Welcome to Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail!Baraboo -- Portage -- Lodi -- Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Welcome to Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail!
Baraboo - Portage - Lodi - Prairie du Sac, WI
The name Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail is an artful reference to the geological formation that makes up this part of Sauk County, Wisconsin. The beautiful Baraboo Hills that hug the city of Baraboo are the terminal moraine of the most recent advance of glaciers in the area. Melt water from under the ice sheet formed rivers that cut valleys as rocks and sediment was deposited along their routes. As the water flow subsided, crisscrossing channels formed in the river beds. Weaving across sandbars and sediment; these small channels are called braided streams. They are like shimmering ribbons, rippling along the surface of the land.
The Baraboo-Lodi-Portage area is located approximately 45 miles northwest of Madison. The trail encompasses an area from Baraboo south to Sauk City and Prairie du Sac east to Lodi on the southern boundary, up to Portage along the Wisconsin River and back to Baraboo. Trail members include studio artists & artisans, shops, teachers and farms, dyers, spinners, felt makers, baskets weavers, quilt makers, needle arts, sewing, weavers and more. Trail members exhibit their work, participate in regional art fairs, teach workshops and classes, hold memberships in local and state-wide arts organizations and are very active in their communities. They are professional makers.
Visit Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail any time of year!
There is so much to do in this area (even if you don’t head to the Dells)! If you love to get outside and leave the car in the parking lot, Devil Lake State Park is abundant with trails and vistas where you can rock climb, hike, camp and picnic. Devil’s Gate is a very popular rock climbing destination! If you’re interested in geology and glaciers, the Ice Age Trail offers hiking loops and interpretive locations throughout the area, too. The Reedsburg Area Historical Society has a restored village that’s open May to October and the International Crane Foundation is located just north of Baraboo. More species of cranes nest in this area than anywhere else in the world. Don’t forget the ferry ride at Merrimac — it’s a fun 15 minute way to cross the Wisconsin River—complete with ice cream stands on both sides!
Save the Date for our Grand Opening Fiber Arts Weekend in March, 2017! More info will definitely be coming, so check back often. If you’d like to meet with a Trail member at another time, be sure to call ahead. Member contact info and a short bio is listed below.
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Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail Member Info
A Botanical Dyery with Kipp Inglis
(Lodi, WI) -- Hand dyed fabrics, sewing and quilting
I work primarily in wool and silk, but have a long history of sewing, quilting and costume design. Wool, silk and cotton fibers and fabrics are hand-dyed using natural dyes (botanical dyes). It is personally important to me to work in accord and as closely as I can with Mother Earth – it is our home. I enjoy growing the plants used for dyeing and printing on fabric or foraging in our local environment (marsh, prairie and woodlands) for dyestuffs. I also purchase dyestuffs from all parts of the world that are grown and harvested from suppliers who adhere to sustainable methods. After I have dyed and/or painted the fabrics, I use various techniques to make clothing, accessories and home decorative items. Techniques I use include stitching by both hand and machine, quilting by hand or machine embroidery embellishment, felting, nuno felting and shibori.
(Lodi, WI) -- Hand dyed paper and paper sculpture
TREES. PAPER. LEAVES.
Dana’s current work deconstructs books and reforms them into paper sculptures. Her primary interest surrounds oak leaves that are hand-cut from book pages. These new leaves are formed into sculptural works incorporating handmade papers, natural tree branches, wood, and other embellishments that ask viewers to explore their own relationships with trees, wood, and paper. Dana is also co-owner of the new D2Squared Studio and Art Gallery in Lodi, WI.
Lodi Alpaca at Whistling Valley Farm
(Lodi, WI) -- Farm
Jan Clingman, owner of Lodi Alpacas, plans to open a new luxury fiber arts center and retail store called La Pachamama in 2017. La Pachamama will be housed in a historic barn located on the main corridor that runs through the City of Lodi. Named after the Inca goddess of fertility, La Pachamama is literally translated as “World Mother” but usually translated as “Mother Earth” and signifies the interconnection the goddess has with nature. The new store will be a larger version of Lodi Alpaca’s current on-farm alpaca retail store and will include space for instructional classes in fiber arts, painting, photography, and cooking.
Sauk Prairie Area Historical Society
(Prairie du Sac, WI) -- Museum
The Tripp Heritage Museum is a vibrant starting point for exploring the nature, culture, and heritage of the people, places, and natural wonders of the Sauk Prairie Area. Numerous exhibits and events throughout the year highlight the authentic story of this riverside community nestled between the Wisconsin River and bluff-ringed prairie, thirty minutes north of Madison, Wisconsin, twenty minutes south of the Wisconsin Dells.
