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

Upcoming Classes & Events



Textiles West Lecture Series

Each month Textiles West offers a unique discovery talk covering a unique area of Textile Arts. Join us to learn, share and contribute to the conversation. 

Learn to Sew

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


Upcoming events and Classes

    • April 21, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center and Flying Pig Farms
    Register

    This Spring Textiles West will begin planting a dye garden at Flying Pig Farm in Manitou Springs, Colorado. Flying Pig is a chemical free farm focusing on food and nutrition education and offers community garden plots for the Crystal Hills and greater Manitou Springs community. The farm is on family property of Manitou Springs residents dating back 100 years. Textiles West is very lucky to begin collaborating with Flying Pig Farm on its shared goals of education and outreach to the community.
    We will meet at Flying Pig Farm located on Keithly Road and Crystal Park Road. There are four parking spots at the entrance to the farm on Keithly Road. Let’s leave these spots for those who are unable to manage the short walk (less than ¼ mile) up to the farm. There is ample street parking on Crystal Park Road but we suggest carpooling as we will be in a residential neighborhood. Look for the FLYING PIG sign on Crystal Park Road and we can all walk up together.
    IN THE CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER WE WILL MEET AT TWIL, MANITOU ART CENTER
     Schedule: 2:00 pm meet at Flying Pig Farm for a short tour of the farm including visiting the chickens, bees, community space, wildflower patch, and our dye garden plot. It will still be early in the season, but we will be able to get a feel for the beautiful land we will be cultivating, as well as discuss our goals for the garden.
    After our tour, Leave for TWIL where we will spend the rest of the day dyeing with Weld, Madder and Indigo, the three ancient traditional dye plants. You may bring 3 fat eighth pieces of premordanted silk, wool or cotton fabric or small amount of yarn or pay Textiles West a fee for premordanted supplies.
    Members will also have an optional opportunity to ADOPT A DYE PLANT SEEDLING to care for until planting day late May or early June.
    Food/Snacks will be available for purchase through CREATE CAFÉ located in the building next to TWIL.

    DIRECTIONS: Take the Manitou Avenue exit off of US Hwy 24 and veer right off of the exit ramp. At the second light (Subway is on your right, Savelli's is on the corner) take a left onto Crystal Park Road. Follow the curve of the road past townhouses on your left and a few homes on your right. Look for the Keithly Road sign on the right side of the road. Park along the left side of Chrystal Park Road.





    • April 28, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TWIL@Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs
    • 11
    Register

    This class is for people who are interested in natural dyes, yet unsure if they are ready to commit.  It's meant to be a fun way to spend the afternoon.  Students will dye (2) pre-mordanted silk scarves using basic shibori (twisting, tying, and binding) techniques to create texture and design.  max 12 students.  All levels of experience and ages welcome.  Please wear appropriate clothing and/or and apron

     

    $15.00 provides for (2) silk scarves and dye.


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

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

    • May 02, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO 80829
    • 3
    Register

    Curious about weaving but not ready to invest in your own equipment? This class is just right for experiencing the joy of weaving. With Mary Madison, you will learn the basics of weaving on a rigid heddle loom and at the end of the day take home your very own handwoven scarf.
    Supply fee: $15 for use of loom choice of two skeins of yarn


    • May 03, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co 80829
    • 2
    Register

     If you know how to use a sewing machine….Now​ take the mystery and  frustration out of threading and operating a basic serger!  Beat the learning curve and try a Serger! It's a must for sewing knits and giving a  professional finish to all your sewing projects! Join in and make Summer Shorts

     Bring your sewing shears and a pair of your favourite pants.

     1 yard of fabric and thread will be supplied.


    • May 09, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co 80829
    • 8
    Register
      Introduction to Ribbon Weaving. This class is for you if you want to ease into Tapestry Weaving. Spend an afternoon and learn how to use tapestry designs and techniques to create one-of-a-kind coasters and take your table setting to a new artistic level.  $15 materials fee includes take home handmade loom.  Maximum 8 students.  No previous weaving experience needed.


