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

Click here for a printable Weekend Trail Map!Click here for a printable Weekend Activities Schedule

Karla Overland, Owner of Cherrywood Fabrics, Gives Artist Talk

Friday, September 22, 2017

Landmark Inn, Staples, Minnesota

Jennifer Stockinger, a news reporter from the Lake Country Echo, wrote a wonderful article about Karla and Cherrywood Fabrics.

“Progress: Cherrywood: Small Brainerd business makes a colorful global impact”

“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

Weaving Waters Artists Reception

Hans Blix and the Weapons Inspectors

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

Band plays from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. and after Karla’s talk.

$7.00 Donation Suggested!

Landmark Inn 631 3rd Ave, Staples, MN 56479

Grand Opening Weekend Schedule by Location

September 22 - 23, 2017 Click here for a printable Trail Map!Click here for a printable Weekend Activities Schedule

 Weekend Activities in Brainerd, Minnesota

Cherrywood Fabrics

Lisa Jordan

A2Z Yarn Shop

The Crossing Arts Alliance

Address: 7882 College Road Baxter, MN 56425

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 Cherrywood Collection from 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.

The Van Gogh Cherrywood Challenge Contest Top 3 Winners Announced!

Be sure to stop in Cherrywood Fabrics for a ‘sneak peak’ of the Cherrywood Collection contest quilts before they hit the road!

Crossing Arts Alliance Details:

“Art to Wear: Textiles and Beyond”

  • This exhibit showcases artistic wearable art, prioritizing creativity over practicality.
  • Wearable art from the following artists will be on display: Carolyn Abbott, Kathy Bardolph, Erika Hagberg, Katie Hogan, Lisa Jordan, Debbie Krautkremer, Molly Mae Krautkremer, Martin Nelson and HollyRose McKnight, Karla Overland, Diane Rundberg, Ellen Smith, and Chase Vreeland.
  • Exhibit dates: Sep 8 -29, 2017

Participating Artist Demonstrations: 

Carolyn Abbott will demonstrate printing using many simple tools with thickened dye to create one-of-a-kind fabrics. Tools will include found objects and non-permanent silk screens. Carolyn plans on demonstrating on Saturday, September 23 between 2 – 3 p.m.

Address: 711 Laurel St. Brainerd, MN 56401

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. Lisa will demonstrate three felting techniques at the following times on Saturday, September 23, 2017:

  • 10 – 11:00 a.m. Wool Processing Tools
  • 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Needle Felting Techniques
  • 1 – 2:00 p.m. Wet Felting Techniques

Address: 711 Laurel St. Brainerd, MN 56401

LeAne Finlay: A to Z Yarn Shop:

  • Purchase one pattern at regular price and receive three free of select patterns. (Three free patterns are of equal or lesser value.)
  • Purchase a pattern and yarn for the project at 15% off your total purchase (not valid with any other offers).

Address: Franklin Arts Center 1001 Kingwood St. Suite 115 Brainerd, MN 56401

 Weekend Activities in Little Falls, Minnesota

Great River Arts

Prairie Point Quilt Guild Exhibit at Great River Arts

Address: 122 SE 1st St. Little Falls, MN 56345

Exhibit Open 10 – 5:00 p.m. both days
Opening Reception ‘Conversations with Quilters’  12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 23, 2017
122 SE 1st St Little Falls, MN 56345

Prairie Point Quilt Guild is a local guild based in Little Falls. The guild meets the first Tuesday of the month at First Lutheran Church.  Activities include speakers, retreats, bus trips and the guild sponsors a biennial Quilt Show. Meetings include demonstrations or small make-n-take projects and show ‘n’ tell. PP is also active in the Little Falls community offering their quilting and sewing support to Habitat, St. Gabriel’s Hospital new baby gifts and hospice needs, Morrison County Social Service requests, the police department, and various nursing homes. PP on Facebook.

Participating Quiltmakers:

Sharon Moran, Fort Ripley  *  Maureen Okroi, Little Falls   *   Dorothy Bachan, Little Falls
Edith Lowe, Little Falls   *   Joanne Lavern, Little Falls   *   Janet Berendt, Little Falls
Audrey Terwey, Little Falls   *   Jenni Kornbaum, Little Falls   *   Colleen Doucette, Little Falls
Helen O’Brien, Little Falls   *   Shirley Wielenski, Little Falls   *   Kathy Enns, Randall
Char Welle, Fort Ripley   *   Edith Burlingame, Little Falls   *   Lois Weiss, Hillman
Val Stangl, Pierz   *   Darla Giles, Little Falls   *   Marilyn Boeddeker, Little Falls
Mary Hendricks, Little Falls   *   Mary Fuechtmann, Little Falls   *   Cathy Hartle, Little Falls
Mary Prokop, Little Falls   *   Dee LaForce, Little Falls   *   Christine Banick, Little Falls
Jayne Marotte, Little Falls   *   Judi Johnson, Little Falls   *   Mary Beth Hanson, Little Falls

Weekend Activities in Staples, Minnesota

Landmark Inn

Staples Historic Railroad Depot

Heritage Arts Fiber Festival at Landmark Inn – Saturday, September 23, 2017 only!

