I can finally upload photos (yay!) but now can’t send email so if you’ve tried to contact me and I’m atypically quiet, please know that I am here, hitting the send button over and over and over LOL. We seem to have a major problem with the internet service in our area since last Thursday.
New Product Developed! I’m really grateful my customer has asked me to make this. It’s thrilling to create something new and to get the opportunity to improve on what is already in the marketplace. I’m also thrilled that HusPartner and I were able to collaborate on this product. He’s my hero!
The job to be done is to build a holder for the numeral cards so they are displayed on a wall in the classroom in the correct order in which the cards are laid out by the child. Hours were spent laying out the math manipulatives, measuring, squaring up the fabric, testing stitches and threads and drafting the template to be cut by the laser cutter.
Here’s the template for the vertical stitches after lasering. The plastic sheets come with a beige plastic film for protection during cutting and handling. The plastic film must be removed so the fabric under the template can be squared out.
Two templates are cut: one for the horizontal cuts and one for the vertical cuts. Vanishing pen is used to mark the stitching lines onto the fabric. If the cuts were all on one template, well, you’d have just little pieces and no template. Pictures are better than words: here’s the two templates laid on top of the cards and you can see both the horizontal and vertical marking cuts.
Here the Holder is all stitched up in the light from the window. I have no idea where the “60” card went, it is still MIA but I will find it, yes I will, Lord willing.
Here it is, almost ready to ship to my dear, hardworking customer. It’s lacking the hardware for hanging it on the wall and the heading support needs to be cut down as the thickness of the side seams are holding the wooden bar up at the top of the panel. Huspartner cut the supporting wooden piece the same length as the finished hanger. He can easily cut it down to fit.
My customer has built her school from the ground up and over the years we have made almost everything in her classrooms including the furniture. She’s a real gem and when she couldn’t find enough properly trained Montessori teachers in her area, she opened her own training center. So typically Montessori: when you need something you go out and do it, build it, create it. She’s a treasure.
I have one more small one to make for her and than I need to make a big one to hold the Large Numeral Cards.