A New Home!

The new site is now open!


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!)


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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ObsidianStar_Nymph_geisgagrey ObsidianStar_Nymph_geisha ObsidianStar_Nymph_geisgagrey4

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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ObsidianStar_Nymph_birthday1 ObsidianStar_Nymph_cakes ObsidianStar_Nymph_cupcakes2

*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)

Moving! (and a temporary closure)

I’ve been having a few issues with my web host, so it’s time to move!

I’ve been having troubles where items were overselling….. and where items were showing as sold out on the store when they weren’t sold out…  Also I’ve been waiting for the developer to add a free shipping discount for 7 years now, and fix some other tissues and it seems likely that stuff like that is never going to be updated/added…. so time to move.

… but in the latest ironic issue – I tried to have a 50% off sale to clear out some old stock in preparation to move – but it seems it broke the system and instead of giving 50% off only items in the sale category, it is giving up to 80% off some items, and discounting things that shouldn’t be discounted (which for some reason are being given anything from 15% to 55% off ???).  I tried removing the discounts and that’s not helped – it’s still stuck doing crazy stuff.


– so I’ve had to completely close the store down until that gets resolved.  😦

So that’s why the site is currently closed.   Stay tuned for info on when the new site will be up!!! 🙂


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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I wanted to make a blog post addressing this topic, as it’s something that is discussed a lot, with a lot of pad brands.  When people talk about cloth pads “bunching” they are generally meaning 1 of 2 things.  Either the back fabric of the pad “bunching”, or the pad “bunching” the underwear fabric when the pad is snapped onto the underwear.

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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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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.

A few of my favourite things

So… it’s my birthday today, and I decided to do a special stocking of “my favourite things” (or some of them :D)  I’ve also collected together some products in this theme and put them into a “my Favourite things” category.

As a special birthday offer, I’m giving away soaps and birthday cake!


Photo isn’t very clear, but I’ve used my Han Solo in Carbonite, and Portal Companion Cube ice cube trays to make some soaps.  I have 10 mini Han soaps for the first 10 people to order, and 2 of each of the larger soaps for orders over $20, who have satchel shipping (since the soaps can’t go as a “letter”).  Also the first 10 (satchel again) orders will get a mini cake, because I want to share my birthday noms (even if it’s not actual birthday cake as such :P).. and everyone should have the chance to get their cake and eat it too 😀

So you’ll find things like Purple, Paisley, Geisha, Sushi, Bacon, Gaming, Super Heroes…. these are a few of my favourite things 😀

I’ve even used some special engraved snaps!

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myfavouritethings“My Favourite Things”: http://www.obsidianstar.com.au/category/119
Newly added items: http://www.obsidianstar.com.au/category/96


Mini Pantyliners

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ObsidianStar_20415_Mini_Geisha  ObsidianStar_20415_Mini_Hamsa

ObsidianStar_20415_Mini_LavPaisley ObsidianStar_20415_Mini_MagentaPaisley

ObsidianStar_20415_Mini_LimeSushi ObsidianStar_20415_Mini_Whitesushi

New Pad Shape – Hourglass

(Done as base & insert and pocket pad styles)

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ObsidianStar_BI_BlackPaisley1 ObsidianStar_BI_MintCupcake1

ObsidianStar_BI_PurSwirl2 ObsidianStar_BI_Rainbow1

Nymph, Neophyte, Maiden & Priestess Pads

(Most of these fabric combinations are available in all these sizes)

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ObsidianStar_20415_Ny_DWBox1b ObsidianStar_20415_Ny_DWSwirl1b

ObsidianStar_20415_Ny_SW06a ObsidianStar_20415_Neo_SW2c

ObsidianStar_20415_Neo_Avenger1 ObsidianStar_20415_Neo_AvengerBlue1

ObsidianStar_20415_Neo_Comic1b ObsidianStar_20415_Neo_Triforce1

 ObsidianStar_20415_Neo_WW1b ObsidianStar_20415_Neo_CptAmer1b

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Also…. not part of “my favourite things”, but newly added today…

Pad Hangers

Save space and let your pads dry quicker by snapping your pads in a chain!  These come with a clip on the end to hang a wingless pad/wetbag/booster, and support both size 16 and size 20 KAM snaps.

