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Textiles West Lecture Series

Each month Textiles West offers a unique discovery talk covering a unique area of Textile Arts. Join us to learn, share and contribute to the conversation. 

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Upcoming events and Classes

    • February 24, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center
    • 8
    Register


    Create Indigo Shibori Table Top Linens.  This class is easy, and so much fun!  Learn about Indigo Dyeing and Shibori Resist Techniques while making your choice of an assortment of napkins, table runners or placemats.

    Students will receive a brief history of indigo and learn simple shibori resist techniques on cotton fabric squares. After a lunch break you will apply those techniques to create your own beautiful, unique sets of of table top linens!

    For: Beginners and up

    The supply fee of $20.00 includes: indigo, cotton, resist supplies, napkins, table runners.

    Location: TWIL Dye Lab @ MAC


    • February 28, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL @ the Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO 80829
    • 2
    Register
    Curious about weaving but not ready to invest in your own equipment? This class is just right for experiencing the joy of weaving. With Mary Madison, you will learn the basics of weaving on a rigid heddle loom and at the end of the day take home your very own handwoven scarf.
    Supply fee: $15 for use of loom choice of two skeins of yarn


    • March 03, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • TWIL
    • 5
    Register

    In this class, participants will use corn dextrin resist, wood blocks, thermafaxes, and procion mx dyes to create designs on pre made silk scarves. Don’t know what some of these things are? Take this introductory class and learn the basics of producing beautiful masterpieces with your own two hands.  Max 6 students, all experience welcome.  Please wear a dye appropriate clothing and/or an apron.

     

     $25 Materials fee for two silk scarves, dye equipment and tools.


    • March 10, 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Thread Lab@ Cottonwood Center for the Arts 427 E.Colorado Ave Colorado Springs CO
    Register


    We are excited to offer this lecture given jointly by Indigo experts Ruth Chandler and Judi Arndt. Ruth will be discussing the amazing history of indigo and how it has influenced the global economy and Judi will share what she learned about the current state of the world wide indigo market at the Indigo Sutra Conference in Kolkata, India held Nov 2017


    Judi Arndt is a dedicated textile enthusiast, collector, and world traveler seeking to discover the history and importance of weaving, dyeing, and embellishment in cultures around the world.

    Ruth Chandler had the privilege of growing up in Japan where a neighbor introduced her to Sashiko and Indigo. Both have remained a lifelong pursuit and passion. In her own unique style she loves to blend new techniques with the old that usually shows the influence of her years spent in Japan. Many of her classes focus on hand stitching, however, she also teaches garment construction, indigo dye classes, bag classes, and children’s classes. Ruth has authored two books and teaches at The Thread Lab and Textiles West in Colorado Springs, CO. 

    • March 17, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TWIL@Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave

    Wanna play with giants?  Giant knitting needles, that is. 

    Join us for another round of CrossKnit: Learn to create quick knits using jumbo yarn, gigantic needles, and even your own arms.  Ken Chapin, needlemaker at Intreccio Giant Knitting Needles, will be bringing an impressive collection of extreme needles for you to play with while Emilie Odeile, veteran knitter & designer, will be on hand to help you master the art of oversized knitting.  

    Bring your own materials, play with ours, or pre-order machine washable jumbo yarn (while supplies last) to pick up the day of the event!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/SuperChunkyYarn Be sure to mention CrossKnit when you place your yarn order to receive a full refund on all shipping charges.

    All ages and skill levels encouraged to attend!

    Manitou Art Center / Textiles West

    Saturday, Mar 17th 11am-1pm


    • March 17, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO
    • 20
    Register


    A fun afternoon of indigo dyeing with Textiles West. Learn some easy shibori techniques and dye some beautiful pieces of indigo on our cotton fabric. If you would like to dye tee shirts we will have a few for sale or you are welcome to bring your own cotton or natural fiber tees (up to 3). Beer and wine available for purchase 





    • March 24, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 10
    Register


    I have a fascination with things that are aged, showing the patina of time. I even have a collection (pile) of rusty stuff that my family refers to as the Rust Garden;  A much better term than pile of rusty trash.

