Candied Fabrics is Turning 5!

I find it hard to believe, but I’m beginning my 5th year of business! My very first art show was Red Dirt Art Festival in April of 2007. This Saturday, April 9, isย Red Dirt 2011, so I’m officially beginning year number 5 tomorrow!ย To celebrate, I’ll be having a giveaway!

How do you enter?

In two weeks time (APRIL 25 at midnight Pacific), I’ll choose two names:

  1. One from my newsletter subscribers (click here if you’ve not subscribed yet)
  2. Another from people who comment on this blog post. If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know that I’ve started to teach classes on how I do what I do, specifically, how to make a messenger bag and a simple tote. I’d love for you to tell me what type of class you would like to take from me (we’ll assume that time and money aren’t an issue!) You’re also welcome to just wish me a happy anniversary!

What’s the prize?

Well, the winners will choose either one of my hand dyed habotai scarves, in the color palette of you choice, or a half yard of hand-dyed fabric, in one those scarf palettes.

Okey Dokey, I’ve got lots of last minute prep to do for the show…everyone cross your fingers that it doesn’t rain, because the rain date for this show is 2 weeks away, which makes it the day before Easter…not the best time for an Art Festival!

om [one moment] meet upMy moment this week? It’s got to be the realization that what started as a lark 4 years ago has developed into a huge part of my life, one that allows me to grow artistically, but is also connecting me to people all over the world in ways I never thought was possible! What could be a lonely pursuit is filled with support and encoragement, and for that I thank you all!

alamodestuff Linda has started a weekly meetup based on taking a moment each week to really notice something as you go about your daily grind life. I need to do this. You may want to too – read more about it here:

54 Responses to Candied Fabrics is Turning 5!
  1. courtney
    April 8, 2011 | 5:33 am

    i’d love to learn to dye fabric- i’ve always wanted to try! ๐Ÿ™‚ happy 5th!

  2. Jane Compeau
    April 8, 2011 | 5:42 am

    I would love to take either of the bags you are teaching in the Chicago area, the messenger bag, or the tote bag. I almost always carry a bag with me, and yours are lovely.

  3. Vicki W
    April 8, 2011 | 6:18 am

    Happy Anniversary! You have built a wonderful business!

  4. Elisa B.
    April 8, 2011 | 6:21 am

    Happy anniversary, Candy!! I’d love to take a sewing/quilting class from you. Maybe make one of your great bags.

  5. Allisa
    April 8, 2011 | 6:42 am

    Congrats! What an amazing accomplishment and wonderful thing you have created ๐Ÿ™‚

    I would love to take an art quilt class from you ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Brenda
    April 8, 2011 | 7:12 am

    I just found your blog site and love your colors. I am definitely putting this in my favorites and check out your tutorials. A tutorial on a hobo style bag for a teen would be nice.

  7. FiberAntics
    April 8, 2011 | 7:23 am

    Happy #5 and congratulations! Your hand-dyed scarves and fabric are just beautiful!

  8. sophie
    April 8, 2011 | 7:45 am

    Your question is a no-brainer for me. Ever since seeing your wonderful messenger bags, I’ve known I would make one for myself … one of these days ๐Ÿ˜‰ How much more fun it would be to take a class with you and learn how you create and customize the bags than spending the time to create a pattern all on my own.

    Congratulations on five years of Candied Fabrics!

  9. Carol Johnson
    April 8, 2011 | 8:10 am

    I’d like to take a class on one of your purses. Love them. Congrats on your first five years!

  10. Elizabeth
    April 8, 2011 | 8:16 am

    Congratulations! You are doing fabulous! I would love to make one of those gorgeous messanger bags!

  11. Vicki
    April 8, 2011 | 8:25 am

    Congrats on 5 years! Can you believe how fast it’s gone? What about teaching a dyeing class?

  12. Melanie T
    April 8, 2011 | 9:24 am

    I’d like to learn more about the color palette and how to combine colors. Thanks for the chance!

