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Textile Conversations Members Only

A Textile Conversation: A monthly gathering for Textiles West members to share our passion for textiles and enjoy the company of fellow textile lovers. This salon will be a place for sharing ideas and current work as well as offer a place to learn and grow as a textile enthusiast or artist. Each month we will have a topic for discussion or a short presentation to get the conversation started. We will have tea available and you are welcome to bring any beverage or tasty snack as you desire.                                                       

  Meeting monthly on the 3rd Thursday 6-7:30pm  alternating locations


  • August 15, 2019 6:00 PM
    TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co
  • September 19, 2019 6:00 PM
    Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
  • October 17, 2019 6:00 PM
    TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co

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

    • July 02, 2019
    • July 23, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO 80829
    • 6
    Register

    Did you know you can spin more then just sheep’s wool using a spinning wheel or hand spindle? Come explore the joys of spinning mohair, angora, yak, alpaca, or silk. We will explore the nature of a variety of these fibers and how to spin them. Curious? Join us! *Please note there is no class on July 9th.
    Materials Fee: $20
    Student Supply list: Notebook, pencil,
    Class Level: 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. 
    Member: $113
    Non-member: $129

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    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.



    • July 16, 2019
    • August 06, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 12



    In this class you will learn how to do the traditional methods of working an Estonian lace scarf, complete with nupps.  We will cover everything from traditional cast, to blocking using a blocking frame.  We will spend time covering the nupp stitch and how to work with charts.  Knowing how to easily execute the knit and purl stitch are very helpful.  Come ready to learn.

    Materials fee: $20

    Student supply list: 600 yards of lace weight yarn in a light color and US size 3 or 4 needles, 24" circular

    Number of hours for class: 4 week class, 3 hrs per week

    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: $160

    Non-Member Price: $180

    Instructor: Sara Greer

    Instructor Bio: Sara has been dappling in fiber art since childhood. She got serious at age 19 when she decided to conquer crochet. It snowballed from there; she has since learned to knit, dye, spin, weave, does design work and repairs, and loves to teach these skills to others.


    • July 20, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 0
    Registration is closed


    Learn traditional Kutch bandhani (tie dye). Three award winning Kutchi artisans will teach bandhani (tiny dots), shibori (stitched resist), and clamp dye, with expertise in dyeing techniques as well. Once you have the concepts, you can design your own motifs and patterns, and use them to embellish your work.

    Instructors: Abdul Aziz Khatri

                           Basir Khatri

                           Taina Khatri      

                 

    Student supply list:

    fabric- no synthetics, please.  Suggested: silk scarves, light weight.  Wool is also ok, but light weight,

    Gloves,

    Plastic bags to carry wet scarves

    Number of hours for class: one day, 6 hrs with a one hour break for lunch

    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: $135

    Non-Member Price: $145


    Instructor Bio:

    Abudul Aziz Khatri learned the art of woolen bandhani from his family.  His mother won the President's National Award for Craftmanship in 1993.  He learned traditional patterns from his mother and grandmother and dyeing techniques from his father.  He received a scholarship from the All India Handicrafts Board in 1998 to study natural dyeing in Dhamadka.  In 2003, he studied water conservation, environmental concern and other types of dye at the Ahmedabad Textile Industries Research Association (ATIRA).  In 2005, he studied design at Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya.


    Basir Fakirmamad Khatri comes from a traditional bandhani family in Bhuj.  His grandfather Abdulla Alarakhiya Khatri was a well know bandhani artist.  While in school, Basir learned bandhani from his uncle.  When he left school, he began to work on his own.  Basir considers his craft a means of earning both respect and money.  He believes a good artisan is knowledgeable about his craft and market.  He values his own work and encourages other to learn.  Good Design, he says, has a good balance of tardition and contemporary elements.


    Khatri Taina Abdulaziz's grandfather is a traditional wool bandhani artist while her father and uncle work on silk fabric.  They have a workshop in Bhadli under the name Ababil and have attended such craft shows as the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe.  Taina has been bandhani tying since she was 8 years old and helps her father experiment and create new designs.


    • July 21, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 9
    Register

    Join Betsy Wintermute and Amy Kloster for an informal Spin-In at our inspiring space at the Manitou Art Center, TWIL. Bring your wheel or spindle and a current project, or purchase some bargain fiber from us. We have a large selection of wool, alpaca, and blends- all priced at around $1/oz.!


    Spinners of all levels of experience are welcome. Please register on our website for free so we know how many spinners to expect.

