Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How much does a custom-sewn item cost?
A. This will depend on the materials used, the amount of custom alterations to the pattern, and the number of fittings required. Please contact me to discuss your project to get a quote.
Q. Do you have a bulk discount?
A. Yes, on sewn items only. All items on a bulk order must be the same pattern, with the same deadline, but do not need to be the same size. One good example of this would be bridesmaid dresses. Please contact me for a quote.
Q. I do not live in Colorado, but would like you to sew my garment for me. Do you do distance work?
A. Yes. It takes a little bit more coordination and shipping, but I can certainly work with you over a distance to create the garment you desire. Please contact me for more details about your particular project.
Q. What is the difference between hand- or machine-sewing for patches?
A. The stitching on the machine-sewn patches will always be visible on the interior of the garment, and, upon close inspection, on the patch itself. If you have a thick fabric, or a garment with multiple layers (a jacket with lining, for instance) the stitching for hand-sewn patches will not show from the inside of the garment. I also do my best to keep hand-stitched patches from having any stitches visible on the patch itself. Please contact me for a quote for your patches.
Q. My son/daughter is a scout, and has a lot of patches to still be sewn onto their uniform. I don't like gluing them on, and it seems silly to keep sending their sash/vest to you for more patches. Do you have any suggestions?
A. I am happy to come to your troop meeting and teach the scouts how to hand-sew their own patches. Even if it is not a requirement for a merit badge they may be working on, hand-sewing is a valuable skill to learn. I will bring needles, thimbles, and enough thread colors to try to match as many merit badges, council patches, patrol/troop emblems, and event patches as possible. I will also bring learning materials and handouts to help your scout have a reference for sewing their own patches in the future. You are always welcome to send your sewing jobs to me, if your scout decides that sewing isn't really their thing after trying it for themselves.
Q. How much does a custom-knit item cost?
A. The cost will depend on the size of the garment, the fiber type to be used, the yarn size to be used, the quality of yarn to be used, and the amount of design required to create the pattern of your custom garment. For example, for a small- to medium-sized adult sweater in a moderately-priced wool, you can expect to pay a material cost of $75-$100 for the yarn (no designing or knitting charges included). Please contact me for a quote.
Q. Why is there so much of a difference between prices for the same garment if the yarn cost is charged separately?
A. The weight (thickness or diameter) of the yarn used will significantly impact how much effort and time it will take to create the garment. Thick, heavy yarn will create a bulky fabric, which is relatively quick to knit up. A thin, delicate yarn will create a fine, thin fabric wich will take a long time to knit. It can be a difference of up to five stitches of small yarn for every one stitch for every super bulky yarn. This equates to five times more effort and five times longer to complete.
Q. I know you can knit colorwork, and I know you can paint and draw, but can you design and knit a custom colorwork item?
A. Absolutely! Please contact me with your ideas and I can give you a quote for your custom-designed, custom crafted item.
Q. I do not live in Colorado, but would like you to knit my garment for me. Do you do distance work?
A. Yes. It takes a little bit more coordination and shipping, but I can certainly work with you over a distance to create the garment you desire. Please contact me to discuss the details of the project you have in mind.
Q. I saw a disturbing video showing rough treatment of sheep, and don't feel right about supporting an industry which mistreats animals. What can I do to have a quality garment and maintain a clear conscience?
A. You can use petroleum-based yarn, such as acrylic. If using petroleum products goes against your conscience for environmental reasons, there are also other options. You can use plant-based yarn, such as rayon, bamboo, cotton, linen, or hemp. Or, you can use small-batch wool from a local supplier who has a close relationship with their shearer and trusts them with the safety and well-being of their animals.
Q. Do you spin dog or cat fur? I want a memento made with the shed fur from by beloved pet.
A. Because dog and cat fur does not have the tooth that wool does, it needs to be blended with wool. Once blended, the hair can can be spun. Please contact me for more details about what is required for a specialty item like this.