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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


  • May 16, 2019 6:00 PM
    Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
  • June 20, 2019 6:00 PM
    TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co
  • 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

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

    • February 27, 2019
    • April 24, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Textiles West 6545 N.Academy Colorado Springs Co
    • 9
    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




    • April 04, 2019
    • April 25, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO 80829
    • 5
    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!
    This class takes place once a week over a 4 week period from 4:30-7:30pm
    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: $100
    Non-member: $115

    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.



    • April 08, 2019
    • April 29, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • TWIl at Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 4
    Register

    In this class, students will learn how to dye both fabric and yarn with fiber reactive dyes using a dye bath.  We will learn how to create a dye bath, how to create stock solutions, how to mix colors, how to recreate the same color, and how to create different depths of dye with the same color.  This is a technical class where we will learn mathematical equations to create dye baths.  In the end we will create  a small color reference guide of some colors.

    Materials fee: $35 includes dyes, chemicals fabric and yarn.

    Student supply list:

    Dust Mask

    Gloves

    Apron

    Scissors

    Sharpie marker

    Card Stock Paper

    Binder

    Class Level: Concentration

    Member Price: $150

    Non-Member Price: $170

    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.


    • April 25, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs
    • 3
    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




    • April 27, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL@ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co 80829
    • 8

    Discover the delights of creating your own unique papers and fabrics with a combination of gelatin plate mono-printing and screen printing.

    Gelatin plate printing is a fun and easy method of mono-printing that results in a unique painted surface.  We will use both the traditional gelatin plate and the new Gelli Plate. Create unique textures and patterns using found objects (aka-junk), stamps, stencils and resists or masks.

    Thermofax Screen printing uses a fine mesh screen to create graphic images on fabric or paper.

    Add additional surface design with wood block printing and printing with some of the same found objects, stencils and resists to create a one of a kind delectable cloth or to layer on top of our gelatin printed fabric. 

    This is a totally addictive instant gratification kind of class.

    Materials fee:  $25 covers paints and tools, gelatin plates and screens, wood printing blocks and stencils.

    Student supply list:

    Bring  2-4 yards of washed and ironed white or natural muslin.

    Optional: Bring light colored mottled or patterned fabrics to experiment with.  Give those ‘what was I thinking fabrics’ a new life!

    Optional: sheer fabrics- silk organza or sheer curtain fabric (upcycle those old curtains)

    Optional: Papers- Bring an assortment of vintage book papers, old maps, pattern tissue or deli paper, if desired

    Location: TWIL

    Max number of students: 8

    Class Level Fascination

    Member Price: $85

    Non-Member Price: $95

    Instructor: Liz Kettle

    Instructor Bio: Liz Kettle is a fabric and mixed media artist with a passion for teaching others the joy of making art and fascination in the creative process. Liz began her explorations in fabric by following a traditional approach to quilting. After filling her tool box with the skills needed for success in the traditional arena she began to delve into the world of art and discovered freedom and fun in mixed media.

    Liz’s eclectic work is influenced by her beautiful surroundings in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, her love of vintage textiles and story. She incorporates layers and found objects to tell stories of the land and people. When she isn’t creating art, Liz writes about creativity and the creative process. Her articles appeared regularly in Quilter’s Home Magazine. Liz is co-author of Fabric Embellishing: The Basics and Beyond and Threads: The Basics and Beyond.  Author of First Time Beading on Fabric  and Know Your Needles.

    Liz lives in Colorado with her very supportive husband. Her three remarkable sons are headed out on their own journeys and her three adorable grandsons are keeping everyone on their toes. 


    • April 27, 2019
    • April 28, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 0
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    Working with a commercial pattern, learn to fit a tissue pattern to your body.  This starts with knowing the correct size to cut out, and many women are in the wrong one.  Once you have your size, cut out your pattern, pin it together, and watch the magic happen!  Need more bust room?  How about a shorter bodice?  Do you have trouble getting a sleeve to fit?  The Palmer/Pletsch tissue fitting method has worked on thousands of bodies of every size and shape, and will give you the confidence to move into creating beautiful garments that fit YOU! 

    Materials fee: TBD. Textiles West will contact registrants when the information becomes available.

    Student supply list: "Basic sewing notions (pins, scissors, tape measure, supplies for your sewing machine)

    Elastic, the length of your waist plus 6”

    Markers or colored pencils

    Scotch tape – green box – ½” wide (not ¾” wide, which is more common – the ½” size can be found at office supply stores or ordered online but is rarely found at Walmart or Target)

    Most importantly - a sense of humor!

