A fiber arts destination.

The Midwest Fiber Arts Trails explore the Midwest’s rich textile community through the promotion of fiber artists, fiber arts activities and cultural tourism.

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Textile stories from the American Midwest.

People and places that are rich in tradition and innovative in their view of contemporary fiber art.

(Quilt design board by Heidi Parkes from Milwaukee, WI.)

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Midwest Happenings!

Check our calendar for the latest textile and fiber festivals, events, exhibits and education in every corner of the Midwest.

(Loom and weaving by Jennie Hawkey from Hopewell, Illinois.)


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Fiber artists, teachers, woolen mills, art centers, museums, suppliers, retailers, and farms.

(Wool produce by Jane Carlstrom from Bemidji, MN.)

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Community. Gathering. Connections.

Visit the Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail!

Just north of Milwaukee, the historic communities of Cedarburg, Grafton and Thiensville are 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.

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Find your creative spirit where the pines meet the prairie.

Welcome to the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail!

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. Intentional sustainability restores and keeps people grounded while it also inspires innovation in northern Minnesota fiber traditions.

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Fiber Art Almanac Call for Entry

Essays from the American Midwest: The Quilt Maker's Story


The August, 2016 Fiber Art Almanac is a curated online exhibition of quilts from our great grandmother’s heritage quilts forward to contemporary quilt makers whose focus is on self expression with textiles.

Whether the quilt’s aesthetic is traditional, contemporary, modern, embellished, machine or hand stitched, whole cloth or pieced; there is a story. The quilt maker’s story.

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Your Midwest Fiber Arts Trails Map!

Interesting people and places around the Midwest. Click the map and plan your next fiber arts adventure! Artist studios, shops, galleries, art centers and museums. Each destination is waiting to welcome you!

Midwest Happenings!

Check our calendar for the latest textile and fiber festivals, events, exhibits and education in every corner of the Midwest. 650 + events have been posted on our calendar in the last two years from small church quilt shows to regional fiber festivals, classes and announcements. The Midwest Fiber Arts Trails Happenings! calendar keeps you up to date! To include your event on the free calendar, drop us a line.

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A weekend in Decorah: seeds, knits and the Tap Room!

This summer Rob purchased tomato, cuke and a variety of pepper plants and started his first garden. As an engineer, Rob immediately assessed the environment and began to make modifications for potential maximum yield.  After much discussion regarding pot size; he... read more

Heidi Parkes, artist as quilt maker

Welcome Heidi Parkes, our newest member of the Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail! Coming from an art background, Heidi says sometimes it takes quite a bit of planning and figuring to do something that would be ‘so easy’ with paint or collage. There are so many art ideas... read more
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