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Textile Conversations Members Only

A Textile Conversation: A monthly gathering for Textiles West members to share our passion for textiles and enjoy the company of fellow textile lovers. This salon will be a place for sharing ideas and current work as well as offer a place to learn and grow as a textile enthusiast or artist. Each month we will have a topic for discussion or a short presentation to get the conversation started. We will have tea available and you are welcome to bring any beverage or tasty snack as you desire.                                                       

  Meeting monthly on the 3rd Thursday 6-7:30pm  alternating locations


  • October 17, 2019 6:00 PM
    TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co
  • November 21, 2019 6:00 PM
    Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO

Class Levels: 

These guidelines are meant to help you choose the perfect class for you. 

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

Concentration – The student will be invited to learn more about a certain subject and be expected to have had some experience with it or have taken a prior class. These classes will probably involve several sessions.
 
Saturation – Students are invited to delve deeply into the subject being taught. Instructors will expect students to be very familiar with the subject and will be teaching with the intent of advancing those skills.


For all our classes be sure to bring your curiosity, a sense of playfulness and a willingness to explore!

If you aren't sure if you are ready for a class just email us and we are happy to help.


Class Policies and FAQ 

Everything you need to know!

Upcoming events and Classes

    • September 09, 2019
    • September 30, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • TWIL at the Manitou Art Center
    • 6
    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.

     


    • September 21, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 4
    Register

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

    Materials fee: $25 covers materials

    Student supply list:

    apron

    notebook

    sleeve protectors

    binder

    label stickers

    pen/pencil

    Number of hours for class: 6hrs, 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.



    • September 24, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 7
    Register

    Class Description:

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


    Materials fee: $26

     

    Student supply list: 

    2 yards of tulle netting

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

    shallow disposable aluminum pan (cookie or lasagna size)

    disposable plastic container - 16oz deli containers work well


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

     

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


    Class Level: Fascination

    3 hours


    Member Price:  $45

    Non-Member Price:  $55

    Instructor:  Liz Kettle

    Instructor Bio: Why I Sew:

    I have been intrigued with stitching since I was a child. I have never lost the feeling that something magical happens when you combine fabric and stitch. There are just so many possibilities….will this fabric want to be a bag, a journal cover, or a skirt or become part of a special story in collage? Fabric is such a malleable material. It can be draped, sculpted, textured or smooth. Stitching is so incredibly satisfying….why would anyone not sew?



    • September 25, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Textiles West 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs
    • 4
    Register


    Sew a fall gift bag that is truly a gift in itself.  Not only will you go home with this lovely bag suitable for a hostess gift, bottle of wine or bath salts you will have all the tools you need to recreate this bag in many sizes and for all occasions.

    Materials Fee: $10.00 (cash) Cover material, lining material, felt for leaves, stiffener for bag and handles and printed instructions for making gift bags in many sizes and shapes.

    Student supply list: 

    • Microtex 80/12 or Top Stitch 80/12 sewing machine needles 
    • dark brown or black 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, wonder clips, reading glasses if you need them.
    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. Don't forget to bring cords, pedal and manual

    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



    • September 25, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co
    • 6
    Register

    Instructor: Mary Madison

    Class Description: Traditionally, rug hooking involved pulling numerous narrow strips of wool through a base fabric to create a picture. Most people are familiar with these folk art pieces depicting images of Americana. We will use a similar approach except replacing strips of wool with yarn.

    Number of hours for class: 5 hrs

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $60

    Non-Member Price: $70


    • September 25, 2019
    • October 02, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Colorado springs Co
    • 6
    Register


    Instructor: Judy Cross

    Class Description: Make a pair of warm and cozy socks! This is a great class for anyone who wants to learn to make socks but who doesn’t want to struggle with small needles and skinny yarn. These socks are made on double point needles with bulky yarn so they knit up quickly.

    Students must be able to Cast On, Knit, Purl and Bind Off.

