Austin Fiber Artists

Monthly Meetings and Topics

My town hall meetings are with friends and neighbors, fellow Americans. We engage. —Sheila Jackson Lee

Austin Fiber Arts Creation - Windows by Sheri McCauley

Two Monthly Meetings, Two Meeting Locations!

Members have a choice of meeting day/date and meeting location. Members may attend either or both meetings; the topics generally don’t overlap. (Check our calendar or blog to learn what’s being presented for the current month.)

Our main meeting is south, on Lamar near Westgate, and meetings at 6:45 on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4622 S. Lamar Blvd.
Our north meeting is in downtown Round Rock and meets at 7:00 on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Baca Center.

We start our meetings with a show and tell segment. Members show current works that are in progress or have been completed. Many members use this time as an opportunity to get feedback about works in progress or ask for possible solutions when they encounter a technical difficulty that they want to overcome. Then we have a short business meeting. The current group president leads the meeting and current board members give brief monthly reports as needed. Our program and workshop chairs update the group on future events or workshops in the planning stages. This part of the meeting typically lasts no longer than 30 minutes. Then the monthly program begins. The program can be on a variety of topics of interest to fiber artists. One program involved a talk with fiber artists was an expert on lace making, another one was from an artist who was an expert on book binding and making. Our program chair is always open to suggestion for future topics that might be of interest to the group.

October South – Susie Monday

San Antonio fiber artist Susie Monday will address the group.  Susie has been a strong supporter of fiber arts and has a vibrant artistic style.  She is an accomplished lecturer and juror and has juried past AFA shows.  Come hear her speak this October! And don’t forget about here exciting workshop! “DESIGN FROM YOUR STRENGTHS” With Susie Monday Thursday, October 19, 2017. doors open at 9:00, bring your own lunch workshop goes until 4:00 pm, Fee: $70.00 for members and $80.00 for non-members The workshop location is in the Holy Cross Sunday School bldg, Purchase On-line Fee: $70.00 for members and $70.00 for non-members Purchase on-line: Members: here $70 Non-members: here $80 Here is the registration form: Download (PDF,...

September South – Making Stencils

Learn how to make your our unique stencils. We will be Exploring and using the Brother Scan and Cut machine to make stencils. This machine can also be used to create  appliqués for quilting, fiber arts, paper arts, etc. We’ll make our own stencil and use it to create a fabric panel. We’ll also discuss other cool methods of using stencils in fiber...

September North Meeting – Simple Monoprinting

In September Amy Nelson will lead us in using simple monoprinting techniques using both paper and fabric.  If you have them, bring your brayer and pallet, some line drawings or stencils and the fabric or paper that you’d like to enhance.  Oh, and an apron, too.  The paints and printing plates and other supplies will be there for you to use.  Should be fun and productive- see you...

August North Meeting – Dye Discharge

We’ll be using a bleach solution to discharge the dye from cotton fabrics, either by squirting or spraying.  Tshirts will be available to practice on, or bring your own cotton clothes or fabrics.  The above shirt was made by spraying bleach onto a scrunched up black T...

May South Meeting – Marbling with Silvia Sarinen

San Antonio fiber artist Silvia Sarinen will demonstrate how to marble paper and fabric.  She will explain how to set up the thickened water on which the dyes float, and how to prepare the fabric and papers to accept the dyes.  We will have the opportunity to try it for ourselves, as...