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


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Upcoming events and Classes

    • April 20, 2020
    • (MDT)
    • October 03, 2020
    • (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    Register

     

    The Felted River Project

    Help us create a community art installation that pairs our region's love of nature and your hope for tomorrow.

    Felted wool is the oldest fabric created by humans. Isn't that cool? The process is easy and clean fun so it is great to do with just about any age or ability level.

    We invite you to create a felted rock (or many rocks) for our community river celebrating our love of nature and the beautiful community of the Pikes Peak Region. 

    Write a message, wish, dream or hope on your rock. Then gather your fibers and a rock and follow our video directions to create a felted rock.


    What? you don't happen to have wool fiber handy? 

    We can help with that....we have a lot!

    Because we are still affected by COVID-19 we have set up a system for you to RSVP to participate in the project. After you register we will contact you with the dates and times you may pick up fibers at our North Academy location (meeting all social distance requirements)  and how many people you need fiber for.

    You supply your own rock. We suggest nothing larger than 6" in any direction.


    Want to make it an educational art opportunity? You can read more here or here! And, of course on Wikipedia. Maybe the kids can make a mini Yurt!

    How about gift making? Mother's day is coming up. You can use the exact same process to felt soap. Felt up some special handmade soap from your local soap maker and you have a wonderful eco-friendly gift. 


    • June 04, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West Innovation Lab
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    Instructor: Melanie Audet

    In this class, students will be introduced to basic surface design techniques.  Students will learn how to thicken powdered fiber reactive dyes with print paste, how to mix colors, how to apply dyes onto fabric and how to set these colors using soda ash and steam.  We will be making our own color wheel and learning basic color theory.  This class is for those who are more technically minded and who are interested in learning the basic processes of fiber reactive dyes before applying any type of creativity.

    Material Fee: $20 includes fabric, dyes and chemicals

    Student supply list:

    • Dust Mask
    • gloves
    • apron
    • sharpie marker

    Location: TWIL @ Manitou Art Center

    Number of hours for class: 6 hrs

    Class Level: Fascination, open to all levels. no pre-requisites required.

    Member: $85

    Non-Member: $95


    Bio: Melanie Audet is originally from the Detroit area of Michigan.  She received a BA from Albion College and a  BFA from the Oregon College of Art and Craft. She is the owner and proprietor of Melanie Audet Limited Editions.  Her love for textiles is more of a compulsion and she loves to share this passion with others.

     


    • June 05, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    • 8
    Register


    Print It ~ Stitch It

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

    Materials Fee: $20 Includes: 

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

      Supplies to bring

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

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

    Number of hours for class: 6 hrs

    Max number of students: 8

    Class Level: Fascination

    Member Price:$85

    Non-Member Price:$95

    Location: Textiles West 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO 80918

    Instructor: Liz Kettle

    Bio: I  have been intrigued with stitching since I was a child. I have never lost the feeling that something magical happens when you combine fabric and stitch. There are just so many possibilities….will this fabric want to be a bag, a journal cover, or a skirt or become part of a special story in collage? Fabric is such a malleable material. It can be draped, sculpted, textured or smooth. Stitching is so incredibly satisfying….why would anyone not sew?



    • June 06, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    • 3
    Register

    Instructor: Cecelia Harris

    Class Description: We love t-shirts! The t-shirt is the workhorse of a modern wardrobe. It can be dressed up or down depending on accessories and fabric choice. The comfort of knit fabrics and the simplicity of the pattern make the t-shirt the comfort food of garment sewing.