    In this workshop we will explore how to create marks on fabric and paper using rusty treasures and perhaps some other gifts from nature.

    Supply fee: $20

    Supplies to bring:

    Fabrics: fabric-white and light colored prints, vintage linens, lace all work well. No more than 2-3 yards total

    Paper: papers that can handle some water such as cotton rag, watercolor, older heavy book paper

    Any rusty things you have on hand. 



    • March 31, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TWIL@Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs
    • 12
    Register

    This class is for people who are interested in natural dyes, yet unsure if they are ready to commit.  It's meant to be a fun way to spend the afternoon.  Students will dye (2) pre-mordanted silk scarves using basic shibori (twisting, tying, and binding) techniques to create texture and design.  max 12 students.  All levels of experience and ages welcome.  Please wear appropriate clothing and/or and apron

     

    $15.00 provides for (2) silk scarves and dye.


    • April 21, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TWIL@Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave

    Wanna play with giants?  Giant knitting needles, that is. 

    Join us for another round of CrossKnit: Learn to create quick knits using jumbo yarn, gigantic needles, and even your own arms.  Ken Chapin, needlemaker at Intreccio Giant Knitting Needles, will be bringing an impressive collection of extreme needles for you to play with while Emilie Odeile, veteran knitter & designer, will be on hand to help you master the art of oversized knitting.  

    Bring your own materials, play with ours, or pre-order machine washable jumbo yarn (while supplies last) to pick up the day of the event!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/SuperChunkyYarn Be sure to mention CrossKnit when you place your yarn order to receive a full refund on all shipping charges.

    All ages and skill levels encouraged to attend!

    Manitou Art Center / Textiles West

    Saturday, April 21st 11am-1pm


    • May 12, 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Thread Lab@ Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E.Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO
    Register

    In this presentation I talk about the physics of color in terms of light and wavelength but also address perhaps spiritual or perhaps emotional elements that artists use to communicate to the viewer. We are all familiar to the symbolic use of color in the painting of Van Gogh. As a tapestry weaver I dye my own yarns. My approach to creating a full pallet of color in the dye studio is very structured using stock solutions in relationship to the weight of the yarns to be dyed. In this way I am able to control very specific hue and value gradations. Dying protein fiber with acid dyes, vinegar setting the dye, is and amazing thing as the color migrates from the water in the dye pot to the yarn over time leaving clear liquid at the end of the dyeing cycle. It is kind of magical for me.

    • May 19, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TWIL@Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave

    Wanna play with giants?  Giant knitting needles, that is. 

    Join us for another round of CrossKnit: Learn to create quick knits using jumbo yarn, gigantic needles, and even your own arms.  Ken Chapin, needlemaker at Intreccio Giant Knitting Needles, will be bringing an impressive collection of extreme needles for you to play with while Emilie Odeile, veteran knitter & designer, will be on hand to help you master the art of oversized knitting.  

    Bring your own materials, play with ours, or pre-order machine washable jumbo yarn (while supplies last) to pick up the day of the event!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/SuperChunkyYarn Be sure to mention CrossKnit when you place your yarn order to receive a full refund on all shipping charges.

    All ages and skill levels encouraged to attend!

    Manitou Art Center / Textiles West

    Saturday, May 19th 11am-1pm


    • June 09, 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Thread Lab@ Cottonwood Center for the Arts 427 E.Colorado Ave Colorado Springs Co
    Register
    If you're sourcing vintage clothing for your wardrobe, for theatrical use, or for resale, knowing how to identify what was made when is imperative to the accurate impression of your characters AND paying (or asking) appropriate prices. Wink O'Connell, owner of Tiddleywink Vintage, will bring examples spanning most decades of the 20th century, and discuss "secret" clues to look for whether you're scouring racks at the thrift store, digging through dark closets at an estate sale, or buying online from an unknown vendor.

