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.

November, 2018

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

2019 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 2019. 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: 2019 Midwest Fiber Festivals and Farm Tours

2019 Midwest Fiber Festivals

Jan - Dec 2019, Midwest Fiber Festivals

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

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

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

Waste Not, Want Not

October 16, 2018 – January 27, 2019

Resourceful Quilters have a long history of making artistic quilts utilizing the smallest scraps and efficient piecing methods—adhering to the philosophy of “waste not, want not.”

Address: 68 E. Court Avenue Winterset, IA 50273

Find out more: Iowa Quilt Museum

Waste Not, Want Not

October 16, 2018 - January 27, 2019, Iowa Quilt Museum

Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America

October 19, 2018 – January 12, 2019

Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America chronicles a history of American basketry from its origins in Native American, immigrant, and slave communities to its presence within the contemporary fine art world. Baskets convey meaning through the artists’ selection of materials; the techniques they use; and the colors, designs, patterns, and textures they employ.

Historical baskets were rooted in local landscapes and shaped by cultural traditions. The rise of the industrial revolution and mass production at the end of the nineteenth century led basket makers to create works for new audiences and markets, including tourists, collectors and fine art museums. Today the story continues. Some contemporary artists seek to maintain and revive traditions practiced for centuries. Others combine age-old techniques with nontraditional materials to generate cultural commentary. Still others challenge viewers’ expectations by experimenting with form, materials, and scale.

This exhibition is divided into 5 sections: Cultural Origins, New Basketry, Living Traditions, Basket as Vessel, and Beyond the Basket.
Click the thumbnails below to find out more about each.

The exhibition is a collaborative endeavor between the University of Missouri and the National Basketry Organization, curated by Jo Stealey and Kristin Schwain and generously sponsored in part by the National Basketry Organization, University of Missouri, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, and numerous private donors.

Address: 1175 Medary Ave, Brookings, SD 57006

Find out more: South Dakota State University

Cultural Origins

New Basketry

Living Traditions

Basket as Vessel

Beyond the Basket

Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America

A traveling exhibition and catalog, 2017-2019, South Dakota Art Museum (at South Dakota State University)

Holiday Shop Gallery

November 1 – December 24, 2018 • Open Sundays 12-4!

Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20 years, Elsa Jo, a native of Wanamingo, Minnesota, has been sculpting wool from the sheep at the Ellison Sheep Farm, and she has created an endless variety of original figures and creatures, each with its own personality, detailed eyes, and unique expression.

The Ellison Sheep Farm in Zumbrota, Minnesota, raises Shetland, Icelandic, and Gotland sheep and the entire family helps with sheep shearing every spring. Her favorite fleeces are set aside, labeled with each sheep’s name, then washed, carded, and dyed by hand in small batches.

These fiber art sculptures are highly collectible. “I was originally attracted by their whimsy, and admire the artist’s skill at capturing expressions and details, with each one unique,” says Marilee DesLauriers, a Textile Center past president and collector. “I purchased my first felted creature many years ago at Textile Center, and have added to my wide ranging collection every year, from seasonal pumpkins and santas, to farm animals, to Corgi dog like my dog, and this year — Marie Antoinette with two poodles.“

The Shop carries exquisite handmade fiber art, from luscious wearables of every hue to home décor and gifts, along with books, professional art supplies and tools, fiber craft kits, and other unique finds. In addition, the Shop carries a plethora of eco-friendly merchandise, including upcycled fashions, sustainable materials, and naturally dyed items. For the holidays, Textile Center triples the Shop’s regular footprint, expanding to fill the Joan Mondale Gallery with even more fabulous one-of-a-kind fiber art, just in time for gift giving. Many of the artists are new to the Textile Center, selling their work for the first time at this special pop-up holiday shop.

Patrons are also invited to take a selfie with our new life-sized, yarn-bombed Santa!

MEET THE MAKER FESTS

Each Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm, the Holiday Gallery Shop hosts artists in person with trunk shows, demonstrations of their technique, hands-on “try it” opportunities, prize drawings, and more! Textile Center is located in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis –centrally located and easily accessed via car or public transportation.