    In lieu of a fee, we would love if you brought some light refreshments to share, but it is not a requirement.


    We are looking forward to spinning with you!


    Student Supply list: Hand spindle or spinning wheel.


    Instructors: Betsy Wintermute and Amy Kloster


    • July 21, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    Register

    Education for Artisans:

    A Sustainable Future for Craft Traditions


    Judy Frater has spent the last 29 years working with textile artisans of Kutch, India. In the second half of this period, she developed the first educational institute for artisans in India. She takes us on the journey of learning the obstacles artisans face, and the amazing changes that a year-long program in design education has made.

    The talk is followed by a trunk show of amazing resist dyed textiles presented by two artisan design graduates who are teaching the Dying with the Masters workshop. 

    Refreshments will be served and there will be opportunities for purchasing these exquisite textiles. 



    • July 22, 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • July 26, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 8

    Learn how important sustainability is to creating textiles in our modern world. Did you know it takes around 1,800 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to produce just one pair of blue jeans? And that’s just in terms of growing cotton, when you take into account the dye process as well as the machine wash, almost 9,982 gallons of water are used. That’s crazy! Students will learn about the impact the fiber industry has on the environment and how we can honor the earth by upcycling and practicing sustainable dyeing methods.

     In this 5 day camp, students will learn how to repurpose old ratty t-shirts with indigo dye and shibori techniques, forage for dye plants in our dye garden at Flying Pig Farm, dye and eco print fabric with our foraged plants and a couple other natural dyes, and on the last day we will take our naturally dyed fabrics and turn them into an upcycled project. Students will learn about natural fibers and learn the differences between cellulose and protein fibers. Students will also learn about mordanting and why it’s important to the natural dyeing process.

    For ages 12-18

    Materials fee: $30

    Student supply list: old cotton t-shirts or any natural fabrics (cotton, linen, silk, rayon, bamboo)

    Number of hours for class:

    Start:  July 22  9:00AM - 12:00PM

    End:  July 26  9:00AM - 12:00PM

    Schedule: 5 sessions

    Day 1: July 22  Indigo shibori with old t-shirts

    Day 2: July 23  Foraging

    Day 3: July 24  Natural Dyeing

    Day 4: July 25  Bundle Dyeing

    Day 5: July 26 Upcycle project (farmers market/tote bag or improvisational piecing)"


    Price: $150


    Instructor: Julia Bannerot and Annika Koch

    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.

     Annika Koch is from Zimmerman, Minnesota, and attends Colorado College in downtown Colorado Springs. After working at a fabrics and craft store for over a year, Annika fell in love with sewing and quilting. She started on a cheap sewing machine, but that was enough to start a passion. Annika currently interns at Textiles West through her Bonner Fellowship at CC. She hopes to learn more about textiles and learn how to dye especially! Aside from a love of art, Annika enjoys hiking, video games, and spending time with friends and family!"

    • July 23, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 14

    Knitters, learn how to use a crochet hook to cast on, how to work that crocheted bind off and the chains in between.

    Materials fee: $5

    Student supply list: Light colored, DK weight yarn with US size 5 knitting needles.

    Number of hours for class: One time, 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: $40

    Non-Member Price: $45

    Instructor: Sara Greer

    Instructor Bio: Sara has been dappling in fiber art since childhood. She got serious at age 19 when she decided to conquer crochet. It snowballed from there; she has since learned to knit, dye, spin, weave, does design work and repairs, and loves to teach these skills to others.



    • July 24, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co.
    • 7
    Register

    Instructor: Ruth Chandler

    Class Description: Boro is an ancient Japanese style of patching that is becoming more and more popular in today's fashion. Bring a denim jacket and Ruth will supply all the authentic Japanese fabrics to create a one of a kind Boro jacket that you will be thrilled to wear!

    Materials fee: $30 includes Japanese fabrics, mistyfuse, threads, needles.

    Student supply list:

    denim jacket,

    reading glasses if needed,

    thimble,

    chocolate

    Number of hours for class: 4 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: $60

    Non-Member Price: $70




    • July 25, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 1
    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.

    Class Level: Fascination

    Member: $75

    Non-member: $85

    Instructor: Mary Madison

     


    • July 27, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TWIL@Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co 80829
    • 17
    Register

    A fun afternoon of indigo dyeing with Textiles West. Learn some easy shibori techniques and dye some beautiful pieces in indigo for you to take home and show to friends and family.  Bring your own natural fiber tee shirts or use ours, supplies are limited.  Have something small, like washcloths or a tired pair of linen pants, you'd like to overdye or change?  Bring it and make it beautiful. Bring your friends and family and make it the highlight of your day!


