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TAFA Gift Guide: Fiber and Textile Jewelry

When you think of jewelry, do you automatically think of metals or beads? Cultures around the world have decorated themselves throughout history with soft jewels made of fabric, wool or other fibers. In the last ten years, we have seen textile and fiber artists go wild with the possibilities our favored materials offer, translating both simple and complex techniques into wearable art. Our TAFA members are no exception! We are pleased to show off some of our jewels here and hope that you will want to buy them for yourself or as gifts. Fiber and Textile jewelry with a heart!

Most of the artists featured here make many different kinds of jewelry, but we will show just a few examples and then hope that you will explore more deeply by clicking on the images and following their links. You are in for a treat! Aside from being beautiful, most of these pieces also offer several benefits: those allergic or intolerant of wearing metals, can enjoy these pretty accents, many are warm and offer protection in the cold, and the soft ones are great for young mothers or others who might be nervous about sharp edges.

Necklaces

Diomio's Fiber Art Bohemian Necklace Red Feathers

Diomio’s Fiber Art Bohemian Necklace Red Feathers

Jeanne Harlan-Marriott Needle Felted Necklace Orange Yellow Black

Jeanne Harlan-Marriott – Needle Felted Necklace Orange Yellow Black

DILETTANTEsoutache: Ancient Indian technique called soutache. Cyprus

DILETTANTEsoutache: Ancient Indian technique called soutache. Necklace and earring set. Cyprus

Hot Moon Collection: Vintage Alex & Lee 'Love & Peace' Necklace 1970s. USA

Hot Moon Collection: Vintage Alex & Lee ‘Love & Peace’ Necklace 1970s. USA

Franjuli: Crocheted sterling silver wire. USA

Franjuli: Crocheted sterling silver wire necklace. USA

Gilgulim: Fabric is rolled into beads and then made into jewelry, often mixed with other beads. Israel

Gilgulim: Fabric is rolled into beads and then made into jewelry, often mixed with other beads. Israel

Design Talented One: Recycled sari strips with pendant and flowers. USA

Design Talented One: Recycled sari strips necklace with pendant and flowers. USA

Fearless Fiberworks: Felted choker embellished with beads. Canada

Fearless Fiberworks: Felted choker embellished with beads. Canada

Morgen Bardati: Printed, dyed and sewn fabric. Canada

Morgen Bardati: Printed, dyed and sewn fabric necklace. Canada

Elena Rosenberg: Crocheted necklace. USA

Elena Rosenberg Wearable Art: Crocheted silk necklace. USA

Fibernique: Sewn fabric collar. USA

Fibernique: Sewn fabric collar. USA

Odpaam: Felted strands. Israel

Odpaam: Felted strand necklace. Israel

Ariane Mariane: Felted collar. France

Ariane Mariane: Felted collar. France

Dianne Koppisch Hricko: Dyed silk scarf/necklace. USA

Dianne Koppisch Hricko: Dyed silk scarf/necklace. USA

HG Handmade: Dyed and hand stitched neck pouch. Germany

HG handmade: Dyed and hand stitched neck pouch. Germany

Rensfibreart: Crocheted collar with beads and shells. Australia

Rensfibreart: Crocheted collar with beads and shells. Australia

Leisa Rich: Industrial felt chunks. USA

Leisa Rich: Industrial felt chunks. USA

Earrings

As you can see, we’re an international group, using lots of different techniques.  It always amazes me to see how each person can shape materials into something that is uniquely theirs in style and design! Most of these also make earrings and bracelets, but here are a couple of earring examples:

Wai Yuk Kennedy: Machine embroidery sculpted into earrings. United Kingdom

Wai Yuk Kennedy: Machine embroidery sculpted into earrings. United Kingdom

Christine Marie Ford: Fabric earrings. Canada

Christine Marie Ford: Fabric earrings. Canada

HEra Made: Crocheted earrings. Hungary

HEra Made: Crocheted earrings. Hungary

Cuffs and Bracelets

Cuffs are a perfect shape as small textiles and they look great and are fun to wear! We have a lot to choose from:

 

