We are in the middle of the huge reset this week, so lots of infrastructural work and not a ton of sewing going on:
- This is the big week to reset and tart up the workroom – all of the five rooms are getting repainted – walls, floors, ceilings, everything
- Setting up a small studio area in the front of the tertiary classroom for student pictures, short videos, &c.
- Start final push for the month to get the spaces all client/work/and student ready for the Fall 2018 quarter.
- Also, with all of the painting and everything being white, it is time to retire the white blinds and make some fresh ones.
- We’ve got a lot for you guys coming up in the classes blog including Ankit’s jacket, Linda Prieto’s new vintage fabric reproduction line, some vintage stuff from the archives, and a couple of class reminders for the Fall sewing classes.
- The main upper section of the entrance stairwell is finished with regard to painting, so we’ll let the paint set for a week before we start the gilding and leafing process. The gold lasts longer and gives a more durable finish if you don’t rush it.
- We’ve been working on a project restoring a small set of early 20th century offices in the neighborhood, but have to wait until we can either recreate the moldings or find appropriate replacements.
- We’ll be working on the farm towards the last week of August, taking this past quarter’s compost collection of paper and fabric scraps and doing some clean-sweep stuff for the Fall-Winter season.
- As part of crop research, we are looking into and researching the feasibility of growing flax for linen in zone 7 – it isn’t a crop you see much anymore, but having inherited all of the tools and supplies to process it, we may very well be planting acreage over the next few seasons.
- We’ve got a couple of prototype projects to finish before we move on to other stuff for the week
- A small set of Indian adaptions coming down the pipeline for modern clothing with a traditional feel
- Ongoing millions of custom dress shirts
- Nathan Perez has his upcoming Basics of Tambour class coming up this Sunday, so we are making the preparations for that and getting things ready.
- Two residual wedding dress projects go into overdrive this week as they finish draping, final beading, and finishing them for the due date in late August.
So, we’re busy as usually juggling millions of things; let’s see how this week goes!
This week begins the big two-week work extravaganza at the workrooms!
Here’s what we’re doing:
- Finish upper Art Deco Painting in stairwell
- Start on lower stairs and entry vestibule
- General workroom cleanup and reset for 201-207
- Floors painted, walls cleaned and touched up, ceilings painted, new blinds made, photography studio set back up, office touched up
- No sewing classes or people dropping in the next couple of weeks, so it will be unusually quite on that front around here
- There have been a couple of tropical trees we’ve been meaning to research for growing in zone 7, most recently Sapindus Marginatus, or American Soapberry.
- We’ll also start some seeds this week so that we’ll have part of the lavender beds installed later this Summer
General Business Stuff:
- Fall sewing classes registering until the end of August
- Set up a better business flow plan to make sure the main three aspects of the business flow well with all their various social media and customer obligations. Essentially a flow chart so that each section gets the attention it needs daily.
And that’s about it – the next two weeks are going top be BUSY. Hopefully we’ll have something interesting and productive to report back.
As we get back into the swing of blogging about the stuff going on up here, we’re juggling a lot this week:
- Finish formulas and patterns for the faux marble in main stairwell entrance.
- Clean, repaint, and refresh office area in Workrooms
- Design Deco sculptures for front entry to either be cast in bronze or paster and then gilded.
- Lots of Open Sewing Studio time scheduled… 9 July, 10 July, 13 July, 14 July
- Verena’s ongoing wedding dress gets special attention this week – this week the skirts go in and she’ll be inserting the two zippers and starting the drape around the neckline
- Amber’s wedding dress is a last-minute addition to classes this quarter – it is substantially simpler than Verena’s dress, so we said yes to the dress and threw it into the mix. Welcome to the crazy Summer dress party, Amber!
Clothing & Design:
- This is going to be the Summer of custom dress shirts. I may even sneak a few in for myself.
