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  • Horse Rug Repairs – new to the workshop

    on Aug 25, 16 in News by with Comments Off on Horse Rug Repairs – new to the workshop

    I’m now taking on horse rug repairs thanks to a new machine on the premises and regular gentle nudges from friends. The “new” machine is an industrial Singer treadle machine from 1927. This found in Castlemaine and is now up and running as if the intervening 89 years had never happened. I’m excited about supplying a much needed service to Castlemaine. Not having particular experience so far with rug repairs I’ve had a lot of help from friends who have entrusted me with my first repairs. It’s clear there are a lot of similarities in the kinds of repairs needed and

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  • Markit! See you at Fed Square on Sunday

    on May 5, 16 in News by with Comments Off on Markit! See you at Fed Square on Sunday

    Cathy is off to Markit Design Market at Federation Square, Melbourne this Sunday 8th May. There will be monochrome canvas Envelope Backpacks and mini duffels. Hopefully we’ll get the reflective discs and sternam straps made in time!

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  • In the news

    on Mar 16, 16 in News by with Comments Off on In the news

    Here in the workshop we also make custom covers for Butterfly Chairs. Lizzie Geddes of Chops for Tea and I teamed up over a year ago to present www.TheButterflyChair.com.au. This started out as a project to see if we could make a product entirely in Castlemaine. Turns out we could, and did.

    At the moment, we’re just making the covers but it seems there are quite a few old frames sitting out there in sheds waiting to be spruced up and sat upon.

    A lovely canvas cover even ended up in last Sundays Sunday Life magazine.

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    The Butterfly Chair in the Sunday Life Magazine (The Age and Sydney Morning Herald Sunday Newspapers)

     

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  • The Bike Vault Display

    on Oct 12, 15 in News by with Comments Off on The Bike Vault Display

    ISW display at The Bike Vault

    Our local bike shop The Bike Vault has just moved into a fantastic new premises at 51 Templeton St and with their new embiggened shop, they’ve let me curate a space for all our gear. It’s pretty exciting to see it all in the one space. The Bike Vault love the fact that our gear is made just around the corner and they are passionate advocates of supporting local. I hope you’ll visit next time you’re in the area.

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    ISW display at The Bike Vault

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  • New webshop

    on May 22, 15 in News by with Comments Off on New webshop

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    Wow, the vast behemoth of the Industrial Sewing Workshop / Ron D Swan / Walking Foot / Firewood Sling estate has been shoehorned into this one website, including a webshop. My gratitude goes to Hugh Campbell of TheITBusiness for the web magic, Lizzie Geddes of Chops For Tea for the help with brain clearing and getting this show on the road and Chris Guest for all the graphics help over the years particularly for the very cute trolley bike “cart” graphic.

    OK, Oscar collected, I’ll sit down now and get sewing.

    Also, beware of any new holes in website, a few of the prices have been lowered so that the postage can now be added at the checkout according to your location.  I hope you’ll let me know if you have any trouble.

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  • Moving Sale

    on Apr 24, 14 in News by with Comments Off on Moving Sale

    Sale over now, thanks everyone…
    Legbands, Vests and the Musette are on sale due to all our products being moved across to the Industrial Sewing Workshop brand. Some are 2 for 1, others you choose a free legband.

    Check out the pages and contact me with any questions!  Colours are very limited.

    If you want the full colour range, make sure you visit our new website www.industrialsewingworkshop.com Talk soon, Cathy

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  • A new nest

    on Mar 25, 14 in News by with Comments Off on A new nest

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    Ron D Swan has been wheeling around for 9 years now, and while it’s been fun, he’s looking forward to resting in the garden just being a tyre swan. His cycling wares however are still up for a challenge and will now be found our Industrial Sewing Workshop website.  You can still purchase RonDSwan gear through this site as usual for the time being. 

    These changes are just a bit of consolidating so that I can manage my world with one less personality! The main difference is that gear will have an Industrial Sewing Workshop label instead of RonDSwan. The same philosophy will surround all new work which will extend out from the cycling specific world. 

    Thanks for dropping by, 
    Cathy Parry.
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  • Meet the Maker #1 — Cathy Parry

    on Jan 31, 14 in Meet the Maker by with Comments Off on Meet the Maker #1 — Cathy Parry

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    Meet the Maker is the ISW Interview Series where Cathy Parry talks to other makers about their process and how they keep traditional knowledge and skills relevant for today. Most importantly she asks, ‘Are they passing on their knowledge to anyone else?’.

    The short story. I’ve been sewing in this business for 12 years and am still in love with the structural properties of canvas. I’ve committed to finding out what I don’t know (and need to know) about sewing and looking for ways to know it. I make things to really last and am on the long slow journey of learning leatherwork, working with hand and machine. I teach my sons by osmosis, as I figure they are my best students right now. I know I’m on a good thing when my youngest describes himself as “a maker”.

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  • Meet the Maker #2 — Chris Guest

    on Jan 30, 14 in Meet the Maker by with Comments Off on Meet the Maker #2 — Chris Guest

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    Meet the Maker is the ISW Interview Series where Cathy Parry talks to other makers about their process and how they keep traditional knowledge and skills relevant for today. Most importantly she asks, ‘Are they passing on their knowledge to anyone else?’.

    Chris is an architect, illustrator, dreamer of better worlds and builder of our home. When I can collar him to sit down and talk, I’ll ask him pertinent maker questions. In the mean time, he spends his weekends doing things like building a shed for our fire wood out of the partial demolition of a neighbouring house, and inspiring his youngest to say “when I grow up I want to be a builder like Daddy” Continue Reading

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  • Meet the Maker #3 — Usethings

    on Jan 29, 14 in Meet the Maker by with Comments Off on Meet the Maker #3 — Usethings

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    Meet the Maker is the ISW Interview Series where Cathy Parry talks to other makers about their process and how they keep traditional knowledge and skills relevant for today. Most importantly she asks, ‘Are they passing on their knowledge to anyone else?’.

     

    Usethings

    Tim Preston and Debbie Taylor are the usethings design team.

    A Bachelor of Industrial Design and a trade-qualified Shipwright, Tim combines rare knowledge of traditional methods and materials with a modern, cutting edge sensibility. Debbie is a design and building  consultant who loves to be a medium for the exchange of ideas in a project.

    Tim makes the buttons for our Arrietty Bag from the sugar gum offcuts of his coat racks. He also sharpens my tools sometimes, they also have a great little shop in town. Usethings is also their great little store, where they have held mini workshops on knots, knife sharpening and darning.

     

     

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