Community Service

Love Thy Baby


LoveThyBaby (LTB) is a local, non-profit organization that focuses on meeting the needs of babies born into health or economic crisis.


DAFA has teamed up with LoveThyBaby for this year’s (2015-2016) community service effort. We will be making things for at-risk newborns, including blankets, diaper bags, knit caps and similar items. The LoveThyBaby organization provides these to new parents who might not otherwise afford the necessities.


Our hand-made donations will go primarily to babies born at Parkland Hospital, but also will benefit babies at John Peter Smith Hospital, the Family Place, Dallas Life Homeless Shelter, Iglesia Bautista El Alfarero and others.


Members wanting to help can pick up fabric, patterns and information at our monthly meetings (or by contacting Charlene Lee). Our donations will be delivered to Love Thy Baby on a quarterly basis.


Visit LoveThyBaby for more information about this organization and its needs.

Community Service Awards (May 23, 2016)

On May 23, 2016, JoAnn Musso and the DAFA Board awarded Community Service Awards to two worthy organizations, $500 each.


1. C.C. Young:  Life Enrichment Program

The Life Enrichment Program at C.C. Young helps bring meaning and quality of life to those who live at C.C. Young. The mission is to help residents remain connected to who they were before they joined C.C. Young, provide them with opportunities to engage in meaningful activities from their past, empower them to serve others and the community at large, and stimulate them mentally and physically to improve their health and quality of life.
C.C. Young is located at 4847 West Lawther Drive, #100, Dallas, TX. 


2. Museum of Geometric and MADI Art

Art experts describe MADI Art as approachable, energetic and bright; a non-representational form focusing on geometric shapes, vibrant colors and viewer interaction, MADI artists direct attention to the object itself in a search for beauty. Presented in extraordinary formats, MADI conveys a sense of joie de vivre reaching beyond customary boundaries and media. 

The Museum of Geometric and MADI Art is located at 3109 Carlisle Street, Dallas, TX.

2015 DAFA Scholarships



In May 2015, DAFA will award two $500 scholarships to deserving students with fiber arts training and skills. Applications for the scholarships are due by March 31. Find details here.


Address queries to community services chair Brenda McKinney,

2014-15 Project - Dress A Girl Around the World

Hope 4 Women International is a non-profit organization helping to dress girls in less fortunate areas around the world. They depend on donations from individuals and groups around the world to fulfill these needs. Our DAFA goal is to create 500 dresses for these girls.


DAFA's Board chose to help these girls because they live in societies where they have no value - where they are used as slaves, abused and preyed upon. The donation of the dresses helps them feel better about themselves while providing the appearance that they are well cared for, a deterrent to would-be predators.


These simple and easy dresses are made from pillowcases, tank tops or short-sleeved T-shirts. Lengths will vary to accomodate different sizes. The H4WI website has all the measurements and design information.


How can you get involved? 

  • Watch for future workdays, and come join the collaborative effort.
  • Visit to view the requirements for a dress. Gather your materials and begin creating a one-of-a-kind awesome dress. (Don't miss the section that talks about different types of pockets.)


What you may want to bring to the work days

NOTE:You don't have to be a skilled seamstress or a sewing machine owner to participate. Brenda McKinney will organize assembly line work for those who prefer it! (Some will press, some will cut, some will serge, etc.!)

Sewing machine

Extension cord



Notions -- thread, trims, elastic (about 1/4"), bias tape


For more information or questions, contact Brenda McKinney at

Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative 2013 - Connections

Joy by Gay Young

DAFA participated in the Alzhiemer's Art Quilt Initiative again in 2013 as part of the organization's community service projects. AAQI is a national, grassroots charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. The AAQI auctions and sells donated quilts, and sponsors a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's. View all the work created for the special theme Connections.

Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative 2012 - Pathways

The Cat's Meow by Mary Masal


See the wonderful interpretations of the theme Pathways created by DAFA members. 44 amazing works-of-art were donated to raise money for Alzheimer's research.  Over $2,400 was raised for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. This was one of DAFA's Community Service projects for 2012.

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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