Sunday, April 17, 2016

Shibori Dyeing

 I have thought about transforming my textile hobbies into a business for a while but have had trouble coming up with something to sell.  I needed something that I enjoyed making and that could be produced in quantity fairly quickly.  Most of the things that I enjoy doing are small and fiddly and don't lend themselves to production which makes them uneconomical from the sales standpoint since I can't charge a reasonable amount for my labor.  I recently found somethings I love to do and that could translate well into a business when I took a felting and dyeing workshop through North Suburban Needlearts Guild.

After the workshop, I decided to give it a try.  I ordered some scarf blanks from Dharma Trading Company and an assortment of dyes and started to collect supplies for Shibori dying.  I also started the process of setting up a business.  I spent yesterday afternoon dyeing twenty scarves.  You can see the results in the picture above.  Some of them are spectacular, some are just pretty, and a few are duds.  My fingertips are teal and I am ready to order more scarf blanks and try another round of dyeing.

I am also on my way to having a business.  I filed with the Lake County Clerk and my "Doing Business As" legal notice started running today.  I got a graphic artist to help me with a logo, and I hope to have my Etsy shop ready to go at the beginning of May.  I am going to start with a selection of colorful, hand-dyed silk scarves but I would like to expand to include nuno felted items and bags.

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