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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


  • July 18, 2019 6:00 PM
    Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
  • August 15, 2019 6:00 PM
    TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co
  • 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

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

    • May 18, 2019
    • July 13, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Textiles West 6545 N.Academy Colorado Springs Co
    • 11
    Register

    Join Ruth Chandler as she teaches you a series of basic and advanced stitches using her book Modern Hand Stitching. You will start with simple stitches and build on those stitches to create more complex stitching.   Experience the freedom of stitching without boundaries as you play, experiment, and explore.  You will be creating a 'brag book' of stitching that will be both a beautiful piece of stitching artwork as well as an excellent reference resource.  

     Kit Fee: $30 included your base fabric so you are ready to stitch. 

     Supply list :Assorted threads and fibers, Ruth will have some to share and will discuss the different options. 

     Assorted needles, Ruth will have some to use the first class Thimble if you use one 

    Small sharp scissors 

     Reading glasses if needed 

     Additional lighting if needed 

     Needle threader if needed

     Optional:copy of the book "Modern Hand Stitching" by Ruth Chandler   

     members: $125
     non-members: $140
    Intructor: Ruth Chandler




    • June 11, 2019
    • June 25, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 15
    Register



    Learn the anatomy of a sock by working from the cuff down and the toe up. In this class you will complete a tiny pair of socks using these 2 different construction methods. The materials fee includes a pattern for full size, adult socks that can be worked using either method. We will cover cast on, bind off, heels and yarn choice.

    Materials fee: $10

    Student supply list: The first week a set of US size 2 dpn, paper and pen.

    Number of hours for class: 3 week class, 2 hrs per week

    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: $95

    Non-Member Price: $105

    Instructor: Sara Greer

    Instructor Bio: Sara has been dappling in fiber art since childhood. She got serious at age 19 when she decided to conquer crochet. It snowballed from there; she has since learned to knit, dye, spin, weave, does design work and repairs, and loves to teach these skills to others.


    • June 11, 2019
    • July 16, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 15
    Register



    This class covers lace knitting basics using only knit stitches, no purls and no nupps.  We will cover different kinds of cast ons, and bind offs, chart reading, increasing and decreasing, fiber, color and needle selection.

    Materials fee: $5

    Student supply list: 600 yards of lace weight yarn in a light not busy color, US size 3 or 4 needle, 24" circular

    Number of hours for class: 2 hours, 2 times, 3 weeks apart

    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: $70

    Non-Member Price: $80

    Instructor: Sara Greer

    Instructor Bio: Sara has been dappling in fiber art since childhood. She got serious at age 19 when she decided to conquer crochet. It snowballed from there; she has since learned to knit, dye, spin, weave, does design work and repairs, and loves to teach these skills to others.


    • June 20, 2019
    • July 11, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Colorado Springs, Co
    • 8

    "Learn the basics of sewing by creating three projects at this camp! 

    Session one of the camp will introduce students to sewing with a crash course on the sewing machines and how to use it. After exploring the sewing machine and learning new stitches, students will learn how to sew a pillowcase. This intro project will allow students to take their time with their new found skills!

    Session two will build off the first class by showing more ways to put fabric together and teach students how they can incorporate pattern into their sewing by creating a thrown pillow. We will discuss how quilting involves piecing and many other applications for this technique. Piecing will help students understand many of the formal elements of composition, like balance, focus, pattern, and proportion in a fun and explorative project.

    Session three will conclude the camp with students sewing a drawstring bag. Personalization is an important part of sewing, and this project will allow students to be even more creative. This project will also help students recognize the importance of measuring when it comes to creating projects.

    For ages 10-18

    Materials fee: $50 for all three sessions

    Student Supply List: COMPLETELY OPTIONAL. TW can provide fabric for all sessions which will be included in the materials fee costs.

    Session One Pillow Case:  1 yard of main fabric.. ⅓ yard of cuff fabric. ¼ yard of trim fabric. Consider buying fabrics that correspond. All fabrics should be cotton.

    Drawstring Backpack: 1/2 yard of cotton fabric. 4 yards of cording(ribbon/paracord/rope). If going to Joann’s, refer to their trims or home dec notions aisles.

    Number of hours for class:

    Start: June 20th 1-4:00 PM

    End: July 11th 1-4:00 PM


    Day 1: June 20th - Pillowcase

    Day 2: June 27th - Pieced throw pillow

    Day 3: July 11th - Drawstring bag


    Price: $130

    Instructor: Annika Koch and Julia Bannerot"

    Instructor Bio: Annika Koch is from Zimmerman, Minnesota, and attends Colorado College in downtown Colorado Springs. After working at a fabrics and craft store for over a year, Annika fell in love with sewing and quilting. She started on a cheap sewing machine, but that was enough to start a passion. Annika currently interns at Textiles West through her Bonner Fellowship at CC. She hopes to learn more about textiles and learn how to dye especially! Aside from a love of art, Annika enjoys hiking, video games, and spending time with friends and family!"


