All of our attention lately has been getting our first product lines ready for sale. Horrifically, this means no backpacking.
I've also been thinking that I want to share some of what I have been learning about sewing these lightweight, slippery fabrics. Bear with me, I've only been sewing for a couple of years and it's nearly all been on Ardeth products.
I don't pin. I don't even pin, then remove the pins as I am sewing up to them. But, I do pin to set up my pieces.
A quick pin at my starting location helps to keep the slippery nylons that we work with in place until I can get a few stitches in, but after that, I remove it.
Granted, I am usually on my needle-feed machine, so that helps greatly.
In our town, we have these local yardsale Facebook pages where people sell the stuff piling up in their garage or handmade crafts and whatnot. You might be able to find something similar by doing a search in Facebook for groups that are in your town.
One local woman started selling the flatbreads that she was baking. We ordered a couple after confirming that they did not have any animal products in them. These flatbreads are so good, we wanted to eat them right away, but the flatbreads are about 12" in diameter and would make perfect pizza crusts! We piled up our favorite toppings and threw them into the oven at 400°F for 15 mins on the middle rack. They came out so great! Homemade pizza crust, some marinara sauce, Daiya cheezy topping, mushrooms, olives, and garden-fresh kale and onions.
These turned out to be a delicious, easy, wholesome, and inexpensive dinner. This could easily become a weekly treat!
We just posted a new trip report about last week's 3 day trip to Crocker Point, Yosemite National Park.
You can read it here.
We've completed our 4th Cathedral Peak backpacking quilt prototype! We've refined many of the features that make a backpacking quilt so great, including shaping it to work in conjunction wit the North Rim series of sleeping bags. We're holding off releasing much of the information and photos on this quilt until we have temperature data in from the field, which will be soon.
The Cathedral Peak series of backpacking quilts are excellent quilts for the backcountry adventurer as well as fitted to be used with our North Rim sleeping bags as overbags. Engineered to be highly compressible, lightweight and durable, look for the January release of the Cathedral Peak backpacking quilts by Ardeth backpacking gear.
We're happy to announce that we've completed two more prototypes for our North Rim series of sleeping bags. As we continue to refine our design elements and features, we move closer to have sleeping bags ready to sell. We proud to see our sleeping bag development distill into highly refined products for the backcountry traveler. We are testing our bags with a variety of materials and methods, hoping to provide the best American-made products available.
A few photos of the P6 construction and field test:
And a few of the P7:
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