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Grand Opening Weekend!

September 22 - 23, 2017

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Weaving Waters Fiber Arts Trail

Little Falls – Randall – Brainerd – Staples – Wadena – New York Mills, Minnesota

Karla Overland, Owner of Cherrywood Fabrics, Gives Artist Talk

Friday, September 22, 2017

Landmark Inn, Staples, Minnesota

“A Challenging Study in Color”

Karla Overland, owner of Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics in Brainerd, will give a presentation about the little contest idea that has gone global – The Cherrywood Challenge. Artists from all over the world were invited to take the challenge to create small quilts using the same fabric, same color, same size and same theme. The variety and inspiration that blossomed from this simple idea has been nothing short of amazing in the quilting world and beyond. Hear the interesting story behind the challenge that led Karla to collaborate with Wicked, Disney Theatrical Group and Bohin France.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Reception

7:00 p.m. Artist Talk

Reception will include wine, tea, coffee, water and appetizers.

Landmark Inn 631 3rd Ave, Staples, MN 56479

Grand Opening Weekend Schedule by Location

September 22 - 23, 2017

Brainerd, Minnesota

On-going during the weekend:

  • On-going tours of Cherrywood Fabrics
  • Van Gogh Challenge Quilt Exhibit
  • Quilting Demos
  • Karla Overland Fiber Art Exhibit
  • Hand-dyed fabric and quilts for sale

Demonstrations:

  • ‘Cobblestoning Fabric’ 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 22
  • ‘Playing with Lint’ 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 23

Cherrywood Fabrics Details:

Tours of Cherrywood Fabrics — See the basic process behind dyeing thousands of yards of cotton in hundreds of colors. This small team of women provide beautiful solid-color quilting fabric to fiber artists and fine quilt shops all over the world through mail-order, trade shows and wholesale. On-going both days.

Hand-dyed fabric and quilts for sale — Hand-dyed fabric bundles and finished art quilts for sale.

Quilting Demos — On-going Demonstrations- Improvisational piecing techniques, long-arm quilting and art-quilt design. On-going both days.

Van Gogh Quilt Exhibit — The Van Gogh Cherrywood Challenge- Sneak peek of the third international quilt contest sponsored by Cherrywood. On-going both days.

Karla Overland Fiber Art Exhibit — Karla Overland, Fiber Artist, Owner of Cherrywood- Karla’s personal work, including art quilts and wearable art, will be displayed. On-going both days.

11:00 a.m. Friday, September 22, 2017 — Demonstration: Cobblestoning Fabric — Learn how to make fabric look like stone.

11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 23, 2017 — Learn how to make items from the beautiful dryer lint and strings that are a by-product of Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics.

On-going throughout the weekend:

  • ‘Art to Wear: Textiles and Beyond’ Wearable Art Exhibit

Crossing Arts Alliance Details:

Wearable Art exhibit titled, “Art to Wear: Textiles and Beyond.” This exhibit showcases artistic wearable art, prioritizing creativity over practicality.

 

On-going throughout the weekend:

  • Fiber Artist Lisa Jordan will demonstrate the art of wet-felting wool.
  • Sculptural and functional works made in both wet and needle-felted wool will be on display.

Lisa Jordan Featured Member in TCAA Gift Shop:

A special display of TCAA Featured Member Artist Lisa Jordan’s creative felt work in The Crossing Arts Gift Shop. Sculptural and functional works made in both wet and needle-felted wool will be on display.

11:00 – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 23, 2017. Fiber Artist Lisa Jordan will demonstrate the art of wet-felting wool.

 

Little Falls, Minnesota

On-going throughout the weekend:

  • Prairie Point Quilt Guild Exhibit
  • Opening Reception ‘Conversations with Quilters’
    • Noon – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 23, 2017

Great River Arts Details:

Prairie Point Quilt Guild Exhibit

11:00 – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 23, 2017 Quilt Exhibit Opening Reception ‘Conversation with Quilters!’

View ‘Stitched’ documentary about famous quilters getting ready for quilt market. Times to be determined.

Video synopsis:

Stitched is a documentary that follows three competitive art quilters as they prepare to compete in the nation’s largest quilt show, a fast-paced event that attracts more than 50,000 devoted artists annually. It follows Caryl Bryer Fallert, Hollis Chatelain and Randall Cook, each of whom has caused a stir with their work. Caryl was the first to win a $10,000 prize at a major quilt show with a machine-made quilt at a time when hand work was the norm. Hollis won Best of Show with a painted quilt and Randall often makes quilts of male nudes.

Staples, Minnesota

On-going throughout the weekend:

  • Heritage Fiber Festival
  • Pam Collins Art

Landmark Inn Details:

Heritage Fiber Festival Workshops and Vendor Market at Staples High School.

Pam Collins Fiber Arts Demonstrations at 10:00 – 10:45; 11:30 – 12:15; 2:00 – 2:45 on Friday and Saturday. Pam will demonstrate her work at Landmark Inn.  Pam Collins, an artist from Staples, Minnesota, likes to work in three divergent media; watercolor, fabric and ceramics. In the above images, you can see how each medium represents the same seashore landscape with each type of material emphasizing different attributes of the natural landscape.

Barn Quilt Making Demos and Conversation — Barn Quilts, quilt blocks painted on wood squares, have a rich history as an artistic expression in rural areas throughout the United States.  Learn about how to make a barn quilt and view one being made.   Individuals will discuss materials needed and techniques to use to make a successful barn quilt.  Learn about how the Barn Quilts of Central Minnesota trail started.  Individuals can also view at least 15 barn quilts within the city of Staples.

