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  • How do I care for my beautiful new shirt?

Fantastic question! You should hand wash your shirt in cold water, and hang to dry. *Never* put it in the drier. With the addition of the embroidery you are now dealing with two separate materials and weaves on one shirt, although all items are pre shrunk the possibility for distortion too high if you put it in the drier. Do not iron it either, in my experience they line dry quite nicely. Treat your new shirt like the treasure it is! That being said, the embroidery itself is what some might call “excessively robust” (just look at the back of your shirt, it lays flat and won’t itch, but you can see those threads are weaved into the pattern). It’s not going to unweave itself, it’s good and in there, let it be its glorious self by treating it thoughtfully. If you must machine wash it put it in a garment bag, we don't want anything snagging your art!  

  • I can see threads! Is my embroidery unraveling?

Deep breaths! It is extremely unlikely that your shirt is unraveling. We tie the threads off, and then weave the remaining threads into the back of the embroidery. We do this to create smoother lines and minimize thread visibility when the item is worn. If you see an errant thread you can just tuck it back into the threads on the back side (we use a very small crochet hook for this), or simply leave it if it doesn't bother you. If your embroidery is genuinely unraveling I'd be gobsmacked, but would love to help you out. Please contact us if any shocking nonsense is happening.

  • Where'd you get the shirts you embroider? Are they produced ethically?

Our shirts come from an producer that uses no sweatshops and ethically decent policies. While we would love to have the ability to produce shirts in house that's just not a realistic possibility at the moment. Upcycled items come from thrift stores or various online shops.

  • Some yellow/blue dust/ink is on my shirt behind the embroidery, what gives?

That's from the transfer paper, or, less likely a water erase pen. We use these to transfer the design to the shirt, and work off of that. No freehand here! All ink/dust will wash out on the first wash, we just didn't rinse it thoroughly enough here (sorry!). It's worth noting that this has never actually happened, at least that we've been told, but it's important information to have out there. 

  • My shirt looks a little funny after a wash, there's some puckering happening. How can I improve it without ironing it?
Personally I [Annette] find that gently tugging at the fabric around the sides of the embroidery re-situates the troublesome threads quite nicely. If it really needs a tidy I go around it with an iron and smooth down the fabric inside the design with the tip of the iron. I do not find I need to do this often, typically a gentle tug is just fine on a shirt that isn't terribly wrinkled. I don't recommend ironing straight on the design, just around it.