- Two words: Linen pants
- We’ve been playing around with tambour and some smocking techniques in new ways for a new private collection
- Drafting out masonry heater and fireplace plans for the cabin
- Planning out garden and deck areas
- Late Fall schedule set for November – December work
General Business Stuff:
- Fall registration under way
- Summer studio time registrations
- Daily blog and social media entries
And that is the week, folks. Let the glamour wash over you like a waterfall of glitter and delight.
A lot going on this week:
- Spring session ends this week
- General cleaning and straightening
- Classes blog back up and running
- Summer registrations for classes open to the general public on 27 May
- All sewing machines serviced for the next session
- We are going to be rehabbing the gallery for a film shoot. Alec, one of our former students is going to be shooting a short and we have to temporarily change the configuration of the room for Sartre’s No Exit. Luckily it will just take a little work to seal up the windows and doors. We shoot on 3&4 June.
- The mulch order is coming in – about 21 cubic yards of wood mulch from Expedition Log Homes. Our goal over Thursday and Friday is to have the berm on the front of the property set and ready by Saturday morning.
- Geno is coming out to the farm on Thursday. We’ll probably use our time with him to show him how to mulch and plant the remaining trees from last week. He is getting really good at driving the tractor, so he will be our intra-farm transport and delivery for the afternoon.
- Nicole and Alia are going to be working with the horses – grooming and round-pen. Both of them are feeling much more confident; it is great to see them progress so far.
General Tchad® stuff:
- All blogs back online and ready to go
- About ten thousand emails about Summer classes
And that’s it! Go! Gogogo!
We will be spending the two weeks leading up to the Fall 2011 class session prepping the workroom and getting things together for the up-coming ten-week session.
On the agenda for the week:
- Getting the rest of the estate settled.
- Getting the workroom set up for classes.
- We have started a new blog called Rural Pursuits to cull information about rural living. Stay tuned.
- We will be working on the class schedule for the next two quarters (Winter and Spring 2012).
- Email and general blog & Web stuff.
- Tchad will be developing more with his personal blog and should be able to introduce the Wrought blog by the end of September.
- There is a short video instructional series that we have been invited to work on. It is a series that gives short creative video tips to working business women. We will be able to tell you more about that in the coming weeks.
We will be putting our clothing business on hold for the next few months, so will not be taking consults or orders until at the very earliest late Spring 2012. This is going to delay the roll out of the design blog, but we want it to be right, not just published.
So it is a fairly straightforward couple of weeks for us up here at Tchad. Stay tuned for more.
In the meantime, you can always email us at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
or you can text us at: 773.680.5914.
This should be an exciting Fall and Winter! Let’s see what we can make happen!
We have our hands in a bit of everything – especially when we aren’t actively designing or teaching.
This Summer we took the time to do a few things:
- We are organizing a book drive for the Books for Women in Prison, a non-profit that helps women in prison with their rehabilitation.
- We spent a few weeks at Getaway Farms in rural Wisconsin. Cyndi is setting up a non-profit that helps troubled kids with responsibility through animal therapy – horses specifically.
- We spent some time researching horse training in Southern Indiana.
- We ended up baling about 1600 bales of hay.
So it was an eventful Summer! Here are some out-takes of the most fun we have had working in a long time:
You can bet Tchad is never this filthy at the workroom!
A view across the horse fields and pasture.
Part of the field restoration work at Tchad's farm in Southern Indiana.
Honestly, you can't name your son Bacchus and NOT have a picture of him picking grapes, now can you?
There were about 25 sunken railroad ties at Getaway that needed to be removed for both safety and æsthetic reasons.
Tchad Moving Railroad Ties. The most unforgiving, back-breaking work is prying up long, dense, wet railroad ties. We are surprised that Dante didn't include them in one of the rings!
Kids were amazed at the infrastructure of the farm - they had no idea how water was collected and used. This is looking into a large cistern.
Farm work is often a lesson in entropy - if you let up, then everything starts the process of falling apart and you have more work that you would have otherwise. It is a really good lesson for city kids to learn.
The week of the 27th through the first we will be focusing on getting the rest of the workroom clean and ready to go for classes in the fall before we shut down for a much needed sabbatical.
