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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…

We’re Super Excited for WB/CAMP and You Should be Too!

WB/CAMP: Water-Based Printing Summit, September 20-21 Powered by SGIA and hosted by Motion Textile Presented by Bella+Canvas, Ryonet, SanMar, SPSI, and Ink Kitchen. Supported by Douthitt and SAATI.   If you love/hate water-based printing this event is for you.  Two days of talks and hands-on printing demonstrations from the best in the industry: Beppe Quaglia – Virus…

Misprint Monday: Too Good To Be True

Customer comes to you with a huge order and makes disparaging remarks about the prior print shop they were using. Celebrate? No, BEWARE! Most of the screen printing of t-shirts is not rocket science and unless someone comes to you for what you very specifically are good at, be careful with new customers. This customer…

Video: FESPA Global Print Expo ’19 Munich

There’s a world of print (not to mention people and culture) beyond the borders of the USA.  That’s why we travelled to Munich for the FESPA Global Print Expo ’19. Here’s the official IK highlight reel…  

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