    There are 4 patterns to choose from in this class that offer various shapes and styles (3 women’s and 1 men’s). 1. The Plantain t-shirt from Deer and Doe Patterns is a free, downloadable PDF pattern that is slightly flared for a looser fit. Download the pattern at www.deer-and-doe.com and see thousands of samples on Istagram at #plantaintee. 2. This men’s (or boy’s) pattern is a great basic with a fantastic fit. Jalie 2918 will make the man in your life (or you!) wanting to make loads. Download the pattern at www.jalie.com. This pattern will work best if constructed on a serger. Bring your own or use one of ours. 3. New Look 6439 is a wonderful, flowing design to wear with skinny jeans or leggings that features a gathered back and high/low hem. This paper pattern is available at JoAnn’s or Hobby Lobby. 4. (not pictured) McCalls 6964 is a true basic pattern featuring both a round and v-neck (we’ll be making the round neck in class). Many different types of knit fabrics will work well for this pattern.


    We will cut out and construct the garment in the class. There is an optional, free pre-class to discuss fit and fabric choice. Students will learn how to attach neckbands and work with sleeves as well as receive tips on sewing with knits on a regular sewing machine and serger. We have both types of machines for your use in class. Students should have experience sewing on a regular machine although need not have had garment-making experience.

                                   *1 hour Free pre-class on May 20 from 7 - 8 pm*

    Student supply list: Fabric for pattern of your choice and thread to match

    Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    Number of hours for class: 4 hours with an optional, free pre-class. 1 hour pre-class on April 16 from 7 - 8 pm and regular class on April 19 from 1 - 5

    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: $60

    Non-Member Price:$70


    Instructor 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.



    • June 11, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West Innovation Lab
    • 6
    Register

    In this class students will play using different ways to apply thickened fiber reactive dye to different fabric samples.  Students will use brushes, stamps, thermofax and monoprinting techniques to create pattern and texture.  Students will walk away with a sample binder for future reference.  This is a great continuation of the intro fiber reactive dye class Seeing Color. 

    Materials fee: $25, includes dye, chemicals, some supplies, fabric

    Student supply list:

    apron

    dust mask

    gloves

    binder

    notebook

    label stickers

    sleeve protectors

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

    Number of hours: 6 hrs, one day

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $85

    Non-Member Price: $95

    Instructor: Melanie Audet

    Instructor Bio:  Melanie Audet is originally from the Detroit area of Michigan.  She received a BA from Albion College and a  BFA from the Oregon College of Art and Craft. She is the owner and proprietor of Melanie Audet Limited Editions.  Her love for textiles is more of a compulsion and she loves to share this passion with others.


    • June 12, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    Register


    Do you love to sew but sometimes find yourself a little lonely holed away in your sewing nook?

    Come spend a day at Textiles West North with others who share your passion. At this location, we have large tables on which to spread out, a cutting area with cutting mats and a large ironing center. We also have Bernina sewing machines and sergers for your use if you don’t want to bring your own.

    Maybe you just have some hand sewing to do – that’s great too!

    This is not a teaching time but there may be a short talk with fun information at the lunch hour. Everyone will be sewing their own projects but sewists are always willing to share their expertise.

    We’ll be open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Bring a lunch and come prepared for a day of fun with your peeps!

    This is a free event but donations are always appreciate. 


    • June 16, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    • 10
    Register

    Instructor: Cecelia Harris

    Class Description: Find out what necklines suit you best by trying on 14 different styles. A visual record will be made by photographing each neckline. Students will receive a handout with patterns featuring each neckline style. We'll also discuss some tricks to make the necklines perfectly sewn.

    Materials fee: Optional $10 for a PDF of the neckline patterns

    Student supply list:

    smart phone or camera to take photos,

    a camisole to wear while trying on necklines

    Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    Number of hours for class: 2 hours

    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 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.



    • June 16, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    • 4
    Register

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    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.

    Face masks required for this class

    Student Supply List:  Students should bring notebook and pen for writing notes.

    Material Fee: $20, includes equipment rental

    Location: Textiles West North 6525 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    Number of hours for class: 3 hrs

    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


    Bio: Betsy started her exploration of spinning at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, TX in 1981 in a wheel spinning class taught by Doris Glenn. By then end of the 6 week class she had purchased her first spinning wheel. In the years since Betsy has share spinning with both adults and children and has studied with spinners across the country including Rita Buchannan, Ed Franquemont and Joanne Ruane. She has expanded her knowledge to include a variety of forms of spindle spinning and how to spin a vast array of fibers from both animals and plants. The learning continues.