    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 24, 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • June 28, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Mantiou Springs CO
    • 8

    Learn how to apply a multitude of dyes from artificial to natural, with an assortment of techniques and processes, to natural fabrics. Students will be introduced to shibori resist techniques in the first session and they will get the opportunity to experiment with them throughout the next four sessions. Students will learn the range of fiber reactive dyes, through many methods of application (ice, low immersion, painting and screen printing with thickened dye) to create a variety of incredible effects! Students will gain an understanding of how different dyes bind to protein and cellulose fibers. We will teach students how to fix fiber reactive dyes to fabric and make their creations permanent. Students will be introduced to mordanting and learn how it’s essential to natural dyeing. In the last session, students will get to experience the wonders of indigo dyeing and learn what a unique and incredible process it is.

    For ages 12-18

    Materials fee: $50


    Number of hours for class:

    Start: June 24th  9:00AM - 12:00PM

    End: June 28th  9:00AM - 12:00PM

    Schedule: 5 sessions

    Day 1: June 24th  Acid Dyeing

    Day 2: June 25th Fiber Reactive Dyeing (ice, low immersion, painting)

    Day 3: June 26th Fiber Reactive Dyeing (thickened dye painting/screenprinting)

    Day 4: June 27th  Natural Dyeing

    Day 5: June 28th Indigo Dyeing "


    Price: $150


    Instructor: Julia Bannerot and Annika Koch

    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.

     Annika Koch is from Zimmerman, Minnesota, and attends Colorado College in downtown Colorado Springs. After working at a fabrics and craft store for over a year, Annika fell in love with sewing and quilting. She started on a cheap sewing machine, but that was enough to start a passion. Annika currently interns at Textiles West through her Bonner Fellowship at CC. She hopes to learn more about textiles and learn how to dye especially! Aside from a love of art, Annika enjoys hiking, video games, and spending time with friends and family!"


    • June 27, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 n. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 6

    Instructor: Judy Cross

    Class Description:

    Mistakes are part of a knitter’s life and they can be fixed! This class will allow/encourage students to make mistakes so they can find out how to fix them! How much fun is that? The class will cover where mistakes come from and how to recognize, troubleshoot and fix them.

    Student supply list:

    1. 100 yards of worsted weight scrap yarn in a light color
    2. Size 8 needles (straight or circular)
    3. Size G or H crochet hook
    4. Scissors
    5. Note taking materials
    6. Also feel free to bring those UFOs you put in the closet because there is a mistake in them…..


    Number of hours for class: 3 hrs

    Class Level: fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $45

    Non-Member Price: $55



    • June 29, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 8


    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.

    Max number of students: 8

    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 29, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL @ the Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs
    • 7
    Register

    Instructor: Ruth Chandler

    Class Description: Have you ever wanted to try indigo dyeing and just wasn't sure where to start or how ? This is the class for you! Get a taste of stitch resist (nui shibori) folded and clamped (itajime shibori) and pole wrapped (arashi shibori). You will go home with many pieces of indigo to use in your art, garments, or home. I promise you, by the end of the day you will be tired, a little blue in places and totally inspired!

    Materials fee: $40 Includes dye and several different types of fabrics, and all tools needed to indigo dye

    Student supply list:

    Natural fibers you want to dye.  Don't forget the garments that may have stains! You will give them a whole new life. Clothes and shoes that can be stained with dye. You will get messy!

    Number of hours for class: 6hrs, 1 hour 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



    • July 01, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 6
    Register

    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.

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

    Student supply list:

    scissors,

    notebook and pencil

    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: Betsy Wintermute

    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 02, 2019
    • July 23, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO 80829
    • 6
    Register

    Did you know you can spin more then just sheep’s wool using a spinning wheel or hand spindle? Come explore the joys of spinning mohair, angora, yak, alpaca, or silk. We will explore the nature of a variety of these fibers and how to spin them. Curious? Join us! *Please note there is no class on July 9th.
    Materials Fee: $20
    Student Supply list: Notebook, pencil,
    Class Level: Concentration – The student will be invited to learn more about a certain subject and be expected to have had some experience with it or have taken a prior class. These classes will probably involve several sessions. 
    Member: $113
    Non-member: $129

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    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, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor: Mary Madison


    Class Description: Nothing says “Welcome” like a hand-made gift whether for a house warming or new baby’s room. This class will show you how to make a small wall hanging using your unique sense of color and design. Finished work can be framed or bring a 10” branch for hanging.

