Cedarburg Spur's 5th Annual Fiber Arts Trail Tour

March 15 - 16, 2019


Open studios, exhibits, workshops and shopping!

· Quilts on canvas by Heidi Parkes ·


Cedarburg • Grafton • Thiensville, Wisconsin

March 15 – 16, 2019 10:00 – 4:00 p.m. both days

Talk with award-winning artists and find out where they get their creative energy. Visit award-winning galleries and shops on this self-guided tour. Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Art (WMQFA) presents Native Art; an exhibit co-curated by Karen Ann Hoffman. Free Admission on Friday and Saturday only • Tour the Arts Mill maker spaces + 2nd floor boutique • Shop two local quilt shops and a yarn store • 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 and stroll through two local wineries and chocolate shops!

Trail Tour Guide

· Eco-print on paper by Gina Studelska ·


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N50 W5050 Portland Road
Cedarburg, WI 53012

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Art
N50 W5050 Portland Road
Cedarburg, WI 53012

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Art
N50 W5050 Portland Road
Cedarburg, WI 53012

Jeanie Rudich
318 Green Bay Road
Cedarburg WI 53012

Tammie Strause
W62N580 Washington Ave
Cedarburg WI 53012

The Pink Llama Gallery
W62N580 Washington Ave
Cedarburg WI 53012

Kay Walters
W62N580 Washington Ave
Cedarburg WI 53012

Nancee Ariagno
N67 W5524 Columbia Rd
Cedarburg WI 53012


1300 14th Ave
Grafton Wisconsin 53024

1300 14th Ave
Lower Level/River Studios
Grafton WI 53024

1300 14th Ave
Grafton WI 53024

1300 14th Ave
Grafton WI 53024


219 N Main Street
Thiensville WI 53092

177 Green Bay Road
Thiensville WI 53092

Click here to download the map.


Introduction to Eco Printing on Paper

March 15, 2019 and March 16, 2019 • 9:00 – 1:00 p.m. both days • $40

Students will learn the basics of preparing the paper for ecoprinting, setting up the paper and plants and steaming the botanicals onto watercolor paper to create one of a kind organic imagery.

Students will create 4 approximately 4”X6” prints. The students will go home with 5”X7” blank greeting cards to use for their eco printed images. We will discuss many other ideas for creatively finishing and displaying their finished work.

All Supplies will be included in the $40 fee. Limit 6 participants each day, space and equipment are limited.

Address: The Arts Mill 1300 14th Ave Grafton, WI 53024

Register for the workshop: Gina Studelska


Eco-printing on paper


Introduction to Eco Printing on Paper

March 15, 2019 and March 16, 2019, Gina Studelska Mixed Media and Fiber Arts

Contemporary Shibori with Mary Mendla

March 15 and March 16, 2019 • 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. both days • $75

In this workshop I will introduce a contemporary variation on traditional Shibori techniques. We will create rich color layers on silk with non-traditional tools such as PVC pipe and microwave color setting. The subtleties of the colors will be further enhanced with the use of discharge methods.

You will be working with dyes which are permanent on fabric, so dress for mess in old clothes or a waterproof apron or smock.

Address: Mary’s studio 177 Green Bay Road Thiensville, WI 53092

Register for the workshop: Contemporary Shibori



Contemporary Shibori Dyeing

March 15 and March 16, 2019, Mary Mendla Fine Art & Apparel Studio

Linda Sweek Designs: Crazy Quilting

March 15, 2019 • 8:30 – 5:30 p.m. • $110

Crazy quilting is a patchwork technique where random shaped pieces are stitched to a foundation fabric. Everyone will piece one block. Then we will add embellishment – there is an endless variety of ways in which embroidery, ribbon, lace, braids, buttons, beads and charms can be manipulated to add dimension and beauty to crazy quilting.

