Fall 2018

The Textile Makerspace is a reimagining of the "Digital Humanities Lab", which in fall 2018 was full of with dead and dying computers and equipment for digitizing legacy media.

A computer lab with digitization equipment and some old computers

DLCL Academic Technology Specialist Quinn Dombrowski bought a couple sewing machines out-of-pocket, pushed the comptuers out of the way, and began inviting people to come create in the space starting in winter 2019.

People using different textile methods in the Makerspace, with old computers in the background

DH-WoGeM 2019

After freeing up some more space by getting rid of the old computer equipment, the Textile Makerspace hosted a hands-on pre-conference workshop for the Text Technologies Women and Gender Minorities in DH event in May 2019.

The DH-WoGeM 2019 pre-conference workshop at the Textile Makerspace.

February 2020

Even though it was only open during lunchtime a few days a week, the Textile Makerspace had a growing number of regular visitors after being featured in a Stanford News article on campus makerspaces.

Collage of people at the Textile Makerspace showing off the things they've made

That was February 2020. And then March 2020 happened.

The Textile Makerspace sign, with a handwritten note that it is closed until further notice for social distancing.


During 2020, the Textile Makerspace became a virtual hub for library staff participating in the "Masquaraders" project, sewing cloth masks with a filtration layer for frontline library staff who had to be on campus, before better-quality masks were widely available due to supply chain issues.

Collage of masks and the Masquaraders logo

Animal Crossing: New Digital Humanities

During the mostly-virtual years of the pandemic, Quinn Dombrowski and Liz Grumbach ran a streaming digital humanities lecture series called Animal Crossing: New Digital Humanities, where people would virtually visit Quinn's Animal Crossing island and talk about their digital humanities work. The upstairs of Quinn's house, where various events were held, was a virtual Textile Makerspace.

Virtual Quinn in the virtual Animal Crossing makerspace

2022 Renovation

In fall 2022, the Textile Makerspace was ready to reopen, reinvigorated by a donation from an anonymous alum that supported the purchase of an embroidery machine, button maker, knitting needles and crochet hooks, and other supplies to serve a wider range of interests. The whole space got a furniture makeover with help from staff at the TAPS Costume Shop and Stanford Surplus.

Collage of images of the Textile Makerspace renovation

When the makerspace reopened, we started using the guestbook loom as an alternative form of metrics. We ask everyone who comes by to "sign in" with the yarn color corresponding to what has brought them in, and all visitors are welcome to use one or more colorful beads representing how they're feeling.

Textile Makerspace guestbook loom

Student staffing

In December 2022, as part of a making@stanford grant to library makerspaces, the Textile Makerspace received funding for student staffing for the first time, enabling the space to be open five days a week, during more student-friendly afternoon and evening hours.

Student staff Shaina Kaye with a t-shirt yarn bag

DLCL 203: Data Visualization with Textiles

In spring 2023, the Textile Makerspace hosted the first class of DLCL 203: Data Visualization with Textiles students. In this one-credit independent study, students can come by during any of the open hours of the makerspace to learn and practice textile method(s) with support from Textile Makerspace staff, and create a final project that incorporates data in some way.