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.
CNCH 2013 "Textile Games"
May 31, 2013 through June 2, 2013
CNCH 2013 "Textile Games" will be held in the scenic Squaw Valley and will feature many wonderful teachers and mentors. Please check the website for full details on registration, classes, mini workshops and fun activites for this exciting weekend retreat.
June 1, 2013 through June 5, 2013
The 2013 Conference Schedule includes Pre-Conference Workshops June 1–5, Conference Sessions June 6–9, and Post-Conference Workshops June 10–14, 2013. Featured speakers, artist talks, student presentations, a professional panel, demonstrations, and workshops will also be conducted during the conference at Southwest School of Art, University of the Incarnate Word, and Crowne Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk. Special events include many city-wide exhibitions, Fundraising Cocktail Party, Vendor Fair, Trunk Show, Silent Auction, Fiber Study Tour, and many networking and professional development opportunities. For more information and registration, go to www.surfacedesign.org/2013conference.
2013 ANWG NW Weavers Conference
June 17, 2013 through June 23, 2013
The 2013 ANWG NW Weaversconference will be held on the campus of Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA. Twenty-four world class instructors will be teaching more than 75 workshops, seminars and classes during the conference! The conference fees include enrollment in three half-day seminars OR one full day class and one half-day seminar. Workshop fees are separate from the conference fees. Visit our website and sign up for our newsletter.
June 20, 2013 through June 23, 2013
Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA. Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association annual workshop weekend on the University of Scranton campus. Noted teachers, numerous vendors, a fashion show and open studio.
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.
Fabric & Physicality with Elisabeth O'Connor
June 17, 2013 through June 21, 2013
There's often splendor in the ordinary and magic in the discarded. From inspiration, preparatory sketches and maquettes to construction and final presentations, we build sculptural objects from layers of found and repurposed materials. Beginning with simple wooden or wire mesh armatures, we sew, patch, bind, stiffen, wrap and layer varieties of materials as a means to shape narrative and assemble works with convincing physicality.
Pleasant Mountain Fiber Arts Workshops
June 21, 2013 through June 23, 2013
Three days of fiber arts workshops in Brownfield ME. A total of 35 small informal classes with great instructors. Low cost, high quality. Visit the website for workshop schedule, registration form and more.
Threads & Strings: conceptual craft and soft sculpture with Sarah Gjertson
June 24, 2013 through June 28, 2013
The nature of fabric allows its freedom to float, contour or delineate form. This course examines the contemporary resurgence of traditional craft to explore 3-D forms and sculptural interventions. Recently re-envisioned histories of hand work and conceptual craft are introduced as we observe form and material inspired by the political, satirical and social influences embraced by current practitioners. Driven by individual interests and skill levels, possibilities include inflatables, stuffed soft-sculptures and installations, and armatures with stretched, skin-like surfaces. Media may vary but includes materials that can be hand stitched or sewn, including paper, fabric, vinyl, rubber, etc. Thread, cord, natural and synthetic fibers or wire that corresponds to the constructed form. We practice sewing skills and study the constructs of built armatures and inflatable structures.
Summer Art Institute Workshops
July 8, 2013 through August 23, 2013
Women’s Studio Workshop’s Summer Art Institute (SAI) workshops feature carefully targeted instruction in printmaking, papermaking, book arts, photography, and ceramics. Your teachers are leaders in the field, have extraordinary skill and a passion to share their knowledge of new methods and materials. Check out our website for more information.
Fiber arts and textile related exhibits in galleries, studios, museums and art centers. Juried and non-juried shows are also listed here.
10th Annual Wool Fiber Arts Fair
May 18, 2013
Help the Hoosier Hills Rug Hooking Guild celebrate their 10th year of sharing the Wool Fiber Arts Fair with all lovers of fiber in southwest Indiana! Event will take place at the Washington Conservation Club, 350 W 150 S, Washington IN from 9 am to 4 pm EST. There will be vendors and demonstrators of rug hooking, spinning, weaving, needle felting, crochet, knitting, penny rug making, wool applique, broom making and more. Also enjoy the rug display and Guild marketplace booth. Classes are beginning rug hooking and rug braiding this year.
9th Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta
May 23, 2013 through May 25, 2013
The 9th biennial Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta is a judged and juried show showcasing hundreds of exhibits from across the nation. The Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council and its 17 co-sponsoring guilds feature the best of the quilting, sewing, silkpainting and weaving exhibits (to name only a few) and provide onsite workshops and classes, daily fashion shows, special traveling exhibits and featured artists as well as more than 60 vendors in a top-notch vendor mall in the Manual Lujan building at the Expo New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM.
Blue Hills Fibre Festival
June 15, 2013
1st Annual Fibre Festival! Bringing producers and fibre lovers together in one place. Fleece show & auction, workshops, fibre arts vendors and more. We invite vendor inquiries! Held at Forrest, Manitoba, Canada, just 10 minutes north of Brandon, and 2 hours north of North Dakota.
Sneffels Fiber Festival in Ridgway, CO
September 13, 2013 through September 14, 2013
The Sneffels Fiber Festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 13th and 14th, 2013 in Ridgway, Colorado. There will be dozens of vendors along with live animals and demonstrations. Admission is free. The festival will be held at the 4-H Center on Highway 550 from noon to 7pm on Friday and 9:30am to 4pm on Saturday. For more info go to Facebook.com/SneffelsFiberFestival or email email@example.com or call 970-318-0150.