Supplies to Bring:

  • Scissors – large for cutting fabric & small for embroidery
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Small embroidery hoop – 4” to 6”
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabrics
  • 1 piece of cotton or muslin – enough to cut out a 12”x12” square
  • Scraps or not scraps – to create the “patchwork” I suggest about eight different fabrics that complement each other. Maybe a collection of fat quarters or solids with a similar depth, i.e., jewel-tones or pastels. Cotton, satin or velvet all look nice; cotton may be the easiest to work with.
  • 8 Skeins of Embroidery Floss to coordinate with the eight fabrics
  • Thread for machine sewing and bobbin
  • Embellishments, i.e., buttons, ribbons, lace, beads, doilies and hankies, etc.

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Rd Cedarburg, WI 53012

Register for the workshop: Crazy Quilt Workshop with Linda Sweek

Crazy Quilt embroidered by Linda Sweek


Linda Sweek Designs: Crazy Quilting

March 15, 2019 , Linda Sweek Designs

Faux marbling on the Gelli® Arts Gel Printing Plate

March 16, 2019 • 10:00 – 4:00 p.m. • $5

The Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate makes beautiful monoprints on paper and fabric. For this make-and-take we will work with paper, acrylic paint and a secret supply to create faux marble! Only $5 to create this make-and-take. Using Gelli Printing to create monoprints with your own hands is sure to ignite a spark for future experimenting and projects.

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Road Cedarburg, WI 53012

No registration required for this Make and Take project.


Make-and-Take Marbled Gelli Print

March 16, 2019, Linda Sweek Textile Designs

Contemporary Mending with Heidi Parkes

March 16, 2018 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Heidi Parkes introduces a contemporary approach to mending clothes and quilts. With the advent of “fast fashion,” clothing is worn less and worn out faster. This is taxing on the environment and our pocketbooks. Mending allows us to breathe life into our most-loved clothing and gives us the confidence to invest in high quality garments because we know they can be repaired.

Parkes takes inspiration from the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, which values impermanence, economy, and intimacy, and appreciates the ingenious integrity of nature. Boro mending invites us to think of the wear and tear that inevitably show up on well-loved textiles as a collaboration with nature. Parkes blends this traditional technique with new insights based on comfort, strength, and beauty. By adopting the belief that a mend should never apologize for itself, you will learn to make repairs with confidence!

Fee: $80 Member/$100 Non-member

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Road Cedarburg, WI 53012

Register for this workshop: Heidi Parkes Mending Workshop

Contemporary Mending with Heidi Parkes

March 16, 2019 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Mends for Split Seams with Heidi Parkes

March 15, 2018 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Bring a sweater, shirt, jacket, purse, or other item with a split seam, and she will mend it by hand, on the spot, in the color of your choice.  Heidi will explain the technique while you watch.  (This offer is valid for seams up to 5 inches; long, where the fabric has not ripped, but the thread holding the seam together has ripped. Heidi is also offering the rare opportunity to ‘fake’ a mend, and she will embellish a seam of your choice with stitches for the same fee.) Free mending estimates are also available.  Bring any item in need of mending, and get a quote for the mend.  If you like, leave the item with Heidi, and arrange for pick-up at a future date.

Fee: $5 No registration required.

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Road Cedarburg, WI 53012

Mends for Split Seams

March 15, 2019 10:00 - 4:00 p.m., Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts Lobby

Wool Pin ‘Make and Take’

March 15, 2019 and March 16, 2019 • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. both days • $8 per pin

Come join us and make an 100% wool pin to dress-up that spring coat or outfit. You will pick out your favorite colors and we will help you stitch it together. If you have never worked with wool or done buttonhole or stem stitch, we will help you become an instant success but please allow an hour for completion.

Everything will be provided. 100% wool flowers, thread, needle and pin back.

Address: Ye Old Schoolhouse Quilt Shop 318 Green Bay Road Cedarburg, WI 53012

Wool Make and Take Pin


Wool Pin 'Make and Take'

March 15, 2019 and March 16, 2019, Ye Olde Schoolhouse Quilt Shop


Laura Weber Basketry

Open Studio

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”     -E.B.White

And so it goes with my work. Left brain and right brain argue the whole day long. I am most comfortable when I am creating vessels that are controlled, repetitive and functional. Yet I also long to cut loose with more natural and sculptural forms. So you will see in my work a combination of very differing styles and elements. And the whole brain is happy.

