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Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Grand Opening Weekend!

April 8 – 10, 2016

Spend a delightful weekend meeting the fiber artists along the first fiber arts trail in Minnesota! The Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail celebrates the unique heritage of the area’s voyageurs, pioneers and indigenous peoples showcasing both traditional and contemporary textile art forms. The Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail is a newly forming group of collaborative, dynamic, resourceful textile artists who embody fiber arts tradition and innovation in the northern tier.

Tour studios, watch demos, take a workshop, attend our artist reception and member exhibit and be inspired by fiber & textile artists who sew, weave, knit, crochet, quilt, felt, sculpt, knot, dye and spin! Be sure to visit Northern Woolen Mill! Ask about the Hattersley Loom, too! The Bemidji-Fosston-Osage, Minnesota area is a vibrant source for innovative ideas in textile arts.

Join us for Stitching Social Hour at Lueken’s North in Bemidji on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Please be respectful while you are touring in private homes and remember that bathrooms may not be accessible in all locations, so please plan ahead.

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Grand Opening Weekend General Info:

Dates: April 8 – 10, 2016

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  • Friday, April 8, 2016 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Artist Reception
  • Friday, April 8, 2016 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Kate Anderson Talk/Q&A
  • Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. Open Studios
  • Native AMerican Dance Exhibition 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 10, 2016 10:00 – 4:00 p.m. Open Studios

Kate Anderson Keynote Talk "How Knotting Rewove My Life"

Kate Anderson gives keynote talk on April 8, 2016

Textile Artist, Workshop Leader, Author and Mentor

Nationally known textile artist Kate Anderson kicks off the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail with her talk entitled, “How Knotting Rewove My Life” at 7:00 p.m. at the Northwest Minnesota Foundation at 201 3rd St NW in downtown Bemidji. Trail member Artist Reception and exhibit starting at 5:00 p.m. The public is welcome.

Friday Night Artist Reception and Trail Members’ Exhibit 5 – 7 p.m. 

Northwest Minnesota Foundation 201 3rd St NW Bemidji, MN 56601

Join us for refreshment at our Artists Reception! Each Pine to Prairie Trail member will have a sample of their work on exhibit. Please ask questions and make arrangements for further conversation and possible purchase during the weekend.

Friday Night Keynote Talk by Kate Anderson 7 – 9 p.m.

Northwest Minnesota Foundation 201 3rd St NW Bemidji, MN 56601

Kate will give the Opening Address entitled, “How Knotting Rewove My Life” Kate will take questions after her talk.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Weekend Exhibit at Watermark Art Center

As part of the trail weekend, Watermark Art Center will be presenting an exhibit of Native American textile art. This exhibit will feature a variety of fiber mediums representing both traditional and contemporary styles. Included will be pieces by Gizhiigin Arts Initiative Director Karen Goulet, who will display her Star Quilts and mixed media pieces, featuring different forms of surface manipulation including painted fabrics, embellishments, and traditional hand embroidery. Artist Ron Turney will show his quill work of birch bark quill boxes and other assorted jewelry. And the Williams-Goodwin family of Mahnomen will display their powwow regalia, including hand-crafted and personally designed beaded moccasins, purses, shawls, and more.

Quillbox by Ron Turney-BCSRon Turney works at Leech Lake Tribal College as a multimedia specialist and has only recently begun to learn one of the traditional Ojibwe traditional arts called quill work. He builds traditional Ojibwe quillboxes and other quilled pieces using harvested birch bark from trees and quills from porcupines. He’s careful to say that he looks for roadkill and never hunts porcupine. Ron says he uses the art to tell a bit of his own story. So far, Ron has made quill boxes, necklaces and earrings.
Blue_KGIn her quilts, Karen Goulet gravitates to the star quilt because of the inherent richness of design and the important spiritual and cultural relevance this pattern has for native people. She has created many of these quilts, each with a distinct color scheme and much innovation in the thread work and design elements.
Dennis_Williams_1The Williams-Goodwin family of Mahnomen will display their powwow regalia, including hand-crafted and personally designed beaded moccasins, purses, shawls, and more.

Native American Dance Exhibition

FamilyWatermark Art Center and First National Bank Bemidji will sponsor a Native American Dance Exhibition by the Williams-Goodwin family.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Grand Entry at 7:00 p.m.
Northwest Minnesota Foundation
201 3rd St NW Downtown Bemidji, MN 56601

Dennis Williams, Dana Goodwin, and their daughters will demonstrate womens’ Fancy Shawl, Jingle Dress, and Traditional powwow dances, as well as mens’ Grass dance. The event will be held at the Northwest Minnesota Foundation from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., with Grand Entry at 7. Event is free and open to the public; free-will donation at the door. Space is limited.

