Celebrate American Craft Week 2017 at Local Cloth studio

Black Mountain News

The Local Cloth studio will be busy with fiber art demonstrations, pop-up shops and classes during American Craft Week 2017, Oct. 6-15. Located inside The Refinery, at 207 Coxe Ave., Suite 11, Asheville Local Cloth invites the public to create, experience, learn and shop for hand-felted, hand-dyed, hand-woven and hand-sewn textile art throughout the week.

Black Mountain resident Marian Sinks works at a loom during a previous weaving class at Local Cloth.

            Kicking off the week 5-8 p.m., Friday Oct. 6 is the opening of “We Are American Craft Week,” an Asheville Area Arts Council exhibit featuring work by Betty Hilton-Nash and Karen Donde, both textile artists and Local Cloth members. The exhibit runs Oct. 6-20 in the Thom Robinson and Ray Griffin Exhibit Space, also at The Refinery.

            Weekends offer three different felting classes. Details, fees and registration information are at

            Local Cloth Inc. is a Western North Carolina-based non-profit created to grow the fiber economy in the southern Appalachian region within 100 miles of the project’s Asheville headquarters. It focuses on craft artists, fiber animal farmers and producers, small scale fiber mills and processing businesses. Its mission is to support and sustain the fiber and textile arts economy and professions in the Blue Ridge Mountain region through collaboration, education and innovation.