yarn shop. Here, she rediscovered knitting and it is now what she looks forward to most at the end of her days.
Rachel started Dyeabolical and worked part time whenever possible in her 500 square foot apartment. A year ago, she went full time and she and her husband moved to a bigger home where Dyeabolical could have its own space.
Let's start with the business side. Here is Rachel's shipping station.
Next year she hopes to do one out of town show and she's taking sign-ups for her first ever Sock Club and Fiber Club (peek fast - they're almost sold out!).
Her business center.
And her library.
In the middle of the room is the production studio. Deborah is here today, Rachel's friend and assistant.
Rachel is carding up custom dyed Blue Faced Leicester (pronounced "Lester") wool.
I hope you can see its beautiful grey shade?
Deborah is working the mechanized skein winder.
See it smiling at her?
Behind Deborah is Rachel's light box. Rachel estimates it takes her eight hours to photograph two weeks of her work, or 15 to 20 pounds of fiber and yarn. She says the light box has been a tremendous asset in her marketing.
Four years after that $100 gift, Rachel has opened an etsy shop, she has participated in many shows, she teaches, she designs (her most popular pattern is here), she blogs and she has a national clientele for her work.
Here is one of the corners of her home that I mentioned. Rachel spins her yarn here (see first photo). It's very zen.
Her loom is also outside her studio. This is one of Rachel's husband's creations. One piece of advice that Rachel would offer a beginning fiber artist is this: get to know your tools. "I didn't know that my $100 spinning wheel was a well made machine until I took the time to really learn how it was meant to be used," she said.
Thank you Rachel! (and Deborah!)