Do you like to fondle fabric? Do you have the passion to create a high-quality product?
We are currently seeking to fill an important, hands-on position in our growing company. We are looking for someone who can handle getting their hands dirty - like stained with dye and full of lint! A love of color and quilting is a bonus. We are a very creative company and are building our staff in our new facility. It's a very exciting time!
This qualified candidate will be responsible for preparations and procedures for the dyeing process, including but not limited to:
Handling raw materials - lifting 50 lb. bags, moving supplies where needed, stocking fabric, salt, soda ash and synthrapol. Note -This position does NOT include mixing the powdered dyes.
Ripping fabric from 150-yard rolls - the rolls weigh approx. 35 pounds and must be lifted waist-high. Repetitive motion of the hands and wrists. (We rip instead of cut to keep the pieces on grain.)
Machine attendant - tending to washing machines and dryers at designated intervals. Keeping track of the different stages in the process. Basically, doing laundry!
Operating a rotary iron (also known as a mangle) - this unique skill can definitely be taught. However, the hand-eye coordination to do it well and with pride is what we are looking for. This person has the unique opportunity to look at every single piece of fabric that comes through production. This means that they are responsible for quality control and must be very keen on our high standards.
Packaging - Cherrywood has distinct, trademark packaging. We are very specific and particular with how the end product turns out. This person not only has to have the "attention to detail" that everyone believes they possess, they also must CARE enough to get it right. Every time.
Assembling Kits - attention to the many details involved in pulling a project together for retail sale.
Cutting and ripping fabric
Packing fabric, kits and supplies needed for freight shipments to trade shows.
Many miscellaneous projects - every day is different around here, and that's what keeps us on our toes!
Must be able to lift 50 lbs., stand on concrete, bend to take fabric out of dryers, work without supervision
Since we are a very small company, there will be crossover in job responsibilities. Employees may travel to trade shows and the others must know how to fill in for them for a week.
This position could be filled by 2 part-time people, or 1 full-time person - it will be dependent of the candidates.
Starting pay: $10.00 - $11.00 per hour
Please send a letter and resume to
or by mail:
Karla Overland, Cherrywood Fabrics, 7882 College Road, Baxter, MN, 56425
No phone calls, please.
It is with GREAT excitement that we announce the partnership of Cherrywood with The Disney Theatrical Group, the producers of THE LION KING on Broadway! We can now call the challenge what we wanted to all along: The LION KING Cherrywood Challenge! This means bigger prizes, bigger incentives, and a more focused visual inspiration.
Now that this has actually happened, I can tell you that I have been working on this idea since last July. I was able to contact the stage manager, pitch the idea, travel to NYC to see the musical, get a backstage tour, show the costume designer the colors I dyed (and got a thumbs-up!), communicate with the show's publicist and Vice President of Business Affairs/Legal Counsel...all to receive a "Thanks, but no thanks" from the theater. They were flattered, but did not wish to pursue it.
Disappointed, but not discouraged, I decided to call it "King of the Jungle". We felt we needed to get started because people were waiting. So I redesigned the logo and all the printed materials I had ready in the wings, and started dyeing "King of the Jungle" fabric like crazy. We announced the challenge 2 weeks ago at the Road to California show.
Guess who called last Thursday?
Out of the blue I get a call from the Vice President I had been emailing, and he says they have reconsidered and are really excited to partner with us. They were impressed by what we had done with the WICKED challenge. Before I knew it I was on a conference call with the VP of Marketing and a room full of Creatives! Pinch me!!
The art department made a few changes to my logo, which I happily accepted, and off we go again! They are offering photos, sketches, fabrics, etc. for inspiration and throwing in a couple tickets for the winner! They also want to be in on the judging!
My mind is racing, and I hope your's is too!!!
Entry Fee: $45.00. Includes one fat quarter each of black and three shades of golden yellow, registration fee, and shipping.
PURCHASE FABRIC HERE: http://cherrywoodfabrics.bigcartel.com/product/the-cherrywood-challenge-2016
SIZE: Finished quilt size: 20″ x 20″
First Place: $650 Gift Card!
Second Place: $200 Gift Card!
Third Place: $100 Gift Card!
Winners will be announced at the debut showing of the exhibit at AQS QuiltWeek Grand Rapids on August 11. Viewer’s Choice ribbons will be awarded at certain venues. 120 Finalist quilts will travel at least through 2017 to national quilt shows.
Notifications of Finalists: July 8, 2016
We will announce the 120 Finalists quilts juried into the exhibition. You will be notified by email. We reserve the right to disqualify any entry that does not meet copyright laws. Do not use any trademarked logos or images.