MEET THE MAKER FEST schedule

  • Saturday, Nov. 3: Felt Fest: Wet Felting • Buy beautiful wearables and home décor that result from agitating wool fibers with warm soapy water.
  • Saturday, Nov. 10: Yarn Fest • A celebration of all things yarn, from spinning it to weaving with it.
  • Saturday, Nov. 17: Felt Fest: Needle Felting • Adorn you walls and home with art created by felting wool fibers with special felting needle tools, and give it a try yourself.
  • Friday, Nov. 23: Black Friday Weave Fest • See an artist weave towels and more on a rigid heddle loom; take the opportunity to “test drive” various portable looms
  • Saturday, Nov. 24: Small Business Saturday Stitch Fest • Sashiko, Boro, and embroidery – see stitching in action
  • Saturday, Dec. 1: Members Fest • Special discount for our 1000+ members!
  • Saturday, Dec. 8:  Fiber & Dye Fest •  Get to know your fibers and purchase fiber art created from hand dyeing
  • Saturday, Dec. 15:  Textile Machine Fest •  See a knitting machine, Cricut cutter machine, and more in action.

Buy exquisite, hand-made fiber gifts created by 100+ artists!

Holiday Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 10 am-7 pm
Friday and Saturday, 10 am-5 pm
Sunday, 12-4 pm

Wednesday, November 21, 10 am –  5 pm
Monday, December 24, 11 am – 3 pm
Wednesday – Saturday, December 26 – January 5, 10 am – 5 pm
Regular Hours resume Monday, January 7,  2019

Closed: November 22, December 25 and 31, January 1 and 2

Address: 3000 University Ave SE Minneapolis, MN

Find out more: Textile Center

Textile Center Holiday Gift Shop

September 27, 2018 - January 29, 2019, Textile Center

Carol Marshall Art Quilts: Threading a New Path

November 1 – 15, 2018

Art quilt exhibit by artist, Carol Marshall.

Address: 107 South Harrison Street Ludington, MI 49431

Find out more: Ludington Area Center for the Arts

 

Carol Marshall Art Quilts: Threading a New Path

November 1 - 15, 2018, Ludington Area Center for the 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

Kringle Market at The Crossing Arts Alliance

November 9, 2018 – December, 2018

Each November and December our Gift Shop and Gallery are filled to the brim with one-of-a-kind art and fine craft. We call this Kringle Market.  The opening day is Saturday, November 10th, which kicks off the holiday season, and is part of a circuit of other arts and crafts fairs in the area. Join us from 10:00 to 4:00 for hot cider, treats, live music, and an amazing selection of artist-created art and fine craft perfect for unique holiday gift-giving.

Want a sneak peek, a chance to win wonderful door prizes, and shop our amazing array of handmade gifts before Kringle Market opens to the public? Crossing Arts Members can join us for a members-only event on Friday November 9th from 5:00 to 7:00. Memberships start at $35 and can be purchased at the door.

Address: 711 Laurel St. Brainerd, MN 56401

Find out more: Kringle Market at The Crossing Arts Alliance

Kringle Market at The Crossing Arts Alliance

November 9 - December, 2018, The Crossing Arts Alliance

Mazinigwaaso – She Stitches Fancy

November 9 – December 22, 2018

The Miikanan Gallery at Watermark Art Center announces the opening of Mazinigwaaso – She Stitches Fancy. This exhibit, opening November 9, features bead and quill work by three recent award-winning artists. Robyn Van Wert and Pamela Iceman are both 2018 Region 2 Arts Council Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellows. Cari Tabor is a 2018 Minnesota State Fair Merit Award winner.

An artist reception for Mazinigwaaso will be held on November 9, from 5-7 p.m. In addition to the reception, there will be a second opportunity to meet the artists during an artist demonstration held at Watermark on December 8, from 10 am – 2 p.m.

The Mazinigwaaso exhibit will be on display at Watermark through December 22. The exhibit is made possible, in part, by the McKnight Foundation. Watermark is open 7 days/week. Admission is free. More details about this exhibit, as well as additional Watermark programming, can be found at watermarkartcenter.org.

