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Discover a Passion for Textiles with our classes, lectures and events.

Class Levels: 

These guidelines are meant to help you choose the perfect class for you. 

Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels. The student may, however, be required to have a basic skill or have taken a certification class. For example, for a flat-pattern drafting class one need not know anything about flat-pattern drafting but should have a basic understanding of the sewing machine. Any prerequisites will be listed in the class description.

Concentration – The student will be invited to learn more about a certain subject and be expected to have had some experience with it or have taken a prior class. These classes will probably involve several sessions.
 
Saturation – Students are invited to delve deeply into the subject being taught. Instructors will expect students to be very familiar with the subject and will be teaching with the intent of advancing those skills.


For all our classes be sure to bring your curiosity, a sense of playfulness and a willingness to explore!

If you aren't sure if you are ready for a class just email us and we are happy to help.


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Upcoming events and Classes

    • April 20, 2020
    • (MDT)
    • October 03, 2020
    • (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    Register

     

    The Felted River Project

    Help us create a community art installation that pairs our region's love of nature and your hope for tomorrow.

    Felted wool is the oldest fabric created by humans. Isn't that cool? The process is easy and clean fun so it is great to do with just about any age or ability level.

    We invite you to create a felted rock (or many rocks) for our community river celebrating our love of nature and the beautiful community of the Pikes Peak Region. 

    Write a message, wish, dream or hope on your rock. Then gather your fibers and a rock and follow our video directions to create a felted rock.


    What? you don't happen to have wool fiber handy? 

    We can help with that....we have a lot!

    Because we are still affected by COVID-19 we have set up a system for you to RSVP to participate in the project. After you register we will contact you with the dates and times you may pick up fibers at our North Academy location (meeting all social distance requirements)  and how many people you need fiber for.

    You supply your own rock. We suggest nothing larger than 6" in any direction.


    Want to make it an educational art opportunity? You can read more here or here! And, of course on Wikipedia. Maybe the kids can make a mini Yurt!

    How about gift making? Mother's day is coming up. You can use the exact same process to felt soap. Felt up some special handmade soap from your local soap maker and you have a wonderful eco-friendly gift. 


    • August 05, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MDT)
    • Dye Garden
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor: Melody Williams

    Class Description: Textiles West’s Dye Garden is blooming and it’s harvest time! Enjoy spending time face to face with friends and new friends outside in our garden.  

    Harness the power of the sun and the materials of garden using old and new forms of photography for amazing results. Using solar sensitive dyes and cyanotype on fabric or paper, arrange your harvest and other small objects into patterns and collaged images. Watch your prints develop with the power of the sun and have your own harvest magically appear on fabric. 

    Families and other groups welcome. 

    Note: For your safety, we follow Flying Pig Farm’s COVID-19 safety measures. Masks are required for each participant and must be worn while working within 6 feet of other participants. Maximum of 10 students. You may bring your own clean/freshly launders garden gloves (more are available at the garden). 

     Location: Flying Pig Farm Keithly Rd Manitou Springs Co

    Materials fee: $25 (4 pieces, white cotton muslin,, assorted fabric, Bristol paper)

    Number of hours for class: 2 hrs

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $35

    Non-Member Price: $40


     

    Instructor Bio: Melody Williams is an arts educator, researcher, and fiber artist from Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 2007, MAAE 2020), they participated in community-level arts programs across the city in teaching and youth leadership. Melody is passionate about carbon emissions elimination, zero-waste practices, and climate justice for garment workers; and as a fiber artist they focus on mending practices, materials reuse, fashion construction, and printmedia for fibers.



    • August 08, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (MDT)
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd. Colorado Springs Co
    • 7
    Register

    Instructor: Melody Williams

    Class Description:

    Having trouble with your sewing machine? This workshop covers the troubleshooting steps for quick maintenance and repair, as well as assessment to see if further professional repair is needed for your sewing machine.

     

    All domestic machines are welcome! We will cover properly threading a variety of machines, checking tension, oiling, cleaning, and how to order simple replacement parts if needed.

     

    Important Notes: 

    (1) Textiles West is not a repair shop and some maintenance and repair requires professional repair or contacting your machine’s local dealer. However, we will assess your machine during the class.

    (2) This is not an introduction to sewing machines! For new users who would like an introduction to using their machine, please check our class list for Getting to Know You: Sewing Machines Intro.

     

    Student supply list:

    Your sewing machine (including machine needle, bobbin, and manual*)

    Scissors or snips

    All-purpose thread (not quilting or coat/button thread)

    *Don’t have your manual? Go to http://ismacs.net/free-sewing-machine-manuals-list.html and download manuals for free.


    Location: Textiles West North

    Number of hours for class: 1 hr


    Member Price: $18

    Non-Member Price: $20


    • August 12, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MDT)
    • Dye Garden
    • 8
    Register

    Instructor: Melody Williams

    Class Description: Textiles West’s Dye Garden is blooming and it’s harvest time! Enjoy spending time face to face with friends and new friends outside in our garden. Harvest natural dye materials from our garden and use hammers to pound the pigment of these flowers and plants to develop beautiful designs on fabric. 

