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Dallas Modern Quilt Guild Exhibit at the Granville

August 2 – September 16 at the Granville Arts Center in Garland TX.

Witness expert pattern-making and stitch-work in the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild’s FREE exhibit at the Granville Arts Center

The Granville Arts Center Gallery Space is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and during performances.

For more about the Guild, see http://dallasmodernquiltguild.blogspot.com/. 

MQG meets at 7 pm on the 4th Thursday of the month (except for November and December, we meet alternate days) at Walnut Hill United Methodist 10066 Marsh Lane Dallas, TX 75229

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Over, Under and Beyond: Fort Worth Weavers Guild biennial show Sept. 9-30

The Fort Worth Weavers Guild biennial show is always a beautiful event. There will be handwoven items of silk, wool, cotton, and even some surprise elements. These fibers are woven into scarves, towels, wall hangings, rugs and sculptures. The members of the guild go all out to show their best work!

Location: Fort Worth Community Arts Center

Date: September 9-30, 2017

Opening Reception: September 9, 6-9 PM

For more about the guild, see the website: https://fortworthweaversguild.org/

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SEVEN: FIBERS opens August 19 at the Art Room

Artwork: “Days and Connections” Jennifer Cummings, 2016, Silkscreen pigment on hand woven cotton and linen, boucle, wool/mohair blend yarn.

On exhibit August 19th – September 13th 
Opening August 19th
With Reception 6-9pm 


Located at 2712 Weisenberger Street, We’re back, and at our original location, too! After a long and much-needed hiatus, we’re excited to show an extraordinary group of fiber artists.

Art Room is pleased to announce its upcoming group exhibition “SEVEN: FIBERS”, representing the work of local and regional artists, including Sheryl Anaya, Taylor Barnes, Molly Beaufait, Jennifer Cummings, Casey Galloway, and Rebecca Shewmaker.

“SEVEN: FIBERS” features six female fiber artists who focus on materials, methodologies, and manual labor as part of the works’ significances. Through the delicate weaving, sewing, and construction of fabrics, paper, thread, and yarn, the artists re-contextualize domestic, functional forms into two and three-dimensional works of art that exhibit significant meaning and prioritize aesthetic value over utility. As the artists explore the tactile fiber art medium, they prolifically examine themes of the female body, peace within the landscape, and the connection between the artist’s hand and materials.

“SEVEN: FIBERS” will run through September 13, 2017. Gallery hours are by appointment only. For additional information please contact Nathan Madrid, Katie Murray, or Deedra Baker at artroomfw@gmail.com, and visit our website www.artroom.space for more information about upcoming shows and to join our mailing list. An exhibition catalog will be available for purchase.

2712 Weisenberger Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Stay late and join us for an after party, featuring the Brooklyn based Yarnbomber, London Kaye, and dance to the tunes of DJ Ronnie Heart, while sipping on beverages from the cash bar all while continuing to enjoy the beautiful artwork. It’s going to be a fun and wild time!

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Carol Trice: Short Story Series opens July 20 at the Magnolia

Please join us for the opening reception of Carol Trice: Short Story Series | Thursday, July 20 from 6-8pm at The Magnolia Theatre!
Carol Trice
Short Story Series
July 20 – August 29, 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017
6 pm – 8 pm
Ro2 Art @ The Magnolia Theatre

3699 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

RSVP to Short Story Series

About the Artist: http://www.ro2art.com/carol-trice-short-story-series.html/

Carol Trice’s textile paintings evoke a familiar sensation of connectedness, illustrating the intersections and ties that are found in interpersonal relationships. Her bold, thick lines are emblematic of the fleeting and the sometimes intense interactions that people encounter on a regular basis. Her works are made using dense black thread that intersects and laces along a gridded background. Some of the pieces are methodical while others are disorderly, mimicking the experience of human interaction, whether brief or prolonged. Carol Trice’s pieces are exquisitely representative of daily colloquies.

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Quilt Plano 2017 Aug. 11-12

Quilt Plano 2017

Friday and Saturday, August 11-12, 2017
9:00am – 5:00pm

Plano Event Center (formerly Plano Centre)
2000 East Spring Creek Parkway
Plano, TX 75074
General One-Day Admission – $10
Senior One-Day Admission (62+) – $9
Advance Sale One-Day Admission – $9
Children 12 and under – Free
FREE demonstrations of quilting related skills are provided during both days of the show. These demonstrations will be offered in 30-45 minute sessions. Skills demonstrated will cover various techniques, from the traditional to the newest in art quilting, including various types of applique, piecing, finishing techniques, and the latest from the Art Quilters of Plano.
Popular to Quilt Plano is the Special Exhibits. These exhibits have included quilts and projects from some of the Guild’s many workshops, special-interest groups and guild challenges. Our workshops are designed to teach quilters new techniques or methods, to continue in our pursuit of the art of quilting. Special-interest groups meet with a group of quilters sharing an interest in a specific area of emphasis.

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Natural Dye Fiber Workshop June 11

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Sunday June 11th 2pm @bluehousetoo

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2017 DFW Fiber Fest April 6-9 in Irving

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Irving Convention Center
Irving, TX
2017 DFW Fiber Fest
DFW Fiber Fest is the premier annual fiber event in the Dallas-Fort Worth community.  Held each Spring, DFW Fiber Fest is a locally focused non-profit organization that offers both vendors and classes.  We bring in a juried selection of local and regional fiber vendors (with a few who are from outside of our regional area to spice up the mix).  Educationally, we offer a slate of classes from both nationally known and local teachers in the fiber arts – primarily in knitting, crochet, and spinning.  (For more about DFW Fiber fest, see the “About” page.)

