Build a Community Dye Studio

Why we need you:
Dye Hard Yarns needs a new home. 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 want to move our boutique to a larger space in the Arts District of Oak Park. The new location will afford us the opportunity to offer Studio space and equipment for other Indie Dyers, retail space to showcase their yarns, and Yarn Dyeing classes for the community. But I'm not stopping there. We currently offer retail space for a small selection of local Artists & Crafters. 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.

The Vision: A Dye studio and Artists space, Indie dyed yarn store, center for fiber arts classes, and community hub.

We would greatly appreciate you sharing the campaign and any of our social media posts regarding the GoFundMe as much as possible.
Any donations are deeply and sincerely appreciated.

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

Where your donations go:

Donations will be put toward expenses including:
$3,500 Lighting and installation so that yarn colors and dyes will be crystal clear.
$2,800 Industrial kitchen sink for yarn prep, washing, and rinsing.
$5,700 Dye equipment: Stock pots, measuring tools, dyes, induction heaters, steam pans and other kitchen supplies.
$1,000 Tables for yarn dyeing prep, and artist display.
$2,400 Dress forms, slat wall, hooks, and fixtures for yarn and sample display.
$1,200 Shelving for notions, fiber tools, and storage.
$1,000 Moving expenses: Truck rental, movers
Additional build out expenses and inventory

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.

Who we are:


Dye Hard Yarns is a small boutique yarn shop in the heart of Oak Park.
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 nestled in Oak Park, where we offer classes in crochet, knitting, spinning, dyeing, and more...plus 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 Dartily.com, 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 knitting and crochet as well as macrame, spinning, weaving, felting, and dyeing. 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.

Our store is divided by brand. Each section features a different dyer, and starts from the lightest we have in that line (at the top) and goes down to the heaviest we have. (at the bottom)

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 to 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.

Donations (0)

  • Tina Trejo 
    • $5 
    • 4 d
  • Sharon Lyford Parrish 
    • $50 
    • 4 d
  • Emily Walton 
    • $107 
    • 7 d
  • Catherine Watrous  
    • $50 
    • 11 d
  • Mary Lynn Dietsche 
    • $18 
    • 11 d

Organizer

Chastity Dunlap 
Organizer
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