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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

    • November 12, 2019
    • December 03, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO 80829
    • 6

    Did you know you can spin more then just sheep’s wool using a spinning wheel or hand spindle? Come explore the joys of spinning mohair, angora, yak, alpaca, or silk. We will explore the nature of a variety of these fibers and how to spin them. Curious? Join us! * Please not there is no class Nov 26.
    Materials Fee: $20
    Student Supply list: Notebook, pencil,
    Class Level: Concentration – The student will be invited to learn more about a certain subject and be expected to have had some experience with it or have taken a prior class. These classes will probably involve several sessions. 
    Member: $113
    Non-member: $129

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

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



    • December 02, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 3
    Register

    Instructor: Pam Harrison

    Class Description: Theses lovely Reading Pocket Pillows can be given as gift to someone who is retiring, a child for a good night story before bed or a High School graduate for comfort when they leave home.  How about starting a family tradition with a Christmas themed pillow with the book, Night Before Christmas, slipped inside the front pocket.  They can also be used to place goodies in for Valentine’s Day or Easter.  The possibilities are endless!  You will be making a 16 x16 inch reading pocket pillow, and you will go home with instructions, and inspiration to make many more.


    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 sharp fabric scissors, seam ripper, pins, seam gauge and any other accessories that help you sew.  For your first pillow I suggest a themed fabric (Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s, books, tropical island, football, princes,  or something to go with your decor)  as we will not have time to decorate the front pocket in class, but I will show you tons of options for taking your next pillow to a custom level.

    16 x16 inch pillow form

    Quilters cotton or poly cotton blend fabric cut before class into the following sizes (it must be prewashed) It is advisable that you do not use a 1 way directional fabric on your first pillow.

    2 - 16” x 12” pieces for the back of the pillow

    1 - 16” x 16” piece for the front of the pillow only ½ of it will show.

    1 – 16.5” x 10” piece for the pocket of the pillow

    1 – 16.5” x 11.25” piece for the top edge an inside of pocket of the pillow

    If you would like a handle for your pillow cut a piece 2” X 10”

    A thin batting I highly recommend fusible fleece cut before class into the following sizes (no need to prewash.

    1 - 16” x 16” piece for the front of the pillow

    1 - 16” x 10” piece for the front of the pillow

    Stabilizer like SF101 Shape Flex cut before class into the following size.  No need to prewash

    1 - 16” x 10” piece for the front of the pillow

    Matching thread

    Please E mail me at colospringsasg@aol.net if you have any questions before class on supplies."

    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



    • December 02, 2019
    • December 16, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 6
    Register

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

    Student supply list:

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

    heavy fork,

    a variety of yarns you would like to use up,

    scissors,

    notebook and pencil for notes.

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

    Member Price: $100

    Non-Member Price: $115

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

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



    • December 04, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TWIL @ the Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co
    • 5
    Register

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

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

    *You MUST register for open dye



    • December 05, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs co
    • 6
    Register

    Get down and dirty and make some holiday gifts with this immersion dyeing class.  Students will learn the basics of how to color fabric using a dye bath with Fiber Reactive dyes and super basic shibori techniques. It is a good introduction to the process of immersion dyeing, and a great way to make homemade gifts for the holidays.  

    Materials fee: $25 for dyes, chemicals and min 3 scarves

    Student supply list:

    Apron

    Mask

    Gloves

    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.



    • December 07, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs CO
    • 10
    Register

    Instructor: Deb Tewell

    Class Description: Just in time for Christmas—or to keep chilly fingers toasty warm—this class will teach basic felting techniques. We will learn how to make dimensional, seamless felt and get pointers on some really fun surface designs. Each pair of mittens will reflect the colors and textures selected by the makers. No experience is necessary, but knowledge of how to lay out roving for wet felting is beneficial.

    Materials fee: $25

    Student supply list: waterproof apron (optional)

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

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

    Member Price: $85

    Non-Member Price: $95


    • December 07, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO 80918
    Register


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

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

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

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

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

    This is a free event.