Home to the one-of-a-kind Ochsner Collection of over three hundred mounted birds, the Tripp also houses a curious collection of Victorian hair art, and a 7,000-year-old Bison Occidentalis skull discovered by a 7-year-old boy in the riverbed near the Prairie du Sac Dam–the furthest east this ancient species has been found to-date.
Museum collections include textile artifacts including quilts and clothing, too!
Prairie Flower Beads
(Portage, WI) -- Retail Shop
Our goal is to provide a relaxed and educational shopping environment for any level of beader, from the beginner to the experienced. Our range of merchandise and classes will help you create to your full potential. There are many options for beginning bead projects to complex, challenging projects for the experienced bead worker.
Come and Join the Beader’s Guild, a place to learn new things and meet fellow bead enthusiasts. A fun and relaxing environment to work on a new project. Each month we will promote a new project. Join the Guild and you will receive the month’s project sheet free of charge, and 10% off all the month’s project’s supplies. The Beader’s Guild will be held once a month (3nd Tuesday of each month from 4pm to 8pm). You may come and go as you please during these hours. Come and Join the Guild for a yearly fee for only $25.00.
Prairie Flower Beads also welcomes birthday parties and gathering with friends.
(Preston, MN) -- Helen's Daughters
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”
(Portage, WI) -- R. Condon Gallery & Studio
I am a mother, dog walker, caretaker, long distance swimmer, and artist with a deep connectedness to nature. I attended art school as a young woman at Rockford College, IL., and attended the engineering college at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Between the ages of 25 and 46, I slowly ceased painting and got caught up in the basic struggles of making a living, falling in and out of love and caring for children. When I hit age 45, I was confronted by the fragility of life in the form of a skirmish with cancer, and the 9/11 tragedy. This glimpse of mortality lead me to a two week conversation between myself and God in the canyons of Nevada. A direct result of this conversation was a return to my art and painting.
Ardyth's Sew 'n' Vac Shoppe
(Downtown Baraboo, WI) -- Sewing Center and Quilt Shop
Michele Miller continues the fine tradition of Ardyth’s shop her mother started many years ago. The shop continues to be a sewing destination. Our educational Sewing/Art Center is located in downtown Baraboo and we offer a wide variety of classes. Every summer, we host Sewing Camp for school aged artists.
Our goal is to promote and encourage creativity in our community by working with our patrons and local artists to showcase their gifts. Please visit our shop and check out our site for more sewing inspiration. Our knowledgeable staff is here to assist you with all your sewing needs. Find us on Facebook for a list of newly added evening classes.
dMarie Knit and Fiber
(Prairie du Sac, WI) -- Yarn and fiber arts shop
A fully stocked yarn and fiber shop featuring knitting yarn for the discriminating fiberista! dMarie offers classes, summer camps and will soon offer needlepoint canvas and supplies. Recently moved down the street, dMarie is in a new building along the picturesque Wisconsin River in charming downtown Prairie du Sac. Dana, who is an expert knitter, will happily help you find the perfect fiber for your knitting passion. Open everyday except Sunday.
River Arts on Water Gallery
(Prairie du Sac, WI) -- Exhibit and Retail Gallery
River Arts Inc. is a nonprofit organization that includes a Performing Arts Center and Exhibit Gallery located adjacent to Prairie du Sac’s middle and high school and the River Arts on Water Gallery located on the river front in downtown Prairie du Sac. For going on fifteen years, River Arts, Inc. has hosted performances, visual arts exhibits, community and school plays, as well as countless school district and community events. River Arts on Water is a beautiful gallery space on the banks of the Wisconsin River where people can explore, celebrate and advance the arts and cultural forms that express the inextricable bond between humans and the landscape in which they dwell. Devoted to the cultural and ecological vitality of the community, it is a retail gallery, concert, workshop and gathering place. The community plays an integral in continued support for the organization. River Arts provides a vibrant arts and cultural center for the larger Prairie du Sac community.
(Portage, WI) -- Interlacing Threads
Combining sewing and weaving has allowed me to be creative in a new way. Once I have my loom warped, it is a great pleasure to see the colors and patterns take shape as I throw the shuttle, realizing that I’m very fortunate to be able to do something that is so much fun!
I weave using natural fibers, mainly alpaca, mohair and wool from Merino, Corriedale and Romney sheep. For lighter garments, I weave with rayon and cotton. I have been fortunate to find many yarns from Wisconsin and other parts of the Midwest and also from individuals who hand dye natural fibers. Needless to say, I have shelf after shelf of yarn just waiting to go on my loom!
