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29 Aug '18

End of Summer Sale

Posted by Melanie Dilworth
As the weather turns from one season to another, it's time for us to think about switching crafting gears as well.  Black Trillium Fibres has yarns for all of your project aspirations, from sweaters to gift-giving, and a sale to ease us through the change.

Our End of Summer Sale, and you're invited!

Happening August 30th through September 5th ...
Only at our website, Black Trillium Fibres ...
Discount code EOS must be entered at checkout ...
To get 25% off everything.
15 Jun '18

Moving Sale

Posted by Melanie Dilworth
As you may have heard through our social media or my post last week, we have some upcoming changes at Black Trillium Fibres.  Here's the gist:
We're losing our dyeing studio.
Which means...
We're moving.
Anyone who's run their own business will tell you this costs a fair amount of money.  In our case, it begins with a new electrical panel and probably offsite storage, as well as all the usual associated moving costs.  It will all be for the best in the long run, but we're going to need your help to get there.
There are crowd-funding options, of course.  However, I think it would be easier and more expedient for us to make use of this lovely little website we're already on and offer crafters an unusual opportunity.  How about this:
What: 30% off the entire site
When: now until Monday, June 25th
HOW (discount code): Moving
Where: right here
All the usual things apply, like free shipping in the US for purchases $100 or more, we'll restock as we can but we don't make any guarantees, and anything dyed-to-order is probably going to take a couple weeks to ship.  We'll reserve the right to continue the sale if need be.  Yes, 30% is a crazy deep discount for handmade goods.  But making sure we don't experience an interruption in our ability to dye yarn is paramount.
Thank you so, so, SO much in advance for taking part in this fundraising effort.  We're working to make changes as smoothly as possible, and every bit helps.
13 Jun '18

Ten Years As Black Trillium Fibres

Posted by Melanie Dilworth in News

When I began Black Trillium back in 2008, I wore all the hats for the business in addition to being a newer mom, wife, and Oregonian.  Fast forward through ten years of hand dyeing and living life, and you get two studio moves (across state lines), we added a family member, our list of retailers covers the United States and some of Europe, and we ship from our retail site all over the world every single week. Black Trillium is now four people working out of an independent studio (I do not miss dyeing in my kitchen one bit!).  Our list of trade shows includes both the Sock Summits, Black Sheep Gathering, Knot Another Fiber Festival, Stitches West, and Vogue Knitting Live.  Everything we've achieved, all of our growth, can be attributed directly to our amazing, crafty audience.

I began 2018 with renewed energy to celebrate the wonderful decade we've spent in business, to continue our outward growth with our brick and mortar stores, and to reach new creative depths in our collaborations with fantastic designers.  I think 2018 came online with the intention of challenging me, and I'm a pretty resourceful, stubborn gal with a lot of 'interesting' life experience under my belt.

My first clue was Stitches West.  Along with an increase in wool prices in response to higher demand, there are changes going on in the knitting and crochet marketplace, and this year along with a number of other vendors, we felt the shift.  Accessibility to classes, yarn, trends and social outlets has become a primarily online activity for our community and I'm 100% on board with this movement.  However, it has negatively impacted our brick and mortars, which in turn impacts the wholesale side of Black Trillium Fibres.

Travel has always been difficult for me because I don't sleep well, my eating habits run towards coping rather than nutrition, and my stress level skyrockets.  In the last six months, I've had a record number of health challenges that all clearly stem from my travel and stress issues as well as my weight and genetics.  Being ill on a regular basis over the last few months brought me one step closer to the realization I was slowly forming.

Then we found out we'd be losing our dyeing studio.

Okay, fine, time to shake things up a bit.  My husband and I bought our first house a few years ago thanks to the fact that he does really well at his job, and I'm grateful that we have a sizeable garage where the business can land.  Rentals of the commercial and personal variety in our area are scarce and expensive, which means returning Black Trillium to my home.  Great for my commute, not so great for logistics.  Unfortunately, this move means I have to greatly reduce the hours my employees are working, and the cost for electrical upfit in the new studio space is a sizeable unforeseen expense at our slowest possible time of year.

