October 2012

Package THIS

a stencil cutout of 'tinyrun'

One of the great areas that I’ve had Good Intentions for is packaging. There were a few moments were I would get SO very close to pulling it together and getting out, in a regular fashion, a mailer that I felt really nailed the same level of time and care the shirts received. Never consistently though, and I consoled myself with the thought that if I gave more time to packaging, then that would be time away from making the best shirts possible. Aaaaaand while that’s true, it was a poor placation. I added to that thinking further guilt around packaging materials, the weight said materials might add to shipments, and I would hem and haw until I came up with a New Shiny Shirt Idea to play with.

But I love me some mails, and it would be a sweet bonus if what arrives raises anticipation just at sight. I really love the thought that when you receive your shirt it is a moment of joy. Pretty mailer = more joy? Seems like good math!

boxes being set up for spray painting

I started to play around with some new packaging recently, trying to catch up to years of shipments. It’s fun, low impact play in terms of initial resources to get to test it out. I’ve cut a few stencils and am experimenting on just quickly hitting a few nice cardboard box sizes with spray paint. A little raw around the edges, but a great leap at the same time. I’d love to do some full-on, full-bleed screen print of some art across the entire surface of the box inside and out, and perhaps someday!

My hope is that the cost of the boxes and the bump upwards in postage can just be absorbed on my end with little impact to buyers, and that the resources impact of the box is mitigated by straight up recycling possibilities, especially reuse! A few initial test shipments have made their way out the door with promising results.

Progress is being made.

a completed shirt box mailer labeled and ready to go out the door

What A Difference A Foot Makes

two sewing machine feed next to one another

I’ve been working out a whole host of new designs, all around the method of applique and hand guiding machine satin stitching. I call it the Era of Trial and Error. I’ve been pushing myself to screw around and to screw up, and the ‘scratch paper’ shirts that I’ve been trying things out on are wonderful Frankenstein’s of failure.

In the process of working out my hand guided machine stitching skills I finally took a look at some of the other commercially available sewing machine feet, and found that there was one that appeared to solve some of the issue I seemed to have with the foot I was using. And lo! It did make things easier! It turns out that the having a gap in the foot where you can just see through it is far superior to plastic you can only kindof see through. Well!

I also imagine the picture appears to many as about as discernible as a photo of a car engine, and that’s ok. Please sit back and stick around to see the fruits of this recent discovery that will appear ever so shortly.

THREAD

BIG thread

I have a GIANT box of thread. It’s actually two layers deep, and I have to risk spilling the top layer all over to get at what’s underneath. This is in addition to the Greatest Hits colors that are by the sewing machine or in an additional drawer due to more frequent use.

When starting some new design, there’s no fear of not having the correct color. It has to be in there somewhere, just put my head down and plow through. There’s a comfort in that thinking.

But, it seems to make me almost more finicky?

I have THREE browns but not one that’s right between these shades??