Meet Rosy Petri, Fiber Artist

A multidisciplinary artist who pieces together art, writing, and auditory narratives to bear witness to humans being; Rosy is currently focusing on fabric portraiture as the Artist in Residence at Milwaukee’s historic Pfister Hotel through March, 2020.

Midwest Happenings! Calendar

Current and Upcoming News

Upcoming exhibits, events and workshops across the Midwest.

A bucket list of quilt museums across America

Storytelling with textiles is a unique blend of art and culture.

Each museum’s story is specific to their place; adding to the quilt story across America. 

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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!

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!

Upcoming Fiber Arts Events

Find a workshop, exhibit, or festival! 

october, 2019

2019 Fiber Festivals and Farm ToursYour guide to 2019 Midwest fiber festivals!Year Around Event (2019) MIdwest Fiber Arts Trails, 229 Minnetonka Ave S

21marAll Day20octChristien Meindertsma: Everything ConnectsWhat can you do with an entire harvest of flax or 1,000 wool sweaters?(All Day) The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603

28aprAll Day25janFashion Redefined: Miyake, Kawakubo, YamamotoJapanese designers challenged the principles of Western fashion.(All Day) Indianapolis Museum of Art Galleries, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-332

19julAll Day12aprOhio Quilts at Kent State MuseumThis exhibition assembles quilts which reflect a variety of techniques including appliqué, piecework, crazy quilts, whitework, and embroidery.(All Day) Kent State University Museum, 515 Hilltop Drive

03augAll Day16febWeaving Beyond the Bauhaus(All Day) The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603

24augAll Day10novWomen Who Run with Scissors: MATERIALIZEDWomen Who Run with Scissors fiber arts group brings their unique artistry to a new exhibit.(All Day) Neville Public Museum, 210 Museum Place

12oct9:00 am5:00 pmLamar Fiber FestivalHow things are made is beautiful and important.9:00 am - 5:00 pm Lamar Community Center, 1488 200th Street

17oct9:00 am3:30 pmBeginning Weaving at WMQFA - OctoberTaught by Master Weaver Catherine Jautz Bailey9:00 am - 3:30 pm Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, N50 W 5050 Portland Road

18oct1:00 pm4:00 pmFaux Bois Quilted Pillow WorkshopFaux Bois Quilted Pillow - Faux Bois is a French term meaning “false wood”.1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, N50 W 5050 Portland Road

18oct7:00 pm8:30 pmLecture: Find The Value In Your ScrapsUsing scrap fabrics and making do is the very essence of quiltmaking.7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, N50 W 5050 Portland Road

19oct(oct 19)10:00 am20(oct 20)4:00 pmFind The Value In Your ScrapsBring your scraps and prepare to have some fun!10:00 am - 4:00 pm (20) Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, N50 W 5050 Portland Road

From the blog…

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

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