    • June 18, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    • 5
    Register

    Instructor: Cecelia Harris

    Class Description: "Stylists know that a third addition to an outfit is key to making it all look put-together. The cardigan is the perfect way to accomplish this. In this Sew It Your Way class, you can choose from 3 different types of cardigans to suit your style and shape. There is an optional, free pre-class to discuss fit and fabric options.


    All three patterns require the use of stable knit fabrics. 1. The Cozy Cardigan from StyleArc patterns can be downloaded at www.stylearc.com or a paper pattern can be purchased from Amazon.com. This hip-length, v-neck pattern is just the right balance between fitted and loose. 2. The Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet is a favorite independent design with a wide size range. Thousands of examples for all body types can be seen on Instagram at #blackwoodcardigan. The PDF pattern can be downloaded at www.helensclosetpatterns.com. 3. The Floating Fran pattern from StyleArc can be downloaded at www.stylearc.om or a paper pattern can be purchased from Amazon.com. This sleeveless design has an asymmetrical hem and is quite loose.


    This class will fine-tune skills for working with knits. You will be taught how to sew with knits on a regular sewing machine but will also have access to a serger/overlocker to construct your garment. Bring your own or feel free to use ours.

    Student should have experience sewing on a sewing machine but need not have garment-making experience.

                                   *Optional free pre class on June 15  from 10 - 11* 

    Student supply list:

    Fabric and thread to match for chosen pattern

    Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    Number of hours for class: 4 hour class with an optional, free pre-class. Optional class on April 7 from 10 - 11 and regular class on April 9 from 10 - 3.

    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: $60

    Non-Member Price: $70


    Instructor 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.


    • June 19, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    • 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. 

    • Fibers: silk, wool or acrylic loose fibers or bulky yarn
    • Fabrics:  you may want some small pieces of silk, linen or cotton fabric to add to your piece.
    • 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.
    • 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. 
    • Needles: Large chenille needle for hand stitching and size 90 embroidery needle for machine work.

    Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    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: Liz Kettle

    bio: I have been intrigued with stitching since I was a child. I have never lost the feeling that something magical happens when you combine fabric and stitch. There are just so many possibilities….will this fabric want to be a bag, a journal cover, or a skirt or become part of a special story in collage? Fabric is such a malleable material. It can be draped, sculpted, textured or smooth. Stitching is so incredibly satisfying….why would anyone not sew?




    • June 22, 2020
    • (MDT)
    • June 26, 2020
    • (MDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Textiles West Innovation Lab
    • 8
    Register

    Instructor: Melody Williams

    Class Description: Fashion Construction introduces young designers to fashion with an emphasis on discovering their own style, learning foundational skills in garment construction, and exploring the materials of fashion and their environmental impact. Students build skills in fashion research and drawing, altering existing garments, pattern-making, and machine sewing. Activities guide students through the process of developing ideas, finding inspiration, responding to the work of other artists, and considering the impact of fashion design on their community and communities around the globe. As their designs develop, additional technical skills are introduced, including fabric printing, embroidery, and finishing techniques.

    Students will travel together to fabric stores and boutiques or art exhibitions to gain knowledge and ideas for building their own unique pieces as well as designing an article of clothing or accessory for a friend or family member. In order to develop a complex and broad view of possibilities for creating clothing and using textiles, explorations will focus not only the Fashion world, but on fashion in everyday life––how people communicate through clothing and how we use fashion to express ourselves. Fashion Construction will culminate in a runway fashion show and clothing swap for all students, their family, and friends.

    Materials fee: $25

    Student supply list:

    Instructor will provide most supplies, students will need to purchase fabric for final project.

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

    Number of hours for class: 1 week  MTWThF; 9:00am- 5:00pm.

    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.

    Price: $250 -  We are proud to offer this camp subsidized by the Jane Webb Scholarship Fund. Un-subsidized price would be $450 per student. 


