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Actually got to dye something again

Well, it has been a topsy turvey week after leaving the ‘real’ job. This was a rather sudden departure (my choice), so the past week has been spent job-hunting and trying not to throw up thinking about the old one. Stress CAN be a great motivator, however (see yesterday’s post.)

The dye workshop had been set up on two 6 foot tables that had been borrowed from work, so mid week I cleaned them off and today we returned them to the job, and also picked up that dratted library book. So the only thing that remains is to wait for the final paycheck and I can close that page in the book.

Not having the tables is a real drag, but the substitute is at least in the wood shop. So in order to dye today I returned to the original space – on top of the stove. (No counters in the 9-year-old temporary kitchen, but that’s another story.) Anyhow, got about 3 yards of fabric dyed, did the rinse job in the upstairs almost studio. If the energy level permits, I’ll get more staining done tonight, so the second coat can go on tomorrow.

Also got the washer tub and lid picked up at the powder coater – it’s a beautiful finish, and will protect the aluminum from the dye solutions. I could even do solid-color immersion dyeing, rather than low-water stuff. Took a picture of all the disparate bits of washer for a future ‘before and after’ post.

Here’s a picture of the owner’s manual (found on eBay):

I consider myself lucky because this model has a pump – not all did! Why a wringer washer you ask? That’s a story for another post.

Oh, and my book came from Honolulu – OPULENCE: The Kimonos and Robes of Itchiku Kubota. Another eBay purchase, recommended by various dyers, including Paula Burch on her great site. (Have to add that to the links column.) Incredible images, inspirations, Itchiku.

That’s it for tonight!

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Trying to be serious about this

Well, I’ve accomplished a number of things today in the ‘yes, this really is a business’ department:
Filed for sales tax license on-line
Decided against fictitious name registration at this point because of fees
Looked at tax implications of for-profit vs. hobby income
Printed up business cards
Set up new e-mail account for DippyDye

Also got the left hand wall of cabinets stained while hubby finished making doors for the under-sink cabinet (see pics!) With a studio like this, I’d better go pro. If not, it’s going to be the greatest hobby room ever.

Got a call from the powder coating company. $70 to coat the tub and lid for the wringer washer. That’s a really reasonable amount, and I’ve seen his work, but it does argue against the trip to the PMA craft show.

NB – find a closer craft show – Boyertown Belsnickel is Thanksgiving weekend, and supposed to be very good.

In general, the problem I’ve had with craft shows is that I usually can make what I see, but don’t want to. Likewise I’m too cheap to buy what I see there. Now I must go with a different focus, like what would it be like to set up at this show? (PMA is a whole nother deal, with serious juried competition.)

That’s 10 minutes for tonight!

Sat 7:00 AM added the pictures above. Someday there will be textiles to see!

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Starting out fresh

OK, first blog, first post ever. This, unsurprisingly, is going to be a test to see how it looks, etc.

Significant stuff:
Leaving the old job.
Trying to get closure, or I left a dratted library book there.
Starting the new, temp agency job Monday the 14th.
Gotta thank Sandy for her support.
Gotta thank hubby for support and for the studio. This year HE’s the Saint (usually it’s me.)

Coming up:
Going to PMA Craft show this weekend – will it be worth $15?

Seriously:
First, finish working on the studio.
Second, work on textile art every day.

No idea if I’ll be able to keep this up, but it is the sort of thing that can be done while waiting on hold, instead of playing solitaire.