At about 2:30 this morning, I realized that I cannot remember the last time I either sat at a sewing machine or had needle and thread in my hands. It is not that I have been sitting around, I have been reading through a sizable stack of library books, doing various planning for classes and other business ideas, and trying to pull, trim and dig my garden into shape.
I had a quick orientation on the new 3-D printer at work today, and as part of the training, I had to make something with it. I decided to make some buttons, here they are:
Bright, aren't they? They are not of great quality, considering that they are built up from a string of melted plastic, but they would still be serviceable on a garment. The lines are somewhat visible, the process is very similar to an embroidery machine building up an image with stitches. These button will end up on some artist trading cards. The down side is it took 26 minutes to make five buttons, not something feasible for any sort of quantity production. On the plus side, it is possible to scan a button that needs a match, and print out a similar one.
My goal for the weekend is to do some sort of stitching, and hopefully I will have something beautiful to share on Tuesday,