    *Please note, everything needs to be made of natural fibers such as cotton, linen, wool or silk.  Some rayons may work.  Results will vary.


    Members: $25

    Non Members: $35


    • July 27, 2019
    • July 28, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 4
    Register

    Working with a commercial pattern, learn to fit a tissue pattern to your body.  This starts with knowing the correct size to cut out, and many women are in the wrong one.  Once you have your size, cut out your pattern, pin it together, and watch the magic happen!  Need more bust room?  How about a shorter bodice?  Do you have trouble getting a sleeve to fit?  The Palmer/Pletsch tissue fitting method has worked on thousands of bodies of every size and shape, and will give you the confidence to move into creating beautiful garments that fit YOU! 

    Materials fee: TBD. Textiles West will contact registrants when the information becomes available.

    Student supply list: "Basic sewing notions (pins, scissors, tape measure, supplies for your sewing machine)

    Elastic, the length of your waist plus 6”

    Markers or colored pencils

    Scotch tape – green box – ½” wide (not ¾” wide, which is more common – the ½” size can be found at office supply stores or ordered online but is rarely found at Walmart or Target)

    Most importantly - a sense of humor!

    Class Level: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.

    Member Price: $135

    Non-Member Price: $150

    Instructor: Jan McMinn


    • July 29, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 4
    Register

    This class teaches students how to use earth minerals to color fabric.  Known as mineral painting, students will learn how to make and "mordant" fabric with soy milk and how to directly apply minerals to fabric using stamps, paintbrushes and thermofax screens.  Students will create samples using various fabrics to create a sample binder for future reference.

    Materials fee: $25 covers materials

    Student supply list:

    apron

    notebook

    sleeve protectors

    binder

    label stickers

    pen/pencil

    Number of hours for class: 6hrs, one day

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $75

    Non-Member Price: $85

    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.



    • July 30, 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 15
    Register

    We will learn how to use that swatch to figure out if you have enough yarn, want to use a different weight yarn, how far the yarn you have can go, how to easily figure out how to work increases and decreases when not specifically told how to and more.

    Materials fee:$5

    Student supply list:

    Calculator,

    pen,

    paper,

    light colored DK weight yarn,

    US size 5 needles

    and questions or projects.

    Number of hours for class: 3 hours, one time

    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: Sara Greer

    Instructor Bio: Sara has been dappling in fiber art since childhood. She got serious at age 19 when she decided to conquer crochet. It snowballed from there; she has since learned to knit, dye, spin, weave, does design work and repairs, and loves to teach these skills to others.



    • August 01, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 4
    Register


    Punchneedle is a traditional needlework craft generally focused on Americana motifs. This class is designed to use these techniques but pulled into a contemporary setting.  Your choice of a stylized design fits a 7" hoop with your choice of yarn.

    Materials fee: : $25  includes embroidery hoop, backing cloth, punch needle, threads and yarn.

    Student supply list: included in material fee

    Class Level: Fascination, beginning level

    Member Price: $75

    Non-Member Price: $85

    Instructor: Mary Madison


    • August 01, 2019
    • August 29, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co
    • 5
    Register

    In this class, students will use different mechanical resists such as corn dextrin and potato dextrin along with surface design techniques to create texture and layers.  Students will be making samples in different fabrics to understand how these resists work and how to directly apply thickened dye with these resists, using stamps, thermofax screens and brushes. Students will walk away with a samples binder for future reference.*

    Materials fee: $25, includes dye, chemicals and fabric

    Student supply list:

    apron

    dust mask

    gloves

    binder

    notebook

    label stickers

    pen/pencil

    Class Level: Fascination, pre-requisite: must have a working knowledge of thickened fiber reactive dyes

    Member Price: $125

    Non-Member Price: $140

    *please note there is no class Aug. 8th.

    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. She is the owner and proprietor of Melanie Audet Limited Editions.  Her love for textiles is more of a compulsion and she loves to share this passion with others.



    • August 04, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor:  Mary Madison


    Class Description: A mini project designed to un-stress you and your local landfill. Bring a large fork and picture frame rescued from a thrift store or bring from home what you’ve been meaning to give to a thrift store.

    In this class we will turn this frame into a loom for your use today and hopefully lots more once you’re home. An assortment of fabrics and yarns will be available to make your first placemat. From these instructions you will be able to complete a set at your leisure. No previous experience needed. The goal is a relaxing, stress-free activity, not a masterpiece.

