Midwest Fiber Arts Trails

Welcome to Midwest Fiber Arts Trails!

A network of fiber artists and artisans, shops, quilt museums and arts centers in the Midwest where fiber enthusiasts can discover resources and inspiration for their own creative expression. And, plan fun trips around the Midwest!

5th Anniversary Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail Tour

Contemporary Art • Traditional Craft

Take a class or two, tour the Cedarburg Woolen Mill, FREE admission to Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts! View ‘Native Fiber’ and play with textiles along the trail at hands-on make + take stations. Small quilts by Heidi Parkes.

March 15 – 16, 2019
Cedarburg • Grafton • Thiensville, WI

'A Maker's Experience' on the Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail

EXPERIENCE • YOUR OWN • CREATIVITY Renew yourself with a creative getaway! 29 workshops, a historical fiber festival, ‘Fabrication’ – The Runway Show, Prism: Jean Leeson Quilt Exhibit, ‘From Artisan the Closet’ 1960s funky wearables exhibit, Alpaca farm tour and more! Indigo by Kipp Inglis.

March 21 – 23, 2019
Baraboo • Lodi • Prairie du Sac • Portage • North Freedom, WI

Pine to Prairie Hosts Annual Exhibit and Studio Tour

4th Annual Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Member Exhibit and Tour

Head north to the Headwaters! Woven blankets, tapestries, funky, improvisational weaving, hand-dyed yarn, basketry, quilting, wool applique, needle felting and cavandoli knotting. Basket by Eve Sumsky.

Exhibit: April 5 – May 28, 2019 Tour: April 26 – 27, 2019
Bemidji, MN

Looking for a road trip?

Check out the Trails for maker studios, woolen mill tours, workshops, exhibits, shopping & more!

Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail

(Cedarburg – Grafton – Thiensville – Mequon, Wisconsin)

Historic mills, stone buildings and meandering creeks and rivers describe Cedarburg, Grafton and Thiensville, Wisconsin. While all three villages are snug as bugs and within ten miles of each other end to end, each place has its own character. Cedarburg’s iconic downtown is the jewel tucked in the middle. Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail

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 that hug the city of Baraboo are the terminal moraine of the most recent advance of glaciers. Melt water flowed from under the ice sheet forming rivers that cut valleys as the rocks and sediment were deposited along their routes. Today’s streams are like shimmering ribbons, rippling along the surface of the land. Threaded Streams 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

Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail

(Bemidji – Solway – Turtle River – 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 has a long history of indigenous peoples, voyageurs, settlers and pioneers. Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trails

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

From the blog…

T. G. I. Fiber: Midwest Makers – A Year in Pictures

T. G. I. Fiber: Midwest Makers – A Year in Pictures

Hello Friends,Before the New Year gets going (too quickly), here's a colorful, vibrant look at 2018 out on the Trails! This gallery showcases members' work from all five Midwest Fiber Arts Trails. It's like the old Life magazine adage - a year in pictures....

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Fresh Water Fiber from Michigan Fiber Cooperative

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...

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February 8 – 10, 2019 Sauder Village Fiber Arts Retreat, Archbold, OH

February 8 – 10, 2019: Midwest Fiber Frolic, Milwaukee, WI

February 13 – 17, 2019: Northern Fibers Retreat, Grand Marais, MN

February 22 – 23, 2019: Creative Spirit Fiber Festival, Bemidji, MN

Here’s the whole list…

Travel destinations and inspiration!

Fiber festivals, workshops, exhibits and events.

A list of fiber festivals across the Midwest.

Can you say, “Road Trip?” A curated list of over 70 festivals across the Midwest. go to the list…

A business directory filled with people to meet.

Need some business contacts or a teacher for your next guild retreat? You might just find that perfect person in the business directory. read more…

A full Happenings! calendar.

Quilt shows + arts exhibits + workshops + Trail Tour weekends! A unique, curated list of over 900 events across the Midwest. go to the calendar…

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. It’s really that simple. See you on the Trail!

My whole bio is right here. Read this!

Jennifer Wilder

Founder, Midwest Fiber Arts Trails

The mission of Midwest Fiber Arts Trails is to honor the Midwest’s rich textile heritage and celebrate and promote the work of contemporary fiber artists.

Address: 229 Minnetonka Ave S #181 Wayzata, MN 55391 • Phone : 612.961.1601 • Email: jennifer@fiberartalmanac.com