    • May 10, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO 80829
    • 8
    Register

    Learn the basics of knitting in this two-hour introductory class. We'll discuss yarn/needle selection, swatch/gauge creation, when to use a pattern, and when to wing it. By the end of our two hours together, you'll have the skills to knit a simple scarf using the three main steps you'll use in all future knitting projects: Cast On, Knit, and Bind Off. For those who pick up the material quickly (& those with some prior knitting experience), we'll move on to more advanced techniques, time permitting - such as Increasing/Decreasing stitches, Purling, combining Knit and Purl stitches to create ribbing and other textures, and even Cabling. Discover how simple this complex craft can be!

    For students wanting to take their work home with them at the end of class:
    *Knitting Needles (either straight or circular) in a size student is comfortable holding
    *Yarn 
    For those who don't have needles and yarn already, tools and materials will be provided for use during class.


    • May 12, 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Thread Lab@ Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E.Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO
    Register

    In this presentation I talk about the physics of color in terms of light and wavelength but also address perhaps spiritual or perhaps emotional elements that artists use to communicate to the viewer. We are all familiar to the symbolic use of color in the painting of Van Gogh. As a tapestry weaver I dye my own yarns. My approach to creating a full pallet of color in the dye studio is very structured using stock solutions in relationship to the weight of the yarns to be dyed. In this way I am able to control very specific hue and value gradations. Dying protein fiber with acid dyes, vinegar setting the dye, is and amazing thing as the color migrates from the water in the dye pot to the yarn over time leaving clear liquid at the end of the dyeing cycle. It is kind of magical for me.

    • May 12, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO 80829
    • 8
    Register

    Learn the basics of knitting in this two-hour introductory class. We'll discuss yarn/needle selection, swatch/gauge creation, when to use a pattern, and when to wing it. By the end of our two hours together, you'll have the skills to knit a simple scarf using the three main steps you'll use in all future knitting projects: Cast On, Knit, and Bind Off. For those who pick up the material quickly (& those with some prior knitting experience), we'll move on to more advanced techniques, time permitting - such as Increasing/Decreasing stitches, Purling, combining Knit and Purl stitches to create ribbing and other textures, and even Cabling. Discover how simple this complex craft can be!

    For students wanting to take their work home with them at the end of class:
    *Knitting Needles (either straight or circular) in a size student is comfortable holding
    *Yarn 
    For those who don't have needles and yarn already, tools and materials will be provided for use during class.


    • May 16, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO 80829
    • 3
    Register

    Curious about weaving but not ready to invest in your own equipment? This class is just right for experiencing the joy of weaving. With Mary Madison, you will learn the basics of weaving on a rigid heddle loom and at the end of the day take home your very own handwoven scarf.
    Supply fee: $15 for use of loom choice of two skeins of yarn


    • May 16, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Thread Lab @ Cottonwood Center for the Arts 427 E. Colorado Ave Colorado Springs
    • 12
    Register

    Join Ruth 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: $25 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 


    • May 17, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Thread Lab @ Cottonwood Center for the Arts 427 E. Colorado Ave Colorado Springs
    • 8
    Register

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


    • May 17, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co 80829
    • 3
    Register

    Beat the learning curve for using an overlock machine, or serger! It's a must for sewing knits and giving a professional finish to all your sewing projects. Here's how we can help you get started fast. Build confidence in your sewing skills - Get plenty of practice threading your machine and setting it up for 2, 3 or 4-thread functions. Learn tips and tricks to perfect your new skills - Master the differential feed, troubleshoot your stitch settings, and - best of all! - learn to put in hems.
    Take your sewing skills to the next level and make the serger your new BFF! Sewing beginners can definitely learn to use a serger, but you must have some proficiency and familiarity with a sewing machine in order to get full value from the class.


    • May 19, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Thread Lab @ Cottonwood Center for the Arts 427 E. Colorado ave Colorado Springs
    • 8
    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.

    Students will need to bring a yard to a yard and a half total of assorted fabrics.
    Working knowledge of sewing machine. 
    $20 covers misty fuse, classroom fabrics and fibers, thread and batting. Use of thermofaxes, paint, paintbrushes.


    • May 19, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TWIL@Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave

    Wanna play with giants?  Giant knitting needles, that is. 