    Student supply list:

    1. 200 yards of bulky weight yarn – you can make a bulky weight by combining worsted with a thinner yarn for a tweedy effect.
    2. # 8 and 10 ½ double point needles
    3. Tape measure
    4. Scissors

    Number of hours for class: 3 hrs

    Class Level

    Member Price: $85

    Non-Member Price: $95




    • September 26, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 5
    Register


    Punchneedle is a traditional needlework craft generally focused on Americana motifs. This class is designed to use these techniques but pulled into a contemporary setting.  Your choice of a stylized design fits a 7" hoop with your choice of yarn.

    Materials fee: : $25  includes embroidery hoop, backing cloth, punch needle, threads and yarn.

    Student supply list: included in material fee

    Class Level: Fascination, beginning level

    Member Price: $75

    Non-Member Price: $85

    Instructor: Mary Madison


    • September 28, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Mantiou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Manitou Springs, Co
    • 6
    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)

    Number of hours for class: 5 hour class, 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.



    • October 01, 2019
    • October 29, 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • TWIl at Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 5
    Register

    In this class, students will learn how to dye both fabric and yarn with fiber reactive dyes using a dye bath.  This is a technical class where we will learn mathematical equations to create dye baths and to reproduce colors.   We will learn how to create a dye bath, how to create stock solutions, how to mix colors, how to recreate the same color, and how to create different depths of dye with the same color.   This class is good for those who dye yarn, such as weavers, knitters, spinners and for those using fabric, such as quilters, garment sewers and surface designers, to create their own unique colors.  In the end we will create  a color reference guide.

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

    Student supply list:

    Apron

    gloves

    Binder

    stapler

    cardstock paper

    notebook

    pen /pencil

    3 hole punch (optional)

    label stickers (optional)

    Pinking shears (optional)

    Class Level: Concentration

    Member Price: $225

    Non-Member Price: $260

    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.


    • October 02, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • TWIL @ the Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co
    • 5
    Register



    • October 03, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 9
    Register

    Instructor: Cecelia Harris

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

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

    Student supply list:

    smart phone or camera to take photos,

    a camisole to wear while trying on necklines

    Number of hours for class: 2 hours

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

    Member Price: $35

    Non-Member Price: $40


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



    • October 07, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 6
    Register

    Braiding is fascinating! We are not talking little three strand braids here but 8, 16, and 32 strand braids. This class explores how to create Peruvian sling braids using cotton cords and simple forms to help manage the cords. Students will learn how to read patterns and create them. No experience is necessary for this class.

    Materials fee: $5 to cover braiding form and cotton cord used in class.

    Student supply list:

    scissors,

    notebook and pencil

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

    Member Price: $45

    Non-Member Price: $55

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    Instructor Bio: Betsy started her exploration of spinning at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, TX in 1981 in a wheel spinning class taught by Doris Glenn. By then end of the 6 week class she had purchased her first spinning wheel. In the years since Betsy has share spinning with both adults and children and has studied with spinners across the country including Rita Buchannan, Ed Franquemont and Joanne Ruane. She has expanded her knowledge to include a variety of forms of spindle spinning and how to spin a vast array of fibers from both animals and plants. The learning continues.



    • October 08, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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 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 dark brown or black all-purpose sewing thread,

    -sharp fabric scissors,

    -seam ripper,

    -pins,

    -seam gauge

    - any other accessories that help you sew.

    - Optional- Task light for sewing area if desired, wonder clips, reading glasses if you need them.

    Number of hours for class: 2 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: $35
    Non-Member price: $40
    Instructor: Pam Harrison


    • October 08, 2019
    • October 22, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO 80829
    • 6
    Register

    Did you know you can spin more then just sheep’s wool using a spinning wheel or hand spindle? Come explore the joys of spinning mohair, angora, yak, alpaca, or silk. We will explore the nature of a variety of these fibers and how to spin them. Curious? Join us!
    Materials Fee: $20
    Student Supply list: Notebook, pencil,
    Class Level: Concentration – The student will be invited to learn more about a certain subject and be expected to have had some experience with it or have taken a prior class. These classes will probably involve several sessions. 
    Member: $113
    Non-member: $129

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    Bio: Betsy started her exploration of spinning at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, TX in 1981 in a wheel spinning class taught by Doris Glenn. By then end of the 6 week class she had purchased her first spinning wheel. In the years since Betsy has share spinning with both adults and children and has studied with spinners across the country including Rita Buchannan, Ed Franquemont and Joanne Ruane. She has expanded her knowledge to include a variety of forms of spindle spinning and how to spin a vast array of fibers from both animals and plants. The learning continues.



