Dear Friends,


We welcome 2017 and the opportunity for you to create your own experience in three delightful destinations of fiber arts inspiration!

This coming spring, each Fiber Arts Trail has its own weekend where you will find exhibits, galleries, workshops, classes, open studios, and two Keynote Textile Talks!

In late March, Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail has their Grand Opening weekend. Karen Ann Hoffman gives the Keynote Textile Talk at historic Ringling House Bed & Breakfast. Trail members have been hard at work to create an agenda you will truly enjoy, provide opportunities to learn, find inspiration and reflects their community and place.

The 3rd Annual Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail weekend is on its traditional weekend in mid-March. Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts is generously offering free admission to the museum again this year. Inside, you’ll find pop-up fiber arts studios, classes and their latest exhibit in the Barn Gallery.

In April, up in northern Minnesota, Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail has a month long member’s exhibit at a local arts café and at the end of the month welcomes basket weaver Tressa Sularz for their Keynote Textile Talk during the Fiber Arts Trail studio tour weekend, April 21 -22, 2017. Tressa will address creativity and mindfulness in her talk, “Dancing My Way Home.” More studio/class details coming soon!



Coming up in Spring, 2017 — three exciting weekends filled with fiber arts fun!



Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail Weekend
Dates: March 17 – 18, 2017
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days
Webpage with full information: Cedarburg Spur

Links to Exhibits and Tours:
Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts Exhibit, “Hexagonal Quilts”
The Pink Llama Gallery presents Donna Tronca Exhibit and Trunk Show
Cedarburg Woolen Mill Tours
Cedarburg Art Museum presents, “Three Fine Folk”. 

Links to Weekend Classes:
Pat Bishop: Abstraction Distraction Workshop-how to make abstract art with fabric.
Jamie Lyn Kara: Bead Embroidery Class
Heidi Parkes: Contemporary Mending Class
Gina Studelska: Demystify Design and Composition Class
Mary Mendla: Itajime Shibori Dyeing Workshop

Links to Open Studios and Shops:
Nancee Ariagno: Cooperage Punch Needle Design
Gina Studelska
Laura Weber Basketry
Ye Olde Schoolhouse Quilt Shop
My Material Matters Quilt Shop
Ilze Heider Leather Studio
Arts Mill in Grafton
The Pink Llama Gallery
Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts
Linda Sweek Designs
Heidi Parkes Art
Jamie Lyn Kara
Mary Mendla, Fine Art, Fiber and Wearable Art and Fashion Design



Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail Grand Opening Weekend
Dates: March 23 – 25, 2017
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. all days
Webpage with full information: Threaded Streams
Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Weekend Sponsor: Ringling House Bed & Breakfast


Karen Ann Hoffman Keynote Textile Talk: Iroquois Raised Beadwork: Culture on a String

Iroquois Raised Beader, Karen Ann Hoffman of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, will share the rich cultural heritage embedded in her beadwork. Iroquois Raised Beadwork is an art form of the Eastern Great Lakes peoples. First executed in shell and stone, later in moose hair and hide and now in sparkling beads and rich velvet; Iroquois Raised Beadwork embodies, preserves and expresses Iroquois world view.


Links to Weekend Exhibits and Movies:
Museum at the Portage: A Special Exhibit of Historical Textiles
Tripp Heritage Museum: Textile Artifacts from the Collection and Special Historical Demos
River Arts Center: Gaia Series–The Earth is Alive
Special Documentary Film Showing: “Right Out of History; the Making of Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party”
Special Documentary Film Showing: “Stitched”

Links to Weekend Classes:
Zig Zag Bracelet at Prairie Flower Bead Shop
Barn Quilt on Wood with Free Spirit Designs
Kool-Aid Dyeing with Briony Jean Foy
Kipp Inglis Indigo and Shibori Dyeing Class
Eco-Printing on Paper with Katherine Hartline McMahon
Roberta Condon Pine Needle Basketry
The Art of the Kumihimo at dMarie Yarn Shop
Beaded Wrap Bracelet Class at dMarie Yarn Shop
Slow Stitching Workshop with Free Spirit Designs
Hand Dyeing Wool with Suzanne Huber (both Friday and Saturday)
Fibers and Interactions with Briony Jean Foy
Beads and Buttons with Lisa Binkley
Felted Brooches and Embellishments with Briony Jean Foy
Simple Patchwork Quilting with Free Spirit Designs

Links to Open Studios and Shops:
A Botanical Dyery
Ardyth’s Sew ‘n’ Vac
Helen’s Daughters–Char terBeest Kudla and Mariella terBeest Schladweiler
Roberta Condon Pine Needle Basketry and Pastel Painting
Free Spirit Designs by Maday
dMarie Knit and Fiber Shop
Katherine McMahon, Textile and Graphic Artist
Suzanne Huber Weaving Studio
Lodi Alpacas at Whistling Valley Farms
Prairie Flower Beads
River Arts Gallery on Water Street
Dana Slowiak, Paper Artist
Sandra Wysock, Felt Landscape Artist


Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Weekend
Dates: April 21 – 22, 2017
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days
Webpage with full information: Pine to Prairie
Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Weekend Sponsor is Paul Bunyan Communications



Tressa Sularz Keynote Textile Talk: Dancing My Way Home

While Tressa’s work has always been organically intertwined with her life; her new work embodies a transition in her life as she mindfully and creatively faced many challenges. Her work reflects movement and transitions – from curving forms suggesting movement, embellished with earthly stones suggesting timelessness to cocoons reflecting on a time of stillness and inwardness with eventual rejuvenation. Leaving behind rattan baskets, she began to work with new techniques and materials which also transformed the scale of her work. The artist found herself dancing toward the top of life again. Local and visiting fiber enthusiasts will benefit from her experiences as they seek meaningful connections between their experiences and their own creative expression.


Links to Open Studios and Shops:
Karen-lisa Forbes, Knotting Artist
Karen Goulet, Nitaawi Art
Carrie Jessen, Weaver
Patty Lovegreen, Weaver and Felt Maker
Kristin Majkrzak, Weaver
Keila McCracken, Weaver and Clothing Designer
Sadie Rae’s Quilt Shop
Eve Sumsky
Ron Turney
Watermark Art Center
Willow Wood Market Designs