I’ve been busy this week, hosting my co-blogger Stu who is here visiting from Portland. It’s been a real learning experience having someone around who is too much like me. Case in point, he wanted to see how the grading machines worked. Which ultimately involved their complete dis-assembly. [While he was at it, I had him reinstall the two screws left out of it from the last time I took it apart (in my defense, I didn’t put it back together then, Mr. F-I “helped” me do that and it’s my fault for not supervising). Not that I ever have extra parts left over, heh.] Anyway, yesterday we went to Santa Fe to watch a bronze pouring at Shidoni Foundry. The process wasn’t what I expected making for a very unique experience. The grounds of the foundry are beautiful with two large parks (including picnic tables) with a nice variety of sculptures (for sale) in a peaceful bucolic setting.
This morning, Stu wanted to look over the new-to-me blind stitch machine I bought a few weeks ago because he says he needed to “hem some pants”. Other than that’s what duct tape and staplers are for (and the existing hems are single needle) I intend to take full advantage of having an expert mechanical engineer around who delights in figuring out how these things work under the flimsiest of pretexts and who will then instruct me on how to adjust the tensions, stitch ratios and all that because of course, I don’t have a manual for it.
Supplied is a photo of me and Stu standing in the doorway of the oldest house (estimated date of construction circa 1200) in North America (Santa Fe). Our heads would be much higher than the top of the door frame but for the wearing away of the threshold over hundreds of years. The gap between the bottom of the door and the ground is almost 8 inches. By the way, I have lots of photos of friends and family standing in this doorway from the various trips to Santa Fe.
News dispensed with, below is this week’s edition of the archives. Hope your weekend is great.
August 19, through August 25, 2006
Analyzing business plans pt.4
Sizing is a variety problem
Leadership and implementing change
How to design packaging
What are jobbers?
How to buy wholesale fabric
Analyzing business plans pt.5
What is a bridge line?
What are Look Books?
What does “self” mean?
August 19, through August 25, 2007
My first trade show: Marguerite Swope
How many lines sheets?
Vanity sizing shoes
Sizing for the Eco market 2
Microsofting your product
How to solve any problem 2
Designer’s advice on starting a clothing line