Accepted Artwork Delivery Date: July 15, 2016
Finalists will be required to mail the finished quilt to the address below. Name, address, e-mail and phone number must be written on the back of the quilt. Participants are responsible for providing your own insurance from the time the quilt leaves your hands to the time you get it back. We understand that this is a tight turnaround, but time is needed to photograph and prepare the quilts for exhibit.
Mail to: Cherrywood Fabrics 7882 College Road Baxter, MN 56425
Prize Winners Announced: August 11, 2016
Three prize winners will be announced at the debut exhibition at AQS QuiltWeek in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Winners will be notified by e-mail. These names and images will also be announced on Facebook.
DIGITAL IMAGES: www.cherrywoodchallengeentry.com
STATEMENT OF RELEASE:
You will be asked to agree to this statement:
I agree to loan my artwork to Cherrywood Fabrics. I understand that the costs of insuring and shipping my artwork to the are my responsibility. I further agree to permit the images or detail images and/or all or part of my artist’s statement to be used in the exhibit catalog, articles, ads, promotions, books, websites, blogs, CD’s, current event news coverage, television productions, and/or multi-media productions for and about exhibit or for and about the shows at which the exhibit may be seen.
We are absolutely THRILLED with the participation of this Challenge, our first of this undertaking!! The number and quality of the entires exceeded our expectations and it was WICKEDLY hard to narrow down the 24 Finalists and choose 3 winners. We had six judges helping us, and after going over things one more time, we are ecstatic to announce the WINNERS!!
GRAND PRIZE: Lynn Synhorst from Fargo, North Dakota for her quilt titled "Spotlight"
FIRST PLACE: Sandi Snow from Lutz, Florida for "Time To Be Wicked"
SECOND PLACE: Robin Gausebeck from Rockford, Illinois for "Madame Morrible's Garden of Hexes, Poisons and Potions"
VIEWER's CHOICE: Pat DuBois from Woodbury, Minnesota for "It's All About The Tornado"
Better photos to come!!
Every day is like Christmas around Cherrywood! It is so fun to go to the post office and collect all the entries and see the look on people's faces! And you should see OUR faces when we open these up! I'm telling you - I am impressed! You guys are really taking this seriously! A twinkle of an idea a year ago has turned into a full-fledged challenge that is bringing out the best - and the most wicked!- in fiber artists all over the country!
I will sprinkle in random photos throughout my ramblings here to keep you interested...
I have learned SO much along the way, as this is the first undertaking like this. I have to give a shout-out to my friend Cyndi Souder who enlightened me and warned me about all the details of pulling this off. The information was invaluble. And I have also learned that it really doesn't hurt to ask for something that you may think is out of reach. The worst you could hear is "No." That's how I got the exhibit to be hung at the Gershwin Theater for over a MONTH! I figured there was no way a massive corporation like "WICKED" would even give me the time of day. But thanks to my friends at The Quilt Alliance, I was connected with the right people and it actually worked! Thank you to Marie Bostwick for her wonderful enthusiasm, Amy Milne and Meg Cox for their professional pull and introduction to Micheal of the Broadway Gentlemens Quilting Auxillary, which led to Susan Sampliner, the Company Manager of WICKED (!!), which led to Julie at Wicked's Marketing Company. Whew! And there have been so many supportive firends in the industry along the way. Everyone is really excited about this!
We booked a local gallery in Brainerd so we have a place to see ALL the quilts up all at once to judge them. It is a beautiful gallery and I am going to professional photograph each entry. I would love to put together a little coffee table book of this entire Challenge, because it is turning out so beautiful! And who knows- maybe those books will be sold in theater gift shops some day... it can't hurt to ask, right??
Friday, August 1, 2014
The "Q" Gallery at Franklin Arts Center, 1001 Kingwood Street, Brainerd, Minnesota
5-7:00 Opening Reception with music and refreshments. Free and open to the public.
Judges will be:
Carolyn Abbott, Fiber Artist
Kevin Yeager, Architect and thespian
Dorothy Cronin, Cherrywood Right-Hand Woman
Two more quilter/seamstress-type people to be announced
Saturday, August 2, 2014: The Gallery will be open 10am to 4pm.
Next stop: Chattanooga Tenessee in September where we will have a booth at the new AQS Show! I am so excited to announce a team effort between Cherrywood and SPOOL Quilt Shop! We are going to have a "Wicked Wine Wednesday!" I will have examples of Cherrywood quilts and garments and well as a few of my personal pieces. Then we will reveal the WICKED Finalists! All this fun will revolve around embibing in wicked wine and general frivolity while shopping the stocked shelves at SPOOL and meeting other Cherrywood groupies. Sound like fun? Call to reserve your spot TODAY! 423-602-8526 and ask for Maddie.