    • October 09, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Textiles West North
    • 8
    Register

    Join us for Open Sew because sewing with friends is always more fun. 

    Do you have a project to finish and need to use one of our machines or table space? Or, do you just want to get out of the house and visit with other makers and sewing enthusiasts while you sew?  You will have access to our sewing machines, sergers, cutting and ironing stations. We will have a staff member available to help with small problems and answer questions if you get stuck. This is not a teaching time or a time for more thorny issues of fit or construction.  Hand and machine sewing projects welcome. Please bring your fabric, notions and supplies appropriate for your project. You must register for this class ahead of time so we can adequately prepare our studio.


    $3 hours $30 


    • October 10, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 8
    Register

    Textiles West invites you and your community to be a part of our first community project!

    Share your story, your culture or your favorite experiences of the Pikes Peak Region. 

    Be a part of a textile installation that represents the diversity of cultures within our local communities.

    Join the conversation and let your panel speak volumes!

    Individuals and small groups, organizations and businesses can create Pojagi panels using fibers, fabrics, thread, trims and embellishments. We will show you how easy it is. 


    The Tradition:

    A Bojagi also spelled Pojagi, is a traditional Korean wrapping cloth. Traditional Korean Folk religions believed that keeping something wrapped protected good luck.  Food was often present under a bojagi cloth. They were also used for transporting items.

    Bojagi were originally made from worn out clothing or leftover bits from other sewing. Fibers used were cotton, silk and ramie. Ramie is a fiber made from Chinese nettle also known as China Grass.  Ramie is older than cotton and was considered a luxury fabric for the working class. Silk and treasured embroidery bits from a sleeve or neckline were often preserved and recycled into these new beautiful wrapping cloths.

    The Supplies:

    For our project you can use clothing, new fabric, vintage fabric, fiber scraps from any other project. If you need supplies contact us and we will help! Traditionally fabrics used are sheer and crisp but that isn’t a requirement. We encourage the use of clothing and upcycled fabrics.


    • October 10, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 13
    Register

    Join Betsy Wintermute and Amy Kloster for an informal Spin-In at our inspiring space at the Manitou Art Center, TWIL. Bring your wheel or spindle and a current project, or purchase some bargain fiber from us. We have a large selection of wool, alpaca, and blends- all priced at around $1/oz.!


    Spinners of all levels of experience are welcome. Please register on our website for free so we know how many spinners to expect.

    In lieu of a fee, we would love if you brought some light refreshments to share, but it is not a requirement.


    We are looking forward to spinning with you!


    Student Supply list: Hand spindle or spinning wheel.


    Instructors: Betsy Wintermute and Amy Kloster


    • October 11, 2019
    • October 16, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 6
    Register


    Instructor: Cecelia Harris

    Class Description: This dress is effortless and perfect for any occasion whether going to the grocery store or attending a meeting. Style it with tennis shoes or leggings and boots. Students should have experience with a sewing machine and either taken Sewing 101 or made a simple project like a pillow. The first of two sessions will concentrate on measuring, fitting and cutting out. The second session we will construct our garment.

    Materials fee: $2 for drafting paper and serger threads

    Student supply list:

    The Patricia Rose dress pattern available on Amazon as a paper pattern or www.stylearc.com in a digital form (digital patterns should be taped together but not cut out),

    Required fabric yardage and any interfacing,

    Thread to match,

    Tools and manual for your own sewing machine if you are using it. Textiles West has machines for your use.

    You may want your own fabric scissors or rotary cutter.

