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

Upcoming Classes & Events

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.



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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Learn to Sew

Classes for  teens and adults. Our learn to sew program will quickly have you sewing with confidence!


Upcoming events and Classes

    • September 26, 2018
    • November 28, 2018
    • 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


    • October 24, 2018
    • November 17, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Academy Blvd and TWIL
    • 6
    Register


     Explore the ancient art and pattern of indigo and shibori dyeing with a modern twist! In this one and a half day class, you will create a range of indigo fabrics to use in your art and garments.

    Acclaimed textile artist Ruth Chandler will teach you shibori pole dying, an ancient Japanese resist dye technique using poles wrapped with fabric and cord. You will also learn the skills to crease, fold, bind and stitch and knot your fabric creating gorgeous patterns and texture.

    The first day will be in the Textiles West North classroom learning the different types and styles of Shibori. You will be able to go home and use these techniques to create unique designs on your fabric. If you want to create garments, bring your pattern and fabric. Ruth can show you how to prep your pieces to create a one of a kind garment. T-shirts or ready made garments may also be used. Don’t forget, if you have a stained shirt etc. and still love it, this is a great way to give it a second life. These techniques take time so you will have a couple weeks to prep before we meet again.

    The second class, will be at TWIL @ Manitou Art Center. It will be a fun, messy day of wonderful creating. The reveal of the tied, stitched, or wrapped fabric is always exciting.

    Materials fee: $40.00 this includes dye, and all the equipment needed for the folding, stitching, and pole wrapping. 

    Supply List:

    Natural fabrics, (indigo will not dye synthetic fabrics). Cotton, silk, wool, and linen dye very well and have terrific results. Prepared for dying fabric is ideal, however, think outside the box and try fabrics that may give you different and fun results. Scraps are great, so are tone on tone fabrics. A blended fabric may dye in some places and not others, this is not bad, just different!

    Please wash your fabrics WITHOUT fabric softener before dying.

    Clothes and shoes that you do not mind getting dye on. You will get messy!

    Apron if you want to try and protect your clothes.

    member $125

    non member $140



    • November 16, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 4
    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.



    • November 24, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co 80918
    • 4
    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.  
    Student supply list: none
    Class Level: fascination
    Member Price: $65
    Non-Member price: $70
    Teacher: 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.



    • November 25, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N. Academy Blvd
    • 5
    Register

    Sundays remind me of kicking back and enjoying the day in slow motion.  This class is learning beginning knitting.  We will kick back and enjoy 2 hours of learning beginning stitches: knit, purl and garter.  You will begin a quick and cute headband project. Oh, and let's not forget the most important...how to cast on and off. See, like I said slow motion Sunday.
    Student supply list:
    - knitting needles (preferably wood) any size but US 4, 5 or 6 is best and can be straight or connected
    -one skein of worsted weight any fiber content of yarn except do not bring the furry type.
    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: Lynnelle Peavy


    • November 27, 2018
    • December 18, 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center
    • 5
    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: $100

    Non-Member: $115

    Instructor: Susan Haldeman


    • November 28, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO 80829
    • 2
    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. 

    Member: $75 

    Non-member: $85 

    Instructor: Mary Madison


    • December 01, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center
    • 15
    Register

    Come gather with us for relaxing time spinning at our TWIL location before we all jump into the Winter Holiday season. Bring your spinning wheel or hand spindle and fiber to spin.
    Material Fee:$5.00
    Student Supply list: Hand spindle or spinning wheel. A small number of wheels may be reserved for this session.
    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.
    Instructors: Betsy Wintermute and Amy Kloster


    • December 01, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 6545 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
    • 6
    Register

    Sew this versatile camisole from the indie pattern company True Bias that has taken the sewing community by storm. The Ogden Cami can be worn on its own or as a layering piece under blazers or cardigans. See nearly 5000 posts on Instagram at #ogdencami for inspiration.
    Student Supply List: Ogden Cami pattern (either paper pattern or student should print off the PDF pattern and have it taped together and traced before class). It can be ordered at http://shop.truebias.com/product/ogden-cami
    2 yards of lightweight, woven fabric such as crepe, rayon challis, voile, polyester and lightweight linen.
    Thread to match your fabric
    Class Level: Student should have some garment sewing experience. The following Textiles West classes are good prerequisites: The Jily Top, Japanese Apron, or the Akita top.
    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


    • December 04, 2018
    • 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




    • December 05, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co 80829
    • 3
    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. 

    Member: $75

    Non-member: $85

    Instructor: Mary Madison


    • December 05, 2018
    • 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


    • December 06, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 6545 N Academy Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80918
    • 1
    Register

    An apron that can double as a cute tunic? Yes, please! This Japanese-styled apron is a perfect first sewing project. It’s ideal for denim or linen and looks great over jeans and a t-shirt when you’re not wearing it for an apron.
    Student should have experience using a sewing machine (made a simple project like a pillow) or have taken Sewing 101."
    Student Supply List: "1 ½ yards of 54” – 60”medium weight fabric such as linen, denim, canvas or home dec fabric. Many cottons come 44” wide and won’t work well for this project.
    Thread to match fabric
    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: Cecelia Harris


    • December 07, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 6
    Register
    Sashiko is an ancient style of embroidery unique to Japan. It a simple running stitch traditionally stitched with white or natural thread on Indigo dyed cotton or hemp. It was used to hold layers of cloth together in order to have a more durable product such as clothing or bedding. As fabric became less expensive and easier to obtain, Sashiko became more decorative than practical. Today, Sashiko is rarely used to preserve or mend fabric but, instead has become a beautiful art form.
    This class will have many examples of Sashiko work along with instruction on how to draft your own designs, the proper way to stitch, and a pre-printed pillow kit to stitch your first Sashiko project.
    Materials fee: $18.00 includes everything you need except:
    Supply list:
    Thimble if you use one
    Glasses (readers not drinking)
    Task Lighting
    Chocolate
    Instructor: Ruth Chandler
    $45 members
    $55 non-members


    • December 12, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West 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.

