Anyone who has a passion for our rich textile heritage should be sure to allow ample time to enjoy the 2nd annual Fiber Arts weekend, on March 18 and 19, held in Cedarburg, Grafton and Thiensville. Coordinated by The Midwest Fiber Arts Trails and the Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, the two days will be cram-filled with activities that include exhibits, workshops, studio tours, artist demos, woolen mill tours, make-and-take crafts and more.
On the self-guided tour, participants will receive free admission to the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts where they may browse the current exhibit, “El Baul de mi Abuelita,” make their own personal “Postcard from the Trail,” and attend a ‘Shibori Dyeing workshop led by Mary Mendla, and a ‘Contemporary Mending’ workshop led by Heidi Parkes.
After admiring the intricate basketry designs of Laura Weber at the Cedarburg Art Museum, take a class led by the award-winning basket-maker at the Cedarburg Woolen Mill & Shops. Step back in time as you tour the Cedarburg Woolen Mill & Textile Museum … the original carding machinery has been producing wool batts since before the Civil War! Ye Olde Schoolhouse Quilt Shop, housed in a 125-year-old schoolhouse in Hamilton, is also on the tour, as is the Grafton Yarn Store in the Grafton Arts Mill, and the Material Matters Quilt Shop in Thiensville.
Jennifer Wilder, who developed the fiber arts trail concept in the Midwest and is founder and owner of Midwest Fiber Arts Trails, explains that the textile artists and businesses featured on this unique art trail are part of the new tradition of makers helping to fuel the resurgence of textile arts.
Stay with us at our Cedarburg inn and enjoy this event-filled weekend. After a day visiting these inspiring artists, unwind in one of our luxury suites.