Asheville’s Fiber Feel Day

Local Cloth is a grassroots nonprofit organization that has been helping to grow the crafts economy in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina since 2011. Founder Judi Jetson had worked in creative economic development while with Handmade in America. Judi and a group of dedicated fiber producers, processors, and artisans collaborated to identify the strengths and challenges of the fiber economy in the southern Appalachian region within 100 miles of the project’s Asheville headquarters.

Skirting fleeces at Fiber Feel Day. Photo courtesy of Local Cloth.

Skirting fleeces at Fiber Feel Day. Photo courtesy of Local Cloth.

Fiber Feel Day is one of Local Cloth’s annual events that seek to connect the fiber community with the larger community. Held at the WNC Farmers Market in Asheville, visitors can watch spinners, knitters, and weavers plying their crafts, and local artisans will have textiles available for sale. Fiber Feel Day includes plenty of tactile experiences, of course, with “sheep, alpaca, goat, and rabbit fleeces and fiber products, such as yarn, and woven and felted fabric” to experience. Join the fun on June 4th. For directions and further details, visit the Local Cloth website or Facebook page.

Local Cloth members are preparing the new studio for dyers. Photo: Judi Jetson.

Local Cloth members are preparing the new studio for dyers. Photo: Judi Jetson.

This dynamic network of creative people is always growing, so what are they working on now? The newest venture is the Come Dye With Us crowdfunding campaign. “Local Cloth wants to create a studio where members of the community can dye, teach, and learn about fiber arts, and work with local materials. This year, we were offered an opportunity to realize a long-held dream—a community dye studio and classroom space where we could come together any day of the week and work together.

“Now, thanks to an invitation from the Asheville Area Arts Council to be a founding member of its new arts incubator, The Refinery Creator Space in Asheville’s burgeoning South Slope, we are proud to announce: Local Cloth ǀ Studio ● Classes (coming soon with your help.)” See more images of the new space and an interview with Judi here.

If you would like to learn more about the project or donate to Local Cloth, visit Indiegogo.

 

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