November 30, 2010

DBK ARTS on Undiscovered Elegance Treasury on Etsy

Cashmere fingerless gloves bye DBK Design Arts

"My cashmere fingerless gloves were featured in an undiscovered elegance list on Etsy!  I was really excited!  The knit gauntlets are soft and luxurious and one of many great gift ideas."
-Debrah Block Krol

Undiscovered Elegance

dbk design arts, a proud TAFA member!
Visit her profile.

November 29, 2010

Oh, beautiful gifts! Cyber Monday treasures from The Textile and Fiber Art List!

Here's a new treasury by one of our team members, Berniolie. She managed to convey the richness and variety of our team member's art. Don't you want to dive in?

Oh, beautiful gifts!
Visit, leave a comment and click on items.
Send us to the front page!

November 27, 2010

Without Borders

Since the beginning of this year, I have been working on and off on creating artwork based on South Asian literature. Early in the year, I did this piece on Shakuntalam, Kalidasa's classical love story. 

This new piece, Without Borders, inspired by Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake, is very post-modern. I was trying to respond to Melange team's November challenge "Home" and the idea came when I spent one whole Saturday morning hunting for documents to apply for Indian visa. I felt much like Ashima, a borderless nomad, straddling a 10,000 miles wide Asian Indian boat. 

The power of Lahiri's book lies in the fact that global themes of dislocation, loss, and the longing for roots are explored inside the particulars of one Bengali woman's immigrant experience. This point was most poignantly brought to me when my Brazilian born aerobic instructor asked me if I had read the book. Ashima, derived from the sanskrit word asima, means "without boundaries". 

The book may have well been about Miguela, Ivana, Habiba or even one Indira.

November 26, 2010

Hagar's Black Friday Treasury for the TAFA Team on Etsy

Hagar of Gilgulim did a beautiful treasury for our team!  She captured the dark, rich tones that Black Friday shopping might promise.  Click on the treasury to go over to Etsy and leave a comment.  Lots of comments and clicking on the items shown can send a treasury to the front page.  Wouldn't that be cool for our team?

Visit our Catalog of Shops by clicking on the tabs under our blog banner.  You will find our Team member shops in the various categories.  Absolutely gorgeous work!  Several of us are having specials on our Etsy shops over the holidays.  They were described in yesterday's post.  You don't really want to go outside today and face those crowds, do you?  Here is our advice:

Stay inside.
Shop online.
Support handmade.
 (especially the TAFA Team!!!)

November 25, 2010

The Textile and Fiber Art List on Etsy: TAFA Team Holiday Promotions

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  
It turns what we have into enough, and more.  
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.  
~Melody Beattie

Today we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States.  Be thankful.  Have gratitude.  The nation embarks on its annual migration, crossing cities, fields and states, by plane or by car, to arrive.  We cook beautiful meals, set a fancy table, and let food, laughter, drink and warmth fill the cup of bounty.  Football is somehow tied into this. 

The next day all hell breaks loose.  People flood the malls: sale!  sale! sale!  No parking.  Tempers flare, grabbing happens.  Not very nice at all.  We eat and rest on Thanksgiving to prepare for the marathon of Black Friday.

Many of us shudder at this insanity.  We work hard at what we do, price fairly, but there is always this pressure to join in and follow the mass hysteria.  Etsy's forums are jammed with promotions.  It somehow seems contradictory.  Handmade for cheap?  At the same time, this economy has been tough on people and many who would like to support us just can't.  So, some of us do have promotions going on.  We offer these to you as a gift of thanks.  

Click on the name to learn more about our TAFA Team member.  
That will take you to their Member Profile on TAFA.

I will run a 20% sale on all of my items through Monday.
Constance Rose
I’m having a 25% off sale on all work posted in the Art For Sale Gallery on my website.  Here’s a link to the gallery.  Everything is 25% OFF the listed price.  Just email me to purchase and I’ll send you a PayPal invoice.  You can also click on the Inquire About This Work link at the bottom of each individual page, and request to purchase.  Happy Holidays to all!