Vendor Hall is Open to the Public

Friday, April 7 – 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 8 – 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 9 – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

$5/Day Pass or $10/Weekend Pass

Friday Night Event Speaker

Author and Knitter’s Review Founder

Clara Parkes

Event Pass is Required for Entry on Friday Night

A few tickets remain for the Friday Night Event.
Tickets are available online until Tuesday Evening, April 4.
Any remaining passes will be available on-site from
the Registration Table at the Irving Convention Center
on Friday, April 7, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please send your questions to: classes@dfwfiberfest.org

or call us at: 214-799-1347


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When Threads Dance…

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Houston fiber artists, Cynthia Hickok, Brenda J. Bunten-Schloesser and Linda Thompson will share their diverse textile artistry April 5-26, 2017, at Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller TX 76248. Their work has been shown in museums and galleries worldwide, and can be seen in many textile and decorator publications.

Cynthia creates her embroidered pieces from her sewing machine which she terms “an extension of her arm.” As each thread of a different color is placed next to each other, “the eyes will dance to the blended colors.”

Brenda J. Bunten-Schloesser, a full time studio artist, “is inspired by the world around us and the events that influence our lives. She likes to translate changes in our lives into her work and what she often refers to as ‘the dance’”

Linda Thompson, works with fabrics such as organza, muslin, linen and silk to create artistic garments that have been dyed, overdyed using the Shibori resist technique.

Join the Keller Public Arts Board and Meet the Artists, Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 3 to 5 pm or 7 to 9 pm. Harpist Susan Koskelin will be on hand at the evening reception for the listening pleasure of all. Enjoy viewing the exhibition while sharing conversation and refreshments with these talented ladies. For more information email publicarts@cityofkeller.com or phone 817-743-4000. Visit our website at www.cityofkeller.com/publicarts

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DAFA Fiber Arts Exhibit in Irving

SkeiC1Dallas Area Fiber Artists (DAFA) presents a Fiber Arts Exhibit through March 24th at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan, Irving TX 75061. 

Directions Information on 183 road closures
Gallery hours Sun., Mon., Wed., Thurs. – 1-4pm Tues 10:30am-3:00pm. The exhibit is sponsored by the Irving Art Association.

The types of works include Shibori (dyed cloth), art quilts, mixed media and felting.

Participating artists; Deborah Boshert, Lisa Covert, Traci Hutton, Julia Maudlin, Brenda McKinney, Lu Peters, Sherry Searcy, Carolyn Skei, Rebecca Shewmaker, April Soncrat, and Sherrie Tootle. Price list: Fiber Arts Exhibit price list

For more about DAFA, see the website:  http://www.dallasfiberartists.org/

DAFA meets the 4th Monday of each month around 6 pm at The Point, Center for the Arts and Education on the campus of C.C. Young Retirement Community, 4847 West Lawther Drive, Dallas, TX.

Monthly programs include lectures and demonstrations on subjects such as thread and fabric painting, surface design, papermaking, mixed media collage, garment design, fiber jewelry, altered books and many other fiber techniques.

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Dallas Area Fiber Artists Meeting Feb. 27


DAFA Members Meeting

Monday, February 27, 2017

5:30pm – 9pm

Location: The Point, Center for
Arts and Education,
C.C. Young Retirement Community
4847 West Lawther Drive
Dallas, Texas


Mini Workshop, 5:30 pm

Feathered Headband

“Oh, Chapeau! The Secrets of Millinery Fibers”

Bring and wear a hat for our Mini Workshop and Program.

There will be a $5 kit fee. Exact change is appreciated and encouraged. Members, please remember to bring your Go Kit. Needle nose pliers are also needed. Make sure you have black thread, a few needles, and scissors in your kit. Marianne will provide a plentiful selection of feathers for our workshop. We look forward to seeing many excited members learning how to work with feathers.

We will work with millinery feather bundles by Marianne Lewis, owner of Charming Lady Designs Handmade Millinery.

Feathers are one of the most commonly used fibers in millinery trim.  They naturally come in all shapes, colors and sizes…and through a bit of lady (or man)- made magic, they can take on so many more variations.

Join us to work with commonly used feathers and learn some of their secrets.  You will leave with “feather bundles” that can be used to trim a hat, tuck into a vase, pin to your coat, or just admire.

Marianne will provide a plentiful selection of feathers for everyone to experiment with, plus learn some tricks of the trade.

Program, 6:45pm – 9 pm

Marianne Lewis, the ​Hat Lady

Our speaker, Marianne Lewis, will give a presentation on hats. The Board will provide tea and cookies for the event, along with cups and saucers, napkins, sugar and cream.

Marianne Lewis is a milliner, owner and designer of Charming Lady Designs and works from her home studio in Allen, TX. She has been studying and creating hats of all designs for the past four years and has learned from master milliners, online tutorials, classic books and workshops like this.

Marianne has a love of textiles and jewelry from all eras and corners of the globe.  She is inspired by La Belle Epoch, Art Deco and Art Nouveau movements, and the clean lines of the Mid- 20th century.  She is currently fascinated with the construction of historical clothing and the social expectations associated with historical fashion.



Hat and Tea Party!



This will be a fun meeting, one not to be missed!

