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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


  • April 18, 2019 6:00 PM
    TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co
  • May 16, 2019 6:00 PM
    Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
  • 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

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.


Upcoming events and Classes

    • February 27, 2019
    • April 24, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Textiles West 6545 N.Academy Colorado Springs Co
    • 9
    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




    • March 18, 2019
    • March 25, 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


    • March 26, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 6

    Did you know that almost every culture in the world figured out how to creat yarn long before the invention of a spinning wheel? They did it using a handspindle. Come explore the use of these fascinating tools.
    Student Supply List:  Notebook and pen/pencil
    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.




    • March 28, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs
    • 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




    • March 29, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 6

    If you’ve been thinking about sewing your own clothes, this is the perfect beginning class. This breezy top is perfect for warm weather or layering in cooler weather. You’ll be whipping up several of these in no time. Choose a soft cotton, linen or rayon with a nice drape – avoid cottons made for quilting as they will be a little stiff. If student has never sewn before, our Sewing 101 class is a prerequisite. We will be cutting out and constructing the garment in class. This pattern can be purchased online from several places including www.100actsofsewing.com or you can pick it up at Fancy Tiger in Denver, 59 N. Broadway.

    Student supply list: the Shirt 1 pattern from 100 Acts of Sewing,

    2 yards of fabric that has been pre-washed,

    all-purpose thread to match,

    pins, fabric scissors

    Hours: number of hours for class Specify if it is multiple days or multiple weeks: 4 hours on a single day, 9 - 1

    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

    Instructor: Cecelia Harris

    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.



    • March 30, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center
    • 12
    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


    • March 30, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs
    Register

    Voyage to India: An exploration of Image transfer techniques 

    India is an inspiring land of incredible beauty and color. With the colors and sights of this luscious country as our inspiration we will explore image transfer techniques while we create a richly decorated reference book to hold our experiments. We will learn multiple methods for transferring photos and other imagery on to fabric, paper and metal.  Learn the ins and outs of ink jet printer inks and which products produce the results you are looking for.  Create collages on each page of your sample book using your transferred images, paper, fabric and embellishments. Technique notes can be stored in pockets to make this book a valuable reference tool.

    Materials fee:  $30 includes: lutradur book pages, images prepared for transferring and products for the transfer methods, fabrics, papers, and trims, Misty Fuse, glues, thread

     Student supply list:  All supplies provided- optional items to bring:

    India inspired embellishments and ephemera such as jewelry and metal bits, trims, found objects, sari fabrics, rubber stamps etc.

    Class Level: Fascination

    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?


    • March 31, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co 80829
    • 8
    Register
    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: Amy Kloster




    • April 02, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 6
    Register

    Did you know that almost every culture in the world figured out how to creat yarn long before the invention of a spinning wheel? They did it using a handspindle. Come explore the use of these fascinating tools.
    Student Supply List:  Notebook and pen/pencil
    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.




    • April 03, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 6
    Register

    If you are not comfortable cutting out a garment, or just want to use our large tables to cut out your project, sign up for this pre-class.  We will cut out your project and have it ready for the class from 1-5 p.m.


    Please have the following ready for the pre-class session:

    Fast n Fun Circle Jacket pattern downloaded from this link:  https://saf-t-pockets.com/circle-jacket-3000-download/


    Make a copy of the pattern (or print and tape together two copies), since the front and back are the same pattern piece. I will be providing you a different template for the front from what is in the pattern.  (This is the value-added portion of this class – it will make the neckline lay much better and be more flattering.) 


    Student supplies:

    Fabric as required, as listed on page 5 of the pattern, for your size.  Fabrics that are soft, with drape, produce the best results.  I have had the best results using silky polys or rayon challis, but it can also be made from light-weight wool, soft cottons or silks.  I used a silk chiffon burn-out for one I made, but do not like the results as well since it is so light and airy that it is more difficult to wear, especially on a windy day!  (It was also more difficult to sew!)


    All-purpose sewing thread to match your fabric.


    Number of hours: 2hrs

    max number of people: 6

    Member: $35

    Non-Member: $40

    Instructor: Bonnie Gingerich



    • April 03, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Sprigns, Co
    • 6
    Register



    Looking for a fast-to-make, easy-to-wear, goes-with-anything third layer to throw on over a pair of jeans, or a dressy dress, or a pair of slacks and a shell?  This jacket can be dressed up or down, depending on the fabric used.  It is a quick sew, fun-to-wear jacket looks good on anyone, no matter the size you create.  Stop in at Textiles West to see this jacket in person, and to try it on in front of the mirror!


