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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. 

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

    • September 25, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N. Academy Colorado Springs, Co
    • 6
    Register
    Why start off your vacation untangling a rats nest of cords, wall chargers and ear buds. Come join us as we will be sewing 3 fast and easy projects that will keep your cords tamed.
    Materials Fee:$10.00 for Peltex, ultra suede, interfacing, fabric, fusible, Groment and  use of other equipment.
    Student Supply Fee:
    -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), 
    -microtex sewing machine needles,
    -empty bobbins,
    -machine manual and all accessories for your sewing machine.
    - You will also need to bring tan, or brown All-purpose thread, 
    -straight pins, 
    -clips,
    - sharp sewing scissors,
    - paper scissors,
    -seam ripper, 
    -seam gauge and any other accessories that help you sew.
    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: Pam Harrison



    • September 25, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N. Academy Colorado Springs, Co
    • 6
    Register
    Why start off your vacation untangling a rats nest of cords, wall chargers and ear buds. Come join us as we will be sewing 3 fast and easy projects that will keep your cords tamed.
    Materials Fee:$10.00 for Peltex, ultra suede, interfacing, fabric, fusible, Grament and  use of other equipment.
    Student Supply Fee:
    -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), 
    -microtex sewing machine needles,
    -empty bobbins,
    -machine manual and all accessories for your sewing machine.
    - You will also need to bring tan, or brown All-purpose thread, 
    -straight pins, 
    -clips,
    - sharp sewing scissors,
    - paper scissors,
    -seam ripper, 
    -seam gauge and any other accessories that help you sew.
    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: Pam Harrison



    • September 26, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co 80829
    • 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. Material fee $15

    • 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


    • September 29, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    Register

    Alpacas, goats and rabbits…oh my! Come meet your new favorite fiber animal friends at the Third Annual Tactile, presented by Textiles West at Manitou Art Center on September 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    This free community and family-friendly festival includes intriguing lectures, make-and-take stations, creative demonstrations, artwork showcases, and collaborative projects. Learn about all aspects of textiles, like how fibers transform from animal to fabric to an article of clothing.

    Textiles West will be showcasing the progress of Stitching Community Together, the ongoing installation of storytelling via Pojagi panels created by organizations and members of our diverse community. Textiles West will be teaching the special Pojagi stitch so you can learn how to create your own panel.

    Have you ever seen giant knitting needles? Explore the art of knitting and the modern, cutting edge twists that have found their way into this ancient art form.

    Find your way back to the earth through natural dying. Learn how the plants in your garden and our forests create rich colors on a variety of fabrics.

    There is so much to experiment with and learn at Tactile. From children activities to in depth lectures, the festival is geared towards the curious, inner child as well as the seasoned fiber artist.nted by Textiles West at Manitou Art Center on September 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Free shuttle from Manitou Springs public parking lots


    Lectures:

    Global Artisan’s Weaving Cooperatives and their Future Sustainability

    Marilyn Murphy, managing partner of the global artisan textile marketplace ClothRoads.com, will discuss weaving cooperatives across the world who share in the goal of preservice the cultural traditions that surround the art of weaving.

    Contemporary Fiber Art: A Curators Perspective

    Daisy McGowan, director and chief curator of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) Galleries of Contemporary Art, will talk about the ways in which contemporary fiber artists are pushing the boundaries of textiles and, in turn, shifting fiber arts from being considered a craft to a fine art form.

    Demonstrations: Dip your toes into a new fiber art process. Demos are offered by Textiles West’s incredible teachers and provide a taste of what classes are offered year round.

    • Weaving

    • Woodturning sewing tools

    • Spinning (by hand and on a wheel)

    • Knitting With Giants

    Make and Takes: Create artwork to bring home!

    • Hand stitching

    • Natural dying and block printing

    • Felting

    • Finger puppet alpacas

    • Weaving

    • Sewing

    Interactive Art Project: Everyone is invited to participate in this hands on art instillation

    There will also be two food trucks serving up breakfast and lunch. There will be gluten free options available.


    • September 29, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Register

    Textiles West welcomes Marilyn Murphy to our annual community event, TACTILE for a lecture about weaving cooperatives. Artisan weaving cooperatives exist all over the world, each one with a similar mission of preserving cultural traditions and history, a need to establish a sustainable economic base for the artisans and their families, and a desire to enter the larger global commerce market. Marilyn Murphy will take you behind the scenes at different textile artisan groups worldwide and look at the various ways they are building toward sustainable growth.   This event is free to the public.
    Marilyn Murphy is the managing partner of ClothRoads.com, a global artisan textile marketplace, co-chair of Andean Textile Arts, and former president of Interweave, a multimedia craft-based publishing company. She was the founder of the Textile Arts Centre and owner of the Weaving Workshop in Chicago in the 80s and 90s. 


