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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

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

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

    Student supply list:

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

    heavy fork,

    a variety of yarns you would like to use up,

    scissors,

    notebook and pencil for notes.

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

    Member Price: $100

    Non-Member Price: $115

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

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



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

    Instructor: Melanie Audet

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

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

    Student supply list:

    Apron

    Notebook

    Binder

    sleeve protectors

    label stickers

    pen/pencil

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

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

    Class Level: Fascination

    Member Price: $113

    Non-Member Price: $129


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


    Curious about weaving but not ready to invest in your own equipment? This class is just right for experiencing the joy of weaving. With Mary Madison, you will learn the basics of weaving on a rigid heddle loom and at the end of the day take home your very own handwoven scarf.

    Materials fee: $10

    Duration: 4hrs

    Class Level: Fascination

    Member: $60

    Non-Member: $70

    Instructor: Mary Madison 


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

    Have you ever wondered how bands of fabric for belts, guitar straps, purses or wall hangings are made? Come explore the world of Warp-faced Band Weaving. You will learn how to read an Inkle Weaving draft, warp an Inkle loom and weave a piece of warp faced fabric.
    Student Supply List:  Students should bring notebook and pen for writing notes.
    Material Fee:  $20, includes equipment rental
    Class Level: Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels. The student may, however, be required to have a basic skill or have taken a certification class. For example, for a flat-pattern drafting class one need not know anything about flat-pattern drafting but should have a basic understanding of the sewing machine. Any prerequisites will be listed in the class description.
    Member: $45
    Non-Member: $55 

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

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




    • February 21, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West
    • 7
    Register


    Stitching and beading on silk ribbons and fibers lighter than air seems impossible but these ephemeral thread lace embroideries are quite simple to create…but, shush...let’s keep that little bit to ourselves and let everyone think we have special fairy stitching talents.

    In this class we will create these magical embroideries with free motion sewing machine stitching and simple hand embroidery stitches. This class is suitable for beginners and up. Basic familiarity with machine stitching required; some hand stitching experience is helpful.  Even if you have never done any free motion sewing you can do this.

    Material Fee: $5  for specialty stabilizers for your project

    Supplies to bring:

    For this class you will want to decide in advance what colors you want to play with and choose your supplies based on those colors. You only need small amounts of a variety of the suggested fibers, fabrics and yarns. 

    • Fibers: silk, wool or acrylic loose fibers or bulky yarn
    • Fabrics:  you may want some small pieces of silk, linen or cotton fabric to add to your piece.
    • Thread: You will want a variety of threads to choose from; cotton, rayon, polyester, metallic, holographic. You do not need all of these different types. Bring threads that will blend as well as contrast with your fibers and fabrics.
    • Yarns: A selection of medium and fine yarns, woven yarn tapes, and narrow ribbon in your chosen color palette. You do not need one of each type I listed. 
    • Needles: Large chenille needle for hand stitching and size 90 embroidery needle for machine work.

    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 Price: $85

    Non-Member Price:$95

    Instructor: Liz Kettle

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




    • February 22, 2020
    • February 23, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West Innovation Lab
    • 8
    Register


    Instructor: Julia Bannerot

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

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

    Materials fee: $25 for fiber reactive dyes and fabrics

    Student supply list:

    Dust mask

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

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

    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.



    • February 25, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West
    • 4
    Register

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

    Materials fee: $15

    Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    Class Level: Fascination.  beginners welcome

    Member: $60

    Non-Member: $70

    Instructor: Mary Madison

     


    • February 25, 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.





    • February 26, 2020
    • February 29, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West
    • 2
    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.


    • February 27, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West
    • 5
    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.

    Materials fee: $25

    Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    Number of hours for class: 4 hrs

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $60

    Non-Member Price: $70


    • February 28, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Textiles West
    • 8
    Register


    Do you love learning new things?

    Is the learning experience even more fun with friends?

    AND to top it all off, what if there was wine involved?

    Join us for the Textiles West Wine Series where we explore new skills among friends while sharing a glass.

    We will meet the 4th Friday of every month for this fun event. Put it on your calendar and gather your friends for a great night out. The parties (oops, learning times) will be hosted by our amazing Textiles West teachers.

    February 28, 2020 - Jump into free motion thread painting and stitch up a bunch of Spring posies! Make a collage card or a small artwork ready for framing and have a few extra for another project!

    No experience necessary...we mean it! 

     Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    5:30 – 8:30pm, once a month.  Come over right after work and there will be plentiful snacks


    • February 29, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West Innovation Lab
    • 6
    Register



    Instructor: Ruth Chandler

    Class Description: Arashi  (or "storm") shibori is what we have come to call pole dyeing. In this class you will delve into many arashi techniques and also learn a few Bomaki (folded and wrapped on poles) shibori patterns. Bring all those beautiful natural fabrics that you have been hoarding and join us in a day of shibori exploration that will leave you addicted to indigo arashi!

    Materials fee: $40

    Student supply list:

    Natural fabrics to dye.

    Apron,

    readers if you need them.

    Wear clothes and shoes that you do not mind messing up with indigo.

    Lunch and  chocolate.

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

    Number of hours for class: 6hrs, 1 hours lunch break

    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: $85

    Non-Member Price: $95


    • March 01, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 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: $85
    Non-Member: $95
    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.

