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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

    • March 05, 2020
    • April 16, 2020
    • 7 sessions
    • Textiles West
    • 7

    Instructor: Sandy Craddock

    Class Description:

    Walk in Beauty! Warp and weave a small rug using traditional materials and tools. Weave at home after learning weaving techniques in a warm and relaxed class atmosphere.  You will be introduced to the washing, carding, spinning and dyeing of wool. Discover the stories and traditions of Native peoples as it applies to weaving along with design and color aesthetics of traditional Navajo rugs. "

    Student supply list:

    RENTAL LOOMS:

    If you wish to rent a small loom for the duration of the course the rental fee is $10.00. Please contact me as soon as possible.

    FOR RENTAL LOOM ONLY (DOWELS CAN BE CUT TO SIZE AT HOME DEPOT)

    *2 – 1” dowel 17” long

    *2 – ¼” dowels 18” long

    LOOM BUILDING

    If you are building your own loom please contact me for loom instructions. Size of dowels and brackets you will need are included in the instructions

    tom_sandy@comcast.net

    ALL STUDENTS NEED THE FOLLOWING:

    *Heavy Perle Cotton – 3 feet

    *2 oz. Navajo Wool Warp Thread - $5.00

    *1 Skein each of two or three colors of Brown Sheep’s LAMB’S PRIDE (85% WOOL, 15% MOHAIR) $10.50 PER skein

    *1 Navajo weaving fork   $22.00

    *Set of 3 battens               $18.00

    ALL OF THE ABOVE ARE AVAILABLE AT WOOLY WORKS YARN STORE AT 12285 Oregon Wagon Trail, Elbert, CO  719-661-6062 https://www.woollyworksknitshop.com/

    If you are unsure about making a purchase commitment, I have two set of weaving fork and battens for rent, please contact me at the email above to see availability; first come first serve.

    Some little extras to make life easier: pencil and paper, a measuring device, a permanent marker like a Sharpie, energy food and/or drinks!

    Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    Number of hours for class: 16 hours, once a week.  First two classes are 3 hours to accomodate the warping process and then classes are 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: $200

    Non-Member Price: $227



    • March 19, 2020
    • April 15, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West
    • 4
    Register

    Instructor: Cecelia Harris

    Class Description: Designing and printing your own fabric is really a game changer and made possible by sophisticated printing processes from places such as spoonflower.com. Make your projects truly personal by including family memorabilia, children’s art – or your own.

    This course is for anyone who wants to have something unique. You don’t need to be an artist or a computer genius (or even know how to sew)! What you do need is a laptop computer and a software program called Affinity Photo. This full-fledged photo editing program is a one-time buy (online subscription-based Photoshop) for $50 and available at https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/. If you already own Photoshop, you can use that program as well.


    We will meet for two 3-hour sessions and there will be homework between sessions. You will learn how to create a file, scan images, make different pattern repeats, change colors and sizes, and many more skills to enable you to produce a beautiful design. At the end of the second session, you will have a file ready to send to Spoonflower to print. This class is also for creatives who work in paper who want to be able to manipulate their images.

    Finally, we’ll have an optional and free third session where we show our final creations and sew up the tea towels. The time and date for this session will be determined by the participants near the end of the second class.

    Student supply list:

    Laptop computer with Affinity Photo or Photoshop loaded. Photoshop Elements will not work for this class.

    Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    Number of hours for class: 6 hours total. First session, March 19 and second April 15 - both from 5:30 - 8:30

    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.



    • April 13, 2020
    • April 27, 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • Textiles West Innovation Lab
    • 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

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

    Number of Hours: 3 week class, 2.5 hrs per week

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $95

    Non-Member Price: $100

    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.



    • April 15, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West
    • 8
    Register

    Instructor:  Ruth Chandler

    Class Description:

    These sweet little houses are fun and easy to create. Bring a photo of a house if you need but it is so much more fun to create from your imagination. 