Address: 631 3rd Ave Staples, MN 56479

Fiber vendors and demos! Stop in during the trail weekend and relax in the ‘Sanctuary Lounge’ for fiber enthusiasts!

Vendor List:

  • Allain Yarn — Stephanie Showalter hand dyes yarn based on her world travel destinations!
  • Hollyhock Farm Alpacas — Teresa Kukowski needle felts alpaca yarn into accessories such as socks, hats and scarves and items for the home.
  • Ewe Spun Fiber Mill at Old Man Wool Farm — Deborah Peterson will have roving, fleece and yarn for sale.
  • Jenny Peterson from Quilted in Clay will have polymer clay items for sale and will demo the process of making things with polymers.
  • Laurie Connolly, a recent recipient of a McKnight Foundation grant, will bring her felted journals and Sami-style bracelets.
  • Elyse Olson rug hooking demonstrations (both Friday and Saturday)

A bit about Elyse Olson: At age 17 at the Decorah, IA Norwegian Festival, I was awed and inspired by the intricate fine cut hooked wool tapestries displayed from the local rug school. It was like walking into an art show, every tapestry was a master piece. The design quality and artistic expression were what motivated me to learn everything there was about this art medium. It is what drives me today – more than 30 years later. Traditional Hooked Rugs are an American Folk Art that has been popular in the New England States dating back to the 1800’s. Pioneer women would create rugs, pillows, and comforters for their homes. The Association of Traditional Hooking Artists has kept this art form alive for over 100 years. I am now a certified McGown teacher and demonstrate throughout the year at The Steam Threshers Reunion at Rolag, MN, Bonanzaville in West Fargo and the Fiber Arts Festival in Fargo. I also teach small classes through the Northern Prairie Fiber Arts Guild.

About Landmark Inn:

Beautifully constructed with craftsman-mission style architecture. This historic re-purposed building of another era, was constructed with quality materials such as old growth hardwoods (from forests that no longer exist) multi-layer mill-work, five-brick thick walls, layered with plaster, stain glass, soaring beamed cathedral ceiling, gleaming hardwood floors, and brick exterior facade.  In a former life you would have heard hymns sung from the choir loft of the First Norwegian Church. More recently known as the Faith Lutheran Church until 2006.

Pam Collins Art at Landmark Inn

Address: Landmark Inn 631 3rd Ave Staples, MN 56479

Fiber Painting Demonstrations at 10:00 – 10:45; 11:30 – 12:15; 2:00 – 2:45 on Friday and Saturday.

Pam Collins 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.

Pam will be demonstrating how she uses fabrics to make landscapes. She will have a couple of pieces that are started already and will explain how she got to where she is in the work.  She’ll add layers so visitors can see how the process is continued to make the fabric painting. She’ll also start a piece from scratch so visitors can see how painting with fabric begins.

More info on Pam!

Free Spirit Designs by Maday Barn Quilt Workshop

Barn Quilt Workshop

September 22, 2017: 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. $85.00

Make your own personal sized painted barn quilt! Painted Barn Quilts continue to be a beacon of creativity in both rural and urban communities and embraced all over the US. It’s an art form that is inclusive, intergenerational and explores traditions. Maday’s goal is to spread a love of art through my “painting the towns with color” initiative she began over 2 years ago. All materials provided. Most recently Maday was invited as a guest artist, to the local flavors event hosted in part by the Rural Arts and Culture Summit in Morris, MN, this past June. It was a great community event. Contact Maday to register for the class.

Free Spirit Designs by Maday Slow Stitching Workshop

Sashiko Slow Stitching

Saturday, September 23, 2017 Noon – 2:30 p.m. $65.00

Join Maday in exploring the meditative qualities of slow stitching. Maday will share her passion of Sashiko stitching, a Japanese stitching technique that remains relevant in our modern society. All supplies included. Contact Maday to register for the class.

Barn Quilts of Central Minnesota at Staples Historic Railroad Depot

Staples Historic Railroad Depot: First Ave NE and 4th St. NE Staples, MN 56479

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.

Barn Quilts of Central Minnesota are working on a project! During this weekend, they’re painting a 4′ X 4′ Waterwheel barn quilt block to be placed on the Water Treatment plant in Staples! Stop at the Staples Historic Depot to see their work. Be sure to pick up a map for the Barn Quilt Trail!

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. Click here for a printable PDF map!

