Kjersti Campbell—Knitting—Kjersti says her iPad is command central for her pattern designs. She views the difference between art and craft as “the intention you hold about the object as you make it.” Kjersti bikes to work and lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. Kjersti’s knitting was featured in the 2014 Fiber Art Almanac.
Our mill produces one-piece batts, crib to queen size without stretching. This allows you to receive a batt of an even thickness throughout. The lapping mechanism which allows us to make sizes also layers the fibers in a slight V shape which gives our batts more loft and buoyancy, thus more air pockets for insulation and comfort. This also allows our batts to be felted without having to relayer it at right angles. Therefore we feel we offer you the finest product on the market today.
Batts are made in one large piece and rolled with tissue paper between the layers for easy unfolding. King sizes are made up of 2 (54″ x 90″) batts LAID SIDE BY SIDE.
The Cedarburg Woolen Mill began processing wool in 1864. That thread continues today at our Mill on the corner of Washington and Columbia. See wool processed much as it was over 100 years ago on vintage machinery patented in 1860. Tours available: Adults, $3.00 Seniors, $2.00 Children under 12 accompanied by an adult are free. Call for reservations. Tours include a history of wool in Cedarburg, facts about sheep and wool, demonstrations of the burring picker and wool card, and a hand card and hand spinning demonstration. Our mill produces one-piece batts, crib to queen size without stretching. This allows you to receive a batt of an even thickness throughout. The lapping mechanism which allows us to make sizes also layers the fibers in a slight V shape which gives our batts more loft and buoyancy, thus more air pockets for insulation and comfort. This also allows our batts to be felted without having to relayer it at right angles. Therefore we feel we offer you the finest product on the market today.
WELCOME TO CHERRYWOOD – the only hand-dyed quilting fabric that truly looks like suede. Our exclusive gradations are the inspiration for quilters, designers, and wearable artists around the world. Once you feel it, you will understand why Cherrywood is the leader in hand-dyed fabrics.
We apply our privately designed line of colors to high quality fabrics to offer you the best product for your creative needs. The hand dyeing process we’ve perfected over 25 years produces a beautiful tone-on-tone texture that reads as a solid, but has depth and variety that will never be replicated by mass-production. Cherrywood is proudly made in the U.S.A. by women who sew, create and dye a little every day.
Anne Christenson—Batik painting—after spending a number of years in Hawaii as a corporate retail executive, Anne now focuses on painting and exploring other avenues of textile art. Anne lives in the Twin Cities. Anne’s batik is featured in the 2014 Fiber Art Almanac.
Deborah is an Ohio native (via five U.S. states and Germany) living life artfully and happily in Minnesota. With a passion for creating art, Deborah’s disciplines include—but are not limited to—painting, drawing, photography, knitting, and spinning fiber (not bicycle wheels). Her current focus is fiber art, whether knitting garments, manipulating fiber into handspun yarn, or felting projects. The changing light, color, and texture of a landscape in oils on canvas and her attention to detail in pencil or pen and ink on paper combine when Deborah works with wool and wool-blend fiber. Her lifelong love of art and learning are fuel to share her skills by teaching others to be fearless creators. In the process of teaching Deborah always learns from her students. Deborah’s paintings, drawings, and photographs are in private collections throughout the United States and Germany and has published project articles in Spin-Off Magazine (Interweave Press) and a design in 60 Quick Knits from America’s Yarn Shops (Soho Publishing). She teaches knitting at Amazing Threads and at Anoka Fiber Works.
I believe all humans have a need to be creative, and that art is made to examine our emotions and responses to the world we live in. I have found that working in mosaics and textiles are gratifying art forms. I have only begun to examine the possibilities of these two mediums. So few people believe they have any creativity within themselves, judging their abilities before ever trying. Whenever I have an opportunity to help someone discover his or her creativity I understand a little bit more of the purpose for my life. When we are passionate about what we do it is easy to share. As I continue in my work I am constantly discovering, and isn’t that what all of life’s experiences are meant to do?
Pam Collins is mostly a self taught artist, who works in watercolors, mosaics, and fabric. (not simultaneously) She has studied under nationally known artists in pursuit of her favorite medium. Collins has lead numerous watercolor and mosaic workshops in her studio, at area art centers and school districts. Her passion is contagious and inspirational. She has received grants from Five Wings Arts Council funded from the McKnight Foundation. Most recently Pam won a 2014 Community Arts Leadership award.
I am Nicole Conti, an artist and designer from southeast Wisconsin. Fringes House is my evolving creation, housing and giving a name to my brand collective.
My work is in fiber arts, but I have a special passion and focus in hand loom weaving. I create handwoven fiber art that is highly textural and intricate. Weaving provides a platform in which I have an endless variety of tools, textures, forms, and fibers to create contemporary fiber art in a mixture of ways. Creating my weavings means I must find the balance between different textures and harmonizing with the color and forms. Once I achieve this, my finished pieces are my tactile expression of transforming the ordinary into something beautiful.
I have only truly been focused on fiber art for the last year and have created quite a few pieces over that time. I have created a variety of small and large-scale weavings which have very different elements than one another.
I create a variety of types of fiber art. My main focus being on hand loom weaving, but I also use embroidery, sewing, macramé, and crochet in my work. I incorporate some of these methods into a weaving or use several of these different techniques to create original fiber art pieces.
“If your definition of recreation includes freeing your spirit, energizing your body and stretching your mind, then Crossings is the place for you. Located just one block off Main Street in the historic Carnegie building, Crossings is where you will find inspiring and unusual art exhibits in its gallery space. You will also find opportunities to learn everything from writing and painting to yoga and Spanish. Stay into the evening and you will be amazed by the regular musical concerts performed by a wide variety of artists, from folk to jazz to classical, both local and those of international renown. Many of these groups can be found only in large city venues and rarely in settings as intimate as Crossings.
Whether you are artistically undernourished or simply seek to escape from the mundane world, Crossings is your destination.”
Connecting people with the process of creating.
Striving for an organic, holistic approach to the arts.
The Crossing Arts Alliance (TCAA) is a 501c3 nonprofit arts organization located in the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd, MN. Supported by over 400 members, TCAA acts as a gateway to the arts through access, education, and experiences. We inspire and enrich our community for those that create and those that appreciate the arts. Asked what we do, our answer is “we share the WOW”.
W – Workshops and exhibits from artists around the globe – brought to OUR community
O – Objects of beauty – created by our local artists and made available to our community through our gift shop and gallery
W – Wonder and excitement in our children’s eyes as they are inspired to create their own artistic visions
Monthly kids arts classes, exhibits and workshops, locally created art and fine craft, and a growing network of arts-interested members. Stop in and share the WOW with us!
Cultural Cloth sells artisan made home decor created primarily by women practitioners in over 25 countries throughout the developing world. Our objective is to help foster economic empowerment in communities where women, in particular, are marginalized.
Owners Jody Slocum and Mary Anne Wise have over 60 years of textile production experiences combined. We apply our knowledge of markets and textile practices and collaborate with the artists we represent to co-create products for the home. Our even-changing collection is timeless, well-crated, and retains the identity of the makers and their cultures.
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The mission of Midwest Fiber Arts Trails is to honor the Midwest’s rich textile heritage and celebrate and promote the work of contemporary fiber artists.