Counting on T-shirts

One month ago I offered to handprint any design on any of my 125+ blank shirts.  Many of you took advantage of the offer and placed orders.  I cut the order acceptance off on Thanksgiving, and started printing the very next morning and the next whole day.  For every design ordered, I printed another 5-8 shirts to plump up my printed shirt bins.  So today with achey back and hands I have updated my shirt listings in my etsy shop which I will share with you as links you can click on to see what is available in each size.  (11/28/17: I still have a few sizes to photograph and list…but this is a good start.

I’m not accepting any more custom print orders, but the odds are I might have just what you want ready-to-go in my shirt bins.  The best way to find out is to click on the size you want in either Ladies or Unisex (Men’s) Style.  The link will take you to my etsy shop.  Don’t worry, you won’t be dealing with a stranger…it’s me checking my etsy orders every day and popping your orders in the mail to you.

As many of you know, my work goals are shifting to helping bring back the rya craft, so the shirts are just a side dish for me.  There will come a day when I must let it go, but while I have so many shirts and so many shirt-lovers nipping at my heals, I will find a way to make them available to you.  Thanks for understanding.  I will not be printing any more shirts this year!

Check the following links to see what is available today:  

Click to see list #1 of Ladies Small shirts.

Click to see list #2 of Ladies Small shirts.

Click to see Ladies Medium shirts

Click to see the Ladies Large Shirts   

Click to see Ladies X-Large shirts.

Click to see Ladies 2XL shirts.

 

Click to see the Men’s SMALL shirts  

 When you click, you can click on the photo and see close-ups of all the shirts.

 

Click to see Men’s MEDIUM shirts  

(I have plenty!)

Click to see Men’s LARGE shirts  

Click to see Men’s X-LARGE shirts.  

(I have plenty…just trying to change up the photos a little bit.  This shirt is available in X-Large.

Now for the Silk-screened shirts by size.  Many of these prices are drastically lowered to clear out almost-sold-out designs.  Help me out, OK?

Men’s Small Silk-screened shirts  

Men’s MEDIUM Silk-screened Shirts

Men’s LARGE Silk-screened Shirts

LONG-SLEEVE LADIES – All Sizes
LONGSLEEVE UNISEX – Handprinted Shirts ALL SIZES

I have many more shirts which I will keep photographing and listing here, so come back soon to see my hand-printed long-sleeved shirt and my silkscreened shirts.

 

 

Update on Frostagarn — New Price Break on Vintage Swedish Frostagarn

October 8, 2017–update:  Since last month’s bulk discount announcement, three colors have run out.  The photo to the left reflects the current availability.

I purchased many boxes of the Borgs Swedish yarn called Frosta over a year ago from an estate sale on the west coast.  It was produced in the mid-century modern period and is no longer made. I have listed it in my etsy shop, and sales have been brisk at $8/100gram with 110 Meter on the skein. Generally yarn of this caliber ranges from $10-16/skein

As of this blog-posting, I will be reducing the price for larger orders to help move the yarn to fiberartists who are on budget or just looking for a good deal.  It is currently the lowest priced yarn I carry, and frankly I need the space for newer yarns coming in.

If you are buying 1-14 skeins, the price is $8 per skein.  Notice the price drops significantly as you buy greater quantities.  If you want to order for a group of friends, why not bring the price down to $5/skein.  There will be no delay in shipment because it is on on premises right now.

A color sample card is included in my Samples package sold on etsy. The colors are limited to two basic color ranges: HOT pinks, oranges, and yellows ….

and COOLER natural greens, browns and golds.

Note: The chocolate brown, rust, and two other greens are now gone. See sample card at the top of post for availability–though quantities are less.

They can be used with other Frostagarns or mix them with Rauma, Lundgren, or Asborya (currently made by Borgs selling at $13-16/sk.)   You can mix and match colors as you choose. Any quantity, as long as it is still available or any Frostagarn color, just send me a list of what you want and I will send you an online invoice.  Or if you’d rather purchase through etsy, send me an etsy message telling me what you want, and I will do a special listing just for you.  Very easy.

Here are the price breaks:

1 – 14 skeins @ $8.00/skein

15 – 25 skeins @ $7.00

26 – 49 skeins @ $6.00

50+ skeins @ $5.00

Here is a close-up shot of a totally Frostagarn-made rya.  It has a coarse feel as most rya yarns do.  The twist is looser than other rya yarns, but the twist is maintained when the loops are cut.  I made sample swatches of rya rugs (like the photo below) using every type of rya yarn I carry, and was very pleasantly surprised at how nice the Frostagarn functioned solo on a backing.  I have been adding maybe 10-20%  Frostagarn to most my kits I offer along with a mix of the Lundgren, Rauma ryegarn and prydvevgarn, and Asborya.

By comparison (for those in the know), the same company, Borgs in Sweden made Frostagarn as they still make the Asborya today which sells for $13-$16.  The older yarn has the more characteristic coarse rope-like twist than the new which is definitely more on the soft side.

 

VE Magazine features Mid-Century Modern Ryas and my Efforts to Revive the Almost-lost Art of the Rya Rug

Rya Rug-making…Yesterday and Today. This early ad is from one of my old C.U.M. Rya catalogs from Denmark.

A few weeks ago, I received an email from the editor of VE Magazine (stands for VintagExplorer) based in the United Kingdom.  VE is available both in print and online with subscriptions from all around the world.  She was working on an article featuring the history of mid-century modern rya rugs and some of the unique advertisements that were created to put this art form on the map.  You have to see them to believe it!  Click here to go directly to the Rya Rugs article.  If you are a fan of all things vintage, treat yourself to a trip back in time.  Let me know if any of you remember the advertisements.  I recall my grandmother saying, “That’s ridiculous.  Who would put a rya rug in the beach sand?”  But the image lasted for decades for me.

The article also contains rare information about the history of the Nordic ryas to which I can attest there is very little written.  I was thrilled to see the history is very similar to what I have assembled for the history chapter in my book on designing and making the off-loom rya. (Phew!  So I know it is all TRUE!) She wanted to conclude her story with an optimistic word about making a rya rug today…and she found me.  Of course I gave her all the info and photos she needed to complete the story.  The off-loom art of rya rug-making has a new ally of support and outreach to the world.  So exciting to have others sharing the story.

Louise working on her first rya of her own design at the February 2017 Rya Sewing Circle at Byrdcall Studio. Denis is starting on his third rya of the past 12 months!

I think it is really cool that she has put the challenge out to the VE readers to make a rya rug.  A kit is a great way to get started, or start designing your own.

I keep adding to my kits-on-hand inventory from Rauma of Norway each month.  I also have a few of my earlier designs listed on etsy. Why not check out my etsy shop?

If you would like to share your latest rya project, or even a vintage one, post on Pinterest or Instagram with hashtags #vintagexplorermag, #ryarugs, or #midcentury.  Be proud to share in any social media you choose and in real life, too, like as a fiberart in the County Fair!  If there is no category for “Rya Rugs” request a new category for an old craft.   The more we get our ryas “out there” the more people will realize it isn’t just an art of the past.

While your interest is peaked, why not check out these links:  www.vintagexplorer.co.uk and www.mantiquexplorer.co.uk

If you remember these ads, tell us.  If you care to comment about this blog, feel free to do so below.  You may not see your comment immediately, but check it out later and see what others have said.  Thanks!  Knot on!

Perfectly manicured hands demonstrate the rya knotting technique in another promotional photo by C.U.M. Rya of Denmark in 1960s-70s..