“For artists, this unexpected time can be viewed as an artist residency, a time without (many) external demands, to focus on creative studio work. I’m certainly thinking about it that way and feel fortunate that I am clear about work I can do at home and in the studio.”

— Pat Hickman, member of Textile Center’s National Artist Advisory Council

While Textile Center is closed to the public (more info here), we want to stay connected! Show & Tell is our virtual initiative to bring our fiber art community together to share ideas. Whether its through our creative work in our homes or in our studios, let’s spread inspiration during this time of social distancing!

Do you have a fiber art project, idea, or challenge to share? We invite you to Show & Tell. Share your work on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with the hashtag #TCshowandtell or send an email with your photos and brief description to Communications Associate Mia Finnamore at mfinnamore@textilecentermn.org.

Community Member Spotlight

Ian Hanesworth

Ian Hanseworth, 2019/20 Jerome Fiber Artist Project Grant Recipient While this time of quarantine hasn’t stopped artists from creating, there’s no doubt that it impacts how artists are creating. “I've tried to lean into this new, slower rhythm…

Mary Skoy

Mary Skoy, 2020 Spun Gold Winner, Weaver, and Knitter Mary Skoy is using this time of social distancing to try new things. “My knitting group and I are using Zoom to stay in touch,” she says, “we knit…

Ceci Lewis

Ceci Lewis, Textile Center Teaching Artist “I’d rather do anything other than clean my worktable, but I need to reclaim my space,” says Ceci Lewis, one of Textile Center’s esteemed instructors and an avid indigo dyer who is…

Debbie Johnson

Debbie Johnson, President of MN Basket Weavers Guild and Textile Center Shop Staff Member Anyone who frequents Textile Center’s shop knows how passionate Debbie Johnson is about making. As President of the MN Basket Weavers since 2017, Debbie…

Carolyn Halliday

Carolyn Halliday, 2020 Spun Gold Award Winner One of Carolyn Halliday’s early works is a collection of tall, wire-knit trees, and it is an example of what speaks to her today: family, nature, and science. “I named that…

Mariana Shulstad

Mariana Shulstad, President of Textile Center’s Board of Directors, yarn enthusiast, and weaver “Knitting is something I’ve done all my life,” says Mariana Shulstad, as she showcases a red wool sweater she made for her husband, Craig Shulstad.…

Ella Ramsey

Ella Ramsey, Past Board President of Textile Center, Fabric Enthusiast Everyone who knows Ella can tell you about her passion for fabric. During Textile Center’s recent tours to India and Japan, she acquired textiles that are now serving…

#TCshowandtell Submissions

@noradolora • “Began a portrait of my mom at the beginning of March, and choosing each color to use next or where to put stitches has been as difficult as finding new words to describe to grief I still carry. Like this quarantine, I’m giving myself grace to take a slower time embroidering her. And in my quieter moments, my mom continues to reveal lessons and truths through my love for her.”

Tom Skogstrom • “My first ‘quarantine’ project is a stage performance costume ‘helmet’ for heavy-metal rock singer Caster Volor. The challenge was to make a piece that looks like metal, but is light and durable and balanced enough to stay on his head through a wild and sweaty stage performance. The pattern is an original design. It’s custom-fitted to Volor’s head size, and is made of rigid polyester felt, cotton quilting fabrics, cotton twill canvas, string mesh, silk cording, and book board.”

Blair Treuer • “My work is an exploration into the role Ojibwe traditional cultural practices and beliefs plays in shaping the way my family sees itself collectively, the role it takes in shaping the personal identities of my husband and my nine children, and the influences or effect it’s had on my own personal identity.”

@glsfunstuff • “Putting my marbling output to use making cards and “framing” a piece of silk for my textile art gallery wall.”

Lisa Steinmann • “Social distance and magical thinking.”

@makminnesota • “Some fabric designs came in today from @spoonflower the gold and hot pink used the block print I designed in @noradolora @textilecentermn class in February. Still playing.”

@lorriwt • “Thanks to the inspiration of @badasscrossstitch and her #ritasquilt project, I finally finished the embroidered pillowcase set that my grandmother was working on when she passed away more than 30 years ago. I dug it out of storage after reading about their story. Grandma completed the top case, and I did the bottom case and crochet edging according to the directions that were left with the kit. I’m going to surprise my mother on her birthday this week with an intergenerational gift of ??”

@bucolicdreaming • “I have been stitching to calm the nerves. I highly recommend it.”

@lakesisu • “Sharing my creative time with two active kids is complicated, but I have promised myself to keep getting the ideas out of my head to stay sane. To hone my skills, I have been working on filling vintage frames with images that just feel like they just belong. Something a bit different than my box dioramas. These frames are from @shop501andcompany, and the white wool from a small farm just west of the Twin Cities.”

@lorriwt • “Social distancing allowed me to FINALLY finish my 2019 temperature scarf. I’d been procrastinating adding the fringe, but some alone time was the perfect opportunity. Check out the side-by-side comparison between 2014 (l) and 2019 (r).”

@textprintstitch • “Day 3 of stitching. One of three panels exploring the elements of conversation. This ones about the nugget of gold in each stream of words.”

@authenticembroidery • “I have been contemplating lungs lately.”

Susan Jorgensen • “Some market bags I’m working on. Lined with pockets and reversible. Made from recycled upholstery fabrics, trims, buttons and belts. The designing and sewing keeps my mind and my hands occupied.”

Marsha Theis • “The Wearable Arts group (WAM) at Textile Center decided to do a sewing challenge. Our challenge was to take something you already own, and don’t wear, and transform it into something you will wear — or to get a used garment and transform it into something you will wear. I went to the Goodwill and bought four used men’s shirts for $4.50 each and made them into a dress.”

@overlyheartfelt • “Sitting on the dock with his morning coffee and watching the steamboats go by. Inspired by my Nola hubby, this is my take on a southern gent mallard. The perfectly weathered base is an architecture salvage from @artandarchitecturempls I knew it’d come in handy one day!”

@glsfunstuff • “Finishing a quilt for my new grandchild due tomorrow.”

@sayewillisjudy • “Starting a project for the long hours of quiet time in my studio. This is a test to find out what dyes will work with fermentation. I started it on 3-18 and it should be done by the time we are done with social separation. I plan to use the test fibers to make an collage or will let them speak.”

@kristengourding • Now in felted form.

@tilting__at__windmills • “I was talking with some friends about a way to make things a little less scary by using our skills to take a symbol of fear and illness and turn it into something beautiful or whimsical that might give others a feeling of safety, connectedness, and hope. Will you join us and use your maker skills to design mask covers that would be less intimidating? Read more here. #makehope

@instagraham_art • COVID19 inspired art.

Linda McShannock • “I’m using up collected fat quarters to make potholders. This is a design shared by Textile Center member Charlotte Cronin, who shared it with us on Textile Center’s Morocco trip and again when I was able to visit her recently. It’s been a good project for engaging granddaughters in design and stitching.”