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Lunch bags

Procare lined lunch bags, snack bags and sandwich wrap

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Australia Day Giveaway! – Closed


To celebrate Australia Day, I’m giving away an Aussie flag pad! (with cute heart snaps 🙂 )


To enter, comment below telling me (in 25 words or less):

Where in Australia you love the most, and why?



And the winner is…… Kristie!

“Today is Australia day,
and it’s too bloody hot,
Turn on the air con and get out of my spot.”

It was really hard to choose between the entries, I liked them all.  Having lived on the Gold Coast for a while, where it was a 15 min drive into lush rainforest in one direction, or a 15 min drive and you’re on the beach in the other direction – I can appreciate how nice it is to live somewhere that gives you those options in close distance.  And I really liked the creative and cheeky aspect of the other entry 🙂

So I’m going to send a little something to the “runner’s up” too 😀

Thank you to all those who entered!


Competition Rules:
Entry is open to Australian Residents only.  Competition will be drawn after 10pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on the 26th January 2015.  Winner will be chosen by me, as the entry I think is the best/most creative answer (so feel free to write a poem or be funny if you like!  When you comment on this post as your entry, you need to make sure you have filled out the e-mail address part of the comment form, so that I can contact you.  However, do not include your address or contact information in your message (you don’t want that published publicly).   Limit to ONE entry per person.   If I am unable to contact the winner (to get postage details), or the winner has not responded by 10pm Tuesday 27th January 2015, the pad will be re-drawn. I will pay for regular postage to an Australian address.  Should the package be damaged in transit or not arrive, I will not post a replacement.  You are welcome to pay the extra for registered post if you would like the security of that.

Pad information:  The pad you will receive is a “Nymph” length pad, cotton drill topped, 2 layers bamboo fleece core (sewn to a layer of flannelette) with non-waterproof microfleece backing.  The pad you will receive is as shown above, and is a slight “seconds” due to a flaw in the fabric I didn’t notice until I’d sewn it up (close up view). 


Introducing “Arabian Nights”



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).


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!



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Wingless “Lamba”



Discontinuing Postage to the US

I’ve been trying to think about what I was going to say on this matter….  but I felt I needed to say something, to let people know why shipping to the US will now come up as $10,000 on my stores 😀

Some of you may have heard about the FDA issue surrounding cloth pads… and it is for this reason that I will no longer be shipping cloth pads to the US.

The issue isn’t that cloth pads are regulated as “medical devices” – they have been for quite some time now, and almost everyone (including the FDA) was just ignoring it and happily going about their business 😛 – the issue is that for some reason all of a sudden there have been calls by people in the cloth pad community to start making lists of pad brands who have registered with the FDA (and therefore highlighting those who haven’t), and to boycott or even report brands who are selling to the US without being registered.

It is such a shame that our community has decided to go to that level.  To turn on one another and go out of their way to cause harm to pad makers who are just trying to help bring more pads into the world.  Especially since the regulations are something that we all agree should not be there in the first place.

I am an Australian based business, and while I do have customers in the US, the around $4,500 (in our money) yearly registration fee just to be allowed to sell my pads to the US is simply not worth it for the amount of US customers I have (or had :P).  To give you an idea, I would need to sell around 1000 extra pads to the US each year just to cover the yearly registration fee.  Which is unlikely to happen unless I spam advertising everywhere, which I personally HATE to see and won’t do.  So that is why I hadn’t previously registered, and why many pad sellers in the US are having to close up, and International pad makers are stopping selling to the US – because the fees are just too expensive for the small WAH type businesses we are…. and now we have the possibility of being boycotted or reported if we continue to sell.

Unfortunately my shopping cart system doesn’t have the ability for me to restrict shipping certain products to certain countries, and it doesn’t allow me to block shipping from a country either.  So the best I could manage to do was to set all US shipping prices to $10,000 – because I figure that will stop anyone trying to buy something 🙂 So that is why shipping is set that high.  No it’s not a typo.  No I’m not insane, I just can’t remove US shipping, so that was the next best thing.

I am still able to ship my other non-pad products to the US, but you would need to e-mail me to order those so I can calculate shipping properly for you (I promise it won’t be in the thousands :D)