Situated in the city centre on Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie, 152 was a brilliant collaborative retail space and networking project starting with it’s launch in October 2018. The trial project was inspired and driven by Luke Wilson and Ruben Wills from E13 and had many other local people embracing the idea and jumping on board, making contributions to it in any way they could. It had a pretty short but intensive life span of 3 months which has sadly come to an end, the last day being Monday 31st December 2018.
Retailers would rent out shelf space aka ‘a retail bay’ on a monthly basis within the store. The idea was to give local creatives the chance to sell their wares in a central shopfront, without the financial pressure of a huge rent bill or getting stuck with a huge pile of stock needed to fill a shop. No commission was taken on sales and funds were sent directly to the retailer using the Square point of sale app. 152 was serviced and looked after by a ‘host’ who took care of the shop and the customers and patrons, the front counter, sales and surveys. Many awesome people generously contributed their time and labour to this role and we really can’t thank them enough for all their help. And it wasn’t just about selling ‘stuff’, 152 had a very roomy and multi-purpose space for hire too! You could use the co-working office space with free wifi to get things done, use the kitchen facilities to make a perfect cup of freshly ground coffee all whilst slogging through your daily hard work schedule. Maybe even just have a chat with another progressive thinker because that’s kind of nice too?! And there was also a possibility or risk (depending on the mood) of running into a local celebrity who you wouldn’t otherwise cross paths with when routinely cubed up in a normal office cube on a normal office day. The large ‘Art Gallery’ space was also able to run and host workshops, classes, and one-off events. The space was flexible and able to be changed up and down depending on many factors i.e. different users, projects and budgets.
So to finish up, here’s a list of just a few of the creative people involved. The ‘Top Dog’ credit goes to Buddy for his efforts in getting the hoomans to stop in with his unrestricted ‘Free Pats’ offer. Good job Buddy. Ruben and Luke from E13, Mal from Desert Pea Stitching, Ash Sharp, Jarrad Price, KA Fibre Art, Nics Crafty Corner, Lisa Freeth Designs, Max aka the Bucket Drummer, Super Sarah’s Crafts, Crisp and Son’s, Rachel Doring, Pink Sugar, Custom Pallet Furniture made by Luke Wilson, and Mishmash Customs. It was such a great and meaningful project to support and be involved with. It was about opening your mind to the changing of old systems and structures that we are all part of. There is more than one way to go about doing something and if we can keep working together it’s got to be more beneficial for everyone in the long run, no doubt about it. The ideas and motives behind it will continue to grow and have positive meaning for everyone who could see it for what it was, ideas which are ultimately geared towards creating the social change we need in our local community to make the future less archaic. Proud to be a part of it.
Re useable Cloth Pads aka RUMPS are pretty easy to make and are a really good project for beginners. There are heaps of patterns available but it is also quite easy to draft your own. The exposed core style is also a good starting point. They are a little bit time consuming but if you get into a few good habits as outlined by some of these tips you’ll soon be set for making the leap into bigger projects.
Make sure your machine tensions are set properly…..more often than not the bobbin tension is set too tight. Set this tension first and then make adjustments to your top tension based around this.
Clean and oil your machine on a regular basis. Fluff caught under the needle plate does not help at all and will throw your stitches out or miss the stitches completely.
Start with the correct needle, for sewing RUMPS using printed quilting cotton I generally choose a 80/12 universal needle. When you are actually sewing remember that speed isn’t important at all. Just take your time and go slow, you’ll make less mistakes that way. Unpicking wonky seams sucks.
Use polyester thread!!! It helps to prevent wicking. Cotton will definately wick!!! Avoid using cotton thread!!! Polyester thread comes in a massive range of colours and the inexpensive spools are fine for this purpose. Choose a colour that will closely match your fabric selection. Contrasting thread colour will make the smallest mistake in top stitching stand out horribly. For example, white thread on black fabric. Unless you are really accurate with your topstitching or it’s part of the intended look I wouldn’t go there.
Use PUL if you can, and have the knit layer facing up. For some reason it has become normal practice to have the PUL laminate facing up instead. Always have the knit layer facing up because it helps prevent liquid wicking through to the bottom. That’s what the polyester layer is there for, to wick moisture away from all the little needle holes and stitches pierced by the needle on your sewing machine.
Use Starch. Starch spray is the bomb. Believe me. You can make an inexpensive homemade version using either tapioca starch powder, cornflour or even just normal wheaten flour. The bonus is that it is a natural product and it will wash out without any dramas. Also, Use an iron for pressing your fabric pieces. An iron combined with a spritz of starch spray will get all the creases out. Your finished piece will be as close to perfect in shape as could possibly be just by using an iron. Reuse an old spray bottle and make a mixture using 1 tsp starch to about 400mls of water. I like using tapioca starch, it gives a crisp finish. This crisp factor makes the sewing of stretchy and difficult fabrics such as minky and bamboo velour a breeze without even having to go near a walking foot, which brings me to my next tip.
Use a normal or standard sewing machine foot. Walking foots are for quilting. Plus they are pretty expensive and you will probably have to buy one especially. If you try to reverse or back stitch with a walking foot you’re probably going to be breaking a few needles at some stage which you really don’t want to be doing. It can do damage to your machine and is especially freaky when a broken needle tip flies into your face.
Sew on the line. Trace your pattern and then cut a rough seam allowance after. You will get a more accurate shape if you sew on the line rather than follow an included seam allowance. Especially for small items such as cloth pads with lots of curves.
Clip corners before turning right sides outs. You will notice a huge difference in how the fabric will lay flat and how much better the end product looks, without all the crinkles. Give the fabric a quick press with the iron for super crisp edges before finally top stitching. Crisp edges are always nice.
Use clover clips for holding thick layers together in the final stages of construction. I only just recently discovered these and they’re brilliant. Using a chopstick to stop the layers from shifting when sewing also helps a lot.
Hopefully, these tips will help out if you do decide on making some RUMPS, and if you choose to use the Mishmash pattern be sure to take some photos and share them….would be cool to see what you make!!!
Did you ever get the chance to add the the Tula Pink Acacia Racoon print to your life in some shape or form? No? Same here. I completely missed the boat.
What’s more, a recent search for this elusive, rare and out of print fabric brought up a listing on etsy where it was up for grabs here in Australia at $100 per yard so yip, I’d say that boat has sailed far into the horizon.
So for those of you who have appreciation for Tula Pinks epic creative skills this emby design is from Urban Threads and I’ve only been meaning to stitch it out for just over a year now.
Alot of thought and consideration went into the colour scheme, it looked pretty complicated with the 17 colour changes and I really wanted to avoid browns especially when using the tie dye minky as the base.
The finished result is a pretty close match to the original colour palette of the fabric and overall it turned out great.
After the 1 hour and 40 minutes stitch out time I’d say the colours came together pretty well. So far I have made only two of these minky cosmetic bags in pink and I think I will make another two in blue. So there it is, being able to use embroidery on projects this way with materials that I ACTUALLY have on hand is why I think machine embroidery is just so…..well….awesome!!! The list of restrictions becomes a little less lengthy and it’s actually a lot of fun working these ideas out.
If you ever have time, take a look at the UT online magazine. If you find a favourite that you’d like to see used in projects let me know!