Introduction

Introductions are just that — introductions to new characters or personalities in this blog, perhaps some background information on technical stuff. Of all the categories, this one will probably be used least.

Amazon and Etsy Storefronts

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Introduction, Random Stuff | Comments Off on Amazon and Etsy Storefronts

Amazon and Etsy Storefronts

Goodness it’s been far too long since my last post! I’ve been working really hard to get the classes filled up at The Sewing Café (see the Calendar page for a full listing), sewing a full set of 1520s German garb for my hubby, getting my daughter all prepped and moved for her FIRST YEAR AT BERKELEY! (*brag*brag*brag*) as well as doing a lot of behind-the-scenes things for DravonWorks. For example, this site has gotten an overall facelift but it still needs some nips and tucks. Mainly, I have to get the non-blog pages fleshed out again. But what I have done is get a couple of my storefronts up and online! First up, there’s the Amazon storefront under the name of DravonWorks. Primarily, it will feature all of my patterns and some of the other stuff which I can order but don’t need 2 dozen of! I also have an Etsy shop which includes not only the patterns, but also some fun other projects I’ve done which need homes. Obviously, only the handmade stuff will be found here. You’ll find many of these at the vendor events I travel to as well! Lastly, the PayPal account is also up and running now, so you’ll start seeing products being added here as well with PayPal handling the shopping cart checkout. You will definitely notice a price difference between listed directly here and on the various storefronts. That’s because I have to pay all sorts of fees to sell elsewhere, so for the budget conscious who are perfectly fine with buying things direct to save $1 or $2, be sure to look here as well. You might get lucky! In other news, I am BEYOND thrilled to report that the first print run of my 16th Century Renaissance Men’s Shirt Pattern has sold out and I’ve had get a second print run done. *squeeeee!* If you’re one of the lucky ones who gets this print run, it’s printed on this amazing poster paper which is super thick and will last you forever. Thank you to everyone who purchased one or referred a friend. I’m ever so grateful. 😀 I’m still working on that twin needle post. I haven’t forgotten! Until we meet again, Happy Sewing! –...

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Blog Moved! And Other Things

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Introduction | Comments Off on Blog Moved! And Other Things

I haven’t been posting too much because I’ve been putting my time and attention into other things. My apologies for that! As penance, here’s a picture of Wedge sleeping on the embroidery unit storage bag which I left on the cutting table for a nanosecond, during which time he made himself all comfy to oversee my progress. You may have noticed that this blog has been moved from its original BlogSpot.com address and brought onto my domain name. I’m thrilled with that move but it also necessitates a web site overhaul … which I’m not thrilled with. Still haven’t finished, or gotten even close, so please pardon the dust elsewhere on the site! I finally figured out how to have a calendar embedded into my page. It’s a Google+ calendar, but it gets the job done and will grow as  Google does. Has some nifty features like being able to share events to your own personal calendar, if you’d like to attend one of my classes or something. The art quilt is closing in on finished, but I have a lot of work to do and only 1 week to do it in!! Not much time for anything else when I’m home. On the plus side, I did get a second embroidery machine so that should really help. I have a business plan writing seminar to attend this weekend, and I’m talking with a local company about being their embroidery subcontractor. My mom is also an entrepreneur with several successful businesses under her belt, and she’s going to be advising me long distance as I go about getting my LLC status and reseller’s license, etc. The craft show tent has also arrived, and my job after the art quilt is finished is to figure out which event I want to start with and then get cracking! Very exciting stuff!!! I’ll keep you guys apprised as I go, and hopefully entertain some along the way. Until we meet again, Happy Sewing! –...

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Meet the Sewing Room Helpers

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Introduction | 1 comment

Meet the Sewing Room Helpers

Hello. My name is Wedge. I’m the Boss; El Jeffe; Head Honcho; The Wedginator. Now that we’ve got that straight, let me tell just how freakin’ hard I work around here! Primarily, I have to work non-stop to keep this woman on task. I swear, she takes every opportunity to run off and do something else. Leave the laundry alone! Work here! here. here. here. HERE. Goooood. I’m also the style assistant. Here I’m helping with the style line tape. This stuff knots so fast. I can’t imagine what she does to this to get it to do that. Sheesh. Dravon also has a tendency to lose things, or put them in strange places. To ensure anything at all gets done around this place, I’m forever having to find where she’s put things. When the embroidery machine is in operation, I supervise that. To make sure it always works right. When it starts to snag up, I watch it even closer. She’ll find out eventually. There’s another assistant here, Shelby. She doesn’t work anywhere near as hard I do though. But she does work well on the computer, which is a plus. Now, back to me. Aren’t I gorgeous?! Because I’m so beautiful, I have innate great taste and supervise the design layout process to ensure the work is quality. By now, it’s lunchtime. I’m pooped! But even on break, I am good enough to accomplish solid work. I’m warming up this chair for some serious sewing time. Thoughtful, aren’t I? Now. Back to work! *cracks whip* I gotta make sure those basting pins stay in place. I have to test each and every one. For this job, I get to wear a hat which says “quality assurance”. Any pin not secure enough, gets thrown on the floor. But it’s not all work. Well, it is, but some jobs are just fun. Here I am helpfully unpacking some stuff that was ordered. I make sure that nothing is left behind in the box. Like with the basting safety pins, I have to make sure that placement pins are also secure. If they aren’t, I run off with them and hide them in a corner. I won’t tell her which corner. She has to go and get more pins. I will do this until she has learned to pin better! Lastly, once a project is all done, there is still no rest for the weary. I must now test all completed items for acceptability. This one is … adequate. See, my back paw is not sufficiently cushioned by the placemat. This could have been bigger! Because I am bigger. Finally, the day is over. After many a long hour of being so generous with my attention and skills, of whip cracking and creative problem solving, finally, it is now time to call an end to the day. Good...

