Explore fiber arts destinations across the Midwest.

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

Road Trip!

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.)

Be Inspired!

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.)

Let's go!

Links + Resources

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

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

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Cedarburg Spur SAVE the DATE 2016

Cedarburg’s Annual Fiber Arts Weekend

March 18 – 19, 2016

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.

Webpage + Gallery + Bios
Links + Maps
Happenings on the Trail! 

Grand Opening Weekend!

April 8 – 10, 2016

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.

Webpage + Gallery + Bios Links + Maps Happenings on the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail

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.

Call for Entry details

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.

Happenings! calendar

Ron Turney’s quill work

Profile of a Native 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,... read more

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... read more
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