Weekend Activities in Randall, Minnesota

The Old Creamery Quilt Shop and Woolen Mill

The Old Creamery Quilt Shop:

Address: 120 Superior Ave Randall, MN 56475

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


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.

The Old Creamery Woolen Mill:

Address: 120 Sunwood Lane Randall, MN 56475

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.

Weekend Activities in Wadena, Minnesota

Gray Horse Quilt Shop

Hometown Crafts Store

Deer Creek Farm

Deer Creek Farm

Address: 28998 580th Ave Deer Creek, MN 56527

Friday, September 22, 2017

Amish Quilting Class

Quilt on wooden Amish frame that stretches the quilt out flat. Learn hand stitching from Mattie, an Amish quilt maker, and work on a project all set up on quilt frame. Needle and thread will be provided. Bring your own thimble.

  • 3 people in each class
  • $25.00
  • 11: 00 – 12:00 p.m.
  • 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Farm Tours at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

  • Amish horse and buggy rides (donations appreciated)
  • Amish bake sale with fresh donuts, coffee, baked goods available for purchase
  • Handmade Amish crafts for purchase including pillows, quilts and pillowtops.
  • Local color with peacocks, sheep, horses, barn and pony rides for kids.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Homemade Ice Cream Demo 11:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Farm Tours at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

  • Amish horse and buggy rides (donations appreciated)
  • Amish bake sale with fresh donuts, coffee, baked goods available for purchase.
  • Handmade Amish crafts for purchase including pillows, quilts and pillowtops.
  • Local color with peacocks, sheep, horses, barn and pony rides for kids.

Gray Horse Quilt Shop in Wadena

Address: 110 2nd St. Wadena, MN 56482

Darcy Boldt opened her dream shop in 2016. After years of raising five kids and more horses, Darcy decided to start a business that combined her love of quilting and would allow her to inspire others to reaching their quilting dreams, too.

This weekend is a great time to learn all about the quilting machines that stitch the front, back and batting together. Is there a longarm quilting machine in your future or would you like to do your own quilting, this is the time to check it all out!

Darcy’s shop!

Hometown Crafts Store in Wadena

Address: 111 South Jefferson Wadena, MN 56482

  • Demo, classes, open shop
  • Make ‘n’ Take: a needle felted pumpkin! The image below is a sample of a needle felted pumpkin.

Weekend Activities in New York Mills, Minnesota

New York Mills Regional Cultural Center

New York Mills Cultural Center

Address: 24 North Main Ave New York Mills, MN 56567

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

Participating Artists:

Thom Atkins, Santa Cruz, CA (originally from MN)
Thom is showing beaded quiltwork in the exhibit.

Pat Bishop, Shawano, WI
Pat’s work is collage-quilted wall hangings.

Jennifer Bockerman, Lincoln, NE
Jen uses household fibers (lint, linens, disposable paper accoutrements) as social commentary.

Jennifer Chilstrom, Minneapolis, MN
In this show, Jen exhibits large hand-dyed, glowing fabrics.

Renee Danz, Fargo, ND
Renee creates sculpture from natural and human-made materials.

Kristi Kuder, Minneapolis, MN
Kristi uses metal fibers and meshes to create textured wall art as well as 3D sculpture and vessels.

Naomi Schliesman, Fergus Falls, MN
Naomi will install a large fiber sculpture in this exhibition.

Karen-lisa Forbes, Bemidji, MN
Cavandoli knotting.

Artist Talk and Reception: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Saturday, September 23, 2017

Annie Humphrey Concert at 7:30 p.m. The reception is free, although the concert will charge admission. $15.00 at the door, $12.00 in advance. Members receive a $2.00 discount. Students $5.00.

Top of the Trail in NY Mills!

Workshops at New York Mills Cultural Center

The Sit ‘n’ Stitch Display and Sale: Most days a dedicated group of knitters and crocheters gather at the Cultural Center to swap ideas, talk and fun.

A wide variety of fiber arts including knitting, crochet, weaving, quilting, is for sale in the Cultural Center’s gift shop.

Pam Robinson ‘Sit ‘n’ Stitch’ Workshop: Crochet Shopping Tote

Learn how to make ‘plarn’ and begin producing your own tote made from recycled plastic bags. 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.

Fee: $5.00. 

Pre-registration requested (not required); please call: 218-385-3339

Shelly Johnson ‘Sit ‘n’ Stitch’ Workshop: ‘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.

Fee: $10.00. 

Pre-registration requested (not required); please call: 218-385-3339

Working Off the Grid: Wire Felting Class with Kristi Kudor

Working with deconstructed aluminum wire mesh, participants will felt the fibers to create beautiful, airy bowls or wall hangings.

Saturday, September 23, 2017 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Fee: $36.00 Members/$40.00 Non-members.

Pre-registration required for this class. To register, please call: 218-385-3339

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