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Textiles West Lecture Series

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

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Upcoming events and Classes

    • November 15, 2017
    • December 13, 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Thread Lab @ Cottonwood Center for the Arts
    • 6
    Register


    Wednesday Evenings 6pm - 8 pm November 15 & 29 December 6 & 13
    Instructor: Ruth Chandler
    Location: Studio 236  & Thread Lab @ Cottonwood Center for the Arts
    Max Attendees: 8 (high level of one-to-one teaching)

    Learn to use stitching as a resist to create a one of a kind indigo vest!

    On the first day you will sketch out the stitching pattern and take it home to stitch. Next you will come back with your finished stitched resist piece and you will learn how to indigo dye your piece.

    Week 3 will be drafting a custom vest pattern that will fit you perfectly.

    Finally on the last day we will cut out the vest and you will go home with a one of a kind waterfall vest that you will love to wear!

    Supply Fee of $10.00 (includes indigo, binding materials, pattern making and notions)Bamboo hemp knit fabric available to purchase. 


    • November 24, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Dye Lab @ Cottonwood Center for the Arts Studio 236
    • 2
    Register

    Magic Silk Scarves (introductory class)

    Skip the shopping madness and create gifts instead!

    Discover quick and fun dyeing using acid dyes and silk scarf blanks. In this introductory workshop with Liz Kettle 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.

    3 hours

    Materials fee:  $25 includes 3 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 and an apron or wear dye appropriate clothing


    • November 25, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TWIL at the Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave.
    • 6
    Register

    Make a scarf for someone special this holiday season!

    In this class, participants will use corn dextrin resists, wood blocks, thermafaxes, and procion mx dyes to create designs on pre made silk scarves. Don’t know what some of these things are? Take this introductory class and learn the basics of producing beautiful masterpieces with your own two hands.

    There will be a $25 Materials fee for two silk scarves, dye equipment and tools.

    Please wear a dye appropriate clothing and/or an apron.


    • November 27, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center
    • 12


    Dye Lab Orientation:

    Learn the ins and outs of working in our Dye Lab! We will review our protocols and safety requirements, equipment and supplies available while renting space. Since the space is designed to accommodate various types of dyeing techniques, this one-hour orientation will lightly review fiber reactive, acid, natural dyes; but we do ask for you to fill in a brief questionnaire to schedule a Certification Workshop tailored to your dye focus and expertise level.

    Completing this orientation will be the introduction to allow you to rent the dye lab for half day, full day or a block of days as long as schedule permits. 


    • November 30, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TWIL @ the MAC 513 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO
    • 7
    Register



    Learn how to prepare a variety of fibers for spinning and felting, through blending, hand carding, and drum carding. We will make rolags, art batts, and roving ready to spin or felt your next work of fiber art! Learn to use fiber preparation tools such as, combs, drum carder, blending board, picker, and hand cards.


    • November 30, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • TWIL at the MAC 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs
    • 6
    Register
    Eco printing on paper is fun and addictive. In this 2 hour class participants will each print two 9" x 12" sheets of paper. While our papers are processing we will make "meander" style books from papers previously printed by the instructor. Your book can be used as a card or a small gift. Instructions for books all made from a single sheet of paper, as well as all supplies for this class, will be provided by the instructor.
    all supplies provided by instructor  
       



    • December 01, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • TWIl @ Manitou Art Center
    • 6
    Register


    This class is for people who have never felted before. You will learn the basics of wet felting with alpaca wool fibers.  Barb will teach you how and why the fiber sticks together and then you'll do it yourself! You will also play with color - we'll use natural and dyed alpaca fiber to felt and yarns to decorate and draw with.

    Use your finished piece as part of a larger artwork, make a bag or add embellishments such as hand stitching and beading.  Your finished piece will be between 12" and 14" squarish. 

    There will be a short lunch break.

    Students to Bring:
    a piece of bubble wrap 2 feet by 4 feet in this class, 
    several old nylons that are cut into about 18 inches long or knee highs 
    one or two old towels. 
    a good sized bowl so you can bring water back and forth from your table to the sink, 
    a small bottle of Dawn, 
    a spray bottle - the stronger the spray, the better
    a good strong spray bottle (the stronger the spray, the more effective.

    Material Fee for Student: $12


    • December 06, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Thread Lab at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts 427 E. Colorado Ave Colorado Springs, CO
    • 8
    Register

    Create a Holiday Card out of fabric that you can send through the mail! Or mount it on a canvas to keep for yourself. Learn raw edge Appliqué techniques. Use fusible interfacing and free motion quilting or hand stitching to secure your fabric collage pieces. Bring inspiration from your stash or use mine to make a Holiday card that will be an extra special note for your loved ones!


    • December 06, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center
    • 1
    Register


    Curious about weaving but not ready to invest in your own equipment? This class is just right for experiencing the joy of weaving. With Mary Madison, you will learn the basics of weaving on a rigid heddle loom and at the end of the day take home your very own handwoven scarf.

