NOTE: Make and Takes, and Tours have currently been suspended until further notice, due to COVID-19. We are happy to work with you to deliver one of our digital experiences for your group, on Zoom. Let us know if you are interested!
Looking for a special activity for your book club? A corporate team building activity? An outing with your senior living neighbors? A holiday party along with shopping in our artisan shop? Family visiting from out of town? Discover Textile Center, America’s national center for fiber art. This expansive art form encompasses sewing, knitting, dyeing, felting, weaving, spinning, quilting, basketry, buttons, and more.
Tour Textile Center
Learn the fascinating histories of these textile techniques, view our innovative fiber art exhibition galleries, visit the nation’s largest circulating textile library, peruse the distinctive artisan shop, and get tactile with textiles!
$10 per person for the guided, interactive tour. Minimum: 4 people, maximum 50. Duration: 1 hour
Create Your Own Takeaway Textile
Have a hands-on artmaking experience! Try dyeing, feltmaking, or both—and design something amazing.
Each artmaking experience includes a tour. Minimum: 8 people. Duration per experience: 2 hours
|Explore the Japanese dyeing technique of shibori–the precursor to contemporary “tie-dye”–to make a vibrant silk scarf, tea towel, or bandana. Learn about the history of color, and how different tools and shaping methods create stunning patterns and designs in the fabric. Use tools in our state-of-the-art Dye Lab to apply colors and complete your unique creation.$39 per person, includes tour + takeaway / $25 per person for groups of 20+|
|Discover this ancient technique for crafting designs from a variety of wool textures, colors, and materials. Learn the amazing properties of wool, and how early civilizations used this unique process for both practical and artful purposes. Get your hands wet and felt yourself or a friend a one-of-a-kind coaster or colorful geode for use in jewelry or as a key fob.
$25 per person, includes tour + takeaway / $19 per person for groups of 20+