About Us

Asheville Cotton Co. opened in 1997 as a tiny fabric store with a big dream.  Shortly after opening, owners Chip and Robin Culbertson began selling and servicing Bernina and Baby Lock sewing machines.  With the help of a super friendly, knowledgeable and talented staff, the shop now boasts more than 9000 bolts of quilting cotton, representing more than twenty major brands.  Asheville Cotton Co. also offers a variety of classes, bringing in both local and national teachers.


  • Bernina District O Dealer of the Year 2011
Our district is comprised of North Carolina, most of Tennessee, a large portion of Virginia, and West Virginia
  • Benartex Fabrics Customer of the Year 2010
  • Benartex Fabrics Customer of the Year 2011
  • Benartex Fabrics Customer of the Year 2012
  • Benartex Fabrics Customer of the Year 2014
  • Benartex Fabrics Customer of the Year 2015

Robin Culbertson

Robin not only loves to sew, but she loves to help other people in their sewing adventures. She especially loves helping customer pick out new sewing machines to match their needs.

Robin enjoys sewing early in the morning before work, and she has made a lot of the quilt samples in the store. She also likes to work on the website and help people pick out quilts.

In her spare time, she likes to do a little camping and hiking, and likes to hang out on her family's farm, where she likes to forage for wild foods.

Chip Culbertson

Chip is our head Sewing Machine Service Technician. He has sixteen years of experience and lots of training. He can really make a sewing machine purr!

Chip is also the guy who keeps the business going by paying all the bills.

When he's not working, you can find him hiking (this summer he completed hiking the entire the Swannanoa Valley Rim), working out or running, cooking a gourmet meal, tailgating at an Appalachian State University football game, or watching a NASCAR race.

Karen Mayne

Although Karen has a degree in physics, she lived in the textile dept at NC State. Her love for fiber/fabrics began at a young age at the knee of her grandmother. Karen loves creating and making the fabric do what she wants it to do. As a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Karen's designs have appeared in a series of books by Lark Publishing as well as a commissioned piece for the White House.

When she's not helping customers pick out fabulous quilts, she is sewing, dreaming about a trip to somewhere exotic or hanging out with one of her four kids.

Alice Drue Culbertson

You can call her Alice, you can call her Drue. We call her Drue. Either way, she's very helpful when you want to pick out a quilt, and won't stop looking for the perfect fabric until it's... perfect! We often joke about her being the Purple Queen because she loves the color purple. Sydney and Bethany also have mentioned that on her tombstone it will read: "Hmm, I don't know who's this is but I'm gonna eat it."

When she's not working, Drue is a mom to an awesome four-year-old, and Chip and Robin's daughter.

She absolutely loves animals, and has four horses, 2 adopted cats (From Mercy Fund Animal Group based in Nebo, NC), and one dog named Dixie (From Rusty's Legacy based in Marion, NC).

Bethany Marler

Bethany started working with us in March of 2015. She has been coming to the store with her mother Janet for the last 13 years to help teach Beginning Quilting. She has two dogs and a cat, loves Disney, reading and naps when she is not sewing or working.


Sydney Faulkner

Sydney has already has learned enough to make many shop samples from only starting to work and sew with us two years ago! Sydney is also a wiz at figuring out how to get all that new fabric onto our already overflowing shelves!

Ginny Benson 

Ginny started out by teaching the Machine Mastery classes at ACC way back in the beginning, 17 years ago. Ginny is now once again working three or four days a week, which is a true blessing for us. She is a wealth of information on sewing machines and accessories.

One of Ginny's six children is a baseball phenom, so she is spending a lot of time now at the ballfield.

Jo Leichte

Jo is a part time worker and Teacher here at Asheville Cotton Co. The other times she is teaching classes at AB Tech. Her classes are wonderful and she is really helpful in figuring out patterns and designs just by describing them (and drawing a picture).

In her spare time she fosters animals from Brother Wolf here in Asheville.

Lexi DeWitt

Lexi has always enjoyed sewing and working on costumes, especially Comic Con costumes. While taking a sewing class, Lexi fixed a sewing machine on the spot and was recommended to us by the teacher. Since she has lots of experience on the robotics team in high school, it was a perfect fit!