Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer custom orders?
Yes! I love customizing items for people. Whether you’re looking for a gift or something to coordinate in your own home, let me know. I’m happy to work with you to create something that reflects the colors and designs that will make a statement about you or the ones you love.
Reversible napkins are a great wedding favor and wedding gift. In marriage, lives are woven (or sewn) together, while each person maintains their own passions and interests. Custom wedding napkins replicate this sentiment perfectly. Each napkin represents both partner’s individuality sewn together with a single, loving thread.
What is the turnaround time for custom orders?
There are several variables that impact turnaround time. Most custom orders take a minimum of 3 weeks, though at times I can complete them in a few days if I have material necessary at my fingertips. If you need a product by a specific, let me know. I do my best to complete items in a timely fashion and will always be honest about how long I think it will take.
Where do you get your materials?
I buy my materials in a variety of places. Some I get locally, others I find online, and I have friends and family who both purchase material when they know I’ll love it or pass it along when their projects are finished. Periodically I make upcycled products. I get material from these projects at secondhand and vintage stores, as well as wardrobes from friends and family.
Do you have a brick and mortar store?
No. My studio is out of my home and I spend most of my weekends at shows. I do have a few local shops that carry my goods, but at this point it is not enough to merit a Stockist List on my website. If you’re interested in finding out about stores that carry my products in Rhode Island, send me an email. I’d love for you to support these delightful shops!
Why do you pre-wash your fabric?
I use 100% cotton for table linens, so I consider pre-washing (and drying) a must because it prevents the fabric from shrinking at an irregular rate after it is sewn together. Cotton is notorious for shrinking when you put it through the wash and not all cotton shrinks the same amount.
Though most fabrics do not release colors in the wash the way they used to, some are still dyed with natural dyes that may bleed onto other fabrics. Pre-washing releases any extra dyes that could harm other fabrics in your wash. Also, fabric will feel soft and comfortable to the touch after its initial wash and seams will stay straight since fabric is pre-shrunk.
Sewists have a range of opinions on pre-washing, but in my personal experience and the feedback I receive on the quality of my products is enough to affirm that pre-washing helps me make the best product possible.
Some bags & pillows I make have to be spotwashed or are made of materials that should not be washed at home. I do not pre-wash these fabrics.