Log in

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

Special Workshops

Visiting Teachers 

Don't wait to sign up for these fantastic workshops with our visiting teachers.  

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.



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


Upcoming events and Classes

    • January 17, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado 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.

    January's Texcon will be held at our Textiles West North Location.  Our topic will be about color and how it used in textiles and individual's work.  Please register to let us know if you plan on coming.

    • January 19, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 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: Cecelia Harris




    • January 23, 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

     


    • January 24, 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




    • January 31, 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




    • January 31, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co 80829
    • 4
    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.




    • February 02, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 5
    Register

    Sew up this fantastic layering piece for fall. Wear over a cami for lazy Indian summer days or a long-sleeved tee for chilly temps. Students should download the PDF pattern from https://sewliberated.com/products and have the pattern pieces and fabric cut out prior to class. Check out lots of makes on Instagram at #schoolhousetunic.
    Student supply list: Main fabric - 2 7/8 yd of at least 44 - 45" wide in cotton or linen, with a nice drape, coordinating thread. Optional: pins and scissors, pressing ham, your own sewing machine (The machine must be in good working order and you must bring your manual. We will not spend any time fiddling with a machine that is not performing well.)
    Class Level: Fascination, although student should have taken Sewing 101 or have made a simple project like a pillow
    Member Price: $60
    Non-Member price: $70
    Instructor: Cecelia Harris
    Teacher Bio
    Cecelia has also had a lifelong love of fabric and sewing. She creates most of her clothing and recently has enjoyed various ways of creating her own fabric – from direct painting to computer-created designs. Cecelia is also a calligrapher, commercial lettering artist and sometime font designer. She owned and operated Wordsworth where she created rubber stamp and scrapbook products and was also a lead designer for Cricut, a personalized cutting machine. She shares her Colorado home with her husband where she enjoys sewing, wine, and chocolate (although not at the same time). 



    • February 03, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 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:  $45

    Non-Member Price: $55

    Instructor: Amy Kloster



    • February 04, 2019
    • February 25, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • TWIL at the Manitou Art Center
    • 4
    Register

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

     


    • February 06, 2019
    • February 27, 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.



    • February 08, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TW North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO 80819
    • 7
    Register


    Explore the fun of surface design with wooden block printing and Thermofax screen printing. In addition to basic pattern theory you will learn which paints to use for which projects.  In the morning, we will have lots of fun with pattern play and experiment with layering while we create unique fabrics and papers. In the afternoon all those wonderful bits will be collaged together to create a small Art Quilt. You can machine or hand stitch or do a little of both.

    Materials Fee: $20 Includes:

    •     1yard of fabric to practice printing on
    •      Wood printing blocks and thermofax screens for use in class
    •      MistyFuse Sheer Paperless fusible web
    •      Felt
    •      Paint
    •      Black and white print fabrics

     Supplies to bring

    • Solid fabrics in your favorite colors as well as mottled fabrics that read as solid. White and black prints add a fun punch if you have them. You don’t need a lot and we can share so no more than grocery bag full.
    • Hand sewing needles if you want to hand stitch-Chenille preferred
    • Thread: Cotton-medium and/or heavy weight to coordinate with your fabrics.

    We have Bernina 350 series sewing machines for use in class so you don't need to bring yours. However, if you prefer to bring your own machine please make sure it is in good working order with all necessary cords and accessories. Including a free motion foot, size 90 embroidery needle. 

    $85 members

    $95 non-members

    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?



    • February 09, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL @ MAC 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 7
    Register


    Nature will thank you!  Explore the abundant range of colors waiting to be extracted from vegetables, berries and plants from your garden and your kitchen! This workshop is designed to expand your understanding of food not just as sustenance, nor cut flowers for simply decoration - but also as a beautiful source of color, that also can provide healing properties.

    In this workshop we will focus on Seasonal Produce and staples from our pantry!  Berries, Black Beans, Onion Skins and more....  Students will work with pre-mordanted, fabrics, yarns, and roving. Hand painting on paper and fabric. Experimenting with adjusting colors using mordants. The history, purpose and art of natural dyeing will be presented throughout the workshop. Sustainability and eco-consciousness is the thread throughout this series of workshops.

    By the end of the workshop, you will leave with a more thorough knowledge of preparing natural dyestuff, processing your yields and hopefully being inspired and amazed by what gifts nature truly provides us!

    Materials Fee:$20.00

    Student supply list:

    • Mask, Gloves, 
    • (2) 16oz mason jars, 
    • yellow and red onions skins

    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 Susan Haldeman


    • February 09, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs
    • 12
    Register


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

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

    Optional kit: $40. This will include the front, back and batting. Patches fabric and threads will also be included. The patches fabric is all Japanese cottons and will be your choice from my stash. The indigo will be some that I have dyed myself so you will get the hand dyed look.

    Supply list:

    · 2- 20x26 pieces of indigo fabric

    · 1-20x26 piece of cotton batting (I have been using black batting and it works well, I will have some pieces to purchase)

    · Fabric bits for “patches”

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

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

    · Thimble

    · Reading glasses if needed

    · Large scissors for cutting patches

    · Small scissors for trimming thread

    · Pins for securing patches

    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: $85

    Non-Member: $95

    Instructor: Ruth Chandler


    • February 12, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 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.



