An Oldie but a Goodie: Faux Chenille Appliqué

I recently revived an old technique while doing some design development work: Faux Chenille Appliqué.  Our friend Brian Lessard at Rutland taught us this technique years ago and it really holds up in terms of delivering WOW! factor while still remaining tasteful.. – We started with a killer hoody from Independent Trading Co. – Working from a vintage Pepsi Cola logo we added various stitching effects, twill and chenille
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TBT: How I Got Into Screenprinting

It isn’t often that our first commercial screenprinting jobs are documented. Usually we get into this business in a sort sideways move. We help somebody out or make shirts for ourselves and never really think it will turn into a business. Somehow lo and behold eventually we end up finding ourselves in the business. I just received photos of my first “commercial” printing. But first
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Heavy Metal Quilting, What a Use for Old T-shirts

Incredible quilts from old metal t-shirts. I’ve seen quilts done before but nothing even close to this creative. The Huff Post mentions the quilter’s “ability to turn “your grandmother’s sewing circle” into a celebration of vintage tattoos, the occult and motorcycle gangs. Blending, as he puts it, B-movie horror film style with the delicate intricacy of quilting, he creates the perfect mashup of traditional and
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Equipment We Love – Epson system

Some pieces of equipment come along and they have it all – quality, price, reliability. I love our Epson 4900 and I love the film and ink we get from SPSI, I love the Wasatch RIP (well here I exaggerate slightly,) and I love our chip resetter. Basically I don’t think about film any longer. I know I’ll get an Olec or KIWO direct to screen unit
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“That Asian Girl Print”

It’s funny, I still get calls from customers looking for “that asian girl print” (their description, not ours.)  We ran this design as a cross promo with American Apparel back in 2006.  When distributing these tees at shows or in mailers the response was crazy.  Most thought that it was a sublimation print or DTG, but not a screen print, no way.  Truthfully, it was
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Solvy: en Español

Solvy es una lámina plástica manufacturada para la industria del bordado. Se coloca sobre cualquier superficie de tejido, por ejemplo: sobre el  acrílico de un sombrero o encima de un polo de punto. Solvy permite acabados uniformes y un detalle más fino ,respetando las puntadas del tejido sobre el que se aplica. Se utiliza poniendo la lámina sobre el tejido y entonces se procede al
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Solvy Salvation

When you have a coarse weave such as an acrylic knit hat or pique knit polo shirt, you can get the embroidery to come out well with digitizing if you are a jedi master of embroidery, but a simple “trick” for mere mortals is to use Solvy on the surface. Solvy is a plastic film manufactured for the embroidery industry. It is placed on top
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