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Welcome to Midwest Fiber Arts Trails

Midwest Fiber Arts Trails explore the Midwest’s rich textile community through the promotion of fiber arts activities and cultural tourism.

What is a Fiber Arts Trail?

A Fiber Arts Trail is a new type of year-round cultural and art studio tour.

Each Fiber Arts Trail has its own personality shaped by the people and the places where they live. When you visit a Trail, you’ll see an exclusive community of high caliber fiber artists and makers, studios, yarn and quilt shops, historic places, scenic drives, art centers, galleries, museums, farms, ranches and in some places—woolen mills.

Once a year, Trail members host an Open House Weekend when they throw open the doors, offer workshops, exhibits, maker activities, lectures and studio tours. It’s an exciting weekend for everyone; an opportunity to experience each Trail’s rich textile heritage and celebrate the work of the local, contemporary fiber artists.

The Midwest Fiber Arts Trails’ website is where fiber enthusiasts can find useful information, resources, insights and inspiration for their own creative expression, to locate and participate in fiber arts activities and plan fun trips around the Midwest.

Be sure to call ahead as most artist studios are not open to the public on a daily basis.

Weaving Waters Fiber Arts Trail Grand Opening Weekend

September 22 – 23, 2017

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Weaving Waters Fiber Arts Trail

Little Falls – Randall – Brainerd – Staples – Wadena – Deer Creek – New York Mills, Minnesota

felted stones by Lisa Jordan

Click here for weekend activities!

Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail

Save the Date!

4th Annual Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Weekend March 16 – 17, 2018.

Artists and shops, a gallery, quilt museum and a woolen mill in the Cedarburg – Grafton – Thiensville, Wisconsin area.

View the member gallery

Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail

Find your creative spirit where the pines meet the prairie. Bemidji – Solway – Turtle River – Tenstrike, Minnesota

Woven tapestry by Kristin Majkrzak.

View the member gallery.

Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail

Save the Date!

2nd Annual Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Weekend is March 22 – 24, 2018.

Baraboo – Portage – Prairie du Sac – Lodi, Wisconsin

Felted landscape by Sandra Wysock.

View the member gallery.

Weaving Waters Fiber Arts Trail

Little Falls – Brainerd – Randall – Staples – Wadena – New York Mills, Minnesota

Felted stones by Lisa Jordan.

View the member gallery.

Midwest Happenings!

Festivals + quilt shows + arts exhibits + fiber arts trails! A unique, curated list of over 900 events across the Midwest. Can you say, “Road Trip?”  go to the calendar…

Almanac Journal

Textile stories from the American Midwest! Inspiring stories and images about people and places you’ll want to visit! read more…

Business Directory

Want to be a fiber arts destination? List your business, organization or yourself to reach a self-selected audience of fellow fiber enthusiasts! go to artist and business directory…

About Me

Jennifer Wilder

Founder, Midwest Fiber Arts Trails

I’m a Midwestern gal. Both sides of my family have deep roots in the Midwest and I love the beauty of the land, the work ethic and the distinctive culture of this region.

One of the things I’ve learned about myself over the last few years is that I’m very good at making connections between people. I’m a connector. What a perfect way to utilize that talent by connecting people who love fiber arts with each other. The artists want to become known and fiber enthusiasts want to be inspired and have a place to travel. It’s really that simple. See you on the Trail! –Jenny

If you’re really interested, read this!

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