    Materials fee: $10, includes use of loom, yarns, threads, assorted items for embellishments.

    Number of hours for class: 4 hrs

    Class Level: Fascination. Intro to basic weaving and tapestry techniques. No previous experience needed.

    Member Price: $60

    Non-Member Price: $70


    Instructor Bio: Mary Madison originally from West Virginia has lived on both coasts, and Canada where she was taught rug hooking from experts. She has a love of all things textile and time permitting, pottery and stain glass. A major portion of her time currently is spent introducing newcomers to weaving and art quilting.


    • July 10, 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 


    • July 11, 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.


    • July 11, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 7
    Register



    Rust and Stitch: Marks from Nature

    I have a fascination with things that are aged, showing the patina of time. I even have a collection (pile) of rusty stuff that my family refers to as the Rust Garden;  A much better term than pile of rusty trash.

    In this workshop we will explore how to create marks, patterns and develop various colors on fabric and paper using rusty treasures. At the end of the day we will create a small wall hanging using our Rusty fabrics.

    Materials fee: $20

    Student supply list:

    Fabrics: fabric-white and light colored prints, vintage linens, lace all work well. No more than 2-3 yards total

    Paper: papers that can handle some water such as cotton rag, watercolor, older book paper

    Any rusty things you have on hand.

    Number of hours for class :6 hrs

    Max number of students: 8

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    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?



    • July 11, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs
    • 6
    Register

    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.
    Student Supply List:  Notebook for notes and something to write with.
    Material Fee:  $20, includes equipment rental
    Class Level:  Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels. The student may, however, be required to have a basic skill or have taken a certification class. For example, for a flat-pattern drafting class one need not know anything about flat-pattern drafting but should have a basic understanding of the sewing machine. Any prerequisites will be listed in the class description.
    Member:$45
    Non-member: $55
    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    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 12, 2019
    • July 13, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Mantiou Springs Co
    • 10
    Register


    Learn how to dye fabric with fiber reactive dyes and ice! You'll be amazed by the results! In this class, students will learn a unique surface design technique referred to as ice dyeing or snow dyeing.

     

    Students will learn how to use powdered fiber reactive dyes, soda ash, fabrics, and ice to create one-of-a-kind dyed fabric. Students will walk away with an understanding of how they can apply fiber reactive dyes to fabric with ice and set them using soda ash.


    Materials fee: $25 per student to pay for bandanas and scarves that I will mordant before class, and cost of fiber reactive dyes

    Student supply list: apron,

    rubber kitchen gloves

    Dust mask

    small glass jars or plastic containers that have lids and don't leak

    Class Level: Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels.

    Member Price:  $85

    Non-Member Price: $95

    Instructor: Julia Bannerot

    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 14, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor:  Mary Madison


    Class Description: A mini project designed to un-stress you and your local landfill. Bring a large fork and picture frame rescued from a thrift store or bring from home what you’ve been meaning to give to a thrift store.

    In this class we will turn this frame into a loom for your use today and hopefully lots more once you’re home. An assortment of fabrics and yarns will be available to make your first placemat. From these instructions you will be able to complete a set at your leisure. No previous experience needed. The goal is a relaxing, stress-free activity, not a masterpiece.

    So bring your used frame and be prepared to Slow Weave and get re-acquainted with your creative side.

    Materials fee: $10, includes fabrics, threads, yarn, nails and paint.

    Student supply list:

    Fork

    Picture Frame

    Number of hours for class: 4 hrs

    Class Level: Fascination. Soft introduction to basic concepts of weaving.

    Member Price: $60

    Non-Member Price: $70


    Instructor Bio: Mary Madison originally from West Virginia has lived on both coasts, and Canada where she was taught rug hooking from experts. She has a love of all things textile and time permitting, pottery and stain glass. A major portion of her time currently is spent introducing newcomers to weaving and art quilting.



    • July 15, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Mantiou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Manitou Springs, Co
    • 7
    Register

    This class teaches students 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.

    Materials fee: $30, includes various samples of fabric, dye powders and mordants

    Student supply list:

    Apron

    gloves

    Binder

    label stickers

    notebook

    pen /pencil

    Number of hours for class: 6 hour class, 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, 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.