    The fabric in the kits have lots of texture and color to fit any style.  The pieces are mounted onto a small canvas but can be quilted if you would rather.

    Materials fee:  $25 Includes background fabric, fabrics for the houses, threads, needles, and canvas

    Student supply list:

    Thimble if you use one

    Glasses if needed

    Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    Number of hours for class: 4 hrs

    Class Level: All levels welcome

    Member Price: $60

    Non-Member Price: $70


    • April 17, 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.


    • April 18, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West
    • 12
    Register

    Instructor: Ruth Chandler

    Boro is the Japanese word for tattered rags. From the 1600’s and even into the early 1900’s the Japanese farmers of the northern region of Honshu used this technique to repair and patch their clothes. Originally made from hemp the farmers were gradually able to get their hands on bits of cotton and finally silk. Every little scrap was precious and washed and saved until it was used to give their clothes longevity. These items of clothing were so used and worn and yet have such strength that you can’t help but admire them.

    So gather up your bits of worn and beautiful fabric and let’s create a wall hanging that will speak of carefully preserved memories. A time when fabric was precious and hard to find and every little bit was worth saving.

    Optional kit: $40. This will include the front, back and batting. Patches fabric and threads will also be included. The patches fabric is all Japanese cottons and will be your choice from my stash. The indigo will be some that I have dyed myself so you will get the hand dyed look.

    Supply list:

    · 2- 20x26 pieces of indigo fabric

    · 1-20x26 piece of cotton batting (I have been using black batting and it works well, I will have some pieces to purchase)

    · Fabric bits for “patches”

    · Thread, fibers, pearl cotton, floss, to match patches fabric

    · Needles, (chenille sizes 18-24 and embroidery)

    · Thimble

    · Reading glasses if needed

    · Large scissors for cutting patches

    · Small scissors for trimming thread

    · Pins for securing patches

    Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    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: $85

    Non-Member: $95



    • April 18, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West Innovation Lab
    • 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

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

    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.



    • April 19, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Textiles West
    • 5
    Register

    Instructor: Julia Bannerot

    Class Description: Learn the basics of sewing and piecing with a fun project that you can take home and use in your house. Incorporate pattern in your stitching through piecing with shape and color in a simple throw pillow. Bring in your dyed fabric samples and scraps from previous projects and repurpose them into a beautiful, unique throw pillow. I will supply the 16" pillow form.

    Materials fee: $15

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

    Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    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. 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.


    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. 



    • April 19, 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Textiles West
    • 4
    Register

    Instructor: Cecelia Harris

    Class Description: We love t-shirts! The t-shirt is the workhorse of a modern wardrobe. It can be dressed up or down depending on accessories and fabric choice. The comfort of knit fabrics and the simplicity of the pattern make the t-shirt the comfort food of garment sewing.


    There are 4 patterns to choose from in this class that offer various shapes and styles (3 women’s and 1 men’s). 1. The Plantain t-shirt from Deer and Doe Patterns is a free, downloadable PDF pattern that is slightly flared for a looser fit. Download the pattern at www.deer-and-doe.com and see thousands of samples on Istagram at #plantaintee. 2. This men’s (or boy’s) pattern is a great basic with a fantastic fit. Jalie 2918 will make the man in your life (or you!) wanting to make loads. Download the pattern at www.jalie.com. This pattern will work best if constructed on a serger. Bring your own or use one of ours. 3. New Look 6439 is a wonderful, flowing design to wear with skinny jeans or leggings that features a gathered back and high/low hem. This paper pattern is available at JoAnn’s or Hobby Lobby. 4. (not pictured) McCalls 6964 is a true basic pattern featuring both a round and v-neck (we’ll be making the round neck in class). Many different types of knit fabrics will work well for this pattern.


    We will cut out and construct the garment in the class. There is an optional, free pre-class to discuss fit and fabric choice. Students will learn how to attach neckbands and work with sleeves as well as receive tips on sewing with knits on a regular sewing machine and serger. We have both types of machines for your use in class. Students should have experience sewing on a regular machine although need not have had garment-making experience.

