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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.

November 2, 2015

2015 New Members on TAFA, July – September: Felt, Embroidery, Art Quilts and More!

New Members on TAFA from July - September, 2015 features felt, embroidery, art quilts, rug hooking, crochet and more! A wonderful mix of abstract textiles along with figurative interpretations in fiber.

October 4, 2015

TAFA’s Felt Photo Contest – October 2015

Our Felt Photo Contest is part of TAFA's monthly, themed photography competitions where we feature textile and fiber art techniques. Runs October 5-12, 2015.

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.

September 5, 2015

TAFA’s Weaving Photo Contest – September 2015

Weavers! Check out TAFA's weaving photo contest! It runs from September 5-12 and all are welcome to participate. You can submit photos or vote. Join in the fun!

September 4, 2015

Thread Painting Tutorial by Jennifer Day – Cuban Ballerina

In this thread painting tutorial, Jennifer Day shows how she chose thread colors to create her "Cuban Ballerina", inspired from a photo she took in Havana.

August 4, 2015

TAFA’s Quilted Photo Contest – August 2015

Join the fun! Our quilted photo contest is part of a monthly effort that TAFA hosts to build community involvement. Each month a different theme and our August them is all about quilting.

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!

July 12, 2015

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.

July 4, 2015

TAFA’s Embroidery Photo Contest – July 2015

TAFA's Embroidery Photo Contest - July 2015: Community participation welcome! All forms of embroidery, including vintage, allowed. Contest dates: July 5-12

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.

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 29, 2015

Meaning of the Number Five – Celebrating TAFA’s 5 Years!

Meaning of the Number Five - Celebrating TAFA's 5 Years! We look at what the number five means in different cultures and pepper it with art by TAFA members.

January 24, 2015

TAFA’s First Five Years

TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Arts List celebrates its 5th birthday! We look back at the last years and set goals for our next phase.

January 18, 2015

Tips for Setting Realistic New Year’s Resolutions

Struggling with setting realistic New Year's Resolutions? Break your goals down into manageable bits and plan it out. Dream, but stay flexible! Here are some tips on how to do it.

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.

December 17, 2014

A Weaver’s Story: Threads Between My Fingers

A Weaver's Story: Threads Between My Fingers tells of how Cally Booker came to love threading the loom, enjoying the process of design through the intimacy of touch.

December 1, 2014

Teaching Online Opens A Global Market

Donna Kallner lives in rural Wisconsin, USA. She shares how teaching online helps her reach a global market, including what new skills she had to learn, how she sets up her filming space and the resources she uses to run successful workshops.

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