    • December 08, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave
    Register

    What the heck is an a'gogo? 

    It refers to something in abundance, as much as you like, to your heart's content, galore!

    Of course we had to play on the word Indigo because this is an Indy GIVE! event

    We will have our Indigo vats  in full bloom go so you can dye gifts a' gogo so drop in and DYE with us!

    Everyone can bring one item-like a tee shirt- or a tee shirt equivalent amount of natural fiber- to dye indigo blue  with fun patterns.

    Suggested donation $15

    We will have blank silk scarves, pet bandannas,  napkins and tea towels for purchase so you can create unique gifts made by your own hands. 

    Free but please register so we have a plenty of indigo vats ready!


    • December 11, 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 


    • December 12, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 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: $80
    Non-Member: $90
    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.

     


    • December 13, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co
    • 12
    Register

    Instructor: Melanie Audet

    Class Description: In this class, students will learn some quick and easy shibori techniques to create patterns on silk scarves.  No muss, no fuss all you have to do is show up with a can do attitude and have fun.  This class is great to get your feet wet in the world of dyeing with natural dyes because all of the preliminary work is done for you.  And if this class gets your fancy, you can sign up for other natural dyeing classes to learn more. 

    Materials fee: $30 pays for min 3 scarves and dyes

    Student supply list:

    gloves

    apron

    Number of hours for class: 3 hrs

    Class Level: fascination, no pre-requisite required

    Member Price: $45

    Non-Member Price: $55


    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  with professional instructors such as Donna Brown, Catharine Ellis and Yoshiko Wada. 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.



    • December 13, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 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? Introducing, 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 alternate between our two locations and will be hosted by the different emphases of Textiles West – sewing, surface design, weaving and more! Check out the particulars of each night as the date gets closer.

     

     5:00 – 8:00pm, once a month.  Come right in after work and there will be snacks


    • December 14, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, Co 80829
    • 7
    Register
    Discover quick and fun dyeing using acid dyes and silk scarf blanks. In this introductory workshop you will create multiple silk scarves and fabric samples. Learn some basic shibori folding and wrapping techniques to create beautiful patterns. Into the dye pot they go and there the magic happens. No experience necessary.
    Materials fee:  $25includes 2 silk scarves and smaller fabrics to create samples. Dye, equipment and tools. Additional scarves will be available for purchase.
    Supply list: just bring an experimental attitude, wear dye appropriate clothing
    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: $35
    Non-Member: $40

    Instructor: Julia Bannerot

    bio:

    Julia Bannerot is a multidisciplinary artist, however she works mostly with clay and fiber. Her work explores themes of interconnection, vulnerability, and ambiguity. She grew up in Colorado Springs and received a BA in studio ceramics from the University of Northern Colorado in 2018.




    • December 15, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 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: $85

    Non-Member Price: $95

    Instructor: Melanie Audet

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


    • December 17, 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.



    • December 19, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • TWIL @ Mantiou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Manitou Springs, Co
    • 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)

    Number of hours for class: 5 hour class, one day

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $80

    Non-Member Price: $90

    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.



    • December 22, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co
    • 12
    Register

    Instructor: Melanie Audet

    Class Description: In this class, students will learn some quick and easy shibori techniques to create patterns on silk scarves.  No muss, no fuss all you have to do is show up with a can do attitude and have fun.  This class is great to get your feet wet in the world of dyeing with natural dyes because all of the preliminary work is done for you.  And if this class gets your fancy, you can sign up for other natural dyeing classes to learn more. 

    Materials fee: $30 pays for min 3 scarves and dyes

    Student supply list:

    gloves

    apron

    Number of hours for class: 3 hrs

    Class Level: fascination, no pre-requisite required

    Member Price: $45

    Non-Member Price: $55


    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  with professional instructors such as Donna Brown, Catharine Ellis and Yoshiko Wada. 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.