    Member: $75

    Non-member: $85

    Instructor: Mary Madison


    • December 13, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West North, 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 6
    Register

    The Brooklyn Knit Top is a roomy, curl-up-with coffee-and-a-book kind of sweatshirt. The deep cowl neck flatters everyone. Pair with skinny jeans or leggings for true Colorado comfort. This pattern from StyleArc is available as either a PDF downloadable pattern or as a paper pattern available from Amazon. (stylearc.com or https://www.amazon.com/Style-Arc-Sewing-Pattern-Available/dp/B0727QSZXV/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1541025007&sr=8-1&keywords=style+arc+brooklyn+knit+top). The paper pattern is recommended unless you are experienced with downloadable patterns. Although this pattern can be sewn on a regular sewing machine, it is ideal for sewing on a serger. We have three sergers in house or you may bring your own, if you want to use a serger.
    Fabrics appropriate for this design are sweatshirt fabrics or a heavy stable knit. Avoid stretchy sweater knits. Check pattern for fabric amounts. Students need to have the fabric pieces cut out prior to class.
    Supply list: Brooklyn Knit Top pattern and fabric,
    thread to match,
    pins,
    scissors,
    seam ripper,
    3 spools of serger thread if you are bringing your own serger
    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.


    • December 19, 2018
    • 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.

    Member: $75

    Non-member: $85

    Instructor: Mary Madison




    • December 29, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 6
    Register

    Find out if spinning a yarn is really for you and something to continue - try a hands on learning experience. Learn the difference between a top whorl and bottom whorl drop spindle. What is  Z spun versus S spun? and why should I care?  Or in the alternative do I really care? learn to make a leader string with the fiber you are using instead of using string. Have the opportunity to play with the instructors many Turkish spindles and a few drop spindles. Instructor will provide ideas for books and spindles Learn to make your own drop spindle. and is it really that easy? yes, yes it is. 
    Student supply list: Spindle
    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: Lynnelle Peavy


    • December 30, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N. Academy Blvd
    • 6
    Register

    Sundays remind me of kicking back and enjoying the day in slow motion.  This class is learning beginning knitting.  We will kick back and enjoy 2 hours of learning beginning stitches: knit, purl and garter.  You will begin a quick and cute headband project. Oh, and let's not forget the most important...how to cast on and off. See, like I said slow motion Sunday.
    Student supply list:
    - knitting needles (preferably wood) any size but US 4, 5 or 6 is best and can be straight or connected
    -one skein of worsted weight any fiber content of yarn except do not bring the furry type.
    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: Lynnelle Peavy


    • January 05, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Thread Lab 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO
    • 7
    Register

    I adore fabric journals. They are so nice to hold in your hands and so beautifully unique.  I have made fabric covers for most of my purchased journals and sketchbooks but in the last couple years I have delved deeper into the art of creating my own hand bound journals so I could get the paper I wanted in the size I wanted. In this book I solved the annoying problem of having to drag a pencil/pen case along with your journal.
    We will create this enticing journal from start to finish in this class. Don't fret about not being an expert stitcher! This textile journal or sketch book is stitch and book beginner friendly. Ages 16 and up. basic sewing machine experience required.
    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.
    Materials Fee $15 for Multi-Purpose Cloth, zippers, hand dyed twill tape, waxed linen thread and Fusible web. Also include use of my bone folders, needles and tools
    Supplies to Bring
    •Assorted fabrics for your cover and zip bag. This is a great place to use scraps and remnants
    •Thread to match or coordinate with your fabrics
    •Mixed media paper such as Strathmore or Canson. 20 pieces cut to 14" x 11" or your favorite book paper
    •1 piece of card stock 3" x 11" (can be scrap)
    •Ribbon, sari silk, or cord for wrap
    •Large button
    •Size 90 machine embroidery needle

    $85 members/$95 non members

    Instructor: Liz Kettle
    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?


    • January 08, 2019
    • January 29, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center
    • 8
    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: $100

    Non-Member: $115

    Instructor: Susan Haldeman


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

    You will be sewing a small zipper wristlet bag made out of the newest trend, Cork fabric.  Not only will you go home with this lovely bag suitable for a gift, you will also have all the tools you need to recreate this bag in many sizes and for all occasions.
    Materials Fee: $20.00 (Cash) Kit includes Cork material that will already  have intricate  design cut out, lining material, zipper, stiffener for bag and hardware for handle and printed instructions for making bags in many sizes.
    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 sewing machine needles and sewing manual for your machine.  Also bring your sewing kit with cork colored or dark brown all-purpose sewing thread, sharp fabric scissors, 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


    • January 12, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    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 Coffee and an Assortment of Teas & Spices!

    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 Mason Jars 16 oz

    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


    • January 19, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO 80918
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    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 25, 2019
    • January 26, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 6
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    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 02, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 5
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