Introducing the latest development at NOVA Labs, an area located in Orange Bay (the front work room) we are now calling Crafters Cove.
Crafters Cove features an impressive 12-color CNC Embroidery Machine (courtesy of the Chanesman family) as well as the Creative Tools Cabinet and two sewing machines.
The Chanesman’s Embroidery machine is a 70’s era Ultramatic. It has two heads, with 6 needles on each machine head. That means it can support 6 colors on each head. We’re told that it is really great for making your own badges.
FYI – anyone looking to design for the Ultramatic needs to know that it uses tajima dstdigitized files. Designing for the machine may take some time, so here is your chance to get a head start while waiting for access to the machine.
Look for more information about learning how to use that CNC Embroidery Machine coming soon. Jeff will be working on calibrating the machine. Once he’s had a chance to give it a shakedown run he will announce that the machine is up and functional. If you are interested in helping to maintain the machine or help set up a class please contact Jeff Chanesman.
The Creative Tools Cabinet holds a variety of crafting and art tools. This tool cabinet is an example of re-purposed / re-claimed furniture that was a project of the Makers Circle & Art Lab (MC & AL) group. The MC & AL group sponsors and maintains the cabinet located in Crafters Cove.
MC & AL Tools are available for all Member and Associate use. A list of available tools and a wishlist is in a binder and will be on the wiki soon. Manuals for the sewing machines are available. However if you are not used to using a sewing machine please ask for assistance from the friday night MC & AL sewing gurus.
NOVA Labs encourages ideas and fosters cross crafting of skill sets across a wide variety of disciplines.
Brainstorming and planning is an essential part of the process. A whiteboard surface has been added to the back to help with sketching out ideas or task lists. The cabinet can also act as a portable divider; providing form, function and fun.
Crafters Cove includes a Fodder & Supply Center. It houses expendable or single use (used and gone) items. Offering a usable variety of supplies for general / class use. Rules of use are posted.
So come check out Crafters Cove next time you swing by NOVA Labs!