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Register for 2017 FREE Basic Classes from the Irving Art Association


The Irving Art Association
offers free basic art classes for adults to get you started in art or in a new medium.

The Free Basics Classes follow a progressive sequence where you will learn basic skills via instructor demo/lecture — exercise —-practice. The series is designed for beginners to a particular art medium as well as mid career artists reviewing technique and not creating finished works. Expect traditional as well as new and nontraditional materials and approaches.

Registration is open for the 2017 winter and spring classes.  


Location: Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, Irving. Held on Thursday evenings from 7 – 9 pm. Doors open 6:30 pm. Directions

Supplies provided. Please feel free to bring whatever extra supplies you wish to try out. (paint, brushes, paper, etc.). Wear old clothes or bring an apron.

Contact: irvingartassociation@gmail.com


2017 Schedule:   REGISTER NOW

Thursday evenings 7-9pm

  • FILLED January 5, 12 & 26 Acrylic Printmaking with a Gelli Plate Instructor Sharon Giles  FILLED
  • February 2, 9 & 16 Fiber Arts instructor Laura Griffin
  • FILLED March 2, 9 & 16  Pen & Ink & Calligraphy Instructor Angie Vangalis
  • April 6, 13 & 27 Painting – Oil/Acrylic Instructor Jane Kahler
  • May  TBA

Followup Intermediate Classes to the Free Basic Classes:

Sign up for these fee–based classes and utilize the skills learned in the basics. To register and for more information concerning cost and supplies, contact the instructor offering them.

Thursday evenings 7-9pm

March 2, 9 & 16 Intermediate Fiber Arts instructor Laura Griffin

April 6, 13 & 27 Pen & Ink & Calligraphy Instructor Angie Vangalis

May 4, 11, 18 Intermediate Painting – Oil/Acrylic Instructor Jane Kahler

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STITCH WITCHES: Fiber Arts Workshops at Oil & Cotton



MACRAME PLANT HANGER w/ Analise Minjarez
Saturday, November 5, 3-6pm
Students will learn beginning knot techniques to create a sturdy and stellar looking three-dimensional plant hanger. Taught by fiber artist Analise Minjarez, these beginning knots are the first steps to a continued practice is textile crafts. Using cord, you will create a unique lace plant hanger that includes a succulent, planter, cord, and brass ring.
SPIDER WEB LOOM with June Covington
Sunday, November 6, 11am-2pm
Weave using found-objects for your loom! Weaving is not confined to looms, learn to make a beautiful woven object d’art on a forked tree branch.
HAND EMBROIDERY with Allie Biddle
Sunday, November 6, 3-6pm
This workshop will go through a reference guide of basic introductory stitches and a weave. Use these learned stitches to embroider on their given designs. During the designs, we will chat about transferring designs onto fabric, as well as what it is like to embroider different materials, leaving with an embroidery kit.
Sunday, November 6, 6-8pm
Learning to employ good technique will free your voice.  This is the perfect class for those who have always wanted to learn to sing but lack confidence or are already performing, but would like to develop further as a vocalist.  Or…maybe you just wanna kill it doing karaoke!!!


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Sept. 17: “Celebrate Fall at 20cDesign!” Fun, Free, Fiber Art of MCM artist Jane Knight



Dallas, TEXAS, September 12, 2016:  20cDesign presents a “Celebrate Fall” party featuring the early work of noted fiber artist Jane Knight. This collection of wall hangings and fiber sculptures hasn’t been seen since 1977 when it was presented at the San Francisco Galleria Design Center Exposition “Art Fabric ’77: The Contemporary American Tapestry.” “We acquired these works directly from the personal collection of the Knight family where they were recently found in storage,” says Barry Gream, Founder of 20cDesign gallery in the Dallas design district.  “The rich fall colors of these pieces make a perfect backdrop in the gallery to celebrate the change in season and look forward to cooler temperatures,” says Co-Founder Ryan Rucker.
This festive FREE evening with delicious sips and bites is from 6-9 pm on Saturday, September 17 at the 20cDesign gallery, 1430 N. Riverfront Blvd., Dallas, TX 75207. An RSVP is requested to RSVP@20cDesign.com
Art and design enthusiasts have the chance to come out and see one of the 20th century’s noted fiber artists in one of Dallas’ top galleries that is devoted to mid-century modern furniture and design.
The interest in mid-century modern architecture that has been trending for the past several years has also rekindled an interest in textiles and crafts from the same period. However, these are not your mother’s macramé pot hangers from the 70’s. Knight (1928-2013) hand crafted her sculptural wall hangings and artworks by wrapping hundreds of yards of colored woolen strands around heavy lengths of jute to create sophisticated decorative pieces.  She received her BFA in Art from the University of Michigan and was personal friends with some of the iconic architects of the 20th century — Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson — and held dinner parties at her home which they attended. Jane Knight also taught in the theater department at the prestigious Cranbrook School.  See her full bio below.


About Jane Knight
Jane Knight (1928-2013) was born in Grosse Pointe and received her BFA from the University of Michigan, School of Art and Architecture in 1951. After graduation, she worked as the Art Director for the Detroit-based luxury department store JL Hudsons and designed for the Cranbrook Theater School. Due to her husband’s employment at Eero Saarinen and Associates she was embraced by a community of cutting-edge designers and architects at the epicenter of the modernism movement including Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames and Alexander Girard, to name a few.

