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May News - 2022
Letter from Judi
 
Dear members and friends,
 
We've done a lot of scavenging since I last wrote to you, and you'll see and be able to share in the fruits of our labor at the Anything Fiber Sale on July 30th (read more about this below). We found lovely curly locks from Cotswold fleece in a barn in Mills River as we skirted fleece donated to the Blue Ridge Blanket project; the blankets can't use locks, so a few of us are going to get together to wash and dye pounds of them and sell them for a song at the Local Cloth booth at the Anything Fiber Sale in July.  If you'd like to learn and help dye locks, send me a message and we'll include you in the fun. We also found pounds and pounds, cones and barrels of yarn at a rug mill that is closing down in Hendersonville - if you didn't have the chance to scrounge along with us, come buy it for pennies on the dollar at the Anything Fiber Sale. You get the idea.
 
Lots of interesting new classes are on the books this summer, and I hope to see you at one of them. Our merchandise has a decidedly summer flair, and your wardrobe will thank you for a refresher from the shop. If you haven't signed up to be a vendor yet, don't be shy, there's still room. You can sign up online here.
 
Many are taking summer vacations for the first time in several years - how about sharing those pictures of something sheepy or fibery on the Local Cloth facebook page? We'd love to share your adventures!
 
My best,
Judi
 
Judi Jetson, Board Chair
cell: 828-407-0678
email: judi@judijetson.com


Image at top:  Photo by Kelly Shotwell of Balsam Business Photography, at the Fiber Farmers Day event in April.
Anything Fiber Sale is back!
July 30, 9:30am - 2:30pm

We are excited to announce that after a 2 year hiatus, The Anything Fiber Sale is back, and with air conditioning!  The Anything Fiber Sale is a yard sale for fiber people. We all have hanks and cones of unused yarns, piles of unloved fabric, obscure tools that we forgot we had, looms that need a new home, duplicates of knitting needles, fleece that doesn’t seem to get spun, right? So, really clean out that closet and rent a space to sell your surplus fibers, materials and tools, and bring home a little cash!  Yard sale-type goods only! No finished goods unless they are appropriate to use in other fiber techniques (i.e., hand-spun yarns, dyed yardage).

If you’ve been to the Sale before you know it could get pretty steamy so we’ve moved to the Conference Center at AB Tech where there’s air conditioning and parking!

The vendor space size is 9’6” x 8’. Every space will include three 18” X 6’ tables and two chairs. Our vendor space fee is $40 for Local Cloth members and $50 per space for non-Local Cloth members. We hope you’ll consider becoming a member to take advantage of this member benefit and the many other great reasons to join Local Cloth!

Cancellation deadline with refund is July 15. No refunds after that date.

More info
Blue Ridge Blankets Project News

Pictured above: Eileen Hallman and Melanie Wilder working with the rainbow of our gorgeously dyed yarn (dyed by the Local Cloth Natural Dye Interest Group) at a recent Design Session for the first round of Blue Ridge Blankets Project samples. 

The yarn has moved through many hands, from the mill, to the dyers, and now to the weavers.  After two design sessions, with support from designer Heather K. Powers, the weaving crew is on the brink of prepping the loom.  Let the weaving begin! 

 

Call for Artwork! 
The Fabric of Memory

Memories are the fabric of our lives.  Our experiences are woven together on the warp of time to create a tapestry of meaning: sometimes coming together to form a clear picture in one’s mind; sometimes waiting to be resolved, or unraveling. The Fabric of Memory art show, celebrating the theme of fabric and memory, is slated to be held at the Oak Ridge Art Center, in conjunction with the Handweavers Guild of America’s national convention, Convergence, held in Knoxville this summer. The show is for artists who work in any fiber medium, and may include weaving, tapestry, crocheting, knitting, felting, braiding, spinning, dyeing, fabric construction, basketry, etc. Pieces for the exhibition are due with an entry form by July 5th.  More Info

Upcoming Events:

V = Virtual, otherwise in the Studio

May 19 All about Color
May 19 In Studio Handwork Circle
May 21 Small felted bag
May 22 Natural Dye Interest Group
May 23 Knit and Crochet Interest Group
May 24 Felt Along Interest Group
May 25 Knit at Night
May 26 Mountain Art Quilters
May 26 V-Handwork Circle
May 26 All about Color
May 27 Mixed Up Media
May 30 Knit and Crochet Interest Group
May 31 Felt Along Interest Group
Jun 01 Knit at Night
Jun 02 All about Color
Jun 02 In Studio Handwork Circle
Jun 02 Invasive Fiber Study Group
Jun 03 Beginning Spinning
Jun 03 Mixed Up Media
Jun 05 Cut Strand Triangle Loom Weaving
Jun 06 Knit and Crochet Interest Group
Jun 07 Improvisational Dye Painting with Procion Dyes
Jun 07 Felt Along Interest Group
Jun 08 Improvisational Dye Painting with Procion Dyes
Jun 08 Knit at Night
Jun 09 Improvisational Dye Painting with Procion Dyes
Jun 09 V-Handwork Circle
Jun 10 Mixed Up Media
Jun 11 Eco-printing on Cellulose Fiber
Jun 13 Tunisian Crochet
Jun 13 Knit and Crochet Interest Group
Jun 14 Felt Along Interest Group
Jun 16 In Studio Handwork Circle
Jun 17 A Day of Useful Books
Jun 18 Beginning Marbling

Image above:  New Interest Group! Mixed Up Media. This interest group is a follow up to the Altered Images class where techniques like painting, dyeing, stitching and collage are used to embellish images printed on cloth. Come and continue to share your knowledge and explore ways to add dimension and texture to art pieces and wearables. More Info
Member News
 
We appreciate all who've joined or renewed their membership to Local Cloth!
Memberships keep our organization going and growing! 100% of your membership is a direct donation to help us deliver and support our programs.  Benefits include discounted class rates, listing on our website, participation in Interest Groups and more! 

Welcome new members, thanks to friends and friends-to-be!

Karen Bills
Colleen Casey
Mary Farrior
Bonnie Kazepis
Pat Lorenz
Bonnie Morris
Kathy Moss
Cait Pomeroy


Image above: Students in Chad Alice Hagen's recent My Favorite Sketch Book workshop.

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Note from the Editor:
Call for photos!

What's happening on your farm, in your studio? For some, like me, it is lambing season!  We'd love to share your photos in our newsletter - all fiber animals and art welcome! 

Please email images and any newsletter questions to Caroline, newsletter editor, at: newsletter@localcloth.org
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