    • June 24, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs Co
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor:  Liz Kettle


    Description:

    Improvisational piecing is a unique approach to piecing fabric together for a quilt or art! No patterns or detailed instructions just plain intuitive fun. We will explore basic composition and design skills as we create wall hangings from scraps in this exploratory workshop. You may or may not finish your wall hanging in class. Finishing options will be discussed.


    Student Supplies to bring

    Assorted fabrics: Cottons, linen, and silk can all play. Start with a base palette and add a few fabrics that contrast for some extra zing. Keep in mind we are working on a wall hanging and not a king size quilt.


    Thread for piecing in a neutral color.


    Rotary Cutter, mat and ruler (optional)


    Material fee $15 includes extra fabrics and stabilizers


    We have Bernina 350series machines in class for you to use but you are welcome to bring your own machine. Just make sure it has the ability to drop or cover the feed dogs (teeth) and bring a free motion darning or quilting foot.  Be sure to bring all your power cords and your manual if you aren’t familiar with free motion stitching on your machine.

    Location: Textiles West North, 6545 N. Academy Blvd  Colorado Springs CO

    Number of hours for class: 6


    Class Level: Fascination, beginning class

    6 Hours


    Member Price:  $85

    Non-Member Price:  $95



    Instructor Bio: 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?


    • June 27, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, co
    • 8
    Register

    Instructor:  Liz Kettle

    Description:

    Once you go free motion you never go back…

    Drop those feed dogs and discover just how much fun free motion stitching is!  Drawing with your needle is easy once you learn the tools that make your stitching easier.  A great class for beginners as well as experienced sewists.


    Material fee $15 includes fabrics, stabilizers and thread


    We have Bernina 350series machines in class for you to use but you are welcome to bring your own machine. Just make sure it has the ability to drop or cover the feed dogs (teeth) and bring a free motion darning or quilting foot.  Be sure to bring all your power cords and your manual if you aren’t familiar with free motion stitching on your machine.


    Location:  Textiles West North, 6545 N. Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO

    Number of hours for class: 3 hours

    Class Level: Fascination, beginning class



    Member Price:  $45

    Non-Member Price:  $55


    Instructor Bio: 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?

     



    • June 27, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West Innovation Lab
    • 8
    Register

    Instructor: Julia Bannerot

    Class Description: Get down and dirty with the beautiful art of bundle dyeing! In this two hour workshop, you'll gain an understanding of how to work with natural dyes and rust. You'll get an introduction to natural dye plants, mordants, and protein-based and cellulose-based fibers. There will be an overview of natural dyestuffs including harvested plants from Flying Pig Farm (flowers, indigo..), food scraps (onion skins, avocado skins...), dried extracts, iron water (rust), and more. We will cover how to bundle dye on silk and cotton, including how to prepare the fabric, arranging the dyestuffs, rolling and tying the bundles, and steaming the bundles in a turkey roaster. Each student will leave with 2 or more unique dyed pieces, along with a couple smaller samples, and the knowhow to design and create more pieces on your own.

    Materials fee: $20 for silk scarves and fabric

    Student supply list:

    Bring your own natural dyestuffs! For example, onion skins, avocado skins, fresh and dried flowers, eucalyptus, etc.

    Location: TWIL @ Manitou Art Center

    Number of hours for class: 2 hours

    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: $45


    Instructor Bio:  Julia Bannerot is a multidisciplinary artist, however she works mostly with clay and fiber. Her work explores themes of interconnection, vulnerability, and ambiguity. She grew up in Colorado Springs and received a BA in studio ceramics from the University of Northern Colorado in 2018.



    • June 30, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    Braiding is fascinating! We are not talking little three strand braids here but 8, 16, and 32 strand braids. This class explores how to create Peruvian sling braids using cotton cords and simple forms to help manage the cords. Students will learn how to read patterns and create them. No experience is necessary for this class.

