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

Upcoming Classes & 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.



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


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Learn to Sew

Classes for  teens and adults. Our learn to sew program will quickly have you sewing with confidence!

  • January 06, 2019 1:00 PM
    Textiles West North, 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
  • January 12, 2019 9:00 AM
    Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
  • January 19, 2019 9:00 AM
    Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO 80918


Upcoming events and Classes

    • November 27, 2018
    • December 18, 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center
    • 4
    Register


    This is a perfect refresher or intro to learn about working with fiber reactive dyes and a few resist techniques. Over four weeks, each class two hours long, you will be educated on dye lab safety, how to properly mix, apply and set fiber reactive dyes, and learn the simplicity of acid dyes. Create fabric samples using immersion dyeing (hot & cold) and work with thickened dyes. Also, you will learn a few resist techniques using shibori, water based resist, potato dextrin and tape.

    By the end of this class you will understand the proper way to work in our dye lab and create cool fabrics!

    *Successful completion of this class can provide you with certification to rent dye lab.

    Materials Fee: $20.00   include fabric, roving, yarn and chemicals and dyes.

    Student Supply list: Dust Mask & Gloves

    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: $100

    Non-Member: $115

    Instructor: Susan Haldeman


    • December 19, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs
    • 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.

    Member: $75

    Non-member: $85

    Instructor: Mary Madison




    • January 03, 2019
    • January 24, 2019
    • 4 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: $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.



    • January 05, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Thread Lab 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO
    • 7
    Register

    I adore fabric journals. They are so nice to hold in your hands and so beautifully unique.  I have made fabric covers for most of my purchased journals and sketchbooks but in the last couple years I have delved deeper into the art of creating my own hand bound journals so I could get the paper I wanted in the size I wanted. In this book I solved the annoying problem of having to drag a pencil/pen case along with your journal.
    We will create this enticing journal from start to finish in this class. Don't fret about not being an expert stitcher! This textile journal or sketch book is stitch and book beginner friendly. Ages 16 and up. basic sewing machine experience required.
    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.
    Materials Fee $15 for Multi-Purpose Cloth, zippers, hand dyed twill tape, waxed linen thread and Fusible web. Also include use of my bone folders, needles and tools
    Supplies to Bring
    •Assorted fabrics for your cover and zip bag. This is a great place to use scraps and remnants
    •Thread to match or coordinate with your fabrics
    •Mixed media paper such as Strathmore or Canson. 20 pieces cut to 14" x 11" or your favorite book paper
    •1 piece of card stock 3" x 11" (can be scrap)
    •Ribbon, sari silk, or cord for wrap
    •Large button
    •Size 90 machine embroidery needle

    $85 members/$95 non members

    Instructor: Liz Kettle
    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 06, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Textiles West North, 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 10
    Register

    I am drawn to small intimate things. They remind me that the little bits and minor events that make up our lives are often the most important. The textile sketches that I create daily are similar to a mediation practice. They help me begin each day with mindfulness, and creativity. I often focus on my intention for the day or capture the small things that happen in my life.

    In this class, Liz will guide you through the meditation process and you will create a series of small collages using textiles, paper, embellishments and simple hand stitches. We will challenge ourselves to keep each Meditation unique and allow them to flow from our hearts not our heads. Your collages can be used together in one larger piece or become small intimate art works that stand on their own.

    Materials fee: $15 includes everything you need

    Supplies to bring: Thimble and readers if you use them

    Class Level:  Fascination

    Member Price:  $45

    Non-Member Price: $55

    Instructor: Liz Kettle



    • January 08, 2019
    • January 29, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center
    • 8
    Register


    This is a perfect refresher or intro to learn about working with fiber reactive dyes and a few resist techniques. Over four weeks, each class two hours long, you will be educated on dye lab safety, how to properly mix, apply and set fiber reactive dyes, and learn the simplicity of acid dyes. Create fabric samples using immersion dyeing (hot & cold) and work with thickened dyes. Also, you will learn a few resist techniques using shibori, water based resist, potato dextrin and tape.