    Families and other groups welcome. 

    Note: For your safety, we follow Flying Pig Farm’s COVID-19 safety measures. Masks are required for each participant and must be worn while working within 6 feet of other participants. Maximum of 10 students. You may bring your own clean/freshly launders garden gloves (more are available at the garden). 

     Flying Pig Farm Keithly Rd Manitou Springs Co

    Materials fee: $25 (Cotton samples, 1 produce bag, additional bags available for purchase)

    Number of hours for class: 2 hrs

    Class Level: fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $35

    Non-Member Price: $40

     

    Instructor Bio: Melody Williams is an arts educator, researcher, and fiber artist from Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 2007, MAAE 2020), they participated in community-level arts programs across the city in teaching and youth leadership. Melody is passionate about carbon emissions elimination, zero-waste practices, and climate justice for garment workers; and as a fiber artist they focus on mending practices, materials reuse, fashion construction, and printmedia for fibers.



    • August 14, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    Register


    Do you love to sew but sometimes find yourself a little lonely holed away in your sewing nook?

    Come spend a day at Textiles West North with others who share your passion. At this location, we have large tables on which to spread out, a cutting area with cutting mats and a large ironing center. We also have Bernina sewing machines and sergers for your use if you don’t want to bring your own.

    Maybe you just have some hand sewing to do – that’s great too!

    This is not a teaching time but there may be a short talk with fun information at the lunch hour. Everyone will be sewing their own projects but sewists are always willing to share their expertise.

    We’ll be open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Bring a lunch and come prepared for a day of fun with your peeps!

    This is a free event but donations are always appreciate. 


    • August 15, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 12
    Register

    Instructor:  Liz Kettle

    Class Description: 

    Do you have favorite clothes that have suffered from too much love? Mending is a practice of repair that helps us preserve our clothes, keeps garments out of landfills and brings us back to center with the meditative practice of stitching.   Win/Win 

    Learn how to sew on buttons, repair ripped seams, and patch holes with simple or decorative mending.  

    This monthly workshop will teach you how to repair, refresh and renew those favorite garments. 

    If you are not able to afford this workshop please contact us for scholarship info. 

    Student supply list:  bring freshly washed items in need of mending or stitch repair. Unfortunately, we cannot help with zippers at this time.   

    Location:  Textiles West North

    Number of hours for class: 2 hours

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome


    Special Pricing

    Member Price: $20

    Non-Member Price: $25


    Instructor Bio: Why I Sew:

    I have been intrigued with stitching since I was a child. I have never lost the feeling that something magical happens when you combine fabric and stitch. There are just so many possibilities….will this fabric want to be a bag, a journal cover, or a skirt or become part of a special story in collage? Fabric is such a malleable material. It can be draped, sculpted, textured or smooth. Stitching is so incredibly satisfying….why would anyone not sew?


    • August 18, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    Braiding is fascinating! We are not talking little three strand braids here but 8, 16, and 32 strand braids. This class explores how to create Peruvian sling braids using cotton cords and simple forms to help manage the cords. Students will learn how to read patterns and create them. No experience is necessary for this class.

    Materials fee: $5 to cover braiding form and cotton cord used in class.

    Student supply list:

    scissors,

    notebook and pencil

    Location: Textiles West North

    Number of hours for class: 3 hrs

    Class Level: Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels. The student may, however, be required to have a basic skill or have taken a certification class. For example, for a flat-pattern drafting class one need not know anything about flat-pattern drafting but should have a basic understanding of the sewing machine. Any prerequisites will be listed in the class description.

    Member Price:$45

    Non-Member Price:$55


    Instructor Bio: Betsy started her exploration of spinning at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, TX in 1981 in a wheel spinning class taught by Doris Glenn. By then end of the 6 week class she had purchased her first spinning wheel. In the years since Betsy has share spinning with both adults and children and has studied with spinners across the country including Rita Buchannan, Ed Franquemont and Joanne Ruane. She has expanded her knowledge to include a variety of forms of spindle spinning and how to spin a vast array of fibers from both animals and plants. The learning continues.





    • August 19, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MDT)
    • Dye Garden
    • 6
    Register

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    Instructor: Melody Williams

    Class Description: Textiles West’s Dye Garden is blooming and it’s harvest time! Enjoy spending time face to face with friends and new friends outside in our garden. This workshop combines two exciting processes in one fun day. 

    Solar Printing: Harness the power of the sun and the garden into some incredible solar printed works of art. Arrange your harvest and other small objects or materials on paper or fabric and let the sun work its magic. 

    Bundle Dyeing: Harvest directly from the garden and have fun experimenting with bundle dyeing, a direct press method for creating beautiful patterns and subtle shades. 

    Families and other groups welcome. 

