Textile Arts Center

Textile Arts Center

Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York
(499 Reviews)

Textile Arts Center (TAC) is a NYC-based resource facility dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of textiles through creative educational programs for children and adults. At TAC, we aspire to unify the textile community and advocate for the handmade by providing accessible, skills-based classes that reinvigorate engagement with traditional crafts. Techniques like weaving, sewing, and dyeing are practical, connective, and process-driven -- common denominators for designers, artists, and creative practitioners around the world. Because these activities are so widely used, they help to foster community and bring creativity back into our daily lives. They are part of our collective history and vital to our ongoing expressions of design, art, and culture.  

We appreciate the unique values of textile arts and want to expand opportunities for new practitioners to engage with the medium. Participatory learning is the foundation of our model and enables students from all backgrounds to make meaningful contributions to a growing community of fiber artists. Workshops, courses, events, and special programs at TAC allow professionals and novices alike to explore their creative ingenuity through handcraft processes. By engaging with groups ranging from newcomers to experts, we increase the positive social impact of textile arts and nurture innovations and leadership in the field.  


Textile Arts Center was founded in 2009 in Brooklyn, NY. Its main workshop hosts youth and adult programs in a wide range of media. The Brooklyn location also houses the Artists in Residency program, and is home to Sewing Seeds, a program dedicated to the dissemination of accurate information on natural dyes.  In 2011, TAC opened the doors of its Manhattan studio, which hosts youth and adult programs, as well as textile-related events.

Reviews of Textile Arts Center

(499 Reviews)
Natural Dyeing 101 (Weekend Intensive)

Carol S.

Attended: Natural Dyeing 101 (Weekend Intensive)

Excellent class with a knowledgeable teacher. Thoroughly reviewed natural dyeing techniques and spent hours doing various types of hand dyeing. At the end of the class we each had a book of documented samples and several yards of cloth. Wonderful!!

Bead Weaving (One Day Class)

Sheri M.

Attended: Bead Weaving (One Day Class)

The class was really good ... it was my first time heading ever. Most of the class had not beaded before so a bit more instruction or demonstration or video may have been helpful to get started. But once started it was really fun.

Leather Working 101

Israel C.

Attended: Leather Working 101

It was a nice experience learning the basics of working with leather. Lix is a fun and a great teacher, now I feel confident to start fabricating my own pieces

Sewing 201: Draping

Kam W.

Attended: Sewing 201: Draping

Teacher was good. Wish that it was tailored for knits. Wish it had a goal of a final finished piece. It felt like that after this class that they would offer another class to help finish the piece I designed and had a pattern for. Although they offer studio hours other than class time, it did not have a teacher to help you along.

Large Format Marbling (Weekend Intensive)


Attended: Large Format Marbling (Weekend Intensive)

Natalie Stopka is an excellent teacher and the class was fun and interesting and productive. We accomplished a lot in one day. What a perfect way to spend a Sunday.

Bead Embroidery (One Day Intensive)


Attended: Bead Embroidery (One Day Intensive)

Very informative class. The teacher was terrific and very helpful. I’m glad I took the class and would definitely consider taking more classes.

Fabric Marbling


Attended: Fabric Marbling

Great class! Natalie was a wonderful teacher, so much fun. Learned a lot and had plenty of time to experiment with the technique. Would absolutely take another of her classes.

After Workshop: Fabric Marbling


Attended: After Workshop: Fabric Marbling

I love the class which has a lot interaction and fun. Natalie introduced in very detail and demonstrated in a proper way which is good to students.

After Workshop: Indigo Dyeing


Attended: After Workshop: Indigo Dyeing

Molly was very patient and so knowledgeable. I will definitely take another class.

Intro to Tapestry Weaving (One Day Class)

Mitchel H.

Attended: Intro to Tapestry Weaving (One Day Class)

Perfect class. The first 2/3 of the class we learned a bunch of different techniques, which we then incorporated our own tapestry to take home and finish. It was exactly what I was looking for to get started on my personal projects. Highly recommend if you're curious about how this stuff is done.

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505 Carroll St, Brooklyn, New York 11215
Textile Arts Center
Gowanus, Brooklyn
505 Carroll St
Btwn 3rd & 4th Avenues
Brooklyn, New York 11215

Teachers at Textile Arts Center

Lindsay Degen Addison Walz Adrienne Antonson Adrienne Sloane Ahna Hughes Aimee McLaughlin Alicia Scardetta Amanda Denham Amelia Reyes Andrew Benincasa Annie Egleson Barbara Pearsall Blair Wilson Brigitta Varadi Caitlyn McLaughlin Callen Zimmerman Candice Thompson Cara Piazza Caroline Kaufman Cate McLaughlin Chi Nguyen Chris Moffett Chris Claire Schipke Clare Frost Colette Aliman Constance Sepulveda Cristina Maria, Arelis & Irma Dee Clements Denise Maroney Dira Adams Elena Kanagy-Loux Elise McMahon Ellyane Hutchingson Emily Curtis Emily Fischer Emma Redmond Erin Considine Erina Schultz Etta Sandry Fay Koplovitz Fay Koplovitz FIT Professional Speakers Florence Spurling Fort Makers Francesca Capone Hae Jung Shin Hannah Schultz Helen Dealtry Ilana Kohn Isa Rodrigues James Bickham James Bickman Jamie Kepko Jamie Lau Jennie Maydew Jessica Marquez Jessica Dell Jessica Marquez and Rebecca Kelly Jodi Usher Joetta Maue i Joetta Maue Joey Casey Joey Korein John Bartlett José Picayo José Picayo Judith Caban & LinDel Sandlin Judith Grasshopper & Friends Julia Elsas Julia Silver Gordon Juliana Sabinson Kaelyn Garcia Karen Young Karin Persan Karyn Lao Kat Roberts Kate Phillips Katharine Lentini Katherine Levinton Kathleen McDermott Kathryn Malik Kathy Hattori Katie K Katrin Reifeiss Katy Fischer Kayla Carpitella Kelly Valletta Kira Baker Kira Silver Kira Silver Baker Kristen Lombardi Kristen Arnett Laura Eliason LeBrie Rich Lily Piyathaisere Lindsay Degen Linh Truong Lisa Sikorski Lix Zackeroff Liz Smith Liz Spencer Liza Sikorski Lynn Hunter Lynn Hunter Maeve Broome Malika Green Mallory Zondag Mandy Kordal Maria Biehn Mark Schuyler Mark Schuyler Matt Tommey Megan Piontkowski Megan Canning Michael Kehrlein Molly George Mr. Chris Ms. Shannon Murphy Theil N'Ketiah Brakohiapa Nadia Albertini Naomi Clark Natalie Stopka Neil Goss New Friends Nicole Asselin Nina Zilka Nina Zilka Noah Pica Olgalyn Jolly Olivia Zisman Owyn Ruck Pam Paterson Penelope Reichley Peter Lappin Peter Olsen Philip Sachs Phillip Sachs Phoebe Sung and Peter Buer PJ Cobbs Polly Fossey Poupeh Missaghi Rachel Milano Rachel Rose Rachel Miller Rebecca Ringquist Robert Fullem Sam Crow Samantha Bittman Sara Peterman Sarah Hein Sarah Bahr Scarlett Larson Sewing Seeds Staff Shabd Simon-Alexander Sheridan Black Shiva King Simone Evans Solange Roberdeau Sonia Kim Tali Weinberg Titania Inglis Toshie and Marico Chigyo Travis Boyer Victoria Manganiello Vien Le Wood Visnja Popovic Whitney Newton Whitney Crutchfield Zaida Adriana Zoe Latta
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