She was an avid world traveler who always viewed the world magically with her creative eye. As an art collector herself, she highly regarded the work of Alexander Calder and Henri Matisse. Her body of work is a product of her perpetual need to create art and a constant conviction that one’s home should be a continual environmental stimulus. Her wall hangings, which are considered to be her most important works, were created by wrapping brightly colored woolen strands around heavy lengths of jute. Like many of the other three dimensional textiles her works reflect the colorful, textural exuberance that was characteristic of fiber art during the 1970s. Throughout her career, she created freestanding, wall-mounted, and suspended fiber pieces for interior environments and stage sets. Her work has been featured in books on fiber design, widely exhibited in galleries in San Francisco, Chicago, and New York, and included in several corporate collections including Borge Warner and Chrysler.
About 20cDesign
Born out of a sincere love for Modernism 20cdesign has been buying and selling extraordinary examples of classic 20th century design since our inception in 1998. It is our desire to develop lasting business relationships with designers and collectors from around the globe. We invite you to visit our award-winning gallery in the heart of the Dallas design district where you will discover a uniquely curated selection of furniture, fine art and decorative objects.


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Tessellated Fold: fiber art multi media installation at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center


Tessellated Fold

July 29th – September 2nd

Tessellated Fold is an exploration through fiber art installations that influences sound, video, dance, and fashion; together seeks to push boundaries in shared spaces with viewers. Between all creative genres lies formal and informal ideas about created experiences, Tessellated Fold provides opportunity for both the artists and viewers to experiment. Beginning July 29th through September 2nd, Tessellated Fold will be on view at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. Additional programing includes dance and sculpture workshops in August. This exhibition is funded by the special support grant for individual artists through the City of Dallas.


Featured artists:
• Sculpture- Chesley Antoinette
• Sound- Lily Taylor Music
• Video Projections- Sean Miller

Chesley Antoinette is a producer and artist working with wearable art and sculptural installations using combinations of textile techniques and alternative materials. Back in 2009, Chesley received her B.F.A in Sculpture from Stephen F. Austin University and in 2013 her M.F.A from University of North Texas in Fiber Art. She currently teaches for Mountain View College and offers workshops throughout the city.

Lily Taylor is a sound and music artist with an “angelic and visceral vocal-driven Avant pop”. Taylor studied contemporary, Western classical, jazz, funk, R&B, West African and Middle Eastern/Balkan music at College of Santa Fe in New Mexico. Over the last decade she has performed with experimental rock bands, Americana, Turkish and Classical ensembles, noise shows, indie-pop bands, jazz bands, DJs and hip hop crews.

Sean Miller is an artist working with video, sculpture, installation, live media, performance, and sound art. Sean received his BA in Intermedia Art from the College of Santa Fe in 2004. He is currently teaching at Southern Methodist University and the University of North Texas where he received his Masters of Fine Arts in the spring of 2014.


223 W. Jefferson Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75208


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Not from Baltimore Album Quilts: Recent Works by the Denton Quilt Guild

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Not from Baltimore Album Quilts: Recent Works by the Denton Quilt Guild
Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
June 17 – July 29, 2016, FREE

Baltimore Album Quilts originated in Baltimore, Maryland in the 1840s and quickly became one of the most popular quilting styles far beyond Baltimore. These exquisite pieces are made up of a number of appliquéd blocks, each with a different design and motif. This exhibition features Baltimore Album Quilts made by members of the Denton Quilt Guild which were often designed by the makers, although antique quilts and patterns from the past and present served as inspiration. The complexity of the designs in the quilts demonstrates the skill and taste of the maker. Many hours were devoted to the creation of each of them as they are all destined to become family heirlooms.
Learn more at dentonquiltguild.org

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2017 DFW Fiber Fest – Call for Teachers & Vendors


April 7-9, 2017
Irving, TX
We’re always gearing up for the next DFW Fiber Fest
with current activities including
Teacher Applications and
Upcoming Vendor Applications!
Teacher Applications Accepted Through June 30, 201
The Board of DFW Fiber Fest is now accepting submissions from teachers for our 2017 class roster.
Class submissions will be accepted through June 30, 2016.
This year, we are doing class submissions at bit differently. We are asking each teacher to follow this link and to fill out a form giving us a brief personal biography.
Then we ask that you fill out the following form for each class you would like to submit. We are moving in this direction to help standardize our submissions, so that the entire Board will have an easier time comparing classes.
We would also like to have a promotional photo for each class submitted. These are not required, but know that it really does help the Board to see pictures showing what students will be learning in the class. You can either send individual photos or combine all your photos into one document or even convert it to a pdf file and use that. Whatever is easiest for you. Just make sure that each of the picture files is labelled so we can more easily match up photos to the classes.  Once you have your chosen format down, email the photos to Joni at teachers@dfwfiberfest.org,
DFW Fiber Fest is a non-profit organization that is run entirely by volunteers. We do try to keep our teachers’ fees at a fair rate and we pay all our teachers on a sliding scale based on the number of students that register for each class. Joni will be happy to answer any specific questions you may have.
Thank you for taking the time to consider teaching for us in 2017
There will be a NEW Vendor Application Process
For the 2017 DFW Fiber Fest
As many of you know, we have a new Vendor Coordinator for the 2017 DFW Fiber Fest.  Many of you met her at the 2016 event, but for those who weren’t able to join us this year, Lynette Vierra is our new Vendor Coordinator.  She’s been a Board Member for the past 2 years and was able to shadow Tasha this past year during the event and learn as much as possible.
To help her get started in her role and to help us get a better database for our Vendor resources, we will be requiring ALL vendors – whether you have been with us from the beginning or if you’ve never even applied – to submit an application along with  booth pictures so Lynette will have something to present to our Jury.
We will send another newsletter specifically to our Vendor Mailing List at the time that our application is completed with dates and complete instructions.  If you are at all interested in applying to be a vendor at DFW Fiber Fest 2017, please make sure we have your email address in our Vendor Database by sending an email to vendors@dfwfiberfest.org.