Demo times: 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.  and 3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

Barn Quilt Tours — Self-guided tour of farms who have wood barn quilts on their barns. Daylight Hours.

On-going throughout the weekend:

  • Photo display of historic railroad history at Staples Historic Depot
  • Barn Quilt Making Demos and Conversation
  • Barn Quilt Tour

 

Staples Historic Railroad Details:

Barn Quilt Making Demos and Conversation — Barn Quilts, quilt blocks painted on wood squares, have a rich history as an artistic expression in rural areas throughout the United States.  Learn about how to make a barn quilt and view one being made.   Individuals will discuss materials needed and techniques to use to make a successful barn quilt.  Learn about how the Barn Quilts of Central Minnesota trail started.  Individuals can also view at least 15 barn quilts within the city of Staples.

Demo times: 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.  and 3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

Barn Quilt Tours — Self-guided tour of farms who have wood barn quilts on their barns. Daylight Hours.

Randall, Minnesota

On-going throughout the weekend:

  • Amish Quilt Exhibits
  • Quilt Demonstrations
  • Weaving and Spinning Demonstrations
  • Basketry Demonstrations
  • Knitting Demonstrations
  • Food and Bake Sale

On-going Classes:

  • “Fold and Stuffed Fabric Pumpkins” Quilt Class with Dee Laforce
  • Drop Spindle Class with Kate Boyington

 

 

The Old Creamery Quilt Shop Details:

On-going throughout the weekend:

Amish Quilt Exhibits from local Amish women.

Weaving and Spinning Demonstrations — Rebecca Thingvold will be demonstrating fiber spinning using a wheel along with members of the Mississippi River spinners guild.  See how yarn is created by hand using a variety of techniques with different results. Try your hand at weaving on small looms.  Weaving is one of the oldest crafts and arts to be developed in civilization.  We often think of rugs, but there is so much more!  A children’s weaving wheel(not just for kids!) will provide some weaving creativity!

Basketry Demonstrations — Len is a local artist, his medium is willow he harvests himself.  “Willow Weavings” will have his many differnet baskets on display and for sale.  1:00 – 5:00 p.m. both days.

Knitting Demonstrations — Kim Musech is a local yarn-knitter artist.  She is an advance knitting teacher.  Kim will be demonstrating how to fix knitting mistakes and recover the stitches.  Her passion is wool yarn!  Ongoing daily in yarn shop.

Food and Bake Sale — Both days enjoy home baked goods from local Amish community as well as delicious entrees from our own local Four Cheeks Foods (Vending on site).

On-going Classes (through out the weekend):

  • “Fold and Stuffed Fabric Pumpkins”
  • Drop Spindle Class

Demonstrations:

Marlys Olson is a local quilter whose passion is fabric.  Marlys is a quilting instructor and our very own “Quilting doctor” every Tuesday at the Creamery. Marlys can help sewers fix and solve their quilting problems.

  • ‘Cathedral Window Block’ Demonstration on Friday, September 22, 2017 2:00 p.m.
  • ‘Card Trick Block’ Demonstration on Saturday, September 23, 2017 2:00 p.m.

On-going throughout the weekend:

  • Woolen Mill Tours

The Old Creamery Woolen Mill Details:

On-going throughout the weekend:

Woolen Mills Tours on the hour — From farm to fiber! Learn how fleece is processed in to yarn.  Icelandic sheep on display, too. Both days every hour take a tour of a full processing fiber mill and see how fleeces are processed from the farm to yarn, roving and felt. Amish Quilt Exhibits from local Amish women.

 

Wadena, Minnesota

On-going throughout the weekend:

  • Open Shop with Long Arm Demos

 

Gray Horse Quilt Shop Details:

  • Open Shop with Long Arm Demos

 

On-going throughout the weekend:

  • Demo, class, open shop!

Hometown Crafts Shop Details:

  • Demo, classes, open shop

 

New York Mills, Minnesota

On-going throughout the weekend:

  • ‘Unraveling the Thread’ Textile Exhibit
  • Sit ‘n’ Stitch Fiber Makers Group Exhibit

Workshops:

  • Crochet Shopping Tote
  • Nifty-Knit a Child’s Hat
  • Annie Humphrey Musical performance

New York Mills Cultural Center Details:

‘Unraveling the Thread’ Exhibit — Curated exhibit featuring regional fiber artists.

‘Unraveling the Thread’ Artist Talk and Reception: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Sit ‘n’ Stitch group will display and sell a wide variety of fiber arts including knitting, crochet, weaving, quilting, etc. in the Cultural Center’s gift shop. The Gallery Exhibit will be of fiber arts pieces.

Pam Robinson Crochet Shopping Tote made from recycled plastic bags. Learn how to make ‘plarn’ and begin producing your own tote. Participants should already be proficient at single, half-double and double crochet stitches. Bring a grocery bag full of plastic bags to make your plarn. Also bring a size I or K hook. You are welcome to borrow a hook for the duration of class that day. Noon – 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 22, 2017. $5.00

‘Nifty-knit’ a child’s hat  Shelley Johnson has been creating hats, slippers, and scarves and ‘Niftyknit’ looms for ten years. You will utilize our looms and we’ll supply the yarn. In three hours you’ll complete a winter hat for a child. It’s a nice way to try out this fun techniques before investing in your own set of looms. 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, 23, 2017. $10.00.

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