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June 12, 2018

Appliqué Methods – From Tribal to Contemporary Quilt Techniques

Appliqué Methods - check out some techniques used around the world along with video tutorials and cultural examples of variations: needle turning, fusibles and cutwork.

May 21, 2018

Walking the Land by Leslie Pearson

Leslie Pearson lives in the US and visited Australia for the first time as a result of a commission for Mountain to Mouth, a ritual of cleansing and renewal where a canoe is built, celebrated and then burnt. "In our slow walk of contemplation, we honored our connections with earth and with each other."

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.

March 6, 2018

New Members 2017: Faces, Pattern and Stitch in Textiles and Fiber Art

Meet our new members from 2017! TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List showcases excellence by studio artists and groups from around the world. We are diverse, international and passionate about what we do. Join us!

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.

February 13, 2017

TAFA Celebrates the Number Seven!

TAFA celebrates its seventh birthday and has some fun with showing off the number 7 through videos and member's works. What does the number 7 mean to you?

February 6, 2017

Roma and Banjara: Untamed Stories

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.

February 2, 2017

TAFA Members with Green Projects

Go green! Using our waste to make art helps our earth and keeps stuff out of our landfills. Check out a few examples of how our TAFA members have used worn textiles in their work.

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".

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!

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.

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.

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