    • July 16, 2019
    • August 06, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 12
    Register



    In this class you will learn how to do the traditional methods of working an Estonian lace scarf, complete with nupps.  We will cover everything from traditional cast, to blocking using a blocking frame.  We will spend time covering the nupp stitch and how to work with charts.  Knowing how to easily execute the knit and purl stitch are very helpful.  Come ready to learn.

    Materials fee: $20

    Student supply list: 600 yards of lace weight yarn in a light color and US size 3 or 4 needles, 24" circular

    Number of hours for class: 4 week class, 3 hrs per week

    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: $160

    Non-Member Price: $180

    Instructor: Sara Greer

    Instructor Bio: Sara has been dappling in fiber art since childhood. She got serious at age 19 when she decided to conquer crochet. It snowballed from there; she has since learned to knit, dye, spin, weave, does design work and repairs, and loves to teach these skills to others.


    • July 16, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 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: $60

    Non-Member: $70

    Instructor: Pam Harrison




    • July 17, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 4
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    Tapestry, another form of weaving, can be complex and expensive.  It can also be simple and exciting.  This class will teach you methods that existed in Greek, Egyptian and Roman times.  You will leave the class knowing how to warp, create slits, lines, curves, joins and hatching.  All basic elements you will use in your piece. This class will prepares you to make your own art tapestry and ready to move on to more advanced tapestry classes.

    Class Level: Fascination.  beginners welcome

    Member: $75

    Non-Member: $85

    Instructor: Mary Madison







    • July 17, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs
    • 5
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    Instructor: Ruth Chandler

    Class Description: Arashi  (or "storm") shibori is what we have come to call pole dyeing. In this class you will delve into many arashi techniques and also learn a few Bomaki (folded and wrapped on poles) shibori patterns. Bring all those beautiful natural fabrics that you have been hoarding and join us in a day of shibori exploration that will leave you addicted to indigo arashi!

    Materials fee: $40

    Student supply list:

    Natural fabrics to dye.

    Apron,

    readers if you need them.

    Wear clothes and shoes that you do not mind messing up with indigo.

    Lunch and  chocolate.

    Number of hours for class: 6hrs, 1 hours 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


    • July 18, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 19
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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 who is your favorite artist

    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!

    • July 20, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 4
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    Learn traditional Kutch bandhani (tie dye). Three award winning Kutchi artisans will teach bandhani (tiny dots), shibori (stitched resist), and clamp dye, with expertise in dyeing techniques as well. Once you have the concepts, you can design your own motifs and patterns, and use them to embellish your work.

    Instructors: Abdul Aziz Khatri

                           Basir Khatri

                           Taina Khatri      

                 

    Student supply list:

    fabric- no synthetics, please.  Suggested: silk scarves, light weight.  Wool is also ok, but light weight,

    Gloves,

    Plastic bags to carry wet scarves

    Number of hours for class: one day, 6 hrs with a one hour break for lunch

    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: $135

    Non-Member Price: $145


    Instructor Bio:

    Abudul Aziz Khatri learned the art of woolen bandhani from his family.  His mother won the President's National Award for Craftmanship in 1993.  He learned traditional patterns from his mother and grandmother and dyeing techniques from his father.  He received a scholarship from the All India Handicrafts Board in 1998 to study natural dyeing in Dhamadka.  In 2003, he studied water conservation, environmental concern and other types of dye at the Ahmedabad Textile Industries Research Association (ATIRA).  In 2005, he studied design at Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya.


    Basir Fakirmamad Khatri comes from a traditional bandhani family in Bhuj.  His grandfather Abdulla Alarakhiya Khatri was a well know bandhani artist.  While in school, Basir learned bandhani from his uncle.  When he left school, he began to work on his own.  Basir considers his craft a means of earning both respect and money.  He believes a good artisan is knowledgeable about his craft and market.  He values his own work and encourages other to learn.  Good Design, he says, has a good balance of tardition and contemporary elements.


    Khatri Taina Abdulaziz's grandfather is a traditional wool bandhani artist while her father and uncle work on silk fabric.  They have a workshop in Bhadli under the name Ababil and have attended such craft shows as the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe.  Taina has been bandhani tying since she was 8 years old and helps her father experiment and create new designs.


    • July 21, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 13
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    Join Betsy Wintermute and Amy Kloster for an informal Spin-In at our inspiring space at the Manitou Art Center, TWIL. Bring your wheel or spindle and a current project, or purchase some bargain fiber from us. We have a large selection of wool, alpaca, and blends- all priced at around $1/oz.!


    Spinners of all levels of experience are welcome. Please register on our website for free so we know how many spinners to expect.

