Stitches Archive: September 2015

Back in Bloom

Hippie chick. Boho baby. Glam rocker. Disco darling. The many faces of the “Me Decade” get a makeover – with our talented designers and tireless decorators adding a modern twist to the shades and s...
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A Day in the Life of a Designer

Tag along with two super-busy apparel designers to learn how they conceptualize and churn out stunning embellished work – couture, movie sets, high-end retail stores and more
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All Together Now

Double the sales and twice the versatility? Just look to the rising demand for layered looks.
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American Apparel Announces Strategic Changes

Top 25 apparel supplier American Apparel ( asi/35297 ) has hired a new president of wholesale - the division that encompasses its promotional products sales. It was one of many changes the...
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Industry Suppliers Halt Confederate Flag Sales

In the wake of the June mass shooting at a historic African-American church in Charleston, SC, flag makers in the promotional products industry have decided to stop selling Confederate flags....
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Sports Authority Offers Exclusive Champion Gear

Sports Authority has teamed up with Champion Athleticwear, a division of Hanesbrands ( asi/59528 ), to offer an exclusive line of premium performance and lifestyle apparel, dubbed Champion Gear...
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Scandinavian Man Crochets Detailed Video Game Blanket

Kjetil Nordin, 31, of Denmark, channeled his love of video games into his other hobby: needlecraft. Originally from Norway, the computer programmer spent the last six years hand-crocheting a...
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Embroidered Insects a Hit for Japanese Firm

Takahiro Harada, president of Harada Embroidery in Japan, turned his childhood love of insects into art, creating freestanding ladybugs, ants and other creatures out of embroidery for an Osaka...
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Tapestry Recognizes Medieval War Hero

An English church unveiled a detailed tapestry that reflects the life of Sir Thomas Erpingham, who fought in the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. The village of Erpingham is marking the 600th...
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Fair Winds for Nautical-Themed Apparel Line

Mudhook Clothing offers simple, nautical-themed apparel. Kyle Sayler recently made the leap from the garage to a storefront, opening Sayler Screenprinting in Kearney, NE, this May, and the...
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Texas Decorator Launches T-shirt Fundraiser

RiverCity Sportswear (asi/309087) created a T-shirt fundraiser to help rebuild its central Texas community after severe flooding earlier this year. After massive flooding swept across...
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Five Steps: Create a Wash Transfer For Caps

Target Decorated Apparel (asi/90549) shows how to create a multimedia, laser-etched T-shirt.
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Safety Bright Is Right for Fall

With September, daylight lessens, and joggers, outdoor workers and others are engaged in activities at dusk. Offering fluorescent apparel paired with high-visibility decoration is a smart...
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More Monogramming

In the summer, Trend Finder from Accessoriesmagazine.com  highlighted monograms as a strong trend for fall. It recommended using "initials, words or even numbers to represent something important...
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Matte Is Where It's At

You see it in electronics, car design and even nail polish - a matte finish vs. shine and luster. To create this elegant look, try Madeira USA's Frosted Matte 40-weight embroidery thread and go...
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Green Light for Safe Dye-Sublimation Inks

Roland DGA ( asi/18201 ) has received OEKO-TEX Standard 100, product class I certification for its Texart SBL3 dye-sublimation inks. This Nissenken Quality Evaluation Center certification...
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Work Fast With Workhorse Flashback

Maximize your printing space. The new Flashback Express from Workhorse Products is made to work with the new small-diameter, entry-level Freedom Express automatic press. This Flashback has a...
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Easier Online Design for American Apparel

American Apparel ( asi/35297 ) has collaborated with InkSoft to make garment selection and imprint design easy. Its entire product catalog is now available in InkSoft Design Studio, InkSoft's...
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Increase Curing Efficiency

Adelco incorporates the latest technology in its new Duplex textile dryer. Offered by Hirsch International, this curing system is a double-decker oven designed for high-production digital...
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Trend Alerts: Berets

Hats off to the beret! "Berets are such an icon in fashion and uniforms that they'll never go away," says David Goldman, vice president of Philadelphia Rapid Transit ( asi/77945 ). He explains...
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Trend Alerts: Pantone's Biscay Bay

A deep, mysterious teal, Pantone's Biscay Bay is one of the top colors for this fall. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute,"The cool and confident...
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Trend Alerts: Rainbow Patterning

A stunning current fashion trend, rainbow patterning offers a standout contrast to the enduring popularity of neutral apparel. This trend exists in a number of varieties, from gradient patterns...
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Trend Alerts: Foil

Consisting of metallic paper applied by heat, foil decoration gives promotional items a distinctly "metal" look. Whether used alone or in a mixed-media design, foil is a hot way to freshen up...
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Niche: Charity-Related Gear

Why do so many people and organizations focus on planning events to raise money and awareness for a cause? "Fundraising is wonderful - it brings people together for causes they care about, and...
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Showcase: Women's Wear

Red is the new black - according to Jennifer Tsai, the designer behind Tri-Mountain's ( asi/92125 ) Lilac Bloom line for women. "The colors we see women gravitating to are reds, pinks, magentas...
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Ask an Expert: Run Metallic Thread Correctly in Fashion Designs

Q I try to stay on top of trends and offer my customers fashion-forward embroidery that will really impress. But I have to admit, when it comes to running metallic thread, I cringe. Is there...
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