    By the end of this class you will understand the proper way to work in our dye lab and create cool fabrics!

    *Successful completion of this class can provide you with certification to rent dye lab.

    Materials Fee: $20.00   include fabric, roving, yarn and chemicals and dyes.

    Student Supply list: Dust Mask & Gloves

    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: $100

    Non-Member: $115

    Instructor: Susan Haldeman


    • January 12, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 6
    Register

    You will be sewing a small zipper wristlet bag made out of the newest trend, Cork fabric.  Not only will you go home with this lovely bag suitable for a gift, you will also have all the tools you need to recreate this bag in many sizes and for all occasions.
    Materials Fee: $20.00 (Cash) Kit includes Cork material that will already  have intricate  design cut out, lining material, zipper, stiffener for bag and hardware for handle and printed instructions for making bags in many sizes.
    Student supply list: "A working sewing machine that you are familiar with (we do have a few Bernina sewing machines available if you do not have a machine you want to bring to class or you have troubles during class). If you bring your machine do not forget the power cord, all of your presser feet (Zipper foot a must) and accessories, empty bobbins, Microtex 80/12 or Top Stitch 80/12 sewing machine needles and sewing manual for your machine.  Also bring your sewing kit with cork colored or dark brown all-purpose sewing thread, sharp fabric scissors, seam ripper, pins, seam gauge and any other accessories that help you sew.
    Optional- Task light for sewing area if desired and wonder clips."
    Class Level: Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels. The student may, however, be required to have a basic skill or have taken a certification class. For example, for a flat-pattern drafting class one need not know anything about flat-pattern drafting but should have a basic understanding of the sewing machine. Any prerequisites will be listed in the class description.
    Member Price: $45
    Non-Member price: $55
    Instructor: Pam Harrison


    • January 12, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    Register


    Nature will thank you!  Explore the abundant range of colors waiting to be extracted from vegetables, berries and plants from your garden and your kitchen! This workshop is designed to expand your understanding of food not just as sustenance, nor cut flowers for simply decoration - but also as a beautiful source of color, that also can provide healing properties.

    In this workshop we will focus on Coffee and an Assortment of Teas & Spices!

    Students will work with pre-mordanted, fabrics, yarns, and roving. Hand painting on paper and fabric. Experimenting with adjusting colors using mordants. The history, purpose and art of natural dyeing will be presented throughout the workshop. Sustainability and eco-consciousness is the thread throughout this series of workshops.

    By the end of the workshop, you will leave with a more thorough knowledge of preparing natural dyestuff, processing your yields and hopefully being inspired and amazed by what gifts nature truly provides us!

    Materials Fee: $20.00

    Student supply list :

    • Mask & Gloves 
    • 2 Mason Jars 16 oz

    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: Susan Haldeman


    • January 15, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 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.



    • January 19, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO 80918
    Register

    Everything you've ever wanted to know about learning to sew will be covered in this class. Sewing 101 will give you the skills and confidence to set you on your way to meeting your sewing goals, or to refresh your memory if it has been awhile since you sewed. You'll come away with a head full of knowledge and a reversible tote! This class allows you to transition into any of our Fascination classes. 

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

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

    You CAN do this, we have confidence in you!

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

    Materials Fee: $5.00

    Supply list for students

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

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

    1 Spool of Coordinating Thread

    Member: $60

    Non-Member: $70

    Instructor: Cecelia Harris




    • January 22, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 6
    Register

    Did you know that almost every culture in the world figured out how to creat yarn long before the invention of a spinning wheel? They did it using a handspindle. Come explore the use of these fascinating tools.
    Student Supply List:  Notebook and pen/pencil
    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.




    • January 24, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs
    • 4
    Register

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

    Class Level: Fascination, beginners welcome

    Member: $75

    Non-member: $85

    Instructor: Mary Madison




    • January 25, 2019
    • January 26, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 6
    Register

    The project bag is a bag within a bag to hold all the supplies you need for a take along any project. The outside bag is large enough to hold the project you are working on plus the supply bag to hold all your necessities. You can customize your bag to fit your unique set of favorite tools. 

