Will This Sweater Shrink?
I Bought A Chunky Knit Sweater, Sort Of Looks Like This One: Http://Www.Acquiremag.Com/2007/12/21/Afchunky.Jpg The Material Says It'S 100% Acrylic But I Wanna Know If It Will Shrink When I Wash It, It Fits Perfectly And I Don'T Want It To.

A dryer will shrink any sweater, not so much because of the yarn material (acrylic) but because of the weave. This will be especially true for this one because it is knit extra thick. What happens is the weave/knit tightens as it is washed. I'm sure if you read the tag it will say hand wash and dry flat.

If it is machine washable, don't put it in the dryer because you are guaranteed shrinkage. Stretch it back into shape when you remove it from the wash. Dry flat or on a "very large" hanger...the type that is wood on top like for heavy coats. If you put this sweater on a hanger to dry, the shoulders will stretch around where the hanger was, especially given its weight, and it will hang funny on you. I recommend either drying it flat or hand over a wide bannister or chair to dry. They make sweater drying racks that lay flat on short legs so you get air circulation under the sweater to aid if speedier drying time also. Below is a few links to them on eBay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-Pack-X-Large-S...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/POP-OPEN-MESH-DR...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mainstays-Home-S...

Ultimately, you should follow the directions on the tag.

Screen Printing 101 Help?
Can Somebody Suggest A Good Starting Point For Screen Printing Shirts? I Do Not Want To Do A Full Scale Mass Production Thing... Yet. At The Moment I Want To Do One Of A Kind Shirts. It Seems Rather Expensive To Go To A Local Print Shop For A One Off Item. See I Get Ideas Randomly And So It'S Not A Regular Production. I Sell My Shirts More As A Singular Piece Of Wearable Art Than As A &Quot;Label&Quot; And Am Hoping To Find An Easier Way Than Painting It Myself. I Thinking Of Alex Evans, Although I Don'T Know That He Prints Them Himself (I Know He Does Design Them). I Have Done A Few Pieces With Different Lipstick Colors And Ran It Through The Drier To Dry Them. Then Stains Will Never Come Out And It Did Have A Cool Effect. Anyway, Thanks For The Help.

It takes a LOT more work to prepare screens for various color printing than it would take to simply paint directly on the shirt.

What I found easiest, was, believe it or not, airbrushing custom designs onto tees, tops and tote bags. It cost a few bucks for the equipment, initially, but, once I got things set up, airbrushing was EASY, fast and made for great effects. There was also a pretty steep learning curve, but, with practice, drawing freehand with an airbrush became as easy and instictive as drawing with a pencil. And, changing colors was as quick as screwing on another bottle of ink.

I even did some multiple garments with the same or similar designs, using stencils cut from cheap manilla folders. A client wanted a '57 Chevy Bel Aire? No problem. What colors do you want?