    In lieu of a fee, we would love if you brought some light refreshments to share, but it is not a requirement.


    We are looking forward to spinning with you!


    Student Supply list: Hand spindle or spinning wheel.


    Instructors: Betsy Wintermute and Amy Kloster


    • July 21, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
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    Education for Artisans:

    A Sustainable Future for Craft Traditions


    Judy Frater has spent the last 29 years working with textile artisans of Kutch, India. In the second half of this period, she developed the first educational institute for artisans in India. She takes us on the journey of learning the obstacles artisans face, and the amazing changes that a year-long program in design education has made.


    The talk is followed by a trunk show of amazing resist dyed textiles presented by three artisan design graduates.



    • July 22, 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • July 26, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 8
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    Learn how important sustainability is to creating textiles in our modern world. Did you know it takes around 1,800 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to produce just one pair of blue jeans? And that’s just in terms of growing cotton, when you take into account the dye process as well as the machine wash, almost 9,982 gallons of water are used. That’s crazy! Students will learn about the impact the fiber industry has on the environment and how we can honor the earth by upcycling and practicing sustainable dyeing methods.

     In this 5 day camp, students will learn how to repurpose old ratty t-shirts with indigo dye and shibori techniques, forage for dye plants in our dye garden at Flying Pig Farm, dye and eco print fabric with our foraged plants and a couple other natural dyes, and on the last day we will take our naturally dyed fabrics and turn them into an upcycled project. Students will learn about natural fibers and learn the differences between cellulose and protein fibers. Students will also learn about mordanting and why it’s important to the natural dyeing process.

    For ages 12-18

    Materials fee: $30

    Student supply list: old cotton t-shirts or any natural fabrics (cotton, linen, silk, rayon, bamboo)

    Number of hours for class:

    Start:  July 22  9:00AM - 12:00PM

    End:  July 26  9:00AM - 12:00PM

    Schedule: 5 sessions

    Day 1: July 22  Indigo shibori with old t-shirts

    Day 2: July 23  Foraging

    Day 3: July 24  Natural Dyeing

    Day 4: July 25  Bundle Dyeing

    Day 5: July 26 Upcycle project (farmers market/tote bag or improvisational piecing)"


    Price: $150


    Instructor: Julia Bannerot and Annika Koch

    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.

     Annika Koch is from Zimmerman, Minnesota, and attends Colorado College in downtown Colorado Springs. After working at a fabrics and craft store for over a year, Annika fell in love with sewing and quilting. She started on a cheap sewing machine, but that was enough to start a passion. Annika currently interns at Textiles West through her Bonner Fellowship at CC. She hopes to learn more about textiles and learn how to dye especially! Aside from a love of art, Annika enjoys hiking, video games, and spending time with friends and family!"

    • July 23, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 15
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    Knitters, learn how to use a crochet hook to cast on, how to work that crocheted bind off and the chains in between.

    Materials fee: $5

    Student supply list: Light colored, DK weight yarn with US size 5 knitting needles.

    Number of hours for class: One time, 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: $40

    Non-Member Price: $45

    Instructor: Sara Greer

    Instructor Bio: Sara has been dappling in fiber art since childhood. She got serious at age 19 when she decided to conquer crochet. It snowballed from there; she has since learned to knit, dye, spin, weave, does design work and repairs, and loves to teach these skills to others.



    • July 24, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co.
    • 8
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    Instructor: Ruth Chandler

    Class Description: Boro is an ancient Japanese style of patching that is becoming more and more popular in today's fashion. Bring a denim jacket and Ruth will supply all the authentic Japanese fabrics to create a one of a kind Boro jacket that you will be thrilled to wear!

    Materials fee: $30 includes Japanese fabrics, mistyfuse, threads, needles.

    Student supply list:

    denim jacket,

    reading glasses if needed,

    thimble,

    chocolate

    Number of hours for class: 4 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: $60

    Non-Member Price: $70




    • July 25, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 2
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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

     


    • July 27, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TWIL@Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co 80829
    • 19
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    A fun afternoon of indigo dyeing with Textiles West. Learn some easy shibori techniques and dye some beautiful pieces in indigo for you to take home and show to friends and family.  Bring your own natural fiber tee shirts or use ours, supplies are limited.  Have something small, like washcloths or a tired pair of linen pants, you'd like to overdye or change?  Bring it and make it beautiful. Bring your friends and family and make it the highlight of your day!


    *Please note, everything needs to be made of natural fibers such as cotton, linen, wool or silk.  Some rayons may work.  Results will vary.


    Members: $25

    Non Members: $35


    • July 27, 2019
    • July 28, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 3
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