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

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

    • January 06, 2020
    • January 27, 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co
    • 5
    Register

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

    *Please note, there is no class on 1/20

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

    Student supply list:

    apron

    dust mask

    gloves

    Binder

    sleeve protectors

    notebook

    label stickers

    pen/pencil

    Number of Hours: 3 week class, 2 hrs per week

    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.   Her love for textiles is more of a compulsion and she loves to share this passion with others.



    • January 13, 2020
    • January 27, 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado springs Co
    • 6

    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 not there is no class Nov 26.
    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.



    • January 25, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 0
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    Instructor: Deb Tewell

    Class Description: Yes, you can felt and no, you don’t need to know how to knit! Wet felting is fun, easy, and yields beautiful results. You’ll learn how fibers felt, how to lay out even layers of roving, how to do several surface design techniques, and how colors can enhance any project, then create a beautiful silk and wool scarf to take home at the end of the day. Plan on using  your arms, getting wet, and having a great time learning a new skill!

    Materials fee: $25

    Student supply list: waterproof apron (optional)

    Number of hours for class: 1-day, 7 hours

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

    Member Price: $85

    Non-Member Price: $95


    • January 25, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 12


    Instructor:  Liz Kettle

    Class Description: 

    Do you have favorite clothes that have suffered from too much love? Mending is a practice of repair that helps us preserve our clothes, keeps garments out of landfills and brings us back to center with the meditative practice of stitching.   Win/Win 

    Learn how to sew on buttons, repair ripped seams, and patch holes with simple or decorative mending.  

    This monthly workshop will teach you how to repair, refresh and renew those favorite garments. 

    If you are not able to afford this workshop please contact us for scholarship info. 

    Materials fee: $0 

    Student supply list:  bring freshly washed items in need of mending or stitch repair. Unfortunately, we cannot help with zippers at this time.   

    Class Level: Fascination

    2 hours

    Special Pricing

    Member Price: $20

    Non-Member Price: $25


    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?


    • January 26, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 12

    Instructor: Deb Tewell

    Class Description:  Keep chilly fingers toasty warm and laugh at the cold and snow! This class will teach basic felting techniques. We will learn how to make dimensional, seamless felt and get pointers on some really fun surface designs. Each pair of mittens will reflect the colors and textures selected by the makers. No experience is necessary, but knowledge of how to lay out roving for wet felting is beneficial.

    Materials fee: $25

    Student supply list: waterproof apron (optional)

    Number of hours for class: 1-day; 7 hours

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

    Member Price: $85

    Non-Member Price: $95


    • January 26, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 5

    This class teaches students how to use earth minerals to color fabric.  Known as mineral painting, students will learn how to make and "mordant" fabric with soy milk and how to directly apply minerals to fabric using stamps, paintbrushes and thermofax screens.  Students will create samples using various fabrics to create a sample binder for future reference.

    Materials fee: $25 covers materials

    Student supply list:

    apron

    notebook

    sleeve protectors

    binder

    label stickers

    pen/pencil

    Number of hours for class: 5hrs, one day

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $75

    Non-Member Price: $85

    Instructor: Melanie Audet

    Instructor Bio:  Melanie Audet is originally from the Detroit area of Michigan.  She received a BA from Albion College and a  BFA from the Oregon College of Art and Craft, where she learned how to use synthetic dyes.  She has continued her education by learning the art of natural dyes. She is the owner and proprietor of Melanie Audet Limited Editions and Twig and Berry Dyes.   Her love for textiles is more of a compulsion and she loves to share this passion with others.



    • January 26, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 7
    Register

    Instructor: Julia Bannerot

    Learn how to piece fabrics together to create different shapes and patterns in a variety of ways! We'll be starting with piecing fabrics of the same size together  and move towards getting creative with improvisational piecing. Bring in your dyed fabric samples and scraps from previous projects and repurpose them into beautiful pieces of art with a sewing machine!


    Materials fee: $5 per student for purchasing fabric and thread

    Student supply list: variety of fabrics (store-bought, dyed or both) I will also be providing fabrics to add to projects

    Number of hours for class: 3 hrs

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

    Member Price: $45

    Non-Member Price: $55


    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.


