaling up Natural Colorants

Sarah Bellos is founder of Stony Creek Colors in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. Developing natural dye has been Bellos' focus since 2005 when she began operating a small-batch dye house in Nashville. Bellos had managed a farm while attending Cornell University, and her sister was an artist, so they developed a business around shared interests, filling smaller dye orders for designers. Seeing a need for greater production, she began developing the Stony Creek Colors business in 2012 which currently contracts with 11 farmers to grow indigo and focuses on research and development which she sees as imperative to developing a larger operation.

Threats to Black Walnut and Butternut

Ashley Case received a masters from the University of Tennessee where she worked with the tree improvement program with Dr. Scott E. Schlaubaum. Her research has focused mainly on the American chestnut and on black walnut and butternut restoration.

Introduction to Natural Dyes

Catharine Ellis has been a weaver and dyer for over 40 years. After three decades of teaching in the fiber program at Haywood Community College, she is now dedicated to studio work, focusing on natural dye processes and teaching in the United States and internationally. Recent projects include teaching natural dyeing in Guatemala through Mayan Hands. She is the author of "Woven Shibori", now in its second edition.

9:00am - 4:00pm, November 5, 2016
The North Carolina Arboretum
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
Asheville, NC 28806 (map)

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  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.

Wednesday, August 17
Textile Study Group

Judy Dysart and Geri Forkner
Weaving Villages in the Peruvian Highlands

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.

Eventbrite - Project Handmade 2016

Saturday November 5
Growing Color: Natural Dyes from Plants

This conference is for anyone interested in the fascinating history and potential of natural plant-based dyes. Hosted by The North Carolina Arboretum in conjunction with Local Cloth, workshops and discussions will focus on issues and opportunities for a sustainable natural dye industry in western North Carolina.

Registration is through the Arboretum website.

Early registration before October 1: $60 (member)/$65 (non-member) or after October 1: $70/$75.