Welcome to Midwest Fiber Arts Trails!
Midwest Fiber Arts Trails is a network of fiber artists and artisans, shops, quilt museums, historical places, farms and arts centers in the Midwest. This is where you can discover resources and inspiration for your own creative expression. And, plan fun trips around the Midwest!
‘A Maker’s Experience’ 2020
Join us on the Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail March 26 – 28, 2020
Baraboo, Lodi, Prairie du Sac and North Freedom, Wisconsin
'A Maker's Experience' on the Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail
From an alpaca farm, artist’s studios, arts centers, quilt and yarn shops, a gallery and Fabrication – The Runway; Threaded Streams Trail members open their doors for three days to teach an array of over 20 workshops! More info
The darling alpacas are at Lodi Alpacas at Whistling Valley Farm, Lodi, Wisconsin. Jan Clingman, owner/operator, has won numerous breeding awards since 2009.
Fiber Arts Trails
Plan a self-guided tour along the Fiber Arts Trails. Be sure to call ahead for open studio times.
Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail
(Cedarburg – Grafton – Thiensville – Mequon, Wisconsin) – Award-winning galleries, shops and artists make up the member roster on the Cedarburg Spur. Known for historic mills, stone buildings and meandering creeks and rivers; Cedarburg, Grafton and Thiensville are snug as bugs and within ten miles of each other end to end. Each village has its own character but Cedarburg’s iconic downtown is the jewel tucked in the middle. Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail
Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail
(Bemidji – Solway – Tenstrike, Minnesota) – The word ‘headwaters’ is used a lot around here. Heading north and west out of Itasca before curling around in an easterly fashion, the Mississippi River flows through Lake Bemidji, giving Bemidjians an honest right to call their home the ‘First City’ on the river. The diverse culture in this area mirrors Trail members’ eclectic variety of fiber art. Both share stories of indigenous peoples, voyageurs, settlers and pioneers. Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trails
Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail
(Baraboo – Portage – Lodi – Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin) – The name Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail is an artful reference to the geological formation that makes up this part of Wisconsin. The beautiful Baraboo Hills are remnants of the last ice age when melt water flowed from under the glaciers forming rivers and deep valleys. Today’s streams are like shimmering ribbons, rippling along the surface of the land. Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail
Weaving Waters Fiber Arts Trail
(Little Falls – Randall – Brainerd – Staples – Wadena – New York Mills, Minnesota) – Articulture’ — where art is our agriculture! Located right smack-dab in the middle of the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Weaving Waters feature three regional arts centers and offers Trail visitors an opportunity to experience Central Minnesota’s rich textile heritage and celebrate the work of the area’s contemporary fiber artists. Weaving Waters Fiber Arts Trail
Madison Fiber Arts Trail
(Madison, Wisconsin) – Everyone knows Madison is a fun town. Whether you’re a student, bureaucrat or a fiber artist, the chances of finding someone else to share your groove are high. Home to UW-Madison, the town is wide-open high energy and creativity. Balance that with state government HQ and you’ve got a place that’s hip, political and surrounded by cornfields. Madison Fiber Arts Trail
Midwest Fiber Arts Trails Map
Find an arts center, shop, farm, maker, historical place or museum!
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