Maddie Kertay is the vibrant owner of SPOOL as well as the founder of The BadAss Quilt Society. This is a refreshing movement that is sweeping the country whose 6000+ members support the right to express themselves in an authentic way in both their life and their art, and not feel like an outcast because of it. There's more to it than that, so if you are interested check out www.badassquilterssociety.com. Wicked awesome!
After Chattanooga, I jump on my broom and touch down in Minnesota for just a couple days before I fly off to NEW YORK CITY! This is the third year for The Quilt Alliance fundraiser called Quilters Take Manhattan. These people really know how to put together a fun event- every year they add more to it. That is how I got to see WICKED on Broadway... and the rest is history. So put QTM on your bucket list! If you have never been to NYC before, this is the perfect excuse to do it. There are activities planned throuhout the weekend to show you parts of the city as a group so it is both safe and fun. You will meet some pretty big names in quilting (Amy Butler is the speaker) and realize that they are very approachable, generous and just like you and I.
Can't fly away to NYC just yet? Well at LEAST buy a "Home Ticket" to the event so you can watch the action as it happens online. You also still get the goody bag and qualify for drawings - right from the comfort of your own home! Cherrywood will have a vendor table set up as well as a Wall of Wicked Quilts. :-)
If you are still reading this - hey, thanks for sticking with me!
After Quilters Take Manhattan, I will personally deliver the Wicked Exhibit to the marketing company who will install them at The Gershwin Theater. I am told they will hang on the fourth floor. Only ticket holders will be able to see them, but photos will be taken to share. I would like to ask the cast members to vote for their favorites. Wouldn't it be cool to say that Elphaba HERSELF liked your quilt??
The quilts will hang until November 3, 2014. The theater celebrates it's 11th year with "WICKED Day" on October 30th so a whole new set of people will see the quilts!
So that is the wicked journey so far. More dates to come in 2015 as I send proposals to quilt shows and galleries. I hope these quilts cause a COMMOTION!
After lots of experimenting, trial-and-error, editing, revising, testing, deciding, naming, designing, cutting, pasting, assembling.... We are proud to announce:
Each color is painstakingly cut and assembled into strips that are ironed on to a heavy cardstock paper. The 7-page ColorCard includes all of our 4-step, 8-step and 12-step gradations (collections sold as bundles), 40 Yardage Colors (individual colors you can order in 1 or 2-yards lengths), an informational coversheet, washing instructions, and color theory notes.
The $25 Swatch Card has actual fabric samples attached.
The $5 printed version is a Hi-resolutions color copy of the Swatch Card.
Since we now have a 12-step Color Wheel bundle, I took the opportunity to add some Color Theory notes as a handy reference:
Since computer monitors just cannot do justice to these colors, it is highly recommended to purchase a ColorCard for a more accurate representation of The Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric Collection. It looks great on the wall, or organized in a binder to keep track of your collection and projects. Enjoy!
Let our luscious hand-dyed fabric tempt you into creating something wicked! Maybe you are influenced by the Broadway hit musical WICKED™, or maybe you just have something wicked inside you that needs to come out... just have fun with it and express your wicked self!
Deadline: August 1st, 2014
Grand Prize: $650 worth of Cherrywood!
First Place: $200 of Cherrywood!
Second Place: $100 of Cherrywood!
Viewers Choice Ribbons will be awarded at each venue.
The WICKED Challenge Exhibit will be displayed at The Gershwin Theater (home of WICKED™) on Broadway in New York City! The quilts will hang from September 18 thru November 3, 2014. This will be inconjunction with the 11th Anniversary Celebration of WICKED™ on October 30th. Wicked awesome!
• Entry Fee: $35.00 - Includes registration form AND Cherrywood WICKED Greens and Black totaling one yard to get you started. Click here to get registered.
• Finished quilt size: 20″ x 20″
• Theme: Anything related to the word "wicked" or the musical "WICKED™." Some images might include Elphaba, the Wicked Witch, flying monkeys, The Emerald City, Glinda, etc. Haven't seen the show? That's ok - just think about what the word wicked means to you. Is it wicked awesome?
• Quilts must be made completely from Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric, using mainly the WICKED Greens and Black. Additional accent colors and embellishments may be added.
• Mail quilt & signed registration form to:
Cherrywood Fabrics, PO Box 486, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401
• 24 finalists and two winners will be chosen and notified by August 8, 2014. These names and images will also be announced on Facebook. Finalist Quilts will travel with Cherrywood for at least a year. Non-winning quilts will be photographed for use by Cherrywood and returned to owner, unless donated.
Other possible venues for displaying the WICKED Exhibit:
The Q Gallery, Brainerd, MN
So come join the fun! It's gonna be WICKED awesome!!