Introducing the Obsidian Nouveau!

After chatting with Rebecca from Handmade by Glow, about how cool an art nouveau styled image frame I’d used would look made into a pad.  I worked on creating a pad pattern from it, and she turned it into a downloadable/printable pad pattern – which we’ve named the Obsidian Nouveau!

http://www.clothpadshop.com.au/shop/2-75-obsidian-nouveau-pattern-set/

 

I’m now immortalised in the pad world as a fancy pad pattern!   Wooo !!! 😀

Psst, you’ll find a couple of these in my store, and I’ll add more from time to time.

 

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A New Home!

The new site is now open!

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So my lovely mehendi patterns are gone *sob* (couldn’t work out how to incorporate them in this new theme in a way that worked well) but the new layout is cleaner and I hope you’ll find it easier to find everything.

Sold out items now disappear from view, so they don’t clutter up the system.  I’ve also moved some of my stuff to a “bellydance” sub-site, because I thought the side menu was getting too long and complicated as it was, and I have my hat Pins and “Red Hatter” inspired stuff on another “Amaranthine” sub-site too  – both of those can be found by clicking “My Other Stores” on the top menu.

While transferring stuff from the old site I found a few products that had said they were sold out on the site but in my admin screen (and in reality) they weren’t sold…. Grrr!   so there’s some new (old) stock available (again) 🙂

I also realised there were an awful lot of Star Wars, Pirate, Superhero and similar print themes (mostly because they interest me so I go a bit mad making HEAPS of them :D), and barely any pretty florals and other such prints.  So I focused on making more floral pads for this stocking.

As a special offer – spend over $20 this month to receive your very own Obsidian Star!  😀 *

ObsidianStars(They are star shaped pendants, made from the obsidian gemstone I get my name from!)

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New products added this month included:

Arabian Nights pads

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More of my updated Nymph and Neophyte length pads

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 ObsidianStar_Nymph_sewing ObsidianStar_Neophyte_roses ObsidianStar_Neophyte_medieval

Also some pantyliners in Mini and Nymph lengths

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For lovers of the Base & Insert style pads, we have…

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And finally… Cloth Pad Shop has moved too, (that new site design looks vaguely familiar 😉 ) and we’re celebrating our 9th birthday!

So I made some celebratory birthday themed pads!

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*Spend over $20 not including postage to receive 1 obsidian star pendant.  While stocks last (although I have 50 of them so I shouldn’t run out :D)

Updated Pad Shapes

I will still offer my old pad shapes as well (particularly as I have a HEAP already cut out!), but I have developed some slightly different variations on my Nymph, Neophyte, Maiden and Acolyte pad shapes (Priestess coming too).  Mostly it is making the wing a bit more pointy and making the ends a bit rounder.  I also sew these up a bit differently, using a method where I sew on the line I trace around my templates (instead of cutting on that line), which helps get the rounded shapes a little neater.  It does require more fabric and takes a bit longer to sew, so I generally charge a little more for these newer shapes, particularly if also using more expensive fabric.

Old and New Nymph

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Old and New Neophyte

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Old and New Maiden

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Old and New Acolyte

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Latest Stocking

I’ve made up a bunch of cute little tiny pad keyrings!

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Including a pocket pad version, which can be used to carry little things!  Awwwww 😀

And some regular sized, actual pads!

“Arabian Nights” pads

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Regular Pads

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(check the snaps on the strawberry ones!!!!)

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http://www.obsidianstar.com.au/category/new
http://au.clothpadshop.com/store/obsidianstar

Bamboo Hemp

Just to let you know… I’ve made the decision to switch the absorbent core material I use…

I was using a 70% bamboo / 30% organic cotton fleece (where possible, and occasionally a non-organic cotton blend one when I couldn’t get the organic). From now on I will be using a 70% bamboo / 30% hemp fleece for my pad cores.

As usual, all my product listings list the fabrics used, so you can see which core fabric is used in which pads.  Some pads on my site still have the bamboo/cotton fleece core, some have bamboo/hemp.

While hemp is more absorbent than cotton, the bamboo/cotton fleece I was using is 400gsm (heavy-weight), whereas the bamboo/hemp fleece is 320gsm (medium-weight), the fabric is not as thick. I believe my pad layering should be sufficient though that this difference should not be noticeable, particularly in pads with PUL. In my non-waterproofed pads, I add an extra layer of flannelette in those anyway, but you may need to check for leaks to make sure the new pads function the same way the old pads do.