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Details and Technical Stuff

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in Introduction | Comments Off on Details and Technical Stuff

In this blog, I’ll be taking lots of pictures, posting videos and talking about tons of sewing machines. I expect at some point someone will inquire for details. Here they are, upfront. I work in a sewing machine retail store which currently has 4 different brands of machines: Husqvarna Viking, Baby Lock, Pfaff and Bernina. Because I have to make samples for the store as well as match up my customer’s sewing needs and basic personality type with the brand and model which I hope will make them even more ecstatic about the creative art that is sewing, I will be talking about dozens of different machines. Personally, at my home, I own a Viking Diamond DeLuxe sewing/embroidery machine, and a Viking 936 serger. I’m really hoping to add a Pfaff Creative Performance sewing machine to my home “stable” and eventually replace the 936 with a Baby Lock Evolution. Darn I love me that jet air threading!!! But I’m there yet. My camera is a Nikon D3000. I put a couple of filters on it, and while I like the end result I can’t really tell you what the filters do. My dad and brother are both camera junkies who love all the fun toys that you can get. While I do want to get a telephoto lens, that’s about the extent of my “ooooh shiney!” when it comes to camera gear. I import the pictures to my laptop or desktop computers, use either Paint.net (laptop) or PhotoShop (desktop) to make any edits or add text to the pictures. I store all my photos on PhotoBucket, and have been using them for years now. I’ve not got it linked to my FaceBook page as well as my Pinterest page. If you want to view the 4 years worth of Post-Mortems which are housed on LiveJournal, they are available here though I no longer use that forum. The video camera I’ll be using, once I get the firewire port that I need, is a Canon Vixia HV30 (I think). While it records beautifully, I haven’t taken a whole lot of time to really make it work. I found some YouTube videos that were really helpful and have ordered an add-on firewire port which was illustrated nicely. Hopefully that will work and we can liven this place up some. I just bought MovieStudio 11 to use as the video editing software, but we’ll see how that works. For any custom embroidery projects you may see, I used Pfaff/Viking 6D Professional Suite. I LOVE the new explorer plug-in they added to the software, but I’m really not thrilled that 6D will not install on my Vista desktop. I must use my laptop for any work with 6D, though I have 5D on my desktop. For any custom quilting projects highlighted, I use EQ (Electronic Quilt) 7 though I’ve only used it for a few very simple projects as of yet. I have a couple of serious art quilts on the drawing board, and both of them timed deadlines to I’ll have to get on learning this program! My sewing studio is in the garage. Currently it’s unpainted with patched walls and other uglies. Eventually those will be fixed, but it’s a low priority on the budget since we just bought this house last year and we have a whole lot to take care of. Alright. I think that’s about it for the...

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Hello world!

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Introduction | Comments Off on Hello world!

Ah the obligatory “hello my name is” post. Here goes. *aaaahem*  My online name is Dravon (pronounced ‘dragon’ but with a v instead of a g) and I created this blog to encourage myself to continue improving my sewing and garment making skills. Long ago I had a LiveJournal account and within that forum I created what I called a “Garment Post-Mortem” for each item which I made.  The purpose of the Post-Mortem was for me to catalog all the successes and failures, as well as to make notes on ways to improve. I would have been grateful for any feedback which furthered the goal of continued improvement and/or encouragement to keep learning and sharing. I fell out of the habit of making those post-mortems and so find myself going round in circles repeating the same errors, or (worse still) not being inspired to try. It was also such a sense of accomplishment to look back at my list of post-mortems and recognize that each of them was a completed project. In addition to being a sewing enthusiast, I also teach sewing classes. I work in a store called The Sewing Café in central California, and my job is not only to sell machines but also teach folks how to use their machines to sew whatever inspires them. I teach most all of the machine mastery classes, and we sell Husqvarna Viking, Pfaff, Bernina and Baby Lock brand machines. In the year I’ve been working there, I have learned so frickin’ much!!! I also teach folks how to use their basic mechanical machines, since Walmart sure as heck doesn’t do that. But in addition to how to use the various machines in all their intricate glory, I also teach sewing classes. I have a class I call “Sew Start! Beginning Sewing” and this is a project based class in which the students make something specific. We’ve made pillow cases, scrunchies, lunch bags, zippered pouches, ruffled pillow shams, pajama pants and tons of other things. The class is open to all ages and I’ve students from 7 all the way to 70. Part of this series is a lecture class I call Sewing 101 in which I teach things like fabric anatomy, types of fabric, what thread to use with what, what needle to use on what fabric, and pretty much everything I wish I’d known before I being in the field for a decade! Heh. There’s also the “Sewing with Dravon” intermediate sewing class, in which the student brings in whatever they want help with. I LOVE this class because people bring me all kinds of fun things. I’ve helped folks figure out specific specialty feet for the machine, trouble shoot machine embroidery projects, customize patterns, and all manner of things. How did I get into sewing? It’s amazing many people ask me that, especially right before a class is about to start. My family has a long tradition of sewing, with my great-grandmother’s quilting being the most highly developed skill. I started cross-stitching at about 7, and sewing at about 10. I took my high school home ec, but it was disappointingly short and the teacher was not especially inspiring. She loved to cook, and so tolerated teaching the sewing so that we could get to the cooking part. hehe. Finally, a few years ago I found out that a local community college offered an AA in Fashion Design. Not really wanting another degree, I took all the classes from that curriculum that I wanted to: every single construction, draping, pattern making and tailoring class that they offered. And...

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