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Textile Conversations Members Only

A Textile Conversation: A monthly gathering for Textiles West members to share our passion for textiles and enjoy the company of fellow textile lovers. This salon will be a place for sharing ideas and current work as well as offer a place to learn and grow as a textile enthusiast or artist. Each month we will have a topic for discussion or a short presentation to get the conversation started. We will have tea available and you are welcome to bring any beverage or tasty snack as you desire.                                                       

  Meeting monthly on the 3rd Thursday 6-7:30pm  alternating locations


  • September 19, 2019 6:00 PM
    Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
  • October 17, 2019 6:00 PM
    TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co
  • November 21, 2019 6:00 PM
    Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO

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

    • August 01, 2019
    • August 29, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co
    • 5
    Register

    In this class, students will use different mechanical resists such as corn dextrin and potato dextrin along with surface design techniques to create texture and layers.  Students will be making samples in different fabrics to understand how these resists work and how to directly apply thickened dye with these resists, using stamps, thermofax screens and brushes. Students will walk away with a samples binder for future reference.*

    Materials fee: $25, includes dye, chemicals and fabric

    Student supply list:

    apron

    dust mask

    gloves

    binder

    notebook

    label stickers

    pen/pencil

    Class Level: Fascination, pre-requisite: must have a working knowledge of thickened fiber reactive dyes

    Member Price: $125

    Non-Member Price: $140

    *please note there is no class Aug. 8th.

    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.



    • August 05, 2019
    • August 26, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • TWIL at the Manitou Art Center
    • 5
    Register

    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
    Class Level: Fascination, open to all levels. no pre-requisites required.
    Member: $125
    Non-Member: $140
    Instructor: Melanie Audet
    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.

     


    • August 22, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy blvd Colorado springs CO
    • 8

    Instructor: Laurie longberry

    Class Description: In this class, students will be taking a queue from Mother Nature and their own fabric choices. Students will be able to work on a 16” x 16 “ or smaller piece. 

    We will start by learning how to sew our curvy foundations.  Then we will layout the designs elements that we wish to paint, followed by exploring different free motion stitching options. Finally, we will learn basic fabric painting techniques to add depth to our design elements.  This class is incorporates many options for designs as well as fun little tricks to make things easier! 

    Materials fee: $20

    Student supply list:

    5-8 fat quarters (18” x 22”) – hand dyed, tone on tone, batiks, and small to medium abstract prints all make good choices.  If you wish to do a landscape, think sky, background, middle ground and foreground.  One of the fat quarters will be used as binding fabric.

    18”x 18” – piece of batting

    18”x18” – piece of backing fabric

    White, Dark and a Neutral colored thread

    Colored thread to match fabrics if desired

    Optional items:

    Rotary cutter

    Cutting Mat

    Quilting ruler

    Inktense pencils, or blocks

    Number of hours for class: 6hrs with a lunch break

    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 Bio: Laurie Longberry has been involved with the arts and teaching for twenty five years. Fifteen of those years as a professional floral designer and the last 8 years as an art instructor. She is the owner of Berry Farm Studios and has a passion for passing skills and a love for the arts to the next generation. 

    Why I sew:

    I love things that have been touched by the human hand. I started sewing as a way to decorate my home and create clothing for my children. I have continued to sew as a form of self expression. I love to teach sewing to all ages for the same reasons. It is a great skill to have, and it is yet another way individuals can add their voice to making life better for all.



    • August 24, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co
    • 0
    Registration is closed



    Instructor: Ruth Chandler

    Class Description: Itajime Shibori is the Japanese technique of folding and clamping as a resist. It is so exciting to unfold the fabric and see what designs are created. This class will give you a working knowledge of itajime shibori that you will be able to repeat not only for indigo but for other dyes as well. Join Ruth for a day of exploration and creative dyeing!

    Materials fee: $40 includes indigo dye, all tools needed and a few pieces of natural fibers to give you a good variety

    Student supply list:

    Natural fabrics, clothing items you might want to dye.