    Number of hours for class: 6 hours on two days; the first session is 2 hours and the second 4 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.



    • October 12, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 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




    • October 14, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs
    • 5
    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.



    • October 14, 2019
    • October 28, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Manitou Springs Co
    • 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

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

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $113

    Non-Member Price: $129

    Instructor: Melanie Audet

    Instructor Bio:  Melanie Audet is originally from the Detroit area of Michigan.  She received a BA from Albion College and a  BFA from the Oregon College of Art and Craft. She is the owner and proprietor of Melanie Audet Limited Editions.  Her love for textiles is more of a compulsion and she loves to share this passion with others.


    • October 15, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blve Colorado Springs Co
    • 8
    Register

    Class Description:

    Create a delightful collage banner to celebrate the holiday!

    Spooky or sweet this Halloween banner will fill your space with good spirits.

    Create a fabric collage background to showcase fun holiday images that you transfer onto fabric. You will learn how to create great compositions, add layers, and discover a plethora of embellishment techniques

    Your banner can be vintage and sweet or dark and spooky. 


     Materials fee: $0

     

    Student supply list: 

    Supplies:

    1.  Assorted fabrics in your chosen theme-sweet or spooky. About 4-10 different fabrics. Any fabrics can play in a collage; cotton, silk, velvet, lace, rayon, home decor- vintage or new. You only need small pieces of most fabrics and a few larger pieces that could be backgrounds.
    2. Hand sewing needles and embroidery needles (I prefer gold eye Chenille needles), sharp scissors, and thimble if desired
    3. Assorted thread: embroidery and cotton thread, metallic and specialty threads you would like to use.
    4. Assorted embellishment items with a Halloween flair such as buttons, beads, rusty bits, skeleton leaves, ephemera and old or art papers, twigs, feathers etc, ribbons, yarns, whatever is handy. No more than a gallon zip bag full

     

    Class Level: Fascination

    3 hours


    Member Price:  $45

    Non-Member Price:  $55

    Instructor:  Liz Kettle

    Instructor Bio: Why I Sew:

    I have been intrigued with stitching since I was a child. I have never lost the feeling that something magical happens when you combine fabric and stitch. There are just so many possibilities….will this fabric want to be a bag, a journal cover, or a skirt or become part of a special story in collage? Fabric is such a malleable material. It can be draped, sculpted, textured or smooth. Stitching is so incredibly satisfying….why would anyone not sew?



    • October 17, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co
    • 20
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    A Textile Conversation:

    A monthly gathering for Textiles West members to share our passion for textiles and enjoy the company of fellow textile lovers. This salon will be a place for sharing ideas and current work as well as offer a place to learn and grow as a textile enthusiast or artist. Each month we will have a topic for discussion or a short presentation to get the conversation started. We will have tea available and you are welcome to bring any beverage or tasty snack as you desire.

    Our topic will be, what do you want to learn?

    This event is free for Textiles West members

    Please register to let us know if you plan on coming...and don't forget to bring what you are working on!

    • October 18, 2019
    • October 19, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado springs CO
    • 8
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    Class Description:  Layered and Stitched 

    Collages tell the wonderful stories of us. We take bits of our history, the minutia of our daily lives, snips of memories, moments in time and lay them out to tell our story. We will use fabric, images, paper, stitch and our hearts to tell our unique story. 

    In this class, you will create a standing accordion book or a fabric book. You are welcome to create a wall piece if you prefer. We will begin by learning some basic design and composition skills and discuss the use of symbols and imagery to help tell our personal story. I will share with you my tools for overcoming the worry of where to start. You will create 3 or 4 beautiful mixed media collages that make up your book…share your history…tell your story. 

    We will explore image transfer techniques (including one developed by Liz), learn how to combine fabric, paper and other textures into the luscious layers of an intricate collage. We will investigate different ways to attach the bits and pieces of our history.  Stitching and embellishments are important to telling our personal story and a whole lot of fun! I have a plethora of embellishing techniques to share with you to help make your story come alive.

