|Textiles Studio
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Our textiles studio is bright and airy, with skylights and a big bay window overlooking Lynden. Weavers, spinners, felters and knitters gather here for classes, workshops or individual projects. We are well equipped with various styles of looms and spinning wheels for use in classes and available for in-studio rentals, and are currently outfitting a dye studio downstairs for spring classes.  The studio is a friendly and fun place to express your creativity and learn new skills in great company.

Thursdays 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

To rent a loom, please contact textiles@jansenartcenter.org.


View all the Textiles Classes and Workshops on a calendar.


“Summer and Winter” is a traditional weave that is used for runners, clothing, blankets, rugs and more. It’s called Summer and Winter because it makes a reversible cloth, traditionally with one side light colored, the other dark.

This is just one of a five part weaving series, which includes Summer and Winter, Twill, Color and Weave, Overshot, and Lace Weaving, with Sheri Ward.


SpiNit, spinning and knitting with Chris Paul and Cynthia Poppe. This is a drop-in group, First and 3rd Thursdays every month


Explore color and design using simple weave structures, textures, and a pattern stick.

Rigid Heddle Weaving is the perfect class for the beginning weaver, hand-spinners and knitters.

DYEING in the Alley Workshop


This denim rug features hidden rose paths in a traditional Swedish weaving pattern.

The process is to cut the seams from jeans out, choose to take back pockets on or off, cut into strips with a rag cutter or by hand and then sew or glue into one continuous piece. One pair of jeans equals seven inches, so this rug at 60 inches will take about ten pairs of jeans. What a great way to upcycle your old jeans!

This is one of the Textiles Special Interest Groups. For more information contact textiles@jansenartcenter.org



The Alley Workshop is a large multi-purpose room on the lower floor. It used to be the Lynden Morgue! This amazing work space now accommodates basketry, felting and workshops like Dyeing in the Morgue.

With large sinks, heavy-duty work benches and access to a covered patio, the Alley Workshop can accommodate any discipline that needs a lot of space and has surfaces that allow for a mess.


The Jansen Art Center is excited to serve as a teaching space for artists. Our instructors are passionate about engaging the community in the arts.

Marcia Ford is a lifetime Whatcom County resident with particular interest in weaving, re-use, and artistic creation.

Donna Hunter has tried her hand at every textile medium imaginable but fell in love with felt making when she took a class in 1995. She has been teaching felt making since then – more frequently now in her retirement from Audiology. She also attends felting classes given by internationally known felters at weavers and spinners conferences.

Donna has been a member of the Whatcom Weavers Guild and the Peace Arch Weavers in Canada since 1985 and has served as President and other positions for both Guilds. She teaches in her studio near Blaine and now at the Jansen Art Center.


As a child growing up in Michigan, Joyce was encouraged in her art expression when a teacher loaned her his oils for a time and the love of creative expression was caught.

She accomplished a BA in Art and Education with advanced textile work from the University of Michigan. Joyce maintained an active weaving clientele and galleray co-ownership in Michigan before moving to Colorado.

Gifted and Talented post graduate work for the University of Northern Colorado gave opportunities to study in Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico with artists, writers and storytellers during 2 consecutive summers of Joyce’s 17 years of classroom teaching.

In retirement, pastel painting and textiles both gain radiant colors as landscapes of Colorado. Workshops include those with Tony Ortega, Jan Meyers, Susan Olgilvie, Susan Bennerstrom and several tapestry teachers.

Joyce has participated in weaving guilds and conferences in MI, CO, and WA. Acting as president in MI and now in the Whatcom Weavers Guild as Education Outreach advisor.

I learned to spin in 1980 through the classes at the Roeder Home. Since then, I have taught classes in my home to many people, taken workshops from well known instructors at weaving and spinning conferences,judged some wool shows, and had a 4-H club of young girls which was focused on spinning. They all had their own wheels and we demonstrated at different events. I have belonged to the Peace Arch Spinners and Weavers Guild and also the Whatcom Weavers Guild but am not a member of either at this time. I spin my own yarn for knitting and weaving and find it a very relaxing and enjoyable hobby. Creating a finished product from raw material is very satisfying and I love to share that experience with others!