    So bring your used frame and be prepared to Slow Weave and get re-acquainted with your creative side.

    Materials fee: $10, includes fabrics, threads, yarn, nails and paint.

    Student supply list:

    Fork

    Picture Frame

    Number of hours for class: 4 hrs

    Class Level: Fascination. Soft introduction to basic concepts of weaving.

    Member Price: $60

    Non-Member Price: $70


    Instructor Bio: Mary Madison originally from West Virginia has lived on both coasts, and Canada where she was taught rug hooking from experts. She has a love of all things textile and time permitting, pottery and stain glass. A major portion of her time currently is spent introducing newcomers to weaving and art quilting.



    • August 05, 2019
    • August 26, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • TWIL at the Manitou Art Center
    • 5
    Register

    In this class, students will be introduced to basic surface design techniques.  Students will learn how to thicken powdered fiber reactive dyes with print paste, how to mix colors, how to apply dyes onto fabric and how to set these colors using soda ash and steam.  We will be making our own color wheel and learning basic color theory.  This class is for those who are more technically minded and who are interested in learning the basic processes of fiber reactive dyes before applying any type of creativity.
    Material Fee: $20 includes fabric, dyes and chemicals
    Student supply list:
    Dust Mask
    gloves
    apron
    sharpie marker
    Class Level: Fascination, open to all levels. no pre-requisites required.
    Member: $125
    Non-Member: $140
    Instructor: Melanie Audet
    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. She is the owner and proprietor of Melanie Audet Limited Editions.  Her love for textiles is more of a compulsion and she loves to share this passion with others.

     


    • August 07, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 3
    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.

    Class Level: Fascination

    Member: $75

    Non-member: $85

    Instructor: Mary Madison

     


    • August 08, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 8
    Register

    Textiles West invites you and your community to be a part of our first community project!

    Share your story, your culture or your favorite experiences of the Pikes Peak Region. 

    Be a part of a textile installation that represents the diversity of cultures within our local communities.

    Join the conversation and let your panel speak volumes!

    Individuals and small groups, organizations and businesses can create Pojagi panels using fibers, fabrics, thread, trims and embellishments. We will show you how easy it is. 


    The Tradition:

    A Bojagi also spelled Pojagi, is a traditional Korean wrapping cloth. Traditional Korean Folk religions believed that keeping something wrapped protected good luck.  Food was often present under a bojagi cloth. They were also used for transporting items.

    Bojagi were originally made from worn out clothing or leftover bits from other sewing. Fibers used were cotton, silk and ramie. Ramie is a fiber made from Chinese nettle also known as China Grass.  Ramie is older than cotton and was considered a luxury fabric for the working class. Silk and treasured embroidery bits from a sleeve or neckline were often preserved and recycled into these new beautiful wrapping cloths.

    The Supplies:

    For our project you can use clothing, new fabric, vintage fabric, fiber scraps from any other project. If you need supplies contact us and we will help! Traditionally fabrics used are sheer and crisp but that isn’t a requirement. We encourage the use of clothing and upcycled fabrics.


    • August 14, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 n. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 5
    Register

    Instructor: Judy Cross

    Class Description:

    Mistakes are part of a knitter’s life and they can be fixed! This class will allow/encourage students to make mistakes so they can find out how to fix them! How much fun is that? The class will cover where mistakes come from and how to recognize, troubleshoot and fix them.

    Student supply list:

    1. 100 yards of worsted weight scrap yarn in a light color
    2. Size 8 needles (straight or circular)
    3. Size G or H crochet hook
    4. Scissors
    5. Note taking materials
    6. Also feel free to bring those UFOs you put in the closet because there is a mistake in them…..


    Number of hours for class: 3 hrs

    Class Level: fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $45

    Non-Member Price: $55



    • August 14, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Textiles West North
    • 8
    Register

    Join us for Open Sew because sewing with friends is always more fun. 

    Do you have a project to finish and need to use one of our machines or table space? Or, do you just want to get out of the house and visit with other makers and sewing enthusiasts while you sew?  You will have access to our sewing machines, sergers, cutting and ironing stations. We will have a staff member available to help with small problems and answer questions if you get stuck. This is not a teaching time or a time for more thorny issues of fit or construction.  Hand and machine sewing projects welcome. Please bring your fabric, notions and supplies appropriate for your project. You must register for this class ahead of time so we can adequately prepare our studio.