    Note: For your safety, we follow Flying Pig Farm’s COVID-19 safety measures. Masks are required for each participant and must be worn while working within 6 feet of other participants. Maximum of 10 students. You may bring your own clean/freshly launders garden gloves (more are available at the garden). 

     Location: Flying Pig Farm Keithly Rd Manitou Springs CO

    Materials fee: $25

    Number of hours for class: 3 hrs

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $45

    Non-Member Price: $55


     

    Instructor Bio: Melody Williams is an arts educator, researcher, and fiber artist from Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 2007, MAAE 2020), they participated in community-level arts programs across the city in teaching and youth leadership. Melody is passionate about carbon emissions elimination, zero-waste practices, and climate justice for garment workers; and as a fiber artist they focus on mending practices, materials reuse, fashion construction, and printmedia for fibers.



    • August 22, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    • 8
    Register

    Instructor: Liz Kettle

    Stitching and beading on silk ribbons and fibers lighter than air seems impossible but these ephemeral thread lace embroideries are quite simple to create…but, shush...let’s keep that little bit to ourselves and let everyone think we have special fairy stitching talents.

    In this class we will create these magical embroideries with free motion sewing machine stitching and simple hand embroidery stitches. This class is suitable for beginners and up. Basic familiarity with machine stitching required; some hand stitching experience is helpful.  Even if you have never done any free motion sewing you can do this.

    Material Fee: $5  for specialty stabilizers for your project

    Supplies to bring:

    For this class you will want to decide in advance what colors you want to play with and choose your supplies based on those colors. You only need small amounts of a variety of the suggested fibers, fabrics and yarns. 

    1. Fibers: silk, wool or acrylic loose fibers or bulky yarn
    2. Fabrics:  you may want some small pieces of silk, linen or cotton fabric to add to your piece.
    3. Thread: You will want a variety of threads to choose from; cotton, rayon, polyester, metallic, holographic. You do not need all of these different types. Bring threads that will blend as well as contrast with your fibers and fabrics.
    4. Yarns: A selection of medium and fine yarns, woven yarn tapes, and narrow ribbon in your chosen color palette. You do not need one of each type I listed. 
    5. Needles: Large chenille needle for hand stitching and size 90 embroidery needle for machine work. (available in the Thread Lab)

    Location: Textiles West North

    Number of hours: 6 hrs

    Class Level : Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels. The student may, however, be required to have a basic skill or have taken a certification class. For example, for a flat-pattern drafting class one need not know anything about flat-pattern drafting but should have a basic understanding of the sewing machine. Any prerequisites will be listed in the class description.

    Member Price: $85

    Non-Member Price:$95


    bio: I have been intrigued with stitching since I was a child. I have never lost the feeling that something magical happens when you combine fabric and stitch. There are just so many possibilities….will this fabric want to be a bag, a journal cover, or a skirt or become part of a special story in collage? Fabric is such a malleable material. It can be draped, sculpted, textured or smooth. Stitching is so incredibly satisfying….why would anyone not sew?


    • August 25, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    Have you ever wondered how yarn is made or how a spinning wheel works? This class is for you! You will learn how to create a continuous yarn using a spinning wheel as well as fiber preparation.   If you have a spinning wheel but need to refresh you spinning skills please join use too. Wheels will be available for use at the class.

      Student Supply List:  Notebook for notes and something to write with.

      Material Fee:  $20, includes equipment rental

    Location:  Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs

    Number of hours for class: 3 hrs

      Class Level:  Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels. The student may, however, be required to have a basic skill or have taken a certification class. For example, for a flat-pattern drafting class one need not know anything about flat-pattern drafting but should have a basic understanding of the sewing machine. Any prerequisites will be listed in the class description.

      Member:$45

      Non-member: $55

     


      Bio: Betsy started her exploration of spinning at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, TX in 1981 in a wheel spinning class taught by Doris Glenn. By then end of the 6 week class she had purchased her first spinning wheel. In the years since Betsy has share spinning with both adults and children and has studied with spinners across the country including Rita Buchannan, Ed Franquemont and Joanne Ruane. She has expanded her knowledge to include a variety of forms of spindle spinning and how to spin a vast array of fibers from both animals and plants. The learning continues.




    • August 28, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    • 8
    Register


    Do you love learning new things?

    Is the learning experience even more fun with friends?

    AND to top it all off, what if there was wine involved?

    Join us for the Textiles West Wine Series where we explore new skills among friends while sharing a glass.

    We will meet the 4th Friday of every month for this fun event. Put it on your calendar and gather your friends for a great night out. The parties (oops, learning times) will be hosted by our amazing Textiles West teachers.

    August 28, 2020 we will be meeting to make waxed cotton lunch bags.

    No experience necessary...we mean it! 

     Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    5:30 – 8:30pm, once a month.  Come over right after work and there will be plentiful snacks


    • August 29, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, co
    • 5
    Register

    Instructor:  Liz Kettle

    Description:

    Once you go free motion you never go back…

    Drop those feed dogs and discover just how much fun free motion stitching is!  Drawing with your needle is easy once you learn the tools that make your stitching easier.  A great class for beginners as well as experienced sewists.


