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 year-round fiber art studio and cultural 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, yarn and quilt shops, historic places, art centers, galleries, museums, farms, scenic drives and in some places—woolen mills.

Annually, Trail members host an event weekend when they throw open the doors, offer workshops, exhibits, maker activities, lectures and studio tours. It’s an exciting weekend for everyone;  it’s 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 and some shops, museums and galleries keep limited hours. Thank you for visiting Midwest Fiber Arts Trails!

Fiber Fest List 2018

April, 2018

April 7 – 8, 2018: YarnCon, Chicago, IL

April 6 – 7, 2017 TerBeest Family Garage Sale, Baraboo, WI

April 5 – 8, 2018 Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop, Twin Cities region

April 14, 2018 21st Annual Stephenson County Fiber Fest, Cedarville, IL

April 13 – 14, 2018 The Fiber Event at Greencastle, Greencastle, IN

April 14 – 15, 2018 Fiber Expo, Ann Arbor, MI (Spring)

April 12 – 14, 2018: 18th Annual Garage Sale Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN

April 20 – 23, 2018 Kansas Alliance of Weavers and Spinners Conference, Manhattan, KS

April 27 – 28, 2018: Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Weekend Tour, Bemidji, MN

April 27 – 29, 2018 Yarnover Minnesota Knitters Guild, Minnetonka, MN

April 28, 2018 Knit Michigan, Lake Orion, MI

April 29 – 30, 2017 Indiana Music & Fiber Festival, Clarksville, IN

April 28 – 29, 2018 Wisconsin Alpaca & Fiber Festival, West Bend, WI

All Fiber Festivals

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…

Blog

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…

3rd Annual Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Member Exhibit + Trail Tour

The Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail celebrates the unique heritage of the area’s voyageurs, pioneers and indigenous peoples showcasing both traditional and contemporary textile art forms. The textile artists and businesses featured on The Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail are a part of the new tradition of makers that is fueling the resurgence of textile arts.

Joining together, the trail members have formed a vibrant and diverse gathering place that fosters creativity and innovation.

In celebration of the rich heritage and contemporary fiber artists in northern Minnesota, Trail members’ work is presented in a month long exhibit at Wild Hare Bistro in downtown Bemidji.

 Annual Member Exhibit April 6 – 30, 2018

Trail Tour Weekend April 27 – 28, 2018

Artist Reception at Wild Hare

April 27 6 – 8 p.m.

Bemidji •  Turtle River • Tenstrike, Minnesota

CLICK HERE FOR THE TRAIL MAP AND TOUR FLYER

Weaving Demonstration by Karl Rangikawhiti Leonard

Location: Watermark Art Center 505 Bemidji Ave Bemidji, MN 56601

Karl Rangikawhiti Leonard will be demonstrating ‘whatu weaving’. ‘Whatu’ is a type of finger twining used in Māori weaving. No looms are used in the process. Leonard is one of New Zealand’s finest practitioners of Māori weaving. He has exhibited his works in New Zealand and internationally, and has been awarded residencies in the USA.

 

Memo Pad Basket Class

Location: Eve Sumsky Weaving Studio 481 Lake Ave NW Tenstrike, MN

Friday, April 27, 2018. 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. $25-30 depending on materials. To register, click here for the Workshop Sign Up form.

Weave a fun basket to hold your memo pads and pens! We will start with a 2″ X 6″ oval wood base that has been prepared with the stakes ready to weave. Basic weaving techniques are used and beginners are welcome. There will be a few color and decorative choices to complete your basket. Dimensions: 7 1/2″ X 4″ X 4 1/2″

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

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