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Altered Threads

Altered Threads specializes in wearable fiber art in Brasstown.

“Oh Sister Wear Art Now”

Located along Old Highway 64 in Brasstown Village, a cozy 1940s-era house is home to Altered Threads. If the weather is nice, visitors will come up upon Suzanne Poirier felting under a tent top in the yard. There, the artist makes textured, hand-felted apparel designs, embellished with silks, velvets, and beadwork. Her studio name refers to the fact that she has “altered” traditional techniques to achieve a distinctive style all her own. 

 Poirier has been a “maker of things” since she was 8 years old. Having been given a hand-made blue yarn doll, she embarked on a felting journey of 18 years. Broadening out, she spent time as an owner of a drapery business, a hand quilting instructor, and myriad other endeavors. For several years, she had a studio in New Zealand on an Alpaca farm. 

Altered Threads is a fiber art studio and showroom where visitors can see and purchase a line of clothing that Poirier so cleverly calls, “Oh Sister Wear Art Now.” The line of clothing includes capes, tabards, vests, hats, and accessories. Also available are a selection of Shawbouti shawls, each one-of-a-kind and hand-knit. All items are for sale and the artist can make and ship custom orders as well. 

Besides her collection of wearable art, the shop offers a gallery of fiber painted canvases along with hand-crafted silk fusion paper-made items. The artist wants Altered Threads to become a gathering place where local artists can meet weekly. She had developed a series of workshops to teach various fiber arts and also offers courses through the nearby John C. Campbell Folk School. 

 Open by appointment


10905 Old Highway 64 WestBrasstown, NC 28902Get DirectionsPhone: 404-625-7079Web: https://www.facebook.com/alteredthreadsfab/Email: suzannepoirier@mac.com

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