    Multi-Purpose Cloth will be the sturdy base we will work on. You will paint the inside and fuse and quilt all your favorite fabrics on the. You will learn the EASIEST way to insert a zipper for pockets and I promise it will be painless.

    Let your imagination free and use all those fun fabrics you have been saving for something special and make a wonderful bag you will use every day.

    Materials Fee:  $25 includes:

    1 yard Multi-Purpose Cloth (MPC)

    Fabric paint and surface design supplies

    Supply List: I/2 yard focus fabric

    Coordinating fabrics totaling 1 yard (this is a great way to use scraps)

    1600 yards cotton thread-You can mix colors or use all one color

    2- 12 inch zippers (they can be cut down)

    Fusible web (I prefer Misty Fuse)

    Optional:

    Pinking shears

    Wave and rick-rack rotary cutter blades

    Member: $125

    Non-Member: $140

    Instructor: Ruth Chandler



    • January 31, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs
    • 4
    Register

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

    Class Level: Fascination, beginners welcome

    Member: $75

    Non-member: $85

    Instructor: Mary Madison




    • January 31, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co 80829
    • 4
    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 02, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 5
    Register

    Sew up this fantastic layering piece for fall. Wear over a cami for lazy Indian summer days or a long-sleeved tee for chilly temps. Students should download the PDF pattern from https://sewliberated.com/products and have the pattern pieces and fabric cut out prior to class. Check out lots of makes on Instagram at #schoolhousetunic.
    Student supply list: Main fabric - 2 7/8 yd of at least 44 - 45" wide in cotton or linen, with a nice drape, coordinating thread. Optional: pins and scissors, pressing ham, your own sewing machine (The machine must be in good working order and you must bring your manual. We will not spend any time fiddling with a machine that is not performing well.)
    Class Level: Fascination, although student should have taken Sewing 101 or have made a simple project like a pillow
    Member Price: $60
    Non-Member price: $70
    Instructor: Cecelia Harris
    Teacher Bio
    Cecelia has also had a lifelong love of fabric and sewing. She creates most of her clothing and recently has enjoyed various ways of creating her own fabric – from direct painting to computer-created designs. Cecelia is also a calligrapher, commercial lettering artist and sometime font designer. She owned and operated Wordsworth where she created rubber stamp and scrapbook products and was also a lead designer for Cricut, a personalized cutting machine. She shares her Colorado home with her husband where she enjoys sewing, wine, and chocolate (although not at the same time). 



    • February 04, 2019
    • February 25, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • TWIL at the Manitou Art Center
    • 5
    Register

    In this class, students will be introduced to basic surface design techniques.  Students will learn how to thicken powdered fiber reactive dyes with print paste, how to mix colors, how to apply dyes onto fabric and how to set these colors using soda ash and steam.  We will be making our own color wheel and learning basic color theory.  This class is for those who are more technically minded and who are interested in learning the basic processes of fiber reactive dyes before applying any type of creativity.
    Material Fee: $20 includes fabric, dyes and chemicals
    Student supply list:
    Dust Mask
    gloves
    apron
    sharpie marker
    Class Level: Fascination, open to all levels. no pre-requisites required.
    Member: $125
    Non-Member: $140
    Instructor: Melanie Audet
    Bio: Melanie Audet is originally from the Detroit area of Michigan.  She received a BA from Albion College and a  BFA from the Oregon College of Art and Craft. She is the owner and proprietor of Melanie Audet Limited Editions.  Her love for textiles is more of a compulsion and she loves to share this passion with others.

     


    • February 06, 2019
    • February 27, 2019
    • 4 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: $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.



    • February 09, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL @ MAC 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 8
    Register


    Nature will thank you!  Explore the abundant range of colors waiting to be extracted from vegetables, berries and plants from your garden and your kitchen! This workshop is designed to expand your understanding of food not just as sustenance, nor cut flowers for simply decoration - but also as a beautiful source of color, that also can provide healing properties.

