Meeting Info

About Our Meetings

Alternating Locations on Alternating Months

We meet the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between north and south locations. We also will broadcast meetings by zoom so you can attend virtually if not physically. Visitors are welcome to attend either in-person or by zoom. After attending two meetings visitors will be asked to become members.

The southern meeting is held on odd months: January, March, May, July, September, and November at Holy Cross Lutheran Church’s Fellowship Hall in south Austin.

The northern meeting is held on even months: February, April, June, August, October, and December at Alan Baca Center’s art room in downtown Round Rock.

South Austin Meeting

Holy Cross Lutheran Church fellowship hall at 4622 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78745.

Directions: We’re on the south Lamar frontage road, south of West Gate but before Brodie. It’s directly across from the 290 on-ramp and across the highway from the Tony Berger center. Be careful or you’ll miss the entrance! (The second one is OK, too, but then you’ll walk back, past the church, to the fellowship hall.) If you miss them both, just U-turn at Brodie, go back to West Gate and U-turn again, and take another pass…

Round Rock Meeting

Meet us 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.

Meeting Format

We start with a show and tell segment, so bring your works that are in progress or have just been completed and let us get to know you. Many members use this as an opportunity to get feedback and solutions for technical difficulties. Then comes a short business meeting where you’ll hear about future exhibitions, events, or workshops. Then on to the evening’s program, which can be a presentation from a fiber artist, a hands-on activity, or even a party!

2021 Past Programs

Despite the continuing pandemic, AFA carried on a full year’s worth of programming in 2021. Most were zoom meetings, but depending on infection levels, we felt able to meet in person as well. Here are our meeting topics for the year:

In January, California artist Joy Swift talked about the challenges of being in fiber arts in the 1960s, calling them Paintings In Thread to get them shown. She then read a story about quilting to the group.

In February, AFA president Gene Looman gave us valuable information about thread choices, backed up with plentiful handouts to keep the facts straight.

In March, Hallie Rae Ward shared her art background and training, and spoke about her commercial fiber arts activities, particularly her yarn-wrapped light bars that give soft glows.

In April, Katy Schmader explained how she creates her abstract paper landscape collages and talked about the connection she finds between the physical environment and the symbols that have traditionally been drived from them.

In May, Hannah Busekrus explained tufting and punch needle rug making, followed by an impressive demonstration of the power tools she uses to create large rugs.

In June, Laura Maclay shared the collection of one-of-a-kind art dolls she’s made.

In July, the pandemic relented enough for us to meet in person for an open house.

In August, covid surged again and we met virtually, viewing a SAQA video about native American made quilts.

In September, Sondra Primeaux showed her clothing made from recycle fabrics.
We also had a basket-making workshop with Dani Sue, which had been postponed from mid-2020.

In October, Jade Walker discussed her embroidery works and other ambitious large-scale fiber projects.

In November, Mary Baughman shared her lifetime love and expertise of books in south Austin.
In December, we had a end-of-year party at a member’s home, which was a cozy and comfortable way to see 2021 out.