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.
Midatlantic Fiber Association's "a Kaleidoscope of Color"
July 20, 2017 through July 23, 2017
The Mid-Atlantic region’s premier fiber art workshop weekend hosted by the MidAtlantic Fiber Association (MAFA). Dive deep into one of 40 workshops in weaving, spinning, dyeing, felting, and other fiber-related arts, meet other creative people and be inspired by their ideas and projects over the two-and-a-half-day conference. The MAFA conference will begin with a keynote by Madelyn van der Hoogt, followed by a juried fashion show and reception. Other highlights include a sample exchange, open studio visitation of classrooms and the Marketplace, where all activities–access to quality fiber and equipment suppliers, educational seminars, the Fashion Showcase, knit- and spin-ins and more–are open to the public and free.
Knitterati Retreats At Schloss Münchenwiler, Switzerland
July 31, 2017 through August 6, 2017
Premier knitting retreat in Switzerland. Relax, knit and recharge in the serene surroundings of a historic castle, learn Brioche knitting from Nancy Marchant, visit a chocolate factory, walk through medieval towns and take workshops with Simone Kereit in Mosaic knitting and Double knitting basics, all while enjoying seasonal cuisine from the award winning castle restaurant and immersing yourself in the natural beauty of Switzerland.
Knitterati Retreats At Riederalp - Aletsch Arena, Switzerland
August 7, 2017 through August 13, 2017
Premier active knitting retreat in Switzerland. Breathe, knit and recharge in this stunning Swiss alp setting high up on the slopes at Riederalp, a car free village in the Valais region, below the Aletsch Glacier, a UNESCO world heritage site. Hike and enjoy the views, or sit in the sun and knit. Knitting workshops include Fair Isle knitting basics and Finishing Techniques by Andrea Rangel and Double Knitting with Simone Kereit. Take guided hikes and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Switzerland.
Sgem 2017 International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conferences On Social Sciences And Arts
August 22, 2017 through August 31, 2017
SGEM 2017 palette of themes has grown to include 13 new topics adding to the field of research modern problems like business and management, demography and women’s studies, information, media and communications, cultural and urban studies, ethnology and folklore, to mention but a few.
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.
360 Xochi Quetzal Free Artist Residency
February 8, 2017 through July 30, 2017
360 XOCHI QUETZAL is a FREE artist residency located on Lake Chapala, Mexico. The deadline for our Winter Residency Program is Sunday, July 30, 2017 (for the December 14, 2017 - January 13, 2018 residency). International fiber and mixed media artists can apply through CAFÉ, www.callforentry.org/ Visit our website for more detailed information: www.360xochiquetzal.com and our Facebook group page 360 Xochi Quetzal or write to us at email@example.com
It's All About The Surface - Fabric Manipulation And Surface Embellishment
August 5, 2017 through August 7, 2017
Explore how to create textures and relief with your hand-dyed, printed, painted, and commercial fabrics. Start by experimenting with various fabric manipulation techniques - twisting, gathering, pleating, layering, and weaving - learning how to incorporate your results into successful compositions as you go. Then, delve into surface embellishment with embroidery, working with fusible webbing, transparent fabrics, machine stitching, applique', and beading. Through demonstrations, slides, discussions, and samples, you'll discover how fabric manipulation and embellishment can be combined to create rich surfaces that are begging to be touched. And, you'll leave with a binder of studies for future reference plus at least one completed work. Christine Zoller learned to knit, crochet, sew and embroider as a child spending time in a yarn store managed by her best friend’s mom. She is currently an Associate Professor at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC and her work has been exhibited internationally and throughout the United States. Experience Level: Suitable for all, but participants should be comfortable using their sewing machines. Cost: $325 for individual SEFAA members; $390 for non-members.