    • September 29, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou ave Manitou Springs, CO
    Register

    photo credit: Jodi Stevens, impediment 5 (2010/2017), hand-dyed yarn, wood, dimensions variable.  Contemporary fiber art is a vast field populated with artists pushing boundaries beyond what is expected using materials sculpturally and conceptually. Artists working in the field today owe a major debt to those who shifted textile arts to a seriously considered fine art form starting in the 1970s, dubbed the American craft movement. Pioneers such as Sheila Hicks, Eva Hesse, Robert Morris, Miriam Schapiro, Faith Ringgold, and Claire Zeisler exploded long-held notions and elevated works made with these materials through sculptural experimentation. This lecture will discuss artists who build on this legacy through their practice as sculptors, employing these materials weighted with radical history.


    Daisy McGowan is director and chief curator for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) Galleries of Contemporary Art, or GOCA, a position she has served in since July 2010. McGowan has independently and collaboratively curated and produced over 85 exhibitions for GOCA, Colorado College IDEA Space (as Assistant Curator), Colorado College Coburn Gallery (as Gallery Director), as well as regional and national contemporary sites including RedLine Contemporary Art Center (Denver) and Durden and Ray (Los Angeles – July 2018).

    • September 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


    • October 02, 2018
    • October 09, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO 80829
    • 5
    Register


    Love all the unique hand dyed yarns you see at yarn shops and online? In this class, you will learn how to create your own, using professional acid dyes and the popular hand-painting technique. Over the course of two sessions, we will explore several different techniques to create self-striping, variegated, speckled, and other effects. Come roll up your sleeves, play with color, and leave with several skeins of your very own hand-dyed yarns! As a bonus, we will also discuss how you can safely recreate these results in your own home kitchen.
    Materials Fee: $10 (plus extra if purchasing yarn in class)
    Student supply list: " 4 skeins of undyed protein (animal) fiber yarn. Examples are wool, alpaca, silk, camel, cashmere, mohair, or a combination. Blends are ok, but synthetics or plant fibers should total LESS than 25%. The dyes we will be using will ONLY work on protein fibers. A limited amount of yarn will be available for purchase in class from the instructor. A good source for undyed yarns is Knitpicks.com (search their ""bare"" collection). Any weight, style, or ply count is fine. Choose something you'd like to knit, weave, or crochet with! Feel free to bring in photos for color inspiration, and/ or a color wheel, too. Neither of those are mandatory.
    Class Level:Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels. The student may, however, be required to have a basic skill or have taken a certification class. For example, for a flat-pattern drafting class one need not know anything about flat-pattern drafting but should have a basic understanding of the sewing machine. Any prerequisites will be listed in the class description.
    Member Price: $75
    Non-Member price: $85
    Instructor: Amy Kloster


    • October 03, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 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.


    • October 04, 2018
    • October 25, 2018
    • 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 5:30-7:30pm
    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


    • October 10, 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. Material fee $15

    • October 12, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 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


    • October 13, 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Thread Lab 6545 N. Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs CO
    Register

    Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese braiding technique with examples dating back to the 4th century BC.  In this presentation Giovanna Imperia, a kumihimo artist from Texas will take a quick look at this tradition from its earliest examples to contemporary interpretations.

    Giovanna has been experimenting with this ancient technique for over 1o years. She has sought out unusual materials and techniques to push the boundaries of the art form. Giovanna will have inspiring examples of traditional and non-traditional braids for you to see, touch and admire.
    As an extra treat Giovanna will be offering some of her incredible fibers and unique materials for sale after the lecture.

