Stitches Archive: March 2015
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School of Stitching

Art and fashion students at institutions like the Rhode Island School of Design and Kent State University are experimenting with the latest industry technology, taking embroidery into uncharted ter...
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Stitches Top Shops

Meet the decorators who stood out this year, setting the industry standard for quality and service. By Theresa Hegel and Crissa DeBree
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American Apparel Hires CEO, Eyes Bid

American Apparel (asi/35297) has hired fashion industry veteran Paula Schneider as CEO, officially cutting ties with founder Dov Charney, after an outside investigation into alleged misconduct...
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Hanes Sues Gildan

Two heavyweights in the branded apparel business are poised for a clash in court. Hanesbrands Inc. (asi/59528) has sued Gildan Activewear (asi/56842), alleging trademark infringement and unfair...
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Magna Carta Wikipedia Entry Stitched for Posterity

British artist Cornelia Parker is taking the 800-year-old Magna Carta into the digital age, with a commission to create a nearly 42-foot-long embroidery replicating the entire Wikipedia article...
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Twilling Tweeds Bridges Pakistani, Scottish Cultures

Perhaps it was inevitable for Adil Iqbal, a textile designer raised in Scotland by a Pakistani family, to start Twilling Tweeds - a program that uses needlecraft to bridge the two unique, but...
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Used Equipment Makes Sense

Shep Kilby's wife, Arvene, convinced him to enter the decorated-apparel business three years ago. The couple has a successful wholesale linen rental business, and Arvene knew there was a market...
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Shop’s Showroom a Partnership With Suppliers

San Bernardino, CA-based 3Ring Creative (asi/100257) is trying something new with its showroom, giving suppliers designated areas to display their best products, sale items or anything else they...
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Being Real Key to Social Media Strategy

When it comes to T-shirt printing, there's a lot of miscommunication out there, especially in the niche world of water-based and discharge inks, says Jordan Schiller, director of business...
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California Shop Expands Thanks to Lease Program

With four decades working in the decorated-apparel business, Cheryl Griffin, of Bakersfield, CA, knew what she was getting into when she bought a single-head embroidery machine seven years ago...
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Five Steps: Create Smooth Embroidery on Moisture-Wicking Fabric

Create Smooth Embroidery on Moisture-Wicking Fabric Embroider on moisture-wicking materials with minimal puckering and pulling. Graphic Solutions Group embroidery expert Liz Beavers shows you...
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Combine Pattern With Sparkle

Turn sublimation into spirited appliqués for fan and booster clubs. Dalco Athletic has combined the vibrant, bold colors of sublimation with 100% polyester twill, yielding limitless...
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New Ink System Offers Countless Effects

Take your design capabilities to a new level with Infinite FX special effects inks from Graphic Solutions Group (GSG). This new program incorporating only a few special bases lets you create a...
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New for Numbers

Transfer companies are adding options to their number styles, making it easier to produce team jerseys. Stahls' (asi/88984), for example, makes it simple to print numbers one through 99 in a...
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Simplify With Online Design

Automate the art creation process with a new version of InkSoft's suite of business software called Studio. This versatile program offers five main features: an online interactive designer, a...
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Diversify Business With Laser Technology

Output transfers for pennies a page with the new OKI Data ProColor 920WT from Imaging Supplies Warehouse (ISW). This professional laser printer opens the door to diversifying any...
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Save With Ganged Transfer Sheets

Ganging is a layout technique that allows you to make the most of your time and transfer materials. A new educational video from Transfer Express (asi/91804) teaches you how to put multiple...
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Product Pick

Improve your ability to create appliqué on large areas such as hockey jerseys, jacket backs and banners with a new embroidery/laser combination from Hirsch International (asi/14982). ...
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Trend Alerts: Plaid

If you thought plaid was yesterday's news, think again. Plaid apparel can be seen on celebrities, on the runways and just about everywhere else, too. "It's a timeless look that never goes out of...
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Trend Alerts: Studs

From purses and key fobs to clothing, caps and clutches, studs add character to a wide range of wearable items. "Metallic studs became popular again in the last few years with the resurgence of...
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Trend Alerts: Scuba Blue

Splashing around the palette with aquamarine and turquoise - flirting with sea foam - Pantone's Scuba Blue is just as hot this season as a blistering day at the beach. "Blue seems to symbolize a...
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Showcase: Headwear

Why does headwear continue to increase in popularity? Everyone wears hats. "It's an economical way to spread your company's name, idea or message," says Don DeZarn, president of Pacific Headwear...
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Niche: Wedding Accessories

Regardless of the economy or any other factor, people will always get married. The wedding industry is booming, and it creates the perfect opportunity for personalized gifts. Brides, bridesmaids,...
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Inspiration: Linda Joyce Minor

Linda Joyce Minor, an artist at Kirkland, WA-based By Request Designs, describes her work as "mixed fiber art." Having worked with water-soluble stabilizer, thread and her sewing machine since...
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