Studio Van Herik - Fiber Jewelry -Mia Ensemble

Studio Van Herik – Fiber Jewelry -Mia Ensemble

Textile Gems: Vintage fabrics embedded under layers of epoxy on a brass cuff. USA

Textile Gems: Vintage fabrics embedded under layers of epoxy on a brass cuff. USA

Madrigal Embroidery: Hand embroidered cuff. USA

Madrigal Embroidery: Hand embroidered cuff. USA

All Things Pretty: Beads and findings heavily sewn on to a cuff. Australia

All Things Pretty: Beads and findings heavily sewn on to a cuff. Australia

Ethelruby: Knit wool bracelets. Australia

Ethelruby: Knit wool bracelets. Australia

 

Latouchables: Sewn goatskin cuff. Germany

LaTouchables: Sewn goatskin cuff. Germany

 

Bozena Wojtaszek: Sewn and embellished fabric cuff. Poland

Bozena Wojtaszek: Sewn and embellished fabric cuff. Poland

 

Rayela Art: Folded and sewn dog food paper and ostrich egg shell beads. Bracelet. USA

Rayela Art: Folded and sewn dog food paper and ostrich egg shell beads. Bracelet. USA

Pins and Brooches

They are in big time! Big ones, small ones- wear them on your lapel, close a scarf with them, attach them to your bag, hat and even shoes!

Victoria Gertenbach: Fabric Bird Pin with embroidery. USA

Victoria Gertenbach: Fabric Bird Pin with embroidery. USA

Sally Manke Fiber Artist: Zipper brooch. USA

Sally Manke Fiber Artist: Zipper brooch. USA

Denise Kovnat: Embroidered brooch with beads. USA

Denise Kovnat: Embroidered brooch with beads. USA

CherScapes Fiber Art Studios: Dyed fabric brooch flower. USA

CherScapes Fiber Art Studios: Dyed fabric brooch flower. USA

Danny Mansmith Sewn Fabric Brooch of a Sewing Machine. USA

Danny Mansmith Sewn Fabric Brooch of a Sewing Machine. USA

Delightworthyn ART/wares: Fabric Flower Pins

Delightworthyn ART/wares: Fabric Flower Pins, USA

Bazaar Bayar: Oya needlework brooch. Turkey

Bazaar Bayar: Oya needlework brooch. Turkey

This wraps up our Jewelry Gift Guide! There are plenty of styles and price points to make anybody happy and we hope that you will support our talented artists! We know that when you wear these jewels, people will ask you where you got them. Always an ice breaker at a party! These are also great gifts for teachers, co-workers, and teens. When you need a gift, buy handmade! Whether it’s from us or other artists and organizations, your buying power counts and provides income for self-employed artists and fair trade groups.

How to find our TAFA Jewelry

Do you see the magnifying lens on our navigation bar? Click on that and you can enter key words to search for anything on this site. Remember to use variations of the same word. Jewelry is the American spelling and jewellery, the British. I’ve seen brooch as brooche. Fiber and fibre are also variations between countries.

Jewelry Tag

Our Member Profiles have been tagged with the types of products they offer. The featured images might not necessarily show examples of jewelry if they have other interests, but if you click on the image, you will land on their profile and see their other links. This post gives a good overview of styles and materials used by our members, but may not include those who have joined recently, so do explore more.

 

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On Etsy

At the time of this posting we had almost 5,000 items there. The same suggestion applies as on our site, except that you need to have “TAFA” before the keyword: TAFA necklace, TAFA earrings, TAFA jewelry, etc. Make sure you check off the ship anywhere option so that you see everyone.

 

 

 

Make sure to sign up for our blog posts in the sidebar! Check out our other Gift Guide posts for scarves, hats, gloves, kid’s items and more.

The jewelry below includes shops from our sister site, Artizan Made:


About

Profile photo of Rachel Biel
I've been working with the arts and craft world in many capacities since 1988. Handmade textiles have been my core focus since launching TAFA in 2010.

My hope is to contribute to the economic development potential the arts bring to the world, along with the intrinsic beauty shown in the work. May the world become a friendlier place for artists and nature!

Arrived in Kentucky after a childhood in Brazil, college in Minnesota and 20 years in Chicago. It's been a ride!

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    FUN! How can anyone resist?!

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