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Not from Baltimore Album Quilts: Recent Works by the Denton Quilt Guild


Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
June 16 – July 27, 2016, FREE

Baltimore Album Quilts originated in Baltimore, Maryland in the 1840s and quickly became one of the most popular quilting styles far beyond Baltimore. These exquisite pieces are made up of a number of appliquéd blocks, each with a different design and motif. This exhibition features Baltimore Album Quilts made by members of the Denton Quilt Guild which were often designed by the makers, although antique quilts and patterns from the past and present served as inspiration. The complexity of the designs in the quilts demonstrates the skill and taste of the maker. Many hours were devoted to the creation of each of them as they are all destined to become family heirlooms.

Learn more at dentonquiltguild.org

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Craft Guild of Dallas Summer Session starts June 6 – REGISTER NOW




The Craft Guild of Dallas is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing arts and craft instruction for almost 70 years. We offer year-round classes and workshops for adults, from the beginner to the advanced, taught in the disciplines of metalsmithing, pottery, glass, bookbinding, painting, drawing, fiber arts, leather working and other traditional arts. Students explore and create in new, professionally-equipped studios. Our summer courses include specially designed classes for children and young adults. Membership is open to the public. http://www.craftguildofdallas.org/

972-490-0303 info@craftguildofdallas.com

New Location! Valley View Center, located at 635 & Preston.



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Thursday, June 9, 6-9 pm
$50 ($45 for GDAC members)
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

Looking for a little “me” time? Join artist Ceren Lee to create beautiful macramé plant hangers. All supplies provided; BYOB welcome for participants over 21. Class size is limited; register by May 27 online at the link below.

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DAFA 2016 Member Art Show reception April 25


DAFA Annual Member Art Show
Monday, April 25, 2016
at CC Young, 6:00 pm

The art is hung so get ready for ooohs and ahhhs from the DAFA members and visitors. This meeting will be a special celebration marking the Annual Member Art Show at The Point.

The reception will begin at 6 pm. DAFA members are asked to provide delicious finger food for the reception.  Beverages, paper plates, cups, napkins and utensils will be provided by board members.

Fifteen DAFA artists have a total of 30 pieces of art hanging in the show.

Art shows are an often unrecognized effort. Thanks to Patricia Dillingham and her crew for all their effort, and to the artists who share their work.

Prizes will be awarded and the juror, Suzane Morgan, will comment on the art.

–from the DAFA website

Location: The Point, Center for Arts and Education on the campus of C.C. Young Retirement Community, 4847 West Lawther Drive, in Dallas.

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DFW Fiber Fest April 1-3


It’s Here!  It’s Here!! 11th Annual DFW Fiber Fest – April 1-3, 2016
at the Irving Convention Center, 500 W Las Colinas Blvd. Irving, TX 7 5039
The weekend we’ve all been looking forward to since last year is finally here!  In less than 48 hours, y’all will be here and ready to take some awesome classes, shop, swap stitch markers, shop, listen to a great speaker and get books signed, shop, meet up with new and old friends, shop…

Speaking of shopping, we have a very important announcement for those of you formulating your plan of attack on the Vendor Hall. Due to unavoidable circumstances, some of our Vendors are in different booths from what you may have researched.

Erin.Lane will be in Booth #33
Gynx Yarns will be in Booth #34
Kookaburra Products to booth #35
Yarn & Stitches will be in Booths #37 & 38
Check In for the Stitch Marker Swap will be in Booth #33.
Don’t forget – the Vendor Hall is open to the public! You don’t have to be taking classes to enjoy the show.
$5/Day Pass or $10/Weekend Pass
DFW Fiber Fest Students get in with their Student Badges.
Come Visit us in Booth #96 – the DFW booth
DFW Fiber Fest will be in Booth #96, labeled DFW on the vendor map. 
Stitch Marker Swap
Drop off for Knit Your Bit donations
Thank You Cards for you to sign 
for our Sponsors who cannot be with us
If you need help finding an item in the vendor hall, we will try to point you in the right direction. 
If you need a second opinion, color matching advice, does this color look good on me? (ie, enabler), Tasha is happy to help with that! 
Are YOU One of Our Volunteers??
We appreciate each and every one of you who used our Registration Form to volunteer for a shift or two during the event!
If you have not heard from Cris about your assignment, we’ve heard that some of them have been eaten by Spam Gremlins!
Please send me an email at info@dfwfiberfest.org and I’ll make sure we get your assignment to you!
Friday Night Event and Book Signing
A few tickets are still available for our Friday Night Event, “Mending Through the Ages” with Sivia Harding at the Dallas Marriott Las Colinas.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here


Immediately following Sivia’s talk, Susan B. Anderson, Romi Hill, Laura Nelkin, and The Shibaguyz – Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby – will be available to sign books and chat with their fans.
Bring your books for them to sign that night. If you don’t have them yet, some of their books will be available for purchase on-site.
Podcaster Meet Up
Whether you are a listener, a podcaster, or are just curious to hear more, please join us for an informal meet up near the huge potted plant in the lobby of the Irving Convention Center Saturday April 2 at 1pm.

