Workshops & Events

Workshop Descriptions & Registration Options

Mending 101

Mending 101

Make the items you already own last longer! Visible and invisible mending are great skills to help make your wardrobe more sustainable. We will cover basic repairs for knits and woven fabrics, invisible and visible mending, what to do for repairs to seams versus repairs to the fabric itself (think sock heels and knees or that time when your sweater got caught in the door and ripped). Participants will have the opportunity to work with a variety of mending tools and leave class with a sampler of techniques for different fabric types and weights. You will also take home with you all the things you need to start your own mending kit! Please bring anything you need to repair from home, too.

In the event of inclement weather the make up date for this workshop will be January 25.

Saturday, January 18
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Deanna Lynch
Fee: $100 + materials

Registration options:

  • Online via PayPal:
  • By phone. Call Cloth at 828.273.7454

Stitch & Witch (series of workshops)

Stitch and Witch

Join Melanie Hayes (Experiments in Bliss), magickal maven, author, personal alchemy guide + advisor in a series of workshops weaving together the magick of witchcraft and fiber craft.

At each workshop there will be a mini tarot reading available for each student as well as libations, snacks and other goodies. Each participant will also receive some special swag to carry the magickal vibe home.

All levels of fiber skill are welcome for these workshops. No prior witchy experience necessary. Class size is limited to please register early to ensure your space.

There is no materials fee for any of the workshops. Bring a work in progress or your own embroidery supplies. Fabric, thread, hoops and patterns provided.

Workshop 1: Imbolc (February 1)

In this workshop you will learn about the holiday called Imbolc celebrated on the 1st of February which was traditionally observed as the first day of Spring. We will meet in Sacred Circle to learn about the traditional crafts, rituals, symbols and associations of this arcane holiday while stitching away on Imbolc-inspired projects. Seasonally themed embroidery patterns will be provided.

Saturday, February 1
Hours: 5 pm – 8 pm
Fee: $82

Registration options:

  • Online via PayPal:
  • By phone. Call Cloth at 828.273.7454
Workshop 2: Ostara (March 21)

In this workshop you will learn about the holiday called Ostara celebrated around the 21st of March, also known as they Vernal Equinox. We will meet in Sacred Circle to learn about the traditional crafts, rituals, symbols and associations of this arcane holiday while stitching away on Ostara-inspired projects. Seasonally themed embroidery patterns will be provided.

Saturday, March 21
Hours: 5 pm – 8 pm
Fee: $82

Registration options:

  • Online via PayPal:
  • By phone. Call Cloth at 828.273.7454

Making a Mini Quilt

Mini Quilts

Detail of quilt by Deanna Lynch.

In this workshop you’ll be using favorite fabrics and hand stitching to create a mini quilt. Though not inherently quicker to make, small quilts are a wonderful way to sample pattern and technique and can be a great tool if you plan to venture into larger format quilting.

Exploring quilt block patterns, a few tricks Deanna's grandmother taught her, and a relaxed approach, you'll incorporate hand-stitching and a variety of fabrics to create your quilt. Minimal sewing experience required!

We'll have plenty of fabric on hand but feel free to bring your stash!

In the event of inclement weather the make up date for this workshop will be February 25.

Saturday, February 15
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Deanna Lynch
Fee: $100 + materials

Registration options:

  • Online via PayPal:
  • By phone. Call Cloth at 828.273.7454

Skill-Building Series with Amy Putansu:
Patterned Resist Dyeing in Organic Indigo

Organic Indigo image

Cloth's series of three workshops allows you to explore this subject in progressively increasing breadth and depth:

  1. Cloth Basics (March 7)
  2. Cloth Fundamentals (April 3 & 4)
  3. Cloth Intensive (May 1, 2 & 3)

Each workshop stands alone so you may register for any of the workshops individually. Or register for the full series of three workshops at a discounted price:

Full series
(Basics + Fundamentals + Intensive)

$540 (10% off regular price of $600)

Individual workshop descriptions and registration:

Cloth Basics: Patterned Resist Dyeing in Organic Indigo
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In this brief six-hour introduction to resist dyeing students will prepare fabric samples for a pre-made organic indigo vat using the most basic shibori resist methods of stitching, binding and fold & clamp. Tools and techniques will be introduced and students will dye their own fabrics in organic indigo, leaving with at least three cotton handkerchiefs.

