Saturday, June 2, 2012

Time and measurement and measures of time...

It would be wonderful to add a few hours to the day. Anyone know who to contact for this change?

The studio has been busy lately. The addition of a wonderful employee Nicole (who I am more thankful for than she will ever know) has made DDOF a much more bustling venture. We have recently taken on a large project for a local night club. We are stitching the covers for the acoustic panels that they will put up. This project involved 51 yards of cloth! We are quite proud of the amount of scrap cloth we have leftover. If you take away the selvage trimmings (we pinked it off after we finished each one), we have only a handful or two of cloth slivers. We were very fortunate to speak to a lovely woman at Hancock Fabrics here in Johnson City who understood what we needed when we went to pick up the second order of cloth. She made sure that our yardage was cut in such a way that we received no short panels. She was heaven sent! We finished the project and feel more confident in our skills because of it.

Measuring and determining dimensions are very important steps to take before diving into a project. We worried over each measure before we began to cut. We took a couple of hours to design and do some math and because of that step, we saved a LOT of cloth from misuse. :-) We also determined that several tools are VEEEEERY important.

1. We measured my big kitchen table and masked off measuring marks so we didn't have to measure each time we had to cut (which was a lot). Blue painter's tape is great for doing this.
2. A rotary cutter and mat made this job both precise and much faster. I had not used one very much since I have a very "eyeball it" nature in my art. Nicole brought hers from home and showed me the ease of precision and the importance of trying new ways to do things. Because of this, another two items have gone on my wish list.
3. The use of a corner of cardboard made marking out box corners AMAZINGLY simple. I relearned from watching this video on YouTube. Once we knew exactly what to do, we created a stencil and got to work. 48 corners later and we were finished.
4. A large ironing board is a thing to be appreciated.
5. Lastly, ALWAYS test your iron on a scrap of cloth before diving in. I set the iron for cotton blend since I assumed the fabric that was brought to us at first WAS cotton/poly. It wasn't. The scrap I began to gently iron melted! Wow. We turned down the iron and all was well. Could you imagine if I would've just started in the middle of a panel?! Yikes!

With this big project behind us, we are ready to take on bigger things and looking forward to learning with each challenge. For now, though, the big things can wait. I have foot tall dollies to create. :-)

See ya soon!