 

Artists Statements:

I am a quiet and thoughtful person by nature and my art allows me to express my pride and perspective of the beauty and history of what I see and feel regarding my Ojibwe cultural identity. – Robin Van Wert
 
My work is created to explore, share, and carry on Ojibwe tradition. – Cari Tabor

Address: 505 Bemidji Ave N Bemidji, MN 56601 

Find out more: Watermark Art Center

 

Mazinigwaaso – She Stitches Fancy

November 9 - December 22, 2018, Watermark Art Center

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

Holidays at Blue Ridge!

November 17 – 18, 2019

Blue Ridge Growers, a local blueberry picking farm near River Falls, WI celebrates all things handmade by local artists during their weekends called Holidays at Blue Ridge. Come and see some of the following items for this last weekend of their open house.

Pottery, jewelry, rugs, map art, wool yarn and fiber, glove mitts, scarves, cards, home accessories, glass ornaments, wood art, aromatherapy, candles, sun catchers, farm inspired decor, bittersweet, pine boughs, maple syrup, caramel products, honey, Briar Run jams and more!

Address: 246 Carlson Lane River Falls, WI 54022

Find out more: Blue Ridge Growers

Holidays at Blue Ridge!

November 18, 2019, Blue Ridge Growers

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

Holiday Spirit Workshops at Willow Wood Market

November 27 – December 1, 2018

We are offering several ornament and simple gift making classes, using wool applique, needle felting, rug punching and more! These projects are quick and easy and make great gifts!

All supplies needed will be provided for use in class.

  • Prepaid registration is required.
  • Classes are limited to 8
  • Basic knowledge of embroidery stitches is needed
  • Classes open to ages 10 – adult.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Tues. Nov. 27 5:30 – 8pm. 20.00

Make two adorable Christmas ornaments as you learn two techniques at one class!

Thurs. Nov. 29 5:30 – 7:30pm. 20.00

Learn the basics of the Oxford Rug Punch method of rug hooking as you make two ornaments, perfect for yourself or for gifts!

Sat. Dec. 1 10am – noon.  $30.00

Wool dryer balls are both functional and fun!  In this beginner class, you will start the process of making 3 dryers balls to take home to finish.

You will also get one to embellish with needle felting in class.

Sat. Dec. 1, 1-3pm.  25.00

Choose three ornaments to make as you learn wool applique and wool quilling (standing wool rugs) techniques.

You must make your three choices prior to class for kit cutting purposes.  Extra kits may be available for purchase.

www.willowwoodmarketdesigns.com

Address: 23621 Hubbard CO Road 9 Bemidji, MN 56601

Find out more: Willow Wood Market Designs

 

Holiday Spirit Workshops at Willow Wood Market

November 27 - December 1, 2018, Willow Wood Market Designs

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

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

December, 2018

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

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

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

Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America

October 19, 2018 – January 12, 2019

Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America chronicles a history of American basketry from its origins in Native American, immigrant, and slave communities to its presence within the contemporary fine art world. Baskets convey meaning through the artists’ selection of materials; the techniques they use; and the colors, designs, patterns, and textures they employ.

Historical baskets were rooted in local landscapes and shaped by cultural traditions. The rise of the industrial revolution and mass production at the end of the nineteenth century led basket makers to create works for new audiences and markets, including tourists, collectors and fine art museums. Today the story continues. Some contemporary artists seek to maintain and revive traditions practiced for centuries. Others combine age-old techniques with nontraditional materials to generate cultural commentary. Still others challenge viewers’ expectations by experimenting with form, materials, and scale.

This exhibition is divided into 5 sections: Cultural Origins, New Basketry, Living Traditions, Basket as Vessel, and Beyond the Basket.
Click the thumbnails below to find out more about each.

The exhibition is a collaborative endeavor between the University of Missouri and the National Basketry Organization, curated by Jo Stealey and Kristin Schwain and generously sponsored in part by the National Basketry Organization, University of Missouri, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, and numerous private donors.

