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

Upcoming Classes & Events


Textiles West Lecture Series

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

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Upcoming events and Classes

    • December 15, 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • TWIL 513 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO

    You are invited to Textiles West's staff and members Holiday Pop-up shop 


    Friday Dec 15 4-8pm and Saturday Dec 16  from 11-5.
    Location: TWIL 513 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 

    Join us for warm cider, mulled wine and treats while you discover the perfect gift from the delightful fiber creations of Textiles West artisans. 

    Some of the artisan made items we will have:

    • hand dyed silk scarves
    • hand dyed and hand printed home decor and table top items
    • alpaca scarves
    • felted soaps
    • holiday ornaments
    • kits for stitch lovers


    • December 16, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL 513 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO

    You are invited to Textiles West's staff and members Holiday Pop-up shop 


    Friday Dec 15 4-8pm and Saturday Dec 16  from 11-5.
    Location: TWIL 513 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 

    Join us for warm cider, mulled wine and treats while you discover the perfect gift from the delightful fiber creations of Textiles West artisans. 

    Some of the artisan made items we will have:

    • hand dyed silk scarves
    • hand dyed and hand printed home decor and table top items
    • alpaca scarves
    • felted soaps
    • holiday ornaments
    • kits for stitch lovers


    • December 18, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center
    • 12
    Register


    Dye Lab Orientation:

    Learn the ins and outs of working in our Dye Lab! We will review our protocols and safety requirements, equipment and supplies available while renting space. Since the space is designed to accommodate various types of dyeing techniques, this one-hour orientation will lightly review fiber reactive, acid, natural dyes; but we do ask for you to fill in a brief questionnaire to schedule a Certification Workshop tailored to your dye focus and expertise level.

    Completing this orientation will be the introduction to allow you to rent the dye lab for half day, full day or a block of days as long as schedule permits. 


    • January 10, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center
    • 1
    Register


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

    Supply fee: $15 for use of loom choice of two skeins of yarn

    Time: 10am-5pm 

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


    • January 18, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • January 21, 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Twil at the The MAC 513 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, co 80829
    • 3
    Register


    Start weaving independently on a four-shaft loom in this class with local weaving expert Dottie Weir.  You'll learn to warp and dress the loom, read patterns, and weave plain weave and twill samples, while becoming familiar with terms like sett, ends per inch (epi) and picks per inch (ppi). After 16 hours of class, you'll go home with a sampler of several different patterns. It's a fun class and is limited to 4 students so you will receive a lot of individualized attention. 

    $10 materials fee includes yarn and all equipment required. Classes are 10am-3pm, January 18-21st, 2018.



    • January 20, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Thread Lab @ Cottonwood Center for the Arts
    • 7
    Register

     

    Bobbin lace is a traditional lace making technique that is much like braiding with many strands of thread or yarn. While it is being woven the lace work is supported by a large pillow. Historically, lace was made with very fine cotton, silk and linen threads, but in this class we will work with slightly larger yarns and patterns to make the work easier and quicker. In this class learn about bobbin lace supplies and equipment, how to start a project, and how to create a pattern pricking.

    Students will create a small sampler of basic bobbin lace stitches

    Supply fee $25 includes: all materials and equipment for the class will be provided by the instructor . Students can borrow bobbin lace pillows and bobbins from the instructor for use during the class.


Past events

December 13, 2017 Weaving Certification
December 11, 2017 Dye Lab Certification
December 09, 2017 Inspire Me: Magic Silk Scarves
December 09, 2017 Inspire Me: Eco-print on Fabric
December 07, 2017 Inspire Me: Deck the Halls with silk & fiber
December 06, 2017 Curious About Weaving?
December 06, 2017 Inspire Me: Quilted Postcard
December 01, 2017 Beginning Felting: Abstract Wall Hanging
November 30, 2017 Inspire Me: Eco-print on paper
November 27, 2017 Dye Lab Certification
November 25, 2017 Inspire Me: Pattern Play Scarf
November 24, 2017 Magic Silk Scarves
November 17, 2017 TWIL Discovery Days
November 17, 2017 Fabric & Paper Design with Photoshop
November 15, 2017 Create a Waterfall Vest: Shibori & Indigo
November 15, 2017 Print Your Art Out
November 15, 2017 Curious About Weaving?
November 11, 2017 Blue Hands Festival
November 11, 2017 Fabrics that Wove the West
November 08, 2017 Weaving Certification
November 04, 2017 Surface Design on Fabric with Natural Dyes
November 03, 2017 Print Your Art Out
November 01, 2017 Dye Lab Certification
November 01, 2017 Weaving Certification
November 01, 2017 Fabric & Paper Design with Photoshop
October 30, 2017 Dye Lab Certification
October 28, 2017 Introduction to Bobbin Lace with Elizabeth Barber
October 25, 2017 Dye Lab Certification
October 25, 2017 Weaving Certification
October 23, 2017 Dye Lab Certification
October 21, 2017 Tactile
October 18, 2017 Curious About Weaving?
October 14, 2017 Eco Printing on Paper

Textiles West
@ Cottonwood Center for the Arts
427 E Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Textiles West ~ TWIL
@ Manitou Art Center
513 Manitou Ave
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

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