    Why I: 

    I dye because I love to experiment and I get so excited for the reveal. I sew because I enjoy how meditative it is. I create because it's the method through which I express myself, and when I get impassioned I feel an urge to create something. 



    • January 28, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO 80918
    Register


    Do you love to sew but sometimes find yourself a little lonely holed away in your sewing nook?

    Come spend a day at Textiles West North with others who share your passion. At this location, we have large tables on which to spread out, a cutting area with cutting mats and a large ironing center. We also have Bernina sewing machines and sergers for your use if you don’t want to bring your own.

    Maybe you just have some hand sewing to do – that’s great too!

    This is not a teaching time but there may be a short talk with fun information at the lunch hour. Everyone will be sewing their own projects but sewists are always willing to share their expertise.

    We’ll be open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Bring a lunch and come prepared for a day of fun with your peeps!

    This is a free event.


    • January 31, 2020
    • 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?



    • February 01, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • TWIL@Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co 80829
    • 15
    Register

    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


    • February 03, 2020
    • February 24, 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado springs
    • 5
    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.



    • February 03, 2020
    • February 17, 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • TWIL @ the Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor: Melanie Audet

    This class will teach and let the student play with surface design techniques in conjunction with mechanical resists such as corn dextrin and potato dextrin to create layers on fabric.   Students will learn how to thicken natural dyes with gum tragacanth and how to directly apply the dye to fabric using thermofax screens, stamps and monoprinting techniques.  The resist adds texture and pattern to the design of the fabric.  Students will make samples of the different techniques and walk away with a sample binder for future reference.  This class is great for quilters and garment makers looking to make unique and one of a kind fabric.

    Materials fee: $25 includes fabric, chemicals, dyes and surface design tools

    Student supply list:

    Apron

    Notebook

    Binder

    sleeve protectors

    label stickers

    pen/pencil

    *optional: bring your own stamps, thermofax or any other items used to created texture or pattern on fabric

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

    Class Level: Fascination

    Member Price: $113

    Non-Member Price: $129


    • February 04, 2020
    • 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.



    • February 06, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 6
    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 and yarn to see how each fiber accepts the color.    Student will walk away with color samples.

    Materials fee: $25 for dyes, chemicals and fabric and yarn

    Student supply list:

    Apron

    Mask

    Gloves

    Notebook

    Card stock

    Stapler/staples

    Sharpie Marker

    label stickers (optional)

    Pinking shears (optional)

    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.



    • February 07, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, co
    • 8
    Register

    Instructor:  Liz Kettle

    Description:

    Once you go free motion you never go back…

    Drop those feed dogs and discover just how much fun free motion stitching is!  Drawing with your needle is easy once you learn the tools that make your stitching easier.  A great class for beginners as well as experienced sewists.

    Material fee $15 includes fabrics, stabilizers and thread

    We have Bernina 350series machines in class for you to use but you are welcome to bring your own machine. Just make sure it has the ability to drop or cover the feed dogs (teeth) and bring a free motion darning or quilting foot.  Be sure to bring all your power cords and your manual if you aren’t familiar with free motion stitching on your machine.

    Class Level: Fascination

    3 hours

    Member Price:  $45

    Non-Member Price:  $55

    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?



    • February 08, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 8
    Register

    Instructor:  Liz Kettle

    Gorilla Style: Going about something artistic using raw intuition, improv' and raw talent. 

    Traditionally, needle felting uses only wool fibers but in this fun and  intuitive class we are going to mix it up with a variety of cool fabrics and fibers to create awesome textures for a base that we will hand stitch into for even more yummy texture, pattern and color.

    Class Level: Fascination

    5 hours

    Member Price:  $75

    Non-Member Price:  $85


    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?



    • February 08, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 6
    Register

    This class teaches students how to use earth minerals to color fabric.  Known as mineral painting, students will learn how to make and "mordant" fabric with soy milk and how to directly apply minerals to fabric using stamps, paintbrushes and thermofax screens.  Students will create samples using various fabrics to create a sample binder for future reference.