    Readers if you need them.

    Lunch, chocolate and an adventurous spirit.

    Wear clothing and shoes that is ok to get blue.

    Number of hours for class: 6 hrs, 1 hour lunch break

    Class Level: Concentration – The student will be invited to learn more about a certain subject and be expected to have had some experience with it or have taken a prior class. These classes will probably involve several sessions.

    Member Price: $85

    Non-Member Price: $95


    • August 28, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 8
    Register



    Instructor: Gayathri Warrier

    Class Description: Textiles West’s educational garden is blooming! Come have fun participating in our harvest days’ activities! Come to the garden to harvest and get involved in activities like bundle dyeing, solar printing and flower pounding from 9-11am on Wednesdays this summer.

    Discover the beauty of the garden with one of the earliest forms of photography at the dye garden. Watch your prints develop with the power of the sun and have your own harvest magically appear on fabric with the cyanotype technique.

    Materials fee: $25 for cotton scarf and cotton pieces, Bristol paper

    Number of hours for class: 2 hrs

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $35

    Non-Member Price: $40

    For more information about Flying Pig Farm:https://yellow.place/en/flying-pig-farm-manitou-springs-co-usa



    • August 30, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TW North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO 80819
    • 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

     

    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?



    • August 31, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Textiles West Dye Garden @ Flying Pig Farm
    • 7
    Register


    Instructor: Julia Bannerot and Gayathri Warrier

    Class Description:

    Solar Printing-Harness the power of the sun and the garden into some incredible solar printed works of art. Arrange your harvest on paper or fabric and let the sun work its magic. You’ll be amazed by the results.

    Bundle Dyeing: Harvest from the garden and have fun experimenting with bundle dyeing. Go home with a beautiful scarf that you dyed with the petals that you picked.

    Materials fee: $25

    Number of hours for class: 3 hrs

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $45

    Non-Member Price: $55

    For more information about Flying Pig Farm: https://yellow.place/en/flying-pig-farm-manitou-springs-co-usa



    • August 31, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 9
    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

    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.



    • September 04, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Textiles West Dye Garden @ Flying Pig Farm Keithly Rd, Manitou Springs, Co 80829
    • 7
    Register



    Instructor: Gayathri Warrier

    Class Description: Textiles West’s educational garden is blooming! Come have fun participating in our harvest days’ activities! Come to the garden to harvest and get involved in activities like bundle dyeing, solar printing and flower pounding from 9-11am on Wednesdays this summer.

    Harness the power of the sun and the garden into some incredible solar printed works of art. Arrange your harvest on paper or fabric and let the sun work its magic. You’ll be amazed by the results.

    Materials fee:  $25 for 4 pieces, white cotton muslin and osnaburg, assorted fabric, Bristol paper

    Number of hours for class: 2 hrs

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $35

    Non-Member Price: $40

    For more information about Flying Pig Farm :https://yellow.place/en/flying-pig-farm-manitou-springs-co-usa


    • September 04, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 3
    Register

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

    Class Level: Fascination

    Member: $75

    Non-member: $85

    Instructor: Mary Madison

     


    • September 04, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • TWIL @ the Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co
    • 5
    Register



    • September 05, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 5
    Register


    Punchneedle is a traditional needlework craft generally focused on Americana motifs. This class is designed to use these techniques but pulled into a contemporary setting.  Your choice of a stylized design fits a 7" hoop with your choice of yarn.

    Materials fee: : $25  includes embroidery hoop, backing cloth, punch needle, threads and yarn.

    Student supply list: included in material fee

    Class Level: Fascination, beginning level

    Member Price: $75

    Non-Member Price: $85

    Instructor: Mary Madison


    • September 05, 2019
    • September 19, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co
    • 6
    Register

    In this class students will learn and play with how to thicken natural dyes and apply the dyes to fabric using surface design techniques such as brushes, stamps, thermofax and monoprinting techniques to create pattern, color and  texture.  Students will use various fabrics to create samples and walk away with a sample binder of the various techniques and fabrics.