    Face masks required for this class

    Materials fee: $5 to cover braiding form and cotton cord used in class.

    Student supply list:

    scissors,

    notebook and pencil

    Location: Textiles West North

    Number of hours for class: 3 hrs

    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 Bio: Betsy started her exploration of spinning at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, TX in 1981 in a wheel spinning class taught by Doris Glenn. By then end of the 6 week class she had purchased her first spinning wheel. In the years since Betsy has share spinning with both adults and children and has studied with spinners across the country including Rita Buchannan, Ed Franquemont and Joanne Ruane. She has expanded her knowledge to include a variety of forms of spindle spinning and how to spin a vast array of fibers from both animals and plants. The learning continues.





    • June 30, 2020
    • (MDT)
    • July 14, 2020
    • (MDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Textiles West Innovation Lab
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor: Melanie Audet

    This class will teach and let the student play with surface design techniques in conjunction with mechanical resists such as corn dextrin and potato dextrin to create layers on fabric.   Students will learn how to thicken natural dyes with gum tragacanth and how to directly apply the dye to fabric using thermofax screens, stamps and monoprinting techniques.  The resist adds texture and pattern to the design of the fabric.  Students will make samples of the different techniques and walk away with a sample binder for future reference.  This class is great for quilters and garment makers looking to make unique and one of a kind fabric.

    Materials fee: $25 includes fabric, chemicals, dyes and surface design tools

    Student supply list:

    Apron

    Notebook

    Binder

    sleeve protectors

    label stickers

    pen/pencil

    *optional: bring your own stamps, thermofax or any other items used to created texture or pattern on fabric

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

    Number of hours for class: 3 week class, 3 hrs per week

    Class Level: Fascination

    Member Price: $113

    Non-Member Price: $129


    • July 01, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 12
    Register

    Instructor:  Liz Kettle

    Class Description: 

    Do you have favorite clothes that have suffered from too much love? Mending is a practice of repair that helps us preserve our clothes, keeps garments out of landfills and brings us back to center with the meditative practice of stitching.   Win/Win 

    Learn how to sew on buttons, repair ripped seams, and patch holes with simple or decorative mending.  

    This monthly workshop will teach you how to repair, refresh and renew those favorite garments. 

    If you are not able to afford this workshop please contact us for scholarship info. 

    Student supply list:  bring freshly washed items in need of mending or stitch repair. Unfortunately, we cannot help with zippers at this time.   

    Location:  Textiles West North

    Number of hours for class: 2 hours

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome


    Special Pricing

    Member Price: $20

    Non-Member Price: $25


    Instructor Bio: 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?


    • July 06, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    3D weaving is just that. It is weaving in 3 dimensions by putting a warp on a container from cardboard box to round bottle. Students will learn how to warp their container and then weave using a variety of hand manipulated weaving techniques. This is an ideal project to use left over yarn on and to recycle one of those small boxes that come in the mail. Students need no weaving experience.

    Face masks required for this class

    Student supply list:

    • Small cardboard box (ie. 6"x6"x6"),
    • heavy fork,
    • a variety of yarns you would like to use up,
    • scissors,
    • notebook and pencil for notes.

    Location: Textiles West  6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    Number of hours for class: 8 hrs, 2 hrs/4 wks 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27

    Member Price: $100

    Non-Member Price: $115


    Instructor Bio: Betsy started her exploration of spinning at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, TX in 1981 in a wheel spinning class taught by Doris Glenn. By then end of the 6 week class she had purchased her first spinning wheel. In the years since Betsy has share spinning with both adults and children and has studied with spinners across the country including Rita Buchannan, Ed Franquemont and Joanne Ruane. She has expanded her knowledge to include a variety of forms of spindle spinning and how to spin a vast array of fibers from both animals and plants. The learning continues.



    • July 07, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    Have you ever wondered how yarn is made or how a spinning wheel works? This class is for you! You will learn how to create a continuous yarn using a spinning wheel as well as fiber preparation.   If you have a spinning wheel but need to refresh you spinning skills please join use too. Wheels will be available for use at the class.

