Madame Saslow is also a seamstress! I’ve taken up work from the En Garde Fencing Academy. Fencing safely requires a lot of gear, gloves, uniforms, underarmor, etc. When those items get worn, fought in, and washed all the time, they end up needing some TLC. I took a fencing class from Moniteur Jim at SSU, so I’ve worn the gear for fencing personally.
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I can only take a few pieces of gear at a time, since they are constantly being used. Mostly it’s just the velcro closures on things that need replacing, but a few items need other pieces re-attached or patched.
This venture came about at a friend’s birthday party. One of the guests, Joey, works for En Garde. We were chatting and I mentioned my laundry soap. It was decided that laundry soap and fencing were a match! En Garde really does take better care of their equipment than a lot of places. Jim and Joey are washing gear all the time. They are excited to be supporting a local business person by buying my laundry soap, and that it’s a environmentally low impact product.
What all this means for me is that I am making my business work. I have been putting out roots, making paths, and working. It’s paying off. Even when I am mending and making laundry soap, I’m MAKING something. I’m creating, crafting, doing. I work my own hours, I’m my own boss, and I’m making it happen. That is so satisfying.
Thank you, En Garde!