For a current list of Podcaster attending, please see the Podcaster Meet Up

thread in our Ravelry group.



We still have several great classes available!  On-site registration will be available beginning Friday morning!
Notices and Reminders for DFW Fiber Fest Students
  • Don’t Forget to Check on Your Supplies and Homework!
  • Remember that your Student ID/Name Badge will get you in the Vendor Hall all weekend – not just the day(s) you take classes.  So check in at the Student Registration Desk first thing!
Student Check-In
  • Thursday Evening – Check-in opens at 5-7 pm 
  • Friday & Saturday – Check-in opens at 8:30 am
  • Sunday – Check-in opens at 8:45 am
New for us this year, if you get to town early and want to get your Student Goody Bag and Nametags, we will have the Student Registration Desk open at the Convention Center on ThursdayEvening from 5-7 pm (No, you will not be allowed in the Vendor Hall that night – but it should help you get a jump on the wholeFriday morning crowd!)

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DAFA Workshops with Marinda Stewart March 19 & 20


March 19 – Beautiful Punch Needle Artwork (Kit $18)

March 20 – Embroidered Beaded Heart Pendant & Pin (Kit$15)

10am-4pm at CC Young (The Point). 4847 W. Lawther Drive, Dallas, TX 75214

Discounted cost for DAFA Members $40, non-members $65

The last day to register is Saturday, March 12th.

Sign up soon!


Marinda is a designer, writer, and teacher. As a 13-time Fairfield Fashion Show participant, she has demonstrated uncommon creativity and versatility in wearable art.

Her accomplishments include a line of patterns, countless magazine and book contributions. television appearances, national ads, several embellishment books and videos, and numerousmuseum and gallery exhibitions. Her work is featured in the art collections of corporations and in the homes of celebrities.

Currently Marinda works with corporate clients designing and consulting on end-users for their product lines.


Dallas Area Fiber Artists
P.O. Box 38077
Dallas, Texas 75238-0077

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2016 DFW Fiber Fest April 1-3


April 1-3, 2016 Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas

DFW Fiber Fest is the premier annual fiber event in the Dallas-Fort Worth community.  Held each Spring, DFW Fiber Fest is a locally focused non-profit organization that offers both vendors and classes.  We bring in a juried selection of local and regional fiber vendors (with a few who are from outside of our regional area to spice up the mix).  Educationally, we offer a slate of classes from both nationally known and local teachers in the fiber arts – primarily in knitting, crochet, and spinning.  (For more about DFW Fiber fest, see the “About” page.)

Registration is now open. Schedule: http://www.dfwfiberfest.org/schedule.html

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Fiber Arts I Classes with Laura Griffin


Fiber Arts I Classes with Laura Griffin March 3, 10 & 17

Interested in the world of Fiber Arts?  In this 3-evening class, you will have the opportunity to explore the world of sewing.  We will work on three different machine-stitched projects… a patchwork kitchen towel, a beautiful key fob, and a re-usable fabric composition notebook cover.  No prior experience is required, but seasoned sewers are also welcome.

We’ll discuss fabric and how to cut it, and all the basic sewing tips/tricks the instructor has learned over the years.  We’ll practice sewing through thick and thin layers, creating a ruffle, and more.  Interested in reserving a spot?  Please contact Laura Griffin at laura_griffin@yahoo.com

Cost: $50 + $15 materials fee

Time:  Thursdays Mar 3, 10, 17 from 6:30-9:30 pm

Location: Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan, Irving TX 75061 Directions

Note: Fabrics used in class may vary from those pictured.

Laura Griffin is a lover of all things creative and has been teaching sewing and art classes for the last 14 years.  She is the founder of Brimming with Love, a sewing/knitting/crochet project that has provided hundreds of handmade hats to cancer patients since 2002 (www.brimmingwithlove.org).  She also teaches a monthly Copic Art class at the Jaycee Center.  You can learn more about Laura on her website:www.laura-griffin.com


Laura with faux fiber cupcake

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Friends of Fiber and Janice Hamilton Exhibits open Feb. 28 in Irving; Receptions March 6

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Feb. 28 – March 25, 2016. Reception Sunday, March 6th 2-4pm at Jaycee Park Center for the Arts.

Artist VET is the curator. Included artists are Brenda Klein, Dee Merrell, Heather Pregger, Debbie Snider, Beth Swider and VET.

During the hanging on Feb. 27 (1-4pm) VET and other artists, will be installing Tight Rope – A String Art Installation (approx. 20 ft long).  If you wish to participate, bring a hammer, a box of nails (1 1/2″-5” common bright) and recyclable yarn/string/ribbon or cord.  Each participant will be given the freedom to nail and string a section of the wall, in any direction.

String art  for Tight Rope is done by wrapping thread, yarn, and cord or embroidery floss around nails. The fibers can be applied in a defined pattern or totally random format. Designs can can also be woven in and out producing several layers of fibers.

Tight Rope progress will be documented and posted on-line. Participants will be listed and acknowledged during opening reception. So come on out and “walk the tight rope”, encourage others or just observe the phenomena. Don’t miss being a part of this historical Texas-size String Art Installation. For further info contact VET, artcycletx@gmail.com, 469-300-1550.  Her website: http://artcycletx.blogspot.com/



Feb. 28 – March 25, 2016. Reception Sunday, March 6th 2-4pm at Jaycee Park Center for the Arts.