    Bio
    With closets stuffed-to-brimming from more than 25 years of collecting vintage clothing, "Wink" has become a devoted wardrobe connoisseur whose collection is a unique time-capsule of the past. Vintage knowledge is not her only forte, as Wink has spent more than 20 years as a professional graphic designer, earning her BFA degree in 1995. Her range of experience includes working with Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and ad agencies. In her “spare time” you are likely to find her watching a 1940s classic film or searching for her next vintage find. To maintain a perfectly cluttered home, Wink keeps up with accumulating vintage cookbooks, Bakelite jewelry, and cat hair.


    • June 16, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TWIL@Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave

    Wanna play with giants?  Giant knitting needles, that is. 

    Join us for another round of CrossKnit: Learn to create quick knits using jumbo yarn, gigantic needles, and even your own arms.  Ken Chapin, needlemaker at Intreccio Giant Knitting Needles, will be bringing an impressive collection of extreme needles for you to play with while Emilie Odeile, veteran knitter & designer, will be on hand to help you master the art of oversized knitting.  

    Bring your own materials, play with ours, or pre-order machine washable jumbo yarn (while supplies last) to pick up the day of the event!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/SuperChunkyYarn Be sure to mention CrossKnit when you place your yarn order to receive a full refund on all shipping charges.

    All ages and skill levels encouraged to attend!

    Manitou Art Center / Textiles West

    Saturday, June 16th 11am-1pm


    • July 21, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TWIL@Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave

    Wanna play with giants?  Giant knitting needles, that is. 

    Join us for another round of CrossKnit: Learn to create quick knits using jumbo yarn, gigantic needles, and even your own arms.  Ken Chapin, needlemaker at Intreccio Giant Knitting Needles, will be bringing an impressive collection of extreme needles for you to play with while Emilie Odeile, veteran knitter & designer, will be on hand to help you master the art of oversized knitting.  

    Bring your own materials, play with ours, or pre-order machine washable jumbo yarn (while supplies last) to pick up the day of the event!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/SuperChunkyYarn Be sure to mention CrossKnit when you place your yarn order to receive a full refund on all shipping charges.

    All ages and skill levels encouraged to attend!

    Manitou Art Center / Textiles West

    Saturday, July 21st 11am-1pm


    • August 25, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TWIL@Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave

    Wanna play with giants?  Giant knitting needles, that is. 

    Join us for another round of CrossKnit: Learn to create quick knits using jumbo yarn, gigantic needles, and even your own arms.  Ken Chapin, needlemaker at Intreccio Giant Knitting Needles, will be bringing an impressive collection of extreme needles for you to play with while Emilie Odeile, veteran knitter & designer, will be on hand to help you master the art of oversized knitting.  

    Bring your own materials, play with ours, or pre-order machine washable jumbo yarn (while supplies last) to pick up the day of the event!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/SuperChunkyYarn Be sure to mention CrossKnit when you place your yarn order to receive a full refund on all shipping charges.

    All ages and skill levels encouraged to attend!

    Manitou Art Center / Textiles West

    Saturday, Aug 25th 11am-1pm


    • September 15, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TWIL@Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave

    Wanna play with giants?  Giant knitting needles, that is. 

    Join us for another round of CrossKnit: Learn to create quick knits using jumbo yarn, gigantic needles, and even your own arms.  Ken Chapin, needlemaker at Intreccio Giant Knitting Needles, will be bringing an impressive collection of extreme needles for you to play with while Emilie Odeile, veteran knitter & designer, will be on hand to help you master the art of oversized knitting.  

    Bring your own materials, play with ours, or pre-order machine washable jumbo yarn (while supplies last) to pick up the day of the event!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/SuperChunkyYarn Be sure to mention CrossKnit when you place your yarn order to receive a full refund on all shipping charges.