     


    • March 02, 2020
    • March 23, 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs
    • 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! * Please not there is no class Nov 26.
    Materials Fee: $20
    Student Supply list: Notebook, pencil,
    Class Level: Concentration – The student will be invited to learn more about a certain subject and be expected to have had some experience with it or have taken a prior class. These classes will probably involve several sessions. 
    Member: $100
    Non-member: $115

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

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



    • March 02, 2020
    • March 16, 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • Textiles West Innovation Lab
    • 5
    Register

    In this class, students will use different mechanical resists such as corn dextrin and potato dextrin along with surface design techniques to create texture and layers.  Students will be making samples in different fabrics to understand how these resists work and how to directly apply thickened dye with these resists, using stamps, thermofax screens and brushes. Students will walk away with a samples binder for future reference.

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

    Student supply list:

    apron

    dust mask

    gloves

    binder

    notebook

    label stickers

    pen/pencil

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

    Class Level: Fascination, pre-requisite: must have a working knowledge of thickened fiber reactive dyes

    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.



    • March 03, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs
    • 6
    Register

    Have you ever wondered how yarn is made or how a spinning wheel works? This class is for you! You will learn how to create a continuous yarn using a spinning wheel as well as fiber preparation.   If you have a spinning wheel but need to refresh you spinning skills please join use too. Wheels will be available for use at the class.
    Student Supply List:  Notebook for notes and something to write with.
    Material Fee:  $20, includes equipment rental
    Class Level:  Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels. The student may, however, be required to have a basic skill or have taken a certification class. For example, for a flat-pattern drafting class one need not know anything about flat-pattern drafting but should have a basic understanding of the sewing machine. Any prerequisites will be listed in the class description.
    Member:$45
    Non-member: $55
    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

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



    • March 04, 2020
    • March 18, 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.



    • March 04, 2020
    • March 18, 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.



    • March 05, 2020
    • April 16, 2020
    • 7 sessions
    • Textiles West
    • 8
    Register

    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 07, 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.



    • March 08, 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.



    • March 10, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West
    • 4
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    Tapestry, another form of weaving, can be complex and expensive.  It can also be simple and exciting.  This class will teach you methods that existed in Greek, Egyptian and Roman times.  You will leave the class knowing how to warp, create slits, lines, curves, joins and hatching.  All basic elements you will use in your piece. This class will prepares you to make your own art tapestry and ready to move on to more advanced tapestry classes.

    Class Level: Fascination.  beginners welcome

    Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    Member: $60

    Non-Member: $70

    Instructor: Mary Madison







    • March 12, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Textiles West Innovation Lab
    • 6
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    Get down and dirty with this immersion dyeing class that is a bit looser in approach.  Students will learn the basics of how to color fabric using a dye bath. It is a good introduction to the process of immersion dyeing, with no mathematical equations to create a reproduceable color. Color is free and loose.  Students will dye different types of fabric and yarn to see how each fiber accepts the color.    Student will walk away with color samples.

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

    Student supply list:

    Apron

    Mask

    Gloves

    Notebook

    Card stock

    Stapler/staples

    Sharpie Marker

    label stickers (optional)

    Pinking shears (optional)

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

    Number of hours for class: 4 hrs

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $60

    Non-Member Price: $70

    Instructor: Melanie Audet

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



    • March 12, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West
    • 5
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    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

    Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    Class Level: Fascination, beginning level

    Member Price: $60

    Non-Member Price: $70

    Instructor: Mary Madison


    • March 13, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Textiles West Innovation Lab
    • 6
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    Instructor: Ruth Chandler

    Class Description: Itajime Shibori is the Japanese technique of folding and clamping as a resist. It is so exciting to unfold the fabric and see what designs are created. This class will give you a working knowledge of itajime shibori that you will be able to repeat not only for indigo but for other dyes as well. Join Ruth for a day of exploration and creative dyeing!

    Materials fee: $40 includes indigo dye, all tools needed and a few pieces of natural fibers to give you a good variety

    Student supply list:

    Natural fabrics, clothing items you might want to dye.

    Readers if you need them.

    Lunch, chocolate and an adventurous spirit.

    Wear clothing and shoes that is ok to get blue.

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

    Number of hours for class: 6 hrs, 1 hour lunch break

    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: $85

    Non-Member Price: $95


    • March 13, 2020
    • March 14, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West
    • 8
    Register

    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

    Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    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?



    • March 14, 2020
    • March 15, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West Innovation Lab
    • 8
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    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.



    • March 17, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West
    • 3
    Register


    Curious about weaving but not ready to invest in your own equipment? This class is just right for experiencing the joy of weaving. With Mary Madison, you will learn the basics of weaving on a rigid heddle loom and at the end of the day take home your very own handwoven scarf.

    Materials fee: $10

    Location: TWN 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO

    Duration: 4hrs

    Class Level: Fascination

    Member: $60

    Non-Member: $70

    Instructor: Mary Madison 


    • March 17, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs
    • 4
    Register

    Have you ever wondered how bands of fabric for belts, guitar straps, purses or wall hangings are made? Come explore the world of Warp-faced Band Weaving. You will learn how to read an Inkle Weaving draft, warp an Inkle loom and weave a piece of warp faced fabric.
    Student Supply List:  Students should bring notebook and pen for writing notes.
    Material Fee:  $20, includes equipment rental
    Class Level: Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels. The student may, however, be required to have a basic skill or have taken a certification class. For example, for a flat-pattern drafting class one need not know anything about flat-pattern drafting but should have a basic understanding of the sewing machine. Any prerequisites will be listed in the class description.
    Member: $45
    Non-Member: $55 

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

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




    • March 18, 2020
    • March 25, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Textiles West
    • 5
    Register