    • February 13, 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

     


    • February 15, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Thread Lab 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 8
    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. 
    1. Fibers: silk, wool or acrylic loose fibers or bulky yarn
    2. Fabrics:  you may want some small pieces of silk, linen or cotton fabric to add to your piece.
    3. Thread: You will want a variety of threads to choose from; cotton, rayon, polyester, metallic, holographic. You do not need all of these different types. Bring threads that will blend as well as contrast with your fibers and fabrics.
    4. Yarns: A selection of medium and fine yarns, woven yarn tapes, and narrow ribbon in your chosen color palette. You do not need one of each type I listed. 
    5. Needles: Large chenille needle for hand stitching and size 90 embroidery needle for machine work. (available in the Thread Lab)
      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.
    $85members

    $95 non members

    Teacher: 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?



    • February 15, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • TWIL @ Mantiou Art Center 513 Manitou ave Manitou Springs, Co
    • 2
    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



    • February 16, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO
    • 6
    Register

    We will be sewing a small mesh box and snap bag using a metal measuring tape as the stabilizer and closure.  Not only will you go home with fabric box and coin purse suitable for a gifts, we will also discuss how you can use measuring tapes in other projects.
    Materials Fee: $15.00 (Cash) fabric and mesh material for box, fabric for snap bag, metal measuring tape, duct tape, stiffener for bag and printed instructions.
    Student supply list: A working sewing machine that you are familiar with (we do have a few Bernina sewing machines available if you do not have a machine you want to bring to class or you have troubles during class). If you bring your machine do not forget the power cord, all of your presser feet (Zipper foot a must) and accessories, empty bobbins, Microtex 80/12 or Top Stitch 80/12 and a Jean 90/14 sewing machine needles and sewing manual for your machine.  Also bring your sewing kit with Brown all-purpose sewing thread, sharp fabric scissors, paper scissors, chalk marker, seam ripper, pins, seam gauge and any other accessories that help you sew.
    Optional- Task light for sewing area if desired and wonder clips.
    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: Pam Harrison



    • February 16, 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




    • February 20, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 6
    Register
    One can never have too many cardigans, and the Blackwood Cardigan is a perfect shape. It’s designed for knit fabric for easy wearing. This pattern can be constructed entirely on a regular sewing machine, but we will demonstrate some serger options in class. To see all the possibilities, check out #blackwoodcardigan on Instagram.
    Students must download and print the PDF pattern from https://helenscloset.ca/product/blackwood-cardigan-pdf-pattern/ and have their fabric cut out before class time. If student has questions about fabric, cutting out or fit, contact Cecelia at chasnlife@aol.com.
    Textiles West has sewing machines to use in class. Students may use their own machine if it is in good working order and student knows how to operate it.
    Student supply list:
    2 yds of medium weight knit (see pattern for amount of stretch required),
    all-purpose thread to match,
    pins
    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: $60
    Non-Member: $70
    Instructor: Cecelia Harris Bio: Why I Sew When I think of all the reasons I sew – saving money, getting a good fit, not being limited to what’s in the store, being conscious of how my clothing is produced – the reason above all is that I can be unique. I know that when I choose my own pattern and pair it with a fabric, I will be creating a garment that no one else has. I can also create home goods that are as individual as I am. In a day and age where uniformity is difficult to avoid, creating my own sewn garments is a way to express my voice.



    • February 21, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 5
    Register

    Have you visited antique shoppes and admired early american needlework in rugs and pillows? With this class, you can create your own miniature artwork using punch needle techniques dating from the early 1800's.  No previous experience necessary. 

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

    Student supply list: included in material fee

    Class Level: Fascination, beginning level

    Member Price: $75

    Non-Member Price: $85

    Instructor: Mary Madison


    • February 22, 2019
    • February 23, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 6
    Register

    The project bag is a bag within a bag to hold all the supplies you need for a take along any project. The outside bag is large enough to hold the project you are working on plus the supply bag to hold all your necessities. You can customize your bag to fit your unique set of favorite tools. 

    Multi-Purpose Cloth will be the sturdy base we will work on. You will paint the inside and fuse and quilt all your favorite fabrics on the. You will learn the EASIEST way to insert a zipper for pockets and I promise it will be painless.

    Let your imagination free and use all those fun fabrics you have been saving for something special and make a wonderful bag you will use every day.

    Materials Fee:  $25 includes:

    1 yard Multi-Purpose Cloth (MPC)

    Fabric paint and surface design supplies

    Supply List: I/2 yard focus fabric

    Coordinating fabrics totaling 1 yard (this is a great way to use scraps)

    1600 yards cotton thread-You can mix colors or use all one color

    2- 12 inch zippers (they can be cut down)

    Fusible web (I prefer Misty Fuse)

    Optional:

    Pinking shears

    Wave and rick-rack rotary cutter blades

    Member: $125

    Non-Member: $140

    Instructor: Ruth Chandler



    • February 24, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 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:  $45

    Non-Member Price: $55

    Instructor: Amy Kloster



    • February 26, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Mantiou 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.




    • February 26, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co 80829
    • 4
    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.




    • 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 02, 2019
    • March 03, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • TWIl at Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 6
    Register