New Website

busy with New Website

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been working on building a new website for Damask Raven.  I like the layout better, the shopping cart function is easier, and I think overall it’s just easier to navigate.  For you the customer, and for me, the behind the scenes administrator.  And I waffled back and forth between keeping the blog here or relocating that too.  I’m still not sure.  Mostly, I’m doing more vlogging, or at least exploring it more.  Ultimately, I think it will be a combination. For now, I will keep this one active, and resume posting here, while

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The Lost Art of Dress

The Lost Art of Dress

I read a book.  I’m not sure I liked this book.  The Lost Art of Dress by Linda Przybyszewski was a bit to get through.  I initially thought this book was sort of a how to guide on the lost styles of the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s.  Well, sort of.  The book did not provide any specific how-to’s.  However, it did provide some general guidance on color schemes to make one appear stylish, broad overviews on what might be in a ladies wardrobe.  First and foremost though, it was a history book.  It was a history book on, believe it

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Lipstick on Silk

Who doesn’t feel utterly glamorous with a silk blouse and the right shade of lipstick?  You know what’s NOT glamorous?  Lipstick on silk.  Which is why I’m going to show you how to remove lipstick, should you get some on your silk fabric. Now, generally speaking you probably won’t be using your blouse as a blotter.  But, should a smudge occur while disrobing, you won’t need to panic all the way to the dry cleaners.  Just put a little Dawn detergent on it and you’re good to go. And voila!  Lipstick gone, thanks to my favorite detergent!  I did use

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The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman, an entrepreneurial love story

I have no problem reviewing books, but have typically steered clear of reviewing movies.  This is due largely to there are enough blogs out there that review and critique the film industry.  Why should my opinion count in this most selective of fields?  And I mostly want to keep the focus of Damask Raven on silk and sewing.  Yet I find I am unable to stop thinking about The Greatest Showman. I was a little ambivalent about this movie owing to some early conceptions about PT Barnum.  Then I read a review from an unexpected area, Fee.org.  This made me

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Knits

A brief review for knits

I will readily admit that sewing knit fabrics is not my strongest skill set.  I understand some fundamentals, I understand the zig zag stitch versus straight stitch.  I know that knits are typically serged when not sewn with zig zag stitch on a standard machine.  I do know that any fiber can be knit, including silk.  And that taps me out. So before I really did anything with knitted fabric (cotton to start, sorry), I reached for Sew Knits with Confidence by Nancy Zieman. Of course, generations of seamstresses grew up watching Sewing with Nancy, but what really brought the book

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That moment when…

That moment when

That moment when you realize you haven’t written a blog post in over two months.  Yikes!  That’s just bad business.  This was not an intentional disconnect.  I’ve been vacillating between blog and vlog or a hybrid thereof.  I’ve been working consistently behind the scenes.  Which would be fine, except that I am also the in front of the scenes person. So, bluntly, I need to do better.  I may not have the  largest following, but the people who do follow me deserve a little more attention and communication from me.  So here is an up to date status report of

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New Measurements

New Measurements using this Book!

So it’s been awhile since I posted anything.  Not to say I’ve given up on blogging (no…no such luck. Sorry folks!).  But I did have to figure out where I wanted to go with this blog.  And since it’s a blog attached to a site which sells silk fabric, sewing seemed like a logical step.  And while there are tons of sewing blogs out there, none of them have my voice, just like I don’t have their voice and perspective.  It is unquestionably one of the beautiful things about blogging, that ability to share your unique perspective on a subject. 

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Sewing Machine Sleep Mode

Sleep Mode for Sewing Machines

The Baby Lock Destiny 2 has what they call Eco Mode.  To anyone who has a computer, this is also known as Sleep Mode.  So Eco Mode is a Sewing Machine Sleep Mode.  The Eco Mode has to be set or the machine will just stay on indefinitely, but overall it’s a good function to have.  Activating the Eco Mode allows you to save power if you leave your machine running an embroidery design.  It finishes but you’re working on a different project.  Rather than just staying on indefinitely, after the specified time, the machine goes in to Eco or

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Presentation

One of the tricky things about vending is coming up with a lovely presentation.  This is a skill I am more or less comfortable with at indoor events. Indoors change a lot, but with a defined space, it’s fairly easy to come up with an appealing layout.  More fun, though, is your space.  Outdoor events which utilize your own pavilion allows for some personalization in the presentation. Now, that first little out door set up was a 10×20 easy up with some canvas walls that were tied together with grommets.  The next outdoor event had TWO 10×20 easy ups placed

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Be a Student

Yep...how all students feel

It’s hard to give yourself permission to learn new things.  Especially once you’ve obtained that almighty degree, and have obtained the status of Graduate.  It’s slightly easier to be a student when it’s entirely for fun.  When I’m in dance class, I can be fully focused and in the moment.  I can concentrate on the lesson and what the take away is.  Not so easy when the only teacher is me, and I also happen to be the only student in the class. Forcing focus when I know I need to be concentrating on learning all the things is probably

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