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Local craft classes

Cloth Fiber Workshop hosts a workshop on Shibori Resists with MX Dyes, taught by Heather Hietala. “Working with natural fibers and stitching, clamping, and pole wrapping you’ll create controlled yet not, patterns of color,” says a description of the class. “MX dyes are translucent and work wonderfully over dyed fabrics adding another layer of pattern and color.” A rayon scarf will be provided and attendees can bring their own fabrics to work on. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 23 and 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. All levels welcome. $175 plus materials. Find the materials list here. Register here.

Black Mountain Center for the Arts offers and array of private and group classes. While the year-round intermediate clay classes for adults are currently full, there are openings in the beginner-to-intermediate classes, which run for six weeks. Start on any Thursday, 4-6 p.m. Geoff Bird teaches. Registration allows for open studio time and costs $135 per session plus a $50 lab fee for clay, glazes and firing. Register at the BMAC office (25 West State St., Black Mountain).

Odyssey Ceramic Arts is currently enrolling for its late-summer classes. Learn to make hand-built tableware, stacking and nesting sets and functional tea sets; study wheel throwing, object photography, installation art and how to use Etsy. Classes range from $75 (Etsy) to $300 plus lab fees (ceramics). Class descriptions here. Register by calling 285-0210.

Asheville Cotton Co. kicks off its Quilt As You Go class on Monday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Michie Lee Blevins teaches. Attendees will make a sample block in class. Go here for the supply list. $45.

Want to learn about crafts and make new friends? lists a number of crafting groups. Join in card making and scrapbooking in Brevard, paper crafting in Hendersonville and the WNC chapter of the American Sewing Guild in Waynesville, among other options.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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