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January 7, 2017

Beyond Etsy: Small Handmade Markets as Chambers of Commerce

The current trend for online sellers is to join smaller marketplaces that share a common theme. While most of us started out on Etsy, larger markets that are not curated tend to become frustrating search experiences and sellers get lost in the shuffle. Smaller markets act as virtual chambers of commerce and provide a pleasant browsing experience along with a select product niche. Learn about Artizan Made and other markets.

December 24, 2016

A TAFA Christmas: We Three Kings

TAFA's textiles and fiber art illustrate the old, old Christmas song of "We Three Kings".

December 22, 2016

2016 New Members on TAFA, July-September: Australia, Bahrain, Tajikistan, and more!

A brief intro on new textile artists and fiber businesses who joined TAFA from July to September, 2016. A diverse group, felt, embroidery, dyeing, and other techniques brought to us from the far corners of the world! Argentina, Australia, Kingdom of Bahrain, Tajikistan, Germany and the USA come together.

November 11, 2016

What a Trump Presidency Could Mean for Artists

Rachel Biel shares her concerns about how a Trump Presidency might affect artists and people everywhere. Things look dismal, but we can shine a light on bad news and move forward. There is hope! She encourages you to add your voice to the discussion.

November 2, 2016

2016 New Members on TAFA, January – June: Indigo, Brains, Leaves

Introducing our new members on TAFA who joined between January and June, 2016. Quite the eye candy! Some indigo, leaves and brains along with exceptional felt work, stitching and art quilts. Temari balls play with a couple of saints. Meaning and mindfulness throughout!

July 6, 2016

Being Human Photo Contest – July 2016

TAFA's photo contest for July has the theme of "Being Human". Submissions must show a human in any textile or fiber art technique. Deadline for submissions: July 12th 10 PM Central US Time. Deadline for voting: July 13th 10PM Central US Time. Winners get an ad on TAFA!

March 6, 2016

Threads Photo Contest – March 2016

March 2016 Photo Contest: TAFA celebrates textile traditions by focusing on threads, stitching, yarn... the basic element that creates cloth or structure. We want to see close-ups of stitching, looms, fibers... Ends March 12, 2016.

February 21, 2016

The Refugee Crisis and My Art

Uta Lenk lives in Germany where issues of refugees and migration have changed lives and impacted world views. Living in close contact with refugee families and volunteering to assist them impacted her creativity, bringing these themes into her art quilts. Uta shares some of her experiences and work in this post.

February 5, 2016

All About Love Photo Contest – February 2016

All About Love is the theme for TAFA's monthly photo contest, celebrating Valentine's Day through textiles and fiber art. All are welcome to participate! Contest runs February 5-12, 2016.

February 5, 2016

Images of Love in Textiles

Images of Love in Textiles features works of the heart showing love for the child, family, community and pets. It also acknowledges suffering that goes hand in hand with our human condition.

January 22, 2016

2015 New Members on TAFA, October – December: Mixed Media, Embroidery and More!

2015 New Members on TAFA, October - December features mixed media, embroidery, and other techniques use by textile artists who have joined TAFA. We also welcome two new members who work with vintage ethnic textiles.

January 6, 2016

TAFA’s Winter Wonders Photo Contest – January 2016

TAFA holds a monthly photo contest for our community at large. The January theme is "Winter Wonders" and all are welcome to participate. Photos need to be about winter in some way: warm wearables, winter scenes, etc. Deadline for submission: January 11th. Winner gets a free one year ad on our site.

December 9, 2015

Tips on How to Improve Your Online Shop

Tips on How to Improve Your Online Shop: basics on product development, photography, SEO, and content. These tips are geared to the handmade community with a focus on textiles and fiber art.

December 3, 2015

Dsenyo Fair Trade Crowdfunding Campaign for Sustainability and Growth

Dsenyo Fair Trade needs to raise $150K to reach a more stable point of self-sufficiency, continue with production of their 2016 collection and ADD an exciting new group of textile and leather artisans in Zambia.

November 5, 2015

TAFA’s Print and Dye Photo Contest – November 2015

Our Print and Dye Photo Contest is part of TAFA's monthly, themed photography competitions where we feature textile and fiber art techniques. Runs November 5-12, 2015. All are welcome to participate!

November 5, 2015

Printing and Dyeing on Fabric: Chemistry 101

Printing and Dyeing on Fabric covers a very basic introduction to surface design techniques used to mark textiles: a bit on the chemistry behind paint and dye adhesion and then videos showing some of the methods used.

November 2, 2015

2015 New Members on TAFA, July – September: Felt, Embroidery, Art Quilts and More!

New Members on TAFA from July - September, 2015 features felt, embroidery, art quilts, rug hooking, crochet and more! A wonderful mix of abstract textiles along with figurative interpretations in fiber.

October 4, 2015

TAFA’s Felt Photo Contest – October 2015

Our Felt Photo Contest is part of TAFA's monthly, themed photography competitions where we feature textile and fiber art techniques. Runs October 5-12, 2015.

September 13, 2015

Relocation from the Ukraine to Poland: Elena Ulyanova

The Soviet annexation of the Crimea has displaced many, including Elena Ulyanova, who has chosen relocation from the Ukraine to Poland in order to continue as a textile artist. As one of our members, we support her appeal for funds to establish a new studio in Gdansk.

September 12, 2015

2015 New Members on TAFA, April – June: Thread Painting, Surface Design, and Art Quilts

New members on TAFA bring exquisite techniques and expertise in thread painting, surface design, and art quilts. Textile artists and fair trade from the US, the UK and Singapore.

September 5, 2015

TAFA’s Weaving Photo Contest – September 2015

Weavers! Check out TAFA's weaving photo contest! It runs from September 5-12 and all are welcome to participate. You can submit photos or vote. Join in the fun!

September 4, 2015

Thread Painting Tutorial by Jennifer Day – Cuban Ballerina

In this thread painting tutorial, Jennifer Day shows how she chose thread colors to create her "Cuban Ballerina", inspired from a photo she took in Havana.

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