    Techniques you will learn include: French seams, changing a pattern to a more flattering neckline design, 3-thread baby hem (surprisingly easy technique used on many couture garments), tips on working with fabrics with drape and movement.



    Student supply list:

    Fast n Fun Circle Jacket pattern available for purchase and download:  https://saf-t-pockets.com/circle-jacket-3000-download/

    Fabric as required, as listed on page 5 of the pattern, for your size.  Fabrics that are soft, with drape, produce the best results.  I have had the best results using silky polys or rayon challis, but it can also be made from light-weight wool, soft cottons or silks.  I used a silk chiffon burn-out for one I made, but do not like the results as well since it is so light and airy that it is more difficult to wear, especially on a windy day!  (It was also more difficult to sew!)

    All-purpose sewing thread to match your fabric.

    Seam ripper

    Fabric scissors

    Applique (duck-billed) scissors if you have a pair

    Optional:  ¼” Steam-A-Seam II


    If you wish to use one of the class Bernina machines, they are available at no charge. 

    If you wish to use your own machine, make sure it is in good working order, and bring all power cords, accessories, foot pedal, extension table if available, and machine manual. 

    Regular sewing presser foot, or a ¼” presser foot if you have one.

    Edge-stitching foot if you have one.




    Pre-class Work

    Print the pattern and tape together the pieces as instructed. 

    If you are comfortable cutting out garments, complete the following prior to class:

    1.  Make a copy of the pattern (or print and tape together two copies), since the front and back are the same pattern piece.  I will be providing you a different template for the front from what is in the pattern.  (This is the value-added portion of this class – it will make the neckline lay much better and be more flattering.) 

    2.  Cut one back on the fold.  Leave your pattern pinned to your fabric, please.

    3. Using the copy of the pattern, cut a second back on the fold.  (Don’t worry, this is correct.  We will cut this piece for the modified front in class.)  Ignore the instructions to “fold on the front cutting line to shape the pattern into the Front (1) piece” under the Preparing the Pattern section of the pattern.  Leave your pattern pinned to your fabric, please.

    4. Add 2” in length to the Center Back (CB) end of the Band Pattern Piece.  (This is to allow for the extra length needed because of the modified front pattern piece you will receive in class.)  Cut two Band pieces.  Leave your pattern pinned to your fabric, please.

    5. Bring the cut-out pieces to class.


    If you are not comfortable performing the pre-class work on your own, you can register for the pre-class morning session and we will cut out your pattern/garment pieces, and then take a break for lunch prior to the afternoon class session.  To register for the pre-class session, please use the following link: https://www.textileswest.org/event-3313075


    Number of hours for class: 4 hrs

    Max number of students: 6

    Class Level: Fascination, prior sewing knowledge a must

    Member Price: $60

    Non-Member Price: $70

    Instructor: Bonnie Gingerich



    • April 04, 2019
    • April 25, 2019
    • 4 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: $100
    Non-member: $115

    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.



    • April 04, 2019
    • April 05, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO 80829
    • 6
    Register


    Love all the unique hand dyed yarns and colorful rovings you see at yarn shops and online? In this class, you will learn how to create your own, using professional acid dyes and the popular hand-painting technique- essentially the same for both yarn and roving! Over the course of this class, we will explore several different techniques to create variegated, tonal, speckled, and other effects in your yarn or fiber. Come roll up your sleeves, play with color, and leave with several examples of your very own hand-dyed yarns and fiber!

    Student supply list:

    Up to 4 hanks of undyed protein (animal) fiber yarn and/or lengths of fiber (often called "roving", or more correctly, "top"). Blends are ok, but synthetics or plant fibers should total LESS than 25%.  A limited amount of yarn and roving will be available for purchase in class from the instructor. A good selection of undyed yarns and fiber is available at Knitpicks.com (search their "bare" collection). Any weight, style, or ply count for yarn is fine.


