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February 15, 2017

TAFA’s Gift Guide: Hats and Gloves

Find handmade hats and gloves on TAFA! Sewn, knitted, felted, beaded.... and vintage, too!

February 13, 2017

TAFA Celebrates the Number Seven!

TAFA celebrates its seventh birthday and has some fun with showing off the number 7 through videos and member's works. What does the number 7 mean to you?

February 6, 2017

Roma and Banjara: Untamed Stories

The Banjara have typically been a nomadic herding group of people in India. They wear bright clothing with lots of shisha mirrors, patchwork and applique designs. Flowing skirts, jangly jewelry! Guess who is related to them? The Roma share the same genes! Formerly known as gypsies (now considered pejorative), the two groups have hosted gatherings. Learn a bit about their history in this post.

February 2, 2017

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.

February 2, 2017

TAFA Members with Green Projects

Go green! Using our waste to make art helps our earth and keeps stuff out of our landfills. Check out a few examples of how our TAFA members have used worn textiles in their work.

January 30, 2017

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.

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.

January 7, 2017

Beyond Etsy: Small Handmade Markets as Chambers of Commerce

The current trend for online sellers is to join smaller marketplaces that share a common theme. While most of us started out on Etsy, larger markets that are not curated tend to become frustrating search experiences and sellers get lost in the shuffle. Smaller markets act as virtual chambers of commerce and provide a pleasant browsing experience along with a select product niche. Learn about Artizan Made and other markets.

December 24, 2016

A TAFA Christmas: We Three Kings

TAFA's textiles and fiber art illustrate the old, old Christmas song of "We Three Kings".

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.

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.

November 2, 2016

2016 New Members on TAFA, January – June: Indigo, Brains, Leaves

Introducing our new members on TAFA who joined between January and June, 2016. Quite the eye candy! Some indigo, leaves and brains along with exceptional felt work, stitching and art quilts. Temari balls play with a couple of saints. Meaning and mindfulness throughout!

July 6, 2016

Being Human Photo Contest – July 2016

TAFA's photo contest for July has the theme of "Being Human". Submissions must show a human in any textile or fiber art technique. Deadline for submissions: July 12th 10 PM Central US Time. Deadline for voting: July 13th 10PM Central US Time. Winners get an ad on TAFA!

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 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!

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