Austin Fiber Artists


Round Rock Meetings - AFA North!

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

AFA Now Meets Monthly in Round Rock!

The Northern Satellite meeting is held on the second Tuesday of the month in Round Rock.  AFA members are welcome to attend either or both meeting(s).
Meet in the Art Room of the Baca Center at 301 W Bagdad Ave, Round Rock.  There is parking under the building toward the back. There is an elevator to the ground floor. There is also parking on Bagdad, and the entrance is on the EAST side of Baca.  Note: the McConico building is located EAST of Baca, to help give a sense of direction.

July 2018 Doll maker program – details TBD.
Art Quilter Heather PreggerWell-known Fort Worth art quilter Heather Pregger will address the group.

Northern Meeting History

May 2018 – Playing with Paper Clay We had a hands-on demonstration of paper clay- a very hard paper mache form.

April 2018 – Mary Ann Nailos’ Experience in Jane Dunnewold’s Master Class Mary Ann told us about her artistic journey and recent experiences taking Jane Dunnewold’s master class in surface design.

March 2018 – Lynne Brotman’s Mexican Weaving Residency Lynne shared her experience doing a residency in Oaxaca, Mexico on traditional backstrap loom weaving techniques.

February 2018 – Origami Fabric We learned how to stiffen fabric enough that it can be used for origami folding.

January 2018 – SAQA Trunk Show One of the Studio Art Quilt Association’s trunk shows consisting of 50 small art quilts was shared.

December 2017 End of the year party at the Baca Center!  Refreshments and fiber arts gift exchange, socialize with other artists, talk about the productive year.

November 2017 – Round Rock artist Tracie Storie, noted for her work mixing vintage textiles with paint and modern sensibilities, will address the group.

October 2017 – Art quilt show and talk by Sherri McCauley.
September 2017 Monoprinting – Amy Nelson led a mini-workshop on simple printing technique on fabric or paper using Inovart Foam Printing plates.

August 2017 – Dye discharge activity-  We made patterns on darker colored cotton cloth by discharging the dye using a bleach solution. AFA provided Tshirts on which to practice the technique.

July 2017 – How To Photograph Artwork–  Amy Nelson showed us how to set up lights, camera and backdrop to photograph artwork.  These skills are necessary for good quality art show submission pictures.

June 2017 – NO MEETING– the north group journeyed south to party south at Holy Cross Lutheran

May 2017 – Accidental Landscapes Demo and Activity- Marie Welsh taught an “accidental landscapes” activity, where we used layers of fabrics that suggested terrain and skies to create applicqued landscape vistas.

April 2017 – Beth Nelson shares her fiber arts journey, bringing works done in various media to share with us.  She is currently a prolific quilter, but she didn’t start out there…..

March 2017- Painting with Dye Demo– Beverly Pedersen showed how she paints with dye on stretched silk fabric.

February 2017 – Fiber Art Name Badges – We had fun playing with fiber and making name badges for use at meetings.

January 2017 Metaphoric Zentangles with Donna Bone- we learned about the relaxing drawing technique of zentangles

December 2016 No meeting in Round Rock! The southern group hosts the year-end party.

November 2016 Speaker had to cancel but group shared their experiences at Houston’s quilt show.

October 2016 Sara Sharp: Using Unusual Tools to Make Marks- a shopping spree in the hardware store yielded wonderful artist’s tools! Sara showed us how she used them.

September 2016 Juliann Krute led a color theory/color play activity. We experimented with blending colors through pointillism.

August 2016 Lynne Brotman demonstrated deconstructive screen printing on fabric. We enjoyed a vivid demonstration of silk screening that took full advantage of the Baca art facilities (the sinks!)

July 2016 Ismael CavazosPareidolia and Scribblism. Ismael Cavazos spoke on how he creates scribble patterns and colors in areas to create recognizable images. We had a chance to try it ourselves.

June 2016 PARTY IN ARTSPACE! The southern meeting group joined the northern group to hold an open house. Members wore their favorite piece of fiber art, socialized while playing fiber bingo, and had fun creating quilt squares using shiva oil stick crayons.

May 2016 We tried out a variety of hands-on activities with great results- fiber cloth, fusing, paper beadmaking.

April 2016 Lori Bier showed examples of belly dance costuming and explained the construction and embellishment of these highly glamour-engineered garments.

March 2016 Marie Welsch spoke about techniques for painting on fabric.   Attendees saw a sample of Marie’s work and explored using paints and various methods of applying paint and texture

February 2016 Marinda Stewart showed her beautiful punchneedle work and explained the history of the craft.

January 2016 Meghan Jones of the Breast Cancer Resource Center showed slides of wearable art from Art Bra Austin, a great way to combine fiber arts and charity.

December 2015 No meeting- the northern group joined the southern group for an end-of-the-year party and white elephant exchange.

November 2015 Juliann Krute led a mini-workshop on decorating folding silk fans with various media- inks, dyes, pencils, stamps…

October 2015 Dale Ricklefs led a mini-workshop on how to use oil-based paint sticks on cloth for surface design. We achieved rich results on sample blocks of fabric.

September 2015 Mini-workshop to make charming needle felted little pumpkins, for use as pin cushions or decorations, sponsored by Living Felt of Dripping Springs.

August 2015 Amy Nelson shared her lovely handmade dolls and spoke about learning the craft.

July 2015 Kick-off meeting: attendees were surveyed for their interests and suggestions for future meetings.

July 10th North Meeting – Leaf Pounding with Amy

You can transfer the juices from leaves and flowers to paper or fabric by hammering them! Therapeutic and surprisingly beautiful. Try it with us! Bring: 1. a hard surface (hardwood board - solid piece, or a dapping block) 2. an old white towel to cover your board. 3....

May 16th South – Fiber Artist Jess Bee

A fiber artist with a show currently hanging in the Dougherty gallery through June 9th, Jess Bee will address the group in May. Jess Bee creates vivid worlds rich with texture that explore dreams and nightmares by representing personal fears, juxtaposed with haunting...

April 10th – North Meeting

This Tuesday, April 10th, AFA Member Mary Ann Nailos will give us a presentation on her recent surface design training with Jane Dunnewold. Come hear about what she learned.  Jane's course is pretty intensive! For more info on the design training, check out Jane's...

April 18th South Meeting

SOUTH April Program    Deb McClintock  https://debmcclintock.me/ Deb McClintock from Johnson City will be our guest.  She will be sharing her vast knowledge of Nature Dying.  She will discuss some of her processes and show us examples of her wonder work.  Deb has...