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A dye house dies, part one

A lonely looking building, as well it should be. This is the door to what used to be our dye house. Until recently, it did a faultless job of skeining our yarn (which arrived on cones), dyeing the skeins, and neatly twisting them into appealing hanks.

To our great dismay (keening and wailing, too), this little dye house shut its doors last April. For a small business like Quince & Co, having a firm and dependable supply chain is nothing short of survival. So what to do?

Our current fix is to ship our yarn much further (expensive), have it skeined in a dedicated winding house (more expensive), and dyed in a plant better suited to large companies which dye in greater quantities (oh, so much more expensive). Not a great, long-term solution.

What’s a yarn company like ours to do?

We’ll get back to that question soon. But in the meantime, I’d like to show you what used to be behind this door. Next blog, coming up.




10 Responses to “A dye house dies, part one”

  1. Mary says:

    Oh no. That is such sad news. I hope you can find a solution that works for you all.

  2. Dorothy says:

    Oh, what a forlorn photo and such depressing news. I won’t get on my rant about needing jobs here in America right now, but consider yourself heard.

  3. Minh says:

    Any chance that we knitters could help out as part of a yarn CSA until you get a long-term fix?

  4. Natalie says:

    That’s sad news & I hope you’re on the way to a wonderful long term solution. It’ll be interesting to see more of how your beautiful colours are created.

  5. Stephanie says:

    Sad news indeed. Quince and Co. is special and must not fade away. All goog things to you all.

  6. jamie says:

    sadden by the news although (all to typical) one needs to rise above the downfalls and join forces with other local business.maybe a joint venture?

  7. meppybn says:

    Buy it and do it yourselves :) :)

  8. admin says:

    Good thought–we’re working on something that I’ll be talking about later in the week. Thanks so much for your suggestion!

  9. Very sad indeed, but I like meppybn’s suggestion…alot! :)

  10. Karen says:

    I agree it would be good if you could buy it and if some kind of CSA arrangement could help. I actually financed the p urchase of my house back in 88 with “community loans” I asked 100 friends to borrow $100. I paid them back each $110 each month over the course of about 5 years. I raised almost $10,000. You have a great product. Long may you reign.

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