Some of my favorite sources for fabric, beads, and related supplies:
The links and accompanying descriptions, below, are for some of my favorite supply sources and sources of fiber art and workshop information. (If clicking directly on the link doesn't work, you can copy and paste it into your browser or highlight the full link title and then right-click to open it.)
My favorite source for hand-dyed pearl cotton hand-embroidery thread in sizes 3, 5, 8, and 12. Owner Laura Wasilowski also carries hand-dyed stranded cotton embroidery floss and hand-dyed fabrics. I use her threads extensively in a lot of my work and working with love them.
My friend Lisa G. owns this terrific bead store on the north side of the city of Chicago. She carries a remarkable selection of seed beads as well as crystals, freshwater pearls, and stunning cabochons.
My source for the serene little ceramic faces I use in many of my art quilts and embroideries. (Lots of you have asked where I get them : ).
Check out artist JC Herrell's beautiful lampwork beads. I especially love the tree silhouettes against varied colors of sky. I think these would make beautiful focal points in bead embroidery. Her work was featured in the Feb. '15 issue of Bead & Button magazine.
A terrific resource for information about all kinds of fiber-art related activities happening throughout the Midwest. You can check out the informative website and get regular e-mail updates as well.
Mieko Mintz has a shop in Soho and also sells her beautiful, inspiring wearable art through her online store. Her signature work is one-of-a-kind jackets made from kantha cloth, repurposed sari silk, and boiled wool. You can purchase scraps of these fabrics through her site to use in your own fiber work.
Mill House Quilts is a wonderful local quilt shop housed in a charming historic building in downtown Waunakee, Wisconsin. I'm so lucky that it's less than a 10 minute drive from my house. I've been teaching bead embroidery workshops there 6-10 times per year since 2007.
All are links to Nicole Campanella and her designs and bead-related products. She sells a wonderful product called Nicole's BeadBacking. It's a stabilizer onto which beads can easily be embroidered. One of the best things about it is the wonderful range of colors available.
Some places you can see and read about my artwork:
An interview I did in 2007 about my quilt “Recapitulata (Echo Flower)” for the Alliance for American Quilts, Quilters’ S.O.S.—Save Our Stories oral history project. (The quilt was also featured in the Alliance's 2008 calendar for the month of April.)
Madison Contemporary Fiber Artists (MCFA) is a group of about 40 artists from the Madison, Wisconsin area who create diverse artwork in all types of fibers and fiber techniques. I've been a member of the group since 2001.
Portal Wisconsin is an electronic source for a wide range of information about the arts in Wisconsin. The site includes a large on-line gallery. Some of my work can be seen there.
An online resource for listings of quilting-related workshops by various teachers all over the country. You can search by teacher, state/location, and type of workshop.
I recently joined this terrific website of fellow fiber and textile artists. There are links to view artwork and learn about events for fiber art lovers of all kinds.