    Face masks required for this class

      Student Supply List:  Notebook for notes and something to write with.

      Material Fee:  $20, includes equipment rental

    Location:  Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs

    Number of hours for class: 3 hrs

      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

     


      Bio: Betsy started her exploration of spinning at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, TX in 1981 in a wheel spinning class taught by Doris Glenn. By then end of the 6 week class she had purchased her first spinning wheel. In the years since Betsy has share spinning with both adults and children and has studied with spinners across the country including Rita Buchannan, Ed Franquemont and Joanne Ruane. She has expanded her knowledge to include a variety of forms of spindle spinning and how to spin a vast array of fibers from both animals and plants. The learning continues.




    • July 08, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor: Cecelia Harris

    Class Description: We love t-shirts! The t-shirt is the workhorse of a modern wardrobe. It can be dressed up or down depending on accessories and fabric choice. The comfort of knit fabrics and the simplicity of the pattern make the t-shirt the comfort food of garment sewing.


    There are 4 patterns to choose from in this class that offer various shapes and styles (3 women’s and 1 men’s). 1. The Plantain t-shirt from Deer and Doe Patterns is a free, downloadable PDF pattern that is slightly flared for a looser fit. Download the pattern at www.deer-and-doe.com and see thousands of samples on Istagram at #plantaintee. 2. This men’s (or boy’s) pattern is a great basic with a fantastic fit. Jalie 2918 will make the man in your life (or you!) wanting to make loads. Download the pattern at www.jalie.com. This pattern will work best if constructed on a serger. Bring your own or use one of ours. 3. New Look 6439 is a wonderful, flowing design to wear with skinny jeans or leggings that features a gathered back and high/low hem. This paper pattern is available at JoAnn’s or Hobby Lobby. 4. (not pictured) McCalls 6964 is a true basic pattern featuring both a round and v-neck (we’ll be making the round neck in class). Many different types of knit fabrics will work well for this pattern.


    We will cut out and construct the garment in the class. There is an optional, free pre-class to discuss fit and fabric choice. Students will learn how to attach neckbands and work with sleeves as well as receive tips on sewing with knits on a regular sewing machine and serger. We have both types of machines for your use in class. Students should have experience sewing on a regular machine although need not have had garment-making experience.

                                   *1 hour Free pre-class on July 1 from 10-11 am*

    Student supply list: Fabric for pattern of your choice and thread to match

    Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    Number of hours for class: 4 hours with an optional, free pre-class. 1 hour pre-class on April 16 from 7 - 8 pm and regular class on April 19 from 1 - 5

    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: $60

    Non-Member Price:$70


    Instructor 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.



    • July 09, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 8
    Register

    Instructor: Melody Williams

    Class Description: Did you recently purchase a new sewing machine, or pull an old machine out of storage? Are you new to home sewing, or has it been years? Our in-person class covers everything you need to get started using sewing machines, including threading, tension, bobbin winding, checking out the machine manual, safety, and testing out the machine’s capabilities. After covering the basics, we will practice several stitches and strategies to get you started. Sewing machines are available at Textiles West––bringing your own machine is not necessary.

     

    Important Note: This is not a class for machine repair or maintenance. If you have a machine that does not appear to be in working order, please check our class list for Sewing Machine First Aid


    Student supply list:

    Scissors or snips

    All-purpose thread (not quilting or coat/button thread)

    Flatweave fabric (cotton quilting fabric, muslin)

    Optional: Your sewing machine (including machine needle, bobbin, and manual*)

    *Don’t have your manual? Go to http://ismacs.net/free-sewing-machine-manuals-list.html and download manuals for free.