Award-winning artist Janice Hamilton works in pastels and oils. Her work has been featured in numerous one-women shows and exhibits. She has garned many honors – among them inclusion in the artists of Texas, Volume 1V, Fine Arts Catalog;  as one of the “Master Pastel Artists of the World” in the 2003 June-July issue of the International Artists Magazine; and signature status with the Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Competition, PSSW and ACA.

Janice also teaches pastels currently at the Artists’ Showplace – works of her students will be included in this exhibit. For more about Janice, see her website  http://www.jhamiltonart.com/, Contact her at jgham@att.net.

Sound Of Water

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Free Basic Classes in Fiber Arts & Acrylic – Register Now


The Irving Art Association
offers free basic art classes for adults to get you started in art or in a new medium.

The Free Basics Classes follow a progressive sequence where you will learn basic skills via instructor demo/lecture — exercise —-practice. The series is designed for beginners to a particular art medium as well as mid career artists reviewing technique and not creating finished works. Expect traditional as well as new and nontraditional materials and approaches.

Registration is now open for the 2016 Winter  & Spring classes. To register, please fill out an online registration form for each class.

Location: Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, Irving. Held on Thursday evenings from 7 – 9 pm. Doors open 6:30 pm.

Supplies: Supplies for the free Basic Classes are provided by the instructor. Please bring whatever extra supplies you wish to try out. (paint, brushes, paper, etc.). Wear old clothes or bring an apron.

Contact: irvingartassociation@gmail.com


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Winter – Spring 2016 Schedule:

Jan. 7, 21 & 26 Paper Arts – Sheila Cunningham
http://sheilacunninghamart.blogspot.com/ sheilacphoto@gmail.com

Feb. 4, 11, 18 Fiber Art – Laura Griffin
http://laura-griffin.com/blog/ laura_griffin@yahoo.com

March 3, 10, 17 Acrylic Art – Hiral Joshi
http://www.hiraljoshifineart.com/ contacthir@gmail.com

Followup Intermediate Classes to the Free Basic Classes:

Sign up for these fee – based classes and utilize the skills learned in the basics. To register and for more information concerning cost and supplies, contact the instructor offering them.

Feb. 4, 11, 18 Paper Arts I – Sheila Cunningham
Contact the instructor to register for the follow-up class: sheilacphoto@gmail.com

March 3, 10, 17 Fiber Art I – Laura Griffin
Contact the instructor to register for the follow-up class: laura_griffin@yahoo.com

April 7, 21, 28 Acrylic Art I – Hiral Joshi
Contact the instructor to register for the follow-up class:  contacthir@gmail.com

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CONTEXTURE Fiber and Fabric opens Dec. 4 in Plano




December 4th through January 13th

Reception Friday, December 4th  7:00 pm9:00 pm
Weaving happiness into the season!Join us in this opportunity to celebrate the happiness of this season and to listen to the sounds of color in an exhibition of fiber and fabric art.  Earth tones predominate in this colorful show as nature moves from late fall into winter.

We look forward to seeing you,
Soheyla Rashidyan
President, Plano Art Association
PAA is sponsored in part with a grant by the City of Plano. For more information on wonderful things to do in the City go to  www.plano.gov
Plano Art Association

Gallery located at
1013 15th Place, East Side Village I, Suite 105, Plano, TX. 75074

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Mixed Media Mania at DAFA Meeting Nov. 23


November DAFA Meeting This Monday

Monday, November 23, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

Location: The Point at C.C. Young

Join us for another round of Mixed Media Mania at CC Young. Enjoy learning how to make Dorset Buttons , Furoshiki (How to knot wrap a gift), and Christmas Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). The cost is $5 and will cover all supplies for the three workshops.

Visit the Program’s page on our website for all the details.


Dallas Area Fiber Artists
P.O. Box 38077
Dallas, Texas 75238-0077

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Creative Arts Center Fall Classes & Workshops in Art


Register today! The Creative Arts Center in Dallas offers 100+ fall classes & workshops in Art.

Fall is right around the corner and classes begin the week of August 31st.

Our fall brochure is now available, so come pick up a copy today!

For more information on classes and workshops or to register online, click here

Class and workshop topics include:

Books & Paper Arts
Clay Sculpture
Creative Writing
Fiber Arts
Foundations & Creativity
Metal Arts
Mixed Media


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Fiber Visions deadline August 21


Fiber Visions” – DAFA Showcase at Richland College, Dallas

Fiber Visions will be a juried showcase of recent work by members of the Dallas Area Fiber Artists at Brazos Gallery at Richland College, Dallas from October 1-31, 2015.


All DAFA members in good standing (dues paid in full prior to entry deadline date) are invited to submit up to 3 original works created within the last 3 years. All fiber media are accepted. Maximum size is 6.0 ft. high, no width limitations. There is no fee for entry! Member

Juror Vicki Mayhan is a full-time faculty and Department Chair for art at Richland College.

