COVID-19 update – Currently, our sales are temporarily restricted to in stock items only. If you order multiple pieces in the same colour, you should expect to see some variation in the shade and tone of the colour across the items. Our items are made by hand, and with such a wide array of products, colours & sizes, we definitely do not have every item in stock at all times. Get more information on how COVID-19 is affecting our supply chain & inventory availability by clicking here.
white basics swatch
We don’t do white, and here’s why:
Because we use an unbleached cotton to make our sheets, we would need to bleach them to make them white or buy a separate supply of white cotton just for these sheets. In the past we have bought white cotton but we found the quality to be quite inconsistent and often the bleaching made the cotton feel different from our regular fabric. Added to this was a concern about the way the fabric was bleached; was it done in an environmentally friendly manner? We make our sheets ourselves here in BC and use very low-impact dyes (you could even drink the dye, but it probably wouldn’t taste good!) but we don’t want to use bleach as it’s nasty to work with and bad for the environment. Just like we’ve all gotten used to brown bags, napkins and other paper products, we think we could all embrace unbleached cotton for bedding. It looks good, feels great and has had a lower impact on the environment (and the people that work with it) than white does.
Out of stock
Our sheets are definitely not your average department store sheets. We use a 100% cotton, clothing fabric called muslin, which is thicker and more textured than the cotton often used to make sheets. People often remark that the noticeable texture feels more similar to old fashioned or even linen sheets. Just like a new pair of jeans they can take a bit of breaking in, but get softer and lovelier with each wash, while retaining their more rustic texture.
Although this cotton may feel a bit heavier than other fabrics, it breathes exceptionally well. This is because big threads are used in a looser weave. The cotton doesn’t retain excess heat or cold like tightly woven fabrics, so it’s quite comfortable all year round.
Read more about our bedding.
All dyeing is done by hand in small batches (about a set of queen-sized items, i.e. duvet cover, fitted sheet & 2 pillowcases), so dyelots will vary slightly. If you order several items in the same colour, we will make every effort to dye as many of them together as possible, however it is possible you may receive items from slightly different dye lots. Sometimes you’ll see small specks or smudges of another colour on your sheets and this comes down to the fact that a real human being made them by hand – try as we might these can’t be completely avoided. The typical variation in colour that may occur can be seen by viewing all the images on a colour’s category page. Marble dyes have the most variance in colour within an item, each item has a unique, random pattern that can include large clusters or small flecks of other colours such as fuschia, orange or blue, depending upon how individual dyes disperse. Every computer monitor will display colours somewhat differently, so use our colour images as guidelines – the actual colour may not be exactly as displayed by your computer. For an explanation about why colours sometimes look different online and in person, check out our about colour page. Following our washing instructions will keep colours true for a long time, while the cotton will get softer and softer, a lot like your favourite, old jeans.
Swatches are about the size of a business card.
All bedding should be washed prior to first use. Always wash in COLD water and tumble dry HOT. Dyed bedding should be washed keeping each colour separate for at least the first wash and dry. After that simply wash similar colours together. Do not hang dyed bedding to dry, use a dryer. For best results during the first few washes, please make sure your bedding goes into the dryer right after it is done washing. Don’t let it sit wet. Unbleached bedding should be washed in HOT water for the first wash. After that, follow the washing instructions as detailed above.