I have free shipping from Israel.
Heather Lair Designs
I am doing a 10% off sale in my Etsy shop, HeatherLairDesigns. The code is happyholidaysale, and it is good till Dec 31.
In Vintagesiamese and Janetexcat, there is a 15% coupon code till Dec 22nd.
All of my prints have been marked down from $35.00 to $25.00 from now till Christmas.
Everything is 25% off through Black Friday.  Use Coupon Code 11232010.
I'm running a FREE SHIPPING TODAY promotion that will last until I take it off (every day is a new "today"). It will in fact run through Black Friday & Cyber Monday. I'm also doing a Sales Code coupon on ArtFire for the same FREE SHIPPING TODAY promotion.
I'm running a 10% discount that has already started and will end on Dec. 25.

Visit all of our TAFA Team members!
Click on the tabs under our banner to visit our Catalog of Shops.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2010

Looking for Inspiration.

"I'm a trained noticer."

--Deputy Barney Fife

I don't usually turn to Barney Fife when I'm looking for wisdom of any kind, but the day I heard him say this I grabbed a pencil because it was the best answer I'd ever heard to the question I probably get asked most often about my work:  "How do you get your ideas?"

I always think that's a peculiar question, because to me the obvious reply would be "How do you NOT get them?"  Ideas are a solitary thing, and one person's ideas are not another's.  Not only that, they exist in a somewhat ethereal plane, and for me, at least, remain there even after I've done my best to translate them into a concrete representation of some kind.  

The result is never exactly like the teasingly perfect, ever-elusive IDEA that inspired it.

But if you keep a set of open eyes as part of the gateway to an open mind, you're bound to find ideas nearly everywhere you look.  People and their singular behaviors are a continual source of stories, and the wonders of the natural world quite literally never cease. 

But you have to pay attention.  

And if you neglect to put anything interesting into storage

it's almost impossible to get anything of value out when the time comes
to make an idea withdrawal.


Do you bother to see insignificant things?
Like a spider spinning concentric rings
Or the spots on a rock that's pepper black
Or the hair on the hump on a camel's back?

Do you take time to study the bigger things, too?
Like the windy sky, laced with clouds and blue
Or the lightning jagging from storm to ground
Or the snow that smothers without a sound?

Do you see darkness growing when evening begins
Or imagine the earth as it gradually spins? 
Do you ask many questions like, "Who makes a pig?"
Or, "Is a star tiny, or is a star big?"

If you don't do these things, then it's time that you should
And a good look around just might do you some good.
All the gifts of creation, enormous to small
Are yours to enjoy if you notice them all.



November 23, 2010

TAFA Featured on "Try Handmade"!

TAFA Team member Dye Diana Dye spread the good word about TAFA to her friend, Beverly Rustica, artist, author and handmade advocate.  This led to a beautiful spread featuring four TAFA Team members on Try Handmade, a beautiful online magazine dedicated to promoting handmade work.  

Artists featured are Sue Bleiweiss, Colin's Creatures, Betty Busby and Dye Diana Dye.  Click on their names to see their member profiles on TAFA.  All of them are members of our TAFA Team and can be found here, in our Catalog of Shops.  The tabs below our banner take you to the shops where our members have been divided into their focus categories.

Many thanks to both Diana and Beverly for spreading the word about TAFA and our artists.  Visit Try Handmade and leave a comment to show your appreciation and support!

About Beverly Rustica:

Beverly Rustica is a supporter of the handmade movement and an advocate for artisans of handmade goods. She is the General Publisher of ByHand Gallery, a site showcasing the work of exceptional handmade artisans, and IndieArtisans, an ever changing collection of the best of handmade work across the internet. In addition, she is the Founder of Real Food Artisans, a site focused on artisan food producers and their products.

Beverly has a particular interest in coastal art, and is the Market Manager of Boardwalk ArtisansBeachyRustica’s Cool Hardware for Beach & Cabin and purchased through her outposts on etsy, craftisart, or zibbet. For additional links and information see and Team Leader of the Boardwalk Artisans Team at In her spare time she creates Beach Glass Cabinet Knobs and other decorative home hardware which can be viewed at BeachyRustica’s Cool Hardware for Beach & Cabin and purchased through her outposts on etsy, craftisart, or zibbet. For additional links and information see

November 21, 2010

When you've seen one bird, you haven't seen them all.

"Use the talents you possess -- 
for the woods would be a very silent place 
if no birds sang except for the best." 
 -- Henry Van Dyke

Sometimes when I look at the ENORMOUS amount of art available to view and/or purchase online, I feel a bit overwhelmed.  There are so many extraordinary things, so many profound ideas already executed, so many songs sung (and so beautifully!), that I can't help but wonder why I bother to create my humble artistic offerings at all.  

