The Textile Center Minneapolis




As you might remember I was invited to speak at the Textile Center in Minneapolis during Spring Quilt Market. I yammered on for two hours (!) about blogging professionally and fabric trends, but punctuated the show with lots of giveaways. Becka Rahn, the center’s Education Manager and “WebWeaver” posted a recap of the talk here, which I’m very thankful for.

I wanted to show you guys around the Center. This place is a dream. Every town needs one. I’ve always dreamt of starting something like this in Austin. More print- and sewing-oriented, of course (that’s just me), but a space for exhibitions and meetings and classes for all ages, with lots of room and equipment for every kind of textile art imaginable. Sigh! Their dye lab made my jaw drop to the floor …





Dye Lab - Cooking/Washing/Drying Area

And how beautiful is the weaving classroom?


I’m proud to be an official Textile Center member now, even though it’s unlikely I’ll get back up to Minnesota in the near future.

Shout outs to my friends who stuck through the whole thing then went out with me for reaaaallly good Thai food afterwards: Faye Hoch (who organized the whole thing — check out her amazing art quilts and quilting service!), Caroline Devoy, Jen of Stitch Simple, Shaerie from Sew L.A., and Becka and her husband Andy.


  1. I lived in MPLS for 7 years and didn’t know about this place. I am currently in Austin and could really see a place like this working here. Maybe a weaving/sewing/printing/knitting/crochet/spinning/felting center? That or a craft collective center that I had a dream about last year.

  2. Angie says:

    What a fun place — lots of space for creativity.

  3. Oh my! This place is a dream that I didn’t even know existed. I will have to put this on my “list.” Thanks for sharing!

  4. Grace says:

    I just discovered the Textile Center this spring. It is such a great place. They also host a garage sale which I went to this year and it was really fun. There was all kinds of fabric, yarn, notions, books, etc. Definetly one of my favorite places here in the Twin Cities. So glad you got to see it.

  5. That looks like heaven on earth to me! WOW!

  6. Melinda says:

    I live in Austin and would love to have a place like that here! You should do it! ;-)

  7. Shaerie says:

    I dream of that weaving room! It was indeed lovely to have dinner with you all. Thanks so much for your detailed coverage of the market – it has been so nice to peruse leisurely instead of the frantic running around that happens when one is AT the market.

  8. Vickie Cyr says:

    I LOVE the Textile Center. It is a great place! I volunteer at the garage sale every year and it is a lot of work but so much fun. I also like to browse the gift shop for ideas and to buy some nice textile-related gifts and/or pretties that I can’t make myself. And the gallery shows are fantastic. I live 100+ miles from Minneapolis, but I try always to stop there when I am in town.

    If you live anywhere near the Twin Cities it is an interesting place.