    4, 8oz. or larger jars with tight-fitting lids to store your dyestocks (recycled jars are wonderful)


    Face mask for particulates, disposable is fine


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

    Member Price: $75

    Non-Member price: $85

    Instructor: Amy Kloster




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    • April 06, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 7
    Register

    Needle felted mini journal

    Texture rules in this mini journal! We begin with a combination of machine and hand needle felting using wool, silk, velvet, fibers, yarns, ribbon, cheesecloth and roving to create a luscious textured surface. Simple hand embroidery stitches are our next avenue of exploration as we add a delightful layer of texture, color, pattern and design. Your beautiful textured fabric can then be used to create a mini journal, small wallet for gift or business cards, added to the front of a larger evening bag or even become a journal cover. Due to the nature of hand stitch (unless you are a minimalist or speedy stitcher) you will probably not finish your base fabric in class but will have all the tools and directions you need to finish within a few short hours of stitching Zen.


    Materials fee: $10 includes book papers, needles for felting machines and hand felting supplies and waxed linen thread for binding.


    Student supply list: 

          Small scissors, thimble if you use one, readers if needed,

    ·      Felted wool or craft felt for the base fabric 6" x 9"

    ·      Assorted fabrics such as silk organza, hand dyed silk, silk/rayon velvet, sheers and thin cottons, dyed cheesecloth. No more than a gallon zip lock bag full.

    ·      Assorted fibers: silk and wool roving. No more than a gallon zip lock bag full.

    ·      Decorative button and ribbon for closure

    ·      Threads: I use an assortment of thread weights and fibers.

    ·      Needle Felting Machine or hand felting needles and foam block. (optional) 


    5 needle felting machines are available for student use.

      

    Number of hours for class:  6  (10-5)

    Class Level: Fascination

    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?



    • April 07, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Mantiou Art Center 513 Manitou ave Manitou Springs, Co
    • 3
    Register

    Are you yearning for some creative expression, but lack the time or inclination for a long, in-depth class? Do you prefer to skip the tedious bits and cut right to the “good stuff”? This is your class. You can leave ALL the prep to me, and Just Weave.

     

    I will provide you with a pre-warped (set up for weaving) rigid heddle loom, all the necessary tools, and a wide selection of yarns and other weavable stuff, in many textures and colors. No prior weaving experience? No problem! I will show you everything you need to know.

    After a brief introduction to the loom and process, indulge in over 2 hours of pure weaving bliss.  At the end of the session, you will cut your creation off the loom and take your handwoven fabric home with you.

    What will it be? A scarf? Pillow cover? Wall art? Table runner? Tote bag? Cat toy? Time machine? It’s up to you!

    Materials fee:$35 (covers warp, yarn, and weaving materials)

    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: Amy Kloster



    • April 08, 2019
    • April 29, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • TWIl at Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 4
    Register

    In this class, students will learn how to dye both fabric and yarn with fiber reactive dyes using a dye bath.  We will learn how to create a dye bath, how to create stock solutions, how to mix colors, how to recreate the same color, and how to create different depths of dye with the same color.  This is a technical class where we will learn mathematical equations to create dye baths.  In the end we will create  a small color reference guide of some colors.

    Materials fee: $35 includes dyes, chemicals fabric and yarn.

    Student supply list:

    Dust Mask

    Gloves

    Apron

    Scissors

    Sharpie marker

    Card Stock Paper

    Binder

    Class Level: Concentration

    Member Price: $150

    Non-Member Price: $170

    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.


    • April 08, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO 80918
    Register

    Everything you've ever wanted to know about learning to sew will be covered in this class. Sewing 101 will give you the skills and confidence to set you on your way to meeting your sewing goals, or to refresh your memory if it has been awhile since you sewed. You'll come away with a head full of knowledge and a reversible tote! This class allows you to transition into any of our Fascination classes. 

     You will get to know the functions and threading of the sewing machine, discuss basic stitches, various tools of the trade, plus all of the basics you need to know about fabrics, marking, pinning, cutting and pressing by making a fun reversible tote bag!

     This class focuses primarily on the “nuts and bolts” of sewing. We highly recommend completion of this course before enrolling in any other classes at Textiles West if you have never sewn before.

    You CAN do this, we have confidence in you!

     Machines: We are able to provide a sewing machine for you to use in the studio, but many students prefer to learn on their own machine and we welcome you to bring your machine from home. If you do bring your own machine, please remember that it must be in excellent working condition and you will also need to bring the manual, accessories, and power cord/foot pedal. We are not able to spend class time troubleshooting machine problems.

