Dear Friends,

Finally–the weather is decent outside again! I don’t know about your household, but we spent last weekend cleaning the garage and opening the back porch for the season. Maybe a little early for flower planting in my neck of the woods since ice out on Lake Minnetonka was just a couple of days ago.

Under the heading of NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS from Midwest Fiber Arts Trails HQ is the formation of a new Trail! We’re starting a Trail in Madison, Wisconsin. I’m very excited about the possibilities in this amazing city! Such wonderful people—read below for much more info about this new Trail startup.

This edition features a compilation of talks, workshops, exhibits, library knitting groups, fiber festivals and a couple of events that are not fiber related but thinking-person related. The Great American Think-Off at the New York Mills Cultural Center in New York Mills, MN is not a fiber event, but the event has a world class following and NYMCC is a part of the Weaving Waters Fiber Arts Trail. So, I wanted you to know about it if you didn’t already. And, of course, you’ll want to coordinate your visit to the National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library’s new bead exhibit to tie into the 17th Annual Taste of Czech & Slovak on May 18th in Cedar Rapids where they pronounce kolache correctly. (This event is a great combo of both thinking-person and food-person!)

Read on and have fun! Life is too short to not have fun (or at least to think about having fun)!

Jenny

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CURRENT EXHIBITS YOU MIGHT ENJOY

Commemorating His Purple Reign: A Textural Tribute to Prince

March 15 – June 17

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber ArtsN50 W5050 Portland Rd
Cedarburg, WI 53012 
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(Cedarburg, WI) — Commemorating His Purple Reign: A Textile Tribute to Prince This special exhibition celebrates the life and art of Prince through vibrant and exciting fiber art.  “These quilts are pulsating, vibrating, and alive with Prince’s music,” says Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, one of the nation’s experts in African American quilting and juror for this exhibit. Quilt: In Honor of Prince by Betsy Shannon

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Hennepin History Museum: From Underwear to Outerwear

March 23 – September 15

Hennepin History Museum2303 Third Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404 
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(Minneapolis, MN) — Hennepin History Museum: From Underwear to Outerwear Record-breaking winter temps don’t frighten Hennepin County residents – we’re used to it. Ever since George Munsing took the itch out of long underwear, we know how to bundle up in style. Join us for this sweeping exhibition showcasing the depth and breadth of wearable items from the Museum’s collections. See elaborate society gowns, early ready-to-wear from county seamstresses and department stores, uniforms and workwear, historic lingerie, and outerwear that ranges…

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Playing with Purpose: Victoria Finlay Wolfe Retrospective

April 17 – July 29

Iowa Quilt Museum68 E Court Avenue
Winterset, IA 50273 United States 
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(Winterset, IA) — Playing with Purpose: Victoria Findlay Wolfe Retrospective Opening Reception is April 21st, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. $10 per ticket.
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Modern Quilts – Designs of the New Century

April 29 – June 17

Dairy Barn Arts Center8000 Dairy Lane
Athens, 45701 
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(Athens, OH) — Modern Quilts – Designs of the New Century Modern quilts mean different things to different people. Modern quilts are utilitarian. They are art. They tell stories. They are graphic, improvisational, or minimalist. They break the rules. They make a statement. No matter the design aesthetic, modern quilts are creative expressions made with needle and thread, fabric, and time. Experience the power of modern quilts firsthand in this exhibit of innovative and inspiring quilts that represent the best modern…
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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, TALKS AND PRESENTATIONS

Bobbin Lace Making Demonstration at NCSML

May 9 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library1400 Inspiration Point SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States 
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(Cedar Rapids, IA) — Bobbin Lace Making Demonstration See members of the Doris Southard Lace Guild demonstrate this beautiful craft. Demonstrations take place at the museum each month on the second Wednesday in Rozek Grand Hall.
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Knitting and Needlework Group at Hibbing Library

May 10 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Hibbing Public Library2020 5th Ave E
Hibbing, Minnesota 55746 
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(Hibbing, MN) — Knitting and Needlework Group New Summer Hours: 3-5. Join us every first and third Thursday of the month to share and learn tips, talk, and enjoy the fun while you do your craft of choice. Bring whatever project you’re working on, drop in, and join the group! Some supplies will be provided, but bring what you will need for your project. Donations of knitting, embroidery, and sewing supplies are very much appreciated. Drop them off at the front…

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Exhibition Coffee Reception at Weavers Guild of Minnesota

May 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Weavers Guild of Minnesota3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States 
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Free

(Minneapolis, MN) — Exhibition Coffee Reception Are you enjoying the marvelous exhibit of Scandinavian textiles on the gallery walls of the Weavers Guild? Join the members of the Scandinavian Weavers Study Group on Wednesday, May 9, from 2-4 to celebrate collector Carol Johnson’s textiles with cake and coffee. We’ll even move looms to allow for proper close-up examination. FREE.

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Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence

May 12 – September 17
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library1400 Inspiration Point SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States 
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(Cedar Rapids, IA) — Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence This exhibition showcases a form of bead art developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The six featured artists call their “paintings in beads” ndwangos. The Ubuhle women work on a black background fabric, and by stretching this textile like a canvas, they transform the flat cloth into a contemporary art form colored with Czech glass beads. Ubuhle means “beauty,” and it…
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A Splash of Color: A Fabric Dyeing Workshop

May 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Crossing Arts Alliance711 Laurel St
Brainerd, MN 56401 
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(Brainerd, MN) — A Splash of Color: A Fabric Dyeing Workshop Learn to dye cotton fabric with Procion fiber reactive dyes by mixing 3 primary dyes to create a color wheel of 12 hues. You will take home a rainbow of 12 fat quarters to use in your fiber art. Class is open to students age 16 and up. Students should bring rubber gloves, and wear an apron or old clothes to class. All other materials – dyes, fabrics, and bags,…
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When This You See Remember Me, a Look at Inscribed Quilts

May 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Historic Indian Agency House1490 Agency House Road
Portage, Wisconsin 53901 
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$5.00

(Portage, WI) — When This You See Remember Me, a Look at Inscribed Quilts WHEN THIS YOU SEE REMEMBER ME—A LOOK AT INSCRIBED QUILTS INCLUDING FRIENDSHIP, FUNDRAISING AND ALBUM QUILTS Explore the intentions, differences and similarities and identify characteristics of quilts that were made as tributes, tokens of friendship and memorials through a power point program followed by a trunk show of lecturer’s quilts of this genre. Students are encouraged to bring a quilt of this type to share as time…

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Talk at Mia: Sweetgrass Basketry with Henrietta Snype & Durades Dialogue with Jonathan Shodekeh Rose

May 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Minneapolis Institute of Art2400 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404 United States 
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(Minneapolis, MN) — Talk at Mia: Sweetgrass Basketry with Henrietta Snype & Durades Dialogue with Jonathan Shodekeh Rose Henrietta Snype will talk about the Gullah tradition of sweetgrass basketweaving, its 300-year history in America, its connection to Africa, and the enduring nature of the art form. One of Snype’s baskets is on view in “The Many Voices of Colonial America” in Mia’s Charleston Drawing Room, where it tells the important story of Charleston’s dependence on enslaved West Africans’ indigenous knowledge of…

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