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My Awesome New Dyeing Sink!

Introducing….my Custom Dyeing Sink! It sits on my back patio, centered between the 2 windows, left is our kitchen, right our music/dining room, this is 8 feet of stainless steel awesome:

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This awesome thing was designed by me, along with the help of JNL Stainless, a stainless steel manufacturer located about 30 miles from Redlands. When I described what I wanted and how I would use it, they made some great suggestions that make it totally awesome!

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There is a raised edge all around the counter, so any spills will always be directed to the sink

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The whole work surface has a slight drainboard built in, assuring everything drains to the huge sink:

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The sink, although it’s huge, is very shallow, so I can work within the sink if I want, and when I’m rinsing out fabric I won’t be leaning over and killing my back:

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I’m not at all worried that the containers I dye in won’t fit under the faucet with that shallow sink because I’ve got a humdinger of a faucet! It’s a commercial kitchen faucet with a regular faucet that’s high off the deck and the pre-rinse pull down that is perfect for easily rinsing off the entire worksurface:

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I ask the guys to put the drain in the back, so I could be rinsing out a dishpan of dyed fabric and not be covering the drain. I originally imagined it being in the far back, but they told me it would be better to be in the center off to the side, making the plumbing easier to install:

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Because the plumbings off to the side, I’ve got room on the open side for all my big soaking buckets:

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And on the other side is SO much storage! The cabinet is so deep that there’s 2 layers of stuff down there, the things I don’t use very often are in the back row:

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It’s just fabulous! I finally got to dye over the weekend and break it in! Here’s a few snaps during the dyeing:

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My old sink used to be in front of the kitchen window, so I would tape my dyeing spreadsheets. Now, I clip them onto the Ikea Fintorp rail we’ve installed above the sink. (The faucet needed to have a support screwed to the wall, hubby wanted to do a small strip of wood behind it as it would make the faucent support more secure – I suggested extending it all the way across for the railing, and it’s working great!)

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And the rinsing out is super easy now!

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That folding down dish drainer that works with the Ikea hanging rails works so well for drying small cups, graduated cylinders etc… that I went back to Ikea Saturday night to buy 2 more!

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I really enjoyed working on it…it’s so awesome!!!!

My Juki TL-98 Q

A few years ago, Sew Mama Sew had a Sewing machine month, and they asked for folks to review their machines on their blogs. They’re doing this again, and so I thought I’d re-review my workhorse, as the last time I wrote about it it was relatively new to me! (Here’s the post with everybody’s information… Continue Reading

Studio Cleaned and Thread Organized!

My studio was a crazy mess last week! Not only did I need to clean up, but I was fed up with how my thread was stored. This set of drawers worked OK when I bought it, but of course I’ve been buying more thread, so the drawers were getting over full. Couple that with me not… Continue Reading

A Clean Studio is a Happy Studio!

After putting everything away from my show on Saturday, I decided it was time for some re-organization in my studio. The impetus for the reorganization was a new printer that had a larger footprint than the old one. Here’s a pic of what my desk wall looked like last Spring: With my old printer, I… Continue Reading

Organized Closets, Hurray!

Getting ready for our big reno project, I had to get me studio closet under control. As I dye more and more fabric, I need more places to store it! I don’t do lots of dyeing “just for the heck of it”, but with a particular palette or function (for one of my dyeing classes).… Continue Reading

One Moment | Spring Cleaning

Last Friday, I could see the light at the end of the tunnel, and was feeling pretty stoked. Did I jump right into that list? NO! It turns out that I needed to spruce up the studio. I’m not sure why, but there just comes a point where those piles just have to be dealt… Continue Reading

Holiday Studio Tour Report

Oh my goodness, what a great time my open studio was! It was part of a holiday studio tour I did with four other artists this past Sunday. I got a few pictures taken before it started, they aren’t the best, but I thought I’d show you how I turned my living and dining rooms… Continue Reading