Address: The Pink Llama Gallery W62N580 Washington Ave Cedarburg, WI

Find out more: Laura Weber Basketry


Laura Weber Basketry

Open Studio, Laura Weber Basketry

Ilze Heider Leather Design

Open Studio

I design, cut, glue, color and sew all of my bags here in the studio. It’s a warm, comfortable space in an old mill building on the banks of the Milwaukee River. I encourage you to visit. See how I put a bag together. Look over the leather I have and pick your color and style. I have examples on hand of everything I make. 

Address: Arts Mill – River Studios 1300 14th Ave Grafton, WI

Find out more: Ilze Heider Leather Design


Ilze Heider Leather Design

Open Studio, Ilze Heider Leather Design

Mary Mendla Fine Art + Apparel

Open Studio

Abstract Miminalist Paintings, Fiber Art, and Apparel

I am a painter, fiber artist, and apparel designer living in Grafton, Wisconsin.  I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 1992.  Since that time I have been on a creative journey that has led me in many directions; painting, teaching, fabric surface design, sculptural fiber art, and apparel design.  I cannot choose one over the others; they each bring forth essential parts of my creative spirit.

Please note: Mary is teaching ‘Contemporary Shibori’ in her studio from 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. on both days of the tour. 

Address: 177 Green Bay Road Thiensville, WI 53092

Find out more: Mary Mendla



Mary Mendla Fine Art + Apparel

Open Studio, Mary Mendla Fine Art + Apparel

Gina Studelska – Fiber and mixed media artist

Open Studio

Gina’s current work focuses on eco-printing live botanicals onto fabric or paper, cyanotype, rust, wax, block printing, stitching, drawing, and other mark making techniques can be found in her work. Eco-printing or botanical printing is a contemporary extension on the traditions of natural dyeing. Credited mainly on the work of India Flint, an Australian fiber artist.

Please note: Gina is teaching ‘Introduction to Eco-printing on paper’ in her studio from 9:00 – 1:00 p.m. on both days of the tour. 

Address: 1300 14th Ave Grafton, WI 53024

Find out more: Gina Studelska



Gina Studelska - Fiber and mixed media artist

Open Studio, Gina Studelska - Fiber and mixed media artist

Cooperage Studio in the Log Cabin

Open Studio

My designs are both primitive and whimsical hence the word I use is “Primsical”. My studio includes patterns, over dyed thread kits, hand dyed wools, and select finished items. I teach classes and have all my patterns and supplies for punch needle and wool appliqué. You can find me there by chance or appointment. Please call ahead or email if you plan to visit.

Address: N67 W5524 Columbia Rd Cedarburg, WI 53012

Find out more: Nancee Ariagno


Cooperage Studio in the Log Cabin

Open Studio (Friday, March 15 ONLY), Cooperage Studio in the Log Cabin

Ye Old Schoolhouse Quilt Shop

Open Shop

Ye Olde Schoolhouse is a Better Homes and Gardens Top 10 Quilt Shop for 2010. Housed in a 1887 historic former schoolhouse in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Ye Olde Schoolhouse is brimming with reproduction prints and old-world charm.

Address: 318 Green Bay Road Cedarburg, WI 53012

Find out more: Ye Old Schoolhouse Quilt Shop


Ye Old Schoolhouse Quilt Shop

Open Shop, Ye Old Schoolhouse Quilt Shop

The Pink Llama Gallery

Open Gallery

Twice award-winning*, The Pink Llama represents local and regional artists in a variety of mediums. Fun, whimsical and eclectic, the gallery also has gifts, cards and good conversation. Ask for Tammie; the ‘Head Llama’!

*Based on more than 66,000 votes from over 30,000 voters, The Pink Llama Gallery is one of the top five art galleries in the Milwaukee-area! See http://milwaukee.cityvoter.com/the-pink-llama-gallery/biz/655604 for more information!