    All ages and skill levels encouraged to attend!

    Manitou Art Center / Textiles West

    Saturday, Sept 15th 11am-1pm


    • October 20, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TWIL@Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave

    Wanna play with giants?  Giant knitting needles, that is. 

    Join us for another round of CrossKnit: Learn to create quick knits using jumbo yarn, gigantic needles, and even your own arms.  Ken Chapin, needlemaker at Intreccio Giant Knitting Needles, will be bringing an impressive collection of extreme needles for you to play with while Emilie Odeile, veteran knitter & designer, will be on hand to help you master the art of oversized knitting.  

    Bring your own materials, play with ours, or pre-order machine washable jumbo yarn (while supplies last) to pick up the day of the event!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/SuperChunkyYarn Be sure to mention CrossKnit when you place your yarn order to receive a full refund on all shipping charges.

    All ages and skill levels encouraged to attend!

    Manitou Art Center / Textiles West

    Saturday, Oct 20th 11am-1pm


Past events

February 17, 2018 Play with Giants: a demonstration
February 16, 2018 Dying Protein Fiber
February 15, 2018 Inspire Me: Intro to Natural Dyes
February 14, 2018 Curious about Weaving?
February 14, 2018 Quilted Postcard
February 10, 2018 Inspire Me: Wrangle those Fibers
February 10, 2018 The Art of Angora
February 03, 2018 Pattern Play Scarf
January 31, 2018 Weaving Certification
January 27, 2018 Delectable Paper and Cloth: exploring gelatin plate printing
January 26, 2018 Cricket Weaving: Rigid Heddle Techniques with Heather Cotterman
January 24, 2018 Curious About Weaving?
January 20, 2018 Introduction to Bobbin Lace with Elizabeth Barber
January 17, 2018 Weaving Certification
January 10, 2018 Curious About Weaving?
December 18, 2017 Dye Lab Certification
December 16, 2017 Textile Holiday Market
December 15, 2017 Textile Holiday Market
December 13, 2017 Weaving Certification
December 11, 2017 Dye Lab Certification
December 09, 2017 Inspire Me: Magic Silk Scarves
December 09, 2017 Inspire Me: Eco-print on Fabric
December 07, 2017 Inspire Me: Deck the Halls with silk & fiber
December 06, 2017 Curious About Weaving?
December 06, 2017 Inspire Me: Quilted Postcard
December 01, 2017 Beginning Felting: Abstract Wall Hanging
November 30, 2017 Inspire Me: Eco-print on paper
November 27, 2017 Dye Lab Certification
November 25, 2017 Inspire Me: Pattern Play Scarf
November 24, 2017 Magic Silk Scarves
November 17, 2017 TWIL Discovery Days
November 17, 2017 Fabric & Paper Design with Photoshop
November 15, 2017 Create a Waterfall Vest: Shibori & Indigo
November 15, 2017 Print Your Art Out
November 15, 2017 Curious About Weaving?
November 11, 2017 Blue Hands Festival
November 11, 2017 Fabrics that Wove the West
November 08, 2017 Weaving Certification
November 04, 2017 Surface Design on Fabric with Natural Dyes
November 03, 2017 Print Your Art Out
November 01, 2017 Dye Lab Certification
November 01, 2017 Weaving Certification
November 01, 2017 Fabric & Paper Design with Photoshop
October 30, 2017 Dye Lab Certification
October 28, 2017 Introduction to Bobbin Lace with Elizabeth Barber
October 25, 2017 Dye Lab Certification
October 25, 2017 Weaving Certification
October 23, 2017 Dye Lab Certification
October 21, 2017 Tactile
October 18, 2017 Curious About Weaving?
October 14, 2017 Eco Printing on Paper

Textiles West
@ Cottonwood Center for the Arts
427 E Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Textiles West ~ TWIL
@ Manitou Art Center
513 Manitou Ave
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

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