TAFA Gift Guide: Fiber and Textile Jewelry
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 fabric, wool or other fibers. In the last ten years, we have seen textile and fiber artists go wild with the possibilities our favored materials offer, translating both simple and complex techniques into wearable art. Our TAFA members are no exception! We are pleased to show off some of our jewels here and hope that you will want to buy them for yourself or as gifts. Fiber and Textile jewelry with a heart!
Most of the artists featured here make many different kinds of jewelry, but we will show just a few examples and then hope that you will explore more deeply by clicking on the images and following their links. You are in for a treat! Aside from being beautiful, most of these pieces also offer several benefits: those allergic or intolerant of wearing metals, can enjoy these pretty accents, many are warm and offer protection in the cold, and the soft ones are great for young mothers or others who might be nervous about sharp edges.
As you can see, we’re an international group, using lots of different techniques. It always amazes me to see how each person can shape materials into something that is uniquely theirs in style and design! Most of these also make earrings and bracelets, but here are a couple of earring examples:
Cuffs and Bracelets
Cuffs are a perfect shape as small textiles and they look great and are fun to wear! We have a lot to choose from:
Pins and Brooches
They are in big time! Big ones, small ones- wear them on your lapel, close a scarf with them, attach them to your bag, hat and even shoes!
This wraps up our Jewelry Gift Guide! There are plenty of styles and price points to make anybody happy and we hope that you will support our talented artists! We know that when you wear these jewels, people will ask you where you got them. Always an ice breaker at a party! These are also great gifts for teachers, co-workers, and teens. When you need a gift, buy handmade! Whether it’s from us or other artists and organizations, your buying power counts and provides income for self-employed artists and fair trade groups.
How to find our TAFA Jewelry
Do you see the magnifying lens on our navigation bar? Click on that and you can enter key words to search for anything on this site. Remember to use variations of the same word. Jewelry is the American spelling and jewellery, the British. I’ve seen brooch as brooche. Fiber and fibre are also variations between countries.
Our Member Profiles have been tagged with the types of products they offer. The featured images might not necessarily show examples of jewelry if they have other interests, but if you click on the image, you will land on their profile and see their other links. This post gives a good overview of styles and materials used by our members, but may not include those who have joined recently, so do explore more.
At the time of this posting we had almost 5,000 items there. The same suggestion applies as on our site, except that you need to have “TAFA” before the keyword: TAFA necklace, TAFA earrings, TAFA jewelry, etc. Make sure you check off the ship anywhere option so that you see everyone.
Make sure to sign up for our blog posts in the sidebar! Check out our other Gift Guide posts for scarves, hats, gloves, kid’s items and more.
Visit our sister site, Artizan Made, for more handmade jewelry. All materials are included there.
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