The list of changes goes on, of course.  I need the time enable my body to heal and return to a state that I can live with for the next forty to fifty years without early complications, which means I will not be traveling to trade shows as a vendor for at least a year.  Additionally, because I will have reduced production help, I won't be able to continue fulfilling wholesale orders.

You want to know what won't change?  The quality of our products, because we love working with our mill for our exclusively spun yarn bases and I enjoy working with color as much as I like knitting or hanging out with my family.  Creativity is life for me, and it brings me immeasurable amounts of joy.  Our huge catalog of repeatable colors will always be an option, but now I will also have more freedom to experiment and offer one-of-kind combinations to those of you who crave crafting with that sort of thing.

So, in many ways, we're returning to the origins of what Black Trillium Fibres was founded on - a love of color and a commitment to family.  I have so many wonderful things planned for the rest of this year, so make sure you're signed up for our mailing list so you can hear about them.

Thanks for reading, and cheers to you!

16 Jan '18

Job Opening : Dyeing Assistant

Posted by Melanie Dilworth

We'd like to open this up to the general public until January 31st.  Please pass the word around, especially if you're a resident of Washington or Multnomah Counties in Oregon!  Thanks!

Job Listing: Dyeing Assistant

Description

Black Trillium Fibres is a ten-year-old business that produces hand-dyed yarns to both wholesale and retail customers.  We are looking for someone to be a dyeing assistant for Black Trillium’s primary dyer.

Experience

We would prefer to hire someone who has previous experience working as at least a part-time dyer.  A familiarity with the chemistry and math concepts vital to properly dyeing yarn is a must.  We also require that applicants have a high school diploma or similar and at least some previous retail experience.

 

Job Requirements

  • Able to lift 35lbs unassisted
  • Take direction well
  • Use critical thinking skills
  • Function with a cooperative mindset
  • Be comfortable around children and dogs
  • Work a flexible weekly schedule of 16 hours or more
  • Pass a drug test and a background test

 

Details

                Dyeing yarn is a physically demanding job.  There’s quite a bit of handling things coming out of hot water, lifting, multi-tasking, and repetition.  On the flip side, the dyeing and crafting community is incredibly creative, and so is the job.

                As Black Trillium Fibres continues to expand, there will be future opportunities for increased hours and responsibilities, as well as the possibility of travel out of state.

We are located in a quiet neighborhood in Hillsboro, Oregon, and we value our neighbors.  We do not accept in-person applications (or foot traffic of any kind) and we will require that any future employees be respectful of our premises, privacy and community.

If you think this job is for you, please email your resume and cover letter to service@blacktrilliumfibres.com with “Dyeing Assistant” as the subject line. PDF format is preferred.

16 Oct '17

Gradient Yarn: Toolbox Cowl

All photos property of Black Trillium Fibres
Hi again!  We're back with another installment of Monday Gradient Yarn Ideas, and this time we're spotlighting a very flexible pattern that is suitable for not only our regular gradients, but many of our Limited Edition monthly specials.  We're talking about the Tool Box Cowl, which we chose to knit with a kit we called Frank-It-Up.
Now, it's no secret that we're huge fans of Debbi and Marcy from Adventure du Jour Designs.  Their patterns are super flexible and great for just about any yarn.  Of course, we wouldn't be recommending them if their patterns were clear and well-written also.  In the case of the Tool Box Cowl, you can make work the circumference and depth of the piece quite easily to suit your yarn, so we took the Frank-It-Up kit and went to town.
The yarn kit we used originally contained Cerise, Tang, Good Egg, Lightning Bug, Marcia, Wonderland and Inkwell, and was formulated to make a Poly Chevron Cowl with the Inkwell as the contrast between stripes.  For Tool Box, obviously we omitted the Inkwell (anyone need 33g of black Lilt Sock?) and did four repeats across the middle of the cowl.  If you were to use a regular gradient yarn of ours, you'd want to only do 3 repeats between edgings.
We hope you're making fun things with all those Limited Edition gradients we've been sending out!  If you need to get on the mailing list to get advanced notice of Limited Edition releases, please sign up here.  Thanks for reading along with us this week and come back soon!

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