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blue ridge handweaving show

Supported by the

Western North Carolina
Fibers/Handweavers Guild, Inc.

The show of winners is now open at Grove Arcade, One Page Ave., Suite #115 (downtown), Asheville, NC. Grove Arcade Arts and Heritage Galley hours 10 AM-6 PM Monday through Saturday and 12 Noon- 5 PM Sunday.

For a complete catalog, a gallery tour of pictures, and a list of winners of the 2006 show, go to

Morning Glory by Betty Carlson

In the 2004 show, the winner of the HGA award was Betty Carlson's "Morning Glory"

The mission of the Blue Ridge Handweaving Show is to encourage and support both amateur and professional handloom weavers at all levels and to increase public awareness of their work.

The 2006 Blue Ridge Handweaving Show will have two venues: the Asheville show, October 18-November 17, will be held in the John M. Crawford Gallery in the Walker Arts Building at The Asheville School, 360 Asheville School Road, Asheville, NC. Winning entries will then be shown from November 20 - December 24 at Grove Arcade Arts and Heritage Gallery, One Page Ave., Suite #115 (downtown), Asheville, NC

The School is located off Smoky Park Highway (US 19/23) as it turns into Patton Avenue. The entrance is Asheville School Road which turns off Patton just west of the NC Driver's License Office on the same side of Patton. The Walker Arts Building is located at the back of the campus across from the soccer field. Parking will be directed at the opening.

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amateur/professional definitions

engage in handweaving as a pastime or hobby.
generate income by marketing their work or teaching handweaving.

Entrants must indicate amateur or professional status on entry form.

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There will be amateur and professional divisions in each of the following categories:
  1. Accessories - Scarves, purses, jewelry, etc.
  2. Decorative Functional - Linens, rugs, pillows, afghans, etc.
  3. Decorative Non-Functional - Wall hangings, tapestries, 3-D work, etc.
  4. Wearable - Clothing
  5. Yardage - Minimum 3-yard length plus 14" full-width handling piece. Roll both pieces on a cardboard tube - do not fold. Weaver must be willing to allow the yardage to be hemmed and weighted for display.

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The judges are:

Neal Howard, a professional weaver and dyer for 15 years, is a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Piedmont Craftsmen, and Handweavers Guild of America. A graduate of the Production Crafts program at Haywood Community College, she has been a Studio Assistant at Penland School in dyeing, weaving, and color theory for fiber artists. In addition to teaching beginner weaving and dyeing workshops, Neal makes educational presentations to weaving, knitting, and sewing guilds and dyeing and woven shibori demonstrations to the general public at fine craft gallery and show venues.

Liz Spear is a full-time studio weaver of yardage and maker of garments, in Western North Carolina. She teaches at Penland, Arrowmont, ACC, and John C. Campbell Folk School, and is an exhibiting member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Piedmont Craftsman, In.c, and Handweavers Guild of America. Her collaborations with other artists in art-quilts, dyeing, marbling, felting, paper, and polymer clay have produced a series of exhibition coats shown all over the country.

Kathrin Weber Scott is a professional hand-dyer and handweaver. She works in color and color flow creating functional items in cotton and other natural fibers. She is a member of Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Piedmont Craftsmen, and Carolina Designer Craftsmen. Kathrin regularly exhibits at American Craft Council events and other national juried shows. She teaches dyeing and weaving at the John C. Campbell Folk School as well as seminars and workshops through fiber guilds.


Awards will be given in each category. Special awards, including the HGA Award, will also be presented

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entry fee & procedure

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delivery & shipping

hand-delivered entries

shipped entries


The Asheville School will insure work while it is on display. Please note the insurance value of each piece on your entry form, even if it is not for sale.


All entries will be handled with utmost care. Submission of art work automatically waives any claims for damage or loss against the WNC Fibers/Handweavers Guild. Consent for photographic reproduction for publicity purposes is to be assumed as part of the entry process.

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August 31, 2006    Entry form and fee due
October 6    Deadline for shipped entries
October 13   9 AM - 12 noon
Deliver entries to
The Asheville School
October 18    6 PM - 8 PM
Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony
October 18 - November 17    Asheville Show open to public
November 18    Entries which did not win an award to be picked up at Asheville School
November 20   Winning entries travel to Grove Arcade
Other entries to be shipped
November 20 - December 24   Award winners to be shown at Grove Arcade Gallery
January 3    Award winning works to be shipped or picked up

gallery hours - sales

John M. Crawford Gallery hours are 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday, October 18- November 17. Grove Arcade Arts and Heritage Galley hours 10 AM-6 PM Monday through Saturday and 12 Noon- 5 PM Sunday. The Blue Ridge Handweaving Show will retain a 20% commission on sales.

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for further information

For a printable entry form, download brhs entry form Note: this file requires Acrobat Reader which may be downloaded from
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Questions? Write Blue Ridge Handweaving Show
P O Box 18602
Asheville, NC 28814
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Last Updated Monday, November 27, 2006