Sunday, March 29, 2009

studio upgrade

The last couple of days at work have been très fun, albeit tiring - Bee and I printed 100m of fabric in 2 days. But we wouldn't have been able to do it without our new toy:

Drying our fabrics
Printing Birch in Deep red

Our new drying system! Built and installed by the very talented Like Butter (of course).

new drying system
Printing Ginkgo in Teal

The new system is sooo good! It basically doubles our efficiency (or more) because we can hoist fabric off the table and keep printing without having to wait for the first run to dry.

And it looks so pretty, with the fabric hanging like that :)

We also had our first Open Studio yesterday. I had no idea what to expect, who might turn up and if they might buy things, but it went really well! Next time we'll be more equipped with more stock and maybe some tea and coffee and biscuits :)

18 comments:

Kirsty said...

That looks absolutely beautiful & functional too. Wonderful.

k-ron said...

what a nifty system! is that common, or did you all come up with it yourselves? it makes such a nice atmosphere too.

p.s. the deep red is gorgeous!

mrs boo radley said...

Innovative...and aesthetically appealing too!

Jacinta said...

Ohhh they look so pretty! Always good to find a great system, mmm efficiency. I hate waiting for things like that, especially when you have alot to do. In the end I hurry and move things while they're still wet/not ready...and it ends in disaster. Man, I am impatient, haha.

LeLo said...

wow ! fantastic pictures.

Polly said...

That looks so impressive. I love your designs. x x x

Cicada Studio said...

Such a clever idea! I'd love to see it in acton.

Suzie said...

Oooohhh pretty fabric hanging! I'm bummed I missed the Open Studio but I'll certainly come to the next one :)

Fer said...

You're right, it really does look pretty - almost artistic! I love that colourway for the birch fabric too.

Kate said...

What a fantastic system - the fabric looks lush and I am now wishing I had some for a quilt I am making (I have already bought the fabric but I might have to take a gander at your shop and re-think!).

Nickerson Woo said...

looks so beautiful~fantastic~thanks for sharing~

Sandra @ Pepperberry & Co. said...

Mmm: Birch. Double mmm: Birch in red. I'm making something a bit special RIGHT NOW with that sensational fabric of yours. Love it, love it, love it. Have I mentioned I love it? :-)

Pattern and Perspective said...

Wow, amazing, amazing, amazing. It does look pretty just hanging there, doesn't it?

SewHum said...

Love your racks!

casserole said...

I'm lovin' the drying racks, but I'm lovin' the prints even more!! I posted a link to this post on Craft Gossip Sewing Blog: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/waiting-for-the-fabric-to-dry/2009/04/06/ (Link will be active on April 6, 2:30 pm CST)

--Anne

Meg said...

so beautiful - its great that is efficient, but the beauty is even nicer! :)

AMIT said...

Lovely pictures.

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Bree said...

Looooove the system! Would like one of them in the spare room to hang washing in winter! Missed the weekend but will be at the next open studio for sure.