    Materials fee: $25, includes dye, chemicals and fabric

    Student supply list:

    apron

    dust mask

    gloves

    Binder

    sleeve protectors

    notebook

    label stickers

    pen/pencil

    Number of Hours: 3 week class, 3 hrs per week

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $113

    Non-Member Price: $129

    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, where she learned how to use synthetic dyes.  She has continued her education by learning the art of natural dyes. 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.



    • September 06, 2019
    • September 09, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 6


    Instructor: Cecelia Harris

    Class Description: This dress is effortless and perfect for any occasion whether going to the grocery store or attending a meeting. Style it with tennis shoes or leggings and boots. Students should have experience with a sewing machine and either taken Sewing 101 or made a simple project like a pillow. The first of two sessions will concentrate on measuring, fitting and cutting out. The second session we will construct our garment.

    Materials fee: $2 for drafting paper and serger threads

    Student supply list:

    The Patricia Rose dress pattern available on Amazon as a paper pattern or www.stylearc.com in a digital form (digital patterns should be taped together but not cut out),

    Required fabric yardage and any interfacing,

    Thread to match,

    Tools and manual for your own sewing machine if you are using it. Textiles West has machines for your use.

    You may want your own fabric scissors or rotary cutter.

    Number of hours for class: 6 hours on two days; the first session is 2 hours and the second 4 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: $85

    Non-Member Price: $95


    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.



    • September 09, 2019
    • September 30, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • TWIL at the Manitou Art Center
    • 6
    Register

    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
    Class Level: Fascination, open to all levels. no pre-requisites required.
    Member: $125
    Non-Member: $140
    Instructor: Melanie Audet
    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.

     


    • September 11, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Textiles West Dye Garden @ Flying Pig Farms Keithly Rd, Manitou Springs Co 80829
    • 8
    Register



    Instructor: Julia Bannerot

    Class Description: Textiles West’s educational garden is blooming! Come have fun participating in our harvest days’ activities! Come to the garden to harvest and get involved in activities like bundle dyeing, solar printing and flower pounding from 9-11am on Wednesdays this summer.

    Harvest from the garden and have fun experimenting with bundle dyeing. Go home with a beautiful scarf that you dyed with the petals that you picked.

    Materials fee:   - $25,  2 silk scarves, some silk sample pieces,

    extra scarves available for purchase

    Number of hours for class: 2 hrs

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $35

    Non-Member Price: $40

    For more information on Flying Pig Farm: https://yellow.place/en/flying-pig-farm-manitou-springs-co-usa


    • September 11, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 4
    Register

    Tapestry, another form of weaving, can be complex and expensive.  It can also be simple and exciting.  This class will teach you methods that existed in Greek, Egyptian and Roman times.  You will leave the class knowing how to warp, create slits, lines, curves, joins and hatching.  All basic elements you will use in your piece. This class will prepares you to make your own art tapestry and ready to move on to more advanced tapestry classes.

    Class Level: Fascination.  beginners welcome

    Member: $75

    Non-Member: $85

    Instructor: Mary Madison







    • September 11, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Textiles West North
    • 8
    Register

    Join us for Open Sew because sewing with friends is always more fun. 

    Do you have a project to finish and need to use one of our machines or table space? Or, do you just want to get out of the house and visit with other makers and sewing enthusiasts while you sew?  You will have access to our sewing machines, sergers, cutting and ironing stations. We will have a staff member available to help with small problems and answer questions if you get stuck. This is not a teaching time or a time for more thorny issues of fit or construction.  Hand and machine sewing projects welcome. Please bring your fabric, notions and supplies appropriate for your project. You must register for this class ahead of time so we can adequately prepare our studio.


    $3 hours $30 


    • September 12, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 8
    Register

    Textiles West invites you and your community to be a part of our first community project!

    Share your story, your culture or your favorite experiences of the Pikes Peak Region. 

    Be a part of a textile installation that represents the diversity of cultures within our local communities.

    Join the conversation and let your panel speak volumes!

