The Gist of Grist (part 3)

Welcome to another long winding post about the realities of spinning yarn. It’s like skeining up 500 yard lace weight skeins. If I turn the winder up all the way hoping to shorten the time, this yarn is going to break, and cause nightmares for both of us. If I slow this all the way … Continue reading The Gist of Grist (part 3)

Flattening the Curve: The Realities of Spinning Yarn (part 2)

Last week we began this three part series on the realities of spinning yarn. In that post we started off by defining terms: TPI, WPI, and YPP. By the end we had highlighted four realities that any mill is faced with when deciding what yarns they are going to make and how that relates to … Continue reading Flattening the Curve: The Realities of Spinning Yarn (part 2)

Cotton Core To Your Door

Cotton core to your door goes back over a decade. It was early fall in 2008 when a new tool showed up at our mill. It was the Rug Yarn Maker from Belfast Mini Mills LTD. Two years later it was 25% of our business revenue. By 2013 the “trend” was generating an average of … Continue reading Cotton Core To Your Door

Trade-offs: the realities of cultivation & harvest

It has been almost a year since we sold the mill equipment and ventured into business consulting for niche textile mills. I can’t believe it’s been a year already. We took the money we made from the sale of the mill and reinvested it to create this new business. As the time draws near, I’ve … Continue reading Trade-offs: the realities of cultivation & harvest

Grit and singing behind the plow

Part 3 of 4: Come & See Tour Analysis – Forged with grit and discovering the key to inspiring joy-filled business Grit is the framework upon which anything actually gets done. Grit requires great courage and resolve to start, continue and finish what you put your hand to. It is a true strength of character … Continue reading Grit and singing behind the plow

Up your “A” game this fall with Tenfold

Last fall, I (JC) enrolled in Villanova’s Lean Six Sigma manufacturing certification program. I wanted to learn how companies like GE and Toyota (among others) had been able to create a company culture that could operate at such a high level of production efficiency. More importantly, I was curious if these same concepts would apply … Continue reading Up your “A” game this fall with Tenfold