Saturday, March 7
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels / beginner
Instructor: Amy Putansu
Fee: $100 + materials

Registration options:

Register for the full series or only this workshop:

  • Online via PayPal:
  • By phone. Call Cloth at 828.273.7454
Cloth Fundamentals: Patterned Resist Dyeing in Organic Indigo
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For individuals who were inspired by the Basics class, as well as those with some experience who want to learn more about indigo and resist techniques on fabric, the Fundamentals class offers hands-on experience in making indigo vats “from scratch.” Students will work together to make organic indigo vats and dye in them on the second day. Recipes and procedures will be shred. This workshop will provide an opportunity to prepare more elaborate patented resists based on traditional Japanese methods. Students will leave with one or two dyed shibori fabric pieces. 

Friday & Saturday, April 3 & 4
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Amy Putansu
Fee: $200 + materials

Registration options:

Register for the full series or only this workshop:

  • Online via PayPal:
  • By phone. Call Cloth at 828.273.7454
Cloth Intensive: Patterned Resist Dyeing in Organic Indigo
Organic Indigo image

The focus of this workshop will be making and maintaining an organic indigo vat, with tips on how to achieve a healthy vat in the home studio. At least two indigo recipes will be explored, with opportunities for create and dye in each. The resist-patterning aspects of the class will touch upon the more complex and time-intensive techniques on larger pieces of cloth such as bandanas or scarves, and combine the basics of stitching, binding and folding methods.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 1, 2 & 3
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Amy Putansu
Fee: $300 + materials

Registration options:

Register for the full series or only this workshop:

  • Online via PayPal:
  • By phone. Call Cloth at 828.273.7454

Skill-Building Series with Amy Putansu:
Hand Embroidery

Embroidery image

Cloth's series of three workshops allows you to explore this subject in progressively increasing breadth and depth:

  1. Cloth Basics (April 26)
  2. Cloth Fundamentals (May 15 & 16)
  3. Cloth Intensive (June 19, 20 & 21)

Each workshop stands alone so you may register for any of the workshops individually. Or register for the full series of three workshops at a discounted price:

Full series
(Basics + Fundamentals + Intensive)

$540 (10% off regular price of $600)

Individual workshop descriptions and registration:

Cloth Basics: Hand Embroidery
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Decorative hand stitching can enliven any textile or garment with color and texture, and even mask stains or act as mending on our well loved fabrics. The six-hour workshop will introduce students to the basic tools and materials for hand embroidery. Students will explore and practice the four major categories of hand stitching: outline, border, fill and decorative details and make a small sampler in class.

Sunday, April 26
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Amy Putansu
Fee: $100 + materials

See Materials List & Fees

Registration options:

Register for the full series or only this workshop:

  • Online via PayPal:
  • By phone. Call Cloth at 828.273.7454
Cloth Fundamentals: Hand Embroidery
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This two day workshop will allow us to study a number of stitch-types on cotton or linen fabrics that can stand alone as samplers or serve as the beginning of a sampler booklet ( see the Intensive embroidery workshop). Demonstrations, instructional booklets and plenty of practice time will introduce students to a wider range of decorative stitches with some exploration into combining stitches for design effects. All supplies included in materials fee.