    • December 28, 2019
    • December 29, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Mantiou Springs Co
    • 8
    Register


    Instructor: Julia Bannerot

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

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

    Materials fee: $25 for fiber reactive dyes and fabrics

    Student supply list:

    Dust mask

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

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

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

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

    Member Price: $75

    Non-Member Price: $85

    Instructor Bio:  Julia Bannerot is a multidisciplinary artist, however she works primarily with clay and fiber. Her work explores themes of interconnection, vulnerability, and ambiguity. She references the human experience and natural systems to invite moments of reflection and challenge perceptions. Julia graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Studio Art, and an emphasis in ceramics in 2018.



    • January 03, 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.

     


    • January 04, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Textiles West North, 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Co
    • 6
    Register

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

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

    Materials fee: $15 includes everything you need

    Supplies to bring: Thimble and readers if you use them

    Class Level:  Fascination

    Member Price:  $35

    Non-Member Price: $40

    Instructor: Liz Kettle



    • January 05, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Mantiou Art Center 513 Mantiou Ave Manitou Springs, Co
    • 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)

    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.



    • January 06, 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.




    • January 06, 2020
    • January 27, 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs Co
    • 6
    Register

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

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

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

    Student supply list:

    apron

    dust mask

    gloves

    Binder

    sleeve protectors

    notebook

    label stickers

    pen/pencil

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

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $85

    Non-Member Price: $95

    Instructor: Melanie Audet

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



    • January 07, 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.



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

    Instructor:  Liz Kettle

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

    Class Level: Fascination

    5 hours

    Member Price:  $75

    Non-Member Price:  $85

    Instructor Bio: Why I Sew:

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



    • January 11, 2020
    • February 22, 2020
    • 7 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 10
    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!


    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: $220

    Non-Member Price: $227



    • January 13, 2020
    • January 27, 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • Textiles West North 6545 N. Academy Blvd Colorado springs Co
    • 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: $113
    Non-member: $129

    Instructor: Betsy Wintermute

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



    • January 16, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TWIL @ Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO
    • 6
    Register

    Get down and dirty with this immersion dyeing class that is a bit looser in approach.  Students will learn the basics of how to color fabric using a dye bath. It is a good introduction to the process of immersion dyeing, with no mathematical equations to create a reproduceable color. Color is free and loose.  Students will dye different types of fabric and yarn to see how each fiber accepts the color.    Student will walk away with color samples.

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

    Student supply list:

    Apron

    Mask

    Gloves

    Notebook

    Card stock

    Stapler/staples

    Sharpie Marker

    label stickers (optional)

    Pinking shears (optional)

    Number of hours for class: 4 hrs

    Class Level: Fascination, all levels welcome

    Member Price: $60

    Non-Member Price: $70

    Instructor: Melanie Audet

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



    • January 17, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Textiles West North 6545 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, Co
    • 8
    Register

    Class Description:

    I made my first studio prayer flag 10 years ago and every day as I enter my studio it continues to remind me of my intentions for my art and my life.  Prayer flags can be reminders like mine or pure celebrations of joy.

    This class is going to be a fast fun fabric collage experience. We will create a prayer flag string with fabric collage, paint, stamp, screen print and stitch that will delight you each time you see it and remind you of what is important.  

    Materials fee:

    $15 includes canvas base, some fabrics, use of my paint, stamps and screens for printing and fusible web,  

    Student supply list:

    Fabrics:  an assortment of fabrics in your favorite colors-any fabrics can be used. No more than a grocery bag full. You can bring some supple papers to use as well. 

    Threads: A small assortment of hand/embroidery and sewing machine threads. I will have some so if space is tight don’t bring any.

    Needles and stuff: hand sewing needles, readers, thimble and additional lighting as needed.

    Number of hours for class: 5hrs, one day

    Class Level Fascination

    Member Price: $75

    Non-Member Price: $85

    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 fabri