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!
EXPERIENCE • YOUR OWN • CREATIVITY
Renew yourself with a creative getaway! 29 workshops, a historical fiber faire, ‘Fabrication’ – The Runway Show, Prism, Jean Leeson Quilt Exhibit, ‘From Artisan the Closet’ 1960s funky wearables art exhibit, Alpaca farm tour and more! Indigo by Kipp Inglis.
March 21 – 23, 2019
Baraboo • Portage • Lodi • Prairie du Sac • North Freedom, WI
4th Annual Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Member Exhibit
Head North to the Headwaters! Woven blankets, basketry, tapestry, funky improvisational weaving, hand-dyed yarn, wool applique, needle felting and much more!
Exhibit: April 5 – May 28, 2019 Tour: April 26 – 27, 2019
This week’s highlighted fiber festivals, workshops, exhibits and events.
Etudes II ~ Contemporary Fiber Art Exhibition
(Kenosha, WI) – Members of the Madison Contemporary Fiber Artists feature their latest work with over fifty artworks including art quilts, embroidery, weaving, beading, felting, and more. Through March 3, 2019.
Madison Contemporary Fiber Artists (MCFA) is a group of 40+ diverse fiber artists from the Madison and southern Wisconsin area who share a passion for creating original art from fiber. Originating in 1999 as a collective for fiber artists, the group continues to pursue its dual mission: to foster the growth of members by providing a forum to explore contemporary design and fiber manipulation techniques, to offer advice about works-in-progress, and to stimulate creativity. More Info
Nuno Felted Seamless Skirt Workshop taught by Cathryn Fritz-Jung
(Belleville, WI) – Take your basic nuno felting skills to the next level in this two day workshop. You’ll make a skirt to the size you choose. You will also learn options which replace the need for labor intensive rolling. This class will be held in a studio with lots of natural light on a scenic Wisconsin homestead farm. We will break for one hour for lunch when you can stroll to see cows or take a walk on a stream on the premise. The pattern will be yours for the taking. You will choose wool color pallet before the class is given. Email katifj (at) earthlink.net for more info. Date: May 18 – 19, 2019. Fee: $250 for two days. Plus $50 for silk, wool, embellishments and zipper. Pattern made to your desired dimensions and all felting tools will be available. Register here
Creative Spirit Fiber Festival
(Bemidji, MN) – Just $10 admission includes a vendor market filled with fiber-related items, mini classes taught by experienced instructors, coffee and homemade treats, door prizes, demos, hands-on learning opportunities and trunk shows. Lunch will be available for purchase, with proceeds supporting the Calvary Lutheran Church Youth mission trip. Featured presenters on Saturday will be Quilt Historian & Appraiser Sue Harmon and Fiber Artist Karen E. Goulet. Sue Harmon has over forty years of experience as a quilt teacher, shop owner, lecturer, quilt historian and appraiser. Saturday, February 23, 2019. More info
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) – 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
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
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…
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Members of the Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail, the first Fiber Arts Trail in the Midwest Fiber Arts Trails network, are happy to invite you to their 5th Annual Fiber Arts Trail Tour in the Cedarburg-Grafton-Thiensville area of southeastern Wisconsin.
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