Fiber arts and textile related short-term special events for specific purposes such as benefits, charity drives, and guild holiday sales.
3rd Annual CNY Fiber Festival
June 8, 2013 through June 9, 2013
The 2013 CNY Fiber Festival will be held on June 8 and 9 from 10:00 - 5:00 at the Butternut Hill Campground on Route 20 in Bouckville, NY. Once again, there will be more than 100 booths filled with natural fibers, yarn, roving, fiber arts supplies, and all manner of handmade fiber products and related farm products. Fiber animals will be on display, there will be many activities for children, and we will have even more free exhibits and demonstrations than in 2012. The CNY Antique Tractor Club will have an exhibit of tractors, and a fleece sale is planned..
Salida Fiber Festival
September 7, 2013 through September 8, 2013
Riverside Park, Salida, Colorado, September 7-8. Fiber vendors, animals, spin-in, and fun activities in this beautiful mountain art town. See us at: www.salidafiberfestival.org.
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 XVI
December 1, 2012 through December 6, 2013
The Artist as Quiltmaker XVI: FAVA's 16th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Quilts. May 11 – July 27, 2014. Juror: Tina Cassara, Professor of Fiber and Material Studies/Chair, Cleveland Institute of Art The Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, 39 S. Main Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074 440-774-7158 Entries due December 6, 2013
(Sur)Face Forward: an Exhibit of Contemporary Surface Design
February 4, 2013 through June 24, 2013
Call to Artists from Oregon, Washington and Idaho for surface design exhibit in textiles and basketry, The Arts Center, Corvallis OR. Work chosen will specifically concentrate on the surface as an area of expression and manipulation, without being dominated by extraneous or superfluous elements such as found objects, not fully integrated recycled materials.
April 5, 2013 through May 18, 2013
The digital era is altering how we read books so we wanted a challenge that alters the way we perceive books. Whether it be an altered book or incorporates pages of a book, ‘some things looming’ challenges you to create the ultimate …Page Turner. Our major requirements for this challenge are that you incorporate fiber techniques and any parts or pages of a book (preferably ones that would be discarded anyway). Receptions: First Friday, April 5th - 5:00 to 8:00 pm Saturday May 18th - 1:00 to 3:00 pm Entry fee: $30 All work must be original, one-of-a-kind, made by the artist submitting the entry. Artists may submit up to a maximum of three works, completed within the last three years, to be in the exhibition. Entries must be postmarked or electronically received by February 15, 2013. No Exceptions! Online entry and full prospectus can be found on the website.
Small Expressions 2013
May 31, 2013 through September 7, 2013
February 11, 2013, for non-US entries February 25, 2013, for US entries Small Expressions is an annual, international, juried exhibition that features high quality, contemporary fiber art. The artworks showcase various fiber techniques such as interlacing, felting, paper, beading, and embellishing done on a small scale. All works are smaller than 15 inches (38 cm) in any direction.
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.
FiberTrain Festival 2013
May 26, 2013 through May 27, 2013
FiberTrain Festival in Nampa, Idaho, is family oriented, FREE for the public to attend, & boasts FREE parking & interactive fiber art events & live fiber animals! Its what the Boise & Treasure Valley Area has been longing to create and participate in to express their love of Fiber Arts, and its proven to be quite the party! With the addition of over 2500 square feet of INDOOR vendor space, two new classrooms, 4 more class slots for a total of 11, a Fleece Contest and sale, and many new free demos & events to draw the Treasure Valley's population of over 500K, we think 2013 is going to be the best year yet! To read about the show, cruise the gallery, or check out classes by Brenda Dayne of Cast-On Podcast from Wales and 5 other instructors, or for vendor info, visit www.fibertrainfestival.com. Vendor apps being accepted by email in to May, 2013... we have 80 spaces to fill this year, so the more the merrier! See you in May!
16th Annual California Wool and Fiber Festival
September 13, 2013 through September 15, 2013
Mendocino County Fairgrounds, Booneville, CA USA. Held at the same time as the County Fair and Apple Festival. The mission of the California Wool & Fiber Festival is to keep fiber arts & natural fiber production alive and well.
25th Annual Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival
September 28, 2013 through September 29, 2013
25th annual celebration of farms and fiber! Featuring fiber animal barn and over 70 vendors of natural fibers and yarn, fiber crafting equipment and supplies, hand crafted wool products and sheep and fencing supplies. Workshops, demos and contests, local food, music and more set in the hills of Vermont at the height of fall foliage.
2nd Annual Autumn Fiber Festival
October 19, 2013
Ashland County Fairgrounds 10am—5pm, Ashland, Ohio. Local fiber producers, craftsmen and artists will demonstrate their skills and educate the visiting public about natural fibers and their importance to our community and culture. Sales, demonstrations and kid's events. Free parking and admission.
Fiber arts and textile schools which offer classes that can vary from time to time.
NS Centre for Craft and Design Fall 2012 - Spring 2013 Courses & Workshops
September 23, 2012 through July 1, 2013
Located in the Halifax Seaport, the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design has five well-equipped studios in pottery, jewellery and metal, woodworking, textiles, and multi-purpose where courses are offered to the public in fall (Sept. - Dec.) winter (Jan. - March) and spring (March - June) semesters. We have courses available for ALL skill levels.top of page