    In this workshop we will focus on Seasonal Produce and staples from our pantry!  Berries, Black Beans, Onion Skins and more....  Students will work with pre-mordanted, fabrics, yarns, and roving. Hand painting on paper and fabric. Experimenting with adjusting colors using mordants. The history, purpose and art of natural dyeing will be presented throughout the workshop. Sustainability and eco-consciousness is the thread throughout this series of workshops.

    By the end of the workshop, you will leave with a more thorough knowledge of preparing natural dyestuff, processing your yields and hopefully being inspired and amazed by what gifts nature truly provides us!

    Materials Fee:$20.00

    Student supply list:

    • Mask, Gloves, 
    • (2) 16oz mason jars, 
    • yellow and red onions skins

    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 Susan Haldeman


    • February 12, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 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 14, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs
    • 4
    Register

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

    Class Level: Fascination, beginners welcome

    Member: $75

    Non-member: $85

    Instructor: Mary Madison




    • February 16, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO
    • 6
    Register

    We will be sewing a small mesh box and snap bag using a metal measuring tape as the stabilizer and closure.  Not only will you go home with fabric box and coin purse suitable for a gifts, we will also discuss how you can use measuring tapes in other projects.
    Materials Fee: $15.00 (Cash) fabric and mesh material for box, fabric for snap bag, metal measuring tape, duct tape, stiffener for bag and printed instructions.
    Student supply list: A working sewing machine that you are familiar with (we do have a few Bernina sewing machines available if you do not have a machine you want to bring to class or you have troubles during class). If you bring your machine do not forget the power cord, all of your presser feet (Zipper foot a must) and accessories, empty bobbins, Microtex 80/12 or Top Stitch 80/12 and a Jean 90/14 sewing machine needles and sewing manual for your machine.  Also bring your sewing kit with Brown all-purpose sewing thread, sharp fabric scissors, paper scissors, chalk marker, seam ripper, pins, seam gauge and any other accessories that help you sew.
    Optional- Task light for sewing area if desired and wonder clips.
    Class Level: Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels. The student may, however, be required to have a basic skill or have taken a certification class. For example, for a flat-pattern drafting class one need not know anything about flat-pattern drafting but should have a basic understanding of the sewing machine. Any prerequisites will be listed in the class description.
    Member Price: $45
    Non-Member price: $55
    Instructor: Pam Harrison



    • February 16, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO 80918
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    Everything you've ever wanted to know about learning to sew will be covered in this class. Sewing 101 will give you the skills and confidence to set you on your way to meeting your sewing goals, or to refresh your memory if it has been awhile since you sewed. You'll come away with a head full of knowledge and a reversible tote! This class allows you to transition into any of our Fascination classes. 

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

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

    You CAN do this, we have confidence in you!

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

    Materials Fee: $5.00

    Supply list for students

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

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

    1 Spool of Coordinating Thread

    Member: $60

    Non-Member: $70

    Instructor: Pam Harrison




    • February 20, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 6
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    One can never have too many cardigans, and the Blackwood Cardigan is a perfect shape. It’s designed for knit fabric for easy wearing. This pattern can be constructed entirely on a regular sewing machine, but we will demonstrate some serger options in class. To see all the possibilities, check out #blackwoodcardigan on Instagram.
    Students must download and print the PDF pattern from https://helenscloset.ca/product/blackwood-cardigan-pdf-pattern/ and have their fabric cut out before class time. If student has questions about fabric, cutting out or fit, contact Cecelia at chasnlife@aol.com.
    Textiles West has sewing machines to use in class. Students may use their own machine if it is in good working order and student knows how to operate it.
    Student supply list:
    2 yds of medium weight knit (see pattern for amount of stretch required),
    all-purpose thread to match,
    pins
    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: $60
    Non-Member: $70
    Instructor: Cecelia Harris 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 26, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 6
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    Did you know that almost every culture in the world figured out how to creat yarn long before the invention of a spinning wheel? They did it using a handspindle. Come explore the use of these fascinating tools.
    Student Supply List:  Notebook and pen/pencil
    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 26, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co 80829
    • 4
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