Midwest Happenings!

EVENT CALENDAR

Baby lamb at Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival

Hello, Visitors!

I’ve begun to explore a new events format for the Midwest Happenings! calendar. While there are excellent options in the marketplace, I’ve decided for the short term, to present the calendar as a pretty list. The calendar is sorted by Current Month and each future month. All the same info is here as before, only packaged a little differently to make it easier to find. Just scroll down or jump to each month by clicking on one of the orange links.  The events are sorted by month and date within each month. At the very bottom of the page, you can send me feedback.

Current Month

Late September – October, 2018

  • All events that begin this month.
  • All events that began in a previous month and are still going on.

2018 Midwest Fiber Festivals

January 1 – December 31

Do you enjoy going to a fiber festival, taking a class, or watching stock dogs herd sheep?  Midwest Fiber Arts Trails gathered a list of events including yarn crawls, conferences, sheep producers events and more. All take place throughout 2018. If you have an event and would like it to be included on this list, please contact me.  Email: jennifer@fiberartalmanac.com

Find out more: 2018 Midwest Fiber Festivals and Farm Tours

2018 Midwest Fiber Festivals

Jan - Dec 2018, Midwest Fiber Festivals

Evolution of an Artist: A Carolyn Abbott Retrospective

September 3 – October 12, 2018

Carolyn Abbott’s fiber art career began when her mother and great-grandmother taught her to sew and expanded with the help of many week-long workshops taught by well-known fiber artists. Evolution Of An Artist, is a retrospective of Abbott’s work, and includes pieces from the 1970’s when she was weaving and spinning, art quilts from 1985 – 2018 and surface design, shibori, and paper laminations from 2009-2018.

Address: 711 Laurel St Brainerd, MN 56401

Find out more: The Crossing Arts Alliance

Evolution of an Artist: A Carolyn Abbott Retrospective

September 3 - October 12, 2018, The Crossing Arts Alliance

Ripping the Seams: Unique and Activist Fibre Art

September 19 – October 27, 2018

This show features regional fibre artists on the cutting edge of the fibre art world. Many artists explore the boundaries of fibre art and how issues such as motherhood, gender, domesticity, creation, queer issues, (and more) intersect art and life.

Address: 24 N Main Avenue New York Mills, MN 56567 

Find out more: New York Mills Cultural Center

Ripping the Seams: Unique and Activist Fibre Art

September 19 - October 27, New York Mills Cultural Center

Fiber Arts in the Digital Age

September 27, 2018 – January 13, 2019

Living in the digital age means living in a time where we are increasingly able to do what was previously considered unimaginable. This era has touched every aspect of life and fiber art has been no exception.  To artists designing their work via software to the benefits of digitally printing textiles this exhibit explores various fiber art pieces that only exist due to the age we live in.

Technology has brought us an amazing array of changes, failures, successes, and advancements. Fiber art has a rich history of embracing these innovations, and all their many aspects, to further artistry. The artists in this exhibition are using technology to create. The digital age in which we live has inspired each artist in different ways, but all are using current technology to create art that would not have been possible even a handful of years ago.

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Rd Cedarburg, WI 53012

Find out more: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Fiber Arts in the Digital Age

September 27, 2018 - January 29, 2019, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Starlight Quilters Guild Show

September 28 – 29, 2018

Annual Quilt Show featuring unique quilts made by our members, vendor booths, boutique with handmade items and more.

Address: 5300 Metcalf Ave Overland Park, KS 66202 

Find out more: Starlight Quilt Guild

Starlight Quilters Guild Show

September 28 - 29, 2018, Starlight Quilt Guild

Tapestry Woven Faces Workshop with Ruth Manning

September 28 – 29, 2018

Enjoy learning to construct a woven face using tapestry technique; once you begin weaving it may remind you of someone you know. We will focus on a few key elements that play a part in creating expression such as choice of weft, use of the slit, and shape making using “hills and valleys”. The instructor will be providing a wide range of wefts for use in the weaving, but you may want to think about what outfit your person will be wearing. Selections of bits and pieces from your stash are bound to add pizzazz, including handspun for hair and novelty yarns for clothes. All levels can find this workshop rewarding.

About Ruth Manning:

The field of fiber arts is vast and I’ve tried most aspects, but soon found myself drawn to hand-woven tapestry. There was an immediate attraction to the image-making possibilities of tapestry, a very specific type of language that no other art process can duplicate. My tools are simple and I like that too; a frame loom, a variety of yarns, and a tapestry bobbin to tap them into place. I dye my yarns each summer to achieve the range of color I prefer to use. During my life as an artist I became increasingly interested in the stories people could tell of their lives. I slip into the role of listener and observer to study their faces and gestures. Later at home I try to bring back some part of their character in my sketchbook. These are the seeds that grow into my hand-woven tapestries.

Fee: $175 Registration Deadline August 28, 2018

Address: Lost Art Fiber and Textile 519 Wisconsin Ave Waukesha, WI 53186

Find out more: Lost Art and Fiber 

Tapestry Woven Faces Workshop with Ruth Manning

September 28 - 29, 2018, Ruth Manning Tapestry

Alpaca Farm Days at Lake Koshkonong Fiber & Livestock

September 29 – 30, 2018

Join us the last weekend in September as alpaca farms across North America open their gates to the public. Experience alpacas up close • Feel the alpaca fleece • Tour the farm • View live demonstrations • Learn about raising and breeding alpaca • Shop for alpaca products • Enjoy a fun-filled day for the entire family!

While you’re visiting the Thomas Family Farm:
  • Tour the farm
  • Take a selfie with an alpaca or an adorable goat
  • Shop the Lake Koshkonong Fiber Store for local yarn, roving, socks and sweaters
  • Get a bite at the Edgerton High School FFA Food Table
  • Learn about the Jefferson County 4H Llama and Alpaca Club
  • Adopt a kitten from Kadlec Ranch Cat Rescue
  • Buy some honey from KT Hollow Honey Farm

Hours are 10:00 – 4:00 both days. Admission is free.

Address: W9626 State Road 106 Edgerton, WI 53534

Find out more: Lake Koshkonong Fiber & Livestock Farm

 

Alpaca Farm Days at Lake Koshkonong Fiber & Livestock

September 29 - 30, 2018, Lake Koshkonong Fiber & Livestock

8X8 Gala and Fundraiser

October 4, 2018 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The 8×8 Art Auction and Gala is an inspiring evening of art, music, wine, and food that brings the community together in the Gallery setting of The Crossing Arts Alliance, which has a big city feel right in our downtown. Join us Thursday, October 4th from 5 to 7 for a glass of wine, hors d’ oeuvres, and some competitive bidding for a good cause. $20 at the door. Dozens of area artists contribute artwork on 8” x 8” canvases, which are offered in a silent auction at the event. All proceeds from the evening go to benefit The Crossing Arts Alliance as we work to provide more arts programming to our community.

ARTISTS – WE NEED YOUR HELP! Would you contribute art to our 8×8 Art Auction? We provide the canvas, so stop by to pick one up, add your creative talents, and return it to us by September 27 and your admission to the gala is only $10. Our gratitude for you knows no limits.

Address: 711 Laurel St Brainerd, MN 56401

Find out more: The Crossing Arts Alliance

8X8 Gala and Fundraiser

October 4, 2018 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., The Crossing Arts Alliance

Garage Sale Pop Up

October 4 – 6, 2018

A pop-up celebration of fiber and thrift – located at Textile Center!

Are you an artist, student, crafter, church group, guild doing charity work, or just love a bargain? Here’s how it works: Individuals and businesses have donated fabric, yarn, thread, notions, kits, patterns, magazines, books, beads, buttons and tools – an auditorium full of fiber finds! These treasures are then resold at garage sale prices to YOU. Donations are tax deductible, & it all benefits Textile Center’s programs.

Our Spring event, The World’s Largest Textile Garage Sale, will be held at the U of M ReUse Center April 10-13, 2019! More info here.

