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. Scroll down to see links for places to stay, restaurants and more!

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 onlyTour 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

Cedarburg Spur Weekend Activities

A LIST OF TOUR LOCATIONS AND EXHIBITS

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CEDARBURG

WISCONSIN MUSEUM OF QUILTS & FIBER ARTS
N50 W5050 Portland Road Cedarburg WI 53012
Pop-Up Studios in the Lobby!

YE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE QUILT SHOP
Jeanie Rudich
318 Green Bay Road
Cedarburg WI 53012

THE PINK LLAMA GALLERY
Tammie Strause
W62N580 Washington Ave
Cedarburg WI 53012
Heidi Parkes Quiltmaker Pop-Up Studio (Friday only)
Laura Weber Basketry Pop-Up Studio
Emilia Beker Felt Maker Pop-up Studio

CEDARBURG WOOLEN MILL
Kay Walters
W62N580 Washington Ave
Cedarburg WI 53012

COOPERAGE IN THE CABIN
N67 W5524 Columbia Rd
Cedarburg WI 53012

GRAFTON

GINA STUDELSKA MIXED MEDIA
1300 14th Ave
Grafton Wisconsin 53024

ILZE HEIDER LEATHER STUDIO
1300 14th Ave
Lower Level/River Studios
Grafton WI 53024

THE ARTS MILL
1300 14th Ave
Grafton WI 53024
Linda Sweek Pop-Up Embroidery Studio, 2nd Floor (Saturday Only)

THIENSVILLE

MY MATERIAL MATTERS QUILT SHOP
219 N Main Street
Thiensville WI 53092

MARY MENDLA FINE ART AND APPAREL DESIGN
177 Green Bay Road
Thiensville WI 53092

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TAKE A WORKSHOP

Full day, half-day or an unstructured maker session. Learn new techniques but most importantly, learn a new way to think about how and what you make with your hands. Click on the top link for the full workshop list.  Be sure to register with the Workshop Organizer listed on each workshop. Thanks!

Workshops List: Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Weekend

I'm a Little Rusty: Rust Dyeing Workshop

I’m A Little Rusty: Rust Dyeing taught by Gina Studelska — Friday, March 16, 2018 10:30 – 12:00 p.m. $35.00 *WAITING LIST*

The Peaceful Art of Embroidery Workshop

The Peaceful Art of Embroidery taught by Linda Sweek — Friday, March 16, 2018 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. $80.00

Abstraction Distraction Raw Edge Landscape Workshop

Abstraction Distraction Quilt Workshop taught by Pat Bishop — Saturday, March 17, 2018 9:00 – 4:00 p.m. $69.00 THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL.

Fun with Tunisian Crochet Class

Fun with Tunisian Crochet taught by Sheryl Thies — Saturday, March 17, 2018 10:00 – 12:00 p.m. $35.00

Alchemy in the Microwave Dye Workshop

Alchemy in the Microwave taught by Mary Mendla — Friday, March 16, 2018 Noon – 3:00 p.m. $90.00

ENJOY unstructured MAKER TIMES

“Choose Your Sticks Wisely”

Create a “Llama Stick” at The Pink Llama Gallery; known for great art and great fun!

Stop in anytime between  2 pm – 5 pm on Friday, March 16, 2018 or  11 am – 2 pm on Saturday. March 17, 2018. One hour is sufficient to finish a fiber art piece. $10.00 per stick.

“Explorations in fibers and surface design”- Using found objects and upcycled materials you will explore various surface design techniques. This is an opportunity to learn new techniques or use familiar ones in new ways. You will be encouraged to “think outside the box” and be given instructions that give you confidence in creating a project that is unique and one-of-a-kind.

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!

CEDARBURG WOOLEN MILL TOURS

Woolen Carding Mill Tours with Kay Walters are ongoing both days.

About the mill:
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. More info

EXHIBITS AND ART MAKING DEMONSTRATIONS

VIEW THE NEW EXHIBIT AT WISCONSIN MUSEUM OF QUILTS & FIBER ARTS

“Commemorating His Purple Reign: A Textural Tribute to Prince”

This special exhibition celebrates the life and art of Prince through vibrant and exciting fiber art.  “These quilts are pulsating, vibrating, and alive with Prince’s music,” says Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, Exhibit Curator, and one of the nation’s experts in African American quilting.

Exhibit opens March 15 and runs through June 17, 2018. FREE Admission to the Museum FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, March 16 – 17, 2018 ONLY!

CLAREY WAMHOFF: THE QUILTED LANDSCAPE

“The Quilted Landscape” is an exploration of color and pattern in paint and fabric. Artist Clarey Wamhoff combines her talents to create original quilts and paintings that visually compliment each other. The show runs through April 22, 2018.

Join us for the opening on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Complimentary beverages and appetizers will be available. The event is free and open to the public.

RUG HOOKING DEMONSTRATION AT YE OLDE SCHOOLHOUSE QUILT SHOP

Rug hooking, long thought of as a primitive craft, has taken the contemporary world of fiber and textiles by storm. During the Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail weekend, the Cream City Rug Hooking Guild will showcase member work, demonstrate how to hook rugs and talk about why this group of ‘hookers’ are passionate about their art. Joyce Krueger will have an assortment of her traditional and contemporary hooked pieces available for visitors to see.

Friday, March 16, 2018 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 11:00 – 4:00 p.m. Joyce is a member of the Cream City Rug Hooking Guild in Waukesha. For all details, click here!

POP-UP STUDIOS AT THE QUILT MUSEUM

Nicole Conti

Artist Statement: I am Nicole Conti, an artist and designer from southeast Wisconsin. Fingers House is my evolving creation, housing and giving a name to my brand collective. My work is in fiber arts, but I have a special passion and focus in hand loom weaving. I create handwoven fiber art that is highly textural and intricate. Weaving provides a platform in which I have an endless variety of tools, textures, forms, and fibers to create contemporary fiber art in a mixture of ways. Creating my weavings means I must find the balance between different textures and harmonizing with the color and forms. Once I achieve this, my finished pieces are my tactile expression of transforming the ordinary into something beautiful.
Nicole will exhibit both Friday and Saturday, March 16 – 17, 2018.

Rachel Taylor

Artist Statement: Local artist Rachel Taylor’s interest in quilting and crochet began in young adulthood and has remained intertwined with her professional career. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from Mount Mary University, Rachel relocated to West Yorkshire, England from 2004 – 2010. During this time she learned to crochet and also developed an interest in quilting. Upon returning to the States, Rachel completed her Masters in Business Administration at Alverno College. It was here that Rachel began using quilting as a way to problem-solve case studies, as working with fabric and color came naturally to her as a way to organize ideas and come up with creative solutions. Working with color to create dynamic quilts and crocheted blankets has been her passion for the last 10 years. She is excited to begin to show her work and has an interest in collaborating with local artists. The evolution of Rachel’s work demonstrates her determination to understand the basics and her desire to start breaking the rules.
Rachel will exhibit Friday, March 16, 2018.

Maday Delgado

Artist Statement: I’m a fiber artist living in the Midwest, with a passion for color and making. I draw inspiration from nature’s colors to fuel my textile pieces with energy and texture. I create contemporary and traditional textile compositions of varying sizes, using new and re-purposed fabrics. Though I began this adventure in 2012 by selling made-to-order custom pieces at arts & craft shows and exhibits, my renewed focus is on teaching and I’m happy to share my enthusiasm for this craft with others. I teach children and adults alike. My goal is to create, teach and promote the sewing Arts in the community in which I live, surrounding areas and beyond! Maday will exhibit on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

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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!

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