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Ink Kitchen & Hanes Present: Panther City Print Party 2

Are you going to ISS Fort Worth 2019?  Party with us, right after the show on Thursday night… Panther City Print Party 2 Benefiting Tarrant County Homeless Coalition Where: The Post at River East 2925 Race St Fort Worth, TX 76111 When: Thursday, October 3, 2019 5:30pm ‘til close Door Prize @ 6:oopm (business card…

WB/CAMP: Water-Based Printing Summit

Last weekend, over 125 decorators converged in Northern California for a first-of-it’s-kind event: WB/CAMP This water-based printing summit, powered by SGIA and hosted by Motion Textile, pulled together great minds from companies such as Green Galaxy, Matsui, Virus, Bella+Canvas, Douthitt, GSF, Ink Kitchen, M&R, MHM, Printavo, Ryonet, SAATI, SPSI, and SanMar, for two days of…

Farm Aid 2019: Lots of Merch

We manage the merch for Farm Aid at their big benefit concert once a year. With great anticipation we’ll see how we do today. We get some of the anxiety that has us relating to the tough job farmers have, will it rain and ruin sales, will it be sunny and we sell more cowboy…

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…

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