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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."

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 22, 2017

Textile and Fiber Artists at Women’s Marches, January 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

September 12, 2015

2015 New Members on TAFA, April – June: Thread Painting, Surface Design, and Art Quilts

New members on TAFA bring exquisite techniques and expertise in thread painting, surface design, and art quilts. Textile artists and fair trade from the US, the UK and Singapore.

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 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.

February 6, 2015

Urbanknit: From Lagos to London

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.

January 15, 2015

Book Giveaway and Blog Hop! Fast-Piece Appliqué by Rose Hughes

Book Giveaway and Blog Hop! Fast-Piece Appliqué by Rose Hughes: Download a free pdf pattern and leave a comment to win Rose's book! (deadline 01-20-2014) After the deadline, you can still buy the book and enjoy the music videos.

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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