Entry/Exhibit Timeline

August 21, 2015                     Last date to submit entry form and jpg images to Brenda McKinney at richlandshow@dallasfiberartists.org

August 31, 2015                     Entrants will be notified of acceptance, required paperwork and delivery instructions

September 11, 2015                Required paperwork is due

September 25, 2015                Deliver artwork to Richland College

October 1, 2015                      Show Opens

October 2015                          Show Reception TBA

October 31, 2015                    Show Closes

November 2, 2015                  Pick-up work from Richland College

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Craft Guild of Dallas Fall 2015 Class & Workshop Schedule



Check out

our fall schedule of classes and workshops featuring nationally-known artists;  you can register for them beginning Tuesday, August 7.  Don’t miss the free member-only workshops which can help you grow your business.
5100 Belt Line Road
Suite 400
Dallas, Texas 75254
  • Book, Paper, Leather & Fiber Arts
  • Clay
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Glass
  • Metalsmithing, Jewelry & Beading

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Compose with Silk and Wool – Felted Scarf Workshop on August 8th


Date: Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10a-2p
Location: Asels Art Supply, 2701 Cedar Ridge, Dallas 75201
Fees: $40 to register and $12 Supply fee to be paid to instructor

Instructor: Suzanne Morgan

Summer is a time to relax and play a little. Come to this workshop and immerse yourself in color and texture! Learn to make handmade felted scarf from luxurious silks and wools. This is a fun and relaxing workshop! Limited seating. Registration on line $40.

Workshop time: 4 hours

Students should bring two old towels and some sharp scissors that will cut fabric. Wear clothes that can get a little wet.

JOIN DAFA!  http://www.dallasfiberartists.org/membership/

Click here for more details.

Click here to register.


Presented by Dallas Fiber Artists


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IAC New Materials Transformation Workshop with Leisa Rich

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New Materials Transformation Workshop with Leisa Rich | $75
July 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Irving Arts Center 

This intriguing explorations workshop is exclusive to the Irving Arts Center. An excellent learning experience for all skill levels! In this intensive materials workshop, participants will creatively explore a new, revolutionary felt-like fabric (Fosshape®) that can be magically transformed from soft and flat to hard and dimensional when heat is applied.

Using steamers and heat guns, students will learn how to mold and manipulate this material into sculptural forms that can become art pieces, vessels, hats or costumes, in just about any shape that can be imagined! Innovative dyeing techniques will be used to paint on the pieces before and after completion to create stunning, permanent effects.

Registration is open to individuals 17 and older. Workshop fee is $75 with discount for IAC Art Connection Members and Irving Art Association Members( $50). Materials and art supplies will be provided. Participants should bring a bag lunch.



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Fiber Artists Meeting & Mini-Workshop Feb. 23 – cancelled



CANCELLED due to weather

February Program: JoAnn Musso Trunk Show


DAFA’s president, JoAnn Musso, will present a trunk show of her beautiful couture fashions at our meeting this coming Monday, Feb. 23. In a presentation titled “Imagination, Creativity and Synchronicity” she will tell how she went “from ordinary seamstress to designer and international teacher.”

The general meeting begins at 6:45 p.m. with announcements about upcoming events. Come and see some exquisitely made garments – and share in the fun of February Show & Tell.

Mini-Workshop: Fabric Paper with Paula Pillow


Mixed-media artist and DAFA member Paula Pillow will lead a workshop titled “It’s Fabric! It’s Paper! It’s Fabric Paper!” You’ll love seeing her samples and learning this innovative technique. Come at 5:30 p.m. for hands-on fun.

Bring scissors and a $5 kit fee. Find details here.


The deadline for entering our annual juried show is this Saturday, Feb. 21. Here is the link you need for your last-minute entries!

MEMBER CHALLENGE: “Dreaming Wildly in a Primary Color”

There’s still time to get your entry ready for the 2015 Member Challenge. Here’s the link you need for the Challenge rules.


2015 DAFA SCHOLARSHIP applications invited

If you know a young fiber artist who might qualify for one of DAFA’s $500 scholarships, now is the time to share the link to our scholarship information page. The deadline for applications is March 31.


DAFA Communications

February 19, 2015


Dallas Area Fiber Artists
PO Box 671036
Dallas, Texas 75367-1036
Copyright © 2014 Dallas Area Fiber Artists,


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Terra Firme opens Jan. 23 at OCCC; Natural Dyes Workshop Feb. 14


Tierra Firme

Reception: Jan. 31 5:00pm – 8:00pm

We are excited to present Tierra Firme as our first exhibition of 2015!Tierra Firme showcases the individual and collaborative works by Analise Minjarez and Sarita Westrup, two fibers artists from the borderlands of Texas and Mexico.

Their installations and sculptural works respond to the geographic and bi-cultural location of the artists’ home. Minjarez and Westrup both utilize multiple media such as wood, natural dyed cloth, nets, paper, and gut to dissect borders and explore concepts of cultural identity in relationship to place.

Tierra Firme will be on view January 23 – February 20, 2015. The Oak Cliff Cultural Center will host a reception for the artists on Saturday, January 31, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

About the Artists
Analise Minjarez and Sarah Westrup co-founded Prismatic Earth, a fibers collective based in Dallas,TX and teach workshops throughout the state. Minjarez and Westrup received their B.F.A in Fibers from the University of North Texas and currently live and work in Denton,TX.

Natural Dyes, A Workshop in Conjunction with Tierra Firme

Saturday, February 14, 4:00pm – 6:00pm

This natural dye workshop is held in conjunction with the Tierra Firme exhibition currently on display at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center.

Participants will experiment dyeing with accessible food items such as avocado pits, hibiscus flowers, and black beans to get a range of beautiful colors from pink, magenta, purple, and grey. All participants will explore tie-ing and dyeing techniques on raw silk and will leave with a dye notebook and swatches to take.

Workshop is free and open to ages 15 and older, but space is limited. Must register by clicking on the ticket link.




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