Dyeing, dyeing and more dyeing!
I'm very excited that I decided to try vending at the AQS show in Virginia Beach this October but it means a lot of prep work to get ready. I'm really enjoying planning the booth layout and what inventory that I need to have ready. I estimate that I will need about 800 yards (or more) for a show of this size. Next comes the challenge of figuring out what the make up of that inventory needs to be.
Of course I have spreadsheets! I'm keeping track of what I want to take and how much of it I have ready. I have storage bins all around the house (hidden as much as possible) to keep it all in for the next few months. But this means that I have to double the amount of fabric that I dye each week.
I used to dye on Wednesday, wash out on Thursday, soak Friday, rinse and dry on Saturday and iron on Sunday. Now I dye Tuesday and Wednesday and double all of the other schedules too. Now when I dye gradients I dye 2 of each: one for the internet shop and one for the show. These are Gray Skies and Black that I dyed yesterday.
Yes, I batch in a sauna. Only because we have it in the basement. Chris used it for a while but decided he didn't like it. It's a GREAT dyeing tool!
But that's not all! I'm also dyeing 4 new Reflections designs this week. These are all for the internet shop. They will not be at the show. So that's 40 yards Wednesday.
This is the washout and starting the soaking process for all the stuff I dyed Tuesday. This is about 43 yards of Shades Packs. For the Shades Packs I dye whatever customers ordered for the week and the same colors for the show. It's all pretty efficient and I'm building up the inventory faster than I expected.
That's all really good but it does mean a lot less quilting and mosaic. I'm not complaining because I'm really enjoying the dyeing and show preparations but it does mean there's less good stuff for the blog. I don't think you want to see fabric dyeing photos every week! I may share some if it seems the least bit interesting but there are likely to be some skipped days this summer (like tomorrow) when I just don't have anything blog-worthy to share.
Next week will be better, though, because it's Country School sewing this weekend and I'll get to work on my Antelope Canyon quilt again!
This is where I left off last month and I'm excited to work on it again. Plus Chris and I will finish off the Bosch series so I will make some applique progress....and I'm going to go hang out in my friend's pool. I'm so glad summer is finally here!
5/11/2018 07:30:35 am
I like seeing the dyeing pictures! I think showing all the work involved educates us on why hand dyed fabric costs more.
5/11/2018 07:39:23 am
I always enjoy the dyeing photos.
5/11/2018 08:00:09 am
I like hearing about your dyeing process, I think it's because I haven't done it and I am chicken!! We have watched Bosch too, waiting for the latest one to come out on Amazon Prime.
5/11/2018 09:54:21 am
My hand is up too about seeing your dyeing process, I learn from you. What are those big long black trays? Have you really got summer? Lucky you, I'm sitting here in my long johns and big winter fluffy robe.
5/11/2018 12:34:45 pm
Vicki, I find these photos to be very interesting, and not the least bit boring. I'm sure there are many of us out here that would love to see the process from beginning to end, raw material to finished product, if you ever have time to do so. Thanks for sharing these photos.
5/11/2018 03:46:04 pm
Your organization is so impressive. I look forward to watching the progress on Antelope Canyon quilt. Love the fabric color choice.
5/14/2018 06:21:09 pm
Phew - I can't wrap my head around dyeing all that fabric! Just the logistics of handling it all and...worse...having to iron it makes me feel weak.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.