    Artist Bio:
    I have always been interested in fiber as a creative medium, and my creative work has been focused on the tactile and organic nature of fiber and related materials.  The work I have done during the years has been pushing the boundaries of the expected definition of body adornment and 3D objects.  This has often been accomplished by actively involving the user through the concept of “transformation” – the idea of actively engaging the user with shaping and transforming the art piece.  Thus making the user part of the creative process.
    Throughout this exploration I became interested in materials that would allow me to push the boundaries of texture and three-dimensionality.  This search took me first to wire and then other materials such as active yarns and plastics. Giovanna Imperia Designs was established in Houston in 2008 as a small offshoot of my textile design work – a place where other textile artists could find the unusual materials I have been using.  
    Member:$10
    Non-Member: $12


    • October 13, 2018
    • October 14, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West 6545 N. Academy Colorado Springs, CO
    • 10
    Register

    ANCIENT JAPANESE BRAIDING

    Textiles West is excited to offer this unique workshop with Kumihimo expert Giovanna Imperia from Houston TX. Giovanna has been exploring and pushing the boundaries of Kumihimo since 2008, traveling the world to source unique materials for her incredible art.

    Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese braiding technique dating back to the fifth century. It is most commonly associated with samurai armors and swords, as well as women’s kimono (obijime). Contemporary applications range from the traditional to new applications such as jewelry, garments and accessories.
    While braiding is present in many cultures, the Japanese tradition is differentiated by the fact that artisans utilize a variety of stands designed to help execute high quality braids fast and consistently. Today is also possible to do kumihimo braids on a foam disk or a square plate. The ones we offer have been designed by Makiko Tada and are produced in Japan by Hamanaka. They travel well and are very economical.

    In this one and a half -day workshop students will learn to braid on the marudai by learning these basic set of moves. Time permitting, students will also be able to explore how the basic structure used to create a braid can be expanded by adding groups of threads (e.g. from 8 groups to 16) while repeating the same set of moves over and over.

    Many books have been published over several decades on Kumihimo, and most of them have documented a number of patterns for the marudai (round stand) – some dating back to the middle age.
    Despite the fact that hundreds of patterns have been documented, all these patterns relay on a finite set of moves that can be grouped into two broad categories:
    1) Interlacements occur when threads pass over the center hole in the marudai
    2) Interlacement occurs when threads move around the edge of the mirror.
    Different patterns are created either by repeating the same set of moves, or by mixing moves -- for instance, going through the cener with some threads, and going around the edge of the Maru Dai/disk with other threads.
    Supply List:
    • chopstick
    • Cotton floss or other smooth inexpensive yarn in two highly contrasting color. Textiles West will have some available for student use
    -Traditional Tools to bring if you have access to them:
      1. -Marudai – if you have one or can borrow one.
      2. -8 to 16 tama (bobbins) – 70gr or more
      3. -appropriate counterweight, small bag for the counterweight and a S hook
    Material Fee: $25 includes use of teacher's disk loom and bobbins.

    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: $125
    Non-Member: $140

    Teacher Bio:  Giovanna Imperia

    I have always been interested in fiber as a creative medium, and my creative work has been focused on the tactile and organic nature of fiber and related materials.  The work I have done during the years has been pushing the boundaries of the expected definition of body adornment and 3D objects.  This has often been accomplished by actively involving the user through the concept of “transformation” – the idea of actively engaging the user with shaping and transforming the art piece.  Thus making the user part of the creative process.

    Throughout this exploration I became interested in materials that would allow me to push the boundaries of texture and three-dimensionality.  This search took me first to wire and then other materials such as active yarns and plastics. Giovanna Imperia Designs was established in Houston in 2008 as a small offshoot of my textile design work – a place where other textile artists could find the unusual materials I have been using.  

    web site: http://giovannaimperia.com/


    • October 16, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 6
    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. There will be an optional one-hour class on October 9 for help printing the pattern and cutting out the fabric. Register for that class here. 
    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: $75
    Non-Member price: $85
    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). 



    • October 16, 2018
    • October 23, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO 80829
    • 6
    Register

    Do you love the beautiful hand-painted braids of fiber for sale at yarn and fiber festivals, yarn stores, and online from “indie dyers”? When you purchase them, do you find yourself spinning them the same ways every time? There’s probably 101 ways to spin a hand painted top, so let’s explore some of them together.
    In the first session, you will dye a length of wool top, using professional acid dyes, in colors of your own choosing. We will use the popular hand-painting technique to create our own unique braids.
    In session two, we will explore different techniques for dividing and spinning the braid you made to achieve different effects in the finished yarn. Techniques include the popular “fractal”, gradient, and more.
    Go home with the rest of your hand-painted fiber, some finished yarn samples, and lots of great techniques and ideas to explore in your future spinning projects.
    Materials fee: $10
    Student Supply list :Students may bring a photo or two for color inspiration, and/or a color wheel if they desire. Neither are mandatory.
    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 Fee: $75
    Non-Member Fee: $85
    Instructor: Amy Kloster


    • October 17, 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.


