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

Upcoming Classes & Events



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. 

Learn to Sew

Classes for  teens and adults. Our learn to sew program is almost ready! We can't wait to share these new classes. Check back soon.


Upcoming events and Classes

    • April 24, 2018
    • December 18, 2018
    • 34 sessions
    • Textiles West Thread Lab @ Cottonwood Center for the Arts
    • 8
    Register


    Join us every Tuesday at the Textiles West Thread Lab for Open Stitch Studio!  Bring your projects and work in the company of friends. We will be on hand for help and minor assistance. 

    There is no fee for attending but please register to let us know you are joining us as space is limited. 

    • May 23, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co 80829
    • 8
    Register
      Introduction to Ribbon Weaving. This class is for you if you want to ease into Tapestry Weaving. Spend an afternoon and learn how to use tapestry designs and techniques to create one-of-a-kind coasters and take your table setting to a new artistic level.  $15 materials fee includes take home handmade loom.  Maximum 8 students.  No previous weaving experience needed.


    • May 26, 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Manitou Springs CO 80829
    • 20
    Register

    A Textile Conversation: These fun monthly gatherings for Textiles West members, will enable us to strengthen our community and bring together our members for support, sharing ideas and current work as well as offer a place to learn and grow as a textile enthusiast or artist.

    • May 30, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO 80829
    • 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


    • May 31, 2018
    • June 21, 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Thread Lab @ Cottonwood Center for the Arts 427 E. Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs 80903
    • 5
    Register


     Begin the journey of creating your own patterns that fit perfectly to your body. Discover the freedom of designing just the style you want in the fabric of your choosing. We will begin from measurements and draw your skirt sloper from scratch (basic pattern block from which other designs are created). Students will construct a skirt sloper and a finished skirt. 

      Students should be comfortable on the sewing machine and have some  sewing experience – whether garments or other sewing projects. No design experience is needed.

    Four week session on Thursdays. Class dates are: May 31, June 7, 14 & 21

           Students need to bring: Pencil, good eraser, 24” see-through quilting ruler, 12” see-through quilting ruler if you have it, French curve ruler, fabric paper and fabric scissors, tracing wheel, pins, 1 yard of muslin or other medium weight cotton/polyester for sloper (even an old sheet will work), 1 yard of fashion fabric for straight skirt, 1 yard of fashion fabric for additional skirt, 1 yard of lining for optional lining, zippers to match both skirts. Students may wish to purchase their fashion fabric after the first session when we will discuss appropriate fabrics. Materials fee: $10 


    • June 01, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Flying Pig Farm Keithly Rd Manitou Springs 80829
    • 3
    Register

    We will spend the day exploring many aspects of ecoprinting. Ideas we will be experimenting with include:  best practices for mordanting fabric; water and how in can influence print outcome; incorporating natural dyes; rust and ecoprints; foraging for plants and care of ecoprinted fabrics. You will leave class with many fabric samples and a scarf, as well as a wealth of ideas for further explorations with this wonderful surface design technique.

    Students should bring: 

    •  Appropriate clothes or apron for dyeing, closed toe shoes;
    • 2 spray bottles--1 for water, 1 for 50-50 water vinegar solution;
    •  disposable gloves;
    •  spool of kitchen string,
    • scissors,
    •  paper and pencil for taking notes;
    • camera (phone camera is fine);
    • any leaves or flowers you may want to try (instructor will provide some but everyone should bring at least a gallon size ziplock full of leaves and flowers*.)
    • 3 empty gallon size ziploc bags;
    •  2- 9-12 " size cylinders for rolling bundles (tree branch that is relatively smooth,wood dowels, copper pipe, rusted pipe, pvc pipe, metal food can with glue removed from outside). * Leaves and flowers to bring include oaks, maples, sumacs, catalpa, rose, coreopsis and marigold blossoms, dark (almost black) petunias, pansies and hollyhocks, thin geranium leaves, onion skins and anything else you might want to try.
    • Material Fee for Student:: $18.00 payable to Peggy on class day.
    Class will be held at Flying Pig Farm under a tent. Please bring appropriate clothing in case of rain.
      • June 09, 2018
      • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
      • Thread Lab@ Cottonwood Center for the Arts 427 E.Colorado Ave Colorado Springs Co
      Register
      If you're sourcing vintage clothing for your wardrobe, for theatrical use, or for resale, knowing how to identify what was made when is imperative to the accurate impression of your characters AND paying (or asking) appropriate prices. Wink O'Connell, owner of Tiddleywink Vintage, will bring examples spanning most decades of the 20th century, and discuss "secret" clues to look for whether you're scouring racks at the thrift store, digging through dark closets at an estate sale, or buying online from an unknown vendor.

      Bio
      With closets stuffed-to-brimming from more than 25 years of collecting vintage clothing, "Wink" has become a devoted wardrobe connoisseur whose collection is a unique time-capsule of the past. Vintage knowledge is not her only forte, as Wink has spent more than 20 years as a professional graphic designer, earning her BFA degree in 1995. Her range of experience includes working with Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and ad agencies. In her “spare time” you are likely to find her watching a 1940s classic film or searching for her next vintage find. To maintain a perfectly cluttered home, Wink keeps up with accumulating vintage cookbooks, Bakelite jewelry, and cat hair.