    Material fee $15 includes fabrics, stabilizers and thread


    We have Bernina 350series machines in class for you to use but you are welcome to bring your own machine. Just make sure it has the ability to drop or cover the feed dogs (teeth) and bring a free motion darning or quilting foot.  Be sure to bring all your power cords and your manual if you aren’t familiar with free motion stitching on your machine.


    Location:  Textiles West North, 6545 N. Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO

    Number of hours for class: 3 hours

    Class Level: Fascination, beginning class



    Member Price:  $45

    Non-Member Price:  $55


    Instructor Bio: Why I Sew:

    I have been intrigued with stitching since I was a child. I have never lost the feeling that something magical happens when you combine fabric and stitch. There are just so many possibilities….will this fabric want to be a bag, a journal cover, or a skirt or become part of a special story in collage? Fabric is such a malleable material. It can be draped, sculpted, textured or smooth. Stitching is so incredibly satisfying….why would anyone not sew?

     



    • September 01, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    • 4
    Register

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    Have you ever wondered how bands of fabric for belts, guitar straps, purses or wall hangings are made? Come explore the world of Warp-faced Band Weaving. You will learn how to read an Inkle Weaving draft, warp an Inkle loom and weave a piece of warp faced fabric.

    Student Supply List:  Students should bring notebook and pen for writing notes.

    Material Fee: $20, includes equipment rental

    Location: Textiles West North 6525 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    Number of hours for class: 3 hrs

    Class Level: Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels. The student may, however, be required to have a basic skill or have taken a certification class. For example, for a flat-pattern drafting class one need not know anything about flat-pattern drafting but should have a basic understanding of the sewing machine. Any prerequisites will be listed in the class description.

    Member: $45

    Non-Member: $55


    Bio: Betsy started her exploration of spinning at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, TX in 1981 in a wheel spinning class taught by Doris Glenn. By then end of the 6 week class she had purchased her first spinning wheel. In the years since Betsy has share spinning with both adults and children and has studied with spinners across the country including Rita Buchannan, Ed Franquemont and Joanne Ruane. She has expanded her knowledge to include a variety of forms of spindle spinning and how to spin a vast array of fibers from both animals and plants. The learning continues.


    • September 04, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (MDT)
    • TWIL
    • 8
    Register

    Instructor: Julia Bannerot

    Discover quick and fun dyeing using acid dyes and silk scarf blanks. In this introductory workshop with Julia Bannerot you will create multiple silk scarves and fabric samples we can turn into scrunchies. Learn some basic shibori folding and wrapping techniques to create beautiful patterns. Into the dye pot they go and there the magic happens. No experience necessary.

    Materials fee:  $25includes 2 silk scarves and smaller fabrics to create samples. Dye, equipment and tools. Additional scarves will be available for purchase.

    Supply list: just bring an experimental attitude, wear dye appropriate clothing and any prewashed silk fabric

    Location: TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO

    Number of hours for class: 3 hrs

    Class Level:  Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels. The student may, however, be required to have a basic skill or have taken a certification class. For example, for a flat-pattern drafting class one need not know anything about flat-pattern drafting but should have a basic understanding of the sewing machine. Any prerequisites will be listed in the class description.


    Member: $45

    Non-Member: $55

    Instructor Bio:

    Julia Bannerot is a multidisciplinary artist, however she works mostly with clay and fiber. Her work explores themes of interconnection, vulnerability, and ambiguity. She grew up in Colorado Springs and received a BA in studio ceramics from the University of Northern Colorado in 2018.


    Why I: 

    I dye because I love to experiment and I get so excited for the reveal. I sew because I enjoy how meditative it is. I create because it's the method through which I express myself, and when I get impassioned I feel an urge to create something. 



    • September 07, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    3D weaving is just that. It is weaving in 3 dimensions by putting a warp on a container from cardboard box to round bottle. Students will learn how to warp their container and then weave using a variety of hand manipulated weaving techniques. This is an ideal project to use left over yarn on and to recycle one of those small boxes that come in the mail. Students need no weaving experience.

    Student supply list:

    • Small cardboard box (ie. 6"x6"x6"),
    • heavy fork,
    • a variety of yarns you would like to use up,
    • scissors,
    • notebook and pencil for notes.

    Location: Textiles West  6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    Number of hours for class: 8 hrs, 2 hrs/4 wks 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28

    Class Level Beginners welcome

    Member Price: $100

    Non-Member Price: $115


    Instructor Bio: Betsy started her exploration of spinning at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, TX in 1981 in a wheel spinning class taught by Doris Glenn. By then end of the 6 week class she had purchased her first spinning wheel. In the years since Betsy has share spinning with both adults and children and has studied with spinners across the country including Rita Buchannan, Ed Franquemont and Joanne Ruane. She has expanded her knowledge to include a variety of forms of spindle spinning and how to spin a vast array of fibers from both animals and plants. The learning continues.