    • October 18, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Thread Lab 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 7
    Register

    You've seen them, all those pretty little cactus and succulent prints popping up! In this fun multi skilled class you will learn how to Thermofax Screen print your own southwest garden. (No need to worry about drawing skills.) Then Laurie will teach you how to mix colors and hand paint your design. After lunch we will work on a fiber and fabric collage layout to show case your new artwork! Add a little hand stitching and you will have a beautiful and unique art quilt.  must have a working knowledge of sewing machine. 
    Student Supply List : Students will need to bring a yard to a yard and a half total of assorted fabrics.
    Material Fee : $20
    Member: $95
    Non-Member: $105
    Instructor:Laurie Longberry


    • October 19, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • October 21, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 6545 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
    • 6
    Register
    Do you have a favorite photo of your pet you want to turn into a work of art? Award-winning quilter Barbara Yates Beasley can teach you a low-tech pattern design technique that, when combined with raw-edged appliqué, can turn any photograph into a fun and eye-catching quilt. This three day class will have you well on the way to creating your own work of art that you can then finish quilting at home or even leave un-stitched if you prefer.
    If pets are not your area of interest bring a photo of a flower or other object. Think Georgia O’Keeffe size flower.
    Please be aware that this needs to be your own photo or one that you have been given permission to use. It is NOT OK to grab your favorite photo from the internet. Those photos do belong to an artist and you need to ask permission before using them as inspiration.     
    This workshop is limited to 10 students to ensure each students gets plenty of private instruction with Barb.
    See Barbara's web site for more inspiration!     
    Prep Work: Before the class, pick a favorite photo of your animal. It should be clear and sharp with a good value range. The animal should fill the frame. If the eyes are an important part of the photo be sure you can actually see them. Keep it simple
    Have this enlarged to the size you would like to work with, but no more than 19” x 24”. The enlargement is best in color. You can use a B&W as long as you don’t loose detail in the shadows of the B&W image. Be sure to bring a color copy, any size if your enlargement is B&W. Enlargements can be done at Kinko’s, Staples, Office Max, Walgreens, Costco that type of store. Often you will have better luck getting a clear print if you bring a hi-res file to the store on a thumb drive.
    Materials Fee payable to teacher on the first day: $15        
    Supply List 
    • Pre-washed lightweight muslin, enough to use as a base
    • Assorted fabric scraps. Bring more then you think you need and in a variety of colors. Nothing over a fat quarter in size.
    • Lite Steam-a-Seam 2 fusible. Made by The Warm Company, please no substitutes
    • Your photo enlarged to the finished size of your quilt. No less than 11” x 17”. But no larger than 19” x 24”. See Prep Work.
    • 8” x 10” color copy of your photo REVERSED.
    • Sharp embroidery scissors, paper and/or fabric scissors
    • Design board or foam core to use as a design board. This should accommodate the size of your work.
    • Tweezers (optional)   
      
     Those of you who work quickly or have an image with less detail will want to bring finishing materials.
    • Batting
    • Backing fabric
    • Bernina 350 machines are available in the Thread lab for use or you may bring your own machine.
    Member: $375 Non-Member: $400
     
        







    • October 19, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 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


    • October 24, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co 80829
    • 4
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    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. Material fee $15

    • October 25, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 6
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    "The Farrow Dress is a wardrobe staple in an elegant A-line shape with flattering diagonal seaming concealing inseam pockets, and a jewel neckline. It has both a sleeveless and bracelet sleeve-length version so it is versatile in several seasons. Gather loads of inspiration at #farrowdress on Instagram.
    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.
    Students must download and print the PDF pattern from https://grainlinestudio.com/shop/women/dresses/farrow-dress-pdf-download/ and have their fabric cut out before class time. If student has questions about the PDF pattern, fabric choice, cutting out or fit, contact Cecelia at chasnlife@aol.com
    Student Supply List:Light to medium-weight fabrics that are suggested in the pattern - the yardage determined by size (all this information is included in the PDF pattern),
    -all-purpose thread to match
    -hook & eye closure,
    - sewing pins and scissors if you have them,
    - 1/2 yd 22 -25" wide fusible interfacing.
    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 Fee: $60
    Non-Member Fee: $70
    Instructor: Cecelia Harris 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). 


    • October 27, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 6
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    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


    • October 28, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N. Academy Blvd
    • 6
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