    Join us for another round of CrossKnit: Learn to create quick knits using jumbo yarn, gigantic needles, and even your own arms.  Ken Chapin, needlemaker at Intreccio Giant Knitting Needles, will be bringing an impressive collection of extreme needles for you to play with while Emilie Odeile, veteran knitter & designer, will be on hand to help you master the art of oversized knitting.  

    Bring your own materials, play with ours, or pre-order machine washable jumbo yarn (while supplies last) to pick up the day of the event!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/SuperChunkyYarn Be sure to mention CrossKnit when you place your yarn order to receive a full refund on all shipping charges.

    All ages and skill levels encouraged to attend!

    Manitou Art Center / Textiles West

    Saturday, May 19th 11am-1pm


    • May 21, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • May 25, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Thread Lab @ Cottonwood Center for the Arts 427 E. Colorado Ave Colorado Springs
    • 8
    Register

    Limited to 8 students to maximize learning and ensure plenty of personal attention.
    Do you hear the siren song of all those fabulous specialty threads urging you to take them home to play?
    Do you have a head full of creative ideas but just aren’t sure how to get the look you want? 
    Do you want to feel confident in your skills when you sit in front of your sewing machine?
    Then this immersive 5 day mastery workshop is for you. 
    In this class you will begin a reference sample workbook, your “Passport”. This fantastic little fabric book is a tool that you will find yourself referring to again and again. 
    We will start with the basics of thread, needles, and stabilizers. We will learn how to tame the dreaded tension issues that make us want to tear out our hair. 
    Once the basics have been mastered, students will start to play!
    ~ Learn how to use those heavy threads in the 
     bobbin
    ~ Play with your stitches — finding new uses 
      for even the most ordinary stitch
    ~ Discover thread drawing and sketching
    ~ Dabble in thread painting, both with thread 
      and mixed media materials, and, last but not 
      least,
    ~ Venture into the realm of water-soluble 
      stabilizers to uncover the creative 
      embroidery adventures awaiting you there!
    In this comprehensive workshop you will gain mastery of your machine and free yourself of any stitch fears you have. You will develop the confidence to tackle any thread and fill your creative tool box full of fabulous techniques. 
    This class is for beginners and up. You do not need a fancy machine with all the latest bells and whistles. You do need a basic understanding of your machine and the ability to drop or cover the feed dogs. 
    We have Bernina 350 machines available for students to use but in this workshop it is recommended that you bring your personal machine if possible. 
    Coffee, tea and snacks provided daily.
    Student supplies: 
    •The book Threads: The Basics and Beyond Optional but highly suggested. 
    •5-10 fabrics that will work well together. Fat quarters or 1/3 yard(meter) cuts of each work well. Most of your fabrics should be mottled or semi-solid colors to show off your stitch techniques. You will want one or two that are small prints for accents. You may want some muslin to practice on before you make your pages. 
    •Quilt batting. This is a perfect time to use up batting scraps. It doesn’t matter if each page is a different batting.
    •Threads. We have a wide variety of threads for you to explore. Bring any threads that you have had problems with in the past. Bring some bits of yarn or fibers for couching.
    •Basic sewing supplies: scissors, pins, needles for hand sewing, marking chalk or marking pencils, notebook and pencil, Sharpie fine tip marker or other fabric pen, a machine embroidery hoop if you already have one.
    •Sewing machine in good working order with the ability to drop or cover the feed dogs. Bring your machine’s specialty feet including your free motion or darning foot, extra bobbins, machine oil and cleaning brush. Don’t forget the power cord and foot pedal.  Please bring an assortment of sewing machine needles including size 80/12 quilting, sharp and a 90/14 embroidery. A twin needle is nice to have but optional.  
    Pre-cutting:
    Cut 10-12 pieces of fabric and batting scraps into 5 1/4 x 7 1/4” or the preferred size for your book pages. Cut some in muslin as well if you prefer to practice before stitching on your pretty fabric.
    Cut 30 2”x 2 1/2” rectangles of fabric-these are for your fusible and stabilizer sampler pages and 15 should be a quiet print or mottled type of fabric. 15 are for the back and can be muslin. Bring a little extra of the same fabric ‘just in case’.
    For those flying in contact us about hotel and travel options. 


