Screen printing is a technique used in printing images, artworks and designs onto fabrics and clothing. Using special inks, paints and equipment nowadays produces great results. Screen printing now has limitless designs with colors that last longer and stick longer to the fabrics they have been printed onto.

To help give you a better idea on what screen printing is all about, think of it in an artist’s perspective where you will not only understand screen printing but learn from this very simple guide to make your very own prints. This is one exercise for family bonding and is a great venue to express you or your child’s creativity and imagination!

The things you will need:

To make your prints, prepare these items. You can easily get these materials from local arts and crafts supply store in your neighborhood.

 1. Silk screen- buy this ready made from your arts and craft store. Simply select the right size that fits the shirt that you will be printing unto.

 2. Screen printing ink/ fabric paint- buy the ready mixed one to begin with, like the speed ball range. Read and follow instructions on the label so you will never go wrong.

 3Sponge/ squeegee- buy this along with your fabric ink. Select the square-edged one for better handling.

 4. Thin plain cardboard / Plain paper

 5. Craft knife / Cutter  

 6. Roll of masking tape

 7. Cotton shirt – popular of screen printing t-shirts are those with plain and light  colors.

Now that you have your materials, let’s get down to business!

1.     Make a design that you can easily cut out of paper. Try out with simple designs such as  shapes so cutting them out later will be fast and easy. Cut out your desired layout.

2.      Take the screen and using masking tape, mask off around the edges of the side which will be in contact with the shirt.

3.     Lay your shirt flat on the table and lay the paper stencil where you want your design to be on. Place another thin cardboard inside the shirt to avoid the design from blotting to the other side. Place the screen on top of it and make sure that the screen is at its center over it.

4.      Scoop ink in a line on the top portion of your screen.

5.      Hold the screen firmly with one hand, while using the other to put on the squeegee above the ink and applying some pressure, pull it down the screen. Make sure you are taking some ink when you pull. Repeat this procedure if necessary while making sure not to drip and blot excess ink.

6.      Hold the shirt down with one hand; lift the screen up from the bottom edge all the way to the top.

7.      Move the shirt to a dry place (preferably a sunlit area) and leave it out to dry.

8.    Discard the paper/ cardboard stencil and wash the screen with a light soap and cold water mixture. Scrub it lightly with a sponge to remove all the ink and leave the screen to air dry.

Screen printing is fun and easy to do, but if you don’t have the time to make one yourself or as a unique gift to your loved ones, you can always leave it to the experts who will do the entire screen printing work for you. All you have to do is search online and select the best customized screen printer in your area. Happy printing and wear your customized shirt with pride!

Having a blog about embroidery is quite similar to writing recipe blogs. The process entails educating your audience of the craft, taking macro shots of the product (before and after) and making certain that your readers can very much understand your blog especially if you are writing tutorials.

I’ve been visiting and avidly reading online several embroidery blogs and appreciated the patience these writers have put into posting their blogposts. It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta it!

Thought I’d share the Top Embroidery blogs that I bookmarked in my browser and hope you visit them as well.

1. - Pam Kellog is a lover of quilting and cats. She constantly writes about the projects she makes every season and takes photos of the end product.
2. – Mary Corbet’s blog about stitching gives very detailed photos and illustrations of the craft.
3.  - Feeling Stitchy is edited by floresita and written by a diverse group of volunteer craft bloggers who contribute weekly, monthly, or from time to time.

4. - Blogger Emma Broidery is DMC's crafty stitching writer. She loves to stitch wants to spread the word on how stitching and creating are key to a beautiful fulfilling life.
5. - Sublime Stitching is the original, independent DIY company that introduced pinups, robots, tattoos and some rock-and-roll to embroidery design. Their blog is written by Jenny Hart, the founder and owner, Courtney Camera, and Stephanie Warren.
6. – The personal blog of Jenny Hart
7. - Carina Envoldsen-Harris is a UK-based embroidery pattern designer and craft blogger. Under the name Polka & Bloom, Carina designs colorful, free form embroidery designs inspired by folk art and design of her native Denmark.
8. - She’s an author and a designer for The McCall Pattern Company and Clover Needlecraft. Check out for video tutorials in her blog, too.
9. I love how simple this blog yet has a lot of stuff to learn when it comes to embroidery and stitching.
10. - This blog gives us a lot of ideas to work with when it comes to embroidery. 

Happy blog hopping!

Ever had the dilemma of trying to figure out what is the best machine to ever get started with a hobby that might turn into a potential thriving business in the future? Perhaps it is time to think about the possibilities already especially when you are considering getting into the embroidery design business.

There are so many shops out that there that sell the kind of machine you might need to begin your journey. Businesses that operate with a head down mentality (running embroidery machines) have already used certain types of machines that cater to their kind of volume. For example if you require only 2-10 kinds of production, then you wouldn’t be needing the big guns.

If – and if you have progressed already to an industrial state of mind, then this is entirely a different thing. You can use a commercial computerized embroidery machine that is larger and faster. 

 Check these machines out. While others are for mass produced items, there is always an embroidery machine out there that you can use at home.Guess which is from big major machine players like Coldesi or Brother?

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Formats Used For Embroidery Services

I have read an article lately on companies who offer embroidery services and a lot of them all have the same things in common: quality of materials, excellent service and fast turnaround. The question here is, if a company is good is supplying the best embroidery service, what is the most important qualification these companies should have?

A priority would be the kind of format they use to produce them. If you are unsure of what to check, the following formats should be used for embroidery services:


    All versions up to X4 supported
    File Formats .cdr
    All fonts should be converted to curves

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This search has brought me so near yet so far. Everything looks gorgeous on fabric yet not everyone knows anything about its process and how much effort it took to actually produce such customized clothing.

So what are the kinds of printing techniques? Do customised clothing need be complicated, or as colorful or as chemically-involved as the over. So far, here are the printing techniques that we are going to be studying as this blog progresses.

1.    Screen Printing
2.    Digital Printing
3.    Hand printing
4.    Fabric Screen Printing
5.    Textile Printing
6.    Inkjet Printing on Fabric - Forget about printing on some transfer paper and then ironing it onto some fabric. With some freezer paper you can print right on the fabric itself .
7.    Flock Printed Silk Fabric
8.    Hand block printing
9.    Perrotine printing
10.    Engraved copperplate printing
11.    Roller printing, cylinder printing, or machine printing
12.    Stencil printing
13.    Digital textile printing

If you happen to have more to add, please do not hesitate. I would welcome feedback and comments. Email me directly, too, at Till next! Can’t wait what we can come up with.

This is going to be a first of the many ventures of a retail fixation that I have with fabrics, textiles and all kinds of methods to manufacture customized fabric.

I know it is going to be verrry extensive especially when I want to check out the market and industry in New Zealand but I am definitely in this for the long haul. I cannot wait to try and test what is out there. In the meantime, if you have any thoughts of the subject matter that I will be discussing and studying as this blog progresses – please, your input and feedback is HIGHLY appreciated.

In the next surge of topics that will populate this page, the topics that I would like to be more of an expert on will be fabric printing, screen printing, embroidery designs and custom clothing. I am definitely not an expert which is why I really value all the input anyone could ever give to this site.

Let’s talk soon!