    Materials fee: $25 covers materials

    Student supply list:

    apron

    notebook

    sleeve protectors

    binder

    label stickers

    pen/pencil

    Number of hours for class: 5hrs, one day

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $75

    Non-Member Price: $85

    Instructor: Melanie Audet

    Instructor Bio:  Melanie Audet is originally from the Detroit area of Michigan.  She received a BA from Albion College and a  BFA from the Oregon College of Art and Craft, where she learned how to use synthetic dyes.  She has continued her education by learning the art of natural dyes. She is the owner and proprietor of Melanie Audet Limited Editions and Twig and Berry Dyes.   Her love for textiles is more of a compulsion and she loves to share this passion with others.



    • February 09, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co
    • 6
    Register

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

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

    Student supply list:

    apron

    dust mask

    gloves

    Binder

    sleeve protectors

    notebook

    label stickers

    pen/pencil

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

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $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.   Her love for textiles is more of a compulsion and she loves to share this passion with others.



    • February 09, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 8
    Register



    Instructor: Julia Bannerot

    Class Description:Learn how to use a sewing machine with a fun introductory project that you can use and get creative with screen printing and layering! Students have the opportunity to customize their project with fabrics that they provide, (plus a variety of fun scraps from the teacher) and screen print designs with thermofax screens.

    Materials fee: $5

    Student supply list:

    1/2 yard of cotton fabric

    4 yards of cording(ribbon/paracord/rope)

    Number of hours for class: 3 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: $45

    Non-Member Price: $55


    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.


    • February 11, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO 80918
    • 4
    Register

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

    Materials fee: $15

    Class Level: Fascination.  beginners welcome

    Member: $60

    Non-Member: $70

    Instructor: Mary Madison

     


    • February 11, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 8
    Register

    Instructor: Cecelia Harris

    Class Description: Find out what necklines suit you best by trying on 14 different styles. A visual record will be made by photographing each neckline. Students will receive a handout with patterns featuring each neckline style. We'll also discuss some tricks to make the necklines perfectly sewn.

    Materials fee: Optional $10 for a PDF of the neckline patterns

    Student supply list:

    smart phone or camera to take photos,

    a camisole to wear while trying on necklines

    Number of hours for class: 2 hours

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

    Member Price: $35

    Non-Member Price: $40


    Instructor Bio: Why I sew: When I think of all the reasons I sew – saving money, getting a good fit, not being limited to what’s in the store, being conscious of how my clothing is produced – the reason above all is that I can be unique. I know that when I choose my own pattern and pair it with a fabric, I will be creating a garment that no one else has. I can also create home goods that are as individual as I am. In a day and age where uniformity is difficult to avoid, creating my own sewn garments is a way to express my voice.



    • February 12, 2020
    • April 08, 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N.Academy Colorado Springs Co
    • 11
    Register

    Instructor: Ruth Chandler

    Join Ruth as she teaches you a series of basic and advanced stitches using her book Modern Hand Stitching. You will start with simple stitches and build on those stitches to create more complex stitching. 

    Experience the freedom of stitching without boundaries as you play, experiment, and explore.


    You will be creating a 'brag book' of stitching that will be both a beautiful piece of stitching artwork as well as an excellent reference resource. 

    Kit Fee: $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

     

    • February 13, 2020
    • 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: $60

    Non-Member Price: $70

    Instructor: Mary Madison


    • February 15, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 11
    Register


    Instructor:  Ruth Chandler

    Class Description: 

    Do you have favorite clothes that have suffered from too much love? Mending is a practice of repair that helps us preserve our clothes, keeps garments out of landfills and brings us back to center with the meditative practice of stitching.   Win/Win 

    Learn how to sew on buttons, repair ripped seams, and patch holes with simple or decorative mending.  

    This monthly workshop will teach you how to repair, refresh and renew those favorite garments. 

    If you are not able to afford this workshop please contact us for scholarship info. 

    Materials fee: $0 

    Student supply list:  bring freshly washed items in need of mending or stitch repair. Unfortunately, we cannot help with zippers at this time.   

    Class Level: Fascination

    2 hours

    Special Pricing

    Member Price: $20

    Non-Member Price: $25


    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?


    • February 16, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 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: 6 hrs, 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. 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.