    • May 22, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Thread Lab @ Cottonwood Center for the Arts 427 E. Colorado Ave Colorado Springs
    • 8
    Register

    Bobbin lace is a traditional lace making technique that is much like braiding with many strands of thread or yarn. While it is being woven the lace work is supported by a large pillow. Historically, lace was made with very fine cotton, silk and linen threads, but in this class we will work with slightly larger yarns and patterns to make the work easier and quicker. In this class learn about bobbin lace supplies and equipment, how to start a project, and how to create a pattern pricking.
    Students will create a small sampler of basic bobbin lace stitches
    Supply fee $25 includes: all materials and equipment for the class will be provided by the instructor . Students can borrow bobbin lace pillows and bobbins from the instructor for use during the class.


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


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

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

    • May 30, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO 80829
    • 3
    Register

    Curious about weaving but not ready to invest in your own equipment? This class is just right for experiencing the joy of weaving. With Mary Madison, you will learn the basics of weaving on a rigid heddle loom and at the end of the day take home your very own handwoven scarf.
    Supply fee: $15 for use of loom choice of two skeins of yarn


    • May 31, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • June 21, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Thread Lab @ Cottonwood Center for the Arts 427 E. Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs 80903
    • 5
    Register


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

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

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

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


    • June 09, 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Thread Lab@ Cottonwood Center for the Arts 427 E.Colorado Ave Colorado Springs Co
    Register
    If you're sourcing vintage clothing for your wardrobe, for theatrical use, or for resale, knowing how to identify what was made when is imperative to the accurate impression of your characters AND paying (or asking) appropriate prices. Wink O'Connell, owner of Tiddleywink Vintage, will bring examples spanning most decades of the 20th century, and discuss "secret" clues to look for whether you're scouring racks at the thrift store, digging through dark closets at an estate sale, or buying online from an unknown vendor.

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


    • June 13, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Thread Lab @ Cottonwood Center for the Arts 427 E. Colorado Ave Colorado Springs
    • 12
    Register

    Join Ruth 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: $25 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 


    • June 16, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TWIL@Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave

    Wanna play with giants?  Giant knitting needles, that is. 

    Join us for another round of CrossKnit: Learn to create quick knits using jumbo yarn, gigantic needles, and even your own arms.  Ken Chapin, needlemaker at Intreccio Giant Knitting Needles, will be bringing an impressive collection of extreme needles for you to play with while Emilie Odeile, veteran knitter & designer, will be on hand to help you master the art of oversized knitting.  

    Bring your own materials, play with ours, or pre-order machine washable jumbo yarn (while supplies last) to pick up the day of the event!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/SuperChunkyYarn Be sure to mention CrossKnit when you place your yarn order to receive a full refund on all shipping charges.

    All ages and skill levels encouraged to attend!

    Manitou Art Center / Textiles West

    Saturday, June 16th 11am-1pm


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

    you have one, pencil & good eraser. 

    • June 23, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Springs Co 80829
    • 7
    Register

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

    Students should bring: 

    •  Appropriate clothes or apron for dyeing, closed toe shoes;
    • 2 spray bottles--1 for water, 1 for 50-50 water vinegar solution;
    •  disposable gloves;
    •  spool of kitchen string,
    • scissors,
    •  paper and pencil for taking notes;
    • camera (phone camera is fine);
    • any leaves or flowers you may want to try (instructor will provide some but everyone should bring at least a gallon size ziplock full of leaves and flowers*.)
    • 3 empty gallon size ziploc bags;
    •  2- 9-12 " size cylinders for rolling bundles (tree branch that is relatively smooth,wood dowels, copper pipe, rusted pipe, pvc pipe, metal food can with glue removed from outside). * Leaves and flowers to bring include oaks, maples, sumacs, catalpa, rose, coreopsis and marigold blossoms, dark (almost black) petunias, pansies and hollyhocks, thin geranium leaves, onion skins and anything else you might want to try.
    • Material Fee for Student:: $18.00 payable to Peggy on class day.
    • June 23, 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Manitou Springs CO 80829
    • 20

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

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

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


    • June 29, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co 80829
    • 12
    Register