Welcome to Midwest Fiber Arts TrailsMidwest 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 new type of year-round fiber art studio and cultural tour.
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.
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
March 9 – 10, 2018 Jay County Fiber Arts Festival, Portland, IN
March 9 – 11, 2018 Arnhild Knitting Retreat, Ames, IA
March 10 – 12, 2017 Fiber Retreat, Jefferson, MO
March 16 – 17, 2018 Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trails Weekend, Cedarburg, WI
March 16 – 18, 2018 Madison Knitters Guild Knit-In, Madison, WI
March 17, 2018: Heartland Fiberpalooza, Winterset, IA
March 22 – 24, 2018 Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail Weekend, Baraboo, WI
March 27 – 31, 2018: PlyAway, A spinnng retreat, Kansas City, MO
CONTEMPORARY FIBER ART • TRADITIONAL CRAFT
Historic mills, stone buildings and meandering creeks and rivers describe Cedarburg, Grafton and Thiensville, Wisconsin. While all three villages are snug as bugs and within ten miles of each other end to end, each place has its own character. Cedarburg’s iconic downtown is the jewel tucked in the middle.
Cedarburg Spur’s 4th Annual Fiber Arts Weekend celebrates the opening of Commemorating His Purple Reign: A Textural Tribute to Prince exhibit at Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Art! Free Admission on Friday and Saturday only • Tour local maker spaces + galleries • Shop local makers and businesses • Drop-in make ‘n’ take sessions • Full-day and half-day textile workshops • See the 1860s carding mill in action at the Cedarburg Woolen Mill • Watch experienced makers demonstrate their skills • Stay in a historic B&B in Cedarburg!
Cedarburg • Grafton • Thiensville, Wisconsin
March 16 – 17, 2018 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. Daily
Community Fiber Project – Fabric Beads/ Whole Cloth Quilt
Visit Linda Sweek Design’s Pop-up Embroidery Studio on Saturday, March 17 at The Arts Mill in Grafton from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Linda will have some finished pieces with her and will be stitching some upcoming projects. While there, you can make Fabric Beads. The fabric beads are for a community fiber project – embellishment for a whole cloth quilt. Fabric beads are fun to make and can be used to embellish all types of projects. The finished whole cloth quilt will hang in the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts starting in July.
Make sure to stop and create fabric beads – some for the quilt and a few for yourself!
TAKE A WORKSHOP!
Click on each workshop for description, time, location, fees and supplies list.
I’m A Little Rusty: Rust Dyeing with Gina Studelska — Friday, March 16, 2018 10:30 – 12:00 p.m. $35.00 FULL
The Peaceful Art of Embroidery with Linda Sweek — Friday, March 16, 2018 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. $80.00
Abstraction Distraction Quilt Workshop with Pat Bishop — Saturday, March 17, 2018 9:00 – 4:00 p.m. $69.00 FULL
Fun with Tunisian Crochet taught by Sheryl Thies — Saturday, March 17, 2018 10:00 – 12:00 p.m. $35.00
Alchemy in the Microwave taught by Mary Mendla — Friday, March 16, 2018 Noon – 3:00 p.m. $90.00
EXPERIENCE • YOUR OWN • CREATIVITY
Renew yourself with a creative weekend getaway!
Enrich your life with hands-on workshops and class offerings • Watch experienced makers demonstrate their skills • Conversations with artists–be inspired with their maker stories and spaces • Local history in textiles at Portage and Prairie du Sac heritage museums • Visit the scenic Wisconsin River Valley and Baraboo Hills • Book a room at the restored, historic Ringling House Bed & Breakfast in Baraboo and relax • Shop local makers and businesses.
Baraboo – Portage – Prairie du Sac – Lodi, Wisconsin
March 22 – 24, 2018 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. Daily
Keynote Talk with Anne Katz of Arts Wisconsin
Growing the Arts in Your Own Community — One Thread at a Time
Portage Center for the Arts 301 E. Cook St. Portage, WI 53901
Friday, March 23, 2018
Social hour begins at 6:00 p.m. Thank you Portage Center for the Arts for giving us space and social hour beverages and snacks!
Talk begins at 7:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.
We invite all artists and arts enthusiasts to hear Anne Katz, Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin, give the keynote talk during the Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail Creativity weekend! Anne, who has been an arts advocate in Wisconsin for over thirty years, will speak on the topic of arts, culture and community in Wisconsin.
3rd Annual Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Exhibit + Studio 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
Artist Reception at Wild Hare
April 27 6 – 8 p.m.
Bemidji • Turtle River • Tenstrike, Minnesota
Welcome New Trail Members!
Founder, Midwest Fiber Arts TrailsI’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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