    Location: Textiles West North

    Number of hours for class: 2 hr class

    Class Level: Beginners, no experience necessary

    Member Price: $35

    Non-Member Price: $40


    • July 10, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West Innovation Lab
    • 8
    Register

    Instructor: Julia Bannerot

    Discover quick and fun dyeing using acid dyes and silk scarf blanks. In this introductory workshop with Julia Bannerot you will create multiple silk scarves and fabric samples we'll turn into scrunchies. Learn some basic shibori folding and wrapping techniques to create beautiful patterns. Into the dye pot they go and there the magic happens. No experience necessary.

    Materials fee:  $25includes 2 silk scarves and smaller fabrics to create samples. Dye, equipment and tools. Additional scarves will be available for purchase.

    Supply list: just bring an experimental attitude, wear dye appropriate clothing and any prewashed silk fabric

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

    Number of hours for class: 3 hrs

    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


    • July 10, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 8
    Register

    Instructor: Liz Kettle

    Class Description:

    I made my first studio prayer flag 10 years ago and every day as I enter my studio it continues to remind me of my intentions for my art and my life.  Prayer flags can be reminders like mine or pure celebrations of joy.

    This class is going to be a fast fun fabric collage experience. We will create a prayer flag string with fabric collage, paint, stamp, screen print and stitch that will delight you each time you see it and remind you of what is important.  

    Materials fee:

    $15 includes canvas base, some fabrics, use of my paint, stamps and screens for printing and fusible web,  

    Student supply list:

    Fabrics:  an assortment of fabrics in your favorite colors-any fabrics can be used. No more than a grocery bag full. You can bring some supple papers to use as well. 

    Threads: A small assortment of hand/embroidery and sewing machine threads. I will have some so if space is tight don’t bring any.

    Needles and stuff: hand sewing needles, readers, thimble and additional lighting as needed.

    Location: Textiles West North

    Number of hours for class: 4  hrs

    Class Level Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $60

    Non-Member Price: $70


    Instructor Bio

    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?




    • July 11, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    Register


    Do you love to sew but sometimes find yourself a little lonely holed away in your sewing nook?

    Come spend a day at Textiles West North with others who share your passion. At this location, we have large tables on which to spread out, a cutting area with cutting mats and a large ironing center. We also have Bernina sewing machines and sergers for your use if you don’t want to bring your own.

    Maybe you just have some hand sewing to do – that’s great too!

    This is not a teaching time but there may be a short talk with fun information at the lunch hour. Everyone will be sewing their own projects but sewists are always willing to share their expertise.

    We’ll be open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Bring a lunch and come prepared for a day of fun with your peeps!

    This is a free event but donations are always appreciate. 


    • July 11, 2020
    • (MDT)
    • July 12, 2020
    • (MDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West Innovation Lab
    • 8
    Register


    Instructor: Julia Bannerot

    Class Description: In this two-day class, students will learn about fiber reactive dyes and how to use them in a couple unique processes referred to as ice dyeing, low-immersion dyeing and a couple different shibori techniques. And if the weather is right, we'll also be able to do some snow dyeing! The first day, we will dye all of our fabric and let them process over night, so the second day we can open them up and wash them out for an incredible reveal.

    Students will learn how to use powdered fiber reactive dyes, soda ash, and water to create one-of-a-kind dyed fabric in three different methods, with completely different results!

    Materials fee: $25 for fiber reactive dyes and fabrics

    Student supply list:

    Dust mask

    mason jars with lids or plastic containers with sealing lids (make sure they don't leak)

    *not required: students can bring some of their own pre-washed natural fabrics and have more to experiment with in class

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

    Number of hours for class: 5 hrs, 2 days (3 hrs day 1 and 2 hrs day 2)

    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 Bio:  Julia Bannerot is a multidisciplinary artist, however she works primarily with clay and fiber. Her work explores themes of interconnection, vulnerability, and ambiguity. She references the human experience and natural systems to invite moments of reflection and challenge perceptions. Julia graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Studio Art, and an emphasis in ceramics in 2018.



