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!

Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Annual Member Exhibit & Tour

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

Bemidji, Minnesota

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 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

Featured Happenings!

This week’s highlighted fiber festivals, workshops, exhibits and events.

Greta Mikkelsen: Tobacco Silks Reimagined on Exhibit

May 2 – August 11, 2019 

Wisconsin Museum of Quilt & Fiber Arts 

 Debuts Solo Exhibition of Stunning Contemporary Quilts Featuring Antique Tobacco Silks 

Cedarburg, Wis.  – Greta Mikkelsen: Tobacco Silks Reimagined at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts (WMQFA) debuts Mikkelsen’s stunning contemporary quilts inspired by antique tobacco silks. Tobacco silks were found in cigarette packages at the turn of the twentieth-century as a marketing strategy initially intended to increase competition among brands and ultimately to entice women to smoke. Women clientele were encouraged to collect the precious silk inserts with images of glamorous women, decorative objects, birds, and flowers, among others, and incorporate them into sewing projects. More Info

Nuno Felted Seamless Skirt Workshop

May 18 – 19, 2019 Taught by Cati Fritz-Jung

Belleville, WI – Take your basic nuno felting skills to the next level. In this class you will be making a skirt to the size you choose. You will also be learning options which replace the need for labor intensive rolling. This class will be given 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. Class is limited to six students so first time felters should feel welcome! 

Fee: $220 for two days. $50 for silk, wool, embellishments and zipper. Pattern made to your desired dimensions and all felting tools will be available. The pattern will be yours for the taking. You will choose wool color pallet before the class is given. More info

Color Alchemy with Japanese Shibori, Three Day Intensive with Mary Mendla

May 17 to 19, 2019 at Shake Rag Alley Center for Arts and Crafts 

Mineral Point, WI — Shibori is the Japanese art of creating pattern on cloth by binding, stitching, folding and twisting during the dyeing process.  Intricate patterns and color blending takes place as color is layered through multiple applications including dye painting, color layering and discharge (color removal) techniques.  Learn the basics of traditional Shibori and then go beyond with color layering and discharge to create contemporary variations in this three day workshop to be held at Shake Rag Alley Center for Arts and Crafts in Mineral Point, Wisconsin.  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…

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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