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.
27th Annual Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival
October 3, 2015 through October 4, 2015
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, small ruminant equipment and supplies, fencing materials, meat and cheese. The Festival includes contests, fiber arts classes, shepherd workshops, herding dog demos, fleece sale and more set against a backdrop of rolling hills during the peak of Vermont fall foliage.
International Conference On Textiles & Manufacturing Expo
October 5, 2015 through October 7, 2015
Textile-2015 will be one of the World’s best platforms to exhibit and share innovations in Textile Science and technology. Leading experts, speakers, textile designers, researchers, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, textile engineers will be witnessed at this premier event. The well versed sessions will create an opportunity to meet world renowned thought leaders to strategize the profitable and advance outcomes in textile industry.
October 10, 2015 through October 11, 2015
$5 entry fee to Patrick Ranch Museum will get you to Fiber Fusion's marketplace for fibers, tools, and supplies directly from growers, dyers, producers, and designers. We have the following FREE activities: textile competition, hands-on activities, mini workshops, sheepdog trials, fiber animals (from rabbits to yaks), demonstrations, and lectures. This year we are also offering a wide selection of fiber classes, and sheep-to-shawl competition. Check out our website for details.
Treadle Lightly - Association of Northwest Weavers' Guilds'
July 1, 2017 through July 2, 2017
Biannual conference for those interested in the Fibre Arts including weaving, spinning, basketry, dyeing, and felting. Held at the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada. Keynote speaker will be Charllotte Kwon, founder of MAIWA. Preconference workshops June 28 to 30. Juried shows, and juried fashion show.
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 Art Fridays
May 1, 2015 through December 18, 2015
Fiber Art Fridays, a free-spirited class of contemporary fiber arts techniques, is held at the Art Junction, 500 W Paisano in El Paso, TX from 2 to 5 PM. every Friday. Engage your creativity! Expand your artistic skills! Taught by fiber artist Lin Bentley Keeling. For information and registration, contact Lin at LBKFiberArts@gmail.com; 915-539-1110
Weaving Explorations - Shadow Weave
July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015
A perennial favorite class here at the Grünewald Guild. Come study with Guild founder Liz Caemmerer and long-time weaver Suzanne Halvorson, the impressive team-teaching duo whom past students describe as "excellent" and "inspiring."
Feltmaking: Color, Texture, Form
August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015
Come learn feltmaking techniques used to create both functional and artistic pieces. This ancient process of transforming soft, delicate wool into strong, textured material using soap, water, and agitation will engage all your senses. Using wool, fabric, and other natural fibers, students will experiment making 2- dimensional and 3-demensional forms that can be made into wall-hangings, bowls, bags, sculptures and more. Your imagination and endurance is the limit! Students will learn how to calculate wool shrinkage, combine colors and materials, create interesting textures and make samples to ensure the success of their unique projects. All experience levels welcome. Ages 16+
September 18, 2015 through September 19, 2015
Classes galore (taught by the mid-west's finest fiber artists), including spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, crochet, and lots more. Shop for beautiful yarns, rovings, and lots of goodies in the Vendor's Market! (Admission to the Vendor's Market is free.) Sign up now for classes! Class descriptions, registration, vendors, lodging and other info is on our website.
Fiber arts and textile related exhibits in galleries, studios, museums and art centers. Juried and non-juried shows are also listed here.
Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Tree
January 18, 2015 through September 13, 2015
In this exhibition, Jamaican-born Ebony G. Patterson (Jamaica and KY) examines the pageantry of the dancehall culture and reveals it to be much more than spectacle; it is also a window onto working-class Jamaican society. The exhibition includes six new eye-popping tapestries adorned with glitter, silk flowers, rhinestones, and other dancehall references, plus a life-size figural tableau of ten male mannequins, dressed in a kaleidoscopic mix of floral fabrics.
Ann Hamilton: Draw
January 18, 2015 through September 27, 2015
In this video presented from four spinning projectors, Ann Hamilton (OH) follows a red thread traveling over and under a piece of semitransparent, white paper. Through this hybridization of fine art, craft, and technology, Hamilton both elevates and illuminates a fundamental act of making. Shot from above with a handheld, miniature, single-chip surveillance camera, the video follows the thread's tail as the pace of the hand pulling the thread and the speed of the eye following it, fall in and out of sync and focus. The sound of the thread drawn through the paper comprises the sole element of the audio track. Through this hybridization of fine art, craft, and technology, Hamilton both elevates and illuminates a fundamental act of making.
S. Sheehy & A. Zemánková: Botanical
February 15, 2015 through August 30, 2015
The works of both Sandra Sheehy (UK) and Anna Zemánková (1908–1986) draw inspiration from plant life and garden scenes. Sheehy makes felted wall pieces as well as delicate sculptures reminiscent of cocoons from chicken wire, fabric, and paper, which she later encrusts with fabric, stitching, beads, sequins, and shells. Anna Zemánková’s embroideries on paper suggest botanical illustrations and reveal nature’s more mystical side. Both artists, with some measure of spontaneity, allow the imagery of the outdoor world to unfold before the viewer. Shown together, their works disclose intangible, and spiritual aspects of the plant world.
