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The Textile Center was formed by a group of fiber artists and patrons and incorporated in 1994. As an umbrella arts organization for fiber artists and textile arts groups, its goals include:
- Inspire and support fiber artists.
- Increase public access to and education about fiber art.
- Foster and promote diversity in all areas of fiber art.
- Preserve fiber art skills and traditions.
- Provide a central networking and resource facility for fiber artists.
Galleries at the Textile Center
Galleries are free and open to the public when the Center is open. Self-guided tours are always free. If you have a bigger group, you can book a paid tour, which will include a teaching artist and a hands-on activity. Parking is available, but the Center is situated across the street from a METRO Green Line station. This is a great outing to combine with a train ride. If you do choose to drive, you can find parking information here.
A Garden to Dye For
A Garden to Dye For is a dye plant garden located on the west side of the Textile Center and cared for by master gardener, Wanda Friedrich. The Center is currently working on adding educational signage to help explain the uses of the various plants. The public is encouraged to stop by and enjoy the garden.
Textile Center Library
The library contains thousands of books, magazines and publications about the textile arts. You can search the Catalog online. Although only members can check out materials, this could come in handy for school projects. Search the Library Catalog.
The textile Center now offers birthday parties, featuring textile projects such as weaving, wool felting, kumihimo braiding and labs. Parties start at $175 for members and $195 for non-members.
For more birthday party ideas, visit our Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities.
Youth Fiber Art Guild
The Youth Fiber Art Guild encourages children to explore the fiber arts and diverse cultures all year. The Guild hopes to instill leadership and organization skills while deepening participant commitment to service and inter-generational interactions.
Membership is $80/year and includes 8 monthly kits with the tools and materials necessary to make a different fiber arts project from around the world. For more information visit the Youth Fiber Art website.
You can find this and other unique membership gifts in our guide: Membership – The No-Clutter Gift of Together Time.
Summer Camps at the Textile Center
The center offers summer camps all summer. More Information on textile summer camps, including camp descriptions and summer camp forms, can be found HERE. Featured in Guide to Twin Cities Summer Camps.
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