Address: W62N580 Washington Ave Cedarburg, WI 53012

Find out more: The Pink Llama Gallery


The Pink Llama Gallery

Open Gallery, The Pink Llama Gallery

My Materials Matters Quilt Shop

Open Shop

A quilt shop for the contemporary quilter. Located in downtown Thiensville, My Material Matters offers a full line of contemporary fabric, supplies, notions and classes. Maureen Laber offers classes, kits, opening sewing times each week and plenty of good friends around the table. The shop is also the meeting place for the Lake Shore Modern Quilt Guild.

Address: 219 N Main St. Thiensville, WI 53092

Find out more: My Material Matters Quilt Shop


My Materials Matters Quilt Shop

Open Shop, My Materials Matters Quilt Shop

Grafton Yarn Store

Open Shop

Yarn, pattern, knitting and needle arts supplier. Your source for quality yarns & knitting supplies in Grafton, WI since 1961 …all located in an historic mill setting. Knitting is much more than a ball of yarn and some needles…it is a creative adventure. Here at the the Grafton Yarn Store, our goal is not only to provide you with quality yarn and knitting supplies, but also to lend the support and expertise needed to get your projects done.

Address: 1300 14th Ave Grafton, WI 53092

Find out more: Grafton Yarn Store



Grafton Yarn Store

Open Shop, Grafton Yarn Store

EXHIBIT at Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Native Fiber

January 17 – April 28, 2019

Native Fiber at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts (WMQFA) brings together a breathtaking array of work by contemporary Native American fiber artists from throughout the Great Lakes. Curated by Karen Ann Hoffman, a renowned Iroquois raised bead worker, the exhibition features an expansive definition of fiber art, from quillwork to cordage, bead work, weaving, birch biting, leatherwork, and quilting. Under these artists’ hands, Indigenous fiber art traditions are both maintained and advanced, communicating timeless stories and addressing modern themes.

Illuminating the astonishing ways Native American artists explore and alter extraordinary materials—black ash, birch, fur, and corn husk, to name a few—the exhibition comprises the work of twenty-five artists and one artist guild, representing seventeen tribal nations. Every artist’s work falls under the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and is considered authentic Indigenous art.

Many of the works of art in the exhibition were created specifically for Native Fiber. Repeating iconography and subjects run throughout, including symbols of healing, forgiveness, women’s experiences, subjugation, and transformation. Together, the works attest to the diverse life and vibrancy of Indigenous fiber arts today.

Native Fiber is curated by Karen Ann Hoffman, an Oneida artist currently residing in Stevens Point. Hoffman studied Iroquois raised beadwork under Samuel Thomas and Lorna Hill, two of the most prolific contemporary Native American bead workers, and has become a respected teacher of the tradition. Her works of art have been shown nationally, including at the Smithsonian Museum of American Indian, and are represented in many museum collections. Hoffman serves on the Wisconsin Arts Board.

 Exhibit Highlights Include:

  • Birch Bark Panel and Rice Keeper by Pat Kruse (Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa). For more than thirty years, Kruse has been harvesting birch bark to make elaborate baskets and panels using birch’s flexible wood. Recently, inspiration for his birch bark creations has come from the opportunity to study ancient birch bark baskets in the archives of the Minnesota Historical Society. There are few practitioners of birch bark art practicing today and Kruse is continuing the tradition, while passing it along to his son and apprentice.
  • Twined Doll Turkey Feather Mantel by Julia Marden (Aquinnah). Internationally-recognized Eastern Woodland artist Marden practices twined basketry, an ancient form of weaving that involves the twisting of wefts around the warp to create a variety of designs. Marden’s Twined Doll Turkey Feather Mantel is a doll-sized twined cape covered in turkey feathers, with each feather laboriously woven into the cape.
  • Weaving Ourselves into Forever—A Healing Shawl by Karen Elise Goulet (White Earth Ojibwe). Goulet has been showing her art nationally and internationally for twenty years. She works in a variety of textile art, including needlework, quilts, and weavings. She is renowned for her star quilts, a sacred symbol that for Native Americans connotes honor. For Native Fiber, she has created a stunning new shawl.
  • Made in Japan by Martha Gradolf (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska). Martha Gradolf is a decorated weaver. She creates weavings that focus on the stereotypical images of American Indians, often utilizing found objects woven into her tapestries. Made in Japan features hand-dyed strips woven simultaneously in two layers. Ceramic Indians (old-fashioned salt-and-pepper shakers made in Japan) adorn the top of the piece and brass cone-shaped jangles fringe the bottom.