    • September 10, 2020
    • (MDT)
    • October 22, 2020
    • (MDT)
    • 7 sessions
    • Textiles West
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    Instructor: Sandy Craddock

    Class Description:

    Walk in Beauty! Warp and weave a small rug using traditional materials and tools. Weave at home after learning weaving techniques in a warm and relaxed class atmosphere.  You will be introduced to the washing, carding, spinning and dyeing of wool. Discover the stories and traditions of Native peoples as it applies to weaving along with design and color aesthetics of traditional Navajo rugs. "

    Student supply list:

    RENTAL LOOMS:

    If you wish to rent a small loom for the duration of the course the rental fee is $10.00. Please contact me as soon as possible.

    FOR RENTAL LOOM ONLY (DOWELS CAN BE CUT TO SIZE AT HOME DEPOT)

    *2 – 1” dowel 17” long

    *2 – ¼” dowels 18” long

    LOOM BUILDING

    If you are building your own loom please contact me for loom instructions. Size of dowels and brackets you will need are included in the instructions

    tom_sandy@comcast.net

    ALL STUDENTS NEED THE FOLLOWING:

    *Heavy Perle Cotton – 3 feet

    *2 oz. Navajo Wool Warp Thread - $5.00

    *1 Skein each of two or three colors of Brown Sheep’s LAMB’S PRIDE (85% WOOL, 15% MOHAIR) $10.50 PER skein

    *1 Navajo weaving fork   $22.00

    *Set of 3 battens               $18.00

    ALL OF THE ABOVE ARE AVAILABLE AT WOOLY WORKS YARN STORE AT 12285 Oregon Wagon Trail, Elbert, CO  719-661-6062 https://www.woollyworksknitshop.com/

    If you are unsure about making a purchase commitment, I have two set of weaving fork and battens for rent, please contact me at the email above to see availability; first come first serve.

    Some little extras to make life easier: pencil and paper, a measuring device, a permanent marker like a Sharpie, energy food and/or drinks!

    Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    Number of hours for class: 16 hours, once a week.  First two classes are 3 hours to accomodate the warping process and then classes are 2 hours.

    Class Level: Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels. The student may, however, be required to have a basic skill or have taken a certification class. For example, for a flat-pattern drafting class one need not know anything about flat-pattern drafting but should have a basic understanding of the sewing machine. Any prerequisites will be listed in the class description.

    Member Price: $200

    Non-Member Price: $227



    • September 12, 2020
    • (MDT)
    • September 13, 2020
    • (MDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West
    • 8
    Register

    Class Description:  Layered and Stitched 

    Collages tell the wonderful stories of us. We take bits of our history, the minutia of our daily lives, snips of memories, moments in time and lay them out to tell our story. We will use fabric, images, paper, stitch and our hearts to tell our unique story. 

    In this class, you will create a standing accordion book or a fabric book. You are welcome to create a wall piece if you prefer. We will begin by learning some basic design and composition skills and discuss the use of symbols and imagery to help tell our personal story. I will share with you my tools for overcoming the worry of where to start. You will create 3 or 4 beautiful mixed media collages that make up your book…share your history…tell your story. 

    We will explore image transfer techniques (including one developed by Liz), learn how to combine fabric, paper and other textures into the luscious layers of an intricate collage. We will investigate different ways to attach the bits and pieces of our history.  Stitching and embellishments are important to telling our personal story and a whole lot of fun! I have a plethora of embellishing techniques to share with you to help make your story come alive.

    Materials fee: $20

    Student supply list:

    Theme: The most critical starting point for your book is your theme. Your theme can be a person, place, thing or idea, emotion, color.  

    Fabrics:  Bring a grocery bag full of any fabrics that speak to your theme. There are no rules on the type of fabric you should bring. Cotton, silk, satin, vinyl, drapery, polyester, upholstery, leather, denim, vintage clothing, organza, lace, lutradur…can all be considered! The more variety you have the better BUT do not bring more than will fit in a paper grocery bag.

    For the accordion book…If you want to use the same fabric as the base on every page you will need about ½ yard

    Thread: A small assortment of decorative and/or utility threads. They should go with your theme as well as your colors.

    Stabilizers: light weight tear away stabilizer like Stitch-N-Tear

    If you want to make an accordion book: 1 yard of a heavy duty stabilizer like Peltex 72 or Fast 2 fuse. (available for purchase)

    Basic Sewing Kit: scissors, rotary cutter, small cutting mat, (if you want your own) hand-sewing needles, thimble, whatever you rely on for general sewing tasks.

    B  we have machines for class use but if you want to bring yours, be sure it is in good working order with all of your feet and attachments. Bring an assortment of sewing machine needles. Be sure to include a size 90 embroidery needle.

    Images: We will be exploring image transfers. I will bring a wide variety of images to play with. Please bring images you want to use on your laptop computer or on a flash drive. If you are using original photos please scan them first if you can.


