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2018 Midwest Fiber Festivals

January 1 - December 31

Do you enjoy going to a fiber festival, taking a class, or watching stock dogs herd sheep?  Midwest Fiber Arts Trails gathered a list of events including yarn crawls, conferences, sheep producers events and more. All take place throughout 2018. If you have an event and would like it to be included on this list, please contact me.  Email: jennifer@fiberartalmanac.com For the full list, click here: 2018 Midwest Fiber Festivals and Farm Tours Cover yarn hand dyed by Alainn Yarn, St.…

Hennepin History Museum: From Underwear to Outerwear

March 23 - September 15

(Minneapolis, MN) -- Hennepin History Museum: From Underwear to Outerwear Record-breaking winter temps don't frighten Hennepin County residents - we're used to it. Ever since George Munsing took the itch out of long underwear, we know how to bundle up in style. Join us for this sweeping exhibition showcasing the depth and breadth of wearable items from the Museum's collections. See elaborate society gowns, early ready-to-wear from county seamstresses and department stores, uniforms and workwear, historic lingerie, and outerwear that ranges…

Stitching Histories: From the Holocaust

April 8 - September 16

(Milwaukee,  WI) -- Stitching Histories: From the Holocaust After traveling to venues across the country, this highly acclaimed original exhibit returns to Jewish Museum Milwaukee. With this reinstallation, JMM is expanding the discussion around immigration and cross-continental communication, including two new stories of families attempting to flee the Holocaust. At its core, Stitching Histories From the Holocaust tells the story of Hedwig Strnad and her husband Paul through the letters to their Milwaukee cousin and the dress designs they sent in the hopes…

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence

May 12 - September 17

(Cedar Rapids, IA) -- Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence This exhibition showcases a form of bead art developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The six featured artists call their “paintings in beads” ndwangos. The Ubuhle women work on a black background fabric, and by stretching this textile like a canvas, they transform the flat cloth into a contemporary art form colored with Czech glass beads. Ubuhle means “beauty,” and it…

Historic Indian Agency House: New Monthly Quilt Exhibits

May 15 - October 31

(Portage, WI) -- Historic Indian Agency House:  New Monthly Quilt Exhibits Each month from May through October, HIAH will feature a new quilt exhibit in its Museum. Quilting clubs, guilds, and other groups encouraged to visit. More details will be available as we get closer to event, please watch our Facebook page.  

Music and Movement: Rhythm in Textile Design

May 18 - October 28

(Chicago, IL) -- Music and Movement: Rhythm in Textile Design A tapestry that depicts a violin fractured by vibrations as it produces a sonata, a printed fabric that illustrates the bright experimentations of jazz, a gift-wrapping cloth that portrays graceful and elegantly attired dancers moving in a procession—each of these works offers a small window onto the various ways visual artists engage with, interpret, and express rhythms. Understood here as a repeated pattern of sound or movement or a harmonious sequence,…

Dubuque Museum of Art Craft Invitational

June 2 - September 9

(Dubuque, IA) - Handmade Craft Invitational Handmade Craft Invitational Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art. Sponsored by Premier Bank, McGraw Hill, and Humanities Iowa. Featuring functional objects in wood, ceramic, glass, leather, metal, and fiber arts. MFAT Cedarburg Spur Artist Laura Weber will have two of her handmade baskets included in the DUMA Craft Invitational. Weber's work is varied, ranging from strictly functional to sculptural. "Wonky " is a small lidded piece with colorful, playful embellishments. "Letting Go" is organic…

The Summer of Stitch, Stitch, Stitch

June 4 - August 18

(Minneapolis, MN) -- The Summer of Stitch, Stitch, Stitch Monday, June 4 – Saturday, August 18, 2018 Artist Reception, Thursday June 7, 5:30 – 7:00PM Artists Susan Moss and Susan Brandeis will be present. They will speak about their work to the audience, beginning at 6:15PM Arriving and parking for the reception: • We are located across the street from the Prospect Park Green Line light rail stop and in proximity to a Nice Ride Station. • Parking is available in…

WMQFA Presents: 13th Quilt Nihon

June 21 - September 23

(Cedarburg, WI) -- WMQFA Presents: 13th Quilt Nihon This traveling international exhibit features highlights from the acclaimed 2015 international quilt competition.  This biennial exhibition is the largest international quilting contest in Japan and one of the most prestigious in the world. It is sponsored by the JHIA, a group promoting handcrafted arts in Japan for over 40 years. Winning quilts from their traveling exhibit were first presented at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, and is broken down into two categories,…

