Fiber Arts Calendars
Fiberarts and textile related conferences, workshops, and events are added on a regular basis. If your event is not shown here, please add the information using the Add Event link. Events are listed in chronological order and remain listed for seven days after their last day. Use the Complete Listing links to see all the events in a given category.
Fiber arts and textile related events which feature educational, hands-on sessions with notable teachers, and which may also include juried or non-juried competitions, fashion shows and textile arts vendors.
Into The Wool Fiber Retreat
September 21, 2017 through September 24, 2017
If you’re looking for a yarny getaway that won’t break the bank, this retreat is for you! Into The Wool Fiber Retreat is the most affordable all-inclusive knitting retreat in the Southeast! It will definitely end up being your favorite weekend this fall. September 21-24, 2017 will find us at the Lake Frances Retreat Center in Crossville TN, soaking up the gorgeous lake and mountain views, spinning and knitting with other like-minded folks, staying in comfortable cabins, and letting someone else take care of all of the cooking and cleaning for the weekend. For only $300 you get all of this, plus an incredible fully-loaded goodie bag! For more details and to sign up (through April 14, 2017), please visit the Into The Wool Fiber Retreat group on Ravelry! www.ravelry.com/groups/into-the-wool-fiber-retreat
November 8, 2017 through November 11, 2017
Cusco, Peru. Tinkuy 2017 offers an unsurpassed experience in indigenous textiles of the Americas and beyond. Complete with keynote speakers, artisan presentations and demonstrations, cultural performances, a fashion show, a movie night, and spinning competitions. In addition to affordably priced conference packages, there are also internship and volunteer opportunities.
Workshops, Seminars and Retreats
Complete listing of fiber related events which are shorter and more informal than conferences. These events are often limited to a single topic, Ranging from a gathering of fiber friends to a more formal class with a leader from outside the area.
Fiber Arts Fest Workshops At Sauder Village
September 30, 2017 through October 1, 2017
Held in conjunction with Fiber Arts Fest Exhibit, these workshops will be offered: Log Cabin Knitted Blanket; Creative Focus--Building a Spinner's Idea Notebook; Gradient Yarns--A Spinner's Study in Shifting Shades; Band Weaving on the Inkle Loom; Short Row Heels for Socks; Learn to Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom; Spinning Nordic Wools; Finishing School--Washing, Blocking & Fulling Techniques for Handspun.
October 1, 2017 through October 4, 2017
Beginners Welcome! Great refresher course! Workshop Information Weave a lovely lace scarf! Begin with a naked loom, either a rigid heddle or a 4-shaft loom. Learn how to dress the loom and weave. Choose one of the several lace patterns, for either loom type. Learn easy ways of weaving lace on a rigid heddle loom. Weave with wool, rayon, and/or cotton Designed to teach the basics of weaving. The course is mostly hands-on, with short lectures and demonstrations. This course is unique in that students will see the process on both rigid heddle and 4-shaft looms. Advantages of each loom will be discussed. Students will learn about both direct and indirect warping (two methods of getting yarn onto the loom). This class also serves as a great refresher course for those who haven't warped a loom in a long time. Students will be shown a variety of more advanced handwovens, as inspiration. Participation is limited to 12 for a better instructor-participant ratio. Loom preference will be determined by order of class registration.
20th Anniversary Festival
October 6, 2017 through October 8, 2017
This weekend Festival will offer nine classes in various fiber art related topics including: Applique, Nuno Felting, Clothing from Simple Shapes, Making Paper from Silk, and more! Details at www.qfamuseum.org
Tsujigahjana: A Marriage of Shibori And Hand Painting
December 4, 2017 through December 6, 2017
Description: Tsujigahana is one of the most fluid and expressive forms of Japanese paste-resist dyeing: It is a free-style method where resist is squeezed from a paper tube to block out areas of color, evoking mood and feeling through the movement of line, while color is applied around and over the resist to bring life and flowing contrast to the design. Learn the basics of this inspiring marriage of shibori and hand-painting while working with natural dyes on silk, cotton, and bast fabrics. Start with the traditional patterns John has prepared and then, as time allows, develop your own designs. You'll love the results - the soft and moody blends of colors you create with a range of stitch-resist techniques plus the crisp lines and delicate shadings you create with hand-painted pigments! John Marshall has spent the past 45 years immersed in his love of Japanese textiles. He began his career in Japan, studying with renowned instructors, before returning to the States where he teaches, publishes and exhibits widely. Experience Level: All Cost: $350 for individual SEFAA members; $420 for non-members
Fiber arts and textile related exhibits in galleries, studios, museums and art centers. Juried and non-juried shows are also listed here.
Virginia Quilt Museum Exhibits Phase Iii
September 5, 2017 through December 16, 2017
Exhibit Phase III runs September 5 through December 16, Tuesdays - Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm, and offers visitors a very Virginia experience. The four installations of Phase III are: "Heritage Redefined" is curated by Susan Emory of Moseley, and showcases a compilation of modern quilts from across Virginia. "Treasures From the Vault: Elegant Stitches" consist of antique quilts in the Museum's collection that have all been intricately stitched by Virginia hands in diverse quilting designs - a photographer's delight! "13 Perspectives" is curated by Trudi Van Dyke of Woodstock. The 13 members of New Image Artists of Washington, DC created this new work for the Virginia Quilt Museum. "From Ma-Ma's Garden to the Wheel of Fortune" is curated by Pat Sloan of Fairfax, and represents a spectrum of her work from her "signature" pieced and appliqued style to her latest improvisation.