    Individuals and small groups, organizations and businesses can create Pojagi panels using fibers, fabrics, thread, trims and embellishments. We will show you how easy it is. 


    The Tradition:

    A Bojagi also spelled Pojagi, is a traditional Korean wrapping cloth. Traditional Korean Folk religions believed that keeping something wrapped protected good luck.  Food was often present under a bojagi cloth. They were also used for transporting items.

    Bojagi were originally made from worn out clothing or leftover bits from other sewing. Fibers used were cotton, silk and ramie. Ramie is a fiber made from Chinese nettle also known as China Grass.  Ramie is older than cotton and was considered a luxury fabric for the working class. Silk and treasured embroidery bits from a sleeve or neckline were often preserved and recycled into these new beautiful wrapping cloths.

    The Supplies:

    For our project you can use clothing, new fabric, vintage fabric, fiber scraps from any other project. If you need supplies contact us and we will help! Traditionally fabrics used are sheer and crisp but that isn’t a requirement. We encourage the use of clothing and upcycled fabrics.


    • September 13, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 12
    Register

    Are you looking for some great new techniques to add texture and interest to your collages?


    Let’s turn up the heat…tools that is. In this workshop you will create lots of great texture with heat embossing, distressing and impression techniques. Next, we enhance our designs with some sparkle and shine using foil. We will add some stamping, stitching and spackling to the mix to create beautiful small collages full of texture, texture and a bit more texture. 


    Materials fee: $25 includes: Lutradur, Tyvek, fusible web, use of instructor’s stencils, foam, foil and adhesive, paints, papers, stamps, hot tools, and pigment powders

    Supplies to bring:

    1. scissors,
    2. 3 to 4 fluid acrylic paint in your favorite colors. Alternative coloring material options to bring are acrylic inks, Inktense pencils, oil pastels, walnut ink etc. Bring what you have....no need to purchase something new unless you are looking for an excuse. :-)
    3. container for water and assortment of paint brushes
    4. embroidery floss or perle cotton and chenille needle
    5. favorite papers, book pages,
    6. fabric bits, lace, buttons, paper flowers or other embellishments
    7. heat embossing gun if you already have one


    Class Level:  Fascination


    Member Price:  $85

    Non-Member Price: $95

    Instructor: Liz Kettle

    Instructor 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?



    • September 14, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co 80829
    • 8
    Register
    Discover quick and fun dyeing using acid dyes and silk scarf blanks. In this introductory workshop you will create multiple silk scarves and fabric samples. 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
    Class Level:  Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels. The student may, however, be required to have a basic skill or have taken a certification class. For example, for a flat-pattern drafting class one need not know anything about flat-pattern drafting but should have a basic understanding of the sewing machine. Any prerequisites will be listed in the class description.
    Member: $35
    Non-Member: $40

    Instructor: Julia Bannerot

    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.




    • September 17, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 8

    Instructor: Cecelia Harris

    Class Description:Find a use for those jeans that are no longer mendable! We'll be making use of the denim by creating yardage that can be used for many projects - a bag, a skirt, a pillow. Not your typical 70's refashion, the results are boutique-worthy.

    Student supply list:

    3 or 4 pair of jeans or other equivalent denim pieces that are similar in weight and complement each other in color,

    thread for topstitching,

    a serger if you have one in good working order (there are sergers in our shop for your use as well)

    Number of hours for class: 4 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: $60

    Non-Member Price: $70


    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.



    • September 18, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Textiles West Dye Garden @ Flying Pig Farm Keithly Rd, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
    • 7
    Register



    Instructor: Julia Bannerot

    Class Description: Textiles West’s educational garden is blooming! Come have fun participating in our harvest days’ activities! Come to the garden to harvest and get involved in activities like bundle dyeing, solar printing and flower pounding from 9-11am on Wednesdays this summer.

    Come harvest at the dye garden and take out your aggression by hammering your pickings into beautiful prints with the Japanese technique of Hapa zome, or flower pounding. Come with a friend and you can co-create a set/pair of one-of-a-kind fabrics.