                                   *1 hour Free pre-class on April 16 from 7 - 8 pm*

    Student supply list: Fabric for pattern of your choice and thread to match

    Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    Number of hours for class: 4 hours with an optional, free pre-class. 1 hour pre-class on April 16 from 7 - 8 pm and regular class on April 19 from 1 - 5

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

    Member Price: $60

    Non-Member Price:$70


    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.



    • April 21, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    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

    Location:  Textiles West North Academy

    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. 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

     


      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 22, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor: Ruth Chandler

    Class Description: Everyone needs a needle case at some point right? Japanese boro techniques with fun and funky hand stitching will give you a one of a kind needle case from hand dyed indigo fabrics to use yourself or give as a gift. Color coded pages make finding the right needle a breeze.

    Quick and easy, you will go home with a finished project and all you need to bring is a thimble, reading glasses and chocolate if you want a sweet pick me up.

    Kit fee includes everything you need.

    Materials fee: $15

    Student supply list:  Bring: readers, thimble and task lighting if you prefer it

    Location: Textiles West North

    Number of hours for class: 4

    Class Level: Fascination

    Member Price: $60

    Non-Member Price: $70


    • April 22, 2020
    • April 25, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West
    • 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

    Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    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.


    • April 26, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West Innovation Lab
    • 8
    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

    Mask

    Gloves

    Notebook

    Card stock

    stapler/staples

    Sharpie Marker

    label stickers (optional)

    hole punch (optional)

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

    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.



    • April 27, 2020
    • May 18, 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    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.

    Location: Textiles West North

    Number of hours for class: 8 hrs, 2 hrs/4 wks

    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 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 28, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West
    • 6
    Register

    If you’ve been thinking about sewing your own clothes, this is the perfect beginning class. This breezy top is perfect for warm weather or layering in cooler weather. You’ll be whipping up several of these in no time. Choose a soft cotton, linen or rayon with a nice drape – avoid cottons made for quilting as they will be a little stiff. If student has never sewn before, our Sewing 101 class is a prerequisite. We will be cutting out and constructing the garment in class. This pattern can be purchased online from several places including www.100actsofsewing.com or you can pick it up at Fancy Tiger in Denver, 59 N. Broadway.

    Student supply list: the Shirt 1 pattern from 100 Acts of Sewing,

    2 yards of fabric that has been pre-washed,

    all-purpose thread to match,

    pins, fabric scissors

    Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    Hours: number of hours for class Specify if it is multiple days or multiple weeks: 4 hours on a single day

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

    Member Price: $60

    Non-Member Price: $70

    Instructor: Cecelia Harris

    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.



    • April 28, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Textiles West
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    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

    Location: Textiles West North

    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. 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: 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 29, 2020
    • May 13, 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • Textiles West Innovation Lab
    • 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

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

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

    Class Level: Fascination

    Member Price: $113

    Non-Member Price: $129


    • May 03, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West Innovation Lab
    • 6
    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

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

    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.


    • May 05, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Textiles West Noth 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 4
    Register

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    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

    Location: Textiles West North

    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. 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


    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, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • TWIL @ the Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co
    • 4
    Register


    Have you taken some dye classes and want to practice?  Do you have some projects you'd like to do or get finished?  Here's an opportunity to come and use our facilities  to hone your skill and get some work done.  Our open dye session is 4 hours long, registration required.  A facilitator will be there to answer questions and show registrants around the dye lab. Please make no mistake, this is not a class.  You have to have prior knowledge of dye techniques and processes to participate.  The facilitator is there to offer help and guidance when necessary.  This is time offered to allow people to test and sharpen skills and offer space to finish projects unable to be finished at home. 

    Open dye is a flat fee of $40, registration is limited.

    *You MUST register for open dye

    * If you do need the space to get larger projects done, please contact Melanie Audet at education@textileswest.org to discuss the parameters of your project and needs.






