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November 2017

Fringe Elements

November 1, 2017 - July 1, 2018
Kent State University Museum, 515 Hilltop Drive
Kent, OH 44242 United States
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Free

(Kent, OH) -- Fringe Elements From leather strips to silken tassels, fringe takes an array of different forms. Fringe is one of the most basic forms of ornamentation on textiles since it is a natural finish for weaving. When threads of the warp extend beyond the last weft threads they create a fringe. While originally an integral part of the textile, most fringe is now applied separately to the garment. The beauty of fringe often derives from its motion. The…

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Miao Clothing and Jewelry from China

November 4, 2017 - July 1, 2018
Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404 United States
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(Minneapolis, MN) -- Miao Clothing and Jewelry from China One of the largest ethnic minorities in China, most Miao people live in the southern provinces of Guizhou, Hunan, and Yunnan. Like many cultures throughout Asia, Miao peoples employ textiles, clothing, and accessories to express their identity. For the Miao, elaborate festival costumes and silver adornments are the most important forms of visual art, and their embroidery and indigo-dyeing techniques are renowned. Clothing indicates the wearer’s age and marital status and marks…

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January 2018

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.…

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March 2018

Commemorating His Purple Reign: A Textural Tribute to Prince

March 15 - June 17
Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, N50 W5050 Portland Rd
Cedarburg, WI 53012
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(Cedarburg, WI) -- Commemorating His Purple Reign: A Textile Tribute to Prince This special exhibition celebrates the life and art of Prince through vibrant and exciting fiber art.  "These quilts are pulsating, vibrating, and alive with Prince's music," says Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, one of the nation's experts in African American quilting and juror for this exhibit. Quilt: In Honor of Prince by Betsy Shannon

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Hennepin History Museum: From Underwear to Outerwear

March 23 - September 15
Hennepin History Museum, 2303 Third Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
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(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…

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April 2018

Stitching Histories: From the Holocaust

April 8 - September 16
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
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(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…

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Playing with Purpose: Victoria Finlay Wolfe Retrospective

April 17 - July 29
Iowa Quilt Museum, 68 E Court Avenue
Winterset, IA 50273 United States
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(Winterset, IA) -- Playing with Purpose: Victoria Findlay Wolfe Retrospective Opening Reception is April 21st, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. $10 per ticket.  

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Modern Quilts – Designs of the New Century

April 29 - June 17
Dairy Barn Arts Center, 8000 Dairy Lane
Athens, 45701
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(Athens, OH) -- Modern Quilts – Designs of the New Century Modern quilts mean different things to different people. Modern quilts are utilitarian. They are art. They tell stories. They are graphic, improvisational, or minimalist. They break the rules. They make a statement. No matter the design aesthetic, modern quilts are creative expressions made with needle and thread, fabric, and time. Experience the power of modern quilts firsthand in this exhibit of innovative and inspiring quilts that represent the best modern…

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May 2018

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence

May 12 - September 17
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Point SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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(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…

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Historic Indian Agency House: New Monthly Quilt Exhibits

May 15 - October 31
Historic Indian Agency House, 1490 Agency House Road
Portage, Wisconsin 53901
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(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.  

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Alainn Yarn Trunk Show at Needle and Skein

May 17 - May 24
Needle and Skein, 5814 Excelsior Blvd
St Louis Park, Minnesota 55416
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(St. Louis Park, MN) -- Alainn Yarn Trunk Show at Needle and Skein Needle and Skein is hosting a trunk show for Alainn Yarns. Stop by to see my beautiful yarns showcased in this lovely yarn shop in St Louis Park, MN. This is a great chance to see Stephanie Showalter's yarns if you haven't been able to at a festival.

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Heidi Parkes Exhibition at Blue Bar Quilts

May 17 - July 14
Blue Bar Quilts, 6333 University Ave
Middleton, WI 53562 United States
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(Madison, WI) -- Heidi Parkes Exhibition at Blue Bar Quilts In my work, I create a scaffolding of fabric, piecing, and quilting that allows me to reference many ideas on a single plane. The raw materials are textiles from domestic culture, fashion, family heirlooms, and scavenged prints. I integrate them with fabrics that I have embroidered, stained, dyed, or designed. These materials are pieced together to create the main imagery of the quilt, like a collage. This cloth is then beset…

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Shibori Experience Class

May 26 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Saturday, repeating until June 2, 2018

The Electric Needle, 4281 West Beltline Hwy
Madison, Wisconsin 53711
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(Madison, WI) -- Shibori Experience Class No fabric dyeing experience is required. Learn the fundamentals of Japanese Shibori techniques and indigo dyeing. Shibori means to fold, clamp, stitch or in some way block off fabric to create patterns when fabric is dyed. We,ll be experimenting with a variety of shibori techniques to make beautiful patterns. Then, you,ll dye your patterned fabric in a plant derived indigo dye vat. Dress in clothes and shoes you can get stained blue. * Learn about indigo…

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Shibori Experience with Jen Falkowski

May 26 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Electric Needle, 4281 West Beltline Hwy
Madison, Wisconsin 53711
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$80.00

(Madison, WI) -- Shibori Experience No fabric dyeing experience is required. Learn the fundamentals of Japanese Shibori techniques and indigo dyeing. Shibori means to fold, clamp, stitch or in some way block off fabric to create patterns when fabric is dyed. We,ll be experimenting with a variety of shibori techniques to make beautiful patterns. Then, you,ll dye your patterned fabric in a plant derived indigo dye vat. Dress in clothes and shoes you can get stained blue. * Learn about indigo chemistry…

