It’s been a busy few days here.
In fact, Dave has resorted to pulling a night shift,
just so we can keep up with orders.
We may have upset a few people who got impatient,
but to be frank, it’s as it is.
When we are working round the clock,
When Dave has turned his day into night and night into day,
when my brother has quit his job to climb aboard the Clarity Boat
and roll his sleeves up,
when more laser machines are on the way,
there’s not much more to say except we are doing the best we can.
So while Dave is having a sleep,
I have been having a parching session
and a little parchment lesson from our Clarity Parchers
Susan Moran and Emma Burns!
You see, on Sunday I am supposed to be demonstrating
our fabulous new and very cool
They are precision drilled and purpose built
to fit into our Groovi Plate mate.
Beautiful, aren’t they.
one straight and one diagonal/offset .
Away with the bendy metal grids!
These are very very special.
You know how parching experts do all that fancy cutting
And loads of us have been thinking “nah, not for me”.
Well today I decided to learn how to.
After all, I can hardly go on telly and sell something
I don’t know how to use!
First thing, good scissors.
Since we have partnered up with Pergamano,
we can now happily use and sell the best scissors too.
So I started by making a box, because I intend to cut it out
picot-style. Picot being that lovely little triangle edge.
Then used a couple of the flowers from the new lace plate set,
A bit of Rennie Mackintosh and Emma Burns here….
Nearly ready to try my hand at picot…
The good news is, I had four edges to go round, to practice on.
First side a bit ropey.
Time to call a friend.
Question: How close do I go to the line-edge with the pricking?
Answer: As close as possible.
|too far away then.|
My triangles aren’t very triangally.
Question “How do I hold the scissors?”
Answer: “Only put the tips of the scissors in the holes,
then drop the scissors right down,
so they are parallel with the parchment.
Then twist the scissors in one direction and snip.
Twist and snip.”
Many thanks Susan and Emma for coaching me through these first baby steps – I feel like a real parcher now!!
I also figured out how to use the grid as a kind of texture mat.
Note to self: Use the No. 2 Stylus.
The No. 1 Stylus can puncture the parchment.
Next note to self: work from the back.
Susan even showed me this little trick:
Then do the picot from the centre on all 4 sides.
Easy when you know how!
So in the space of an hour,
with the help of two clever friends
I have worked out how to do picot
AND little crosses.
That doesn’t mean I have mastered it.
It just means I know how it goes!
Which is great.
The Groovi Grids are being launched on Hochanda
on Mother’s Day Sunday afternoon 2pm.
By that time I’ll have an -ology in picot! NOT !!!
I love to learn.
Love & hugs,