Local Cloth Markets
A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to support us on rainy December 9th. We love our Local Cloth community!
STAY TUNED FOR SPRING 2024 MARKET DATES
We have an exciting group of vendors for this year! Read more about these artists below.
Betty Hilton-Nash has been a fiber artist for over 30 years. She is one of the vendors in the Local Cloth shop and a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Betty is a textile artist specializing in hand woven tapestries and hand dyed silk scarves and bamboo socks. She is primarily a colorist, and her tapestries demonstrate considered use of yarn colors to create her images, and her more spontaneous side is show in the dyework of her silk scarves.
Chad Alice Hagen
Chad Alice Hagen is a book maker, wool dyer, teacher and collector of small stones. She designs and creates useful handmade books for sketching, journaling and traveling adventures. Many of her books feature her hand felted, clamp resist dyed textiles for covers that are durable and comforting to the hand. She also loves making Needle Books for the pins and needles of those who sew.
Julie is a textile artist, author, instructor of both adults and children as well as a private one-on-one coach helping others further the art within their heart in person and online. She began hand sewing around age 9 and received her first sewing machine at age 12 as a Christmas gift. Julie's artwork primarily utilizes luxurious batik and hand-dyed fabrics which serve as the foundation for creations that are inspired by the breathtaking mountains of Western North Carolina. Through intricate improvisational piercing, her pieces are further enhanced with surface designs, hand stitching, unexpected embellishments, and various other techniques. Whether Julie's art takes on a whimsical or serious tone, her main objective is to use vibrant colors, bold lines, and unique shapes to evoke a sense of hope, peace, and joy.
Since retirement, eco-dyeing has been Karen's passion. She weaves, sews, and hangs dyed fabrics.
Nichole enjoys making clothing in a little yome (yurt like structure) on a hillside overlooking her garden and small fruit tree orchard. She strives to make clothing that is long lasting, functional, timeless, and with just a bit of romantic flair to keep life interesting. Nichole dreams of helping others feel centered and at ease in their body and in their clothes. Wood Thrush Workshop creates clothing made with longevity, comfort, and beauty in mind. Each timeless garment invokes a sense of home. Through mindful creation with sustainable materials, the Wood Thrush Workshop works to move the dial towards a more sustainable textile future.
Deborah Robertson was born into a long line of spinners, weavers, seamstresses, embroiderers, knitters, and embellishers of fabric. She has worked in a number of media throughout her career including the fiber arts, printmaking and shoemaking. Today her work is the mixed-media result of these abilities, talents and experiments. Deborah is a bespoke shoemaker and educator. She has developed a collection of accessories incorporating leather and her wet-felted woolens. Deborah is painting and woodblock printing onto fine leathers using iconography inspired by nature, especially forests, cartography, the magical realm, and celestial bodies.
After 40 years of weaving, and 25 years of women's retail clothing experience, this vendor has a distinctive perspective on women's clothing. Color and comfort are the driving force behind her choice of fibers and styles. Each piece of this hand woven clothing is unique, designed to look good as well as feel good. The colors are soft, yet vibrant, enhanced by the drape of the fabric. The collage scarves are mini works of art, light weight and the perfect gift for anyone who loves color and fiber.
With a background in science and gardening, Joyce combines her expertise to create one of a kind garments, books and housewares using natural dyeing and eco-printing. Joyce makes one of a kind garments, using natural dye techniques such as eco-printing and indigo shibori on natural fibers. She also uses these techniques to dye yarn and make housewares including pillow covers, fabric containers and tea towels, cards and notebooks.
Debbie Gebbie is a fiber artist who creates art quilts & functional items that illuminate nature’s beauty. Debbie is inspired by light dancing on leaves, trees & mountains outside of her home studio in Asheville, NC. Debbie’s work is a slow, hands-on process that begins with walking outside to choose leaves for botanical contact prints. Debbie steams leaves, flowers & weeds onto treated silk, linen or cotton to make botanical contact prints. She enhances the rustic beauty of leaf prints by adding color with fabric & dyes; light with metal leaf; & texture with stitching. Each enhanced botanical print is a unique work of art that becomes the foundation for journals, jackets, art quilts, throws & more.
Robson took up needle felting last October and enjoy the process of poking, or stabbing, holes and felt to make shapes. Art was always her favorite subject in school. From a young age, she used to spend a lot of time drawing and using her imagination to make things. She has a small studio in her house, where she spends many hours painting, sewing, and creating a place where she can sit and drift away to wherever my imagination takes her. If Susie Robson is striving for cuteness overload, she's there and then some! Susie makes whimsical felt characters in bright colors that beg to be touched picked up and squeezed. An artist of many mediums, she has tried them all and needle felting was the next on the list.
Courtney LaCaria is the farmer and fiber artist behind the company, Form & Function Creative. She lives with her family on an alpaca farm that focuses on regenerative practices and provides the fleece that she spins into yarn and weaves into fiber art. Finding inspiration in nature and stories, Courtney's work reflects her love for art as both product and practice, creating fiber art that embodies the elements of joy, connection and gratitude.In addition to hanging and framed weavings inspired by the seasons, Form and Function Creative is excited to have the following at the 2023 Holiday Market: rugged totes, bags, keychains, and accessories; functional items for your space, including mug rugs, altar mats and bookmarks; and bright and cheerful decorations to celebrate the holidays.
Starr has owned and operated an alpaca farm in Candler NC since 2001. The farm has an on-site and on-line store catering to spinners, knitters and other fiber artists with shorn or semi-processed fiber, an assortment of custom spun yarns and handmade knitted, crocheted or woven items or custom processed products (such as socks) using fiber from the farm pooled with other farmers for larger production batches. Everything from farm to finish is made entirely in the USA. Alpacas are gentle, happy, humming, charming livestock who magically convert sun, grass and water into soft and versatile luxurious fiber. Starr lovingly tends her herd and shears them once a year for their fabulous fiber, which she uses to make a variety of products. Starr is a farmer and a weaver.
Paula B. Entin
Paula Entin creates multimedia art quilts that incorporate 3D knitted and fabric leaves, flowers, and the occasional beaded leather dragon. She also loves knitting lace shawls and scarves, much of which uses locally produced yarns. Paula's wares include multimedia art quilts that incorporate 3D knitted and fabric elements, beading, and whimsical fabrics. Sizes vary from 16inw x 22in high, to larger pieces. Lace scarves and shawls will be on sale also, with both locally produced wools and more exotic yarns.
Erin Tapley is a printmaker by training but a fiber artist and marbler by interest. Marblicious features hand-made marbled papers, quilting fabrics as well as an array of plush 100% wool/alpaca beasties and mittens.
Eileen Berchem has been knitting for 50 years and her love of intricate patterns is what shows in her work. She works in mostly natural fibers. Eileen hand knits heirloom shawls and scarves in quality yarns. These make warm and wonderful gifts for family and friends. They will thank you in January.
Spring 2023 Fibershed Market
Thank you to all of our vendors for participating in this rainy Saturday event!
Despite the weather, we had a successful market. We have so much appreciation for our vendors and all of the shoppers who came out to be a part of this event.