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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


  • June 20, 2019 6:00 PM
    TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co
  • July 18, 2019 6:00 PM
    Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
  • 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

    • May 07, 2019
    • May 28, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 6

    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.

    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: $100

    Non-Member Price: $115

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    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.



    • May 18, 2019
    • July 13, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Textiles West 6545 N.Academy Colorado Springs Co
    • 11
    Register

    Join Ruth Chandler as she teaches you a series of basic and advanced stitches using her book Modern Hand Stitching. You will start with simple stitches and build on those stitches to create more complex stitching.   Experience the freedom of stitching without boundaries as you play, experiment, and explore.  You will be creating a 'brag book' of stitching that will be both a beautiful piece of stitching artwork as well as an excellent reference resource.  

     Kit Fee: $30 included your base fabric so you are ready to stitch. 

     Supply list :Assorted threads and fibers, Ruth will have some to share and will discuss the different options. 

     Assorted needles, Ruth will have some to use the first class Thimble if you use one 

    Small sharp scissors 

     Reading glasses if needed 

     Additional lighting if needed 

     Needle threader if needed

     Optional:copy of the book "Modern Hand Stitching" by Ruth Chandler   

     members: $125
     non-members: $140
    Intructor: Ruth Chandler




    • May 23, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co 80829
    • 8
    Discover quick and fun dyeing using acid dyes and silk scarf blanks. In this introductory workshop you will create multiple silk scarves and fabric samples. 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
    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: $35
    Non-Member: $40

    Instructor: Julia Bannerot

    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.




    • May 23, 2019
    • May 30, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 6


    It’s time to learn how to knit! This class assumes no prior knitting skills. Students will learn:

    • Cast On

    • Knit Stitch

    • Purl Stitch

    • Bind Off

    The class project will be a cowl. There will be homework.

    Student supply list: 

    • # 8 Needles 10” straight or 24”circular

    • 2 200 yard skeins worsted weight yarn

    • H Crochet hook

    • Scissors

    • Measuring tape

    • Optional - Basic Knitting Reference book such as the Knitter’s Companion

    Class Level: Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels.

    Member Price: $85

    Non-Member Price: $95

    Instructor: Judy Cross


    • May 31, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 6
    Register

    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

    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: Betsy Wintermute

    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.



    • June 02, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 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.



    • June 03, 2019
    • June 24, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 6
    Register

    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.

    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: $100

    Non-Member Price: $115

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    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.



    • June 03, 2019
    • June 17, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co
    • 6
    Register

    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.



    • June 04, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 6
    Register

    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
    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: 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.



    • June 06, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 3
    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: $85

    Non-Member Price: $95

    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.



    • June 06, 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.


    • June 07, 2019
    • June 08, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado springs CO
    • 7
    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

    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?



    • June 09, 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.


    • June 11, 2019
    • June 25, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 15
    Register



    Learn the anatomy of a sock by working from the cuff down and the toe up. In this class you will complete a tiny pair of socks using these 2 different construction methods. The materials fee includes a pattern for full size, adult socks that can be worked using either method. We will cover cast on, bind off, heels and yarn choice.

    Materials fee: $10

    Student supply list: The first week a set of US size 2 dpn, paper and pen.

    Number of hours for class: 3 week class, 2 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: $95

    Non-Member Price: $105

    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.


    • June 11, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs
    • 6
    Register

    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
    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: 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.



    • June 11, 2019
    • July 16, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 15
    Register



    This class covers lace knitting basics using only knit stitches, no purls and no nupps.  We will cover different kinds of cast ons, and bind offs, chart reading, increasing and decreasing, fiber, color and needle selection.

    Materials fee: $5

    Student supply list: 600 yards of lace weight yarn in a light not busy color, US size 3 or 4 needle, 24" circular

    Number of hours for class: 2 hours, 2 times, 3 weeks apart

    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: $70

    Non-Member Price: $80

    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.


    • June 13, 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







    • June 14, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • TWIL @ Mantiou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Manitou Springs, Co
    • 8
    Register

    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.  Students will walk away with the beginnings of a color sample binder.

    Materials fee: $30, includes various samples of fabric, dye powders and mordants

    Student supply list:

    Apron

    gloves

    Binder

    label stickers

    notebook

    pen /pencil

    Number of hours for class: 6 hour class, one day

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $85

    Non-Member Price: $95

    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.



    • June 20, 2019
    • July 11, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Colorado Springs, Co
    • 8
    Register

    "Learn the basics of sewing by creating three projects at this camp! 

    Session one of the camp will introduce students to sewing with a crash course on the sewing machines and how to use it. After exploring the sewing machine and learning new stitches, students will learn how to sew a pillowcase. This intro project will allow students to take their time with their new found skills!