    $3 hours $30 


    • August 15, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 4
    Register

    Tapestry, another form of weaving, can be complex and expensive.  It can also be simple and exciting.  This class will teach you methods that existed in Greek, Egyptian and Roman times.  You will leave the class knowing how to warp, create slits, lines, curves, joins and hatching.  All basic elements you will use in your piece. This class will prepares you to make your own art tapestry and ready to move on to more advanced tapestry classes.

    Class Level: Fascination.  beginners welcome

    Member: $75

    Non-Member: $85

    Instructor: Mary Madison







    • August 15, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co
    • 20
    Register

    A Textile Conversation:

    A monthly gathering for Textiles West members to share our passion for textiles and enjoy the company of fellow textile lovers. This salon will be a place for sharing ideas and current work as well as offer a place to learn and grow as a textile enthusiast or artist. Each month we will have a topic for discussion or a short presentation to get the conversation started. We will have tea available and you are welcome to bring any beverage or tasty snack as you desire.

    Our topic will be, what inspires you to create?

    This event is free for Textiles West members

    Please register to let us know if you plan on coming...and don't forget to bring what you are working on!

    • August 18, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor: Mary Madison


    Class Description: Nothing says “Welcome” like a hand-made gift whether for a house warming or new baby’s room. This class will show you how to make a small wall hanging using your unique sense of color and design. Finished work can be framed or bring a 10” branch for hanging.

    Materials fee: $10, includes use of loom, yarns, threads, assorted items for embellishments.

    Number of hours for class: 4 hrs

    Class Level: Fascination. Intro to basic weaving and tapestry techniques. No previous experience needed.

    Member Price: $60

    Non-Member Price: $70


    Instructor Bio: Mary Madison originally from West Virginia has lived on both coasts, and Canada where she was taught rug hooking from experts. She has a love of all things textile and time permitting, pottery and stain glass. A major portion of her time currently is spent introducing newcomers to weaving and art quilting.


    • August 22, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy blvd Colorado springs CO
    • 8
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    Instructor: Laurie longberry

    Class Description: In this class, students will be taking a queue from Mother Nature and their own fabric choices. Students will be able to work on a 16” x 16 “ or smaller piece. 

    We will start by learning how to sew our curvy foundations.  Then we will layout the designs elements that we wish to paint, followed by exploring different free motion stitching options. Finally, we will learn basic fabric painting techniques to add depth to our design elements.  This class is incorporates many options for designs as well as fun little tricks to make things easier! 

    Materials fee: $20

    Student supply list:

    5-8 fat quarters (18” x 22”) – hand dyed, tone on tone, batiks, and small to medium abstract prints all make good choices.  If you wish to do a landscape, think sky, background, middle ground and foreground.  One of the fat quarters will be used as binding fabric.

    18”x 18” – piece of batting

    18”x18” – piece of backing fabric

    White, Dark and a Neutral colored thread

    Colored thread to match fabrics if desired

    Optional items:

    Rotary cutter

    Cutting Mat

    Quilting ruler

    Inktense pencils, or blocks

    Number of hours for class: 6hrs with a lunch break

    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


    Instructor Bio: Laurie Longberry has been involved with the arts and teaching for twenty five years. Fifteen of those years as a professional floral designer and the last 8 years as an art instructor. She is the owner of Berry Farm Studios and has a passion for passing skills and a love for the arts to the next generation. 

    Why I sew:

    I love things that have been touched by the human hand. I started sewing as a way to decorate my home and create clothing for my children. I have continued to sew as a form of self expression. I love to teach sewing to all ages for the same reasons. It is a great skill to have, and it is yet another way individuals can add their voice to making life better for all.



    • August 24, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co
    • 4
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    Instructor: Ruth Chandler

    Class Description: Itajime Shibori is the Japanese technique of folding and clamping as a resist. It is so exciting to unfold the fabric and see what designs are created. This class will give you a working knowledge of itajime shibori that you will be able to repeat not only for indigo but for other dyes as well. Join Ruth for a day of exploration and creative dyeing!

    Materials fee: $40 includes indigo dye, all tools needed and a few pieces of natural fibers to give you a good variety

    Student supply list:

    Natural fabrics, clothing items you might want to dye.

    Readers if you need them.

    Lunch, chocolate and an adventurous spirit.

    Wear clothing and shoes that is ok to get blue.

    Number of hours for class: 6 hrs, 1 hour lunch break

    Class Level: 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.

    Member Price: $85

    Non-Member Price: $95


    • August 31, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 10
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    Instructor: Cecelia Harris

    Class Description: Find out what necklines suit you best by trying on 14 different styles. A visual record will be made by photographing each neckline. Students will receive a handout with patterns featuring each neckline style. We'll also discuss some tricks to make the necklines perfectly sewn.