    • July 11, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (MDT)
    • OnLine Interactive Class
    • 8
    Register

    Instructor: Melody Williams

    Class Description: Did you recently purchase a new sewing machine, or pull an old machine out of storage? Are you new to home sewing, or has it been years? Getting to Know You is a mini-date for you and your machine to get acquainted! The online version of this class covers everything you need to get started using your machine, including threading, tension, bobbin winding, checking out your manual, safety, and testing out basic stitches.

     

    All domestic machines can be covered in this class, however, we will need to know in advance what kind of machine you have, so please look out for communication from the instructor after you have reserved your space. 


    This is an online, interactive class.

     

    Important Note:

    This is not a class for machine repair or maintenance. If you have a machine that does not appear to be in working order, please check our class list for Sewing Machine First Aid


    Student supply list:

    Your sewing machine (including machine needle, bobbin, and manual*)

    Scissors or snips

    All-purpose thread (not quilting or coat/button thread)

    Flatweave fabric (cotton quilting fabric, muslin)

    *Don’t have your manual? Go to http://ismacs.net/free-sewing-machine-manuals-list.html and download manuals for free.


    Location: on line

    Number of hours for class: 1 hr

    Class Level: Beginner, no experience necessary

    Member Price: $18

    Non-Member Price: $20


    • July 16, 2020
    • (MDT)
    • July 18, 2020
    • (MDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Textiles West
    • 5
    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
     
        







    • July 18, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West Innovation Lab
    • 8
    Register

    Instructor: Julia Bannerot

    Class Description: Get down and dirty with the beautiful art of bundle dyeing! In this two hour workshop, you'll gain an understanding of how to work with natural dyes and rust. You'll get an introduction to natural dye plants, mordants, and protein-based and cellulose-based fibers. There will be an overview of natural dyestuffs including harvested plants from Flying Pig Farm (flowers, indigo..), food scraps (onion skins, avocado skins...), dried extracts, iron water (rust), and more. We will cover how to bundle dye on silk and cotton, including how to prepare the fabric, arranging the dyestuffs, rolling and tying the bundles, and steaming the bundles in a turkey roaster. Each student will leave with 2 or more unique dyed pieces, along with a couple smaller samples, and the knowhow to design and create more pieces on your own.

    Materials fee: $20 for silk scarves and fabric

    Student supply list:

    Bring your own natural dyestuffs! For example, onion skins, avocado skins, fresh and dried flowers, eucalyptus, etc.

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

    Number of hours for class: 2 hours

    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: $45


    Instructor Bio:  Julia Bannerot is a multidisciplinary artist, however she works mostly with clay and fiber. Her work explores themes of interconnection, vulnerability, and ambiguity. She grew up in Colorado Springs and received a BA in studio ceramics from the University of Northern Colorado in 2018.



    • July 21, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West
    • 4
    Register

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    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.

    Face masks required for this class

    Student Supply List:  Students should bring notebook and pen for writing notes.

    Material Fee: $20, includes equipment rental

    Location: Textiles West North 6525 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    Number of hours for class: 3 hrs

    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


    Bio: Betsy started her exploration of spinning at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, TX in 1981 in a wheel spinning class taught by Doris Glenn. By then end of the 6 week class she had purchased her first spinning wheel. In the years since Betsy has share spinning with both adults and children and has studied with spinners across the country including Rita Buchannan, Ed Franquemont and Joanne Ruane. She has expanded her knowledge to include a variety of forms of spindle spinning and how to spin a vast array of fibers from both animals and plants. The learning continues.


    • July 24, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 8
    Register



    Do you love learning new things? Is the learning experience even more fun with friends? AND to top it all off, what if there was wine involved? Introducing, the Textiles West Wine Series where we explore new skills among friends while sharing a glass. We will meet the 4th Friday of every month for this fun event. Put it on your calendar and gather your friends for a great night out. The parties (oops, learning times) will alternate between our two locations and will be hosted by the different emphases of Textiles West – sewing, surface design, weaving and more! Check out the particulars of each night as the date gets closer.

     

     5:00 – 8:00pm, once a month.  Come right in after work and there will be snacks


    • July 25, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (MDT)
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 8