HOW TO DONATE

When: Thursday, October 4, 3 – 7 pm
Where: Textile Center – via our parking lot behind our building.
Please enter Textile Center’s parking lot from Arthur Ave. (If you’re traveling east on University, take a right on Arthur Ave; if you’re going west, take a left on Malcolm, right on Sidney, right on Arthur).

Please read our donation tips before donating!

Address: 3000 University Ave SE Minneapolis, MN 55410

Find out more: Textile Center

Garage Sale Pop Up at Textile Center

October 4 - 6, 2018, Textile Center

Book Release + Signing Party at Cultural Cloth

October 5 – 7, 2018

Book Signing Release Party for Cultural Cloth’s new book, “Rug Money: How a Group of Maya Women Changed Their Lives”

Rug Money, co-authored by Cultural Cloth co-founder, Mary Anne Wise and Cheryl Conway, co-founder of Multicolores, will be published by Thrums Books and released in September, 2018. Rug Money tells the story of our innovative teaching curriculum in Guatemala and profiles 10 of the rug artists “in their own words.” We are thrilled to host Thrums founder, Linda Ligon (founder, former owner of Interweave Press) and Thrums editor, Karen Brock during the fall Fresh Art Tour. The Thrums team will discuss and present their extraordinary collection of books and fellow Thrums author, Deborah Chandler (Learning to Weave, Traditional Weavers of Guatemala, Their Stories Their Lives) will be present to sign her books, too.

Address: W3560 State Road 35 Maiden Rock, WI 54750

Find out more: Cultural Cloth

Book Release + Signing Party at Cultural Cloth

October 5 - 7, 2018, Cultural Cloth

All Fiber Art Retreat

October 5 – 7, 2018

Classes, Vendors, Music, Massage Therapy, Yoga, Door Prizes, Demonstrations, Spinning, Weaving, Knitting, Crochet and much more! Vendors to include: Interlacements Yarns, Susan’s Fiber Shop, Ogle Designs, Happy Satyr, Hello Purl, and Hidden Valley Woolen Mill.

Schedule of Events at Rowley’s Bay Resort:
  • Friday 3pm to 5 pm ‘Meet and Greet’, vendors not open, still setting up.
  • Friday night Fish Boil, reservations to be made thru the resort. Call 1-920-854-2385 ask for Jewel.
  • Yoga 8 pm place to be determined. Will possibly hold the yoga Sat am and Sun am if desired. No charge, no formal class, just a chance to unwind.
  • Saturday show floor (vendor marketplace) opens 9am to 5pm No charge for admission, located in the Lake Michigan Room
  • Saturday night PJ party- 8pm to ? in the Lake Michigan Room, vendors will not be open for sales during this time. Prizes, snacks and music and more. Attendees may spin, knit, crochet, or work on any project they desire during this time, so bring your show and tell.
  • Sunday show floor (vendor marketplace) open 10-4 held again in the Lake Michigan room no cost to get in.
All Fiber Art Retreat Classes:

If the minimum number of students is not met for the class it will be up to the instructor to decide to run the class or cancel it. Payments to be made via Square or Paypal. Join Interlacement’s Ravelry forum to keep up to day with retreat info and class updates.

All Fiber Art Retreat Class List PDF

Address: Rowley’s Bay Resort 1041 County Road ZZ Ellison Bay, WI 54210

Find out more: All Fiber Art Retreat on Ravelry

All Fiber Art Retreat

October 5 - 7, 2018, All Fiber Art Retreat

Fosston Fiber Festival

October 5 – 7, 2018

Children and families welcome!
The Fosston Fiber Festival is in Clearbrook this year. The festival celebrates the fiber heritage of northern Minnesota by showcasing local fiber producers and artists. A range of workshops taught by fiber artists make fiber art and craft techniques accessible to everyone. Learn basic fiber art techniques or challenge yourself with more advanced fiber art workshops. This year Margo Hanson of Marsh Creek Crossing farm will be offering a free wet-felting workshop for children and adults with a $5 materials fee for the supplies needed. Please register in advance so the instructor can plan accordingly.

Many vendors are offering free demonstrations, including spinning techniques, knitting, rope-making, weaving and more. Do some early Christmas shopping, stock up on winter craft projects, shop for yarns, fiber or art, enjoy the beautiful northern Minnesota countryside and meet the farmers who produce the fibers that make our clothing, arts and crafts possible. Lunch is available on-site for $5 starting at 11 a.m. Saturday. Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. the Fashion Show is back and takes place at the festival this year. Fiber artists and anyone with handmade clothing or accessories is welcome to showcase their items. Bring your own handmade wearable fiber art to enter or come enjoy the entries. Open to the public, entering items is free. Please register Saturday morning if you plan to show your fiber art.

Workshop instructors include well-known Minnesota artists like Kathy Belt, Bruce Engebretson, Linda Johnson-Morke and Teresa Kukowski. Vendors include fiber farms, fiber artists, weavers and more.

Our popular raffle will return this year. Tickets give you a chance to win beautiful fiber art and other items while supporting your local farmers, artists and community. Raffle drawing Sunday afternoon. Workshop space fills quickly, please register in advance to be sure you get into the workshops of your choice.

Address: 200 Elm St W Clearbrook, MN

Find out more: Fosston Fiber Festival

Fosston Fiber Festival

October 5 - 7, 2018, Fosston Fiber Festival

Make + Take: Contemporary Mending

October 6, 2018 10:00 – 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: 608 New York Ave.Sheboygan, WI 53081

Find out more: John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Make + Take: Contemporary Mending with Heidi Parkes

October 6, 2018 10:00 - 4:00 p.m., John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Workshop: Creating the Illusion of Depth on a Two-dimensional Plane

October 8 – 12, 2018

This is a 5 day, 40 hours, intensive course. This technique workshop uses mixed media materials along with fabric to create the illusion of depth in a two-dimensional plane; in our case, a quilt. Through use of these materials along with principles of design, students will create small studies using these techniques. Specifically, overlapping, placement, size, value, and focus, will be areas of concentration using the collage approach. Students will walk away with a better sense of command over creating the illusion of depth on a two-dimensional plane.

Lecture: The Impact of Technology in Quilting October 11, 2018 7:30 p.m. $20.00

Artist Biography:

Deborah Fell is a full time studio artist committed to the quilt medium.  She is a professional member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), Surface Design Association (SDA) and Art Quilt Network (AQN).  Deborah’s art focuses on abstract, organic shapes while using surface treatment such as dyeing and painting fabric, photography and reclaimed materials. She has been a professional educator for over 30 years.  Besides teaching at-high-risk high school students in a public high school setting, Deborah has taught various art workshops at national symposiums such as QSDS, Quilting by the Lake, Front Range Contemporary Quilters, community college and continuing education. Deborah obtained a Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University as well as graduate work at University of Illinois, University of New Hampshire and a fellowship at Northwestern University.

For the entire supply list, etc. click here.

Fee: $525 w/o lunches $560 w/lunches.

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Rd Cedarburg, WI 53012 

Find out more: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Workshop: Creating the Illusion of Depth on a Two-dimensional Plane

October 8 - 10, 2018, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

The 8th annual Fermentation Fest/Art d’Tour

October 5 – 14, 2018

This is an event that combines the attributes of art and agriculture by featuring artworks installed along a 50 mile self guided route amid the beautiful countryside of Sauk County Wisconsin. Interspersed with the art installations are local vendors featuring handmade items, foods, events and connections of art to ag. Also are classes offered in fermentation, tasting, pairing , cooking, preparing foods that are fermented and enjoyed. There are many special events also during the 10 days like concerts and speakers. I will be one of many vendors showing and selling my work. I will be sitting every day except Tuesday and Wednesday.

The event itself is free for attendees other than the classes, food, any products purchased, and an optional map that will give details of the entire route. There are free Guides for the event which includes a general map.