Joan Livingstone: Oddment[s]
February 15, 2015 through September 27, 2015
Paying close attention to our surroundings and the study of material things is at the center of Joan Livingstone's (IL) exhibition, ODDMENT(S). It is her practice to walk through neighborhoods and pick up all sort of enticing things - a visual litany of found fragments such as wrappers, bits of rubber, clothing scraps, newspapers, playing cards, construction debris. She brings them back to her studio, and the process of reinvention begins.ODDMENT[S] presents over thirty of Livingstone's transformed objects and twelve photographs of cloud formations - the result is a thoughtful meditation on the attraction of "things."
Fiber arts and textile related short-term special events for specific purposes such as benefits, charity drives, and guild holiday sales.
Sneffels Fiber Festival
September 25, 2015 through September 27, 2015
The 3rd Annual Sneffels Fiber Fest will be held in beautiful Ridgway, Colorado - the gateway to the San Juan Mountains where fall colors are spectacular. Featuring: Fiber Vendors, Food, Workshops, Classes, Demonstrations & More!
Weavers And Fibre Artist Annual Sale
November 19, 2015 through November 21, 2015
This event is held each year the weekend before Thanksgiving. It features members of the Weavers Guild of Kalamazoo who do all kinds of fiber arts....weaving, spinning, knitting with handspuns, felting. The group enjoys trying new things and always has a large selection of table runners, scarves, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, wearable arts, rugs and other unique items.
Call for Entries and Call for Instructors
Requests for submissions to fiber arts and textile competitions, exhibits, conference workshop proposals, and academic papers.
International Fiber Arts VII
February 12, 2015 through September 1, 2015
INTERNATIONAL FIBER ARTS VII is a biannual juried exhibition at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, presenting a distinct approach to innovative and traditional fiber techniques, and a contemporary concept for the use of traditional and unusual materials. The chosen work invites the viewer to experience the many facets of fiber art. INTERNATIONAL FIBER ARTS VII is accepting both two or three-dimensional pieces including wearable and installation art.
Fibers Through Time
April 4, 2015 through December 4, 2015
Proposals for workshops at Fibers Through Time, a conference sponsored by the Arizona Federation of Weavers and Spinners Guilds are being accepted now. The conference will be held in Phoenix March 10 through March 13, 2016. Instruction will be for 2.5 days, 18 hours, in various fiber arts including weaving, spinning, felting, and basketry among others. Contact Cynthia Broughton.
Call For Entry: 2016 Niche Awards
April 6, 2015 through August 21, 2015
NICHE magazine is accepting applications for the 2016 NICHE Awards, a prestigious juried competition recognizing excellence in fine craft design. Professional and student artists may apply online. Contest categories include ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, wood, jewelry and more! Judging of entries is based on three main criteria: • Technical excellence, both in surface design and form • Distinct quality of unique, original and creative thought • Market viability (professional entries only) Application and entry fee information, rules and guidelines are now available at website
Crosscurrents: Land, Labor, And The Port
June 1, 2015 through October 1, 2015
CALL FOR PAPERS Savannah, Georgia, October 19th – 23rd, 2016 Textile Society of America’s 15th Biennial Symposium: Crosscurrents: Land, Labor, and the Port Organized in collaboration with Savannah College of Art and Design. Abstract Submission Deadline October 1st, 2015 textilesocietyofamerica.org/tsa_symposium/symposium2016/call-for-papers/ Notification of Acceptance to Presenters (via email): December 15, 2015 Deadline for presenters to submit need-based fee-waiver applications: January 7, 2016 Deadline to Confirm Participation: March 15th, 2016 Registration Opens: May 16th, 2016 Deadline for Presenters to Register: June 15th, 2016 The theme of TSA’s 15th Biennial Symposium is Crosscurrents: Land, Labor, and the Port. We invite participants to explore the ways in which textiles shape, and are shaped by historical, geographical, technological and economic aspects of colonialization and/or globalization. How and why have textile practices moved around? As they travel, how have they been translated, modified, or used within acts of compliance or resistance? What impact have different regimes of labor, consumption, aesthetic valuation, or political/social economy had on textile production, use, and circulation? These questions may apply to contemporary or historical fine art, utilitarian, or ethnographic textiles, which may be addressed through scholarship or creative practice.
Trade Shows and Expos
Events sponsored primarily by or for merchants and vendors specializing in fiber arts and textile related products and may include seminars, demos and workshops in conjunction.
Sauder Village Fiber Arts Fest
September 26, 2015 through September 27, 2015
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 dying demonstrations. Select vendors will also be selling handmade items and fiber art supplies. Classes will be held by Kate Larson, Rita Petteys, Amy Tyler and Joan Sheridan September 24 & 25 with the show following.
Fiber arts and textile schools which offer classes that can vary from time to time.
2015-16 Craft Instruction Series
July 28, 2015 through January 28, 2016
The Plymouth Center for Restoration Arts and Forgotten Trades is a collective of artisans in Massachusetts, USA offering classes, workshops and presentations in traditional building arts, restoration trades, and handcraf for students at any level.top of page