GoFundMe Campaign update!

GoFundMe Campaign update!

It's been nearly 2 months since we uprooted and moved to the new location on Harrison St in Oak Park. If you've missed the news, here's an update:

We've reached a third of our $30k GoFundMe goal! Dye Hard Yarns is nearing it's soft opening. A lot has been accomplished but there's more work to do.

Why We Need You: Your favorite local yarn store, Dye Hard Yarns, is creating a community dye studio- just for you!

The Vision:
What if you could professionally dye your own yarns with pro equipment? Or sit and create your own art amongst friends? Invest in beautiful indie dyed yarn? Take classes on some new fiber arts? Dye Hard Yarns wants to be the space you can do all these things! This should be the place to come for creativity, inspiration, community, and love. 

The studio will be fully outfitted with professional equipment. Classes will be held on dyeing, knitting, crochet, macrame, spinning, weaving, and more! Community members like you can create, connect, learn, and teach! 

Keep an eye out for guest dyers, teachers, designers, parties, and special events.

Dye Hard Yarns wants to be you're haven, home, and community for creativity. Be welcome, be safe, and have fun as a member of this beautiful collective!

Why You Should Support This Cause:
Did you know that Indie Dyers utilise their own kitchens, garages, and basements to bring you the masterfully crafted yarns you love? By opening our studio in the Arts District of Oak Park, we can provide studio space and professional tools to those who create beautiful yarns for us! This is our chance to provide the space we all deserve to make a living, invest in a hobby, or develop a creative outlet... But this cannot happen without community support. A community is built by many people, and it will take all of us to make this dream come true. Donate whatever you can, and take the time to share us on social media! 

Website and blog Dyehardyarns.com   Instagram dyehardyarns_op   Facebook @dyehardyarns  Twitter @DyeHardYarns

Let's make this Community the best ever!


Where your donations go:

Goals over the next 3 months:
$9,568.63 Dye equipment: 2 Proofing cabinets, 2 sheet pan cooling racks, measuring and mixing tools, dyes, color cards, yarn rings, 48 sheet pans, steam table pans and lids, soaking tubs, and other kitchen dye supplies.
$3,256.49 2 stainless steal tables for yarn dyeing prep, shelving and racks for dye tools, dye stock, and blank yarn storage. 
$1,643.25 Dress forms, manneqins, hand and foot forms and fixtures for sample display.
$1,518.09 Blank yarn, professional textile wash, citric acid, and resists.
$3,013.54 Building and window signage and installation.

Completed Goals:
$1,000 Electrical expansion of new circuits for dye equipment
$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:

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. 

November 25, 2019 — Chastity Dunlap
Dye Hard Yarns is Moving

Dye Hard Yarns is Moving

Dye Hard Yarns is packing up and moving to a new location!
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If you're familiar with our yarn boutique, you know that we feature several brands of Hand Dyed yarns, locally made gift items, and knitting and crochet classes. But the future of Dye Hard is changing.
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I've decided to expand the business model to feature a Dye Studio for local area dyers and students. 
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The new home of Dye Hard Yarns will be just 10 minutes away, located right in the heart of Oak Park's Arts District, at 210 Harrison St. The new studio will accommodate the needs of local hand dyers and students interested in learning the ins and outs of the craft.
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I'm developing a community dyer space within the new DHY store. It will be open to Fiber Artists and will also enable us to offer hand-dyeing classes along with our regular knitting, crochet, spinning, and macrame classes. The store has a mix of major brands and yarns dyed by local, independent artists, as well as handmade gifts. I'm delighted to have the opportunity to offer work by even more local hand-dyers and crafters with the expansion.

I believe that this is a fantastic step forward for the Oak Park fiber artist community in general, allowing us to support and encourage the development of the existing local fiber arts community, and to help it grow. It’s wonderful to be able to help artists and independent crafters do what they love.

My vision: A Dye studio and Artists space, Indie dyed yarn store, center for fiber arts classes, and community hub promoting diversity, inclusion, and intersectionality. It will be a place to create, to build community, and to sell our yarn and art. It will be a place to grow together, and learn, and teach others. Working together to lift each other into prosperity.

I want to set down roots in the arts district. To draw consumers to the neighbourhood who might not have otherwise found the area on their own. I'm hoping to partner with other Arts district businesses so that we can collaborate on classes and community events, and share opportunities for inclusion in the annual Chicago yarn crawl.

I'm so excited, and nervous, and full of butterflies! The possibilities are endless, and I'm thrilled to be able to create this new community.
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Dye Hard Yarns is crowdfunding to help finance the cost of the new studio space and equipment. Our GoFundMe campaign includes more information as well as a descriptive video.

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Your support, if given, will fund something that's never been done before, and help bring this dream and vision for the future to fruition.
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We will have guest dyers, teachers, and designers alongside our usual knitting and crochet classes, and events. I'm reaching out to the local fiber arts community in search of Dyers and Fiber artists.
September 26, 2019 — Chastity Dunlap