Welcome to Midwest Fiber Arts Trails!
Midwest Fiber Arts Trails is a network of fiber artists and artisans, shops, quilt museums, historical places, farms and arts centers in the Midwest. This is where you can discover resources and inspiration for your own creative expression. And, plan fun trips around the Midwest!
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This week’s highlighted fiber festivals, workshops, exhibits and events.
Wisconsin Wool and Sheep Festival
September 6 – 8, 2019
A weekend ‘To Dye For’ with many coloring and dyeing workshops! Workshop registration opens the second week of June!
Spend the weekend at the Midwest’s premier sheep and wool festival and celebrate the diversity of sheep, the fiber they produce and the renewable products that they provide. Three days filled with entertainment, shopping and education at one of Wisconsin’s finest fairgrounds, midway between Milwaukee and Madison, just south of I-94.Come for the sheep (over 600 sheep & 40 breeds); shopping (130+ vendors); education (70 classes over 4 days for all skill levels). Entertainment includes stock dog trials, Ma & Pa and their history, Walk and Knit and Sheep to Shawl competitions, auctions, lead class, Hall of Breeds, and other displays.
Admission is $8 per person, $15 for a weekend pass. Kids eight and under free. Parking free.
Jefferson County Fair Park, Jefferson, WI More info
Ohio Quilts at Kent State Museum
Through April, 2020
One of the most extraordinary quilts in the KSU Museum’s collection is attributed to Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley. Born a slave, Keckley learned dressmaking then bought freedom for herself and her son. She lived many years in Washington, DC where she worked for the wives of many prominent politicians including Mary Todd Lincoln. The quilt is pieced together from pieces of dress fabric which appear to be from the 1860s. Keckley lived in Ohio when she served on the faculty of Wilberforce University.
This exhibition assembles quilts which reflect a variety of techniques including appliqué, piecework, crazy quilts, whitework, and embroidery. These different styles represent evolving taste. The quilts also reflect changes in technology, women’s lives, and forms of expression.
Kent State University Museum, Kent, OH More info
Rep Weaving at Hopewell Weaving
August 23 – 25, 2019
Rep Weave – or Ripsmatta – is a plain weave structure with color and weave effects. Students will learn about Rep Weave and then design their project on Friday evening. Saturday you will warp your loom and begin to weave. Sunday is for finishing up your project.
Rep Weave is a warp-faced weave and you will weave a small project in addition to a sampler. The warp is a thick and thin thread, woven alternately, so weaving is quick.
- Friday 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
- Saturday 9:00 – 4:00 p.m.
- Sunday 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.
$100 regular fee/$90 Guild member fee/$175 Bring a friend fee.
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Hopewell Weaving, Hopewell, IL More info
Fiber Arts Trails
Plan a self-guided tour along the Fiber Arts Trails. Be sure to call ahead for open studio times.
Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail
(Cedarburg – Grafton – Thiensville – Mequon, Wisconsin) – Award-winning galleries, shops and artists make up the member roster on the Cedarburg Spur. Known for historic mills, stone buildings and meandering creeks and rivers; Cedarburg, Grafton and Thiensville are snug as bugs and within ten miles of each other end to end. Each village has its own character but Cedarburg’s iconic downtown is the jewel tucked in the middle. Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail
Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail
(Bemidji – Solway – Tenstrike, Minnesota) – The word ‘headwaters’ is used a lot around here. Heading north and west out of Itasca before curling around in an easterly fashion, the Mississippi River flows through Lake Bemidji, giving Bemidjians an honest right to call their home the ‘First City’ on the river. The diverse culture in this area mirrors Trail members’ eclectic variety of fiber art. Both share stories of indigenous peoples, voyageurs, settlers and pioneers. Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trails
Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail
(Baraboo – Portage – Lodi – Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin) – The name Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail is an artful reference to the geological formation that makes up this part of Wisconsin. The beautiful Baraboo Hills are remnants of the last ice age when melt water flowed from under the glaciers forming rivers and deep valleys. Today’s streams are like shimmering ribbons, rippling along the surface of the land. Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail
Weaving Waters Fiber Arts Trail
(Little Falls – Randall – Brainerd – Staples – Wadena – New York Mills, Minnesota) – Articulture’ — where art is our agriculture! Located right smack-dab in the middle of the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Weaving Waters feature three regional arts centers and offers Trail visitors an opportunity to experience Central Minnesota’s rich textile heritage and celebrate the work of the area’s contemporary fiber artists. Weaving Waters Fiber Arts Trail
Madison Fiber Arts Trail
(Madison, Wisconsin) – Everyone knows Madison is a fun town. Whether you’re a student, bureaucrat or a fiber artist, the chances of finding someone else to share your groove are high. Home to UW-Madison, the town is wide-open high energy and creativity. Balance that with state government HQ and you’ve got a place that’s hip, political and surrounded by cornfields. Madison Fiber Arts Trail
From the blog…
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