That's when I find I need to step away from the computer and put my hands to work.  Ideas seem to flow best when I'm busily engaged making my own music, no matter how out of tune.  We all have a song, and a voice to sing it with, if we'll open up and let it escape.  And our song is distinctively our own, an intricate harmony completely unique and flavored with the notes of our own experience and insight.

So find yourself a branch on which to sit, look around for a moment and then sing the song of what you see -- a celebration of the beauties of the outside world, shared through the lens of your inside world.  

The chorus can only be made fuller and more glorious 
with the addition of every voice, no matter how small.


November 20, 2010

The Girl Effect: Educating Girls Can Change the World

By Catherine Salter Bayar 

There are no coincidences. Just as I was about to post on my blog, Tales from Turkey, about my primary motivation for creating our handcraft workshops, the Universe beat me to it.

Please read more here. Learning about the "girl effect" is no big deal. But it may just save humanity.

November 19, 2010

From the Window... A Treasury by Fabrique Fantastique

by Fabrique Fantastique

Isn't this just a beautiful treasury?  Click here to go leave a comment.  And, the more clicks items get on a treasury, the more likely it will end up on Etsy's front page.  So, click away and go visit our TAFA member shops.

Here is what our Curator was thinking when she put it together:  

The colors I see looking out...  Winter is almost upon us.
Get to know the diverse and beautiful items in the Textile and Fiber Arts (TAFA) group.

November 18, 2010

"Baby it's Hot Outside!" An Etsy Holiday in Warm Climates

"Our House" by DEsignedByDianeEvans

By Hagar Arnon Elbaz of GILGULIM

Oh yes! Tomorrow it is going to be 84F/29C. Don't misunderstand me; officially, it is winter here now as we are part of the northern part of the globe. So when I came back today from sailing in the Mediterranean that was as calm as a mirror and read Etsy's mail of HOLIDAY SPECTRUM, I got really frustrated.
The spectrum consists of snow white, peppermint, ice blue, silver and gold and wintergreen. What are you talking about? Snow? Ice? Winter?  Just remind me what that means!
I try to imagine the fire burning in the fireplace, trees naked from all leaves, scarves, frizzing air in your nostrils. Thank God that I have passed a winter in Paris so I can get the picture…
After three months of seeing only witches and orange color around Etsy for a holiday celebrated only in America, now everything turns white, ice blue and wintergreen (oh, I forgot the red…). And I do ask myself if all Americans turn into little red riding hoods during this season.
I am just joking!
But then I look at my shop and I hardly find anything that corresponds with the colors mentioned. Does it mean people will just ignore my shop during the holiday season? Should I rush into my studio and start looking for the right materials to change the collection? But I have been working so hard! Poor me…
Well dear, this is all about being a minority. Living in a country (Israel) that has no winter or Christmas holiday, I have got nothing else to do but to keep sailing under this beautiful sun on the perfect blue of the Mediterranean …
And don't tell me you have no such fears as mine even if you are not part of the minority!
A good advice given by Rachel is that those who do not follow the masses might stick out and actually get more attention for it. Think about it!
Good luck to you my TAFA friends!

The beautiful patchwork is by DEsignedBYDianeEvans who has an Etsy shop and who is also a TAFA member.

Mediterranean Delight 

November 17, 2010

Let the shopping begin!

Small Works in Wool by Susan M. Hinckley

Now that we've had the first big snowstorm in the upper Midwest here in the United States, I suppose it's time for our thoughts to begin turning toward the holiday season (which seems to have become a speeding train that runs nonstop from Halloween to New Year's).

 Santa Claus, for instance, arrived at the Mall of America this week, just in time to celebrate Veterans' Day and still carrying pockets full of left over trick-or-treat candy for the kiddies.

If there happens to be an artist on your list (and there's probably at least one . . . YOU) I have a suggestion for the perfect gift:

 Art & Fear, Observations On The Perils (and Rewards) 
of Artmaking by David Bayles & Ted Orland

I came across this book some time ago while browsing a used bookstore in Santa Fe and it was a truly life-changing read for me, and is a reference to which I continue to turn whenever I need a kick in the pants (the kind that makes you laugh and feel good, not the kind that makes it hard to sit down afterward).