Address: 1175 Medary Ave, Brookings, SD 57006

Find out more: South Dakota State University

Cultural Origins

New Basketry

Living Traditions

Basket as Vessel

Beyond the Basket

Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America

A traveling exhibition and catalog, 2017-2019, South Dakota Art Museum (at South Dakota State University)

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

Mazinigwaaso – She Stitches Fancy

November 9 – December 22, 2018

The Miikanan Gallery at Watermark Art Center announces the opening of Mazinigwaaso – She Stitches Fancy. This exhibit, opening November 9, features bead and quill work by three recent award-winning artists. Robyn Van Wert and Pamela Iceman are both 2018 Region 2 Arts Council Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellows. Cari Tabor is a 2018 Minnesota State Fair Merit Award winner.

An artist reception for Mazinigwaaso will be held on November 9, from 5-7 p.m. In addition to the reception, there will be a second opportunity to meet the artists during an artist demonstration held at Watermark on December 8, from 10 am – 2 p.m.

The Mazinigwaaso exhibit will be on display at Watermark through December 22. The exhibit is made possible, in part, by the McKnight Foundation. Watermark is open 7 days/week. Admission is free. More details about this exhibit, as well as additional Watermark programming, can be found at watermarkartcenter.org.

 

Artists Statements:

I am a quiet and thoughtful person by nature and my art allows me to express my pride and perspective of the beauty and history of what I see and feel regarding my Ojibwe cultural identity. – Robin Van Wert
 
My work is created to explore, share, and carry on Ojibwe tradition. – Cari Tabor

Address: 505 Bemidji Ave N Bemidji, MN 56601 

Find out more: Watermark Art Center

 

Mazinigwaaso – She Stitches Fancy

November 9 - December 22, 2018, Watermark Art Center

Holiday Spirit Workshops at Willow Wood Market

November 27 – December 1, 2018

We are offering several ornament and simple gift making classes, using wool applique, needle felting, rug punching and more! These projects are quick and easy and make great gifts!

All supplies needed will be provided for use in class.

  • Prepaid registration is required.
  • Classes are limited to 8
  • Basic knowledge of embroidery stitches is needed
  • Classes open to ages 10 – adult.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Tues. Nov. 27 5:30 – 8pm. 20.00

Make two adorable Christmas ornaments as you learn two techniques at one class!

Thurs. Nov. 29 5:30 – 7:30pm. 20.00

Learn the basics of the Oxford Rug Punch method of rug hooking as you make two ornaments, perfect for yourself or for gifts!

Sat. Dec. 1 10am – noon.  $30.00

Wool dryer balls are both functional and fun!  In this beginner class, you will start the process of making 3 dryers balls to take home to finish.

You will also get one to embellish with needle felting in class.

Sat. Dec. 1, 1-3pm.  25.00

Choose three ornaments to make as you learn wool applique and wool quilling (standing wool rugs) techniques.

You must make your three choices prior to class for kit cutting purposes.  Extra kits may be available for purchase.

www.willowwoodmarketdesigns.com

Address: 23621 Hubbard CO Road 9 Bemidji, MN 56601

Find out more: Willow Wood Market Designs

 

Holiday Spirit Workshops at Willow Wood Market

November 27 - December 1, 2018, Willow Wood Market Designs

The Very Merry Holiday Fair

December 7 – 8, 2018

Gala and Shopping 

Friday , December 7, 2018 – Noon to 6:00 pm 
Saturday, December 8, 2018 – 9;00 – 4:00 p.m.

FREE ADMISSION both days!

Friday, December 7, 2018

• Shop All Three Rooms
• 60 Artisans
• Holiday Shopping Bags for first 500 patrons
• Special gift drawing for first 100 patrons
• Wine and Dine in the Artisan Cafe
• Wine tasting
• Drawing for Gift Certificates
• Purchase “Mini Picassos” from Boys and Girls Club

Saturday, December 8, 2018

• Shop All Three Rooms
• 60 Artisans
• Shopping Bags for first 500 patrons and more
• Drawing for Gift Certificates
• Purchase “Mini Picasso’s” from Boys and Girls Club
• Wine tasting
• Wine and Dine in the Artisan Cafe
• Enjoy many Holiday events throughout Baraboo

Address: 323 Water St. Baraboo, WI

Find out more: A Very Merry Holiday Fair

 

The Very Merry Holiday Fair

December 7 - 8, 2018, A Very Merry Holiday Fair

Holiday Events at Watermark Art Center

December 7 – 23, 2018

The holiday season is bringing lots of festivities to Watermark Art Center. Enjoy three weekends filled with classes, artist demonstrations, shopping specials and more!