    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: $135

    Non-Member Price: $150

    Instructor: Jan McMinn


    • April 28, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Mantiou Art Center 513 Manitou ave Manitou Springs, Co
    • 4
    Register

    Are you yearning for some creative expression, but lack the time or inclination for a long, in-depth class? Do you prefer to skip the tedious bits and cut right to the “good stuff”? This is your class. You can leave ALL the prep to me, and Just Weave.

     

    I will provide you with a pre-warped (set up for weaving) rigid heddle loom, all the necessary tools, and a wide selection of yarns and other weavable stuff, in many textures and colors. No prior weaving experience? No problem! I will show you everything you need to know.

    After a brief introduction to the loom and process, indulge in over 2 hours of pure weaving bliss.  At the end of the session, you will cut your creation off the loom and take your handwoven fabric home with you.

    What will it be? A scarf? Pillow cover? Wall art? Table runner? Tote bag? Cat toy? Time machine? It’s up to you!

    Materials fee:$35 (covers warp, yarn, and weaving materials)

    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: Amy Kloster



    • May 01, 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

     


    • May 02, 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


    • May 04, 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.



    • May 06, 2019
    • May 20, 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!
    This class takes place once a week over a 4 week period from 4:30-7:30pm
    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.



    • May 06, 2019
    • May 20, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Manitou Springs Co
    • 5
    Register

    In this class students will play using different ways to apply thickened fiber reactive dye to different fabric samples.  Students will use brushes, stamps, thermofax and monoprinting techniques to create pattern and texture.  Students will walk away with a sample binder for future reference.  This is a great continuation of the intro fiber reactive dye class Seeing Color. 

    Materials fee: $25, includes dye, chemicals, some supplies, fabric

    Student supply list:

    apron

    dust mask

    gloves

    binder

    notebook

    label stickers

    sleeve protectors

    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. 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.


    • May 07, 2019
    • May 28, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 6
    Register

    3D weaving is just that. It is weaving in 3 dimensions by putting a warp on a container from cardboard box to round bottle. Students will learn how to warp their container and then weave using a variety of hand manipulated weaving techniques. This is an ideal project to use left over yarn on and to recycle one of those small boxes that come in the mail. Students need no weaving experience.

    Student supply list:

    Small cardboard box (ie. 6"x6"x6"),

    heavy fork,

    a variety of yarns you would like to use up,

    scissors,

    notebook and pencil for notes.

    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: $100

    Non-Member Price: $115

    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.



    • May 10, 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?



    • May 13, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West: 6545 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
    • 8
    Register

      

    Gather up all those little bits of thread, fabrics, yarn and lace that you have been collecting in your sewing room. Laurie will help you turn the cuttings from your studio floor into these beautiful and functional art bowls. 

    Student Supply List -

    2-3 gallon size bags of bits, fibers, yarns and fabric scraps, even those you no longer like but feel guilty about throwing them away!

    Material fee: $10 for Laurie’s favorite thread for this project

    Laurie will have fabric and fibers kits available for an additional $10 if you need one. 

    Class Level: Fascination, open to all levels of experience.

    Member: $85

    Non-Member: $95

    Instructor: Laurie Longberry


    Bio: 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.



    • May 14, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 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.




    • May 15, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 5
    Register

    Get down and dirty with this immersion dyeing class that is a bit looser in approach.  Students will learn the basics of how to color fabric using a dye bath. It is a good introduction to the process of immersion dyeing, with no mathematical equations to create a reproduceable color. Color is free and loose.  Students will dye different types of fabric to see how each fabric accepts the color.    Student will walk away with color samples.

    Materials fee: $25 for dyes, chemicals and fabric

    Student supply list:

    Apron

    Mask

    Gloves

    Notebook

    Number of hours for class: 4 hrs

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $60

    Non-Member Price: $70

    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.



    • May 16, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 6
    Register
    How many ways are there to apply a zipper?  Centered, lapped, invisible, hand picked, hand picked and embellished, zippers in knits ... these are some of the zipper applications we will cover in this class. (We will do more if time permits.)  Zippers aren't really that scary if you have the right tools and use the correct methods.
    Materials Fee:$5 for samples fabric and specialty notions
    Student Supply List: "Sewing machine in good working order, including power cord, general-purpose presser foot, zipper foot, invisible zipper foot if you have one, sewing machine manual, (Bernina machines are available at Textiles West if you do not want to bring a machine, or if you do not own a machine)
    all-purpose sewing thread (color is unimportant),
    5 polyester, all-purpose zippers (length is unimportant, 7"" is sufficient; I purchased 7-inch zippers at Wal-Mart for $1.00 each),
    1 invisible zipper (length is unimportant), 
    fabric scissors,
    seam ripper,
    optional - page protectors for finished samples and instructions, task light for sewing area if desired, surge protector/power cord, reading glasses if you need them"
    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 Fee: $60
    Non-Member Fee: $70
    Instructor: Bonnie Gingerich



    • May 16, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 20
    Register

    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 what place does art and/or craft have in society today?