Loop-rust-skin-mind: 4 Jerome Project Grant Artists Elizabeth Garvey, Julie Hassler, Kristin Hoelscher-schacker, Catherine Missaghi
September 7, 2017 through October 21, 2017
This culminating exhibition marks the accomplishments of the 2017 Jerome Project Grant Artists working in textile traditions, materials and sensibilities. Through the Jerome Fiber Artists Project Grant program, generously funded by and in partnership with the Jerome Foundation, Textile Center supports and celebrates the creative spirit of emerging fiber artists by helping them develop professionally and thrive in their studios. The work of this year’s fellows represents a broad spectrum of possibilities in artistic practice. From a piece of thread that loops its way to create a new path that occupies small moments in space; to imagery layered from additive and subtractive processes that lift and deposit residue, energy and color; to a nod to life’s twists and turns in vivid color that breaks down the battle between the mind’s dark and light thoughts; to a body and its skin, revered in all its beauty, both sublime and abject—Loop-Rust-Skin-Mind is an exhibit about growth and the freedom to push work to new heights.
Fiber Arts Fest At Sauder Village
September 30, 2017 through October 1, 2017
Archbold, OH. Artisans from throughout the region will gather at Sauder Village's Founder's Hall to demonstrate and share their love of fiber arts. Guests will be able to watch spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting and tatting demonstrations. There will be fiber exhibits, looms and spinning wheels on display, hands-on activities and dyeing demonstrations. Select vendors will also be selling handmade items and fiber art supplies.
Fiber arts and textile related short-term special events for specific purposes such as benefits, charity drives, and guild holiday sales.
Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival
September 30, 2017 through October 1, 2017
The Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival celebrates small farms and natural fiber with over 70 vendors offering fleece and yarn, fiber animals, handspinning and fiber crafting equipment and supplies, handcrafted wool items and local meat and cheese. The Festival includes contests, fiber arts classes and demonstrations, shepherd workshops, herding and shearing demos, fleece sale and more set against a backdrop of rolling hills during the peak of Vermont fall foliage.
Alpaca Harvest Fest
October 7, 2017 through October 8, 2017
Help EasyGo Farm and Alpacas of Oregon celebrate our bountiful harvest of colorful alpacas and beautiful fleece. Shop for sweaters, gloves, scarves, and more - this is your chance to do some early holiday shopping. Knitters and handspinners (and those with fiber artists on their gift lists) will find fleece and yarn, some dyed and some in one of the alpaca’s many natural colors. Enter the drawing for a gift certificate in the Barn Store. Get up close to the alpacas - hand feed them and meet the females, herdsires, and less expensive alpacas for fiber artists, companions, pasture mowers... Learn to felt an alpaca scarf or other item. Phone Suzanne 503-348-6954 to reserve your spot. $25-$75 covers instruction and materials. The farm is located at 21345 SW Aebischer Rd in Sherwood, Oregon, just off Hwy 99. We'll be open from 10am till 4pm, Saturday and Sunday. For more info, visit www.easygofarm.net/AOOHarvestfest.
Open Alpaca Barn & Fiber Sale
November 25, 2017
Are you planning to shop Black Friday and Super Saturday, but want to keep it local and support small business? Looking for a break during the Washington County Thanksgiving Winery tours? Need a unique way to entertain out-of-town company? Head for the Open Alpaca Barn in Sherwood, Oregon, hosted by EasyGo Farm and Alpacas of Oregon at 21345 SW Aebischer Road, just off Hwy 99. Visitors can meet the alpacas and their summer babies up close, then shop in the Barn Store. There will be fleece for hand-spinners, yarn for knitters, plus hats, gloves, sweaters, teddy bears, and more. The farm will be open from 10:00 am till 4:00 pm, Friday and Saturday, November 28-29th, of Thanksgiving weekend. For more information, visit www.easygofarm.net/AOOThanksgiving.
Call for Entries and Call for Instructors
Requests for submissions to fiber arts and textile competitions, exhibits, conference workshop proposals, and academic papers.
The Artist As Quiltmaker Xviii
June 1, 2017 through November 27, 2017
FAVA’s 18th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Quilts May 13 - July 28, 2018. U.S. and Canadian artists may enter up to 3 works. Juror: Emily Zilber; The Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Entries accepted June 1 – November 27, 2017 at www.callforentries.org Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, 39 S. Main St. Oberlin OH 44074
31st Annual Materials: Hard + Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition And Exhibition
June 30, 2017 through September 29, 2017
The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 31st Annual Materials: Hard + Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard + Soft began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. The exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Approximately 70 works will be selected by an esteemed juror for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas. Entries may be submitted via our online application form through September 29, 2017 (11:59 PM). A downloadable 2018 Prospectus is also available for entries submitted via physical mail or in person to the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.top of page