  13. simone de haan
    April 8, 2011 | 9:29 am

    Congratulations on your fifth anniversary, many happy returns with lots of fantastic fabric.

  14. Joyce Mosby
    April 8, 2011 | 9:30 am

    I love the colors in your dyed fabric. I would love to make a messenger bag someday.

  15. Ramona
    April 8, 2011 | 9:33 am

    5 years, thats great! I’d love a class on dyeing your scarves. I’d love a studio tour too if I ever get out to visit Sue and Jim.Keep up the beautiful work:)

  16. sarah
    April 8, 2011 | 11:47 am

    I’d take the messenger bag class. love it!

  17. Cyn
    April 8, 2011 | 11:54 am

    I’ve always wanted to make a quilt – it’s on my Life List. So, if you taught the class, all the better!

    Congratulations on five years with Candied Fabrics! I’m glad I get to be a little part of your journey.

  18. Angie
    April 8, 2011 | 12:13 pm

    I’d love a class on Free Motion Quilting. It’s something I admire and envy. Jack is REALLY into sewing right now. My mom is teaching him to sew by hand, then she’ll introduce the machine. I think free motion would be something he’d enjoy in the future.

    Congratulations on your anniversary!

  19. Amanda Davis
    April 8, 2011 | 12:27 pm

    Hey lady, congratulations on 5 years! What a great achievement!

  20. Mary Hopkins
    April 8, 2011 | 1:04 pm

    Pretty, Pretty! Those scarves are Pretty! You do great work! Congrats on 5 years!

  21. Linda @alamodestuff
    April 8, 2011 | 3:09 pm

    Congrats! Wonderful things happen when we least expect it!

    Good luck this weekend!! If you’re taking the iPad covers, be prepared to sell out and take orders!

  22. Sandy
    April 8, 2011 | 4:02 pm

    A class on dyeing your silk scarves would be awesome.
    You’re always showing something interesting via your blog.

  23. Alison
    April 8, 2011 | 5:23 pm

    Pity I’m not in the same country, to attend lessons. But I can still be inspired by your work!

  24. Denise :)
    April 8, 2011 | 5:59 pm

    Congratulations! Those scarves are gorgeous. Please count me in for the giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Caren
    April 8, 2011 | 6:20 pm

    Yay for anniversaries! About what kind of class I’d take, I would love to take a class on hand-dyeing fabrics like you do, but it would have to include instruction on color choices, how to mix and match colors, and I’d sign up! I’m not too good at color stuff, I usually just see something I like and then copy it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. Allie
    April 8, 2011 | 10:45 pm

    Congratulations, Candy!!!! Wow what a lovely give-away. I would love to learn how to dye from you – you get such spectacular results!

  27. Michelle
    April 9, 2011 | 2:16 am

    Congratulations on your business turning 5, it’s even more special when it’s something that you are so obviously passionate about, keep up the great colours!

  28. Rita
    April 9, 2011 | 4:56 pm

    definitely fabric dying.

    Thanks to SewMamaSew for introducing me to you!

  29. Fran
    April 9, 2011 | 5:23 pm

    Happy anniversary ! Those scarves are magnificent ….
    Wow ! Your work is outstanding….

    a class….yes….but maybe something on the Internet ?
    ( cannot travel ….but love to learn )

  30. Sherry Jagels
    April 9, 2011 | 7:20 pm

    i love your scarves and the fabric, congrats on the anniversary.

  31. Margaret
    April 9, 2011 | 7:37 pm

    Hi Candy, congratulations on your 5-year anniversary. Like many of the other commenters, I would love to take a fabric dyeing class. Also wanted to tell you that, believe it or not, my last name is Glendening, too!

  32. Krystyna
    April 9, 2011 | 7:49 pm

    Congrats and Happy 5th! I’d love to learn how you make these beautiful gradients of color. Looks like we are all fascinated by this process!

  33. Nancy B from Many LA
    April 10, 2011 | 7:35 am

    Congratulations! You are so talented – I’d love to learn to dye like you!