Address: 28 E Main St. Reedsburg, WI 53959

Find out more: Fermentation Fest

The 8th Annual Fermentation Fest/Art d'Tour

October 5 - 14, 2018, Fermentation Fest

Sip and Sew at The Electric Needle

Second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m.

Come and sew in an inviting atmosphere with other sewists. Much like an open sew, bring your current project and your sewing machine. Come with friends or make new ones. Reservations required. Bring your project and your sewing machine and supplies.

Sip and Sew at The Electric Needle

Second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m., The Electric Needle

Bobbin Lace Making Demonstration at NCSML

Second Wednesday of each month 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

See members of the Doris Southard Lace Guild demonstrate this beautiful craft. Demonstrations take place at the museum each month on the second Wednesday in Rozek Grand Hall.

Bobbin Lace Making Demonstration at NCSML

Second Wednesday of each month., National Czech Slovak Museum & Library

Hooked Fish Stringer Class

October 11, 2018 10:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Monthly Native fish hooking pattern with specially dyed wool. Rug hook some trophy fish! Can’t wait to dye some wonderful wool for you to form a trophy of a stinger.

Future dates:  Feb 8Mar 8Apr 12May 10June 14July 12Aug 9, Sept. 13, Oct 11Nov 8, Dec 13.

Fee: $45 includes monthly pattern and wool.

Address: 86 Mahtomedi Ave Mahtomedi, MN

Find out more: Magnolias

Hooked Fish Stringer Class

Once a month throughout 2018., Magnolias

Covered Bridge Art Studio Tour features Cedarburg Spur Trail Members

October 12 – 14, 2018

The Covered Bridge studio artist tour showcases 45 working artists in their annual fall tour organized by the Cedarburg Artists Guild. Several artists who are also on the Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail are included in the 2018 tour. They are:

Ilze Heider Leather Designs at the Grafton Arts Mill

Gina Studelska Mixed Media–Fibers at Grafton Arts Mill

Laura Weber Fiber Arts and Basketry at The Pink Llama Gallery in Cedarburg

Nancee Arigano Punch Needle Embroidery at the Cooperage in Cedarburg

Mary Mendla Fine Art and Apparel in Thiensville

Address: Cedarburg, WI

Find out more: Covered Bridge Tour

Covered Bridge Art Studio Tour features Cedarburg Spur Trail Members

October 12 - 14, 2018, Covered Bridge Tour

Spirit Of Ukambani

October 12 – December 29, 2018

Spirit of Ukambani is a mixed-media exhibit featuring fiber art and photography. In 2017, painter and fabric artist Mary Therese and photographer Monika Lawrence traveled to Kenya. This collaboration of work is an outcome of that journey, reflecting on the memories the artists shared from their time together experiencing this rich culture. The exhibit features silk batik paintings and black & white digital photography, depicting wildlife and landscapes from the Ukambani region of southern Kenya.

Address: 505 Bemidji Ave N Bemidji, MN 56601

Find out more: Spirit of Ukambani

Spirit Of Ukambani

October 12 - December 29, 2018, Watermark Art Center

Madtown Yarn Shop Hop

October 12 – 14, 2018

Twelve Shops. One weekend. *Classes, events and prizes* The more shops you visit, the bigger the prizes you could win!
Prize categories include: visiting 1-3 shops, 4-7 shops, 7-10 shops and 10-12 shops. If you make it to all 12, you’ll be entered for a special Grand Prize! Includes prizes from all of the participating shops plus event sponsors.

Shop hours and special events: If you know of more, please email knitcircus@gmail.com and let us know!
Any participating store: Anytime during their open hours starting Friday you can pick up your punch cards/passports to start your Hop!

Address: Madison, WI

Find out more: Madtown Shop Hop

Madtown Yarn Shop Hop

October 12 - 14, 2018, Madtown Shop Hop

Mini Hand Quilted Wall Hanging with Heidi Parkes

October 13, 2018

Let’s make a mini quilted art piece for our wall. In this day long workshop with textile artist Heidi Parkes, we’ll learn the entire hand stitched quilt-making process. We’ll cover hand piecing, basting, hand quilting, sewing a border and hanging/finishing techniques. The entire process will be done with a needle and thread (no sewing machines required) and depending on the complexity of your project and pace, you’ll walk away with a completed 6” x 6” framed wall piece. Heidi loves to place an emphasis on playfulness and concept. so you’ll be invited to explore creative possibilities for your quilt top with techniques like visible hand piecing, applique, embroidery and layering. Heidi will also share details on adaptations for scaling this project up on your own for larger quilts.

This workshop is perfect for folks who love the gratification of finishing something in one sitting, doing something special with a beloved heirloom textile or simply cozying up a corner in your home.

This workshop is inspired from a special project Heidi Parkes completed last January where she made thirty 6” x 6″ stretched canvas style quilts for 30x30x30 Exhibition at Var in Milwaukee.

Because of the freedom of design and expression in this class, there is a short list of items you’ll need to purchase and bring for your project.

Fee: $165

Address: 78 North Bryan Street Madison, WI, 53714

Find out more: One One Thousand

Mini Hand Quilted Wall Hanging

October 13, 2018 10:00 - 4:00 p.m., One One Thousand

Embroidery Club at The Electric Needle

Third Tuesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Join us once a month ( Third Tuesday of the Month) for a hands on class featuring some of the wonderful things that can be done on an embroidery machine. This class is open to any current embroidery machine owner or anyone interested in trying an embroidery machine. Each class will highlight a technique, include written instructions and an embroidery design.

Embroidery Club at The Electric Needle

Third Tuesday of the month., The Electric Needle

The Fabric of India

October 19, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Organized by the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum in London, this exhibition is the first to fully explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India. The exhibition showcases the finest examples from the V&A’s world-renowned collection together with masterpieces from international partners, leading designers, and additions from the Cincinnati Art Museum’s own outstanding permanent collection. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore a stunning range of historic dress, heirloom fabrics, and cutting-edge fashion.

India’s handmade textiles are embedded in every aspect of its identity and the history of these fabrics date back at least 6000 years. The oldest surviving cotton threads, from around 4000 BCE, were exported from India. Dyed textiles from the region are documented as far back as 2500 BCE. Textiles are so central to India’s identity that in ancient Greece and Babylon the very name ‘India’ was shorthand for ‘cotton’.

The six thematic sections will explore courtly splendor that was proclaimed by sumptuous fabrics, while religious worship found expression through finely crafted sacred cloths. Centuries of global trade shaped by the export of Indian textiles exemplify the robust aesthetic exchange engaged in by artisans who reflected the culture of their clients in their work. India’s celebrated textiles survived the threat of industrialization and were used to unite India as a symbol of power and protest in the quest for independence in the early twentieth century. Today, Indian designers are adapting traditional techniques to create exciting new fashion, art and design for a global audience, giving India’s textile history a new relevance in the modern world.

For additional programming, click here.

Address: 953 Eden Park Drive Cincinnati, OH 45202

Find out more: Cincinnati Art Museum

The Fabric of India

October 19, 2018 - January 6, 2019, Cincinnati Art Museum

Introduction To Tapestry Weaving

Two days, October 21 – 22, 2018 9:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Watermark Art Center presents a weaving workshop led by instructor Kristin Majkrzak. “Introduction to Tapestry Weaving” will be held at Watermark on October 20-21 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tapestry weaving is a medium of artistic expression that is both ancient and modern. It is a way of “painting” with yarn that uses texture, color, and line as part of the design process, and your style can be anything from realistic to abstract.

In this workshop, participants will create a small wall hanging using simple frame looms to learn basic weaving techniques, starting with straight lines and interacting color and moving on to curving shapes and distorted weft. They will also learn how to warp the looms, plus some different methods of finishing your tapestries.

What should you bring to class? Scissors, notebook.

Fee: $120 ($105 for Watermark members). In addition to registration costs, please note that a $15 materials fee will be charged at the door.

