Maker in Residence: Textile Art with Textiles West

Maker in Residence: Textile Art with Textiles West

Our PPLD team and our makers were disappointed that due to COVID-19, we had to cancel most of the Spring Maker in Residence classes and Create Together project hours. Luckily, Textiles West makers are very adaptable, and found a way to bring the project to you! Now you can participate and contribute towards the community project in the safety of your own home.

This project is traditionally a textile (fabric) project, but Liz and Ruth have adapted the project to use just about any materials you have at home. Get started by looking through the various PDF project patterns (see below) and reading through this tutorial PDF. This will give you a basic idea of the project, and will let you know what supplies you’ll need to get started.

Then, watch the video below to see Liz explain how to get creative and pull it all together! (Please note the video is cut off slightly at the end during the closing comments, but all of the important content is available.) Links to supplementary videos examining various stitch types are also available below.

We would love to see what you create! Post your photos on Facebook and Instagram so we can all be inspired. Tag us and use the hashtags #textileswestathome and #PPLDMIR.

If you would like to include your finished collage piece in our art installation, please bring your piece to the Library after we’ve reopened. You can drop it off at any of our libraries! Please include a note to deliver it to Amber Cox at Library 21c.


Supplementary Videos

The Makers

Textiles West's teachers are all experts who know the power of creating and understand that for many, textiles are a much more accessible art form than traditional art forms.

Liz Kettle

Liz KettleThrough her work, Liz Kettle tells tales that are personal as well as those that speak of relationship, humanity, and the earth. She chooses a nontraditional palette of fabric and stitch because she believes they connect us and draw us closer in a way that cannot be achieved with traditional art materials alone. Liz uses a variety of techniques drawing from the deep wells of quilting, mixed media collage, and paint to tell and support each unique story.

Liz is the co-founder and Director of Textiles West, a Textile Art Center that aims to inspire widespread awareness, participation, and appreciation of textile and fiber arts.

Liz is passionate about teaching and is a co-author of two books; Fabric Embellishing: The Basics and Beyond and Threads: The Basics and Beyond. She is also the solo author of First Time Beading on Fabric, Layered and Stitched and Know Your Needles. Liz has articles published in Quilters Home, Quilting Arts, Quilting Arts In Stitches and Cloth Paper Scissors Studios, and has appeared in the PBS show Quilting Arts TV.

Ruth Chandler

Ruth ChandlerRuth Chandler grew up in Japan where the vibrant color and texture of Japanese fabric, combined with the simplicity of Japanese design, caught Ruth’s attention. Ruth learned basic Sashiko from an elderly neighbor and at the age of four, and began to create and sew her own clothes at the age of ten which became an outlet for her imagination and creativity.

She made her first quilt in 1990, a queen size, hand-appliquéd and hand-quilted Hawaiian pineapple quilt, and she has never looked back. In her own unique style she loves to use new techniques mingled with the old and her work usually shows the influence of her years spent in Japan. Shibori, Boro, Sashiko, and indigo dying are her love, however she also teaches garment sewing and other classes to children and adults.

Ruth teaches locally at Textiles West in Colorado Springs, and nationally at Art and Soul Retreats. Ruth has written several articles for Quilting Arts magazine, blog posts for Havels’ Sewing, and has work published in several books. Additionally, Ruth is one of the co-authors of the best-selling book, Fabric Embellishing: The Basics and Beyond, and is the solo author of Modern Hand Stitching.

Ruth may be contacted for nationwide classes at


The video stopped @ 13:30. Does it pick up with another video to complete Liz’s project?

Hi Cindy, thanks for reaching out to us! The video does unfortunately cut off at the end during the closing comments (the recording tool that Liz used had a time limit and automatically shut off as she was wrapping up), but all of the important content is covered between the main video, tutorial PDF, and supplementary embroidery stitch videos, which are all linked above. We look forward to seeing your collage piece! If you have any additional Maker in Residence questions, please email

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