    • May 07, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor: Cecelia Harris

    Class Description: "Stylists know that a third addition to an outfit is key to making it all look put-together. The cardigan is the perfect way to accomplish this. In this Sew It Your Way class, you can choose from 3 different types of cardigans to suit your style and shape. There is an optional, free pre-class to discuss fit and fabric options.


    All three patterns require the use of stable knit fabrics. 1. The Cozy Cardigan from StyleArc patterns can be downloaded at www.stylearc.com or a paper pattern can be purchased from Amazon.com. This hip-length, v-neck pattern is just the right balance between fitted and loose. 2. The Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet is a favorite independent design with a wide size range. Thousands of examples for all body types can be seen on Instagram at #blackwoodcardigan. The PDF pattern can be downloaded at www.helensclosetpatterns.com. 3. The Floating Fran pattern from StyleArc can be downloaded at www.stylearc.om or a paper pattern can be purchased from Amazon.com. This sleeveless design has an asymmetrical hem and is quite loose.


    This class will fine-tune skills for working with knits. You will be taught how to sew with knits on a regular sewing machine but will also have access to a serger/overlocker to construct your garment. Bring your own or feel free to use ours.

    Student should have experience sewing on a sewing machine but need not have garment-making experience.

                                   *Optional free pre class on May 5 from 10 - 11* 

    Student supply list:

    Fabric and thread to match for chosen pattern

    Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    Number of hours for class: 4 hour class with an optional, free pre-class. Optional class on April 7 from 10 - 11 and regular class on April 9 from 10 - 3.

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

    Member Price: $60

    Non-Member Price: $70


    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.


    • May 09, 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.


    • May 09, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West Innovation Lab
    • 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

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

    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.



    • May 16, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Textiles West
    • 10
    Register

    Instructor: Jessi Casey

    Class Description: Learn how to crochet huggable stuffed animal. Now you can learn the Japanese art form of amigurumi. Amigurumi is the technique to crochet or knit 3D stuffed animals. In this class you will learn to make a cute little cube kitten or puppy in a large cuddly yarn. Perfect gift for any stuffed animal lover in your life. Sample animals are made with Bernat blanket and baby blanket.

    Skills you will learn: crocheting in the round, increase and decrease stitches, and basic assembly.

    Skills needed: base chain stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, and how to tie off.

    Materials fee covers printed patterns, tip sheet, safety eyes and nose.

    Materials fee: $10

    Student supply list:

    Yarn of choice in Size 6 Super Bulky aprox 220 yards: Suggested is Bernat Blanket or Baby Blanket in 10.5oz skeins

    Crochet Hook: Size L/11-8.0mm or M/13-9.0mm

    Jumbo Locking Stitch Markers

    Yarn needles: Suggested is metal ones, bent tip is also useful

    Row Counter: I use Susan Bates Digital row counter for finger available locally at Joann Fabrics

    Stuffing: PolyFill or similar

    Small scissors

    Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    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


    • May 17, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West Innovation Lab
    • 8
    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

    Mask

    Gloves

    Notebook

    Card stock

    stapler/staples

    Sharpie Marker

    label stickers (optional)

    hole punch (optional)

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

    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 19, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs
    • 5
    Register

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    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

    Location:  Textiles West North Academy

    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. 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

     


      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 23, 2020
    • May 24, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West Innovation Lab
    • 7
    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

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

    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.



    • June 01, 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    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!

    Materials Fee: $20

    Student Supply list: Notebook, pencil,

    Location: Textiles West North

    Number of hours for class: 8 hrs, 2 hrs/4 weeks

    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


    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 02, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    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

    Location:  Textiles West North Academy

    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. 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

     


      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 02, 2020
    • June 16, 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • Textiles West Innovation Lab
    • 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

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

    Number of Hours: 3 week class, 2.5 hrs per week

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $95

    Non-Member Price: $106

    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.



    • June 04, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL at the Manitou Art Center
    • 6
    Register