Address: 505 Bemidji Ave N Bemidji, MN 56601

Find out more: Watermark Art Center

Introduction To Tapestry Weaving

October 20 - 21, 2018, Watermark Art Center

Madison Weavers Guild Fine Art and Craft Sale

October 27 – 28, 2018

Celebrating our 33rd Semiannual Fine Art & Craft Sale, Sponsored by the Madison Weavers Guild. Over 40 talented artisans displaying and selling their fabulous and affordable artwork. This is a FREE event.

Hope to see you — and bring a friend!

Address: Olbrich Botanical Gardens 3330 Atwood Avenue Madison, WI 53704

Find out more: Madison Weavers Guild

Madison Weavers Guild Fine Art and Craft Sale

October 27 - 28, 2018, Madison Weavers Guild

Beginning and Overshot Weaving with Catherine Jautz Bailey

October 25 and November 16, 2018

Beginning Class Description:  Catherine will help you to complete a small mat in a color of your choice in one lesson. You will learn to read a pattern, make a warp, thread a loom, chose a weft, weave an article, and secure ends. You will take home your work, a copy of the pattern you used, and new knowledge of the ancient art of weaving.  Class fee is $120, which includes the kit fee.  Class is limited to two participants. Looms, warping boards and shuttles will be provided. Kits include a needle, yarns for the warp and weft, additional patterns, note pad and weaving references to pursue. Bring scissors and your questions. Students should bring a bag lunch. Beverages will be provided.

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Rd Cedarburg, WI 53012

Find out more: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Beginning and Overshot Weaving with Catherine Jautz Bailey

October 25 and November 16, 2018, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Knit with dMarie at the Blue Spoon

Last Wednesday of each month.

Join us on the last Wednesday of each month at the Blue Spoon Cafe in the River Room!  Bring a friend or meet new ones.  Every craft is welcome! Join our show and tell, win some door prizes donated by DMarie Knit and Fiber, LLC and enjoy great food! No RSVP needed! Just show up!

Knit with dMarie at the Blue Spoon

Last Wednesday of each month., dMarie Knit + Fiber

Music and Movement: Rhythm in Textile Design

May 18 – October 28, 2018

A tapestry that depicts a violin fractured by vibrations as it produces a sonata, a printed fabric that illustrates the bright experimentations of jazz, a gift-wrapping cloth that portrays graceful and elegantly attired dancers moving in a procession—each of these works offers a small window onto the various ways visual artists engage with, interpret, and express rhythms. Understood here as a repeated pattern of sound or movement or a harmonious sequence, rhythm invites cross-disciplinary artistic ventures, and Music and Movement: Rhythm in Textile Design explores how textiles can suggest a multisensory aesthetic. Featuring a selection of 17th- through 20th-century works made in countries including Brazil, Finland, France, Japan, and the United States, the exhibition highlights the global nature of the Art Institute’s collection and invites visitors to consider how rhythm informs textile design. This exhibit exemplifies the various and complex ways in which textile designers and producers have communicated sound and movement through their work, using rhythm to connect artists and art forms.

Address: 111 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603

Find out more: Art Institute of Chicago

Music and Movement: Rhythm in Textile Design

May 18 - October 28, 2018, Art Institute of Chicago

Gudrun Sjödén — A Colourful Universe

July 26 – October 28, 2018

Gudrun Sjödén, considered the godmother of Swedish fashion, is a renowned textile designer and entrepreneurial force whose boldly feminine collections are inspired by nature and Swedish folk motifs. This American Swedish Institute collaboration with Sjödén examines her career and inspirations through a visually striking exhibition that shares her original watercolors and archival constructed catalogs.

ASI’s 2018 exploration of The Handmade focuses on master makers, the work they create and the global movements they have inspired, opening a window to Sweden’s intimate connection to the handmade form and its international impact. Sjödén grew up on a farm where handcrafts, such as knitting or carving, were a part of life and that experience remains a part of her inspiration.

As part of Gudrun Sjödén Design, her colorful, eco-conscious design processes and philosophies have earned her a worldwide network of fans. This visually striking exhibition shares her original watercolors and archival constructed catalogs, inspiring a forum for inspiration, knowledge and positive thinking.

Address: 2600 Park Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55407

Find out more: American Swedish Institute

Gudrun Sjödén — A Colourful Universe

July 26 - October 28, 2018, American Swedish Institute

Susie Taylor: Poetic Geometry

August 30 – October 27, 2018

In an exploration of geometric abstraction that tends toward minimalism, Susie Taylor uses the grid, inherent to the weaving process, as both a jumping off point and problem solving tool. “My work is a highly scripted improvisation,” says Taylor, requiring her to break down complexity and impose a new visual order on materials. The nature of the horizontal/vertical relationship of threads on a loom provides a structure for creative practice that engages technical expertise and poses a visual puzzle to be solved as she composes each piece. In conjunction with Taylor’s workshop: Weaving at Painting.

Address: 3000 University Ave SE Minneapolis, MN 55410

Find out more: Textile Center

Susie Taylor: Poetic Geometry

August 30 - October 27, 2018, Textile Center

Jiseon Lee Isbara: Displaced

August 30 – October 30, 2018

The complexity of current cultural discourse is addressed in Jiseon Lee Isbara’s work through fluid use of everyday textile materials and essential techniques. Illegible texts and physical forms convey messages or questions about the displacement she feels, while mundane and repetitive action convey anxiety and obsession. Slow and time-consuming processes, such as mending, oppose emotion over subject, where dualities are referenced repeatedly in the work-logic and chaos, ambiguity and clarity, displacement and settlement. Lee Isbara is currently Professor and Dean of Academic Affairs at Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon.

Address: Joan Mondale Gallery • 3000 University Ave SE Minneapolis, MN 55414 

Find out more: Textile Center

Jiseon Lee Isbara: Displaced

August 30 - October 20, 2018, Textile Center

November, 2018

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Free Range/Improvisational Knitting Workshop

November 3, 2018

For many knitters there comes a time when they desire to create their own designs and patterns rather than following those of other people. At the same time they may not wish to deal with the complexities of designing sweaters or other types of clothing that requires focused attention of measuring and counting.  A solution to this dilemma is learning to create knit scarves and shawls by combining colors, textures, and stitches of various kinds into a completely personal and unique work of art. I will teach creating triangular or rectangular shawls of varying sizes.

Dagmar Plenk 
I was born and raised in Germany at a time when almost all women knew how to knit, either from necessity – old sweaters were unraveled and made into new ones during war times, or because it was simply a skill whose development was taken for granted. My grandmother taught me how to knit when I was six years old, and since then I have been knitting on and off throughout my life. In recent years I developed my own style of free range or improvisational knitting, which allows me to create unique combinations of shapes, stitches, and textures.

Supply List: Yarns of different weight, colors, and textures. The more the better. Your yarn stash might be a good place to start looking. Go for variety, and think about what colors would look good together. Circular needles. Size will depend on the yarns you choose. It is safest to bring along different sizes. Stitch markers. Small scissors. Notebook and pen. Most importantly, bring along a spirit of adventure and a trust in your creative abilities.

Fee: $100.00

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Rd Cedarburg, WI 53012

Find out more: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Free Range/Improvisational Knitting Workshop

November 3, 2018, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Fall 2018 Documentation Day at WMQFA

November 3, 2018 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

For Quilt Documentation, please make an appointment in advance by emailing Documentation@wiquiltmuseum.com. Rug Documentation is walk-in, for a fee of $5 per item.

Calling all quilts (and hooked rugs) and the people who love them!  Help us save the stories in the stitches by bringing your precious family heirlooms (or modern creations) to Documentation Day at the WMQFA’s farmstead.  For just $10, we will record the history of the quilt, create a detailed description, take a digital image, and save this information in our archives.