    OPTIONAL SUPPLIES:

    Total embellishments should not be more than a grocery bag full:

    Embellishments: There are no rules on embellishing: ribbons, vintage spoons, tree branches, old keys, beads, buttons, silk flowers, rick-rack, feathers, metal washers, bottle caps, rulers, toys, leaves, small stones…you get the point. Choose anything that speaks to your theme or anything that just seems interesting. Consider yourself a magpie gathering up treasures for your nest. 

    Paper: Ephemera, scrapbook papers, chocolate wrappers, tissue paper, art papers…same as with the fabrics bring what seems like it might go with your theme or simply says pick me!

    Rubber Stamps and stamp pads: Images that relate to your theme. The best stamps for using on fabrics are fairly simple in design and deeply etched

    Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    Number of hours for class: 12hrs   2 days 10-5

    Min number of students:  3

    Max number of students: 8

    Class Level: Fascination

    Member Price:  $150

    Non-Member Price: $170

    Instructor: Liz Kettle

    Instructor Bio:

    Why I Sew:

    I have been intrigued with stitching since I was a child. I have never lost the feeling that something magical happens when you combine fabric and stitch. There are just so many possibilities….will this fabric want to be a bag, a journal cover, or a skirt or become part of a special story in collage? Fabric is such a malleable material. It can be draped, sculpted, textured or smooth. Stitching is so incredibly satisfying….why would anyone not sew?



    • September 15, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    Have you ever wondered how yarn is made or how a spinning wheel works? This class is for you! You will learn how to create a continuous yarn using a spinning wheel as well as fiber preparation.   If you have a spinning wheel but need to refresh you spinning skills please join use too. Wheels will be available for use at the class.

      Student Supply List:  Notebook for notes and something to write with.

      Material Fee:  $20, includes equipment rental

    Location:  Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs

    Number of hours for class: 3 hrs

      Class Level:  Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels. The student may, however, be required to have a basic skill or have taken a certification class. For example, for a flat-pattern drafting class one need not know anything about flat-pattern drafting but should have a basic understanding of the sewing machine. Any prerequisites will be listed in the class description.

      Member:$45

      Non-member: $55

     


      Bio: Betsy started her exploration of spinning at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, TX in 1981 in a wheel spinning class taught by Doris Glenn. By then end of the 6 week class she had purchased her first spinning wheel. In the years since Betsy has share spinning with both adults and children and has studied with spinners across the country including Rita Buchannan, Ed Franquemont and Joanne Ruane. She has expanded her knowledge to include a variety of forms of spindle spinning and how to spin a vast array of fibers from both animals and plants. The learning continues.




    • September 19, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    Register


    Do you love to sew but sometimes find yourself a little lonely holed away in your sewing nook?

    Come spend a day at Textiles West North with others who share your passion. At this location, we have large tables on which to spread out, a cutting area with cutting mats and a large ironing center. We also have Bernina sewing machines and sergers for your use if you don’t want to bring your own.

    Maybe you just have some hand sewing to do – that’s great too!

    This is not a teaching time but there may be a short talk with fun information at the lunch hour. Everyone will be sewing their own projects but sewists are always willing to share their expertise.

    We’ll be open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Bring a lunch and come prepared for a day of fun with your peeps!

    This is a free event but donations are always appreciate. 


    • September 22, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    Braiding is fascinating! We are not talking little three strand braids here but 8, 16, and 32 strand braids. This class explores how to create Peruvian sling braids using cotton cords and simple forms to help manage the cords. Students will learn how to read patterns and create them. No experience is necessary for this class.

    Materials fee: $5 to cover braiding form and cotton cord used in class.

    Student supply list:

    scissors,

    notebook and pencil

    Location: Textiles West North

    Number of hours for class: 3 hrs

    Class Level: Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels. The student may, however, be required to have a basic skill or have taken a certification class. For example, for a flat-pattern drafting class one need not know anything about flat-pattern drafting but should have a basic understanding of the sewing machine. Any prerequisites will be listed in the class description.

    Member Price:$45

    Non-Member Price:$55


    Instructor Bio: Betsy started her exploration of spinning at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, TX in 1981 in a wheel spinning class taught by Doris Glenn. By then end of the 6 week class she had purchased her first spinning wheel. In the years since Betsy has share spinning with both adults and children and has studied with spinners across the country including Rita Buchannan, Ed Franquemont and Joanne Ruane. She has expanded her knowledge to include a variety of forms of spindle spinning and how to spin a vast array of fibers from both animals and plants. The learning continues.





    • September 25, 2020
    • (MDT)
    • September 26, 2020
    • (MDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West Innovation Lab
    • 8
    Register


    Instructor: Julia Bannerot

    Class Description: In this two-day class, students will learn about fiber reactive dyes and how to use them in a couple unique processes referred to as ice dyeing, low-immersion dyeing and a couple different shibori techniques. And if the weather is right, we'll also be able to do some snow dyeing! The first day, we will dye all of our fabric and let them process over night, so the second day we can open them up and wash them out for an incredible reveal.