I’ve done some calculations on pad absorbency at the bottom of this post, which you may find interesting.

The slight reduction in absorbency is something I have thought very hard about, but I felt that it was something I needed to do, in order to fit my lifestyle philosophy.

The reason I have switched is that while organic cotton is quite an eco-friendly fabric, I personally feel (based on reports I’ve read) that hemp is a more eco-friendly fabric than even organic cotton (and certainly than non-organic cotton), also the hemp/cotton (non-organic) blend I would sometimes buy is also bleached, whereas the bamboo/hemp fabric is not.

I really feel that it is important to help support the hemp textiles industry, as I feel this is a very sustainable and useful crop, that is not being used enough!

So I feel the bamboo/hemp fleece provides a good mix of the soft and absorbent bamboo with the durable and eco-friendly hemp.

Hemp crops require half as much land for the yield than cotton, hemp also requires half as much water to grow. In processing, cotton uses more than 4 times more water than hemp. So even taking pesticides out of the equation (regular cotton crops require a lot of pesticides, but organic cotton and hemp do not)…. hemp still appears to be a far better crop for the environment. So I feel we should support hemp textiles over cotton.


To test the absorbencies of different fabrics, I took 10cm square pieces of the (prewashed) bamboo/cotton fleece and the bamboo/hemp fleece. (I also tested flannelette and zorb too)

I compared the weight of the samples when dry, and then let them absorb as much hot water as they can (left them soaking in a bowl of water for a minute, squeezed the water out then put it back in to absorb more, repeated then left that to soak for a few more minutes).  I then lifted them out of the bowl by one corner and waited until they stopped dripping – and then weighed them to see how much liquid they had absorbed. (comparing the wet weight to the dry weight)

Results are here:
Zorb (Not sure which version) – Dry 3g – Wet 25g – Absorbed^ 22g
Bamboo/Cotton fleece (400gsm) – Dry 4g – Wet 23g – Absorbed 19g
Cotton flannelette (2 layers) – Dry 4g – Wet 19g – Absorbed 15g
Bamboo/Hemp fleece 320gsm – Dry 3.5g* – Wet 19g – Absorbed 15.5g
Hemp/Cotton fleece 350gsm – Dry 4g – Wet 19g – Absorbed 15g

^ The zorb initially held a lot of water, but (like a sponge), the water just poured out of it for a long time. So while it can hold onto a lot of liquid, unlike the natural fibres, it can’t keep it all (it’s not “absorbing” as such). It’s not actually trapping most of it inside the fibres, the water will stay there only if there is nowhere else for it to go. (Which is why it can “compression leak”).

* my scales are only accurate to full grams, this sample kept bouncing between 3 and 4 grams. So I’m putting it as 3.5 g

So ultimately, in a 25cm long pad, the core inside is about 5cm wide by 20cm long, so 1 layer of core would be about the equivalent to one of the 10×10 squares of fabric I tested.

A “regular” absorbency 25cm (Neophyte) pad would have 2 layers of core fabric (so 2 swatches worth), plus I do a full layer of flannelette (so lets add on the flannelette swatch absorbency since the pad shape is single layer, but larger than a 10×10 square).  So a new bamboo/hemp pad would have about 46g absorbency, the old bamboo/cotton core pad have about 53g absorbency.   A difference of 7mls.

That is only how much the fabric will absorb without dripping though.  In actual use you wouldn’t let the pad get that full and you’d not likely bleed evenly over the whole core to soak it evenly either – so that isn’t to say that a Neophyte pad would hold 46+ grams (or mils) of blood.  Simply that the difference in the switch to bamboo/hemp fleece will still result in a pad that is of suitable absorbency, that the difference is not a lot really.

Introducing “Arabian Nights”

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www.obsidianstar.com.au/category/arabiannights

These will be special edition pads, not something I make all the time, as they are more complicated and time consuming to make, but I think they are really pretty shapes and I hope you like them!

There are 5 sizes, and both winged and wingless shapes will be available from time to time.  They are slightly longer than my usual sizes because of the pointy ends,  but obviously if you’re looking at the length of the pads you can’t really count the point because it’s not going to give much coverage 😛  So the “usable length” is about 3-4cm less than the total lengths.

