Drive down scenic back roads, wind through woods decked out in their finest fall colors, and discover art on the 20th annual Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour.

While you’re here, you can follow links to this year’s participating artists, download a printable 2-page letter-size map, and learn about our sponsors.

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Fiber artist Sandy Binder learned to knit years ago when yarn with matching fabrics was all the rage. She took up weaving when she was working towards her master’s degree in art education.

Then Sandy raised alpacas for 19 years on a farm in Missouri, shearing them every spring before the hot days of summer.
“With all this beautiful fiber, I took up spinning and starting weaving again,” she says. “And within the last five years I’ve learned to felt, which is my present passion.”

Sandy recently relocated to Brown County, IN, but she is still working in alpaca fibers in her home studio there. Sandy creates a wide range of items, all from alpaca yarn. She knits it into hats with matching scarves. She crochets alpaca rugs. She hand weaves scarves and throws. She felts it and makes ear warmers, teddy bears, boot liners, table trivets and coffee mug coasters. She even spins her own yarn.

“Alpaca fiber is unique and one of the softest fibers in the world,” Sandy explains. “It is lightweight, warm, water resistant and allergenic. It comes in 22 natural colors!”

During the month of October, you can visit Sandy and watch her demonstrate felting during the 20th annual Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour.

More info about Sandy and her work on our website:

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Kathy Sparks considers herself a “fiber artist”. Fiber can come in many different forms, and she has explored just about everything out there.

“I have been working with fiber since childhood,” says Kathy. “If it came from a natural source and could be twisted, woven or interlaced, I was exploring how those strands came together.”

At her studio, The Hand Maiden, Kathy currently makes traditional Brown Ash Baskets, in the form of Shaker or Taconic styles; hand spun yarns, either as skeins or used in knit or woven items; and traditional primitive hooked rugs.

Kathy’s basketry encompasses all aspects of the craft – from harvesting the trees in New England, to cutting splints to size for weaving, to steaming handles and rims to finish the basket. “No part of the basket is prepared by anyone but myself – from the tree to the finished basket,” says Kathy. Then she adds: “Well, except for Mother Nature growing the tree!”

Her spinning may incorporate Angora rabbit fiber harvested from 4 lovely does living on her farm. The yarns created often are dyed using ancient natural dyes such as cochineal, indigo, madder and weld or from plants harvested from the Indiana countryside.

Visit Kathy's studio during the 20th annual Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour this October.

More info about Kathy and her work can be found on our website: blog.browncountystudiotour.com/kathy-sparks/

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Tour Map

Download the 2018 Back Roads of Brown County 2-page tour map.


22 studios. 32 artisans.

In addition to the T.C. Steele State Historic Site, twenty-one working artists’ studios will welcome visitors every day in October. Thirty-two juried artisans, a true representation of the arts in Brown County, will share a special glimpse into the lives of working artists and craftsmen.

The Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour is a free, self-guided event designed to showcase the arts and crafts created in the present-day “Art Colony of the Midwest.”

Watch artwork take shape before your eyes, with artists and craftsmen demonstrating daily. Talk with artists and explore the spaces that inspire them. At some studios, you might even be able to take part in the creation. Educational and designed to broaden public understanding of the arts, the tour is an art celebration for the whole family.

This is a unique opportunity to meet artists doing what they love and to purchase artwork directly from those who made it. Collectors will relish the selection of new work available especially for this event.


To learn more about the Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour, please send a note to us. We’ll get back to you promptly.