There are a lot of things Tchad is doing for an Estate he is working on that will need to be done first, so if you are in the market for religious antiques or memorabilia you may want to check out his Ebay profile.
It has been since March. We had to drop the blogs because of a death in the family.
The process hasn’t been fun. If you want to read more about that you can do it on Tchad’s personal blog.
But as of now, the blogs are back up and running!
We are re-structuring the business to deal with classes entirely. There will be no clothing or design projects for a while as we deal with the personal and professional fall-out of a life change like this.
So enjoy the blogs and let’s see where this takes us!
Classes are out this week for the holiday, so we will be tearing the workrooms apart and setting things for the Winter session.
- Clean up any residual email from the past two months.
- Clean both workrooms top to bottom. Magic erasers, anyone?
- Finish the floors and details in the offices and kitchenette.
- Paint floors that have been damaged from various installations.
- Build wall shelving for student machines.
- Sort for Craigslist, Ebay, and thriftstore. Getting rid of a lot of stuff.
- Planning on 4 blog posts a day for the next week.
- A few furniture projects, including a set of Louis XVI-style mid-century interpretations and a set of bedside deco bookshelves.
- Whatever else we can pack into the next five days
We will be at the workrooms 24/7 for the next few days to get everything done, so let us know what you need and we will try to get you situated. As always, texts are best – we are doing a bit of metalwork and the grinding/welding makes it too loud for us to hear the phone.
We have been busy with photo-shoots, web design, and the general hurry that goes along with the final three weeks of classes, so there hasn’t been an update since Hallowe’en week.
On the agenda for the next week:
- Developing content of design blog.
- Final entry in the “Buying a Machine” series.
- General workroom cleanup and closet organizing.
- Lots of final project pictures from Fall 2010, including the long-awaited-for Vogue #2903.
- Reining in the make-ups from Fall 2010.
- Tchad should have his personal blogs coded and live for the tchad.me site.
- This will be the first time in maybe four years we are going to advertise the classes through Facebook and Craigslist, so there are ads to develop.
- Final 2010-2011 redesign of the tchad.biz site and sub-sites.
- Continuing registration for the Winter 2011 session that starts in January!
- General emails and class correspondence.
And that is it – as always, let us know if there are things you would like to see, or if there are corrections that need to be made.
We are looking for anyone who would like to blog about their experiences with sewing at Tchad, or general blog articles, so please keep us in mind if you would like to write something. We would be happy to consider a broad range of topics and styles.
Workroom Schedule (outside of classes):
- 12 November: 2-6 p.m., 9-11:30 p.m.
- 13 November: 9-11:45 a.m.
- 14 November: 9-11:45 a.m.
- 15 November: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- 16 November: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- 17 November: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- 18 November: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- 19 November: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- 20 November: 9-11:45 a.m.
- 21 November: 9-11:45 a.m.
Week 18-24 October is going to be a rebound & recovery week after we (yes, all of us) spent the week only focused on classes and otherwise in bed sick. The only web work done was for the disambiguation page, and that was a little fuzzy-focused and needs some review.
So with that in mind, here is the agenda for the Workrooms at Tchad for the week of 18-24 October. We are recharged, though the list may be a bit rehashed:
- A number of new posts to the classes page, including part 2 of 3: Buying a Sewing Machine.
- Finalizing the Winter, Spring, and Fall 2011 session schedules, announcements for schedule changes.
- General cleanup.
- Two fittings Friday morning.
- Finalize the links for these blogs and get the website a little more functional.
- Drapery for the workroom’s offices.
- About 1,000 emails (actually 322 as of right now, but after you pass 60, it all seems like 1,000)
Workroom Schedule for the week:
- Monday: 3-6 p.m,, classes 6-9 p.m.
- Tuesday: 12-3 p.m., classes 3-9 p.m.
- Wednesday: 12-6 p.m., classes 6-9 p.m.
- Thursday: 2-6 p.m., classes 6-9 p.m.
- Friday: 8 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
- Saturday: 8 a.m. – 12 noon, classes 12-6 p.m.
- Sunday: Classes 12-6 p.m.