Quit My Day Job

Etsy has this series called Quit Your Day Job where they interview sellers who left the 9-5 world to craft full time. And yesterday they had a live Virtual Labs chat with one of the quitters. As someone who has left the stable comfort of a regular paycheck¬† I’m really interested in talking with other […]

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Packaging Evolution

My packaging has been through a number of iterations since the first Tinysaur was shipped. The first was an “Oh no I need packaging” sort of thing, where I haphazardly went to Duane Reade to pick up the least boring paper I could find – which turned out to be construction paper. I ran the […]

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Spelling Fail

Here’s a short reminder in why you should have someone else proofread your marketing copy. Because after staring at the design for hours, you’re probably going to miss things. Important things. Large things. Like the fact that you’ve misspelled the word “Butterfly” on all your packaging. Note that the yellow “actual size” sticker version (with […]

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Today’s Wooden Displays

Most of the last week has been spent prepping for a craft show, my first one in about two years. In order to get ready for the craft show, and also to attract some more wholesale clients, I’ve been working on some nice wooden display stands for Tinysaur. These are the displays I’m using for […]

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Laser Sponge

A friend of mine asked me to test out laser cutting on some compressed sponges, which she wants to use for a business card. It came out really well! Both the raster and vector cutting was done at 100% power and 100% speed. Cellulose is surprisingly resiliant stuff. The serif font looked OK down to […]

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Rapid Prototyping a Jacquard Loom

Inspired by the loom at the Berlin Technical Museum, Adam and I have started building our own loom. From scratch. We’re going off of the photos/video of what we saw at the museum, and my dim memory of the looms I used when I was in college. So far we have the frame mostly built, […]

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Mechanical Embroidery Machine

Also at the Berlin Tech Museum was a punch tape driven embroidery machine. The Tech Museum has a ton of industrial textile equipment as part of their permanent collection. The machines are completely mechincal, as far as I can tell no electricity is required. Sadly I couln’t read the German placquard explaining more about it, […]

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Jacquard Mechanism Simplified

Spent the better part of the day at the Stiftung Deutsches Technikmuseum in Berlin. They have an awesome Jacquard loom for ribbon weaving, and a great model which shows very clearly how the Jacquard head works. Next week, Adam and I plan on building one. I shot a few seconds of the actual loom, and […]

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Tinysaur Display

I’m helping my friend Sara at the Squidfire Holiday Market in Baltimore, Maryland on Sunday. She suggested I bring some Tinysaurs, and so I made a display to neatly hold the Tinysaur kits. I generated the pattern with a python script I wrote, using the sdxf library. If you’d like to make your own, the […]

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Woolly Tiny

Not wanting to get Tinysaur to get all the spotlight, I bring you… WOOLLY TINY. Like a Woolly Mammoth. But Tiny. The pattern comes from the epilog website and the assembly was done with a pair of tweezers and a baby syringe full of Elmer’s glue. If you’ve always wanted your own mini mammoth, or […]

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