Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Welcome to the Color Co-op- A Multi- Dyer Club!

A group of six hand dyers has gathered for this club. For each shipment we will all dye a colorway which is inspired by one piece of artwork that is submitted by club subscribers. These could be photos you have personally have taken, or even artwork you have created like paintings, drawings, or even collages.

Each month we will post 4-5 of these submissions and let subscribers vote on which is to be our inspiration for that shipment. The winner who produces the chosen artwork will get their shipment free that month. (Subscribers would be limited to winning only one time every 6 months)

Members will rotate through the 6 dyers so after 6 shipments you will have recieved one skein from each dyer, then you'll start over

A Multi Dyer Club like this has not been done before—most multi dyer clubs are run by retailers and most other yarn clubs are run by the individual hand dyer alone. We think it will be a lot of fun to see how each of us is inspired by the same piece of art work. I bet all of our colorways will be very different!

The colorways will be exclusive to club members for 6 months. BUT, all club members will have the option of ordering more skeins in any of the 6 colorways that are created for each shipment, since they will only receive one of the six as part of their membership.

As a member, you have the option of receiving yarn OR roving. That can be a hard choice, I know, but don't worry- you can change your mind every month if you'd like!

All the skeins will be 4oz and will come in a variety of base yarns (dyers choice!), but they will all be appropriate for socks. It will mostly be fingering weight, but we might have some sport or dk thrown in for variety.

Roving will be an equivalent amount (at least 4oz, sometimes more) of roving in a variety of fibers and blends. 

Shipments will arrive every other month beginning in November.


Cost - $33 per shipment. First shipment's payment is due when you sign up, after that you will be billed a month prior to each shipment. We hope that you will continue with the club for the full series of 6 shipments (or longer!) but if you need to discontinue your subscription please let us know as soon as possible.
International Customers (Outside of the US & Canada): Please purchase the International memberships which include extra shipping costs of $5 per shipment. Thanks!

Click here to sign up!

16 comments:

Lynn said...

What a great idea. I've signed up and will be looking for inspiration photos to share with all of you.

Mary in VA said...

I'm very intrigued by this club, both the six different interpretations, and the fact that its three dyers I love and three I don't know.

How is the one skein you automatically receive determined? Is it always the company you sign up through, or does it rotate through the six?

Kelly said...

Mary-

You will sign up on the Unique Sheep site, and be randomly assigned to a dyer. After that you will rotate through the rest of the dyers as long as you are a member of the club.

So it will take 6 shipments to receive a skein of yarn from each of the 6 dyers-- if you decide to stay on after that we will rotate you through each dyer again!

Anonymous said...

Will the 5 colorways by the 5 dyers that an individual subscriber doesn't receive each month be available for purchase right away? Will extra skeins be dyed along with the initial club shipments, or will these be dyed to order?

Mary in VA said...

Thanks Kelly, that seals the deal! Even if I had vowed to stop joining clubs! Of course, now I'm a little worried I won't be able to resist ordering he other five either!

I even know what pic I'm going to send in because I was just thinking recently it would make a pretty yarn!

Kelly said...

"Will the 5 colorways by the 5 dyers that an individual subscriber doesn't receive each month be available for purchase right away? Will extra skeins be dyed along with the initial club shipments, or will these be dyed to order?"

The colorways that the individual subscriber does not receive will be available for purchase by subscribers right away. The Unique Sheep usually dyes to order, and gets the orders out fairly quickly.

I am not sure about the other dyers, but will send your question along to them so they can answer it.

Thanks so much for asking!

Kelly

Catherine Kerth said...

I always dye a few extra when I do a club, just incase people want to purchase extra. If those are sold out then I will dye more to order.
Mama Llama

Tactile said...

We plan to dye extra skeins. Natural dyeing is a longer process and it can take 2-4 weeks for an item to be ready for sale.

Maia

Tyler said...

"Will the 5 colorways by the 5 dyers that an individual subscriber doesn't receive each month be available for purchase right away? Will extra skeins be dyed along with the initial club shipments, or will these be dyed to order?"

Personally I will dye up the precise amount of yarn needed each month. However, I will probably dye up a few more skeins for members only who want more of a particular color, or if you wanted that color but didn't get the chance to recieve it.

If you have any questions for me personally (macek designs) please feel free to directly contact me at tylermacek@yahoo.com

The Sanguine Gryphon said...

Same here, I'll dye extras and make them available to club members only for a while. If more are needed, I'll dye them to order, but of course they'll be a different dye lot.

Michael said...

Am I missing something or is the cost not listed?

Kelly said...

Michael,
If you click the "sign up" button you will go to a page that has more information about the club, including the cost!

Kelly

Kate said...

Is the cost $33 a month or $33 a shipment?

Laura said...

Its $33 per shipment, sorry for the confusion. I've edited the post to clarify it.

Tamsie said...

I don't spin yet, so I'd like yarn. Are there details for the artwork - like size, medium, and do we mail it to you, or post a photo online?

Laura said...

Tamsie,
Any size and medium artwork is acceptable. You can email it to laura@theuniquesheep.com or if you have a photo posted online you can just email us the link.