Besides being a self taught artist, Mary still does what she enjoyed most as a child; looking at things under a microscope, writing letters, stitching fabric and playing music. Mary is an M.D. Pathologist who writes, creates contemporary textile art and plays the violin. Mary’s art has been exhibited throughout the United States, included in private collections internationally and her piece ‘Hexaggerations’, is included in the permanent collection at Michigan State University. Several of her works will be featured in the upcoming book, ‘The Healing Art of Pathology, (College of American Pathologists, 2016). Mary’s work has also been featured in numerous magazines.
In 2014, Mary published her first book, ‘Moth at the Window:Poetry of Grover W. Clayton and Recollections of Indiana’ (Xlibris). The poetry book combined stories from childhood travels to visit her grandmother in Southern Indiana with historical tidbits and Mary’s grandfather’s poetry.
We are a family farm and raise alpacas, angora goats and merino sheep so that we can harvest their fiber and produce beautiful yarns and other fiber products. We like to use the term ‘Farm to Needle” to describe our business model.
We sell yarn, roving, hand dyed yarn, as well as finished garments such as sweaters, hats and scarves in our Farm Store. The store is open Saturday 10:00 – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
We shear our animals, process their raw fleece into roving, yarn and felted sheets.
The Landmark Inn is a home away from home for many repeat clients. From quilters, scrapbookers, to hunters, you’ll enjoy our quiet, comfortable, relaxing rooms. The Landmark Inn is wonderful for celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, reunions of all types. Perhaps you are looking for the perfect place to have a small wedding, this is the place. From showers to the entire wedding weekend. Start with your grooms dinner, rehearsal, ceremony, reception, dance, and Sunday brunch and gift opening. Look no further we have what you need. Seminars and corporate meeting are also held here often.
We are located in Staples, MN which is a historic railroad town, in North Central MN on US Highway 10, just 30 miles west of Brainerd ~ Baxter MN.
Nestled in the valley of southeast Minnesota’s Root River, Lanesboro is a small town with a unique atmosphere that is part European hamlet, part tourist destination and part farm town.
As you drive down the limestone bluffs into town, you come to Parkway Avenue (“Main Street”), which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Victorian storefronts house restaurants and eclectic shops and occasionally an Amish buggy drives by. The Root River Bike & Recreation Trail crosses downtown, following the old Milwaukee railroad line. Across from idyllic Sylvan Park, the historic hydroelectric dam sends a waterfall crashing into the river. It is possible to enjoy these beautiful surroundings in every season with biking, canoeing, fly fishing, hunting, picnicking or cross country skiing.
Chillon Leach—Liturgical art—Artist * art servant. Through painted abstract symbology, Chillon brings a visual connection to faith and life. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. Chillon is a featured artist in the 2014 Fiber Art Almanac.
“Everyone has something to say. We choose our voice, sometimes subconsciously, directed by talent, mood, message, … time of life. Quilting has become my voice – but more than that, it has infiltrated all my senses, transforming not only my expression, but my perception – affecting both input and output. The development of my voice has led to an obsessive exploration of styles and techniques, the pursuit of which reflects not only what I like to think of as my open-mindedness, but also my short attention span. I am a late bloomer and I have no time to waste. Driven by the thrill of color, and armed with an addiction to fabric, I quilt.”
Jean started quilting in the early 1980’s when her love of fabric and her dislike for sewing clothes reached a compromise in a traditional quilting class. The birth of her three children in the mid-80’s reordered her priorities, but a few years later, the passion reignited itself with a new focus on art quilts and original design work.
Nestled in tiny Mahtomedi, MN this yarn and gift shop has an “Alice in Wonderland” feel to it. Yarn and sparkly, charming gifts everywhere, there is something for everyone. And the staff is great, too!