The Introduction to the book says:

"This is a book about making art.  Ordinary art.  Ordinary art means something like: all art not made by Mozart. After all, art is rarely made by Mozart-like people -- essentially (statistically speaking) there aren't any people like that. But while geniuses may get made once-a-century or so, good art gets made all the time.  Making art is a common and intimately human activity, filled with all the perils (and rewards) that accompany any worthwhile effort.  The difficulties artmakers face are not remote and heroic, but universal and familiar.

"This book is about what it feels like to sit in your studio or classroom, at your wheel or keyboard, easel or camera, trying to do the work you need to do.  It is about committing your future to your own hands, placing Free Will above predestination, choice above chance.  It is about finding your own work."

Art & Fear is a quick and highly enjoyable read that you (er . . . ahem . . . the gift recipient) will turn to again and again.

Don't bother to get a highlighter, because when you highlight every page the point of highlighting is somehow lost.  DO, however, bother to get an extra copy for yourself, in case you're somehow overcome by the spirit of the season and decide to actually wrap up the copy you buy for a lucky friend or family member.

Come on . . . you know you've been good.  
Santa LOVES art.  
And Santa wants you to keep making it. 

Susan M. Hinckley
Small Works in Wool

November 16, 2010

Mostly White- A new TAFA Treasury by Hagar

Mostly White
by Hagar

Visit this beautiful treasury, leave a comment and help send it to Etsy's front page.  Treasuries with lots of clicks on the items get noticed!

November 15, 2010

Variations on a leaf, a knitting design.

by Catherine Bayar

There is a saying that "variety is the spice of life". When I'm designing knitwear, variety means experimenting with color, texture and pattern. When I like how a pattern turns out the first time, I'll try that same motif in not only other yarns, but other sizes. Varying the knit gauge can completely reinvent that motif, letting me create several garments quickly, since I only have to remember how to knit that one pattern. 

Shrugs are simple to knit - just a rectangle and two sleeves, which have the leaf on the cuffs, though I  added a smaller dot pattern above just to keep things interesting.

See how the leaf motif changes when I stripe the yarns, even though the gauge is the same.

The shape is the same as the first shrug too, but adding contrasting sleeves makes it appear completely different.

In this version, the gauge goes way overscale - only two repeats cover the entire torso from hip to shoulder.

The sleeves have yet to be completed, but using the flow of the motif gives the front edge of this sweater a lovely wavy cut-away finish.

Taking the scale small produces a delicate effect, quite distinct from the chunkier patterns above.

The garment here has a vintage fitted look, by starting with medium needles at the bottom and going smaller as the garment progresses to the shoulders.

Finally, why only use the pattern vertically, when horizontal works as well?

In the case of this Mobius wrap, circling the body with these flowing shapes creates yet another take on leafy variety.  All these garments will be posted to my Etsy site, just as soon as I can get my niece to model them for me. Though I can still think of more variations of this pattern, it's time to turn a new leaf!

Catherine Bayar is spending the winter dreaming up ways to translate traditional Turkish handcrafts into modern works of art…read more here

November 14, 2010

The truth about my inspiration... how felting comes to life-

First step: Bringing the felting materials together, letting them speak.

In every questionnaire I answered in my artistic life, this question is asked: what inspires you?
My first answer (and the fastest) is the classical one -> everything surrounding me: my kid, nature, people, internet art, magazines…. And, it’s true. I need this stimulation but it’s only half of the truth. In fact, most of my inspirations come from my materials and my work in progress. 

Seems silly? Let me try to explain.

My fantasy runs wild all day long, but when I come to my atelier suddenly everything has disappeared in my head: a big hole with nothing in it. The only thing I know (because I work in series) is what kind of garment or accessory I’m going to create: that means that, I know whether it’ll be a vest, hat, dress, jacket…

So, I start looking around, touching fabrics, wool, fibers and all these beautiful treasures I once bought because I had great projects for them (that, of course, I absolutely can’t remember).

Sometimes it’s a color. At other times it’s a fabric which finally inspires me. I put it on my working table, add other colors and fabrics which “feel” right with the first one and start cutting fabrics or laying out wool.

 Fabric and wool: first step for my felting project.

And then, out of the blue, ideas are exploding again in my head - my fingers are acting wild, trying to flow as fast as my spirit.