I’ve given them all new names, with an Arabian feel so that you don’t get confused with having a “Nymph length Arabian Nights pad that is the same length as a “Neophyte” in my regular style 😀

  • Lamba” – means “lamp”.  26cm long (based on the “Nymph” size)
  • Amira” – means “Princess”. 29cm Long (based on the “Neophyte” size)
  • Malika” – means “Queen”. 31cm long (based on the “Maiden” size)
  • Layla” – means “night”. 34cm long (based on the “Hybrid” size)
  • Djinn” – means “Genie”.  38cm long (based on the “Priestess” size)

The inspiration from these came from quite a strange place I guess 🙂  My friend bought a hookah, and I loved the box it came in, and asked to keep it because I absolutely love the shapes of the photos on it (and it’s purple :P).

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I don’t know what you’d call those shapes, but I think of them as being very Middle Eastern, and they remind me of Genies and things.  As I was looking at the box, I thought how awesome it would be to have pads that have those curvy pointed ends!

So I designed pads to have that same sort of shape (as much as is practical to be a pad of course :D).  This is what I was asking for testers for earlier in the year.  So with the help of my testers, I’ve come up with these new pad shapes!

ObsidianStar_ArabianNights_maiden_red1a“Layla”

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“Malika”

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“Lamba”

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Wingless “Lamba”

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“Djinn”

www.obsidianstar.com.au/category/arabiannights

Latest pads and Lunchbags for Teros

These Lunchbags, Sandwich Wraps and Snack Bags… as well as Breastpads and Cloth Pads were all sent down to Hobart to Teros.

 

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Procare lined (cotton outer) sandwich wraps
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Breast Pads
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Cloth Pads (only showing one of each type)
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Now open!

The stores are now reopened!

I’ve got some new stock added, find that here:
http://www.obsidianstar.com.au/category/96

 

You’ll also find some specials on at the moment…

15% off all Xmas stock
http://www.obsidianstar.com.au/category/52

 

50% off all Lunchbags, 40% off Aprons & other savings
http://www.obsidianstar.com.au/category/86

And the special “Freebie Friday” category, where you can grab some stuff for cost of postage only:
http://www.obsidianstar.com.au/category/117

 

I also have some pads and wetbags for sale, where the proceeds from the sales will be sent to Days for Girls
http://www.obsidianstar.com.au/category/94

Reopened and a little stocking

After taking a break over Xmas, I’ve reopened both my website store and my store on Cloth pad Shop. I’ve also got some new pads available.

http://www.obsidianstar.com.au

http://au.clothpadshop.com/store_about/1

Mini Pads

Bamboo velour, organic cotton and flannelette topped pantyliners

Nymph Pads

Printed cotton and Hand Dyed Organic Cotton pads

Neophyte & Maiden Pads

Printed cotton and Hand Dyed Organic Cotton pads

Priestess & Goddess Pads

Printed cotton and Minky topped pads

Xmas Sale & Closing for the Holidays

Midnight Friday I’ll be closing my store for a break over the Xmas period – but I’m having one last quick sale on Xmas stock to finish up the year. If you want to make sure you receive the items in time for Xmas, I would suggest choosing express post, but I make no guarantees packages will arrive in time.

I’m also the “Freebie Friday store on CPS, where I’m offering a free pantyliner on any order placed on CPS on Friday.  So it’s a little confusing, so here’s the details.

On Cloth Pad Shop
http://au.clothpadshop.com/store_about/1
Get a free pantyliner with any order (of any of my products) from my Cloth Pad Shop store only – and also get 15% off all Xmas pads and Breast pads if you enter “freebiefriday” at the checkout.

On my Website
http://www.obsidianstar.com.au (Xmas stuff here – http://www.obsidianstar.com.au/category/52)
Get 15% off all Xmas themed stock when you enter the discount code “xmas” in the discount box at the checkout.

Please note that the free pantyliner offer is only valid for purchases made on my Cloth Pad Shop store – However as I have spread my Xmas stock between the two stores, if you order from both stores you will still qualify for the free pantyliner – so long as you use the right discount codes on each store.

So the Freebie Friday offer finishes on Friday Midnight (Melbourne Australia time) – which is when my stores will close until February.  and I will try to ship out any packages on Sat morning (however registered post and International packages may need to wait until Monday to go out).

Xmas themed stock