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Textiles West Innovation Lab (TWIL)

 a textile makerspace created in partnership with the  Manitou Arts Center

513 Manitou Ave      Manitou Springs, CO 

Opened on July 1st, 2017, TWIL serves as a hub for all things fiber-related in the community. This space is equipped with sewing machines, floor and table looms, print tables, knitting machines and a large dye lab.  It is perfect for collaborations, bigger projects and just to get out of the house. No more dyeing in the kitchen!

Who may use this space?

  • Textiles West Members

  • Manitou Art Center Members

  • The general public

How much does it cost?

Access to the Textiles West Maker Space is available for a small monthly fee  paid directly to the Manitou Art Center

    • Textiles West Members $20

    • General Public  $30

    • Manitou Art Center Members $FREE

What is included in the fee?  Note- Certifications required for all equipment use

  • Domestic sewing machines

  • Industrial sewing machine

  • Spinning wheels

  • Drum carders

  • Dye lab

  • Dyes,  yarns, fibers and supplies are available. Please leave a supply donation. 

Can I use a large loom?

Floor Looms are an additional fee: 

Standard floor looms

        Weekly rental $25 (weekly rate includes a pro-rated MAC/TWIL fee )

        Month rental $50 

Large floor looms (AVL and Countermarch)

        2 week rental $65

        Month rental $125

What is certification?

In order to protect everyone working in the space and the equipment you must be certified to use any of the equipment in the TWIL makerspace. 

Many of our classes provide certification as part of the class. Check class descriptions to see which apply. 

If you have some experience in an area, or can’t attend a class, one of our teachers will schedule a time to certify you in the desired area or equipment. There is a fee for certification to pay our teachers which varies depending on your experience and the equipment you want to be certified in. If you are quite experienced in certain equipment we can have a chat about it and determine if fees apply. 

Dye Lab Certification: $30

Domestic Sewing Machine: $10

Industrial Sewing Machine: $30

Spinning Wheel: $20 

Drum Carder: $10

You may only use the equipment/areas you are certified in. 


looms, spinning wheels, carder, winder
all the tools you need to weave the piece you imagine.

TWIL has a selection of  5 large floor looms  You must be certified before making a reservation.


Standard floor looms:

$15 per week or $50 per month

Large floor looms (AVL and Countermarch)

$75 per half month or  $125 per month

To reserve your weaving time visit our Google appointment calendar.

Please indicate in the notes your email address and which size loom you want to reserve and the duration (week/month)

Once you reserve your time you will be invoiced for the reservation

If you do not use Google and do not want to create an account please email us to reserve your space: connect@textileswest.org

Dye Lab

no more dyeing in your kitchen!  use our fully outfitted dye lab to create beautiful fabrics and fibers.

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=textileswest.org_91ana8fjfeguv5h2s94aihs6oo%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America%2FDenverOnce you complete     certification you will have access to the state of the art dye lab, which includes:

  • Industrial Sink
  • Bullet Steamer
  • Stainless Steel Prep Surfaces
  • Induction Plates & Hot Plates
  • Utensils
  • Dye Lab Chemicals
  • Mixers & Blenders
  • Metric Scale
  • Padded Print Table
  • Stainless Steel Pots and Roasters
  • Drying Lines and Racks

To reserve the dye lab to create colorful fabrics visit our appointment calendar.

If you do not use Google and do not want to create an account please email us to reserve your space: connect@textileswest.org


domestic and industrial machines to stitch up a storm. 


We have sewing machines and sergers for you to use to create the projects you dream about. 

7 Domestic sewing machines

3 Domestic Sergers

1 Singer industrial sewing machine 

Certification required before using any machine 

email us to schedule certification

You will need to bring all other sewing supplies. We do have a very limited amount of thread available.

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Textiles West
6545 N. Academy Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 80918



Textiles West ~ TWIL
@ Manitou Art Center
513 Manitou Ave
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

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