    Materials Fee: $5.00

    Supply list for students

    1/2 Yard of light weight fabric (like quilting cotton)

    1/2 Yard of medium weight woven fabric ( like canvas or lighter weight home decor fabric)

    1 Spool of Coordinating Thread

    Member: $60

    Non-Member: $70

    Instructor: Pam Harrison




    • April 09, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 4
    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.



    • April 10, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado 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

     


    • April 10, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co 80829
    • 8
    Register
    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: Amy Kloster




    • April 12, 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • April 14, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 6545 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
    • 5
    Register
    Do you have a favorite photo of your pet you want to turn into a work of art? Award-winning quilter Barbara Yates Beasley can teach you a low-tech pattern design technique that, when combined with raw-edged appliqué, can turn any photograph into a fun and eye-catching quilt. This three day class will have you well on the way to creating your own work of art that you can then finish quilting at home or even leave un-stitched if you prefer.
    If pets are not your area of interest bring a photo of a flower or other object. Think Georgia O’Keeffe size flower.
    Please be aware that this needs to be your own photo or one that you have been given permission to use. It is NOT OK to grab your favorite photo from the internet. Those photos do belong to an artist and you need to ask permission before using them as inspiration.     
    This workshop is limited to 10 students to ensure each students gets plenty of private instruction with Barb.
    See Barbara's web site for more inspiration!     
    Prep Work: Before the class, pick a favorite photo of your animal. It should be clear and sharp with a good value range. The animal should fill the frame. If the eyes are an important part of the photo be sure you can actually see them. Keep it simple
    Have this enlarged to the size you would like to work with, but no more than 19” x 24”. The enlargement is best in color. You can use a B&W as long as you don’t loose detail in the shadows of the B&W image. Be sure to bring a color copy, any size if your enlargement is B&W. Enlargements can be done at Kinko’s, Staples, Office Max, Walgreens, Costco that type of store. Often you will have better luck getting a clear print if you bring a hi-res file to the store on a thumb drive.
    Materials Fee payable to teacher on the first day: $15        
    Supply List 
    • Pre-washed lightweight muslin, enough to use as a base
    • Assorted fabric scraps. Bring more then you think you need and in a variety of colors. Nothing over a fat quarter in size.
    • Lite Steam-a-Seam 2 fusible. Made by The Warm Company, please no substitutes
    • Your photo enlarged to the finished size of your quilt. No less than 11” x 17”. But no larger than 19” x 24”. See Prep Work.
    • 8” x 10” color copy of your photo REVERSED.
    • Sharp embroidery scissors, paper and/or fabric scissors
    • Design board or foam core to use as a design board. This should accommodate the size of your work.
    • Tweezers (optional)   
      
     Those of you who work quickly or have an image with less detail will want to bring finishing materials.
    • Batting
    • Backing fabric
    • Bernina 350 machines are available in the Thread lab for use or you may bring your own machine.
    Member: $375 Non-Member: $400
     
        







    • April 13, 2019
    • April 14, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center
    • 6
    Register


    This is a perfect refresher or intro to learn about working with fiber reactive dyes and a few resist techniques. Over four weeks, each class two hours long, you will be educated on dye lab safety, how to properly mix, apply and set fiber reactive dyes, and learn the simplicity of acid dyes. Create fabric samples using immersion dyeing (hot & cold) and work with thickened dyes. Also, you will learn a few resist techniques using shibori, water based resist, potato dextrin and tape.

    By the end of this class you will understand the proper way to work in our dye lab and create cool fabrics!

    *Successful completion of this class can provide you with certification to rent dye lab.

    Materials Fee: $20.00   include fabric, roving, yarn and chemicals and dyes.

    Student Supply list: Dust Mask & Gloves

    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: $150

    Non-Member: $170

    Instructor: Susan Haldeman


    • April 16, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co 80829
    • 3
    Register

    Have you ever wondered how bands of fabric for belts, guitar straps, purses or wall hangings are made? Come explore the world of Warp-faced Band Weaving. You will learn how to read an Inkle Weaving draft, warp an Inkle loom and weave a piece of warp faced fabric.
    Student Supply List:  Students should bring notebook and pen for writing notes.
    Material Fee:  $20, includes equipment rental
    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.