December 7-9 will be the Holiday Open House. This year’s event will include the annual tree ornament fundraiser, with handmade ornaments created by local artists for sale in the gallery shop. Plus, on December 8, the artists featured in the “Mazinigwaaso – She Stitches Fancy” exhibit will be demonstrating bead and quill work. Meet Robyn Van Wert, Cari Tabor and Pamela Iceman from 10 am – 2 pm. Also on December 8 will be the Second Saturday Kids Art Class. Kids age 6+ will make snowflake decorations from 1 – 2:30 p.m. Class registration details can be found online.

The Holiday Open House will wrap up with a very special event. On December 9, help Watermark celebrate one year in their new building during the First Anniversary Celebration. Enjoy food and drinks at this ticketed event from 11 am – 1 pm. Each ticket purchase includes a chance to win a piece of pottery created by Dave and Jo Hamilton. Tickets are only $15. They are available in advance by stopping in to Watermark or at the door on the day of the event.

The holiday fun continues the following weekend with a Gourmet Bake Sale & Artist Showcase. On December 15-16, come to Watermark to purchase goodies and a warm drink. Take a bag home, or enjoy a few treats while you shop! Several artists will be present throughout the weekend offering demos and visiting with shoppers.

Finally, December 22-23 is Watermark’s Last Minute Shopping weekend. The art center will be open normal business hours to accommodate any last minute gift needs. Shopping specials will be offered, including half-price tree ornaments.

Address: 505 Bemidji Ave N Bemidji, MN 56601

Find out more: Watermark Art Center

 

 

Holiday Events at Watermark Art Center

December 7 - 23, 2018, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Holiday Shop Gallery

November 1 – December 24, 2018 • Open Sundays 12-4!

Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20 years, Elsa Jo, a native of Wanamingo, Minnesota, has been sculpting wool from the sheep at the Ellison Sheep Farm, and she has created an endless variety of original figures and creatures, each with its own personality, detailed eyes, and unique expression.

The Ellison Sheep Farm in Zumbrota, Minnesota, raises Shetland, Icelandic, and Gotland sheep and the entire family helps with sheep shearing every spring. Her favorite fleeces are set aside, labeled with each sheep’s name, then washed, carded, and dyed by hand in small batches.

These fiber art sculptures are highly collectible. “I was originally attracted by their whimsy, and admire the artist’s skill at capturing expressions and details, with each one unique,” says Marilee DesLauriers, a Textile Center past president and collector. “I purchased my first felted creature many years ago at Textile Center, and have added to my wide ranging collection every year, from seasonal pumpkins and santas, to farm animals, to Corgi dog like my dog, and this year — Marie Antoinette with two poodles.“

The Shop carries exquisite handmade fiber art, from luscious wearables of every hue to home décor and gifts, along with books, professional art supplies and tools, fiber craft kits, and other unique finds. In addition, the Shop carries a plethora of eco-friendly merchandise, including upcycled fashions, sustainable materials, and naturally dyed items. For the holidays, Textile Center triples the Shop’s regular footprint, expanding to fill the Joan Mondale Gallery with even more fabulous one-of-a-kind fiber art, just in time for gift giving. Many of the artists are new to the Textile Center, selling their work for the first time at this special pop-up holiday shop.

Patrons are also invited to take a selfie with our new life-sized, yarn-bombed Santa!

MEET THE MAKER FESTS

Each Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm, the Holiday Gallery Shop hosts artists in person with trunk shows, demonstrations of their technique, hands-on “try it” opportunities, prize drawings, and more! Textile Center is located in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis –centrally located and easily accessed via car or public transportation.