    Materials fee: $25 for  Cotton samples, 1 produce bag

     additional bags available for purchase

    Number of hours for class: 2 hrs

    Class Level: fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $35

    Non-Member Price: $40


    For more information on Flying Pig Farm: https://yellow.place/en/flying-pig-farm-manitou-springs-co-usa


    • September 18, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 3
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    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.

    Class Level: Fascination

    Member: $75

    Non-member: $85

    Instructor: Mary Madison

     


    • September 19, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 20
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    A Textile Conversation:

    A monthly gathering for Textiles West members to share our passion for textiles and enjoy the company of fellow textile lovers. This salon will be a place for sharing ideas and current work as well as offer a place to learn and grow as a textile enthusiast or artist. Each month we will have a topic for discussion or a short presentation to get the conversation started. We will have tea available and you are welcome to bring any beverage or tasty snack as you desire.

    Our topic will be about keeping idea fresh

    This event is free for Textiles West members

    Please register to let us know if you plan on coming...and don't forget to bring what you are working on!

    • September 20, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 8
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    Needle felted mini journal

    Texture rules in this mini journal! We begin with a combination of machine and hand needle felting using wool, silk, velvet, fibers, yarns, ribbon, cheesecloth and roving to create a luscious textured surface. Simple hand embroidery stitches are our next avenue of exploration as we add a delightful layer of texture, color, pattern and design. Your beautiful textured fabric can then be used to create a mini journal, small wallet for gift or business cards, added to the front of a larger evening bag or even become a journal cover. Due to the nature of hand stitch (unless you are a minimalist or speedy stitcher) you will probably not finish your base fabric in class but will have all the tools and directions you need to finish within a few short hours of stitching Zen.


    Materials fee: $10 includes book papers, needles for felting machines and hand felting supplies and waxed linen thread for binding.


    Student supply list: 

          Small scissors, thimble if you use one, readers if needed,

    ·      Felted wool or craft felt for the base fabric 6" x 9"

    ·      Assorted fabrics such as silk organza, hand dyed silk, silk/rayon velvet, sheers and thin cottons, dyed cheesecloth. No more than a gallon zip lock bag full.

    ·      Assorted fibers: silk and wool roving. No more than a gallon zip lock bag full.

    ·      Decorative button and ribbon for closure

    ·      Threads: I use an assortment of thread weights and fibers.

    ·      Needle Felting Machine or hand felting needles and foam block. (optional) 


    5 needle felting machines are available for student use.

      

    Number of hours for class:  6  (10-5)

    Class Level: Fascination

    Member Price:  $85

    Non-Member Price: $95

    Instructor:  Liz Kettle

    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?



    • September 21, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO 80918
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    Everything you've ever wanted to know about learning to sew will be covered in this class. Sewing 101 will give you the skills and confidence to set you on your way to meeting your sewing goals, or to refresh your memory if it has been awhile since you sewed. You'll come away with a head full of knowledge and a reversible tote! This class allows you to transition into any of our Fascination classes. 

     You will get to know the functions and threading of the sewing machine, discuss basic stitches, various tools of the trade, plus all of the basics you need to know about fabrics, marking, pinning, cutting and pressing by making a fun reversible tote bag!

     This class focuses primarily on the “nuts and bolts” of sewing. We highly recommend completion of this course before enrolling in any other classes at Textiles West if you have never sewn before.

    You CAN do this, we have confidence in you!

     Machines: We are able to provide a sewing machine for you to use in the studio, but many students prefer to learn on their own machine and we welcome you to bring your machine from home. If you do bring your own machine, please remember that it must be in excellent working condition and you will also need to bring the manual, accessories, and power cord/foot pedal. We are not able to spend class time troubleshooting machine problems.

