Only quality fabrics from Zweigart and textile industry dyes are used. The combination produces a soft, washable, colorfast, and permanent product. The photos of our fabrics shown in our web site are of linen. Variations – sometimes very wide variations – occur between the fabric types. A color in linen may or may not look the same in Lugana or Aida. Keep in mind that each swatch is a very small piece of the whole fabric and is designed to give you an idea of the color and pattern. With any hand-dyed product, variations in color intensities and patterns will occur with each dye lot. If you are planning to stitch companion pieces we recommend purchasing all fabric at the same time. All pieces are pressed, serged, labeled and packaged.
Fat 1/4 = 18 x 27 inches
Fat 1/2 = 27 x 36 inches
1 YD = 36 x 54 inches
Measurements are pre-dyeing. They do shrink a little in the dyeing process – especially the Luganas.
Cutting fat gives a more useable fabric piece. A regular 1/4 would be 9 x 54 inches.
There is some difference of opinion over this answer, but for us there are 3 basic fabric types that we dye: Aida, Linen, and Evenweave (Lugana) All the base fabric is from Zweigart.
These are the names given to different thread counts of linen. Cashel 28ct, Belfast 32ct, Edinburgh 36ct, Newcastle 40ct.
Basic Dyeing 101 – different fabric contents will take the dye differently – sometimes very differently. Aidas are woven from cotton threads, Linens are made from linen thread, and the Evenweaves that we use are a combination of rayon and cotton.
This is what we call the fabric that has an opalescent thread woven into it. It gives the fabric sparkle. Sometimes on the dark colors (Mystic) the sparkle can be a bit overwhelming.
Yes. As long as we can get the base fabric in opalescent.
Give us a call (785-263-9930 or 866-314-4343) and we’ll exchange it for something else or refund the cost of the item. We don’t want anyone to keep a piece of our fabric that – for whatever reason – you’ll never use! You will be responsible for the return shipping and we will have to charge you shipping on the new piece being exchanged.
No minimums for either individuals or for shops ordering from us. We try to make our fabrics available to anyone who wants them!
We have a minimum shipping charge of $4.00. That will usually cover about a 1/4 yard (at least until the Post Office raises their rates again!!). After that we charge as close to the actual PO or UPS charge as possible.
We introduce new colors once a year, and at the present time we have 137 colors.
Yes! We use our washing machine and hot water to wash the fabrics before they’re dyed and then again after the dyeing process. They are as washable as they can be!
Yes. We use chemicals to bind the dye to the fibers and to stop the dyeing reaction. Then we wash the fabrics with a special detergent that removes loose dye. The brightest and darkest colors (such as Phoenix and Mystic) are rinsed many times to try and get out all the unbound dye. That being said if you are someone who always washes your project when you are finished stitching – remember the threads are not colorfast and there could be loose dye in the fabric. It’s recommended to rinse your piece in cold water and not let it soak.
We sometimes get orders out the very next day. Sometimes it takes several days. It depends on several factors – what’s ordered, how much is ordered, where your color is on the dye schedule, show schedules, and what we have in stock (which changes all the time) at the moment. So we usually tell anyone ordering to allow up 4 to 6 weeks. If your order arrives sooner than that – HURRAH!!!!
Shari (my business partner who “retired” from PTP several years ago) and I had a Cross Stitch shop and saw hand-dyed fabrics here and there. We loved the way it looked, but couldn’t find a reliable source. So – strong-willed, stubborn people that we are – we went to our local University (Kansas State -Rah!) and cornered 4 Professors in the Textile Department. They pointed us in a couple of directions (they might have just been trying to get rid of us) and there we went!!