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Welcome to Dallas Area Fiber Artists!!

Calling all art quilters, doll makers, stampers, bead crazies and mixed-media maniacs. If you have fiber in your work, join us and come get your art on!


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. 

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DAFA Members Meeting

Monday, February 27, 2017

5:30pm - 9pm

C.C. Young

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!

Below more beautiful hats galore ...

I N V I T A T I O N !

Dallas Area Fiber ARTists

2017 Entry Skills A la Carte


As a member of DAFA,

YOU are invited to attend the very first

Entry Skills A la Carte

Saturday, February 25, 2017

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Point at C.C. Young


We have created an exciting event to help you prepare your submissions to

the 2017 annual juried members’ show FIBERLICIOUS!


Remember that every member is guaranteed to have one piece accepted into

the show! If you’re a first-timer, you will learn how to complete every step

necessary to enter. If you’re an experienced veteran of entering competitions, you

can enjoy having someone else do it for you. Either way, this event is perfect for



We will have six stations set up. You may visit any, or all, of them. We are

estimating a 15-minute visit per station. The stations are:



AT THE SHOW. You will receive assistance to make your work installation ready.

Cost: Free!

What you need to bring: Please read “Guidelines for Hanging Art” at the

end of the show prospectus (link on DAFA website). Bring your entries (maximum

of 3) and the hardware items listed (screw eyes, wire, etc). You don’t need to bring

tools (staple gun, etc). NOTE: Quilts must have sleeves sewn on already!


2. PHOTOGRAPHY OF YOUR ENTRIES. Your entries will be

professionally photographed, with a full shot and a detail shot of each entry.

Cost: $10 for one entry plus $5 for each additional entry (maximum of 3).

This is an incredible bargain! We are very grateful to our photographer, Patrick

O’Halloran, for providing this service to our members at a fraction of the usual


What you need to bring: Your entries (maximum of 3), plus a flash drive

(we will provide a blank CD, if you would prefer).


3. RESIZING PHOTOS OF YOUR ENTRIES. Your photos will be resized

to comply with the entry requirements of the show.

Cost: Free!

What you need to bring: A flash drive or CD with images of your entries,

either photographed at the event or photographed prior to the event.



documents are not required for entry into the show. We do have a book at the show

with statements and biographies of many of our members, and we’d love to include

yours. Many other competitions require one or both, so this is a good opportunity

to get ahead of the game.

Cost: Free!

What you need to bring: A rough draft of an artist’s statement and

biography either on a CD, flash drive, or paper.


5. SUBMISSION OF YOUR ENTRY. If you are ready to submit your entry

for the show, you will receive assistance to make sure it is done correctly.

Cost: Free!

What you need to bring: A completed entry form. We’ll have blank entry

forms available. A CD or flash drive with resized photos of your entries. A check or

cash for the entry fee ($10 for one entry, plus $5 for each additional entry, with a

maximum of 3 entries). Final versions of your artist’s statement and biography will

not be submitted at this time. They are to be delivered, along with your accepted

entries, at the DAFA meeting on March 27, 2017.


6. HEADSHOT. Although not required for entering the show, or for other

competitions, a headshot is invaluable in establishing an online presence. Our very

own Sherrie Tootle will be generously providing this photography service to our

members at an extremely low price. You will receive the actual photo at a later date

after Sherrie has had a chance to work her magic on it.

Cost: $20 for one pose. If you want to have additional poses, the cost will

be worked out privately between you and Sherrie.

What you need to bring: Besides bringing your smile, Sherrie has

suggested that you come with your hair already done and makeup on (with makeup

a bit heavier than usual). Wear a wrinkle-free jewel-tone top that fits well (no

prints, crazy designs, or logos) and a simple statement piece of jewelry or

accessory. You may bring a prop, such as a hat, if you wish.



Fees: All fees (photography and entry fee) will be paid when checking out.

Only cash and checks will be accepted. The most that you would pay would be

$20 for photography of the maximum of 3 entries, $20 for submission of the

maximum of 3 entries, and $20 for one headshot—a total of $60.

Registration: Registration, though not required, is strongly recommended. Go to

the “Entry Skills A la Carte Registration” link on the DAFA website. After you

register, you will be assigned a reserved time slot. There is no deadline for

registration, but you are more likely to have a time slot that you prefer if you

register early.



We will accept walk-ins, with the understanding that:

1. Members who have registered will have preference at each station, so

you may have more wait time.

2. It’s possible that the event may end earlier in the day than 4:00 P.M. if

all registered members have already attended.


Minimum attendance:

The event will be cancelled if we don’t have 10 registrations by 11:59 P.M. on Wednesday, February 22nd. If cancellation occurs, notice will be sent to all members.



Email Natalie Friedman at show@dallasfiberartists.org, or call/text to 405-255-3727.

It is easy to download the Invitation Form. Click on the green link below. The file will download to your computer where you can save, print and read the form.
2017 DAFA A la Carte Invitation.pdf
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It is easy to download the Registration Form. Click on the green link below. The file will download to your computer where you can save, print and read the form.
2017 DAFA A la Carte Registration.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [62.3 KB]









Brenda McKinney

DAFA is a non-profit organization with creative, enthusiastic members who promote fiber art through education, workshops and exhibitions.


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.

DAFA meets the 4th Monday of each month, 5:30pm - 9pm at:


The Point, Center for

Arts and Education,

C.C. Young Retirement Community

4847 West Lawther Drive
Dallas, Texas

Learn more about DAFA at the Dallas Area Fiber ARTists Facebook page. 

DAFA Postal Address


Dallas Area Fiber ARTists

PO Box 38077

Dallas, Texas 75238-0077

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