Gudrun Sjödén — A Colourful Universe

July 27 - October 28

(Minneapolis, MN) -- Gudrun Sjödén  — A Colourful Universe Gudrun Sjödén, considered the godmother of Swedish fashion, is a renowned textile designer and entrepreneurial force whose boldly feminine collections are inspired by nature and Swedish folk motifs. This American Swedish Institute collaboration with Sjödén examines her career and inspirations through a visually striking exhibition that shares her original watercolors and archival constructed catalogs. ASI's 2018 exploration of The Handmade focuses on master makers, the work they create and the global movements they have inspired, opening…

Knitting and Needlework Group at Hibbing Library

August 16 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 3:00pm on day First of the month, repeating until August 16, 2018

An event every month that begins at 3:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until August 16, 2018

(Hibbing, MN) -- Knitting and Needlework Group New Summer Hours: 3-5. Join us every first and third Thursday of the month to share and learn tips, talk, and enjoy the fun while you do your craft of choice. Bring whatever project you’re working on, drop in, and join the group! Some supplies will be provided, but bring what you will need for your project. Donations of knitting, embroidery, and sewing supplies are very much appreciated. Drop them off at the front…

Quilt Story Traveling Roadshow

August 17 - August 18

(Cedarburg, WI) -- Quilt Story Traveling Roadshow NO MORE ANONYMOUS QUILT MAKERS!  August 17 & 18, 2018 Join Amy Milne, Executive Director of the Quilt Alliance as she brings the Traveling Road Show to the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts on August 17 & 18, 2018 to present a program called “No More Anonymous Quilt Makers!” The Quilt Alliance initiative is focused on spreading information and inspiration on labeling, photographing and videotaping quilts, their stories and makers, which is a…

South West Yarn Quest: Scavenger Hunt

August 17 - August 18

(Twin Cities and Northfield, MN) -- South West Yarn Quest: Scavenger Hunt South West YarnQuest It's a Yarn-Lover's Scavenger Hunt! Five great shops in five great towns have gotten together to offer a new kind of fiber-fun: a scavenger hunt!  On August 17th & 18th we'll open at 9am each day and have custom-dyed yarn from Lavender Lune, exclusive new patterns to go with it, and a chance to win a fabulous Grand Prize! You can see the full list of Rules & Guidelines at this link.  More…

Embroidery Club at The Electric Needle

August 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 18, 2018

An event every month that begins at 6:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 18, 2018

(Madison, WI ) -- Embroidery Club at The Electric Needle Join us once a month ( Third Tuesday of the Month) for a hands on class featuring some of the wonderful things that can be done on an embroidery machine. This class is open to any current embroidery machine owner or anyone interested in trying an embroidery machine. Each class will highlight a technique, include written instructions and an embroidery design. June- curling iron caddy A kit is available from…

weaving class at WMQFA

Beginning and Overshot Weaving with Catherine Jautz Bailey

August 22 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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One event on September 13, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on October 25, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on November 16, 2018 at 9:30am

(Cedarburg, WI) -- Beginning and Overshot Weaving with Catherine Jautz Bailey Beginning Class "Sample the Satisfaction of Weaving: Not Your Grandmother's Rag Rugs!" 2018 Dates all 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. Thursday, July 19, 2018 - This Class is Full Wednesday, August 22, 2018 Thursday, September 13, 2018 Thursday, October 25, 2018 Friday, November 16, 2018 Beginning Class Description:  Catherine will help you to complete a small mat in a color of your choice in one lesson. You will learn to…

Sip and Sew at The Electric Needle

August 22 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 10:00am on day Second of the month, repeating until December 19, 2018

An event every month that begins at 10:00am on day Fourth of the month, repeating until December 26, 2018

(Madison, WI) -- Sip and Sew at The Electric Needle Come and sew in an inviting atmosphere with other sewists. Much like an open sew, bring your current project and your sewing machine. Come with friends or make new ones. Reservations required. Bring your project and your sewing machine and supplies.