Places to Visit on the Fiber Arts Trail!

Fiber Art Showcase: In-Studio with Patty Lovegreen

Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, 2016 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Patty will be at Two Eyes Weaver Studio located at 505 Bemidji Ave Bemidji, MN

Patty Lovegreen is a weaver and felt maker. Patty will demo free form weaving and needle felting in her home studio. Be sure to see Patty’s weaving exhibit at Gallery North in downtown Bemidji at 502 3rd St. NW. The exhibit runs through April 10, 2016,  Location + Patty info

Fiber Art Showcase: In-Studio with Kristin Majkrzak

Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, 2016 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Two Eyes Weaver Studio at Watermark Art Center–505 Bemidji Ave, Bemidji, MN

Kristin Majkrzak will demo tapestry weavings and will have opportunites for people to try their hand at weaving on a floor loom, an inkle loom as well as a tapestry loom. One loom will be set up for a group weave hands-on fiber enthusiast experience. Those who participate can put their name in a drawing for in a drawing for the finished piece!  Two Eyes Weaver studio is located at Watermark Art Center. Location + more about Kristin

Fiber Art Showcase: In-Store with Bonnie Lundorff

Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, 2016 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Willow Wood Market Designs–23621 County Road 9, Bemidji, MN (this is south of Bemidji just west of US HWY 71)

Welcome to Willow Wood Market!  We are a quaint little quilt shop/wool studio tucked in the woods in northern Minnesota, just south of Bemidji.   We are in our 19th year of providing fiber arts enthusiasts a warm, relaxed atmosphere where we instill  a love of fiber, quilting and stitching.   We feature quilt patterns from our favorite designers as well as our original design patterns for needle felting, wool applique, stitcheries,  and traditional pieced projects. We offer the kits to make them, or we have all the supplies you need if you would like to create your own. More about Willow Wood Market Designs

Fiber Art Showcase: Weaving at the mill with Bruce Engebretson

Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, 2016 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Northern Woolen Mill–803 11 St SE Fosston, MN 56542

Bruce Engebretson will have a loom set up for demos at Northern Woolen Mill and will talk about his iconic weaving style that he learned from pioneer weavers. More about Bruce

Fiber Art Showcase: In-Studio with Carrie Jessen

Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, 2016 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

3360 Centerline Road NW Solway, MN 56678

Carrie weaves on a big scale. Historic weaving is one of her passions, so she weaves blankets using colonial weave structures. She and her friends and husband, Tom, enjoy Voyageur Re-enactments. In the 1700’s the Bemidji area was a busy fur-trading region. The blankets Carrie weaves are styled after the stripes and colors used in those times. If you’re interested in history and weaving, you will enjoy your stop at Carrie’s studio. More about Carrie.

Fiber Art Showcase: In-Studio with Marilyn Lee

Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, 2016 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Marilyn Lee plans to construct the world’s largest Paul Bunyan rag doll to reclaim the title for Paul’s rightful city! Her sponsor is Bemidji Woolen Mills. Marilyn plans to display Paul at her home studio. Marilyn will also demo embroidery techniques on vintage sewing machines. She will have all her vintage machines on display. She will show embroidery and her quilts. Marilyn’s entire home is a quilt studio not to be missed.

Fiber Art Showcase: In-Studio with Keila McCracken

Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, 2016 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Two Eyes Weaver Studio at Watermark Art Center–505 Bemidji Ave, Bemidji MN

Keila McCracken will have a video loop of her exciting Hattersley story. Keila brought a 2000 lb. Industrial Age loom from Scotland to Bemidji! She will share her fun story and her exciting plans for the Northern Minnesota Fibershed. If weather permitting, there will be a tour to see the Hattersley loom on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. To go on the tour, you must meet at Two Eyes Weaver Studio in Bemidji by 1:00 p.m. Due to narrow and spring road conditions, everyone going offsite for the tour will carpool from the studio to minimize the number of vehicles.  Location + Keila info

Fiber Art Showcase: In-Studio with Jane Carlstrom

Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, 2016 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Making art or craft or toys or clothing is a joy and a challenge all at once. The solitude of the northwoods sooths me, the sounds and sights inspire. As a fiber fiddler, I pull notes from within this realm to create an eclectic assortment of goods. Ranging from large to small , complex to simple; utilizing found, salvaged, new, old, natural, manufactured, and raw components. Blended together through sewing and felt making. Jane will demo sewing and felt making using a variety of techniques. She will also have two hands on activities and a workshop for fiber enthusiasts.

Woolen Mill Tour: How yarn is made with Steph Anderson

Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, 2016 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Are you curious to see how yarn is made in production? Steph Anderson will lead tours of her woolen mill in Fosston, MN. Northern Woolen Mill is a fiber arts hub on the edge of the prairie. Steph has finished work, yarn and roving available for sale.