(Portage, WI) -- Interlacing Threads
The Portage Theatre is showing two special documentaries for our Grand Opening Weekend, March 23 – 25, 2017. On Thursday, March 23, the theatre is showing “Right Out of History: The Making of Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party”. On Friday, March 24, 2016 the theatre is showing “Stitched”, a documentary about three quilters getting ready for quilt market.
(Madison, WI) -- Ruth Manning Tapestry
The field of fiber arts is vast and I’ve tried most aspects, but soon found myself drawn to hand-woven tapestry. There was an immediate attraction to the image-making possibilities of tapestry, a very specific type of language that no other art process can duplicate.
My tools are simple and I like that too; a frame loom, a variety of yarns, and a tapestry bobbin to tap them into place. I dye my yarns each summer to achieve the range of color I prefer to use.
During my life as an artist I became increasingly interested in the stories people could tell of their lives. I slip into the role of listener and observer to study their faces and gestures. Later at home I try to bring back some part of their character in my sketchbook. These are the seeds that grow into my hand-woven tapestries.
I also share my passion and expertise by teaching the art of tapestry. If you would like to learn more, please visit my website.
Char terBeest Kudla
(Baraboo, WI) -- Studio Artist and Owner Helen's Daughters
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.
(Baraboo, WI) -- Free Spirit Designs by Maday
I’m a fiber artist living in the Midwest, with a passion for color and making. I draw inspiration from nature’s colors to fuel my textile pieces with energy and texture. I create contemporary and traditional textile compositions of varying sizes, using new and re-purposed fabrics. Though I began this adventure in 2012 by selling made-to-order custom pieces at arts & craft shows and exhibits, my renewed focus is on teaching and I’m happy to share my enthusiasm for this craft with others. I teach children and adults alike. My goal is to create, teach and promote the sewing Arts in the community in which I live, surrounding areas and beyond!
(Lodi, Wisconsin) -- Functional and Wearable Art
Hartline Designs combines the best of designing wearable art and graphic design. Katherine says when she’s not designing textiles to wear or eco-printing fabric, she’s happily engrossed in creating graphic design. Having traded in her lab coat as a medical technologist for the creative world of design she realized her passion for the textile side of the business and learned to dye and create patterns and sew. She takes much of her inspiration from travels, nature and her inborn sense of grabbing all she can out of life and never missing a moment to laugh! Katherine recently won the 2015 Green Award at Art on the Green at University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.
(Madison, WI) Textile and Felt Artist
I am a self taught textile artist specializing in creating art using hand made felt. I use various elting techniques but my work is primarily wet felt which means the felt is created using hot water and friction. Needle felt, or punching with dry wool is used primarily in my smaller pieces or as an accent in my major pieces. I am inspired landscapes with rolling hills and the beauty of the flowers in my garden. I was raised in near the Mississippi River where every landscape contains a patchwork of fields with shades of green and fabulous fall colors. The patterns of the fields often appear in my art. As a master gardener, I also find beauty in my garden. I create my images free hand before felting. The felting process softens and blends the images to create work that has been compared to pastels.
Museum at the Portage
(Portage, WI) -- Historical Museum
The past is illuminated through hundreds of authentic pieces from this unique place at the intersection of the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers. Discover the story of Portage as you explore area history and culture shaped by the influences of rivers, native people, early explorers, brickyards, railroads, and local residents.
The Museum at the Portage is housed in the Georgian Revival-style home author Zona Gale shared with her husband, William Breese. Upon her death in 1938, her husband deeded the building to the city as a memorial to his wife. The city converted the building to a public library, a function it served until 1995 when new larger library was built. Zona’s former home now serves as the Museum at the Portage, and visitors are able to step into Zona’s study where she wrote many of her books and short stories. The woodwork in the study is exquisite and it’s easy to imagine the author at her desk. Other unique features of the building include leaded glass windows, a sunken sun porch with mosaic fountain, a hidden bathroom in Zona’s study, barrel ceiling in the upstairs bathroom, and well-maintained rose garden.
Threaded Streams Trail Sponsor!
Thanks to Julie and Stewart from Ringling House Bed & Breakfast in Baraboo for their support for Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail. We are honored to host our Keynote Speaker Karen Ann Hoffman at the Ringling House on Friday, March 24, 2016. More info to come soon!
All visitors who stay two nights at the B&B will receive 25% off their stay. Limited rooms, lovely old house which has been in the Ringling family for over 100 years.