    Materials fee: $20

    Student supply list:

    Theme: The most critical starting point for your book is your theme. Your theme can be a person, place, thing or idea, emotion, color.  

    Fabrics:  Bring a grocery bag full of any fabrics that speak to your theme. There are no rules on the type of fabric you should bring. Cotton, silk, satin, vinyl, drapery, polyester, upholstery, leather, denim, vintage clothing, organza, lace, lutradur…can all be considered! The more variety you have the better BUT do not bring more than will fit in a paper grocery bag.

    For the accordion book…If you want to use the same fabric as the base on every page you will need about ½ yard

    Thread: A small assortment of decorative and/or utility threads. They should go with your theme as well as your colors.

    Stabilizers: light weight tear away stabilizer like Stitch-N-Tear

    If you want to make an accordion book: 1 yard of a heavy duty stabilizer like Peltex 72 or Fast 2 fuse. (available for purchase)

    Basic Sewing Kit: scissors, rotary cutter, small cutting mat, (if you want your own) hand-sewing needles, thimble, whatever you rely on for general sewing tasks.

    B  we have machines for class use but if you want to bring yours, be sure it is in good working order with all of your feet and attachments. Bring an assortment of sewing machine needles. Be sure to include a size 90 embroidery needle.

    Images: We will be exploring image transfers. I will bring a wide variety of images to play with. Please bring images you want to use on your laptop computer or on a flash drive. If you are using original photos please scan them first if you can.


    OPTIONAL SUPPLIES:

    Total embellishments should not be more than a grocery bag full:

    Embellishments: There are no rules on embellishing: ribbons, vintage spoons, tree branches, old keys, beads, buttons, silk flowers, rick-rack, feathers, metal washers, bottle caps, rulers, toys, leaves, small stones…you get the point. Choose anything that speaks to your theme or anything that just seems interesting. Consider yourself a magpie gathering up treasures for your nest. 

    Paper: Ephemera, scrapbook papers, chocolate wrappers, tissue paper, art papers…same as with the fabrics bring what seems like it might go with your theme or simply says pick me!

    Rubber Stamps and stamp pads: Images that relate to your theme. The best stamps for using on fabrics are fairly simple in design and deeply etched

    Number of hours for class: 12hrs   2 days 10-5

    Min number of students:  3

    Max number of students: 8

    Class Level: Fascination

    Member Price:  $150

    Non-Member Price: $170

    Instructor: Liz Kettle

    Instructor Bio:

    Why I Sew:

    I have been intrigued with stitching since I was a child. I have never lost the feeling that something magical happens when you combine fabric and stitch. There are just so many possibilities….will this fabric want to be a bag, a journal cover, or a skirt or become part of a special story in collage? Fabric is such a malleable material. It can be draped, sculpted, textured or smooth. Stitching is so incredibly satisfying….why would anyone not sew?



    • October 19, 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • October 20, 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 12
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    In this two day, twelve hour, design workshop we will look at tapestry weaving from all angles exploring the marriage of materials, processes, and ideas. What we create as tapestry weavers is unique to our craft. Materials speak to us as we respond within the format of our processes. We also work within a cultural and historic context that feeds us emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. Tapestry is also a celebration of the human hand and spirit and is not machine adaptable. We are reminded of our humanity as we engage with our materials directly.

    The format of this workshop will include a series of design experiments that relate directly to the processes that we use to create tapestry. As weavers we are constantly reminded of the linear nature of working as we weave our way down the warp. Often times the shapes and colors we use are a series of actions and reactions as we create a composition. Within this spontaneity we use cartoons to control specific images.

    Formally, we will look at the elements of design and how they can come together to create a vocabulary for telling a story or expressing an idea. Our language is visual so how do we spell out words using color and form. Students will leave this workshop with a series of design projects that will lead them up to the threshold of their next project on the loom.

