Come and celebrate 25 years of Textile Center excellence during a special summer of workshops to guide, inspire, and grow your creative practice!

Announcing our Guest Teaching Artist Workshops for 2019

Step up your textile game in 2019 with our national and international Guest Teaching Artists—right here in Minnesota! These artist educators are highly regarded in the field of textiles and fiber for their artistic achievements and excellence as educators. Textile Center welcomes all creatives and wannabees to try something new or push the boundaries of what you already know by participating in an immersive experience with an expert in the field.

Click on any workshop title below for information and registration for that workshop. New additions to this incredible roster will be posted frequently, and first announced through our weekly Textile Tuesday E-newsletter. Email or call 612-436-0464 with questions.

Karen Morris

Millinery artist and expert Karen Morris is back this summer for 2 more workshops in what has become an impressive series of millinery experiences at Textile Center! In SINAMAY WONDERS, an intensive 2-day workshop, discover the wonders of sinamay fabric while you learn to transform this plain straw hat fabric into a spectacular material with sparkle and texture. In addition, using silk fabrics, along with sinamay and origami skills, learn more millinery tips and tricks to complete a second headpiece during the weekend.

In MILLINERY FEATHER FLOWERS, join Morris for a full day of learning how to create custom feather flowers specific to the needs of designer hats. Learn how to treat, paint, cut, and trim feathers, along with assembling poms and flowers in various ways to attach to the hat base.


  • Sat–Sun, June 8 & 9, 9:30 am–4:30 pm
  • $295 nonmember, $265 member, Earlybird through May 10 $255


  • Sat, July 27, 9:30 am–4:30 pm
  • $160 nonmember, $144 member, Earlybird through June 28 $135

Purchase both classes together & save! $370 through May 10. Click one of the classes to learn how!

Rena Wood

Join Rena Wood, winner of the Joanne Purrington Folley Memorial Award for Excellence in Needlework at Fiber Art International in 2016, for a week of stitching excellence! For students who have never touched a needle and thread or for more experienced embroiderers and stitchers looking for to expand their work, this workshop offers the time and space to get started and get down to it! Using hand-stitched lines as a way of drawing on fabric, explore how the process of stitching and the materials chosen give meaning to your work. Warm up with sketchbook and collage exercises, learn stitch techniques, experiment with new materials, and dive into different styles of hand embroidery as you develop a new vocabulary for your work.


  • Mon–Fri, June 10–14, 9:30 am–4:30 pm
  • $725 nonmember, $652 member, Earlybird through May 5 – $630


Join us for a 5-day intensive class on textile techniques for sculpture, and working with found objects!
Mon – Fri, June 24 – 28, 9:30 am-4:30 pm. Click HERE to register.
$725 nonmember, $652 member, Earlybird through May 24 – $625

Abdul Jabbar Khatri

Welcome Guest Teaching Artist Abdul Jabbar Khatri from Kutch, Guajarat, India for a special BANDHANI workshop! The Bandhani of Kutch tradition is an ancient textile art known around the world for its unique texture, patterns, and finesse of dots. Bandhani are made by tying sections of fabric tightly with thread to create hundreds of tiny dots when dyed.  Using this thread resist with natural dyes from India on your own silk shawl, experience this process in a 2-day workshop with a master artisan!


  • Sat-Sun, June 29 & 30 , 9:30 am–4:30 pm
  • $380 nonmember, $342 member, Earlybird through May 3 – $335

Special ART SPEAKS presentation, trunk show and sale of Abdul Jabbar and Sufiyan’s textiles:
Friday, June 28, 4-5 pm

Sufiyan Khatri

Join us for a special AJRAKH block printing workshop at Textile Center! Sufiyan Ismail Khatri, from Ajrakhpur, Gujarat, India, will be here to lead students through the steps in creating hand block printed textiles with natural dyes. From preparing the fabric, to applying the resist, to adding mordants to fix the dyes, to the final printing of colors, you will have a hands-on experience of every step of the process. Don’t miss this opportunity to study this 4,000 year old textile tradition with a master artisan!


  • Mon–Tues, July 1 & 2, 9:30 am–4:30 pm
  • $380 nonmember, $342 member, Earlybird through May 3 – $335

Lynda Maynard

Textile Center is thrilled to welcome back couture fitting and sewing master Lynda Maynard for two more classes this summer! Join us for FITTING SKIRTS (choose either day) and FITTING PANTS (a 2-day class). Both classes focus on fitting from muslin using a preexisting pattern with a clean silhouette (of your choosing). Learn to make the correct alterations for a perfect fit, and render a new paper pattern. Patterns will revised again if necessary, “proofed”, and ready to cut in fabric! Lynda Maynard’s passion for fashion has reached thousands through classes, publications, and online through Craftsy. Don’t miss out on these must have classes for fashion and art-to-wear design and sewing enthusiasts!


  • 2 class time options: Thurs, Aug. 1, 9 am–5 pm OR Fri, Aug. 2, 9 am–5 pm
  • Each class: $235 nonmember, $211 member, Earlybird through June 28 – $195


  • Sat–Sun, Aug. 3 & 4, 9 am–5 pm
  • $430 nonmember, $387 member, Earlybird through June 28 – $360

Chungie Lee

Welcome Chunghie Lee, traveling from Korea to be with us for 5 days in a special BOJAGI workshop at Textile Center! Students will learn traditional bojagi techniques and work to create their own pieced and sewn garment or pieced fabric during this workshop. Chunghie Lee’s approach to teaching Bojagi is to teach an appreciation of its history, usage, and its role in Korean society. Alongside the making, she encourages the application of the technique to modern interpretation. A special exhibition curated by Lee, featuring a Korean Bojagi master, will travel to Textile Center to help celebrate our 25th Anniversary summer and this special class.


  • Wed–Sun, Aug. 21–25, 9:30 am–4:30 pm
  • $725 nonmember, $652 member, Earlybird through July 12 – $625

For our out of town guests, we have lodging and accommodations available right down the street, and the Minneapolis/Saint Paul International Airport just a 15-20 minute drive away, or at the Prospect Park light rail stop (no car necessary)!
Our official hotel sponsor, the new Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton is just one block from Textile Center at 2812 University Ave SE, and offers a preferred nightly rate of 10% off the room rate for Textile Center patrons (any room). This rate includes wifi, free hot breakfast, nightly parking, fitness center, and shuttle to and from Textile Center. To receive this rate, please call the hotel’s front desk directly at 612-259-8797, and ask for the Textile Center rate(Instructions from hotel: when calling, don’t press 1 for reservations. Allow your call to be transferred to front desk. Let the attendant know you are calling for the Textile Center rate.)