    Students will learn how to use powdered fiber reactive dyes, soda ash, and water to create one-of-a-kind dyed fabric in three different methods, with completely different results!

    Materials fee: $25 for fiber reactive dyes and fabrics

    Student supply list:

    Dust mask

    mason jars with lids or plastic containers with sealing lids (make sure they don't leak)

    *not required: students can bring some of their own pre-washed natural fabrics and have more to experiment with in class

    Location: TWIL @ Mantiou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Manitou Springs, CO

    Number of hours for class: 5 hrs, 2 days (3 hrs day 1 and 2 hrs day 2)

    Class Level: Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels. The student may, however, be required to have a basic skill or have taken a certification class. For example, for a flat-pattern drafting class one need not know anything about flat-pattern drafting but should have a basic understanding of the sewing machine. Any prerequisites will be listed in the class description.

    Member Price: $75

    Non-Member Price: $85

    Instructor Bio:  Julia Bannerot is a multidisciplinary artist, however she works primarily with clay and fiber. Her work explores themes of interconnection, vulnerability, and ambiguity. She references the human experience and natural systems to invite moments of reflection and challenge perceptions. Julia graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Studio Art, and an emphasis in ceramics in 2018.



    • September 25, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 8
    Register


    Bird on a Stick

    Do you love learning new things? Is the learning experience even more fun with friends? AND to top it all off, what if there was wine involved? Introducing, the Textiles West Wine Series where we explore new skills among friends while sharing a glass. We will meet the 4th Friday of every month for this fun event. Put it on your calendar and gather your friends for a great night out. The parties (oops, learning times) will alternate between our two locations and will be hosted by the different emphases of Textiles West – sewing, surface design, weaving and more! Check out the particulars of each night as the date gets closer.

     

     5:00 – 8:00pm, once a month.  Come right in after work and there will be snacks




    • October 16, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    Register


    Do you love to sew but sometimes find yourself a little lonely holed away in your sewing nook?

    Come spend a day at Textiles West North with others who share your passion. At this location, we have large tables on which to spread out, a cutting area with cutting mats and a large ironing center. We also have Bernina sewing machines and sergers for your use if you don’t want to bring your own.

    Maybe you just have some hand sewing to do – that’s great too!

    This is not a teaching time but there may be a short talk with fun information at the lunch hour. Everyone will be sewing their own projects but sewists are always willing to share their expertise.

    We’ll be open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Bring a lunch and come prepared for a day of fun with your peeps!

    This is a free event but donations are always appreciate. 


    • November 21, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (MST)
    • Textiles West
    Register


    Do you love to sew but sometimes find yourself a little lonely holed away in your sewing nook?

    Come spend a day at Textiles West North with others who share your passion. At this location, we have large tables on which to spread out, a cutting area with cutting mats and a large ironing center. We also have Bernina sewing machines and sergers for your use if you don’t want to bring your own.

    Maybe you just have some hand sewing to do – that’s great too!

    This is not a teaching time but there may be a short talk with fun information at the lunch hour. Everyone will be sewing their own projects but sewists are always willing to share their expertise.

    We’ll be open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Bring a lunch and come prepared for a day of fun with your peeps!

    This is a free event but donations are always appreciate. 


    • December 18, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (MST)
    • Textiles West
    Register


    Do you love to sew but sometimes find yourself a little lonely holed away in your sewing nook?

    Come spend a day at Textiles West North with others who share your passion. At this location, we have large tables on which to spread out, a cutting area with cutting mats and a large ironing center. We also have Bernina sewing machines and sergers for your use if you don’t want to bring your own.

    Maybe you just have some hand sewing to do – that’s great too!

    This is not a teaching time but there may be a short talk with fun information at the lunch hour. Everyone will be sewing their own projects but sewists are always willing to share their expertise.

    We’ll be open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Bring a lunch and come prepared for a day of fun with your peeps!

    This is a free event but donations are always appreciate. 


    • December 19, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (MST)
    • Textiles West
    Register


    Do you love to sew but sometimes find yourself a little lonely holed away in your sewing nook?

    Come spend a day at Textiles West North with others who share your passion. At this location, we have large tables on which to spread out, a cutting area with cutting mats and a large ironing center. We also have Bernina sewing machines and sergers for your use if you don’t want to bring your own.

    Maybe you just have some hand sewing to do – that’s great too!

    This is not a teaching time but there may be a short talk with fun information at the lunch hour. Everyone will be sewing their own projects but sewists are always willing to share their expertise.

    We’ll be open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Bring a lunch and come prepared for a day of fun with your peeps!

    This is a free event but donations are always appreciate. 


    • December 31, 2020
    • (MST)
    • On-Line
    Register


    Layering is the magical component that brings a collage to life, adds depth, emotion and allows it to tell our story. However, layering does not always come easily.

    In this class we will explore the concepts of layering: both visual layers and physical layers. We will have a crash course in collage design and composition with a focus on exactly what makes a great collage.

