Asheville's Local Cloth hosts Fiber Feel Day

Last year, the first annual Fiber Feel Day drew quite a crowd. Photo courtesy of Judi Jetson.
Fiber Feel Day vendor Nada Jones used wool from her own flock to weave this gorgeous shawl. Photo: Steve Mann of Black Box Photography.
Happiness is handwoven cloth! Nada Jones used handpainted tencel warps with her own natural color wool for this piece. Photo: Steve Mann of Black Box Photography.

Local Cloth is a project based in Asheville, North Carolina, that supports the fiber community in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The organization's vision is "to grow the fiber economy in the southern Appalachian region within 100 miles of the project’s Asheville headquarters, focusing on craft artists, fiber animal farmers, and small-scale fiber mills and processing businesses." With over four hundred fiber art professionals, eighty galleries featuring fiber art, and numerous fiber producers in the area, Local Cloth is helping to increase awareness and networking opportunities.


For the second year, Local Cloth is hosting Fiber Feel Day. The event will be held on Saturday June 7 at the Western North Carolina Farmers Market in Asheville. Well-known fiber artist and Local Cloth director Judi Jetson says, "We'll have twenty-four fiber animal farmers selling everything from Angora rabbits to Cormo, mohair, and alpaca fleece and roving. Our sponsor, Echoview Mill, will be there to take buyers' fleeces back to process into roving or yarn, and several local fiber artists will be demonstrating and selling their products made from local fiber."


This year, students from Haywood Community College, which has a fiber art program, will be at Fiber Feel Day to talk with visitors about their program, their award-winning work, and use of local fibers. Recent Haywood graduate Nada Jones will also be a vendor at this year's Fiber Feel Day. Nada sells fiber and yarns from her own flock of sheep, which she also often incorporates into her beautiful woven pieces. Find out more about Nada's work at Firelight Fibers or stop by to visit her at Fiber Feel Day!

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