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Kohl’s Family Sundays: Needle and Thread

Enjoy a special online version of our popular family event: Kohl’s Family Sundays. Explore fiber art in the Museum’s collection, and make your own inspired creations. Make a mini quilt from scraps of fabric, weave a bracelet from yarn, and draw a picture with thread. Meet Wisconsin artists, and learn about what inspires them. Sing along with musician Lil’ Rev. And we want to see what YOU make. Share your Family Sundays–inspired art using #MAMStudioAtHome.

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Make Art!

Join the education team for art activities you can make at home.

Mini Quilt

Make an abstract quilt with Emily, inspired by the work of quilters from Gee’s Bend.

Materials: fabric pot holder, placemat or other thick fabric surface, fabric scraps, scissors, and white glue or an iron-on adhesive and iron

Woven Bracelets

Look at contemporary fiber art with Dianne, who will show you how to weave a bracelet from yarn.

Materials: yarn (one 6 ft., four 2 ft., two 1 ft.), tape, scissors, piece of 4 x 6 in. cardboard

Drawing with Stitches

Learn how to make different kinds of stitches like the ones on Brett’s stitch sampler.

Materials: pre-made embroidery hoop (or make your own with a large oatmeal canister and lid), piece of solid fabric to fit embroidery hoop, embroidery floss or yarn, large needle, scissors, pencil


Wisconsin’s award-winning folk singer Lil’ Rev performs highlights from Scraps of Quilting Music, a one-man show celebrating quilting in America from the Civil War to today.

Guest Artists

Meet Wisconsin artists, and see how they make their art.

Rhonda Gatlin-Hayes

Rhonda Gatlin-Hayes exhibits her mixed-media bas-relief masks and gives a peek into her creative process.

Heidi Parkes

Textile artist Heidi Parkes shows her quilts and demonstrates the art of hand-quilting.

Youth Voices

Enjoy artworks and performances by students inspired by artist Nick Cave’s Soundsuits and the quilts of quilters from Gee’s Bend.

Student Art Exhibition

Hawthorne Elementary student-artists display creations inspired by contemporary textile art.

Hawthorne Elementary Performance

Hawthorne Elementary student-scholars perform music and dance.

Take a Tour

Join Dianne for a virtual tour of highlights from the Museum’s collection, featuring weavings, quilts, and more.

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Share Your Creations!

After you complete one—or all!—of the art activities, share your creations! Tag @MilwaukeeArt and use #MAMStudioAtHome from a public social media account and your artwork may appear on this page.