Our goals remain the same — fine, consistent, dense fleece, white or light, uniform across the blanket on healthy animals. Animals who maintain fleece quality year after year. We hope that together with others like us we can begin to accumulate commercial lots so this luxury fiber can take its place along side, cashmere, vicuna and quiviut. Our females breed, birth and mother well and are chosen for their lineage. Males also are chosen for lineage, histogram history and skin biopsies in the top 1%. We no longer go to shows. They are hard on the animals, hard on the pocketbook and not worth information that can more easily and accurately be gained through careful records, observation and scientific measurement. In the last five or six years we have learned so much — thanks to many but especially Ian Watt, Cindy and Gary Truitt and Donna Rudd of the SNPDC, — and our herd of suris, especially Tiggy and Dawn! Each year we have a few females for sale. We will not sell any animal that has no offspring in our herd. But we have limited space. These are females who have contributed to our herd and now their daughters are with us. We sell them bred to our own proven studs. And we have an outstanding male who could be leased and several prospects for next year, after skin biopsies. Come and visit or contact us. It’s a pleasure and a privilege to produce and share the “fiber of the Gods”.
Little Gidding Farm has been featured in the 2011 and 2014 Fiber Art Almanac.
Our farm sits in the Wisconsin River Valley near beautiful Okee and Lake Wisconsin. We are dedicated to the preservation of the unique, purely Suri alpaca. We strive to produce superior commercial characteristics through our breeding program. Our goal is to see the North American Suri achieve notoriety as the most exceptional Suri in the world. We acquired a herd of Suri alpacas in 2009 and have been breeding, showing and selling alpacas and herd sire services ever since. We also added a farm store to the property and sell luxury alpaca items such as a variety of socks for all types of weather and events, scarves, mittens, gloves, hats, sweaters, rugs, teddy bears, yarn, roving, and kits.
in 2017 we plan to open a new luxury fiber arts center and retail store called La Pachamama. La Pachamama will be housed in a historic barn located on the main corridor that runs through the City of Lodi. Named after the Inca goddess of fertility, La Pachamama is literally translated as “World Mother” but usually translated as “Mother Earth” and signifies the interconnection the goddess has with nature. The new store will be a larger version of Lodi Alpaca’s current on-farm alpaca retail store and will include space for instructional classes in fiber arts, painting, photography, and cooking.
I try to honor the spinners and dyers when I construct a project. Texture and color lead me into the weaving process I call contemporary tapestry. Experimenting with bright, bold color and texture while using traditional stitchery is what makes this process intriguing to me. The endless variety from one skein of yarn keeps me always striving for better ways to highlight the uniqueness of this fiber art. Wherever I travel breathtaking sunsets always stop me in my tracks. I try to hold those colors inside of me until I can find just the perfect yarn.
Patty is very involved with the fiber arts community in Northern Minnesota. She teaches, demos and exhibits locally and regionally as well as being a member of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota. From very early memories of playing with cut out fabric; color and texture are at the heart of Patty’s felt making and weaving. She loves working with fiber because it’s so pliant and enjoys the simplicity of a lap loom because it travels so well. It’s sort of like a spinner taking along a drop spindle or a knitter bringing a sock project along. She says, “no matter where I land I do a tapestry suggesting the area around me.”
Mary Luckhardt Klemm creates a full line of both sculptural and traditional functional baskets where her primary material is reed but uses willow and found materials. Her freeform sculptural baskets use antlers in many of the pieces. Using antlers as the focal point, Mary can gain a wide variety of designs which ‘follow’ the shape and weight of the graceful objects.
Mary uses a variety of basketmaking techniques including free form as well using patterned forms. She dyes reed in all colors which gives her the flexibility to create colors of choice. In the 20 years Mary has been weaving, she’s made well over 1000 baskets and always has a good inventory on hand.
Mary participates in several regional art shows each year and welcomes those interested in learning how to make their own baskets. She’ll set up a class for all aspiring basket weavers! Mary donates approximately ten baskets annually to charitable events.
Mary has exhibited at the Red Door in Richland Center, the Al. Ringling Sauk County Arts Association Gallery in Baraboo, the River Arts Gallery in Sauk City and Hills Gallery in Baraboo. She has participated in show/sales with The Fall Art Tour (guest artist) in Baraboo, The Richland Center Whitetail Deer Classic, The Country Christmas in Lake Delton and Baraboo, Durwards Glen Fall Festival, The Fermentation Fest Art D’Tour, The ARt Asylum in Lime Ridge, PRairie Weavers Guilds Shows and a variety of smaller venues.
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