The artists featured in the exhibition include Sarah Berthelet-Villa (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin), Binesikwe (Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), Wilma Cook (Mohawk), Debra Fabian (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin), Karen Elise Goulet (White Earth Ojibwe), Martha Gradolf (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska), Carla Hemlock (Kahnawake Mohawk Nation), Karen Ann Hoffman (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin),  Samantha Jacobs (Seneca), Holly John (Seneca), Penny Kagigebi (White Earth Ojibwe), Rick Kagigebi (Lac Courte Oreilles), James Kelly (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin), Pat Kruse (Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), Julia Marden (Aquinnah), Linda Lou Metoxen (Diné), Penny Minner (Seneca), Native Roots Arts Guild (Iroquois), Salisha Ninham (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin), Scott Shoemaker (Myaamia), Talon Silverhorn (Shawnee), Christopher Sweet (Ho-Chunk), Chholing Taha (Cree), Jeremy D. Turner (Shawnee), Shannon Marie Turner (Diné), and Michelle D. Watson (Diné).

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Rd Cedarburg, WI 53012

Find out more: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts


Native Fiber

January 17 - April 28, 2019, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts


Woolen Mill Tours at Cedarburg Woolen Mill

March 15 – 16, 2019 • Ongoing both days • 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The Cedarburg Woolen Mill produces one-piece batts, crib to queen size without stretching.  This allows us to make batts of an even thickness throughout. The lapping mechanism which allows us to make sizes also layers the fibers in a slight V shape which gives our batts more loft and buoyancy, thus more air pockets for insulation and comfort. This also allows our batts to be felted without having to relayer it at right angles.  Therefore we feel we offer you the finest product on the market today. The machinery in the woolen mill have been in continuous operation since the Civil War.  More info

Address: W62 N580 Washington Ave Cedarburg, WI 53012

Find out more: Cedarburg Woolen Mill


Woolen Mill Tours at Cedarburg Woolen Mill

March 15 and March 16, 2019, Cedarburg Woolen Mill

Tour the Trail and talk with the makers.

· Crazy quilt by Linda Sweek ·

While you're in town for the weekend, stop at these local favorites.

Visit Cedarburg!

Whether you are from the area, a first time visitor or a regular patron of the fiber arts, the Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail offers inspirational exhibits, fun events, learning opportunities and a place that feels like home. North of Milwaukee about twenty miles, Cedarburg, Grafton and Thiensville boomed during the late 1800’s when flour and woolen mills were built along the banks of Cedar Creek and the Milwaukee River. Today, the mills and many historic buildings are renovated and include restaurants, artist studios, galleries, boutiques, a yarn shop, a winery and more.

If you enjoy staying at a Bed & Breakfast, look up Washington House Inn and Stagecoach Inn. Both are in downtown Cedarburg on Washington Ave. Want a hearty breakfast? Head over to PJ Piper Pancake House on Washington Ave. Looking for fast food that’s both healthy and yummy? Try Out & Out Eatery and Catering. If you have a little longer to linger, get a table at The Stilt House or Anvil Pub & Grill. Both are very good.

The Ozaukee Interurban Trail is a 30-mile stretch of paved bike path that runs the length of Ozaukee County and you guessed it — right through all three villages. Here are a few more suggestions:

The Cedarburg Chamber is a great resource for activities and travel ideas!  Please remember to contact Trail members prior to your visit!

Contact Us

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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