We will include your quilt in an online database, the Quilt Index (www.quiltindex.org), where it can be accessed and studied for years to come, at no charge.  Our trained volunteers can tell you when and how your antique quilt was made, and give suggestions on proper care and storage.

During the documentation event, our volunteers will help you fill out a detailed form (Quilt-Documentation).  You may already have some information, and can bring this along to the documentation.

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Rd Cedarburg, WI 53012

Find out more: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Fall 2018 Documentation Day at WMQFA

November 3, 2018, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Gina Studelska: Artist-in-residence at Cedarburg Cultural Center

November 6, 8, 13, 15, 27, 29, 2018

Gina Studelska, local fiber and mixed media artist from Grafton, WI is participating in a month-long artist residency at the Cedarburg Cultural Center (CCC). Gina will be on-site at CCC each Tuesday and Thursday during November. The specific dates and times are November 6, 9, 13, 15, 27, 29 from 11:00pm – 3:00pm each day. Please note, Gina will not be in residence during the week of Thanksgiving.

She will be available to talk about her art, demo weaving and will teach a half day workshop called, “Weaving Nature Workshop with Gina Studelska” on November 16, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Click on the above link to register for the workshop.

Artist Bio:

Gina grew up in a family that lived in an unincorporated town in Wisconsin. As kids, they were always outside; painting their chins with dandelions, stringing catalpa flowers, planting marigolds from seeds collected last year, digging in sand, and collecting leaves, feathers, and rocks. She never tired of these simple things.  Family, faith, and nature often entwine as themes throughout Gina’s art. Gina has a BA in Art from UW-Whitewater with a certification to teach and graduate work at Mount Mary and Cardinal Stritch Universities.

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.

In eco printing, leaves and flowers are bundled in natural textiles or paper, bound by winding around sticks, or stacked in layers. The bundles are then tied and steamed or simmered in hot water to extract their color and the image. The image is transferred because of the direct contact with the fabric.

Address: W62 N546 Washington Ave Cedarburg, WI 53012

Find out more: Cedarburg Cultural Center

Gina Studelska: Artist-in-residence at Cedarburg Cultural Center

November 6, 8, 13, 15, 27, 29, 2018, Cedarburg Cultural Center

Weavers Guild of Minnesota presents Fiber Fair 2018

November 9 – 11, 2018

Enjoy a fabulous shopping experience in a beautiful gallery space, which includes ample parking and ADA accessible ramps and elevators. Fiber Fair brings together an extraordinary selection of handmade items from local fiber artists including rugs, decorative textiles, handwoven clothing and accessories, bags, handspun yarn and fiber artwork. Perfect gifts for yourself or someone special. Featuring live demonstrations of weaving and spinning, Fiber Fair showcases the work of over 50 of Minnesota’s finest fiber artists. All proceeds support area artists and the Weavers Guild of Minnesota.
SALE DATES AND HOURS:
Friday, November 9, 10am-7pm
Saturday, November 10, 10am-5pm
Sunday, November 11, 12pm-4pm

Address: Northrup King Building Studio #332,1500 Jackson Street NE, Minneapolis, 55413

Find out more: Weavers Guild of Minnesota

Weavers Guild of Minnesota presents Fiber Fair 2018

November 9 - 11, 2018, Weavers Guild of Minnesota

Thumb Fiber Festival

November 9-11, 2018

We are excited to host our 3rd annual Thumb Fiber Festival Nov. 9-10 at Camp Cavell, located on beautiful sandy Lake Huron, 4.5 miles north of Lexington / 5.5 miles south of Port Sanilac. Offering alpaca fiber, sheep wool, & more including spinning and weaving equipment, ready made goodies and yarn to spoil your knitting friends & yourself! Camp Cavell has cabins, each with their own bathroom and private counselor’s room, available to spend the night and make a great fiber getaway! The camp kitchen will be in full swing cooking breakfast treats, full lunch, and more! A 2 1/2 day retreat precedes festival. See notes section on classes and how to register.

Join us for our second workshop retreat, preceding the Thumb Fiber Festival, November 6-8. Located at Camp Cavell Conservancy on Lake Huron. You’ll wake up to the sound of waves, have hot meals in the dining hall and spend your days feasting in the fiber knowledge available! Kick back in the evenings with new friends & music in the lodge. Head back to your heated cabins for a shower & nice night sleep! Each cabin has heat and running water – no dodging out to an outhouse here! Bring your friends, fill a cabin, and have an adult camp experience! For all workshop details visit our website.

Address: 3335 Lakeshore Rd, Lexington, MI 48450

Find out more: Thumb Fiber Festival

Thumb Fiber Festival

November 9-11, 2018, Thumb Fiber Festival

Indigo & Shibori for Quilters with Kipp Inglis

November 10, 2018 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Students will be given instruction in the following:
Making and caring for an individual organic (natural) indigo vat that can be taken home to continue using. Instruction, demonstration and hands-on assistance in different types of shibori (resist) to create patterns on their fabric pieces. Emphasis will be on stitched shibori techniques (Nui shibori) for patterning on fabric. A short history of indigo and the science behind the color. Fabric scouring instruction and assistance in dipping the manipulated fabric into the dye vat. Cleaning and care of the dyed pieces, cleaning the work space, and a final wrap-up to show work created in class.

Students will leave with an indigo vat of their own as well as shibori samples!

Class fee includes all tools and supplies including; non-latex gloves, dust mask, PH paper, sashiko needles, threads, pre-scoured fat quarters; 2 quilting cotton, 2 linen/cotton blend.

Fee: $140

Address: 6333 University Avenue Madison, WI 53562

Find out more: Blue Bar Quilts

Indigo & Shibori for Quilters Workshop

November 10, 2018, Blue Bar Quilts

Piecing As Painting with Heidi Parkes

November 10, 2018

Supply List:

  • At least 5 art images that inspire you
  • Fabrics from a variety of sources including fabric stash and vintage; clothing, tablecloths, embroidery
  • Sewing machine
  • Rotary cutter, mat & ruler
  • Basic sewing supplies; neutral piecing thread, scissors, sewing machine needles, seam ripper, pins
  • Batting in the size needed for your finished quilt (your choice), it will be used as a design wall during class
  • Milliners hand sewing needles (size 9 suggested)
  • Pearl cotton #8, sashiko thread or crochet thread #10
  • Thimble

Fee: 180.00

Address: 6333 University Ave Suite 105 Middleton, WI 53562

Find out more: Blue Bar Quilts

Piecing As Painting

November 10, 2018 10:00 - 6:00 p.m., Blue Bar Quilts

Boro Book with Kipp Inglis

Two session workshop: November 15 and November 29, 2018 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Two Session class. Learn the use and history of boro and its link to traditional Japanese Sashiko while making a sample book for reference. Using pre-stressed fabrics of different weights and weaves as pages for a book, you will “mend” the pages using scraps of ethnic fabrics and stitches commonly seen in boro work. Homework between the sessions will allow you to stitch your pages. The book will be finished using a traditional bookbinding technique applied to the fabric “pages”.

All tools and supplies are included in the class fee: Japanese, Indian & hand-dyed fabric scraps, sashiko needlepack & thimble, assorted threads, shared use of tools for book binding.

Fee: $85

Address: 6333 University Ave Middleton, WI 53562

Find out more: Blue Bar Quilts

Boro Book

November 15 and November 29, 2018, Blue Bar Quilts

Weaving Nature Workshop with Gina Studelska

November 16, 2018 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Gina shares with us the art of embracing and “weaving” elements of nature into a personal piece of art. There will be demonstration and various examples for your inspiration and you’ll receive individual attention and instruction as you create your own unique weaving stretched permanently onto a canvas.

Most supplies are included but students are asked to bring a yarn needle and meaningful natural elements they find or have collected over time for weaving into or tying onto the warp threads, such as feathers, sticks, beads, special fabrics, threads, string, papers or yarns.