    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!

    • May 17, 2019
    • May 19, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 7
    Register


    "Learn to make seamless three-dimensional shapes, attachments, and complex multi-layer vessels as we turn fluffy wool into sculptural objects. Beginning with a short introduction to wet felting, we'll move through a series of small skill-building projects together. Then you'll have time to begin your own explorations of 3D felting techniques and see where they take you, with plenty of guidance and inspiration. This in-depth exploration will cover different techniques and approaches to making 3D felt objects, with the goal of learning to visualize, lay out, and create anything you can imagine!

    All levels are welcome. Some wet felting experience is helpful, but beginners who are ready to learn a lot in a short time can join in."

    Materials fee: $50 - this includes all wool you will need in class, plus tools for rolling felt which are yours to keep.

    Student supply list:

    "• Two old towels, and a waterproof bag or container to take wet work and towels home in.

    • Optional: any favorite felting tools you may already have, and any wool you would like to try felting.

    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: $300

    Non-Member Price: $330

    Instructor: Tasha Miller Griffith

    Instructor Bio: Tasha Miller Griffith believes that making things by hand empowers people to live more joyfully and thoughtfully. Her teaching style builds a deep understanding of concepts through hands-on experimentation in a supportive environment. Tasha teaches at folk schools and fiber conferences nationally, and writes for Seamwork and Taproot magazines. She also shares free tutorials at https://tashamillergriffith.com


    • May 18, 2019
    • July 13, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Textiles West 6545 N.Academy Colorado Springs Co
    • 12
    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




    • May 22, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 3
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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







    • May 22, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 7
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    Sashiko is an ancient style of embroidery unique to Japan. It a simple running stitch traditionally stitched with white or natural thread on Indigo dyed cotton or hemp. It was used to hold layers of cloth together in order to have a more durable product such as clothing or bedding. As fabric became less expensive and easier to obtain, Sashiko became more decorative than practical. Today, Sashiko is rarely used to preserve or mend fabric but, instead has become a beautiful art form.


    This class will have many examples of Sashiko work along with instruction on how to draft your own designs, the proper way to stitch, and a pre-printed pillow kit to stitch your first Sashiko project.


     Materials fee: $18.00 includes everything you need except:

    Student Supply list:

    Thimble if you use one

    Glasses (readers not drinking)

    Task Lighting

    Chocolate

    Number of hours for class: 3 hours

    Max number of students: 8

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $45

    Non-Member Price: $55

    Instructor: Ruth Chandler


    • May 23, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co 80829
    • 8
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    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.




    • May 23, 2019
    • May 30, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 6
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    It’s time to learn how to knit! This class assumes no prior knitting skills. Students will learn:

    • Cast On

    • Knit Stitch

    • Purl Stitch

    • Bind Off

    The class project will be a cowl. There will be homework.

    Student supply list: 

    • # 8 Needles 10” straight or 24”circular

    • 2 200 yard skeins worsted weight yarn

    • H Crochet hook

    • Scissors

    • Measuring tape

    • Optional - Basic Knitting Reference book such as the Knitter’s Companion

    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: Judy Cross


    • May 25, 2019
    • May 26, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Mantiou Springs Co
    • 10
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    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.



    • May 31, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 6
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    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.



    • June 03, 2019
    • June 24, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 6
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    3D weaving is just that. It is weaving in 3 dimensions by putting a warp on a container from cardboard box to round bottle. Students will learn how to warp their container and then weave using a variety of hand manipulated weaving techniques. This is an ideal project to use left over yarn on and to recycle one of those small boxes that come in the mail. Students need no weaving experience.

    Student supply list:

    Small cardboard box (ie. 6"x6"x6"),

    heavy fork,

    a variety of yarns you would like to use up,

    scissors,

    notebook and pencil for notes.

    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: $100

    Non-Member Price: $115

    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.



    • June 03, 2019
    • June 17, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co
    • 6
    Register