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March 6, 2016

Threads Photo Contest – March 2016

March 2016 Photo Contest: TAFA celebrates textile traditions by focusing on threads, stitching, yarn... the basic element that creates cloth or structure. We want to see close-ups of stitching, looms, fibers... Ends March 12, 2016.

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.

February 5, 2016

All About Love Photo Contest – February 2016

All About Love is the theme for TAFA's monthly photo contest, celebrating Valentine's Day through textiles and fiber art. All are welcome to participate! Contest runs February 5-12, 2016.

February 5, 2016

Images of Love in Textiles

Images of Love in Textiles features works of the heart showing love for the child, family, community and pets. It also acknowledges suffering that goes hand in hand with our human condition.

January 22, 2016

2015 New Members on TAFA, October – December: Mixed Media, Embroidery and More!

2015 New Members on TAFA, October - December features mixed media, embroidery, and other techniques use by textile artists who have joined TAFA. We also welcome two new members who work with vintage ethnic textiles.

January 6, 2016

TAFA’s Winter Wonders Photo Contest – January 2016

TAFA holds a monthly photo contest for our community at large. The January theme is "Winter Wonders" and all are welcome to participate. Photos need to be about winter in some way: warm wearables, winter scenes, etc. Deadline for submission: January 11th. Winner gets a free one year ad on our site.

December 9, 2015

Tips on How to Improve Your Online Shop

Tips on How to Improve Your Online Shop: basics on product development, photography, SEO, and content. These tips are geared to the handmade community with a focus on textiles and fiber art.

December 3, 2015

Dsenyo Fair Trade Crowdfunding Campaign for Sustainability and Growth

Dsenyo Fair Trade needs to raise $150K to reach a more stable point of self-sufficiency, continue with production of their 2016 collection and ADD an exciting new group of textile and leather artisans in Zambia.

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!

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