Friday & Saturday, May 15 & 16
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Amy Putansu
Fee: $200 + materials

See Materials List & Fees

Registration options:

Register for the full series or only this workshop:

  • Online via PayPal:
  • By phone. Call Cloth at 828.273.7454
Cloth Intensive: Hand Embroidery
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In this 3-day workshop students will prepare, create and finish a small cloth stitch-sampler book. Fabric sampler books have a wonderful history not only as beautiful objects, but also serve as documentation for your craft, and heirloom teaching tools. We will begin by prepping the ‘pages’ of linen or cotton for your booklet, then design and stitch each page to one’s personal preference. Finally we will finish and bind the booklet, and students will leave with an original and completed treasure. This is a luxurious amount of time to dedicate to an incredibly special project made slowly and with intention.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 19, 20 & 21
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Amy Putansu
Fee: $300 + materials

See Materials List & Fees

Registration options:

Register for the full series or only this workshop:

  • Online via PayPal:
  • By phone. Call Cloth at 828.273.7454

Cloth Basics: Beginning Knitting

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This is a 2-day deep dive into everything you will need to know to get you started on what is sure to be a long and wonderful journey into wide world of knitting. You will learn basic techniques such as casting on, knit & purl stitches and casting off. You will learn to read a pattern and how to fix mistakes (you don’t need to ‘frog’ a whole project! You will also learn what ‘frogging’ means). The first day of the workshop will involved making a basic washcloth and by the second day you can choose whether to make a scarf or a hat. The instructor will provide beginner patterns and the most sumptuous starter kit of natural fiber yarn, knitting needles and other knitting accessories that will enable you to take off and make anything your heart desires from that point forward.

Saturday & Sunday, March 14 & 15
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: beginner
Instructor: Margaret Dugger
Fee: $150 + materials

Registration options:

  • Online via PayPal:
  • By phone. Call Cloth at 828.273.7454

Cloth Fundamentals: A Primary Rainbow

madder image

This class will explore the rainbow of colors that can be obtained through the use of just 3 natural dyes: madder, weld and indigo. We will learn a variety of mordant recipes for cotton and wool, prepare the dye and experiment with over-dyeing to expand our color potential. This course is designed for folks with a little bit of natural dyeing experience but beginners are welcome!

Saturday & Sunday, March 21 & 22
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: intermediate but beginners welcome!
Instructor: Melanie Wilder (Wild Earth Textiles)
Fee: $200 + materials

Registration options:

  • Online via PayPal:
  • By phone. Call Cloth at 828.273.7454

Cloth Basics: Applique

Mending 101

Detail of appliqué by Rebecca Porche.

In this one-day workshop we’ll learn fast ways to apply curvilinear shapes to cloth, how to achieve impeccable hand-turned appliqué and how to make your own templates. This class is designed for all skill levels and great for beginners.

Saturday, March 28
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Rebecca Porche
Fee: $100 + materials

Registration options:

  • Online via PayPal:
  • By phone. Call Cloth at 828.273.7454

Cloth Basics: Everyday Alterations

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One size does not fill all and learning to make basic adjustments and alterations on your clothes is empowering! We will cover hemming and simple tailoring methods that are useful for changing the fit of garments. Please bring in anything you would like to practice on or make adjustments to.

Saturday, April 11
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Deanna Lynch
Fee: $85

All supplies and materials included in workshop fee.

Registration options:

  • Online via PayPal:
  • By phone. Call Cloth at 828.273.7454

Natural Dye: A Study of Mordants

Mordant print image

Detail of mordant prints by Catherine Ellis.

Whether you are an immersion dyer, a printer, or an eco-printer, mordants are an essential element to the natural dye process. They can enhance or alter the colors achieved from a single dye.

During this class we will investigate the best mordant practices for wool, silk, and cotton for both immersion dyeing and printing.

The class will explore alum and iron. Titanium will be used to heighten the effects of certain dyes and tannins. We will compare pre-mordanting, post-mordanting, and middle-mordanting and dispel some of the “myths” about mordanting and why some practices can damage the mordant.

At the end of the week, you will go away with a notebook of samples and a deeper understanding of how mordants can be utilized to control and enhance your own studio dye practice.