    Supply fee: $15 for use of loom choice of two skeins of yarn

    Time: 10am-5pm 

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


    • December 07, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TWIL at the MAC 513 Mantiou Ave Manitou Springs
    • 8
    Register
    Deck the Halls with Silk and Fiber
    Create garland, fabric beads, and ornaments using silk roving, hand spun yarn, fabric and gloss varnish.  
    Supply list provided by teacher:
    Silk Roving, wool roving, textile medium gloss varnish, yarn, beads, wire


    • December 09, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TWIL at the MAC at 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs
    Register
    Get a taste of what eco printing is all about by participating in this fun class. As a group we will print one large piece of silk fabric and then cut it up to make sachets which you can keep for yourself or give as a gift. Everyone will go home with at least one set (2 sachets) and fabric to make more. All supplies will be provided by the instructor. Limited to 8 students.
    2 hour class
      Supplies Provided by instructor.


    • December 09, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Dye Lab @ Cottonwood Center for the Arts Studio 236
    • 8
    Register


    Discover quick and fun dyeing using acid dyes and silk scarf blanks. In this introductory workshop with Liz Kettle 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.

    3 hours

    Materials fee:  $25 includes 3 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 and an apron or wear dye appropriate clothing


    • December 11, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center
    • 12
    Register


    Dye Lab Orientation:

    Learn the ins and outs of working in our Dye Lab! We will review our protocols and safety requirements, equipment and supplies available while renting space. Since the space is designed to accommodate various types of dyeing techniques, this one-hour orientation will lightly review fiber reactive, acid, natural dyes; but we do ask for you to fill in a brief questionnaire to schedule a Certification Workshop tailored to your dye focus and expertise level.

    Completing this orientation will be the introduction to allow you to rent the dye lab for half day, full day or a block of days as long as schedule permits. 


    • December 12, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TWIL
    • 8
    Register
    Eco printing on paper is fun and addictive. In this 2 hour class participants will each print two 9" x 12" sheets of paper. While our papers are processing we will make "meander" style books from papers previously printed by the instructor. Your book can be used as a card or a small gift. Instructions for books all made from a single sheet of paper, as well as all supplies for this class, will be provided by the instructor. Limited to 8 people.
    Supplies provided by the instructor.


    • December 13, 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center
    • 3
    Register

    Certification is  for those who already know how to weave and wish to rent time on Textiles West looms. We will review rental and space guidelines as well as care and feeding of looms. 

    We have table and floor looms available for rent on a weekly basis. Looms must be used at TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 

    • December 18, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center
    • 12
    Register


    Dye Lab Orientation:

    Learn the ins and outs of working in our Dye Lab! We will review our protocols and safety requirements, equipment and supplies available while renting space. Since the space is designed to accommodate various types of dyeing techniques, this one-hour orientation will lightly review fiber reactive, acid, natural dyes; but we do ask for you to fill in a brief questionnaire to schedule a Certification Workshop tailored to your dye focus and expertise level.

    Completing this orientation will be the introduction to allow you to rent the dye lab for half day, full day or a block of days as long as schedule permits. 


    • January 10, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center
    • 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.

    Supply fee: $15 for use of loom choice of two skeins of yarn

    Time: 10am-5pm 

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


    • January 20, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Thread Lab @ Cottonwood Center for the Arts
    • 8
    Register

     

    Bobbin lace is a traditional lace making technique that is much like braiding with many strands of thread or yarn. While it is being woven the lace work is supported by a large pillow. Historically, lace was made with very fine cotton, silk and linen threads, but in this class we will work with slightly larger yarns and patterns to make the work easier and quicker. In this class learn about bobbin lace supplies and equipment, how to start a project, and how to create a pattern pricking.

    Students will create a small sampler of basic bobbin lace stitches

    Supply fee $25 includes: all materials and equipment for the class will be provided by the instructor . Students can borrow bobbin lace pillows and bobbins from the instructor for use during the class.


Past events

November 17, 2017 TWIL Discovery Days
November 17, 2017 Fabric & Paper Design with Photoshop
November 15, 2017 Print Your Art Out
November 15, 2017 Curious About Weaving?
November 11, 2017 Blue Hands Festival
November 11, 2017 Fabrics that Wove the West
November 08, 2017 Weaving Certification
November 04, 2017 Surface Design on Fabric with Natural Dyes
November 03, 2017 Print Your Art Out
November 01, 2017 Dye Lab Certification
November 01, 2017 Weaving Certification
November 01, 2017 Fabric & Paper Design with Photoshop
October 30, 2017 Dye Lab Certification
October 28, 2017 Introduction to Bobbin Lace with Elizabeth Barber
October 25, 2017 Dye Lab Certification
October 25, 2017 Weaving Certification
October 23, 2017 Dye Lab Certification
October 21, 2017 Tactile
October 18, 2017 Curious About Weaving?
October 14, 2017 Eco Printing on Paper

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

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

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