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A dye house dies, part two

Last post pictured the side entry into what used to be our dye house. Now I open the door and show you a few pictures (blurry iphone photos, sorry) of the interior of a much-missed, circa 1960′s dye house. This is where our yarns used to get colored.

Above are tools of the trade, pigments, a thermometer, a spoon, pipettes, and garden variety kettles in which to dissolve the dyes.

Miscellany on shelves in the dye-prep room.

In the dye house proper, a dye tank in the foreground. In the back, two ‘cabinets’ that hold the skeins.

Hoists lift the cabinets into the tank.

Analog dials keep track of water temps and direction of flow.

In the drying room, damp skeins are strung on wooden dowels and hung on drying racks.

Hi-tech (?) fans circulate air to speed up the drying process.

Skeins dyed and dried and ready for twisting.

Today, the rooms pictured above are empty. The equipment is gone. So where do we go from here?

On an adventure. More soon.



8 Responses to “A dye house dies, part two”

  1. Carrie says:

    Neat! Thank you for this inside peak at how it was done. Much different from single skeins in my crockpit! As someone suggested in comments to the previous post, maybe you could take this process on yourself/

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Can’t wait to hear how you craft a solution. I’m married to a retired World Bank economist whose first question, when anything comes in the door, is, “Where was it made?” I hope you are able to find somewhere in the U.S. (or Canada–remember NAFTA?)where you can get the job done in a way that suits your small company and your high standards.

  3. Sandy says:

    Hi, just wanted to send best wishes to you from New Zealand!!! love your gorgeous yarns and your divine designs! I know you will continue to inspire. Look forward to following your new adventure.

  4. Linda Greider says:

    I second Elizabeth’s comments. And how sad.

  5. elena gold says:

    whew. thank you for sharing this part of Quince. Its something I’m embarrassed to say I’ve not considered before: How does the lovely Quince yarn get made? There is so much we depend on. I really hope a viable solution comes easily and effortlessly for you soon. This company is so special to a lot of us, please let us know if there is anything we can do! xo.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Please keep it American!

  7. Cyrene says:

    Pam’s version of “How Things Work” for those who have yarn in their DNA.

  8. tina says:

    This is so interesting on where the color emerges from. I hope you are able to find a sustainable source for your business and color line. I love your yarn, the colorways are just beautiful! Have you guys thought of a tonal line with some of your best neutrals and pops of color?

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