The registration deadline for classes is 48 hours prior to each class. Call to check. If CCC must cancel a class, students will be notified immediately via email or phone.

Fee: $45 for non members and $36 for CCC members

Address: W62 N546 Washington Ave Cedarburg, WI 53012

Find out more: Cedarburg Cultural Center

Weaving Nature Workshop with Gina Studelska

November 16, 2018 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., Cedarburg Cultural Center

Tapestry Weaving: Beyond the Basics

Two days, November 17 – 18, 2018 9:30 – 4:30 p.m.

This class is for those who have taken the “Introduction to Tapestry Weaving” class, or who already have a basic knowledge of tapestry. In this class, you will have the chance to experiment with color mixing by weaving with two yarn strands held together, and also through the technique of hatching.

We will be working with shape building, outlining, and different kinds of joins.  We will also be exploring the design process so that you can develop cartoons for original pieces you might like to weave. Please come to the first class with your loom warped.

If you feel you need a warping refresher, there will be an optional session Friday evening. You must register for that session separately.  If that won’t work for you, and you have questions or need help, please contact the instructor for other options.

What to bring – scissors, note pad. You may also bring any weaving tools you have and/or yarns you might like to work with (optional).

Fee: $120 ($105 for Watermark members). In addition to registration costs, please note that a $3 materials fee will be charged at the door.

Address: 505 Bemidji Ave N Bemidji, MN 56601

Find out more: Watermark Art Center

Tapestry Weaving: Beyond The Basics

November 17 - 18, 2018, Watermark Art Center

Framed Quilt-in-a-Day with Heidi Parkes

November 17, 2018

Learn the entire quilt-making process in this one-day class, and leave with a completed work of art for your wall. Students will learn to hand piece a 6×6″ quilt top, baste, hand quilt, sew a border, and then secure that quilt to a frame. (Frames provided) The entire process will be done with a needle and thread, no sewing machines required. In January 2018, instructor Heidi Parkes made one of these 6×6″ stretched canvas style quilts each day for an exhibition at Var Gallery in Milwaukee. Students will be encouraged to try a variety of sewing techniques to make their quilt top, and will make their own completely unique ‘soft painting.’

Quilt tops made may include visible hand piecing, applique, embroidery, layering, and an emphasis on playfulness and concept. Heidi will also share details with students on adaptations for scaling this project up on your own for future framed quilts.

About Heidi Parkes – A highly skilled fiber artist, Heidi Parkes is a 2005 graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Active on social media, Parkes has 5,000+ followers on Instagram, and has her finger on the pulse of the contemporary fiber art world.  She taught at the Modern Quilt Guild’s QuiltCon 2018, 2017 and  2016, where she has won 1st place in handwork, and 2nd place in improvisation.

Supply List PDF

Fee: $160

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Road Cedarburg, WI 53012

Find out more: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Framed Quilt-in-a-Day

November 17, 2018 10:00 - 4:00 p.m., Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Celebrating the Designer: Fall Fashion Show

November 18, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

Kick off your holiday shopping early with a fun fashion show and wearable artist mini-market. Featuring Mary Sue Fenner and select Mount Mary University Fashion Program Students and Graduates plus twenty wearable art designers. Shop! for yourself or holiday shopping including original wearable art designs, including clothing, scarves, hats, gloves, jewelry and more!

Tickets: $25 for Members and $35 for non-members.

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Road Cedarburg, WI 53012

Find out more: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Celebrating the Designer: Fall Fashion Show

November 18, 2018 at 1:30 p.m., Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Beginning and Overshot Weaving with Catherine Jautz Bailey

October 25 and November 16, 2018

Beginning Class Description:  Catherine will help you to complete a small mat in a color of your choice in one lesson. You will learn to read a pattern, make a warp, thread a loom, chose a weft, weave an article, and secure ends. You will take home your work, a copy of the pattern you used, and new knowledge of the ancient art of weaving.  Class fee is $120, which includes the kit fee.  Class is limited to two participants. Looms, warping boards and shuttles will be provided. Kits include a needle, yarns for the warp and weft, additional patterns, note pad and weaving references to pursue. Bring scissors and your questions. Students should bring a bag lunch. Beverages will be provided.

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Rd Cedarburg, WI 53012

Find out more: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Beginning and Overshot Weaving with Catherine Jautz Bailey

October 25 and November 16, 2018, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Fiber Arts in the Digital Age

September 27, 2018 – January 13, 2019

Living in the digital age means living in a time where we are increasingly able to do what was previously considered unimaginable. This era has touched every aspect of life and fiber art has been no exception.  To artists designing their work via software to the benefits of digitally printing textiles this exhibit explores various fiber art pieces that only exist due to the age we live in.

Technology has brought us an amazing array of changes, failures, successes, and advancements. Fiber art has a rich history of embracing these innovations, and all their many aspects, to further artistry. The artists in this exhibition are using technology to create. The digital age in which we live has inspired each artist in different ways, but all are using current technology to create art that would not have been possible even a handful of years ago.

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Rd Cedarburg, WI 53012

Find out more: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Fiber Arts in the Digital Age

September 27, 2018 - January 29, 2019, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

The Fabric of India

October 19, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Organized by the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum in London, this exhibition is the first to fully explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India. The exhibition showcases the finest examples from the V&A’s world-renowned collection together with masterpieces from international partners, leading designers, and additions from the Cincinnati Art Museum’s own outstanding permanent collection. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore a stunning range of historic dress, heirloom fabrics, and cutting-edge fashion.

India’s handmade textiles are embedded in every aspect of its identity and the history of these fabrics date back at least 6000 years. The oldest surviving cotton threads, from around 4000 BCE, were exported from India. Dyed textiles from the region are documented as far back as 2500 BCE. Textiles are so central to India’s identity that in ancient Greece and Babylon the very name ‘India’ was shorthand for ‘cotton’.

The six thematic sections will explore courtly splendor that was proclaimed by sumptuous fabrics, while religious worship found expression through finely crafted sacred cloths. Centuries of global trade shaped by the export of Indian textiles exemplify the robust aesthetic exchange engaged in by artisans who reflected the culture of their clients in their work. India’s celebrated textiles survived the threat of industrialization and were used to unite India as a symbol of power and protest in the quest for independence in the early twentieth century. Today, Indian designers are adapting traditional techniques to create exciting new fashion, art and design for a global audience, giving India’s textile history a new relevance in the modern world.

For additional programming, click here.

Address: 953 Eden Park Drive Cincinnati, OH 45202

Find out more: Cincinnati Art Museum

The Fabric of India

October 19, 2018 - January 6, 2019, Cincinnati Art Museum

December, 2018

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Fiber Arts in the Digital Age

September 27, 2018 – January 13, 2019

Living in the digital age means living in a time where we are increasingly able to do what was previously considered unimaginable. This era has touched every aspect of life and fiber art has been no exception.  To artists designing their work via software to the benefits of digitally printing textiles this exhibit explores various fiber art pieces that only exist due to the age we live in.

Technology has brought us an amazing array of changes, failures, successes, and advancements. Fiber art has a rich history of embracing these innovations, and all their many aspects, to further artistry. The artists in this exhibition are using technology to create. The digital age in which we live has inspired each artist in different ways, but all are using current technology to create art that would not have been possible even a handful of years ago.

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Rd Cedarburg, WI 53012

Find out more: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Fiber Arts in the Digital Age

September 27, 2018 - January 29, 2019, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

The Fabric of India

October 19, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Organized by the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum in London, this exhibition is the first to fully explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India. The exhibition showcases the finest examples from the V&A’s world-renowned collection together with masterpieces from international partners, leading designers, and additions from the Cincinnati Art Museum’s own outstanding permanent collection. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore a stunning range of historic dress, heirloom fabrics, and cutting-edge fashion.

