Trails Blog

Midwest Fiber Arts Trails: May Textile Traveler

  Dear Friends, Finally--the weather is decent outside again! I don't know about your household, but we spent last weekend cleaning the garage and opening the back porch for the season. Maybe a little early for flower planting in my neck of the woods since...

A new Fiber Arts Trail in Madison, Wisconsin

Dear Friends, Another Trail has begun! I almost said ‘another Trail was hatched’ because I always feel like they’re walking around on stick legs until they get a little more organized. We’re very lucky to have this group of fiber artists and shops. Madison is a city...

Mazomanie Knitting Mills: A Look into the Past

This story was written by Phyllis Calkins in 2017 for the Mazomanie Historical Society. Have you ever come across something that you had lost or forgotten?? ...an old photograph, letter or maybe an old coin... and, did you wonder about the lives of the people who...

Fresh Water Fiber from Michigan Fiber Cooperative

Dear Friends, To give you a little background, I frequently receive ‘Contact Me!’ emails from my website. Sometimes they are a cryptic one-liner stating, “Please list my event.” Which I’m very happy to do—if I know which event they are talking about! There’s usually a...

Watermark Art Center’s Grand Opening in Bemidji, Minnesota

In early November, I spoke with Lori Forshee-Donnay, Watermark’s Executive Director, and she shared the excitement of five years of hard work starting with organizational mission statement and identity work, outreach to underserved members of the area’s arts communities, wonderful support and long hours by many volunteers and committee members and, finally, the generosity of area residents and donors who embrace a new arts center in downtown Bemidji. All this culminates in a brand-new building with four galleries and a start on a new generation of arts programming for the region.