      • June 16, 2018
      • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      • TWIL@Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co 80829
      • 20
      Register

      A fun afternoon of indigo dyeing with Textiles West. Learn some easy shibori techniques and dye some beautiful pieces of indigo on our cotton fabric. If you would like to dye tee shirts we will have a few for sale or you are welcome to bring your own cotton or natural fiber tees (up to 3). Beer and wine available for purchase 


      • June 21, 2018
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • Thread Lab @ Cottonwood Center for the Arts 427 E. Colorado Ave Colorado Springs
      • 8
      Register

      Join Instructor Laurie Longberry as we learn some fun sewing skills in this foxy little project that is sure to delight. In this class students will learn how to free edge appliqué, hand and machine stitch including how to close their pillows using an invisible stitch technique. Ages 14+

      All supplies included. Students need to have a working knowledge of how to use a sewing machine.
      Supplies included in $8 Kit Fee are; fabric, adhesive, misty fuse, thread, batting, and pattern.


      • June 21, 2018
      • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      • Thread Lab@ Cottonwood Center for the Arts 427 E. Colorado Ave Colorado Springs, Co
      • 7
      Register

      Whip up a season full of these knit skirts with yoga waistband styling. We’ll be constructing a skirt on a regular sewing machine,

       although a demonstration on a serger will be included in the class. This skirt is a copy of one seen in a popular Colorado boutique

       for $80! Top it with a t-shirt and you’re ready for the sun. 

       One yard of lightweight knit (t-shirt weight), thread to match, sewing shears, pins or weights, tape measure, 18” or longer ruler if 

      you have one, pencil & good eraser. 

      • June 23, 2018
      • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
      • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Manitou Springs Co 80829
      • 3
      Register

      Ecoprinting on paper is fun and very addictive. In this one day class you will learn how to coax beautiful     botanical prints onto a variety of papers. We will explore:  different methods to layer, roll and bind papers; using mordants to improve print quality; incorporating natural dyes; rust and ecoprints; ideas for using your papers.  Plan on leaving with several papers printed with beautiful leaves and flowers. 
      Students need to bring: 
      • Appropriate clothes for dyeing or apron; closed toe shoes
      •    spray bottle for water
      • disposable gloves
      • 2- 6"x6" flat ceramic or porcelain tiles (Habitat for Humanity Restore on Wahsatch Street has a huge variety of tiles at very reasonable prices. Also try Who Gives A Scrap on West Colorado.)
      • 1- 6" 1-1/2-2" diameter wood dowel
      •  pencil and paper, camera (phone camera is OK)
      • gallon size Ziploc bag full of fresh leaves and flowers (oaks, maples, roses, coreopsis, marigolds, smokebush, chokecherry, barberry, willow, locust, dark blue delphinium or any other leaf or flower you want to try.
      2 packs of large (6") binder clips (office depot brand has 6 clips/pack)

      Material Fee: $10     

      Class will be held in the MAC courtyard, under a tent. Please bring appropriate clothing in case of rain.     
              


      • June 28, 2018
      • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • Thread Lab @ Cottonwood Center for the Arts 427 E. Colorado Ave Colorado Springs
      • 8
      Register

      Gather up all those little bits of thread, fabrics, yarn and lace that you have been collecting in your sewing room. Laurie will help you turn the cuttings from your studio floor into these beautiful and functional art bowls. 
      2-3 gallon size bags of bits, fibers, yarns and fabric scraps, even those you no longer like but feel guilty about throwing them away!
      Laurie will have fabric and fibers kits available for $10 if you need one. 


      • June 29, 2018
      • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
      • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co 80829
      • 11
      Register

      Join Liz Kettle to discover the delights of creating your own unique papers and fabrics with a combination of gelatin plate mono-printing and screen printing. Gelatin plate printing is a fun and easy method of mono-printing that results in surprises and delights. We will use both the traditional gelatin plate and the new Gelli Plate.  $25 supply fee

      • June 30, 2018
      • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Manitou Springs CO 80829
      • 20

      A Textile Conversation: These fun monthly gatherings for Textiles West members, will enable us to strengthen our community and bring together our members for support, sharing ideas and current work as well as offer a place to learn and grow as a textile enthusiast or artist.

      • July 12, 2018
      • 10:00 AM
      • July 14, 2018
      • 5:00 PM
      • Thread Lab @ Cottonwood Center for the Arts 427 E. Colorado Ave Colorado Springs
      • 2
      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 day and a half class will have you well on the way to creating your own work of art that you can then finish quilting at home.
         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 8 students to ensure each students gets plenty of private instruction with Barb.
      See Barbara's web site for more inspiration!            
         http://www.barbarayatesbeasley.com/
       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 .
             