India’s handmade textiles are embedded in every aspect of its identity and the history of these fabrics date back at least 6000 years. The oldest surviving cotton threads, from around 4000 BCE, were exported from India. Dyed textiles from the region are documented as far back as 2500 BCE. Textiles are so central to India’s identity that in ancient Greece and Babylon the very name ‘India’ was shorthand for ‘cotton’.

The six thematic sections will explore courtly splendor that was proclaimed by sumptuous fabrics, while religious worship found expression through finely crafted sacred cloths. Centuries of global trade shaped by the export of Indian textiles exemplify the robust aesthetic exchange engaged in by artisans who reflected the culture of their clients in their work. India’s celebrated textiles survived the threat of industrialization and were used to unite India as a symbol of power and protest in the quest for independence in the early twentieth century. Today, Indian designers are adapting traditional techniques to create exciting new fashion, art and design for a global audience, giving India’s textile history a new relevance in the modern world.

For additional programming, click here.

Address: 953 Eden Park Drive Cincinnati, OH 45202

Find out more: Cincinnati Art Museum

The Fabric of India

October 19, 2018 - January 6, 2019, Cincinnati Art Museum

January

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Beginning Botanical Dyes – Build A Basic Color Wheel

January 5 – 19, 2018 (4 sessions) 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

In 4 sessions, Kipp Inglis will teach students how to use botanical dyes (all natural) Indigo for Blue, Weld for Yellow and Madder for Red to build a basic color wheel on cotton and then to combine them for green, orange, and purple. Learn the scouring and mordanting preparation process as well as the dye recipes. First session in an introduction and will be held from 10AM until 12 noon. The other three session are from 12-4. Dye work will be done on quilting cotton.

All supplies are included in the fee. Supplies include quilting cotton, all scouring and mordant ingredients as well as indigo, weld and madder dyestuffs. Non-latex gloves and dust masks will be provided. Students should wear clothing that can get wet and stained. An apron is recommended.

Session One: Best practice and safety in the dye studio and what processes are necessary for working with natural dyes; scouring, mordanting and using assists to modify colors.

Session Two: Basic blue using indigo is about the only natural dye that yields the color blue. Learn to make a natural indigo vat to dye samples that will also be used to create secondary colors.

Session Three: Yellow from weld; very expensive but high yield and strong, can be obtained. Shades of yellow plus additional sample pieces that will be used to create secondary colors are the goals of this session. Additional dye-stuffs to obtain yellow may be used if available. Previously dyed indigo samples will be used to combine with yellow to achieve the color green.

Session Four: Madder will be used to produce red samples, as well as combining with previously dyed weld yellow and indigo blue pieces for orange and purple shades. If available, other plant materials that produce reds will be sampled.

Fee: $269

Address: 6333 University Ave Middleton, WI 53562

Find out more: Blue Bar Quilts

Beginning Botanical Dyes - Build A Basic Color Wheel

January 5 - 19, 2018 (4 sessions), Blue Bar Quilts

Layering: Transparent Fabrics and Handwork with Heidi Parkes

January 12 – 13, 2019

More info to come.

Address: N50 W 5050 Portland Road Cedarburg, WI 53012

Find out more: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Layering: Transparent Fabrics and Handwork

January 12 - 13, 2019, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Native Fiber

Opens January 17, 2019

The Native Fiber exhibit  will serve both as an interesting dialogue of what is “native” art while also testing the boundaries of “fiber” art. Native Fiber will feature quill work and birch biting along with quilting, weaving and other forms of fiber art. This exhibit is being co-curated with Karen Ann Hoffman.

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Rd. Cedarburg, WI 53012 

Find out more: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Native Fiber

Opens January 17, 2019, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Introduction to Overshot with Hopewell Weaving

January 26 – 27, 2019

Overshot is one of the most beautiful and picturesque weaves. From classic to contemporary there is a limitless number of patterns, colors and variations possible. You will learn about the structure of Overshot and how to vary the treadling to get the look you want. This workshop is appropriate for beginning and intermediate level weavers. Looms will be warped and ready to weave.

Class size is limited so please sign up early. Payment for class must be made upon registration. This class is geared for adults. If you are under 14 and would like to sign up for the class please contact Jennie at 309-224-9258.

Fee: From $90

Location: 227 Illini Dr., Hopewell, IL 61565

Find out more: Hopewell Weaving

Introduction to Overshot with Hopewell Weaving

January 26 - 27, 2019, Hopewell Weaving

Fiber Arts in the Digital Age

September 27, 2018 – January 13, 2019

Living in the digital age means living in a time where we are increasingly able to do what was previously considered unimaginable. This era has touched every aspect of life and fiber art has been no exception.  To artists designing their work via software to the benefits of digitally printing textiles this exhibit explores various fiber art pieces that only exist due to the age we live in.

Technology has brought us an amazing array of changes, failures, successes, and advancements. Fiber art has a rich history of embracing these innovations, and all their many aspects, to further artistry. The artists in this exhibition are using technology to create. The digital age in which we live has inspired each artist in different ways, but all are using current technology to create art that would not have been possible even a handful of years ago.

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Rd Cedarburg, WI 53012

Find out more: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Fiber Arts in the Digital Age

September 27, 2018 - January 29, 2019, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

The Fabric of India

October 19, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Organized by the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum in London, this exhibition is the first to fully explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India. The exhibition showcases the finest examples from the V&A’s world-renowned collection together with masterpieces from international partners, leading designers, and additions from the Cincinnati Art Museum’s own outstanding permanent collection. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore a stunning range of historic dress, heirloom fabrics, and cutting-edge fashion.

India’s handmade textiles are embedded in every aspect of its identity and the history of these fabrics date back at least 6000 years. The oldest surviving cotton threads, from around 4000 BCE, were exported from India. Dyed textiles from the region are documented as far back as 2500 BCE. Textiles are so central to India’s identity that in ancient Greece and Babylon the very name ‘India’ was shorthand for ‘cotton’.

The six thematic sections will explore courtly splendor that was proclaimed by sumptuous fabrics, while religious worship found expression through finely crafted sacred cloths. Centuries of global trade shaped by the export of Indian textiles exemplify the robust aesthetic exchange engaged in by artisans who reflected the culture of their clients in their work. India’s celebrated textiles survived the threat of industrialization and were used to unite India as a symbol of power and protest in the quest for independence in the early twentieth century. Today, Indian designers are adapting traditional techniques to create exciting new fashion, art and design for a global audience, giving India’s textile history a new relevance in the modern world.

For additional programming, click here.

Address: 953 Eden Park Drive Cincinnati, OH 45202

Find out more: Cincinnati Art Museum

The Fabric of India

October 19, 2018 - January 6, 2019, Cincinnati Art Museum

February

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Kid’s Indigo – Creating Blue Bandanas with Kipp Inglis

February 3, 2018

Using safe and commonly found kitchen ingredients and organic indigo, children will learn to bundle, tie, fold and clamp 2 bandanas to achieve interesting shapes as they dip their bandannas in this safe indigo dye. Magic happens before their eyes as they watch their pieces go from green to blue!

2 pre-prepared cotton bandannas, non-latex gloves, a vat of prepared indigo dye, marbles, string, craft sticks and other items used to make patterns on the bandannas are all included in the class fee.

Fee: $55

Address: 6333 University Ave Middleton, WI 53562

Find out more: Blue Bar Quilts

Kid's Indigo - Creating Blue Bandanas

February 3, 2018, Blue Bar Quilts

Lecture: You’ve Got a Friend Named Elmer

February 7, 2019 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

As ‘piecers’ we all want to achieve PERFECT seam alignment, pattern matching and show-quality bindings, right? In this lecture, I’ll GUARANTEE it. Done – forever!! PLUS, I’ll show you how to eliminate bias stretch, create specialty borders and sew perfectly pieced circles, all WITHOUT the need for pins, clips or gadgets! A MUST-SEE lecture that will ROCK your piecing world!

