Marilyn Niewoehner, of Rugby, has been selected as the featured artist at the Prairie Arts Club's Fine Arts & Craft Fair, July 26-27, at the Metigoshe Christian Center north of Bottineau.
Niewoehner, a multi-talented textile artist, became interested in textiles when her mother, an excellent seamstress, introduced her to a Singer lightweight at an early age. She began home economics classes in the seventh-grade and has a bachelor's degree in textiles and clothing from North Dakota State University.
In 1983, Niewoehner bought a historically correct pattern for a Victorian woman's dress, with an eye to North Dakota's and Rugby's centennials. It was more complicated than modern patterns, but resulted in a beautiful garment, which she was asked to show at club meetings and luncheons. She bought patterns, made more dresses and undergarments, and developed Turn of the Century Fashion Revue. She did 200 shows over the next 6 years, and was sanctioned as a N.D. Centennial Project in 1989.
The garments are presently displayed in the former Episcopal Church building, open June through September.
Niewoehner owns Embroideries, a shop where she sells items she has designed and handcrafted. She has knitted and hand-woven products, greeting cards, exquisitely embroidered jackets, pillowcases, baby blankets and many one-of-a-kind items.
Niewoehner likes everything about fabric - the way it looks, feels and drapes; designing, cutting, and stitching it. Her favorite project is whatever she is working on at the moment.
- Prairie Arts Club