Build a Community Dye Studio

Why we need you:
Dye Hard Yarns is creating a Community Dye Studio and I need your support to make it happen!

The Vision: A dye studio, indie dyed yarn store, artist's space, center for fiber arts classes, and community hub. I want Dye Hard Yarns to be a place of creativity, inspiration, community, and love. A place to lift everyone up.

The studio will be fully outfitted and stocked. Dyers can create, connect with customers, teach each other, and teach the public. There will be classes in dyeing, knitting, crochet, macrame, spinning, weaving and more!

I'll have guest dyers, teachers, & designers, and of course, tons of yarn (It's still a yarn store!) 

It will be a haven for the fiber arts and the community that loves it. A place of welcome and a home for everyone to feel safe and a part of something. Working together,  we can lift each other into prosperity!

Why the change:
Indie dye companies are small 1-2 person operations typically operating under less than ideal circumstances. Finding and affording the space, equipment, supplies, and time to dye is a struggle. Especially as many of us have full time jobs and families to take care of. I want to alleviate some of that burden.

I have moved the boutique to a larger space in the Arts District of Oak Park. The new location affords us the opportunity to offer Studio space and professional equipment for other Indie Dyers, retail space to showcase their yarns, and Yarn Dyeing classes for the community. But I'm not stopping there. I want to provide studio space for Fiber Artists, expand our handcrafted offerings, and create an opportunity for locals to earn a living doing something they love.

Dyers and Artists will have display space and full studio access along with other perks. We'll have dye parties, Dye-a-longs for new pattern releases, and other community focused events. With a collective of dyers and artists, we'll have the opportunity to really engage people, help each other grow and learn, and expand our reach. It will be a place to create, to build community, and to sell our yarn and art while teaching others.

I would greatly appreciate you sharing the campaign and any of our social media posts regarding the GoFundMe as much as possible. Website and blog   Instagram dyehardyarns_op   Facebook @dyehardyarns  Twitter @DyeHardYarns

$5, $50, $500, anything helps. Anything is deeply and sincerely appreciated, even just sharing as much as you feel comfortable.

Let's make this new yarn home the best ever!

Where your donations go:

We've come a long way but there's more to do:
$3,013.54 Building and window signage and installation.
$9,568.63 Dye equipment: Proofing cabinets, sheet pan cooling racks, measuring and mixing tools, dyes, color cards, yarn rings, sheet pans, soaking tubs, and other kitchen supplies.
$3,256.49 Tables for yarn dyeing prep, shelving and racks for dye tools, dye stock, and blank yarn storage. 
$2,643.25 Dress forms, manneqins, hand and foot forms and fixtures for sample display.
$1,518.09 Blank yarn, professional textile wash, citric acid, and resists.

$3,858.75 Lighting and installation so that yarn colors and dyes will be crystal clear.
$2,800 Industrial kitchen sink and installation for yarn prep, washing, and rinsing.
$1,000 Moving expenses: Truck rental, boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, tape, dollies, movers
$1,416.25 Paint, painting supplies, tools, and other hardware store supplies.
$925 Legal, licensing, and permits

About me:

My name is Chastity, and I'm the owner of Dye Hard Yarns. I've called OakPark, IL home for over 8yrs. My children are growing up in this community. I've been an Indie Dyer for 4yrs, and a local yarn store owner for 2yrs. Dye Hard Yarns is my dream , and the Fiber Arts community is like my Family. My heart, passion, time, sacrifice and devotion is poured into every facet of this business. I want everyone who walks into my store to feel welcome and inspired.

What we are about:

Dye Hard Yarns is a small boutique yarn shop and dye studio in the heart of Oak Park's arts district.
We are the home of Indie dyers, Hand dyers, Artisans, Makers and small businesses near and far. When you shop with us, you can feel comfortable knowing that your dollars are supporting families, and keeping the creative dream alive for those of us who dare to put ourselves out there.

Over the years we've all come to realize, Fiber people are the best people!
We love our knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers, dyers, macramers (is that a word?), and everyone in between. It's become our mission to help you achieve your project dreams, and to build a community centered around joy, and a shared love for the fiber arts.

Come visit us at our yarn boutique where we offer classes in crochet, knitting, spinning, dyeing, macrame and group events, monthly pop ups, and Wednesday Fiber Fun nights.
We provide project and pattern help, color advice, and a warm inspiring environment in which to create your first or next project. Join us and peruse our stock of yarn, fiber, spindles, needles, hooks, and notions. Work on your projects in the company of other makers, share your works in progress, or reveal what you have recently finished.

The Store:

We are predominantly an Indie dyed store, which means 98% of all of our Yarns are hand-dyed. We currently have three local dyers, including my own line, Kitty Pride Fibers. I provide all the custom dyeing for the store.

We typically have at least one trunk show every month, and shows can last anywhere from two weeks to 30 days. This gives an opportunity for our customers to experience new Dyers they may have never seen before, and for our Dyers to grow their brand.

We carry many gift items and notions from local artisans: Hand-sewn project bags, ceramic stitch markers and yarn bowls, candles, lotion bars, hand scrubs, bath salts, hand-knit items and leather shawl cuffs. We are always looking for new artisans to showcase.

Our Artist in Residence, Faith Hill of, creates stunning portraits and paintings utilizing knitting as an underlayer, and an overlaid digital drawing. You'll see many of her prints for sale around our boutique. She does custom portraits of people, pets, adoptable animals and many others. You may see her in her Studio space alternately working on her knitting machine, sketching, spinning yarn, or knitting.

We provide a wide array of classes in the fiber arts. There's plenty of opportunity to learn something new, experience something different, and expand your range of fiber skills.

We offer subscription clubs for the avid fiber enthusiast. Surprise yarn, small gifts, and patterns sent every other month, or a discount Club where you can save on all of our products and classes.

There are many samples around the store to inspire your creativity. We offer assistance choosing and coordinating colors, substituting Yarns, project planning, fixing mistakes, and pattern help.

Many customers find joy leafing through our collection of vintage pamphlets with crafts such as knitting, crochet, sewing, needlework, and recipes. If you are into spinning or felting, we have several baskets of unspun fiber and roving on display.

Our community events include:
Fiber Fun Night on Wednesdays from 6 - 9 pm. Join us, and sit around the table working on your project, talking, laughing, and occasionally sipping wine.

Stitch-N-Step, our morning walking group. Grab a project bag and walk with us while we knit or crochet on an hour long stroll around beautiful Oak Park.

Dye Hard Yarns Field Trips, for the livelier set. Take a trip into the city and visit local bars and venues in Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Pilsen, and River North. Knit or crochet on simple projects while listening to the DJ play, having a drink with friends, and enjoying each other's company.

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