As much as we all love the softness and feel of cotton for many of the items we put close to our skin, t-shirts, towels, sheets, all types of clothing, you do have to admit we’re seeing less and less 100% cotton shirts for any type of performance wear. In fact, I’ve been noticing many events that used to use a basic cotton t-shirt, such as 5K’s, now use a 100% polyester fabric that’s made to look and feel like cotton. So what are your choices when it comes to decorating or adding full color logos to nylon, nylon blends, polyester, Spandex(R) and Lycra(R)? Here’s a video repost of Josh Ellsworth from CAD-CUT Direct that explains how to use CAD-COLOR Solutions Opaque. If you don’t own a cutter/printer, you can also order custom full color logos (CAD-Printz) as a service from Stahls’ or Transfer Express and all you have to do is use your heat press.
It’s almost that time of year where the “best of” lists start appearing. We only have a few more weeks left in 2013! In reviewing my blog statistics, the “How-To” posts were definitely the most well read. If you want to know the most popular post for 2013, you can click here. (there is also some good info in the comments that were posted) But I’ll repost the video here, How To Prevent Heat Marks on Polyester. (if you don’t have time to watch the video, the answer is: Use a flexible application pad!) This has displaced the always popular, “How-To Clean Your Heat Platen” or clean your heat press as the top post. If you have a how-to question that you would like to see answered, let me know, just put it in the comments section below. Also, let me know what other “how-to” videos you would like to see. We’re going to be bringing you more “how-to” information than ever in 2014, and we want to know what your biggest challenges are. Have a great weekend everyone, and don’t forget to keep warm.
Before I share a great webinar on how to get started in heat printing, Mary and I wanted to introduce you all to our newest “start-ups”, three new grandsons that were all born in 2013, with the most recent addition joining the Stahl clan on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving! If you’re new to heat printing or thinking about getting started printing, one of the easiest ways to start is with transfers and a heat press. Andy Curtis of Stahls’ Transfer Express did a webinar (it’s about an hour long) on this topic last year. It’s got some great information so I wanted to share it here. Even if you have been heat printing for a while, there are some tips on pricing, ordering and application that you will probably find useful.
Camden Arthur made his first appearance back in April, joining the family of our daughter Kari and her husband Dale.
Skyler Bentley was born to our daughter Krystin and her husband Ashton back in June.
Daniel and his wife Alda welcomed Arthur Carl II right before Thankgsiving.
Auburn wins the Iron Bowl with an unforgettable play. Photo Credit APtopix Dave Martini.
If you’re a football fan, this past weekend gave us some memorable moments. It seems as if you can’t go anywhere without someone mentioning the Auburn over Alabama
Michigan fans swing yellow Michigan towels during the start of a game. Photo credit Jeff Sainlar, AnnArbor.com
upset. Or the Michigan vs. Ohio State nail biter. Another thing you may have noticed while watching football this weekend was the abundance of rally towels. I’ve talked about how to print towels before and just wanted to remind everyone what a huge market this is. Remember, high school teams want to be like college teams and if your high school doesn’t have rally towels, make them an offer they can’t refuse. There are many ways to print towels but one way is heat printing. If you have a heat press, you can print towels. Personally I like to use Thermo-FLOCK on towels, due to the soft raised texture but you can use just about any CAD-CUT heat transfer film. You can even use lettering to personalize towels that have been mass produced, since they usually all look the same. This is a great event marketing idea, just bring a few boxes of lettering and your heat press to the next game and let people add sayings, names, whatever they want to their towels. Get ready to take advantage of this for the upcoming basketball season.
Nebraska fans with their fan towels.
FRANCIS GARDLER/Journal Star file photo
Our mother Ricki Stahl was a familiar face around the Stahls’ headquarters in St. Clair Shores, Michigan and kind to all she knew. This holiday season, please remember to spread the gift of kindness as we remember Ricki, who passed away on October 26, 2011.
At this time of year, it’s impossible not to be reminded of all the things for which we are thankful. Mary and I are extremely thankful to be surrounded by so many loved ones. Just being able to spend time with other people and enjoy a good meal, a sunset or a quiet moment is something we cherish. Although I must say that the quiet moments are few and far between with all the kids and grandkids, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We are also thankful for all the people at GroupeSTAHL. Without our hard working team, we wouldn’t be able to build upon many of the great opportunities that came our way this year. I would also like to extend a special thank you to Stitches Magazine for honoring me recently in the Stitches Powerlist 2013. The award really belongs to everyone at GroupeSTAHL and also to all our loyal customers--without you, we’re nothing! Thank you Nicole Rollender, Christopher Ruvo (@ChrisR_ASI) and everyone at Stitches and ASI Publications, (@ASI_Stitches) who put this list together. We are humbled and thankful for the recognition. Congratulations to everyone on the list, it’s an amazing group of honorees and the article is very well written. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! May all your turkey dinners be delicious and all your football teams victorious.