Susan Torntore is a weaver and knitter, educator, textile curator, lecturer, and author, specializing in textile history and the cultural perspectives of textiles and clothing. She first learned to weave, in 1969, on a small rigid heddle frame loom, in a class with Adele Cahlander at the Weaver’s Guild of Minnesota. She went on to study fiber art with Walter Knottingham in River Falls WI and Karen Vanderpool at Seattle’s Factory of Visual Arts. She has taught weaving and fiber art at The Factory, Weaving Works, University of Minnesota, and University of Idaho. Although she also works on more complex looms, she still loves the intimacy and immediacy of weaving on rigid heddle. As a dyer, she explores color and pattern in yarns and textiles through natural and commercial dyes, and has designed and grown natural dye gardens for teaching and personal use. Indigo and shibori resist dye techniques, and the Japanese rag weaving technique called sakiori are favorites. Susan is a member of the Skagit Valley and Whatcom Weavers Guilds, and serves on the board of Whatcom Weavers Guild.

Sheri Ward enjoys weaving creative items for clothing and decorative pieces. She likes to explore weave structures that are new to her and discover their possibilities. She has been weaving and generally messing around with fiber for most of her adult life, off and on. She lives in Bellingham and is a member of the Whatcom Weavers Guild.

Teach a class or workshop

We are always looking for artists who are passionate about instructing. If you have a talent or skill you would like to share in a 1 day workshop, or even a 6 week class, please contact the Studio Leader: textiles@jansenartcenter.org


Cancellation & Refund Policies:

The Jansen Art Center reserves the right to cancel classes with low enrollment. If a class has not reached its minimum enrollment at least one day prior to the class start date, it will be canceled. We encourage early registration to ensure that classes reach minimum enrollment. All registrants will be notified prior to start date it is canceled.•


  • Full refunds will be issued to all participants if JAC must cancel a class due to low enrollment.
  • To cancel a registration, please contact the Registrar by phone (360)354-3600 or by email: cindy@jansenartcenter.org.
  • If you cancel your registration at least one week prior to the start of class, you will be issued a full refund.
  • If you cancel a registration less than a week prior to the class, you are entitled to a full credit that can be applied toward any JAC class.
  • Please note that this has no cash value and cannot be exchanged for any other JAC merchandise or services.
  • No refunds or credits will be given for a cancellation within 48 hours prior to the start of a class. Refunds based on special circumstances must be submitted for approval and are not guaranteed.

Registration Fee: The registration fee for each workshop or class varies. Check each class for the amount. Jansen Art Center members receive early access to registration and a 10% discount on the registration fee. Become a member and save!

Materials Fee: Some classes may require special supplies for the class project. These items may be hard to find or expensive and often the instructor can purchase “in bulk” for a lesser price. The material fee under the class description will need to be payable to the Instructor on the first day of the session. Sometimes, an instructor will provide a supply list and ask students to supply their own materials.


The Jansen Art Center strives to provide a comfortable and supportive learning environment for all students attending classes at the J. Part of this effort is to ensure that all classes are skill-level and age appropriate for attendees. Accordingly, J classes are generally classified and identified by age as follows:

  • Adult           16 years of age and above
  • Teen            13 to 18 years of a
  • Kids             Each class has a specific age range designated

In some instances, a class may be offered with a special age range designation, which would be indicated in the class description.

Prospective students may request an age-related exception for a class if their skill level and demeanor warrants. The class instructor has sole discretion in approving or rejecting such requests.  All requests for an age exception should be addressed by phone at (360)354-3600.

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact the J registrar, Cindy Wadkins, at cindy@jansenartcenter.org or (360)354-3600.

Ways to Register

Register online: Click “Add to cart” for the desired classes to begin the registration process. If you need assistance, please call 360-354-3600.

Phone registration: Call 360-354-3600. Please have your credit card, billing information and name of class ready.

Walk-in registration: Payment may be made by credit card or check in the Gallery Shop at the Jansen Art Center, Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am – 5pm.

Register early! Classes that do not meet the minimum size will be canceled. Refunds will be given for classes canceled by the Jansen Art Center and you will be notified of cancellation by phone or email.

Every time that I wanted to give up, if I saw an interesting textile, print what ever, suddenly I would see a collection.

— Anna Sui