Sunday, January 24, 2010

Thanks for supporting Craft Hope for Haiti

This week, I donated these linen tea towels and this batik fat quarter to the Craft Hope for Haiti store. They appeared in the store's listings on Friday and sold in under 10 minutes! Way to go!

All sales, minus Etsy listing and transaction fees, go to Doctors without Borders.

The Craft Hope for Haiti store has sold 1411 items as I write this post. Incredible. Over $20,000 in sales and counting.

I lived in Haiti from 1977-1978. The dignified people of Haiti were in dire need long before the earth's plates started shifting. I pray that folks all around the world will care about the welfare of Haitians long after stories of the earthquake have vanished from the front page of the newspaper.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Just a quick post to remind everyone that I'm having a January Sale in my Etsy store. I'm trying to clear out some pieces that have been in stock for a long time. Many of them are patterns and colorways I won't be repeating.

Hopefully, these lower prices will inspire you to buy my fabric and get started on that project you've been putting off for a long time!  Once my new dyeing studio is up and running, I'll be introducing new patterns and colorways. Any thoughts you have about new colorways are always welcome!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Out with the Old, in with the New

The beginning of a new year brings an opportunity for reflection and renewal. I like the start out the new year with a project that I can realistically complete and will have tangible, visible results.

After much thought, I've decided to build out a functioning and attractive dyeing studio. When I started my dyeing experiments over a year ago, I started out on a 3' X 3' old table in my laundry room. As my stash of fabric, dyes, auxiliary chemicals, and tools multiplied, I carved out out small workplaces all over my house to accommodate my different processes. I converted my cutting table in my sewing room into a station for waxing my fabric. I set up more workspace in my basement near my laundry tub to store dyes, soda ash, plastic containers, tubs, and stock pots. Over the summer, I set up an outdoor dyeing station next to my garden hose.  All of these workplaces served their function, but having several work areas on different levels and in different rooms has been frustrating. I waste a lot of time locating supplies and walking up and down stairs.

As 2010 begins, I've decided to consolidate all my dyeing activities in one room. I'm going to convert my sewing room into a dye studio, complete with double sink, microwave, and small fridge.  For the time being, sewing will have to be relegated to another part of the house -- to be determined!

I've cleaned out my sewing room and am getting ready to spackle and paint. Next step will be to complete the layout of cabinets, using the IKEA planner software.  Several years ago, my husband and I remodeled our kitchen using IKEA cabinets and are very happy with them. They are inexpensive, easy to put together, and durable. It will be wonderful to have all my supplies behind cabinet doors.  The clutter factor will definitely improve.

I have my eyes on a double stainless restaurant sink with double drainboards.  When I first started looking for stainless double sinks, I was shocked at the prices -- $1000 and up for two stainless sinks! Yikes!  Then I got the idea to look for stainless work sinks that are freestanding.  Installing a freestanding sink with drainboards will mean we don't have to install a countertop and sink cutout. Also, the stainless drainboards are a much better choice than laminate countertop where caustic soda ash, dyes, and lots of water will be in constant use. And I've been able to find a double sink with drainboards for about $400. I think that's not only a bargain, but a terrific investment for a hardworking room.

I'll post pics of my progress. If you've built out a dye or art studio and have some ideas you'd like to share, please do!