But felting is a long process, demanding a lot of time and patience. While my hands bravely lay down fiber after fiber, other ideas come up, stimulated by other colors or fabrics surrounding me or former ideas coming up again. This is influencing my doing and changing the initial intention continuously. 

 Felting ideas coming together on the work table.

Once the “background” (normally 1 layer of fabric(s)+ two layers of wool) is done, I have generally changed my project 2-5 times and have still 2/ 3 ideas in mind. So, I step back and look at my work. This is the decisive moment – the final “drawing” abruptly becomes evident… I end up “understanding” what I’m creating. 

 Once I stepped back, it became clear that this one “needed” a peacock.

So, my fingers get busy a second time… sometimes I wonder if I breathe in these magic moments (surely I do because it often takes more than 1 hour to finalize). But then: voila -there it is – I did it again!  A one of a kind, unique design, making me always a bit proud and giving me immense pleasure. 

Felted Peacock by Ariane Mariane

Ever since I understood how it works and allowed myself to let things go the way it happens, creating became a fabulous experience. It nearly feels like a trance and I admit that I’m addicted to it!!!

Just to conclude on the question above - the most honest answer is: “I don’t know where my inspiration comes from”.

November 13, 2010

Irresistible Resists: Resist Dyeing on Fabric

Eye scarf - shibori hand bound and clamped resist patterns on hand dyed and screen printed hemp silk by Inkyspider

Resist dyeing is an indirect method of creating pattern, texture and design on fabric by using an intermediate material to resist dye applied to the fabric. This could be in the form of a liquid application like wax or other resist pastes, mechanical resists, using binding or stitching, or stencils as in screen printing. As a fabric artist I use all of those techniques and often combine them to create my designs on fabric.

Here are a few examples of resist techniques used in hand dyed textiles from myself and other members of our TAFA Team:

Lily Eyes Itajime wool scarf by Inkyspider

This hand dyed black wool scarf has nine contrasting itajime eye shapes with a screenprinted lily eyes design on the linen cotton applique. Itajime is a shibori technique which creates patterns and motifs by using clamped blocks to resist the dye. Screenprinting is also a method for resisted colour applied to fabric. Wherever the screen has been blocked out the applied colour will not go through the screen fiber thus leaving a design or image on the fabric.

This is how the process looks in the dye bath. I had these wooden shapes made for me by a local woodworker and use plastic clamps so that they don't rust in the salty dye water.

This is a beautiful example of stitched shibori resist on fabric:

Croton Leaves Shibori skirt by Dyedianadye

To create these beautiful leaf designs a maki-age stitch and bind resist technique was used before the fabric was dyed brown. Once the binding and stitching was released to reveal the design the skirt was immersed in a chinese red and golden yellow dyed bath. Shibori can be used to create an infinite amount of repetitive patterns or something more representational like the leaves in this skirt.

Batik is one of the liquid materials used to apply resist to fabric. Another would be resist pastes made of rice flour, potato or corn starch. These resists are applied wet and once they dry the dye can be applied.

This lovely set of napkins have been patterned using a wax resist batik:

Set of four yellow batik napkins by Susan Itkin Batik

Hand applied resist pastes retain a lovely line quality. They can be spontaneous and stylized like these napkins or more detailed and realistic like some of Susan's other work.

If you take a few minutes to look through these shops on Etsy you will find more examples of resist dyed techniques used in the surface design of fabric.

This article has been prepared by Morgen of Inkyspider on Etsy.

November 12, 2010

TAFA Team November Lovelies

Created by Yermit

A new treasury for TAFA tagged items. Don't forget to tag your items on Etsy.

November 11, 2010

TAFA Team Member Colin's Creatures Makes the Asheville News!

Artist Colin Richmond of Asheville, North Carolina

Reprinted from the Asheville Citizen-Times with permission from the artist.

Describe your art.
I make a collection of fine porcelain woolly animal figures, primarily sheep. I carve an original piece and make molds of the parts.  I then make the head, legs and horns out of porcelain, for its detail. The fur is a woven fabric from the same German source that Steiff Teddy Bears uses, so they’re very soft and for the body I use a cast stone to give the sheep a very nice substantial feel.

