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Midwest Fiber Arts Trails are where fiber enthusiasts can find useful information, resources, insights and inspiration for their own creative expression, opportunities to participate in fiber arts activities and to plan fun trips around the Midwest.

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Festivals + quilt shows + arts exhibits + fiber arts trails! A unique, curated list of over 700 events across the Midwest. Can you say, “Road Trip?”

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Textile stories from the American Midwest! Stories and pictures about people and places you’ll want to visit!

Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail

Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail

Cedarburg - Grafton- Thiensville, Wisconsin

A delight of fiber arts exploration, the Cedarburg Fiber Arts Trail is a gathering place of vibrant, diverse, creative and innovative fiber artists who value the tradition of making and are a part of the resurgence of textile arts.

Whether you are from the area, a first time visitor or a regular patron of the fiber arts, the Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail offers inspirational exhibits, fun events, learning opportunities and a place that feels like home. Spend a day or a weekend with us and visit all 14 Trail members including the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, the Cedarburg Woolen Mill, the Grafton Arts Mill, quilt shops, a yarn store, an award art gallery and award winning artist studios.

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Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail

Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail

Bemidji - Fosston - Tenstrike - Osage, Minnesota

The diverse culture in this area has a long history of indigenous peoples, voyageurs, settlers and pioneers. Commonalities include a sacred connection to the land and a strong sense of self-reliance. The textile consciousness in this region shares those values, too. More than once the phrase, “repurposing into an art form” came up in conversation around the table. Intentional sustainability restores and keeps people grounded while it also inspires innovation in northern Minnesota fiber traditions.

As much as this group of textile artists value self-reliance, they are also very collaborative. If they want to get something moving, they pick up the phone and make the call. The supportive arts community in the northern tier has a low barrier for putting good ideas in motion, so it’s no wonder the region is a dynamic fabric of talent. We welcome you to come to where the pines meet the prairie and hope you find your own creative spirit!

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Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail

Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail

Baraboo - Prairie du Sac - Lodi - Portage, Wisconsin

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 were deposited along their routes. As the water flow subsided, crisscrossing channels in the river beds formed. The small channels that weave across sandbars and sediment 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. 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.

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RED: Scandinavian Weavers focus on the color red

RED: Scandinavian Weavers focus on the color red

(Minneapolis, MN)--Textile Center

May 12 – June 25, 2016 • Community Gallery
The Scandinavian Weavers, part of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota for more than two decades, are committed to the study and promotion of traditional Scandinavian weaving techniques, and in using the techniques to expand contemporary artistic expression. https://scandinavianweaversmn.wordpress.com/

Textile Center exhibitions are generously supported by the Joan Mondale Endowment.

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Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival: A Carnival of Fibers

Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival: A Carnival of Fibers

(Franklin, IN)--Johnson County Fairgrounds

June 3 – 4, 2016

Workshops, 50+ vendors will fill the marketplace, music and entertainment, fleece sale and competitions!
Live Music!
Sample of demonstrations and activities:
-Shawl pin woodturning demo by Diane Soper of Sistermaide.
-Lace Making demo by Stephen G. Bowman of the Bedford College of Lace Making.
-Embroiderers Guild of America : The Indianapolis chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America (EGA) will be demonstrating different forms of embroidery throughout both days in Magill Hall.
-South Lawn activities hosted by:
-The Hancock County 4-H Llama & Alpaca Club
-The Morgan County 4-H Sonrise Llama Club
-Demonstrations by the 4H groups and a Make + Take Project in the Farm Bureau Building
-Fleece and Fiber Arts Judging:

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Quilt Gardens 2016!

Quilt Gardens 2016!

(Elkhart, IN)--Along the Heritage Trail

May 30 – October 1, 2016

More than a million vibrant blooms • 19 gigantic gardens and 21 hand-painted super-sized murals • 7 welcoming communities • FREE

The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail joins quilting, gardening and art into a one-of-a-kind event. This colorful patchwork of quilt inspired gardens and quilt-themed murals is linked by the roads that form the Heritage Trail.

Every quilt garden and quilt mural has its own intricate pattern, many are original designs and each has its own unique story. Each of the seven unique communities that host quilt gardens & murals has its own special character and fun finds you’ll want to explore.

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Quilt Garden Photo Gallery

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Textile stories from the American Midwest

TREES. PAPER. LEAVES. Dana Slowiak makes art with paper

TREES. PAPER. LEAVES. Hello Fiber Enthusiasts, I’m so excited to feature Paper Artist Dana Slowiak! I’ve just met Dana through working on the Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail in Baraboo, Wisconsin and I have to admit that I have a fascination with paper...
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National Parks and Quilts: Summer Road Trip #1

Fiber Works artists make 13 quilts for travelling exhibit at National Parks See all thirteen quilts and their stories here!  The quilts were created by Fiber Works, a group of textile artists from the Lincoln-Omaha, Nebraska area. The artists were inspired by their...
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Join us on the new Fiber Arts Trail!

Hello Fiber Enthusiasts, It’s so exciting to announce the formation of the Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail. Char terBeest and Maday Delgado contacted me to collaborate with them on a Fiber Arts Trail in their area. I’m such a hound for place and its meaning so...
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Think about it, you do your best work when it’s your own work.

Good morning Fiber Enthusiasts, They say copying someone is the most sincere form of flattery, but when it’s your work being copied, it feels a bit differently. Midwest Fiber Arts Trails logo and map artwork are copyrighted by Wildwood Press. They were designed for me...
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Karen Goulet: an artist whose traditional heritage informs contemporary expression

For more than ten years, Karen Goulet has worked in creative media specifically needle arts, quilt making, surface design, weaving, mixed media and knitting. She identifies as a traditional and contemporary skilled seamstress whose focus is on meaningful incorporation...
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Portrait of an Artist: Patty Lovegreen

Hi, Fiber Enthusiasts, How is it that we come to love fiber and color? Some of us have very early memories of playing with fabric, sewing and experiencing that comforting feeling of spending time with a beloved family member. It is at a very young age, when our...
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Robin M. Fleming: fiber sculptor

Robin’s vibrant personality is evident in her work. Each fabric sculpted doll she makes, each bird that looks ready to take flight, comes into being with its own personality released from Robin’s imagination and the materials she uses to bring it together. It doesn’t...
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Ron Turney’s quill work

Profile of an Artist: Ron Turney Describe your primary type of work: Traditional Arts–Quill work How long have you been doing this? Five months, my teacher said I’m a natural! Please describe your work as it’s linked to your location, traditions,...
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Profile of a weaver: Carrie Jessen

Carrie Jessen’s weaving takes a historical approach. Inspired by weave structures from Colonial times and interested in historic fur trading routes that were spread across northern Minnesota, Carrie weaves bed-sized blankets with the traditional striping and...
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Jane Carlstrom’s intentional actions for 2016

Why my goals for 2016 include using my felt making skills as a tool for practicing positive health and wellness care taking. For me the urge to clear and clean occurs in the fall after harvest, when garden produce has been pickled, canned, frozen to become stored food...
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