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Van Gogh Cherywood Challenge – Fiber Art Exhibit

May 29 - June 9
The Crossing Arts Alliance, 711 Laurel St
Brainerd, MN 56401
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(Brainerd, MN) -- Van Gogh Cherywood Challenge - Fiber Art Exhibit Imagine...200 blue quilts. All made by different people. All 20 inches Square. All starting with the same color. All using Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric. All taking inspiration from Vincent van Gogh. All kinds of textile manipulation and embellishment used. This is a rare opportunity to see so many works of fiber art in one gallery. The visual impact is indescribable. Cherrywood Fabrics, owned by Karla Overland, has hosted challenges for…

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Exhibit at Cultural Cloth: Vintage Ralli Quilts from India

May 31 - July 1
Cultural Cloth, W3560 State Road 35
Maiden Rock, WI 54750
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(Maiden Rock, WI) -- Exhibit at Cultural Cloth: Vintage Ralli Quilts from India Ralli quilts are characterized by bold geometric patterns that utilize the pieced and appliqué quilting techniques. These hand sewn quilts are found in the Kutch (far western Gujarat, India) and Pakistan. We collected these pieces during a trip to the region in 2017. All quilts are affixed with tabs and ready to display on the wall. All pieces will be available for sale. Check our website in mid-May.…

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June 2018

Sewing Machine 101

June 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Electric Needle, 4281 West Beltline Hwy
Madison, Wisconsin 53711
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$15.00

(Madison, WI) -- Sewing Machine 101 Learn the anatomy of your sewing machine! What is that knob there? We’ll tell you! We’ll cover how to thread your machine, bobbin winding, locating and adjusting your stitch length and width, reverse, thread tension and more! All you need to bring is your sewing machine (in good working order), your accessories, and your manual.

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Dubuque Museum of Art Craft Inviational

June 2 - September 9
Dubuque Museum of Art, 701 Locust St
Dubuque, IA United States
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(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…

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Cat Purrfect Collage Quilt Class

June 2 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
The Electric Needle, 4281 West Beltline Hwy
Madison, Wisconsin 53711
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$30.00

(Madison, WI) -- Cat Purrfect Collage Quilt Class We will be making a beginner collage quilt. Purrfect Cat Collage is an applique collage pattern. Finished size approximately 21" X 35" when done. Sign up with a friend and you each will receive a $5 store credit.

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Madison Art Guild Summer Salon

June 3 - July 29
University of Wisconsin Hospitals, 600 Highland Ave
Madison, Wisconsin
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(Madison, WI) -- Madison Art Guild Summer Salon Sandi Wysock, who uses wool and various felting techniques, will have two pieces in the summer show. Sandi is also a member of the Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail. The Madison Art Guild is one of the oldest guilds in Wisconsin. There are over 130 artists working in mediums such as painting, watercolor, jewelry, wood, ceramics, glass, fiber, and more. It is a juried Guild. Madison Art Guild is a non-profit organization…

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Club Indigo with Jen Falkowski

June 3 @ 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

The Electric Needle, 4281 West Beltline Hwy
Madison, Wisconsin 53711
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(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…

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Beginning Sewing 101 Class

June 4 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
The Electric Needle, 4281 West Beltline Hwy
Madison, Wisconsin 53711
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$15.00

(Madison, WI) -- Beginning Sewing 101 Class Beginning Sewing 101 will introduce beginning sewers to the most basic sewing techniques such as stitching straight lines, corners and curves, clipping, notching, pressing and pinning! This class will help to establish a foundation of sound sewing habits and provide new sewers with the skills needed to get started on the right foot! All you need to bring is your sewing machine (in good working order), your accessories, and your manual.

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Weave A Real Peace Annual Meeting

June 6 - June 10
Luther College, 700 College Drive
Decorah, IA 52101 United States
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(Decorah, IA) -- Weave A Real Peace Annual Meeting Weave A Real Peace (WARP) meeting on sustainability – of culture, tradition, the environment, and communities. Please plan to join us for informative presentations, tours, our marketplace filled with fair-trade goods, and 25th Anniversary celebration. WARP’s 2018 Annual Meeting brings members together for education, fellowship, food, an international marketplace, networking, and a celebration! This year’s meeting will be held in Decorah, Iowa and features talks each morning, tours each afternoon and evening programs.…

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Sip and Sew at The Electric Needle

June 6 @ 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

The Electric Needle, 4281 West Beltline Hwy
Madison, Wisconsin 53711
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$5.00

(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.

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Unplugged – Sashiko Tote Bag Class

June 7 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
The Electric Needle, 4281 West Beltline Hwy
Madison, Wisconsin 53711
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$25.00

(Madison, WI) -- Unplugged - Sashiko Tote Bag Class In this beginning Sashiko class you will learn how to use basic rulers and marking tools to prepare your own Sashiko projects. Using the techniques taught in the book - Simple Sashiko by Susan Brisco. Class will conclude with a demonstration on how to finish this month's project. Simple Sashiko Book by Susan Briscoe 10 ½” x 7 ½ “ piece of solid quilting cotton or sashiko fabric Sashiko needles, or 1mm embroidery needles with…

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