 Colin's Happy Creatures

Why do you do what you do?
I do what  I do because creatively I like the puzzle of  creating lifelike figures out of a combination of mediums. It stays fun and challenging because with the diversity of animals and breeds around the world, there is always something with more detail to carve and more complex color and texture to figure out. Europe has a remarkable depth and breadth of livestock, so my research trips take me to places off the beaten path full of interesting animals, people and traditions.  I maintained a studio in Britain for several years, to study their sixty native breeds of sheep and to sell to that market, but that ended with the world economic crunch.

Tell us about your latest projects.
The sheep have become unruly recently, so my current carving projects are an Irish shepherd man, an Arab shepherd boy and a few dogs to keep the sheep safe and orderly. I am also working on a new Lion and Lamb and the Agnus Dei lamb.

What are you doing that no one else is?
My work is unique both because of the materials that I use and because of the subject matter.  My work is always evolving, but I have  tried to make my creatures as lifelike as possible. I give them personality, but I never want to make them “cute”. In nineteen years of doing this wholesale and retail in the US and Britain, I’ve never met an artist doing anything similar.

What influences your work?
What has influenced my work most in recent years has been the availability of materials and what animals interest my customers.

Sadly, both fur and porcelain companies have closed their doors of late, so I’ve had to be all the more creative in my use of the available materials and am even making my own porcelain to achieve the look that I want. Creatively, as much as I enjoy  carving the sheep, I like the challenge of carving primates and other wildlife, but there just isn’t the market for them, so they are for my own pleasure. These efforts aren’t wasted though as they improve my powers of observation and my carving skills.

Porcelain and fabric come to life in Colin's Creatures.

When is your most creative time?
I’m a morning person, so I reserve that time for creative projects and when I’m especially excited about a project, I awake naturally at around 3:00, wired and ready to carve.  I can’t control when creativity strikes, so I’ve learned to enjoy  it when it does.

How did you get started in your art?
I got started about twenty years ago when I had an idea for a mixed medium angel figure. I have a background in textiles and was familiar with moiré fabric and thought that it would make an elegant garment for an angel figure and that a porcelain body would match the fabric well. I knew nothing about carving or mold making, but with practice I became proficient at both and the angels sold very well. The seed for the sheep came about two years later when I read in a home magazine about antique  German sheep figures that were leather, wood and wool as I recall, although I am still yet to see one. My knowledge of sheep at the time was that they had furry parts  and smooth non-furry parts which was enough for me to recognize that my process would work well with them. I add and retire breeds regularly but maintain a flock of about 50 breeds at any time. They stand about 5” tall and the fur dictates the scale.

What is your muse?
My inspiration is the smile my creatures bring to people’s faces. That may sound hokey, but I would do this if I won the lottery, so beyond the personal pleasure of creating, what gets me going and keeps me going is the pleasure people get from my work. I’m often told by customers that the deciding factor on which ones they buy is based on which ones “speak” to them the loudest.

 Colin's Creatures shows tenderness among animals.

Who is the artist you most admire?
My most  admired artist is Monet.  Although I don’t paint, as an artist, I love his use of color in his water lilies. As a gardener, I admire the landscape he created at his home and as a non-conformist, I appreciate his persistence when impressionism wasn’t fashionable.

November 10, 2010

Etsy's New Portal for Teams Now Live!

Etsy has been able to grow into a vibrant international community because it is just that: a community.  I have a long list of seller tools that I would like to see them implement (they are not the best retailers in the world), but I have no complaints about their community building skills.  In fact, I applaud them and it is why I have chosen to stick with them over eBay or other online markets.  

Early on, Etsy created a place on its site for sellers to band together under common themes or locations.  They called them Teams and gave space on their site for the Teams to have visibility and often promote them in their updates and mailings.  When we decided to organize TAFA members into a team, Etsy was in the middle of a complete restructuring of the process so that we never had an official place on the site.  Until yesterday.  We were able to set up our new home and our members have been making their way over there:  TAFA Team on Etsy

This will make it easy for buyers and sellers to find us there and to look through our members.  We will be able to find each other easily.  It will also drive new people to our TAFA site.  I have a feeling many new opportunities will come out of this, but we will have to learn how we can make the best use of our place there.  For now, we invite you to come and visit.  While you are there, you can also take a look at other Etsy Teams.  There is no directory yet, so you have to search the teams with keywords.  If you are after textiles, fiber art and related products, then you don't have to search much because you already found the best:  Our TAFA Team!!!

Heh, heh.  I have become a cheerleader in my old age!  Go TAFA, go!!