Helen’s Daughters Studio designs, creates and sews award-winning tapestry handbags, pocket books, totes, backpacks, and purses. The Helen’s Daughters handbag business started in 1989 between two sisters: Char, in Wisconsin, and Mariella, in Minnesota. Helen was our mother. The handbag business honors her and all that she taught us about being creative, loving life and having fun. Char and Mariella constantly search for unusual and sometimes limited fabrics and trims. Each sister has her own individual handbag style and creative designs. They participate in regional art fairs and shows. Helen’s Daughters Studio can custom-design handbags for any need or occasion. The handbags are plain to fancy, pretty to bold, and everyday to occasional – always useful. Their handbags have been carried at hundreds of weddings and proms, and some have traveled all over the world. They are collected and loved by young and old.
Helen’s Daughters Studio is open only by appointment.
Sewing, crafting, and farming have been a huge part of our family’s life. Being creative has traveled back through generation to generation. “Helen’s Daughters” evolved from these family traditions. Helen was our Mother, she taught her six children about being creative, believing in ourselves, and having fun.
My Sister, Char, and I started our handbag business in 1989. We named it “Helen’s Daughters” to honor our Mother. We both graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stout; nine years apart. We collaborate and share techniques we have mastered. We live in two different states. Char’s studio is in Baraboo, Wisconsin and my studio is in Preston, Minnesota.
Working with a thirty-eight year-old Viking sewing machine, I design and create upholstery fabric handbags. My “design aim” is to adorn them with unexpected details. I start with a sketch and then draft a pattern. I work with color, pattern, and blend a combination of fabrics, which develops into a unique look to the handbag.
At the beginning, we wove our fabrics into small whimsical handbags. Soon after, we experimented with upholstery fabrics, we started making our “Helen’s Daughters Handbags”
Textile Center was formed by a group of fiber artists and patrons and incorporated in 1994. As an umbrella arts organization for fiber artists and textile arts groups, the Textile Center’s goals are to:
Inspire and support fiber artists.
Increase public access to and education about fiber art.
Foster and promote diversity in all areas of fiber art.
Preserve fiber art skills and traditions.
Provide a central networking and resource facility for fiber artists.
During its first seven years, the Textile Center operated from a small rented office in St. Paul and presented three or four fiber art exhibitions in venues across the region annually. At the same time, Textile Center founders were building connections among textile guilds, fiber artists, and textile arts enthusiasts. They began an extensive search for a permanent home. In 2000, Textile Center found a 1920s one-story brick building in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis, and a capital campaign was launched to pay for its purchase and renovation.
Welcome to the Arts Mill Gallery & Boutique. The Arts Mill is situated in the historic Grafton Mill and houses more than fourteen artists’ studios. These working studios (located on the 2nd floor) are nestled around a central boutique which features a variety of unique items from local and regional artists.
We are open for events and private parties on our beautifully renovated 3rd floor. Please contact Paula. We work in collaboration with the North Shore Academy of the Arts, a non-profit organization (located in Grafton, WI) offering programming in the visual, literary and performing arts.
Ten years ago, North Shore Academy of the Arts (NSAA) began in a quaint space in an old mill next to a river. Three rooms, a hand-built stage, and a few classes. As the years went on, offerings in the visual, performing and literary arts grew, offering quality enrichment programming to thousands of kids and adults in southeastern Wisconsin. A place that encourages, inspires and promotes creativity, NSAA has been an educational resource for those wishing to learn about the arts and themselves.
But after the learning, every artist also needs a place to do her art. 2011 marked the start of a new decade of programming, and it also kicked off an exciting new expansion, one that has brought this non-profit organization full circle.
The Cat and Crow is a friendly, helpful, and inspiring yarn shop. We love to teach new techniques to beginning and advanced fiber enthusiasts. We also carry gift items, many made by hand by local artists and others from fair trade companies.
We offer yarns, fibers of many types, tools for knitting, crochet, spinning, needle and wet felting, and weaving. Our class listing is broad, encompassing all the above, plus dyeing. Items made by local fiber artists are available for purchase and include wet and needle felted flowers, masks, vessels as well as hand-dyed scarves and hand knit items.
