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May 8, 2018

The Textile and Fiber Art List is Eight Years Old! What’s next?

TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List was launched in 2010 with a goal of helping the handmade textile community on the business end of having an online presence. Rachel Biel looks back at how it has gone and shares goals for the future.

April 3, 2018

Fiber Art in Books: Some Tips for Publishing from Children’s Book Author and Illustrator

Claudia Marie Lenart is a needle felt artist from Wauconda, Illinois. Besides illustrating books in wool, she also creates wool paintings, needle felted animals, angels and fairies. She shares some tips on what she learned when creating her work for children's books.

November 20, 2017

TAFA Gift Guide: Bags and Purses

This post features members of TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List who have made art bags and purses. Examples include woven, felt, crocheted, embroidered and sewn purses and bags from around the world.

November 20, 2017

TAFA’s Gift Guide: Kids

Find great handmade items for kids or their rooms, made with care and creativity by our TAFA members!

November 20, 2017

TAFA’s Gift Guide: Handmade Scarves

Scarves have so many uses! Wear them and display them in your home. Our textile artists work with many different techniques and this post showcases some of the scarves they make as wearable art.

November 15, 2017

TAFA’s Gift Guide: Hats and Gloves

Find handmade hats and gloves on TAFA! Sewn, knitted, felted, beaded.... and vintage, too!

February 27, 2017

Pichinku Naturally Dyed Peruvian Yarn

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.

January 30, 2017

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.

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.

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.

January 18, 2015

Tips for Setting Realistic New Year’s Resolutions

Struggling with setting realistic New Year's Resolutions? Break your goals down into manageable bits and plan it out. Dream, but stay flexible! Here are some tips on how to do it.

December 1, 2014

Teaching Online Opens A Global Market

Donna Kallner lives in rural Wisconsin, USA. She shares how teaching online helps her reach a global market, including what new skills she had to learn, how she sets up her filming space and the resources she uses to run successful workshops.

January 24, 2014

Decorating with Textiles: Textiil- Living in Color

Sally Weinberg of Textiil shares a bit about how she started importing handmade fabric from Malaysia and Indonesia, along with how she uses color to decorate her home. Since this post, she has decided to import only from Indonesia.

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