    • February 18, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado 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.

    Materials fee: $10

    Duration: 4hrs

    Class Level: Fascination

    Member: $60

    Non-Member: $70

    Instructor: Mary Madison 


    • February 18, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs
    • 3
    Register

    Have you ever wondered how bands of fabric for belts, guitar straps, purses or wall hangings are made? Come explore the world of Warp-faced Band Weaving. You will learn how to read an Inkle Weaving draft, warp an Inkle loom and weave a piece of warp faced fabric.
    Student Supply List:  Students should bring notebook and pen for writing notes.
    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.




    • February 19, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 8
    Register

    Class Description:

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


    Materials fee: $26

     

    Student supply list: 

    2 yards of tulle netting

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

    shallow disposable aluminum pan (cookie or lasagna size)

    disposable plastic container - 16oz deli containers work well


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

     

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


    Class Level: Fascination

    3 hours


    Member Price:  $35

    Non-Member Price:  $40

    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?



    • February 21, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 8
    Register


    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.

    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?




    • February 22, 2020
    • February 23, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Mantiou Springs Co
    • 8
    Register


    Instructor: Julia Bannerot

    Class Description: In this two-day class, students will learn about fiber reactive dyes and how to use them in a couple unique processes referred to as ice dyeing, low-immersion dyeing and a couple different shibori techniques. And if the weather is right, we'll also be able to do some snow dyeing! The first day, we will dye all of our fabric and let them process over night, so the second day we can open them up and wash them out for an incredible reveal.

    Students will learn how to use powdered fiber reactive dyes, soda ash, and water to create one-of-a-kind dyed fabric in three different methods, with completely different results!

    Materials fee: $25 for fiber reactive dyes and fabrics

    Student supply list:

    Dust mask

    mason jars with lids or plastic containers with sealing lids (make sure they don't leak)

    *not required: students can bring some of their own pre-washed natural fabrics and have more to experiment with in class

    Number of hours for class: 5 hrs, 2 days (3 hrs day 1 and 2 hrs day 2)

    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: $75

    Non-Member Price: $85

    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.



    • February 25, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado 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.



    • February 26, 2020
    • February 29, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 6
    Register


    Instructor: Cecelia Harris

    Class Description: Join the retro 70s/hippie rage by constructing a tiered dress or tunic in your choice of patterns. The tunic length is perfect over leggings or skinny jeans while the dress length pairs with tights and booties. This loose style is the ultimate in comfort while being squarely on trend.

    Choose from the following three patterns: 1. The Mira dress by FibreMood is a classic baby doll style with length and ruffle options. It’s a PDF downloadable pattern (www.fibremoodshop.co.uk and #miradress on Instagram). 2. The Indigo tunic from Tilly and the Buttons pattern company has a shaped bodice and skirt options (www.tillyandthebuttons.com and #indigodress on IG). 3. McCalls 7948 is a paper pattern available at JoAnn Fabrics or Hobby Lobby. In addition to a tiered skirt, there is a classic tucked variation.

    In this class, we’ll work on getting the perfect fit in the shoulders and bust. You’ll also be learning how to make beautiful gathers for your tiered dress/tunic. In the first two-hour class, we’ll make a quick muslin of the top to get the fit right and discuss what fabrics will work best for your dress. The second class will be for construction (you will cut out your pattern at home after the first class). Finally, you’ll receive a list of other patterns to inspire you to make more!

    No garment making experience is required but the student should have experience with a sewing machine.

    Student supply list:

    Fabric for chosen pattern, thread to match

    Number of hours for class: Two class sessions. 1st class on February 26 from 6 - 8 pm and 2nd class on February 29 from 10 - 3. Total class time - 6 hours.

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

    Member Price: $85

    Non-Member Price: $95


    Instructor Bio: Why I sew: When I think of all the reasons I sew – saving money, getting a good fit, not being limited to what’s in the store, being conscious of how my clothing is produced – the reason above all is that I can be unique. I know that when I choose my own pattern and pair it with a fabric, I will be creating a garment that no one else has. I can also create home goods that are as individual as I am. In a day and age where uniformity is difficult to avoid, creating my own sewn garments is a way to express my voice.