    • April 17, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • TWIL @ Mantiou Art Center 513 Manitou ave Manitou Springs, Co
    • 4
    Register

    Are you yearning for some creative expression, but lack the time or inclination for a long, in-depth class? Do you prefer to skip the tedious bits and cut right to the “good stuff”? This is your class. You can leave ALL the prep to me, and Just Weave.

     

    I will provide you with a pre-warped (set up for weaving) rigid heddle loom, all the necessary tools, and a wide selection of yarns and other weavable stuff, in many textures and colors. No prior weaving experience? No problem! I will show you everything you need to know.

    After a brief introduction to the loom and process, indulge in over 2 hours of pure weaving bliss.  At the end of the session, you will cut your creation off the loom and take your handwoven fabric home with you.

    What will it be? A scarf? Pillow cover? Wall art? Table runner? Tote bag? Cat toy? Time machine? It’s up to you!

    Materials fee:$25 (covers warp, yarn, and weaving materials)

    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: Amy Kloster



    • April 18, 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, when does craft become art?

    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!

    • April 19, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co 80829
    • 8
    Register
    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: Amy Kloster




    • April 19, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 8
    Register

    Class Description:

    I made my first studio prayer flag 10 years ago and every day as I enter my studio it continues to remind me of my intentions for my art and my life.  Prayer flags can be reminders like mine or pure celebrations of joy.

    This class is going to be a fast fun fabric collage experience. We will create a prayer flag string with fabric collage, paint, stamp, screen print and stitch that will delight you each time you see it and remind you of what is important.  

    Materials fee:

    $15 includes canvas base, some fabrics, use of my paint, stamps and screens for printing and fusible web,  

    Student supply list:

    Fabrics:  an assortment of fabrics in your favorite colors-any fabrics can be used. No more than a grocery bag full. You can bring some supple papers to use as well. 

    Threads: A small assortment of hand/embroidery and sewing machine threads. I will have some so if space is tight don’t bring any.

    Needles and stuff: hand sewing needles, readers, thimble and additional lighting as needed.

    Number of hours for class: 4  1-5 pm

    Max number of students 8

    Class Level Fascination

    Member Price: $60

    Non-Member Price: $70

    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?



    • April 20, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO 80829
    • 4
    Register

    Love all the unique hand dyed yarns and colorful rovings you see at yarn shops and online? In this class, you will learn how to create your own, using professional acid dyes and the popular hand-painting technique, which is essentially the same for both yarn and roving! Over the course of this class, we will explore several different techniques to create variegated, tonal, speckled, and other effects in your yarn or fiber. Come roll up your sleeves, play with color, and leave with several skeins of your very own hand-dyed yarns and fiber!

    Materials Fee: $10 (plus extra if purchasing yarn or roving in class)

    Student supply list:

    Up to 4 hanks of undyed protein (animal) fiber yarn and/or lengths of fiber (often called "roving", or more correctly, "top"). Blends are ok, but synthetics or plant fibers should total LESS than 25%.  A limited amount of yarn and roving will be available for purchase in class from the instructor. A good selection of undyed yarns and fiber is available at Knitpicks.com (search their "bare" collection). Any weight, style, or ply count for yarn is fine.


    4, 8oz. or larger jars with tight-fitting lids to store your dyestocks (recycled jars are wonderful)


    Face mask for particulates, disposable is fine


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

    Member Price: $75

    Non-Member price: $85

    Instructor: Amy Kloster




    • April 20, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 6
    Register

    This tunic has interesting lines and an asymmetrical hem line. It can be worn with leggings, or a long straight skirt. The pocket is a great detail too! I have made the tunic using 1 fabric with contrasting top stitching and also using multiple fabrics. I love both.

    Materials fee:

    Student supply list:

    "Lani Woven Tunic pattern by Style Arc ( can be ordered on Amazon)

    Fabric for tunic ( according to your size) information on the back of pattern

    Thread to match fabric

    interfacing (amount on back of pattern)

    needle for machine

    straight pins

    scissors

    marking tool

    chocolate!

    Sewing machine in good working order with all parts and book

    Sewing machines are available if needed. Please let us know if you need to use one of our machines so that we can have it ready and set up.

    Bring your lunch, (we have a fridge) or you can make a quick trip out (there are several options near us) and don't forget your water bottle!"

    Number of hours for class: 6 hrs

    Max number of students: 6

    Class Level: Concentration – The student will be invited to learn more about a certain