MEET THE MAKER FEST schedule

  • Saturday, Nov. 3: Felt Fest: Wet Felting • Buy beautiful wearables and home décor that result from agitating wool fibers with warm soapy water.
  • Saturday, Nov. 10: Yarn Fest • A celebration of all things yarn, from spinning it to weaving with it.
  • Saturday, Nov. 17: Felt Fest: Needle Felting • Adorn you walls and home with art created by felting wool fibers with special felting needle tools, and give it a try yourself.
  • Friday, Nov. 23: Black Friday Weave Fest • See an artist weave towels and more on a rigid heddle loom; take the opportunity to “test drive” various portable looms
  • Saturday, Nov. 24: Small Business Saturday Stitch Fest • Sashiko, Boro, and embroidery – see stitching in action
  • Saturday, Dec. 1: Members Fest • Special discount for our 1000+ members!
  • Saturday, Dec. 8:  Fiber & Dye Fest •  Get to know your fibers and purchase fiber art created from hand dyeing
  • Saturday, Dec. 15:  Textile Machine Fest •  See a knitting machine, Cricut cutter machine, and more in action.

Buy exquisite, hand-made fiber gifts created by 100+ artists!

Holiday Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 10 am-7 pm
Friday and Saturday, 10 am-5 pm
Sunday, 12-4 pm

Wednesday, November 21, 10 am –  5 pm
Monday, December 24, 11 am – 3 pm
Wednesday – Saturday, December 26 – January 5, 10 am – 5 pm
Regular Hours resume Monday, January 7,  2019

Closed: November 22, December 25 and 31, January 1 and 2

Address: 3000 University Ave SE Minneapolis, MN

Find out more: Textile Center

Textile Center Holiday Gift Shop

September 27, 2018 - January 29, 2019, Textile Center

Kringle Market at The Crossing Arts Alliance

November 9, 2018 – December, 2018

Each November and December our Gift Shop and Gallery are filled to the brim with one-of-a-kind art and fine craft. We call this Kringle Market.  The opening day is Saturday, November 10th, which kicks off the holiday season, and is part of a circuit of other arts and crafts fairs in the area. Join us from 10:00 to 4:00 for hot cider, treats, live music, and an amazing selection of artist-created art and fine craft perfect for unique holiday gift-giving.

Want a sneak peek, a chance to win wonderful door prizes, and shop our amazing array of handmade gifts before Kringle Market opens to the public? Crossing Arts Members can join us for a members-only event on Friday November 9th from 5:00 to 7:00. Memberships start at $35 and can be purchased at the door.

Address: 711 Laurel St. Brainerd, MN 56401

Find out more: Kringle Market at The Crossing Arts Alliance

Kringle Market at The Crossing Arts Alliance

November 9 - December, 2018, The Crossing Arts Alliance

January

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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

Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America

October 19, 2018 – January 12, 2019

Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America chronicles a history of American basketry from its origins in Native American, immigrant, and slave communities to its presence within the contemporary fine art world. Baskets convey meaning through the artists’ selection of materials; the techniques they use; and the colors, designs, patterns, and textures they employ.

Historical baskets were rooted in local landscapes and shaped by cultural traditions. The rise of the industrial revolution and mass production at the end of the nineteenth century led basket makers to create works for new audiences and markets, including tourists, collectors and fine art museums. Today the story continues. Some contemporary artists seek to maintain and revive traditions practiced for centuries. Others combine age-old techniques with nontraditional materials to generate cultural commentary. Still others challenge viewers’ expectations by experimenting with form, materials, and scale.

This exhibition is divided into 5 sections: Cultural Origins, New Basketry, Living Traditions, Basket as Vessel, and Beyond the Basket.
Click the thumbnails below to find out more about each.

The exhibition is a collaborative endeavor between the University of Missouri and the National Basketry Organization, curated by Jo Stealey and Kristin Schwain and generously sponsored in part by the National Basketry Organization, University of Missouri, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, and numerous private donors.

