Saturday, March 29, 2014

Is it beach towel weather yet?

Embroidered Beach Towels
With temperatures still in the 50s here in the Midwest the beach is not on the top of our minds, unless you have a trip to Florida in your near future. That must be the case for Parrish and Will. I am jealous!

The children's mom came in today with beach towels she had picked up at a local department store. Her idea was to give her children monogrammed towels for the beach and pool.

What a fantastic idea! The children will feel so special when they receive their personalized towels and they will be easy to distinguish who they belong to. Let's face it, as parents we often find our children's towels in the back of another parent's car or in the pool's lost and found.

Having your own towels monogrammed only takes a few days and it isn't as expensive as you would think. Especially when you think of how long the towels will be used and held on to because they have been personalized.

Call 314-991-0707 to learn about our current prices on monogramming.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Monograms can dress up any candy dishes

You might recall your grandmother keeping treats around the house in candy dishes. These glass dishes full of treats were for special visitors and special rewards. Candy dishes are still a fun way to add color to a room, or accent a coffee table.

Monogrammed candy dish
With today's casual lifestyle you can create your own candy dishes from glass containers you may already have, or ones you pick up from the dollar store. Using press on vinyl it's really easy to create a candy dish with a holiday theme. It is also easy to add your monogram and let the color of the candy provide the holiday color.

We can assist you with this inexpensive accent technique by providing either the vinyl stickers, the glassware, or both. We have stock vinyl shapes in various colors and monograms in different fonts and colors. You might want something custom made and we can take care of that too.

Personalized candy dishes are an easy way to show that you have flare and they don't require very much effort or money.

Next time you want to dress up a piece of glassware give us a call at 314-991-0707.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Incorportating Tackle Twill in your embroidery designs

two color applique monogram
The original concept of Tackle Twill came from a sewing technique called Applique. Applique originated from sewing patches of fabric over holes in a garment to extend its life. This was especially true when patches were sewn over the hole in the elbow of a gentleman's jacket. Applique is also widely used to incorporate different colors, patterns and texture to a quilt. Quilters have long been masters at the art of applique.

Stitched name on a jerseyTackle Twill was invented by R.J. Liebe, a company in my home town of St. Louis Missouri. Back in the 1920's R.J. Liebe created a PolyPro Twill used for names and numbers applied with a Singer sewing machine the same way applique swatches are applied to a quilt.

These PolyPro Twill letters were first used on professional football jerseys and later to the baseball uniforms of the St. Louis Browns and the St. Louis Cardinals. Eventually nearly all teams and sports began to use Tackle Twill names and numbers.

What is distinguishable to Tackle Twill is the light zig zag style stitching along the edge of the fabric tacking it to the garment.

Years later heat applied vinyl was invented as a more economical solution for applying names and numbers to jerseys especially among little league and high school teams. Vinyl lettering is also used for low to medium priced fan wear because the expense of applying vinyl is a fraction of the cost to produce tackle twill. Due to a lower demand for Tackle Twill fewer embroidery companies are capable of providing tackle twill.

Applique style starfish designStill, there is a market for Tackle Twill letters. They signify a higher end garment, mainly because Tackle Twill is more durable than heat applied vinyl, but also because Tackle Twill is what the pro teams wear.

The same techniques used for producing Tackle Twill are used for creating Applique designs such as this Starfish. Being able to produce custom Tackle Twill and Applique is a matter having the know-how to design for these two techniques, the equipment to precisely cut fabric and lastly the embroidery machine to successfully stitch the fabric according to the digital embroidery pattern.

If you need a quality applique design created call us at 314-991-0707.