I enjoy helping people. I really do. In this installment of my blog, I want to introduce you to Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics and invite you to help them.
I have to tell you that I just love Cherrywood fabric. I use it every chance I get. In fact, almost all of my class projects for my new Craftsy class are made from Cherrywood fabrics. (The one non-Cherrywood fabric was a print.) Cherrywood fabric is beautiful, it feels SO soft, and it sews like a dream. But the thing that really sets this hand-dyed fabric apart from the others is the visual texture. It looks like suede! Seriously. They have this one jacket sample in their booth that looks so much like suede that people stop and touch it. I’ve seen it happen over and over again.
Have you ever dyed fabric before? I can do it, but I’m not a big fan of the prep work and the mess. It’s fun – and it’s like a birthday present when you open the containers to rinse the fabric and see what you’ve done – but it’s hard work and it takes a lot of time. Sure, I could dye all of my own fabric, but I have other things on my list that I would enjoy more. And I just can’t get that suede look in my own hand-dyed fabric. So, I buy Cherrywood.
Now imagine that you are dyeing fabric. Yards of fabric. Bolts of fabric. Every day. Imagine that you are doing this in the tiny basement of an old building where the floor drain continually backs up, the room gets really humid, and there’s no air conditioning. Oh, and there’s no elevator. You will need to hoss things – heavy things – up and down two flights of stairs. Did I mention that this situation was meant to be temporary? Wouldn’t it be great if the building where you work were all on one floor? With lots of great lighting and windows and capacity for more washing machines? And an actual loading dock?
So, the good folks at Cherrywood are buying such a building! They have the finance thing worked out for the building, but they would appreciate your help with some of the remodeling costs that would take this empty shell of a building and make it a wonderfully functional facility with room to grow. And they would really like to be able to use rolling carts to move the heavy stuff from work station to work station. I’m just sayin’.
For the rest of July, Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics has a campaign at INDIEGOGO. I encourage you to follow the link and read their story. They are not asking for something for nothing. If you can throw them some help (as little as $5), they’ll throw something back.
I’m helping. Currently, I buy Cherrywood online and at quilt shows. I want Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics to make a successful move, to expand, and to be able to dye enough fabric to sell wholesale to shops. Maybe local shops.
So, I’m in! Join me?