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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.

December 22, 2016

2016 New Members on TAFA, July-September: Australia, Bahrain, Tajikistan, and more!

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.

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

TAFA’s Print and Dye Photo Contest – November 2015

Our Print and Dye Photo Contest is part of TAFA's monthly, themed photography competitions where we feature textile and fiber art techniques. Runs November 5-12, 2015. All are welcome to participate!

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.

September 13, 2015

Relocation from the Ukraine to Poland: Elena Ulyanova

The Soviet annexation of the Crimea has displaced many, including Elena Ulyanova, who has chosen relocation from the Ukraine to Poland in order to continue as a textile artist. As one of our members, we support her appeal for funds to establish a new studio in Gdansk.

July 24, 2015

Growing Indigo in South Carolina

Roxanne Lasky describes her experiments with growing indigo in South Carolina, her new home after retiring from a retail fabric business. Beautifully written!

May 18, 2015

2015 Spring New Members: Textiles, Dye, Embroidery, Felt, Retailers and Teachers

Silvia Piza-Tandlich of Galeria Octagono exhibiting in Poland at the 8th International Artistic Linen Cloth Biennial, Krosno 2014. The exhibit goes through 2015.

May 2, 2015

TAFA’s Botanical Alchemists – Dyeing with Plants, Earth and Bugs

Our modern botanical alchemists study how local dyes can be used on fabric, yarn, and threads. Featured artists represent US, Canada, Europe, and Australia. TAFA has many, many members working with both botanical and commercial dyes. This post just points to a few wonderful projects!

February 28, 2015

Inspired by Tribal Designs: Touched by Africa – Echoes in Cloth

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.

June 21, 2014

Twelve Great Examples of Art Quilt Techniques

Twelve quilts help introduce us to the varied art quilt techniques artists use in design: color, composition, shadowing, depth, and much more!

December 7, 2013

TAFA’s Gift Guide: Kids

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

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