    Materials fee: Optional $10 for a PDF of the neckline patterns

    Student supply list:

    smart phone or camera to take photos,

    a camisole to wear while trying on necklines

    Number of hours for class: 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: $35

    Non-Member Price: $40


    Instructor Bio: Why I sew: When I think of all the reasons I sew – saving money, getting a good fit, not being limited to what’s in the store, being conscious of how my clothing is produced – the reason above all is that I can be unique. I know that when I choose my own pattern and pair it with a fabric, I will be creating a garment that no one else has. I can also create home goods that are as individual as I am. In a day and age where uniformity is difficult to avoid, creating my own sewn garments is a way to express my voice.



    • September 05, 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • September 19, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co
    • 6
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    In this class students will learn and play with how to thicken natural dyes and apply the dyes to fabric using surface design techniques such as brushes, stamps, thermofax and monoprinting techniques to create pattern, color and  texture.  Students will use various fabrics to create samples and walk away with a sample binder of the various techniques and fabrics.

    Materials fee: $25, includes dye, chemicals and fabric

    Student supply list:

    apron

    dust mask

    gloves

    Binder

    sleeve protectors

    notebook

    label stickers

    pen/pencil

    Number of Hours: 3 week class, 3 hrs per week

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $113

    Non-Member Price: $129

    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.   Her love for textiles is more of a compulsion and she loves to share this passion with others.



    • September 06, 2019
    • September 09, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 6
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    Instructor: Cecelia Harris

    Class Description: This dress is effortless and perfect for any occasion whether going to the grocery store or attending a meeting. Style it with tennis shoes or leggings and boots. Students should have experience with a sewing machine and either taken Sewing 101 or made a simple project like a pillow. The first of two sessions will concentrate on measuring, fitting and cutting out. The second session we will construct our garment.

    Materials fee: $2 for drafting paper and serger threads

    Student supply list:

    The Patricia Rose dress pattern available on Amazon as a paper pattern or www.stylearc.com in a digital form (digital patterns should be taped together but not cut out),

    Required fabric yardage and any interfacing,

    Thread to match,

    Tools and manual for your own sewing machine if you are using it. Textiles West has machines for your use.

    You may want your own fabric scissors or rotary cutter.

    Number of hours for class: 6 hours on two days; the first session is 2 hours and the second 4 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: $85

    Non-Member Price: $95


    Instructor Bio:

    Why I sew: When I think of all the reasons I sew – saving money, getting a good fit, not being limited to what’s in the store, being conscious of how my clothing is produced – the reason above all is that I can be unique. I know that when I choose my own pattern and pair it with a fabric, I will be creating a garment that no one else has. I can also create home goods that are as individual as I am. In a day and age where uniformity is difficult to avoid, creating my own sewn garments is a way to express my voice.



    • September 09, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • September 30, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • TWIL at the Manitou Art Center
    • 6
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    In this class, students will be introduced to basic surface design techniques.  Students will learn how to thicken powdered fiber reactive dyes with print paste, how to mix colors, how to apply dyes onto fabric and how to set these colors using soda ash and steam.  We will be making our own color wheel and learning basic color theory.  This class is for those who are more technically minded and who are interested in learning the basic processes of fiber reactive dyes before applying any type of creativity.
    Material Fee: $20 includes fabric, dyes and chemicals
    Student supply list:
    Dust Mask
    gloves
    apron
    sharpie marker
    Class Level: Fascination, open to all levels. no pre-requisites required.
    Member: $125
    Non-Member: $140
    Instructor: Melanie Audet
    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. She is the owner and proprietor of Melanie Audet Limited Editions.  Her love for textiles is more of a compulsion and she loves to share this passion with others.

     


    • September 11, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Textiles West North
    • 8
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    Join us for Open Sew because sewing with friends is always more fun. 

    Do you have a project to finish and need to use one of our machines or table space? Or, do you just want to get out of the house and visit with other makers and sewing enthusiasts while you sew?  You will have access to our sewing machines, sergers, cutting and ironing stations. We will have a staff member available to help with small problems and answer questions if you get stuck. This is not a teaching time or a time for more thorny issues of fit or construction.  Hand and machine sewing projects welcome. Please bring your fabric, notions and supplies appropriate for your project. You must register for this class ahead of time so we can adequately prepare our studio.


    $3 hours $30 


    • September 12, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 8
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