Sue’s passion is teaching and she brings to each of her classes a Fine Arts and Education background, over 25+ years of quilting experience, a sense of humor, design expertise and a commitment to help each of her students reach new levels of quilting excellence. She has authored four books, each brimming with fresh design ideas for free-motion quilting and has also designed several innovative marking tools – all to delight, intrigue and inspire. In addition to teaching at guilds and national shows across the country, her designs, books and tools have been featured in online TV and national and international publications. For more information about Sue, her classes, books and tools and to see samples of her work, visit www.SueHeinz.com.

Fee: $20 Member and $25 Non-member

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Road Cedarburg, WI 53012

Find out more: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Lecture: You’ve Got a Friend Named Elmer

February 7, 2019 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Take Two! – Simple Shapes with Sue Heinz

February 8, 2019

Discover a new approach to free-motion quilting design. Be amazed at the variety of unique mid-to-high custom designs that work seamlessly together to fill a border, block or an entire quilt top, all from just two simple shapes. Say goodbye to wondering what to put where and hello to the fabulous new designs you will learn in this drawing class. Take Two – Simple shapes, Stunning results! Skill Level: Confident beginner. Material taught is applicable to all types of free-motion machines, from domestic to long-arm.

Supplies

  • 0.7mm mechanical pencil and a ballpoint pen, each with a comfort grip.
  • Several sheets of unlined paper – loose leaf or pad
  • Several sheets (or pad) of tracing paper.

Fee: $180 including kit fee.

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Road Cedarburg, WI 53012

Find out more: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Take Two! - Simple Shapes with Sue Heinz

February 8, 2019 , Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Domestic Bliss  with Sue Heinz

February 9, 2019

An Introductory Class to Free-Motion Quilting on a Home Sewing Machine

Excited about free-motion quilting on your domestic machine but not quite sure how to start? Come and see how having step-by-step instruction, ‘game changer’ tools and one-on-one machine time with an experienced quilter equals future success. Sue will share all of her favorite tools and some of her unique designs to get you on the right path towards achieving blissful quilting. Ahhhhhh!

Fee: $180 including kit fee.

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Road Cedarburg, WI 53012

Find out more: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Domestic Bliss with Sue Heinz

February 9, 2019 , Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

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Weaving Straps and Bands with Hopewell Weaving

March 1 – 3, 2019

Straps and bands are used for many accessories including handles on purses, straps for musical instruments, and trim on clothing. Using a 4-harness loom allows the weaver to make complex, colorful weaves.

From the inspiring book “Sashes, Straps & Bands” by Ruth Johnston & Ralph Johnston, we will choose colors and a pattern, warp the loom and weave a unique band. Students may provide their own yarn or purchase yarn from the instructor.

If purchased from the instructor, include a materials fee of $10 with your registration. Perle cotton in a variety of colors will be available.

Registration Fee: From $115 Materials Fee: $10 (optional)

Location: 227 Illini Dr., Hopewell, IL 61565

Find out more: Hopewell Weaving

Weaving Straps and Bands with Hopewell Weaving

March 1 - 3, 2019, Hopewell Weaving

Make + Take: 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

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Make + Take: Contemporary Mending

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

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The Art of Quilting by Hand with Heidi Parkes

April 12, 2019 9:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Hand sewing is a unique art, in that machines cannot replicate what the hand can do. A careful look will reveal that machine sewing twists two lines of thread, and hand sewing creates a dotted line with a single line of thread. Heidi is known for her emphasis on visible handwork, believing that if you take the time to sew something by hand, that work should be seen. She also lovingly infuses meaning and storytelling in her quilts, and will work with students to create inspiring compositions. Along those lines, students will be encouraged to bring their own fabrics, either hand dyed, newly purchased, or found while thrifting or in the back of their linen cabinet. Students might not complete their quilting in class, but they will learn the required techniques to hand sign and bind to finish their quilts. Freed from a machine, Heidi loves having a ‘go bag,’ with handwork ready at all times, so that she can sew in friend’s homes, airplanes, and waiting rooms. Heidi deeply believes that hand piecing, hand embroidery, hand quilting, hand mending, and hand sewing connect her with makers from centuries past and has come to find a deep appreciation for how much she can make with very few tools, just a desire to make, and a few scraps of time. She can’t wait to share her love of hand quilting and sewing and the gifts, talents and techniques that weave joy through her life in many ways.

As part of our self-care during this experience, Heidi will incorporate hand yoga. It is her deep wish to teach her students not only how to create handwork, but also how to care for their hands through proper alignment, thoughtful thimble choices and protective grippers.

Residing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Heidi can often be found at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Art, and is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She teaches and exhibits her hand quilting and hand mended clothing across the country. Heidi believes in living a handmade lifestyle, and loves making her own clothing, furniture, and food. She’s also a certified yoga therapist since 2014, and has been practicing yoga since 2008.

Fee: Waitlist!!

Address: P.O Box 4810 Boulder, CO 80306 – 4810

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The Art of Quilting by Hand

April 12, 2019, Mini Makerie Retreat

Lecture: Denyse Schmidt Work & Process

April 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

A former graphic designer and graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Denyse Schmidt began creating quilts in 1996. Intrigued by the rich historical nature of quilts and inspired by beauty born of necessity, Denyse adds her distinctive aesthetic sensibility – clean, spare lines, rich color and bold graphics – to this rich art form, and has won acclaim from the worlds of art, design and craft. In addition to designing and making quilts, Denyse is an author, fabric designer, lecturer and teacher. Denyse’s studio is located in a historic textile building in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

About Denyse Schmidt: I started making things when I was little, and never stopped. I studied graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design, and had more than a few different careers over the years. I finally patched together my many eclectic experiences when I created my business ten years ago.

Fee: $20 Members $25 Non-members

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Road Cedarburg, WI 53012

Find out more: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Lecture: Denyse Schmidt Work & Process

April 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Denyse Schmidt Workshop: Theme & Variation

April 13 – 14, 2019 9:00 – 3:00 p.m.

This exciting workshop is for crafters who have some experience with improvisational patchwork and are ready for more-in-depth exploration and refinement of the technique. We’ll begin with a discussion and overview of various principles of design and how to turn your improvisational “sketches” or blocks you have brought into a considered composition while still working in an improvisational way. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the design elements of structure and composition, while building confidence in working with improvisation. You’ll receive hands-on guidance in planning, exploring, and developing your own design and color story. You won’t go home with a finished quilt (or maybe you will!) – but you will build confidence in your individual patchwork “voice” with Denyse’s motivational techniques.

About Denyse Schmidt: I started making things when I was little, and never stopped. I studied graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design, and had more than a few different careers over the years. I finally patched together my many eclectic experiences when I created my business ten years ago.

Fee: $425

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Road Cedarburg, WI 53012

Find out more: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Denyse Schmidt Workshop: Theme & Variation

April 13 - 14, 2019 , Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

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Lecture: Playing with Purpose by Victoria Findlay Wolfe

September 20, 2019

Includes an exciting PowerPoint presentation on 15 Minutes of Play with loads of quilts!  I give an inspiring talk about my process and how to push your creativity. I share enough to get you all creatively inspired, then we send you home on the creative buzz! I will cover: play, process, double wedding rings, and all new work. The lecture constantly evolves.

Fee: $20 Member $25 $25 Non-member

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Road Cedarburg, WI 53012

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Lecture: Playing with Purpose by Victoria Findlay Wolfe

September 20, 2019, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Cottage Tulip with Victoria Findlay Wolfe

September 21 – 22, 2019

Make a big, beautiful statement with vintage-inspired circular tulip blocks. Build a colorful, fat-quarter friendly quilt one block at a time! We will learn tips for successful block construction based on my acrylic template set. Master Y-seams and curved piecing; build confidence in and design all through PLAY!

Fee: $295

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Address: N50 W5050 Portland Road Cedarburg, WI 53012

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Cottage Tulip with Victoria Findlay Wolfe

September 21 - 22, 2019, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

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