Paducah’s creative landscape is filled with vibrant shops, world-class quilters and fiber artists, as well as a plethora of creative experiences in which visitors can indulge. Around just about every corner of this UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art, visitors find something to inspire them. From a chance encounter with one of the city’s renowned quilters and fiber artists to the diverse workshops and creative experiences that are offered in our studios and workshops, visitors can hone their craft or sample something entirely new.
Renowned quilters and fiber artists from all over the country have chosen to make Paducah home, which means visitors have access to local, hand-dyed fabrics and expert instruction throughout the year. Local artists teach classes in marbling fabrics, printmaking and fiber, fast-piece applique and other hands-on workshops.
H2: Quilt Supplies & Fabric Shops
A wonderland of fabrics, tools, equipment and books await fiber lovers and quilters at the various quilt shops and fabric stores located throughout the city. There is something alluring about touching and seeing fabrics face to face, an experience that is not easy to obtain in many US cities these days.
Paducah offers quilters and fiber artists a unique retail experience through hand-dyed fabrics produced and sold at Jefferson Street Studios & Helene Davis Hand-Dyed Fabrics. If you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for then you’re sure to find something to inspire you in the 30,000 square feet of textile space that awes visitors of Hancock’s of Paducah.
Quilt and fiber enthusiasts can soak up the brilliantly designed fabrics and stock up on the quilting and fiber art supplies, notions and patterns that are plentiful at the various shops here. Might we suggest a stop at Quilter’s Alley, Paper Pieces, or the Itty Bitty Knitty Shop.
In addition to all of these gems, quilters can soak up the latest in quilting technology and equipment at one of the city’s fabric and sewing shops. Try Calico Country or English’s Sew & Vac for expert advice on the industry’s best machines and cutting edge techniques.
H2: Creative Experiences & Workshops
Nothing ignites the creative spirit quite like playing in fabrics and fibers. Paducah is filled with classes and workshops throughout the year. There are a million opportunities to improve your quilting technique, to learn needle felting and other fiber-related skills, and to indulge in some good old fashioned stitching and sewing classes at one of the studios and workshops spaces located around town.
The AQS School of Quiltmaking brings together thousands of quilters during its annual QuiltWEEK ® Paducah events to learn from world-renowned quilt instructors. Sewing classes for persons of all skill levels are also available at local fabric and sewing supply stores such as Calico Country, English’s Sew & Vac, Quilter’s Alley and Quilt in a Day.
If you’re looking to soak up a diverse list of mixed media art and fiber workshops, Ephemera Paducah invites national art instructors from around the country to teach classes in art journaling, needle felting, stained glass, bookmaking, mixed media techniques and more. Another calendar you’ll want to follow is that of MAKE Paducah. MAKE owner and artist, Kijsa Housman teaches a variety of classes in silkscreening, fabric painting and modern, non-traditional fiber techniques, using upcycled materials. There really is a creative experience to suit everyone’s tastes in Paducah.
H2: Fiber Art Events
There are few places around the globe so rich in fiber art and quilting, as Paducah. Starting with two AQS QuiltWEEK® Paducah events, the city transforms itself into a fiber art mecca. These events welcome visitors, quilt vendors, quilt artists and instructors to gather in celebration of all things related to the art of quilting.
In addition to these well-known global attractions, fiber artists showcase their work during the Fantastic Fibers event held at the Yeiser Art Center in April. In addition to all of these glorious events, there are several regional quilt shows and festivals that entice visitors to explore all that Western Kentucky has to offer its visitors. Take in some of the countryside and scenery through the Calloway County Quilt Trail and the Crittenden County Amish and Backroads Festival, an event celebrated in April during the AQS QuiltWEEK® Paducah. Or venture to The Homeplace 1850s Working History Farm and Annual Quilt Bee at Land Between the Lakes to take a peek at 19th and early 20th century heirloom quilts.