Dana Blair is taking the experience she has had with Threads of Peru to a new, sustainable social enterprise: Pichinku naturally dyed yarns. Her Kickstarter campaign funded the initial phase and yarns are expected to hit the market by October 2017.
Find handmade supplies, yarn, kits, patterns and more from our TAFA members!
The Banjara have typically been a nomadic herding group of people in India. They wear bright clothing with lots of shisha mirrors, patchwork and applique designs. Flowing skirts, jangly jewelry! Guess who is related to them? The Roma share the same genes! Formerly known as gypsies (now considered pejorative), the two groups have hosted gatherings. Learn a bit about their history in this post.
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.
Millions of women marched around the world in support of the Women's March on Washington. Our TAFA members flooded our Instagram feed with their photos and we share some of them here! Their love for textiles and fiber art blended in with pink hats, signs and solidarity.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.