Jim Bates, Leatherworker: A leatherworker for many years, Jim is reverent about the leather he works. His bags and accessories are both beautiful and functional. He sells his work at regional art gallery shops. Jim was featured in the 2013 Fiber Art Almanac.
I began quilting in 2003 by joining a local quilt guild. The ladies were very welcoming, taught me many types of techniques and it blossomed from there. I couldn’t get enough, so I took classes, joined another guild, went on shop hops, and bought a longarm. I practiced for 2 years before starting my own business. Then 3 years ago I started making quilts for people from scratch, designing and selecting fabrics based on their needs. I provide long arm quilting and hand quilting, embroidery work, weaving fabric to create rugs or scarves and creating a unique quilt designs for each individual.
Artist Statement: The process of making felt is very old and unique. I learned felting through Russian felt artists. I use merino wool and other natural fibers to wet felt and nuno felt. To create felt fabric, I use wool, soap, hot water and my hands. I create shawls, scarves, hats, vests, baby booties and lamp shades in unique design and colors. I enjoy working with wool, locks and silk. The process to make felt is long; it takes approximately 14 hours to make one shawl. Nuno felt is using wool with adding silk or other fabric to create a different effect. Each item is one of a kind, it is never the same.
“My fiber sculptures honor the integrity of traditional cloth in a contemporary setting, placing them in a 3 dimensional element.” – Barbara Riegel Bend
As a fiber artist I am drawn to the rich heritage of cloth and the story it tells through its content, color, design, and cultural history. I work with fabrics that have their own integrity and voice. In my fiber sculptures I explore the interplay of cross cultural fabrics stitched side by side with a reconfiguration of contemporary ‘throw away items’ that in their new form share the pattern, color or texture but not the history. I look to these contemporary items, such as snaps, perm rollers, zippers, for their design elements and ability to attach and repeat thus creating a rhythmic pattern to sew on to these fiber sculptures.
My fiber sculpture forms are internally supported by welded scrap metal, fencing or electrical wire structures. The shape is built up by tightly wrapped strips of knit t-shirts. The result is a firm and sturdy sculpture that is self supporting with a solid form. My fiber sculptures flare out with movement to help express the energy of the moment expressed.
Welcome to my world. It’s a world of colorful beads and lustrous threads, rich fabrics and ornate designs. My art quilts and embroideries are inspired by the shapes, patterns, colors, and life force of the natural world. In my work you will often see the leaves that surround my Wisconsin home; you may also see flowers, turtles, dragonflies, poetry, and currents of wind and water.
The art quilts and embroideries presented on this Web site/blog are the fruits of the labor I love–meticuloulsy crafted works in fiber–whether in the form of ornately pieced and appliqued quilts or richly hand-beaded and embroidered works on fabric. Enter and enjoy.
Long-arm quilting has helped me make new friends and meet new people. I have a wonderful studio designed, by my son-in-law, to have good lighting and excellent storage. The time I spend working on quilts for myself and other people is a wonderful part of my week. The studio picture below illustrates the wonderful light and clean lines that help me do a great job on your very special quilts.
About the name of her business: The name comes from a 1950’s toy sewing machine called “Little Mother”. Additionally, my husband Richard took to calling me the “Little Mother” due to my stature and our two lovely children. Before my quilting business took off the name was somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but the business evolved and the name has stuck around.
Working in fiber since 2005, Pat uses the tactile nature of the fabrics to create a simplified expression of the strength, beauty and complexity in the natural world around her. A painter first and currently a quilter, Pat sees the emerging field of quilts in the art world opening new opportunities and challenges for creative expression with textiles. Pat is involved in her local and regional community of art and quilting, being a member of several Wisconsin art associations and a professional member of the Studio Artist Quilters Association. She exhibits locally, nationally and internationally, is available for lectures and workshops on the techniques she uses to make her quilts.
Gifts in the Gallery is an annual artist gift shop that runs for two weeks mid December. It’s held in the Inez Greenberg Gallery. There is a festive reception on December 4 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The shop is open from December 4-18, 2013.
Our mission is to build a vibrant community for modern quilters and fiber artists in the greater Madison area to come together and learn and develop techniques, abilities, styles and interests.
We partner with our customers to fulfill their needs while sustaining the business through mutual support. Providing immediate access to materials and supplies that customers need enables them to keep their creative juices flowing and supports their growth and, in turn, that of the shop’s bottom line.
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.