    Materials Fee: $5.00

    Supply list for students

    1/2 Yard of light weight fabric (like quilting cotton)

    1/2 Yard of medium weight woven fabric ( like canvas or lighter weight home decor fabric)

    1 Spool of Coordinating Thread

    Member: $45

    Non-Member: $55

    Instructor: Terri Lundy




    • September 21, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 5
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    This class teaches students how to use earth minerals to color fabric.  Known as mineral painting, students will learn how to make and "mordant" fabric with soy milk and how to directly apply minerals to fabric using stamps, paintbrushes and thermofax screens.  Students will create samples using various fabrics to create a sample binder for future reference.

    Materials fee: $25 covers materials

    Student supply list:

    apron

    notebook

    sleeve protectors

    binder

    label stickers

    pen/pencil

    Number of hours for class: 6hrs, one day

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $75

    Non-Member Price: $85

    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, where she learned how to use synthetic dyes.  She has continued her education by learning the art of natural dyes. She is the owner and proprietor of Melanie Audet Limited Editions and Twig and Berry Dyes.   Her love for textiles is more of a compulsion and she loves to share this passion with others.



    • September 24, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 8
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    Class Description:

    Nothing compares to the lustrous color and feel of silk. In this class, we will create silk paper that is also a fabric! We use luscious hand dyed silk hankies, roving and carrier rods.  A wet laminating process allows us to layer fibers to create beautiful ethereal fabrics for embellishment as well as thicker fabric suitable for substrates and vessels. You will have the option of making a small bowl. You will make 4-6 sheets of delicious silk fabric/paper for your fabric and mixed media art. Use these silk papers in collage, as embellishment, journal covers and vessels.


    Materials fee: $26

     

    Student supply list: 

    2 yards of tulle netting

    small glass bowl (cereal size or smaller) for molding a silk paper vessel (optional)

    shallow disposable aluminum pan (cookie or lasagna size)

    disposable plastic container - 16oz deli containers work well


    Please note that due to the drying time needed, you will leave class with wet silk papers. They do not need to be hung up to dry and can dry flat in the disposable pan. Occasionally there will be some color transfer.

     

    Supply fee includes hand dyed silk fibers, textile medium and add-ins such as Angelina fibers, threads and sequins.


    Class Level: Fascination

    3 hours


    Member Price:  $45

    Non-Member Price:  $55

    Instructor:  Liz Kettle

    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?



    • September 25, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs
    • 4


    Sew a fall gift bag that is truly a gift in itself.  Not only will you go home with this lovely bag suitable for a hostess gift, bottle of wine or bath salts you will have all the tools you need to recreate this bag in many sizes and for all occasions.

    Materials Fee: $10.00 (cash) Cover material, lining material, felt for leaves, stiffener for bag and handles and printed instructions for making gift bags in many sizes and shapes.

    Student supply list: 

    • Microtex 80/12 or Top Stitch 80/12 sewing machine needles 
    • dark brown or black all-purpose sewing thread, 
    • sharp fabric scissors, 
    • seam ripper, pins, seam gauge and any other accessories that help you sew.
    • Optional- Task light for sewing area if desired, wonder clips, reading glasses if you need them.
    Textiles West has sewing machines to use in class. Students may use their own machine if it is in good working order and student knows how to operate it. Don't forget to bring cords, pedal and manual

    Class Level: Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels. The student may, however, be required to have a basic skill or have taken a certification class. For example, for a flat-pattern drafting class one need not know anything about flat-pattern drafting but should have a basic understanding of the sewing machine. Any prerequisites will be listed in the class description.

    Member Price: $45

    Non-Member price: $55

    Instructor: Pam Harrison



    • September 26, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 5
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    Punchneedle is a traditional needlework craft generally focused on Americana motifs. This class is designed to use these techniques but pulled into a contemporary setting.  Your choice of a stylized design fits a 7" hoop with your choice of yarn.

    Materials fee: : $25  includes embroidery hoop, backing cloth, punch needle, threads and yarn.

    Student supply list: included in material fee

    Class Level: Fascination, beginning level

    Member Price: $75

    Non-Member Price: $85

    Instructor: Mary Madison


    • September 28, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Mantiou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Manitou Springs, Co
    • 7
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