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!
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
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
From the blog…
by Emily Schlemowitz, Exhibit Curator, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts August 15 - November, 2019 Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts Public Gallery Night, Saturday, August 24, 2019 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. “Celebrating Our Waters", a day-long program with...
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