Fiber Art Showcase: In-Studio with Eve Sumsky

Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, 2016 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Eve’s Weaves Studio-481 Lake Ave, Tenstrike, MN 56683

Eve Sumsky will demo basket weaving, talk about her work and offer visitors a hands-on opportunity to try weaving a few rows of a basket. She will also have baskets available for purchase. Location + Eve info

Fiber Art Showcase: In-Studio with Karen-lisa Forbes

Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, 2016 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Intersections Studio–504 Beltrami Ave, Bemidji, MN

Karen-lisa Forbes will open her downtown Bemidji studio and demo knotting. She’ll have a larger scale ‘try-it’ piece and also be working on one of her own pieces. Location + Karen info

Fiber Art Showcase: In-Studio with Jeana Johnson

Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, 2016 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Jeana Johnson will be at Marilyn Lee’s quilt studio and will feature her fabric bowls and hand made soaps. Jeana will demonstrate her fabric bowl wrapping and coiling technique at the beginning of each hour.

Fiber Art Showcase: In-Store with Sadie Rae's Quilt Shop

Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, 2016 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Sadie Rae’s Quilt Shop 430 Old Whitetail Dr NW Wilton, MN 56687

Sadie Rae’s Quilt Shop is a full service quilt shop and has trunk shows and offers demos and brings in guest speakers to share their stories about quilting. Recently, the shop has hosted Gudrun Urla, Marilyn Lee and more. Every forth Wednesday of the month is Sadie’s Social.  The social last about a half hour, with snack, show-n-tell, what’s new, what do you want to know and a 20% off coupon for attending.

Traditional Native Art Exhibit at Watermark Art Center

Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, 2016 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Watermark Art Center–505 Bemidji Ave Bemidji, MN

Watermark Art Center is sponsoring an exhibit for the Fiber Arts Weekend which includes traditional Native textile art and ceremonial regalia. The artists included in the exhibit show quill work by Ron Turney, star quilts by Karen Goulet and ceremonial regalia from Dana Goodwin and Dennis Williams. Watch for More Info

Workshops

Make + Take Fun

Workshop: Felted coated soap with Jane Carlstrom

Saturday, April 9, 2016 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

$20 Limited to 5 participants.

Felt Coated Soap Sharing techniques to create a design in wool and felt it over a bar of soap. The soap is hand made by Jeana Johnson of Jeana Johson Crafts & Soap. Contact Jane Carlstrom to register.

Workshop: Sashiko mending with Keila McCracken

Workshop Saturday, April 9, 2016 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. $8 Donation recommended. Max class size is 20.

Demos throughout the weekend.

Two Eyes Weaver Studio–505 Bemidji Ave, Bemidji MN

Sashiko: The Art and Value of Mending Clothing

Join Keila McCracken, a fashion designer who values sustainability, as she teaches the art of the Sashiko Stitch. The Sashiko stitch is the oldest known form of human mending of clothing. The Sashiko stitch is used to mend clothing to make it stronger while also adding value to the garment through decoration. Sashiko is traditionally practiced as a preventative skill, used BEFORE any tearing or ripping occurs, but can also be used after the fabric is damaged to repair it. Sewing swatches, thread and needles will be provided to use there, you are welcome to bring your swatches home with you. This is a great session whether you want to learn a new skill, learn about different cultures or just want to see a new technique!  Register for the workshop

Hands On: Make a wool applique flower at Willow Wood Designs

Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, 2016 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Willow Wood Market Designs–23621 County Road 9–South of Bemidji on Hwy 71. Turn west on Cty Rd 9.

Willow Wood Market Designs If you’ve ever wanted to learn the basics of needle felting and wool applique, this is your chance! Bonnie has so many fun designs and lots of wool! Spend a little time at the work table in Bonnie’s cozy, northwoods shop and you’ll never want to stop working with wool after this! Willow Wood will have free make and takes throughout the weekend. You can make an adorable wool flower using both techniques. This inspirational flower is from one of Bonnie’s designs and the kit and pattern are available for sale. The store is open! Please note the directions above–Willow Wood is south of Bemidji on Hubbard Country Road 9.  Location + info

Hands On: Stuff a tiny fairy berry or sew a button on a happy sun!

Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, 2016 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Jane Carlstrom, a self-titled ‘Fiber Fiddler’ will offer two fun Make ‘n’ Take projects for fiber enthusiasts throughout the weekend. ‘Fairy Berries’–it’s a felt stuffie with minimal sewing and embroidery. The second fun activity is ‘Sew on a Button’. Fiber enthusiasts can make a sun from wool fabric with a button center. No need to register for this activity.

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