Create A Pattern From An Existing Garment
August 19, 2017 through August 20, 2017
You have a favorite garment, right? That go-to item that fits perfectly and makes you feel wonderful when you're wearing it. But, it's wearing out or you'd like it in another color or fabric. What to do? Learn to make a pattern from your garment without deconstructing it! You'll learn to do just that in this fabulous two-day workshop with couture seamstress, Susan Stowell. Along the way, you'll learn how to use professional pattern drafting tools and techniques, and you'll enjoy inspiring discussions on fit, design details, fabric, and sewing techniques. Susan Stowell has a lifetime of experience in the garment sewing and fashion design industry, including expert tailoring and fine-tuned fitting techniques, pattern and sample making for couture designers, vintage garment reproduction, and theatrical design and creation. Experience Level - Intermediate Sewing Skills Cost: $275 for Individual SEFAA members; $330 for non-members
Texture: Fabric Fusion, Object Inclusion, And Stitching Intrusion
September 2, 2017 through September 4, 2017
Go beyond! Add surface dimension and textural interest to your felt! Learn to use fusion (also known as nuno/laminate) and dense shapes of partial felt to explore the differential shrinkage inherent in the fusion process to create textural variations. Learn to create high-shrinkage partial felt and to cut shapes from that felt, leaving negative spaces, that when layered with translucent silk and tulle fabric will create windows for entrapping objects. Learn to hide fabric edges on the surface and to create defined, designer edging with strips of partial felt. Finally, add free-motion embroidery to create fine detail and richly-embossed surfaces. A workshop to learn, sample, and combine techniques - a workshop that will enhance and extend your felting repertoire. Lisa Klakulak's creativity was nurtured at a young age by her mother's arts, good public-school art programs, and classes at the local art association. Now Klakulak creates wearable textiles, accessories and non-functional sculpture as well as instructs workshops worldwide. She focuses her instruction on understanding the material and process in order to apply good technique and craftsmanship in implementing the elements of art and the principles of design. Experience Level: Intermediate and Advanced. Cost: $400 for individual SEFAA members; $475 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.
10th Indigenous Fiber Fashion Fair
August 21, 2017 through August 25, 2017
Now celebrating its 10 years, the annual Indigenous Fiber Fashion Fair organized by the Provincial Culture, Arts, History and Tourism Office of the Iloilo Provincial Government with SM City Iloilo and DOT-VI helps to sustain the local weaving traditions such as hablon, patadyong and abaca weaving, which is an art practiced mainly by women in the towns of Miagao, Oton, Badiangan, Duenas and Igbaras. The trade fair continues to provide weavers with opportunities to produce handloom textiles of extraordinary beauty and utility. The daily fashion show helps build a strong image for our local textiles amongst the local population. A general public weaving demonstration presented by popular weavers from barangay Indag-an in Miagao will showcase their weaving skills in an attempt to educate the general public about traditional handloom weaving and learn how hard it is to weave. Visitors will go away with a deeper appreciation for the weaver’s work.
Sheep to Shawl Demonstration
August 23, 2017 through August 27, 2017
Otero County Fair, Fairgrounds, Alamogordo New Mexico The High Canyon Weavers and Spinners Guild will demonstrate carding wool fiber, spinning, weaving a shawl with exhibits of different fibers, hands on use of spinning wheels and looms and completed projects by members of the guild
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.
Call for Entries and Call for Instructors
Requests for submissions to fiber arts and textile competitions, exhibits, conference workshop proposals, and academic papers.
Call For Entries: Nightvisions 2017
April 4, 2017 through July 29, 2017
NightVisions is an art exhibition that celebrates the beauty of the night sky. As humans are increasingly afraid of the dark they are unable to enjoy it’s beauty. NightVisions hopes to help close the gap between humans and the night. Showing for the sixth time, this international juried biennial exhibition is open to all artists 18 years of age or older, and to artwork in any media; 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, poetry, photography, video, installation, etc. The exhibition is produced by the Flagstaff Arts Council in partnership with the Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition.
360 Xochi Quetzal Winter 2017 Artist Residency
May 9, 2017 through July 30, 2017
360 XOCHI QUETZAL is a FREE artist and writer’s residency located on Lake Chapala, Mexico. The deadline for our Winter Residency Program is Sunday, July 30, 2017 (for the December 14, 2017 - January 13, 2018 residency). International visual artists, writers, playwrights, photographers, dancers, new media makers and musicians can apply through CAFÉ, www.callforentry.org/ Visit our website for more detailed information: www.360xochiquetzal.com and our Facebook group page 360 Xochi Quetzal or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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