  34. Deb Walls
    April 11, 2011 | 1:22 pm

    I’m still one of your biggest fans, Candy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Congratulations on your 5th Year! Much continued success to you… -Deb

  35. Chris Daly
    April 11, 2011 | 6:18 pm

    I’d love to take and make your messenger bag class. You are teaching 10 minutes away from my mom’s house in August. You never know I may turn up.

  36. jodi meenan
    April 11, 2011 | 11:47 pm

    Oh, I’m not too late (even tho your post says March 22 – must be a type). Your dyeing is stunning, and your art is gorgeous! Thanks for the chance!

  37. Judy LeVang
    April 13, 2011 | 10:53 pm

    I would like to take a fabric dyeing course so that I can make beautiful dyed fabric for myself!

  38. Anna Walker
    April 14, 2011 | 5:12 pm

    Well, if time and money were no considerations, then I choose BOTH classes!!

    BTW-the scarves are AMAZING-would love to take one of those and nuno felt some fibers!


  39. Amanda
    April 19, 2011 | 4:44 am

    I would love to learn how to dye fabric. LOL Something I’ve thought about, but too nervous to try.

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  41. Dusty
    April 22, 2011 | 5:50 am

    I’d love a dyeing class! I’ve played a bit (Kool-aid dyeing play silks, RIT in the washer to fix something I’ve ruined) but I’d love to know how to do it right.

  42. Ramona
    April 22, 2011 | 6:33 am

    I would love to take a class on your messenger bags. They are gorgeous. Thanks to your great tutorial on sew mama sew I am going to try to dye some fabric of my own.

  43. Alison Benke
    April 22, 2011 | 11:13 am

    I’d love to learn how to make a tote. Thanks for a chance to win!
    aliben7 (at) gmail (dot) com

  44. Ellu
    April 22, 2011 | 1:49 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I’d love to follow a course on creating hand-dyed blouses.

  45. SewLindaAnn
    April 23, 2011 | 6:23 am

    I just came over from SMS’s blog. I can’t wait to check out your tutorial on beginning fabric dyeing. I just had to get over here to see your stuff and I love the colors and work you do! Happy to have been directed here.

  46. Laura Wilson
    April 23, 2011 | 9:29 am

    Happy anniversary! I would love to learn how to dye like you…the Kelp palette is just gorgeous!

  47. Gayle Grier
    April 24, 2011 | 6:55 pm

    Hello Candy,
    I just found your website today and have thoroughly enjoyed looking it over. Your dyed fabrics are lucious! Hope I can get into dying fabric soon.
    Best wishes,

  48. Linda
    April 25, 2011 | 9:08 am

    I’d love a workshop on dyeing, but specifically your approach to colour and how you get the wonderful shades!!!!!

  49. Kim R.
    April 25, 2011 | 10:09 am

    I would love to learn to make a tote bag.
    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. simone de haan
    April 25, 2011 | 12:17 pm

    What a great fabrics and scarfs, would love to have something like this.

  51. Michelle Remy
    April 25, 2011 | 12:27 pm

    I discovered your website & blog via Twitter and have fallen in love with your work and style! Thank you for the opportunity to win one of your gorgeous scarves and congrats on turning five!!!

  52. Kristen (Creative Stash)
    April 25, 2011 | 3:24 pm

    Hi Candy, Congrats on your 5 year anniversary!!! That is wonderful and you are doing amazing. I am so glad you started teaching as well – combining your love for teaching + your craft = awesome! I love the tote bag you are teaching and I would also love a 3D Art class where you dye the fabric and create an art piece with it. Much love and continued success!

  53. kathyh
    April 25, 2011 | 5:57 pm

    Congratulations on keeping a business going five years. Here’s to the next five!
    The messenger bag looks fun.
    Love your tutorial on dyeing fabrics over at SewMamaSew.

  54. Jacque
    April 25, 2011 | 8:33 pm

    I came here from Sew Mama Sew, and signed up for your newsletter! I am so glad I found your tutorial over there….I want to start trying to make these gorgeous colors! Thanks so much for teaching us!