Knit with dMarie at the Blue Spoon

August 29 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:00pm on day Last of the month, repeating until December 26, 2018

(Prairie du Sac, WI) -- Knit with dMarie at the Blue Spoon Join us on the last Wednesday of each month at the Blue Spoon Cafe in the River Room!  Bring a friend or meet new ones.  Every craft is welcome! Join our show and tell, win some door prizes donated by DMarie Knit and Fiber, LLC and enjoy great food! No RSVP needed!  Just show up!

Club Indigo with Jen Falkowski

September 2 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 11:00am on day First of the month, repeating until December 2, 2018

(Madison, WI) -- Club Indigo with Jen Falkowski If you have ever taken a dye class with Jennifer Falkowski you are welcome to join Club Indigo. Jennifer will open up her indigo vats on the first Sunday of every month in the dye studio at the Electric Needle from 11 am to 3 pm. This is NOT a class. Jennifer will be dyeing but will be happy as always to give you her advice. If you want to work in shibori…

Art to Wear 2 at The Crossing Arts Alliance

September 7 - September 29

(Brainerd, MN) -- Art to Wear 2 at The Crossing Arts Alliance A showcase of wearable art made by area artists using a variety of approaches. This show prioritizes creativity over practicality and highlights pieces made from traditional and non-traditional materials. On display in The Crossing Arts Gallery Sept 7 - Sept 29. Free and open to the public. This will be the exhibit in our gallery during the Weaving Waters Fiber Arts Trail Tour.

2018 Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival

September 7 - September 9

(Jefferson, WI) -- Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival: Beyond Yarn Spend the weekend at the Midwest’s premier sheep and wool festival and celebrate the diversity of sheep, the fiber they produce and the renewable products that they provide. Three days filled with entertainment, shopping and education at one of Wisconsin’s finest fairgrounds, midway between Milwaukee and Madison, just south of I-94. Come to Jefferson prepared to shop! The Country Store will feature over 130 exhibitors from across the country, offering…

Bobbin Lace Making Demonstration at NCSML

September 12 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 11:00am on day Second of the month, repeating until December 12, 2018

(Cedar Rapids, IA) -- Bobbin Lace Making Demonstration See members of the Doris Southard Lace Guild demonstrate this beautiful craft. Demonstrations take place at the museum each month on the second Wednesday in Rozek Grand Hall.

Hooked Fish Stringer Class

September 13 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 10:00am on day Second of the month, repeating until December 13, 2018

(Mahtomedi, MN) -- Hooked Fish Stringer Class Join us for this new monthly class! Monthly Native fish hooking pattern with specially dyed wool. Rug hook some trophy fish! Can’t wait to dye some wonderful wool for you to form a trophy of a stinger. This class runs each month January through December, 2018. Future dates:  Feb 8, Mar 8, Apr 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, Aug 9, Sept. 13, Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 13. Great group to join!!  $45 includes monthly pattern and wool.

2018 Northland Needlers Quilt Show

September 14 - September 15

(Kansas City, MO) -- 2018 Northland Needlers Quilt Show Come see 100+ quilts on display, a special exhibit of guild members family heirloom quilts. Visit the vendors in our market place and the Silent Auction of miniatures and small quilts with proceeds that will benefit Hope.wrx. Tea room will provide lunch each day and benefit Salvation Army.

Whimsical Selfie Quilt with Laurie Ceesay

September 15

(Cedarburg, WI) -- Whimsical Selfie Quilt with Laurie Ceesay Create a selfie quilted wall hanging using Laurie Ceesay’s whimsical pattern and a raw edge fused applique technique. Lots of hairstyles, eye glasses and clothing styles (including Halloween, Santa Hats and Steampunk!) to personalize your special quilt. Two small borders frame the project. Finished size: 17” square. About Laurie Laurie Ceesay is an art quilter, educator, hairdresser and quilt pattern designer. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from UW-Stout, Menomonie, WI, in Clothing,…

Ripping the Seams: Unique and Activist Fibre Art

September 19 - October 27

(New York Mills, MN) -- Ripping the Seams: Unique and Activist Fibre Art Gallery Reception on Saturday, Sept 22 5-7pm Live Music Light Refreshments Cash Bar FREE | Open to All This show features regional fibre artists on the cutting edge of the fibre art world. Many artists explore the boundaries of fibre art and how issues such as motherhood, gender, domesticity, creation, queer issues, (and more) intersect art and life. Also featuring the debut exhibition of an original 1800s antique…

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