Address: 1175 Medary Ave, Brookings, SD 57006

Find out more: South Dakota State University

Cultural Origins

New Basketry

Living Traditions

Basket as Vessel

Beyond the Basket

Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America

A traveling exhibition and catalog, 2017-2019, South Dakota Art Museum (at South Dakota State University)

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

Prism — Art Quilts of Jean Leeson Exhibit

January 3 – March 31, 2019

The art quilts of Jean Leeson — inspirations from nature, represented in fabric — will be exhibited at Tivoli, the Portage Center for the Arts location at Divine Savior Healthcare. Jean employs a complicated piecing technique to turn designs, abstracted from her photographs, into unique art quilts. She also makes one-of-a-kind bed quilts using distinctive fabrics and patterns.

Address: 2805 Hunters Trail Portage, WI 53705

Find out more: Tivoli – Divine Savior Healthcare

Prism -- Art Quilts of Jean Leeson Exhibit

January 3 - March 31, 2019, Tivoli - Divine Savior Healthcare

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

Raised Iroquois Beadwork with Karen Ann Hoffman

January 26, 2019

Participants will sit together and create a 3” beaded pincushion in the Iroquois style. We will sew, laugh, learn and share stories and meaning.   This art is a material language which embodies, preserves and expresses Iroquois Worldview. Is an artform of the peoples of the Eastern Great Lakes. Its forms and designs reach back over 10 thousand years. First executed with bone and shell, later with moose hair and hide, and now with glass beads and velvet.

About Karen Ann Hoffman: 

Karen Ann Hoffman is a citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. Her works are in the permanent collections of the: Smithsonian Institution -NMAI. The Wisconsin State Museum, The New York State Museum, Indianapolis Childrens’ Museum, Memorial Hall Museum, Deerfield, MA, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS, and the Iroquois Indian Museum, Howes Caverns, NY. Selected as a Wisconsin Master Folk Artist by the Wisconsin Arts Board Winter 2007. Karen Ann’s award winning Beadwork has been displayed at: Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, Evanston, IL; Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Appleton, WI; The Neville Museum, Green Bay, WI; The Castellani Art Museum, Niagara Falls, NY; The Ukrainian National Museum, Chicago, IL. Karen Ann was a member of the Skanikwat Project, Nakuru, Kenya, Africa. The project, lead by Samuel Thomas, used tribal beadwork as a medium to foster peace across languages, races, religions, and continents.

Fee: $90 Kit Fee: $25 paid to teacher day of class (cash only). Kit includes ALL materials and supplies necessary to complete the project.

Address: N50 W5050 Portland Rd Cedarburg, WI 53012

Find out more: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

 

Raised Iroquois Beadwork with Karen Ann Hoffman

January 26, 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

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

March

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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

Find out more: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Make + Take: Contemporary Mending

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

A Maker’s Experience: Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail

March 21 – 23, 2019

EXPERIENCE • YOUR OWN • CREATIVITY

Renew yourself with a creative getaway!

Three days of inspiration to enrich your life with hands-on workshops and class offerings • Watch experienced makers demonstrate their skills • Conversations with artists–be inspired with their maker stories and spaces • View Jean Leeson’s solo art quilt exhibit at Tivoli in Portage • Visit the scenic Wisconsin River Valley and Baraboo Hills • Book a room at the restored, historic Ringling House Bed & Breakfast in Baraboo or the vintage Victorian Dreams Bed & Breakfast in Lodi and relax • Shop the Artisan Pop-Ups.

Baraboo – Portage – Prairie du Sac – Lodi – North Freedom, Wisconsin

March 21 – 23, 2019 10:00 – 4:00 p.m. Daily

Click here to go to the 2019 event webpage.

Click here for full descriptions of all the workshops.

Click here for the event map!

Address: Baraboo – Portage – Lodi – Prairie du Sac – North Freedom, 

Find out more: Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail: A Maker’s Experience 2019

 

A Maker's Experience: Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail

March 21 - 23, 2019, Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail

April

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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

Find out more: The Makerie

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

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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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Midwest Weavers Conference

June 17 – 22, 2019

Address: Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

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Midwest Weavers Conference

June 17 - 22, 2019, Midwest Weavers Conference

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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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