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, April 23, 24 & 25
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Catherine Ellis
Fee: $300 + $20 materials fee

See Materials List & Fees

Registration options:

  • Online via PayPal:
  • By phone. Call Cloth at 828.273.7454

Cloth Fundamentals: Painting with Mordants

image of mordant painting

Detail of mordant painting by Rebecca Porche.

Learn how to achieve a range of hues from a single dyepot! On the first day of this 2 day workshop we’ll mix, thicken and pain with several mordants. We’ll dye on day 2 and observe as our fabrics take up a range of colors. A basic knowledge of mordanting and natural dye process is helpful in this class. This is a great way for artists with minimal studio space to learn how to maximize process and results. All materials provided in materials fee.

Saturday & Sunday, May 9 & 10
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Rebecca Porche
Fee: $200 + materials

Registration options:

  • Online via PayPal:
  • By phone. Call Cloth at 828.273.7454

Growing Your Dye Garden

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This workshop is dedicated to the dye plants that can be cultivated in our region. We will talk about historical uses of these dyes and discuss what you need to know about planting and maintaining your color garden. When do you plant, how far do you space the plants, how much to plant, what parts of the plant give dye, etc.? Seed sources will be shared and plant starts will be available. All skill levels are welcome, from the novice gardener to those wishing to scale up their dye production.

Saturday, May 23
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Melanie Wilder
Fee: $100 + materials

Registration options:

  • Online via PayPal:
  • By phone. Call Cloth at 828.273.7454

Cloth Basics: Designing a Garment


Learn what looks good on you through a number of exercises and examples. Investigate basic concepts to create a well fitting, interesting garment suitable for the fabric of your choice (woven, felted, commercial). Practice concepts on crocus and mannequins to design a great garment you will want to wear again and again. This class is great for budding fashion designers or if you’ve been frustrated with the fit of off-the-rack clothing. All levels welcome - you’ll leave knowing how to create items you’ll love that love you back.

Saturday, May 30
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Joan Berner (see artist's website)
Fee: $150

All supplies and materials included in workshop fee.

Registration options:

  • Online via PayPal:
  • By phone. Call Cloth at 828.273.7454

Special Workshop: From Field to Fashion with Barbara Zaretsky & Dede Styles

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In this workshop you will learn how to create a sophisticated color palette by using a variety of local dye plants, combined with a few classical natural dyes.

Dede Styles will begin by taking the group out ‘in the field’ where you’ll learn to identify and forage dye plants in and around the River Arts District. Upon returning to the studio, she’ll talk about the plants you found, as well as others that are seasonally available. Dede will then demonstrate how to prepare these plants for dying.

Barbara Zaretsky will discuss fabric types, identification methods and uses, and how to mordant protein and cellulose fibers. We will discuss dying equipment and heat source options and together we’ll mordant silk, wool, cotton and linen fibers. Using these mordanted fibers, the plants you found, as well as a few others, you will learn how to dye a beautiful and fashionable palette as you create a collection of naturally dyed swatches.

At the conclusion of the workshop you will leave with recipes, swatches and the knowledge needed to recreate these colors in your own studio or home.

Friday & Saturday, June 5 & 6
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Barbara Zaretsky & Dede Styles
Fee: $275 + materials 

Registration options:

  • Online via PayPal:
  • By phone. Call Cloth at 828.273.7454

Cloth Basics: Drawing Into Cloth

Mini Quilts

Detail of work by Deanna Lynch.

Drawing into cloth is a relaxed and free-flowing technique that integrates drawing and sewing. Bring any fabric or yarn scarps that inspire you (lots will also be provided) and an open mind. This is a fun and simple approach to working out ideas and process in cloth and can serve as inspiration for future projects. No drawing skills needed.

Saturday, June 27
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Deanna Lynch
Fee: $105

All supplies and materials included but students are welcome to bring anything to aid in their exploration.

Registration options:

  • Online via PayPal:
  • By phone. Call Cloth at 828.273.7454
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