Awards and Honors for The Cat and Crow
An award for the shop’s support of locally made products from the MARC center.
Asked to teach statewide at Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival and the Madison Knitter’s Guild Knit-in.
Local newspaper, Horeb Mail recognized the shop for participation in the American Heart Association’s “Little Hats, Big Hearts” campaign.
Tuesday 12:00-5:00pm Wednesday 12:00-5:00pm Thursday 12:00-7:00pm (until 5pm when the gallery is closed) Friday 12:00-5:00pm Saturday 12:00-5:00pm Sunday 1:00 pm-5:00 pm (closed on Sunday November – March)
The Dairy Barn Arts Center’s mission is to offer exhibitions, events, and educational programs that nurture and promote area artists and artisans; develop art appreciation among all ages; provide the community access to fine arts and crafts from outside the region; and draw attention and visitors to Southeast Ohio. The twelve-month program calendar includes international juried exhibitions, festivals, touring exhibits, programs of regional interest, live performances, and activities for all ages. Some events are produced entirely by The Dairy Barn Arts Center while others are the result of cooperation with regional education, arts, or community organizations. Exhibits such as OH+5: A Biennial Ohio Border Exhibition and Athens Voices, A Biennial Exhibition featuring artists that live or work within 30 miles of Athens and feature outstanding regionally produced artwork in a variety of media. The Dairy Barn Arts Center has also developed an international reputation for excellence with Quilt National, a biennial exhibition that has attracted more than 100,000 visitors to Athens from around the world since its premiere in 1979.
“Your sewing success is our goal” is our mission statement.
We are a retail store selling sewing machines, fabric and notions. We also rent our long-arm quilting machines, have a dye studio and a classroom. We also service and repair sewing machines. Pfaff and Viking sewing, embroidery, quilting and serging machines. All the colors of Kona Cotton. Aurifil, King Tut, Bottom Line, Mettler and Signature. Batik fabrics, Prints, Hand dyed fabric.
Built in 1920, the Randall Creamery reflects a Transitional Brick Commercial Style. Popular between 1910-1935. In addition to its architectural style, the Randall Creamery also reflects a transition whereby technological innovations allowed and required farmers to consolidate dairy processing into centralized locations. Prior to this, dairy farmers often had a means of local vertical production where they raised, fed and milked the dairy cows. Instead of sending the milk elsewhere, the farmers then processed the cow milk into cream, butter and milk on-site. This changed by 1900 where the creamery gradually eclipsed localized farm production of cow milk. Within Minnesota, several dairy cooperatives established creameries in the 1910s and 1920s. By consolidating the production and processing of cow milk, individual farmers could collectively compete with established industries.
Starting a quilt shop has always been a dream for us. Frequently, we would drive by the historic Creamery in Randall, located off US HWY 10, nestled in the heart of Minnesota’s picturesque lakes area, dreaming of the potential this building could have. When the opportunity arose to purchase it, we knew we had to jump on it! This was our opportunity to start a business focusing on three of our favorite things, Quilting, Crafts and Food! Sewing has always been a passion for Linda. Starting at the age of five, she began with Barbie clothes. Soon her expertise expanded, and she grew up sewing the bulk of her wardrobe, including her bridal gown and bridesmaid dresses. Linda also worked as a tailor, which she still frequently does for friends and family. She purchased an embroidery machine a few years ago and has enjoyed making projects for her children and grandchildren. Owning her own quilt shop and spending her time sewing is Linda’s retirement dream come true. Linda’s passion for sewing rubbed off on Janelle, who started sewing at the young age of eight. Starting with 4-H projects, Janelle spent hours learning the fundamentals of pattern reading and how to perfect top stitching. Unfortunately for Janelle, the bustle of life and career took over after graduation. Thankfully though, years ago, she re-visited the hobby she had missed for too long….sewing. Since then, Linda and Janelle have enjoyed touring quilt shops and finding new projects to create! We are blessed to be doing our hobby everyday and sharing our ideas and passion with all our customers. Thank you for visiting us at our store, or online! We hope you will be back soon.