    Session two will build off the first class by showing more ways to put fabric together and teach students how they can incorporate pattern into their sewing by creating a thrown pillow. We will discuss how quilting involves piecing and many other applications for this technique. Piecing will help students understand many of the formal elements of composition, like balance, focus, pattern, and proportion in a fun and explorative project.

    Session three will conclude the camp with students sewing a drawstring bag. Personalization is an important part of sewing, and this project will allow students to be even more creative. This project will also help students recognize the importance of measuring when it comes to creating projects.

    For ages 10-18

    Materials fee: $50 for all three sessions

    Student Supply List: COMPLETELY OPTIONAL. TW can provide fabric for all sessions which will be included in the materials fee costs.

    Session One Pillow Case:  1 yard of main fabric.. ⅓ yard of cuff fabric. ¼ yard of trim fabric. Consider buying fabrics that correspond. All fabrics should be cotton.

    Drawstring Backpack: 1/2 yard of cotton fabric. 4 yards of cording(ribbon/paracord/rope). If going to Joann’s, refer to their trims or home dec notions aisles.

    Number of hours for class:

    Start: June 20th 1-4:00 PM

    End: July 11th 1-4:00 PM


    Day 1: June 20th - Pillowcase

    Day 2: June 27th - Pieced throw pillow

    Day 3: July 11th - Drawstring bag


    Price: $130

    Instructor: Annika Koch and Julia Bannerot"

    Instructor Bio: 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!"


    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.


    • June 20, 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, showcase your favorite technique.

    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!

    • June 24, 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • June 28, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Mantiou Springs CO
    • 8
    Register

    Learn how to apply a multitude of dyes from artificial to natural, with an assortment of techniques and processes, to natural fabrics. Students will be introduced to shibori resist techniques in the first session and they will get the opportunity to experiment with them throughout the next four sessions. Students will learn the range of fiber reactive dyes, through many methods of application (ice, low immersion, painting and screen printing with thickened dye) to create a variety of incredible effects! Students will gain an understanding of how different dyes bind to protein and cellulose fibers. We will teach students how to fix fiber reactive dyes to fabric and make their creations permanent. Students will be introduced to mordanting and learn how it’s essential to natural dyeing. In the last session, students will get to experience the wonders of indigo dyeing and learn what a unique and incredible process it is.

    For ages 12-18

    Materials fee: $50


    Number of hours for class:

    Start: June 24th  9:00AM - 12:00PM

    End: June 28th  9:00AM - 12:00PM

    Schedule: 5 sessions

    Day 1: June 24th  Acid Dyeing

    Day 2: June 25th Fiber Reactive Dyeing (ice, low immersion, painting)

    Day 3: June 26th Fiber Reactive Dyeing (thickened dye painting/screenprinting)

    Day 4: June 27th  Natural Dyeing

    Day 5: June 28th Indigo Dyeing "


    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!"


    • June 29, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 7
    Register


    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. 

    • Fibers: silk, wool or acrylic loose fibers or bulky yarn
    • Fabrics:  you may want some small pieces of silk, linen or cotton fabric to add to your piece.
    • 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.
    • 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. 
    • Needles: Large chenille needle for hand stitching and size 90 embroidery needle for machine work.

    Max number of students: 8

    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: Liz Kettle

    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?




    • June 29, 2019
    • June 30, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Mantiou Springs Co
    • 10
    Register


    Learn how to dye fabric with fiber reactive dyes and ice! You'll be amazed by the results! In this class, students will learn a unique surface design technique referred to as ice dyeing or snow dyeing.

     

    Students will learn how to use powdered fiber reactive dyes, soda ash, fabrics, and ice to create one-of-a-kind dyed fabric. Students will walk away with an understanding of how they can apply fiber reactive dyes to fabric with ice and set them using soda ash.


    Materials fee: $25 per student to pay for bandanas and scarves that I will mordant before class, and cost of fiber reactive dyes

    Student supply list: apron,

    rubber kitchen gloves

    Dust mask

    small glass jars or plastic containers that have lids and don't leak

    Class Level: Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels.

    Member Price:  $85

    Non-Member Price: $95

    Instructor: Julia Bannerot

    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.



    • July 01, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 6
    Register

    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

    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: Betsy Wintermute

    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.



    • July 02, 2019
    • July 16, 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!
    This class takes place once a week over a 4 week period from 4:30-7:30pm
    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 07, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 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.


    • July 11, 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.


    • July 11, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 10
    Register



    Rust and Stitch: Marks from Nature

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

    In this workshop we will explore how to create marks, patterns and develop various colors on fabric and paper using rusty treasures. At the end of the day we will create a small wall hanging using our Rusty fabrics.

    Materials fee: $20

    Student supply list:

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

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

    Any rusty things you have on hand.

    Number of hours for class :6 hrs

    Max number of students: 8

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $85

    Non-Member Price: $95

    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?



    • July 11, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs
    • 6
    Register

    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
    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: 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 12, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 6
    Register