    There are so many exciting techniques to use in mixed-media collages and we will learn and play with quite a few. Techniques will include image transfer and direct printing from your printer, staining fabrics, ideas for transparent layers, and stitch layers

    This class is textile based and will include stitching but artists in all mediums are welcome to play, explore and create with us.

    Supplies:

    Start with a notebook and whatever you have in the craft box or studio; fabric scraps, paper, etc. You will already have many of the things you need and as you view lessons you can choose to purchase additional items you want to try.



    • December 31, 2020
    • (MST)
    • On-Line
    Register


    Boro is the Japanese word for tattered rags. From the 1600’s and even into the early 1900’s the Japanese farmers of the northern region of Honshu used this technique to repair and patch their clothes. Originally made from hemp the farmers were gradually able to get their hands on bits of cotton and finally silk. Every little scrap was precious and washed and saved until it was used to give their clothes longevity. These items of clothing were so used and worn and yet have such strength that you can’t help but admire them.

    So gather up your bits of worn and beautiful fabric and let’s create a wall hanging that will speak of carefully preserved memories. A time when fabric was precious and hard to find and every little bit was worth saving.

    the fabric suggestions below are for a traditional Japanese look, you may of course use any fabrics you have on hand.

    Ruth has a fabulous  kit that you can purchase here.

    Supply List-

    · 2- 20x26 pieces of indigo fabric

    · 1-20x26 piece of cotton batting (I have been using black batting but natural is fine)

    · Fabric bits for “patches”

    · Thread, fibers, pearl cotton, floss, to match patches fabric

    · Needles, (chenille sizes 18-24 and embroidery)

    · Thimble

    · Reading glasses if needed

    · Large scissors for cutting patches

    · Small scissors for trimming thread

    · Pins for securing patches



    • December 31, 2020
    • (MST)
    • On-Line
    Register

    Instructor: Melanie Audet

    This class teaches students the fundamentals of using natural plants and natural plant extracts to color fabric.  The students will learn how to mordant fabric,  and use natural dye powders such as cutch, kamala and parrot tree to create beautifully colored fabric.  We will be dyeing various fabrics to see how the color looks on different types of fabric. 

    Student supply list:

    • Apron
    • Mask
    • Gloves
    • Notebook
    • Card stock (to display samples)
    • stapler/staples
    • Sharpie Marker
    • label stickers (optional)
    • hole punch (optional)
    • Pinking shears (optional)(to make samples look pretty) 
    • Further necessary equipment is reviewed in the first lesson
    • If making a sample booklet, different cellulose and protein fabrics, cut into 2"x5" pieces.  Otherwise, fabric of your choice, one cellulose (cotton, bamboo, hemp, rayon) and one protein.
    • Natural dyes of your choice. You can purchase a kit from my website Twig and Berry Dyes.com* or if you would like or you can purchase dyes from various sources, such as Maiwa, Botanical Colors, Cupid Falls Farms, or The Yarn Tree to name a few.  

     Purchase the kit  

    *The kit includes a 1oz package of an extract, a 2oz package of regular dye powder and tannin, and a 6 oz package of non-ferric Aluminum Sulfate all for $25.00.  

    Instructor Bio:  Melanie Audet is originally from the Detroit area of Michigan.  She received a BA from Albion College and a  BFA from the Oregon College of Art and Craft, where she learned how to use synthetic dyes.  She has continued her education by learning the art of natural dyes. She is the owner and proprietor of Melanie Audet Limited Editions and Twig and Berry Dyes.   Her love for textiles is more of a compulsion and she loves to share this passion with others.



    • December 31, 2020
    • (MST)
    • On-Line
    Register

    Get down and dirty with this immersion dyeing class, a bit looser in approach than creating reproduceable colors.  Students will learn the basics of how to safely color fabric using a dye bath and fiber reactive dyes, specifically procion mx dyes. It is a good introduction to dye safety and the process of immersion dyeing with no mathematical equations to create a reproduceable color. Color is free and loose and open to interpretation.   Regardless of your project, this class is a foundational class and a good introduction to the world of dyeing.   

    Student supply list:

    • Apron
    • Mask
    • Gloves
    • Notebook
    • procion mx dyes, purchased on line from Dharma Trading Co., Pro Chemical and Dye, Dick Blick  or from you local art store.
    • Fabric, either cellulose (cottons, rayons, bamboos etc) or silks
    • Sharpie Marker
    • label stickers (optional)
    • Pinking shears (optional)
    • Equipment necessary for this class is reviewed in the first lesson.  

    Instructor: Melanie Audet

    Instructor Bio:  Melanie Audet is originally from the Detroit area of Michigan.  She received a BA from Albion College and a  BFA from the Oregon College of Art and Craft, where she learned how to use synthetic dyes.  She has continued her education by learning the art of natural dyes. She is the owner and proprietor of Melanie Audet Limited Editions and Twig and Berry Dyes.   Her love for textiles is more of a compulsion and she loves to share this passion with others.