    Materials fee: $20 Lab fee

    Student supply list: TBA

    Class Level: Concentration, Saturation

    Member Price:$190

    Non-Member Price: $210

    Instructor: David Johnson

    Instructor Bio:  David produces pictorial tapestry, representational work, as well as pattern oriented work as demonstrated in his Echo Series of tapestry woven carpets. Pictorial works often address social, political, and spiritual themes. David says he views his art as a form of visual communication carrying a message in a way that transcends language. The Echo Series pieces are purely about form and design. These works are intended to function as art on walls or as floor coverings. 

    As a workshop instructor, David has taught workshops in tapestry weaving throughout the United States. Recent teaching includes workshops at the Denver Art Museum, “BreckCreate” in Breckenridge, Colorado and the Intermountain Weavers Conference in Durango, Colorado. Exhibitions include Gender Bend: Women In Wood, Men At The Loom at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts.


    • October 21, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 6
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    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

    Hours: number of hours for class Specify if it is multiple days or multiple weeks: 4 hours on a single day, 9 - 1

    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.



    • October 21, 2019
    • November 11, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 6
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    3D weaving is just that. It is weaving in 3 dimensions by putting a warp on a container from cardboard box to round bottle. Students will learn how to warp their container and then weave using a variety of hand manipulated weaving techniques. This is an ideal project to use left over yarn on and to recycle one of those small boxes that come in the mail. Students need no weaving experience.

    Student supply list:

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

    heavy fork,

    a variety of yarns you would like to use up,

    scissors,

    notebook and pencil for notes.

    Class Level Concentration – The student will be invited to learn more about a certain subject and be expected to have had some experience with it or have taken a prior class. These classes will probably involve several sessions.

    Member Price: $100

    Non-Member Price: $115

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

    Instructor Bio: Betsy started her exploration of spinning at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, TX in 1981 in a wheel spinning class taught by Doris Glenn. By then end of the 6 week class she had purchased her first spinning wheel. In the years since Betsy has share spinning with both adults and children and has studied with spinners across the country including Rita Buchannan, Ed Franquemont and Joanne Ruane. She has expanded her knowledge to include a variety of forms of spindle spinning and how to spin a vast array of fibers from both animals and plants. The learning continues.



    • October 22, 2019
    • November 13, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 4
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    Instructor: Bonnie Gingerich

    Class Description: Are you tired of shopping for pants that ‘sort of’ fit?  Tired of sewing pants that ‘maybe’ fit?  Join this class and receive a custom drafted pattern just for you.  The easy-to-understand sewing instructions will have you creating your own pants in less time than it takes to shop for that illusive, ready-made, ‘perfectly-fitting’ pair of pants.  Stop by Textiles West to see the sample.

    The two-session class consists of a 1-hour fitting appointment (it usually takes less than an hour) on October 22 and a 2-hour lecture-demo session on November 13 when you will receive your custom drafted pattern and see just how easy it is to sew your own pants that fit.  In this second session we will review the construction instructions, talk about how to determine if your fabric is appropriate for pants, and see sewn samples of each step from the instruction guide.  You will also receive the notions necessary to create your first pair, and directions for changing your slack-style pant pattern to create different styles … trousers, elastic waist, etc.

    Sign up for your fitting appointment today!


    October 22 - Fitting Appointments - Call Bonnie at 719-651-9406 to schedule your 1-hour appointment.  You will need to provide your waist and hip measurement (roughly accurate-don't worry if it's not exact).

    Appointment times: 10 am; 11 am; 12:30 pm; 1:30 pm; 2:30 pm; 3:30 pm; 4:30 pm  (Available on first-scheduled basis)

    November 13 - Two-hour lecture/demo class of construction techniques to make your custom pants.

    Student supply list: Wear the undergarments and shoes you typically wear with pants to your fitting appointment.  You will be trying on a finished muslin in a size closest to your measurements. 

    For the lecture/demo bring a pen or pencil for taking notes.


    Class Level: Concentration – The student will be invited to learn more about a certain subject and be expected to have had some experience with it or have taken a prior class. These classes will probably involve several sessions.

    Member Price: $250

    Non-Member Price: $270


    • October 23, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 8
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