      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.
              • mechanical pencil.
              • Sharp embroidery scissors, paper and/or fabric scissors
              • Design board or foam core to use as a design board. This should accommodate the size or 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.
              • Thread or you may purchase a wide selection at The Thread Lab once you determine the colors needed. Additional supply fee: $15       
          







      • July 28, 2018
      • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      • Thread Lab @ Cottonwood Center for the Arts 427 E. Colorado Ave Colorado Springs 80903
      • 3
      Register

       Wow your friends with this stunning hand-stitched leather clutch perfect for your phone, wallet and keys. Students will learn double-needle sewing technique that results in strong construction and durability. No leather or sewing experience necessary.

      Materials Fee - $55
      Includes leather, thread, needles and shared leather tools. You will have your
      choice of several leather colors and textures. 

       


      • July 28, 2018
      • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Manitou Springs CO 80829
      • 20
      Register

      A Textile Conversation: These fun monthly gatherings for current Textiles West Members, will enable us to strengthen our community and bring together our members for support, sharing ideas and current work as well as offer a place to learn and grow as a textile enthusiast or artist.

      • August 18, 2018
      • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      • TWIL@Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co 80829
      • 20
      Register

      A fun afternoon of indigo dyeing with Textiles West. Learn some easy shibori techniques and dye some beautiful pieces of indigo on our cotton fabric. If you would like to dye tee shirts we will have a few for sale or you are welcome to bring your own cotton or natural fiber tees (up to 3). Beer and wine available for purchase 


      • August 25, 2018
      • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Manitou Springs CO 80829
      • 20

      A Textile Conversation: These fun monthly gatherings for Textiles West members, will enable us to strengthen our community and bring together our members for support, sharing ideas and current work as well as offer a place to learn and grow as a textile enthusiast or artist.

      • October 20, 2018
      • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      • TWIL@Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co 80829
      • 20
      Register

      A fun afternoon of indigo dyeing with Textiles West. Learn some easy shibori techniques and dye some beautiful pieces of indigo on our cotton fabric. If you would like to dye tee shirts we will have a few for sale or you are welcome to bring your own cotton or natural fiber tees (up to 3). Beer and wine available for purchase 


    Past events

    May 16, 2018 Curious about Weaving?
    May 12, 2018 Knitting w/ Emilie
    May 12, 2018 Lecture: Color as Energy: Symbolic and Physical by David Johnson
    April 28, 2018 TW and MAC Memebers only-TEXCON
    April 28, 2018 Inspire Me:Intro to Natural Dyes
    April 21, 2018 Members Spring Dig and Dye Day
    April 19, 2018 Fast Start on the Sewing Machine
    April 14, 2018 A Special Coffee with the TW Committee ~ free event
    April 11, 2018 Curious about Weaving?
    April 10, 2018 Fast Track Serger Sewing
    March 31, 2018 TW and MAC Member only-TexCon
    March 17, 2018 Play with Giants: a demonstration
    March 14, 2018 Curious about Weaving?
    March 10, 2018 Knitting w/ Emilie
    March 10, 2018 Global influence of Indigo
    March 08, 2018 Knitting with Emilie
    March 07, 2018 Inspire me weaving: Intro To Ribbon Weaving
    February 28, 2018 Curious about Weaving?
    February 24, 2018 The Indigo Table
    February 17, 2018 Play with Giants: a demonstration
    February 16, 2018 Dying Protein Fiber
    February 15, 2018 Inspire Me: Intro to Natural Dyes
    February 14, 2018 Curious about Weaving?
    February 14, 2018 Quilted Postcard
    February 10, 2018 Inspire Me: Wrangle those Fibers
    February 10, 2018 The Art of Angora
    February 03, 2018 Pattern Play Scarf
    January 31, 2018 Weaving Certification
    January 27, 2018 Delectable Paper and Cloth: exploring gelatin plate printing
    January 26, 2018 Cricket Weaving: Rigid Heddle Techniques with Heather Cotterman
    January 24, 2018 Curious About Weaving?
    January 20, 2018 Introduction to Bobbin Lace with Elizabeth Barber
    January 17, 2018 Weaving Certification
    January 10, 2018 Curious About Weaving?
    December 18, 2017 Dye Lab Certification
    December 16, 2017 Textile Holiday Market
    December 15, 2017 Textile Holiday Market
    December 13, 2017 Weaving Certification
    December 11, 2017 Dye Lab Certification
    December 09, 2017 Inspire Me: Magic Silk Scarves
    December 09, 2017 Inspire Me: Eco-print on Fabric
    December 07, 2017 Inspire Me: Deck the Halls with silk & fiber
    December 06, 2017 Curious About Weaving?
    December 06, 2017 Inspire Me: Quilted Postcard
    December 01, 2017 Beginning Felting: Abstract Wall Hanging
    November 30, 2017 Inspire Me: Eco-print on paper
    November 27, 2017 Dye Lab Certification
    November 25, 2017 Inspire Me: Pattern Play Scarf
    November 24, 2017 Magic Silk Scarves
    November 17, 2017 TWIL Discovery Days
    November 17, 2017 Fabric & Paper Design with Photoshop
    November 15, 2017 Create a Waterfall Vest: Shibori & Indigo
    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

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

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    @ Manitou Art Center
    513 Manitou Ave
    Manitou Springs, CO 80829

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