Every year thousands of quilters come to Paducah for the annual AQS Quilt Show. As a group, they tend to wear comfortable shoes and carry a big, …
Find great handmade items for kids or their rooms, made with care and creativity by our TAFA members!
Do you hang Christmas stockings and fill them up with goodies in your home? Well, even if you don’t, small gifts are often needed for …
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.
Find handmade supplies, yarn, kits, patterns and more from our TAFA members!
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 …
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Appliqué Methods - check out some techniques used around the world along with video tutorials and cultural examples of variations: needle turning, fusibles and cutwork.
Canadian textile artist, Morgen Bardati, spent her childhood years in South Africa. Xhosa, Zulu and other tribal designs inform her work in cloth. Morgen dyes, prints, sews and embellishes. The end result is simple and striking, yet born of complex processes that involve knowledge, experimentation, layers of methodology and acute vision.
Dolapo James of Urbanknit shares her journey in textiles, from Lagos to London, giving us some insights into current trends in African textiles. Born in Nigeria and living in England, Dolapo has insight into how both cultures meet and influence each other. She sells through her own site and on Etsy.