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DTG is Not Just for Short Runs. It is a Great Addition to Screenprinting

We purchased a Brother GTX machine and it is awesome. It is a DTG machine, what is called “Direct to Garment.”  For those of you not in the industry, it prints a shirt with a special textile ink in full color. The Brother GTX is one of the first DTG machines that really can handle…

Misprint Monday: Pick Your Errors

We printed this shirt at Mirror Image nearly 25 years ago. It had to be approved by Robert (pronounced RO BEAR) Doisneau in France. In order to print it we separated it and set it up and printed it almost 16 times to get it right, at a time when film was really expensive and…

Meet Beppe Quaglia, of Virus, at WB/CAMP

Are you going to WB/CAMP, Sep 19-20 in Sacramento, CA? I’ve already talked about why we’re excited for this first of it’s kind event, but here’s just one of many good reasons to attend WB/CAMP:  You will meet industry legend Beppe Quaglia, Founder of Virus Inks. Not only will Beppe talk about next-level water-based printing,…

Organic Thread: Fiberactive Organics

Following last week’s post on using organic embroidery thread, we received a lot of questions about where to find organic embroidery thread.  Here is a great supplier, Fiberactive Organics.  For years, company CEO Julie Moore has offered genuine certified organic thread and in dozens of colors! It is all GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified,…

Going 100% Organic with Organic Embroidery Thread

We recently produced a 100% organic cotton cap.  Not only was the fabric made of organic cotton, but the embroidery thread was also certified organic!  A few thoughts… Like many “green” alternatives, you can’t just substitute organic thread for conventional embroidery thread made from rayon or conventional cotton and embroider away. On the other hand,…

Misprint Monday: Wash It!

Q: Is the ink dry on the shirt you printed? A: It doesn’t matter. Ink can be dry on a shirt and it will not last through a wash. Unless  you are unethical and plan to leave the country after selling a shirt, you want the print to stay on the shirt beyond the first…

Video: MHM Factory Tour

We spent a day in the MHM factory, in Erl, Austria, to see how the world’s best textile presses are made and to meet the people whom make them.  Our friend, John Potter, gave us the full factory tour.  We were not disappointed…

Remembering Barry Chouinard

July 19th would have been Barry Chouinard’s 68th birthday. We mourn his passing and most of us remember him pretty damn fondly. He lived a full life, touched lots of people, and nobody would say he got cheated. So I pose the question, “Did you ever meet Barry Chouinard?” The only possible answers would be…

Wanna Design Like Draplin?

If you were at ThreadX19 you were probably blown away by keynote speaker Aaron Draplin, like we were. Did you know that you can take online classes taught by Draplin on the Skillshare platform? The Design Like Draplin: 21 Tips for Speeding Up Your Design Workflow class is a great one to start with, but there…

And Then There Were Four

Ink Kitchen is stoked to announce the addition of our fourth partner, longtime IK contributor Brett Bowden. Brett is founder and owner of Printed Threads in Fort Worth, Texas, a SGIA board member and one of the masterminds behind the popular ThreadX conference. We admire his dedication to industry education and to helping other decorators…

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