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Welcome to Textiles West's On-Line Classroom

We are thrilled to offer our fantastic classes to you on-line from the comfort of your home. 

We have both live on-line and recorded online classes

Our live classes will be hosted in a private Facebook group. were you can chat with other students and share your work easily. 

Our virtual classroom of recorded classes is being hosted by Textile Evolution.

After you register for a class you will be sent a unique code and registration information 

 You will be invited to a private Facebook group for Q&A and sharing your work.  Your class does not expire. 

We can't wait to see you in the virtual world! 

Live-online classes 

More classes coming soon so check back!

Learn and create with friends in our live classes hosted in private Facebook groups. 

These classes will be recorded for your future reference 


Always available on-line classes

Enjoy these great classes at your convenience. Instant Access 

 Boro: The Art of Tattered Rags ~ Ruth Chandler 

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 Originally made from hemp the farmers were gradually able to get their hands on bits of cotton and finally silk.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

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

the fabric suggestions below are for a traditional Japanese look, you may of course use any fabrics you have on hand.

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Layers of Meaning: An Exploration of Collage ~ Liz Kettle

Layering is the magical component that brings a collage to life, adds depth, emotion and allows it to tell our story. However, layering does not always come easily.

In this class we will explore the concepts of layering: both visual layers and physical layers. We will have a crash course in collage design and composition with a focus on exactly what makes a great collage.

There are so many exciting techniques to use in mixed-media collages and we will learn and play with quite a few. Techniques will include image transfer and direct printing from your printer, staining fabrics, ideas for transparent layers, and stitch layers

This class is textile based and will include stitching but artists in all mediums are welcome to play, explore and create with us. 

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Immersion Dyeing with Natural Dye ~ Melanie Audet 

Learn the fundamentals of using natural plants and natural plant extracts to color fabric.  The students will learn how to mordant fabric,  and use natural dye powders such as cutch, kamala and parrot tree to create beautifully colored fabric.  We will be dyeing various fabrics to see how the color looks on different types of fabric.  Students will walk away with the beginnings of a color sample binder.

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Dirty Dyeing with Fiber Reactive Dyes ~ Melanie Audet

Get down and dirty with this immersion dyeing class, a bit looser in approach than creating reproduceable colors.  Students will learn the basics of how to safely color fabric using a dye bath and fiber reactive dyes, specifically procion mx dyes. It is a good introduction to dye safety and the process of immersion dyeing with no mathematical equations to create a reproduceable color. Color is free and loose and open to interpretation.   Regardless of your project, this class is a foundational class and a good introduction to the world of dyeing.   

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Seeing Color: Intro to Surface Design-On line Class

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.

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Textiles West
6545 N. Academy Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 80918



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

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